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(AFX UK Focus) 2010-05-25 15:12 UPDATE 1-Freddie Mac portfolio grows, delinquencies mixed
NEW YORK, May 25 (Reuters) – Freddie Mac, the No. 2 U.S. home finance agency, said on Tuesday its portfolio grew in April for the first time in 2010 after the Federal Reserve concluded its buying of mortgage securities in March. The levels of home loans with late payments were mixed in April but remained above year-ago levels, suggesting persistent strain on home-owners due to high unemployment …

(AFX UK Focus) 2010-05-05 10:00 UPDATE 1-Swedish FSA seeks 85 pct loan/value mortgage limit

Monday, May 31st, 2010

(AFX UK Focus) 2010-05-05 10:00 UPDATE 1-Swedish FSA seeks 85 pct loan/value mortgage limit
STOCKHOLM, May 5 (Reuters) – Sweden’s top financial regulator took aim at the country’s booming property market with a proposal on Tuesday that banks limit the value of home loans to 85 percent of a property’s value. Swedish policymakers and regulators have been increasingly concerned about rising household debt levels and fast-rising property prices despite the economic downturn, and are keen …

(AFX UK Focus) 2010-05-13 11:47 UPDATE 1-UK home repossessions at 2-year low in Q1 -CML
By Fiona Shaikh

Lenders cut back on interest-only loans
Interest-only mortgages are being phased out as some of the biggest UK lenders raise rates and tighten restrictions. It makes financing a property purchase even more difficult for the self-employed and those without a regular wage.

(AFX UK Focus) 2010-05-18 20:13 US 30-yr mortgage rates drop in latest week-Zillow

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

(AFX UK Focus) 2010-05-18 20:13 US 30-yr mortgage rates drop in latest week-Zillow
By Julie Haviv

(AFX UK Focus) 2010-05-07 16:14 Hungary plans state fund to convert FX loans
BUDAPEST, May 7 (Reuters) – Hungary’s next government plans to establish a state-backed fund allowing household borrowers to convert foreign currency loans into forints to reduce risks from market volatility, the incoming economy minister said on Friday. During the boom years Hungarians borrowed heavily in foreign currencies, mainly in Swiss francs and to some extent euros, taking advantage of …