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Mortgage Rates Level Off
Washington Post, Nov. 19, 2015--Orton, Kathy After two big jumps the past two weeks, fixed mortgage rates paused to catch their breath this week, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac.
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Fed Says Mortgages Push Household Debt to Highest Since 2010
Bloomberg, Nov. 19, 2015--Boesler, Matthew Accelerating increases in auto loan debt and mortgage credit helped propel total borrowings of U.S. households to the highest level in more than five years, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday.
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Why It Matters That New Businesses Are Creating Jobs More Slowly Than a Decade Ago
Wall Street Journal, Nov. 19, 2015--Morath, Eric Newly formed businesses are adding jobs at a much slower pace than a decade ago, a factor that's containing employment gains even six years into the expansion.
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Servicers Turn to DIY Tech to Improve the Customer Experience
National Mortgage News, Nov. 19, 2015--Kilgore, Austin From single-point-of-contact requirements to the need for better self-service options, servicers surveyed by National Mortgage News are taking a much-needed hard look at the full range of customer touch-points that they operate.
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Fannie Mae Gets Reinsurance for High LTV Loans
National Mortgage News, Nov. 19, 2015--Bisbey, Allison Fannie Mae transferred the credit risk on a $12 billion pool of mortgages to reinsurers.
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Closed Loan Credit Scores Drop to Four-year Low
National Mortgage News, Nov. 19, 2015--Clozel, Lalita Credit scores on closed loans reached five consecutive months of decline in October, according to Ellie Mae.
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NewDay Financial Banned from All Lending in New York
HousingWire, Nov. 19, 2015--Lane, Ben NewDay Financial, already punished this year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its business practices and by the Multi-State Mortgage Committee for widespread cheating on licensing exams, is now completely banned from lending in New York due to that same cheating on licensing exams.
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Fed’s Lockhart Says Rate Hike Path May Be ‘Slow’ and ‘Halting’
Reuters, Nov. 19, 2015--Schneider, Howard The U.S. Federal Reserve may be heading for a "slow ... halting" effort to raise interest rates after it begins its first tightening cycle in about a decade, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday.
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Philadelphia Fed Posts First Gain in 3 Months
24/7 Wall Street, Nov. 19, 2015--Ogg, John C. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported that manufacturing conditions in its regional district showed slight improvement in its monthly survey for November.
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Commercial Real Estate Looking Frothy
Mortgage Professional America, Nov. 19, 2015--Chiglinsky, Katherine ; Scully, Matt Voya Financial Inc.'s Christine Hurtsellers said she's staying away from new issues of commercial mortgage-backed securities, echoing concerns from Federal Reserve officials and bond graders about loosening underwriting standards in the market.
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MISMO Winter Summit Jan. 11-15
Registration is now open for the MISMO Winter Summit, taking place Jan. 11-15 in Tampa, Fla.  
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Subscribe to MBA Performance Reports
Do you know where you stand? The Mortgage Bankers Association's Performance Reports can tell you.
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MBA Education Offers Chartered Realty Investor Designation
MBA Education now offers the Chartered Realty Investor (CRI) designation to eligible applicants. 
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