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Lenders Expect Strong 2016 for Commercial, Multifamily Loans in U.S.
World Property Journal, Jan. 7, 2016 According to a new Mortgage Bankers Association survey of the top U.S. commercial and multifamily mortgage origination firms, commercial and multifamily mortgage lending is expected to increase in 2016, as lenders' and borrowers' appetites for new loans remain strong.
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Mortgage Rates Fall Back Below 4 Percent
Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2016--Orton, Kathy Mortgage rates were uneven this week as investors scurried toward bonds amid growing global economic concerns.
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Credit Tightens in December or Does It?
Scotsman Guide, Jan. 7, 2016--Whitman, VictorThe Mortgage Bankers Association's monthly index that tracks credit availability fell for the second straight month in December, but the trade group indicated that doesn't necessarily mean that credit tightened much last month.
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Lock in Now! Stock Sell-Off Sinks Mortgage Rates
CNBC, Jan. 7, 2016--Olick, Diana As investors flee stocks, they are heading to bonds, and as a result, mortgage interest rates are falling. Mortgage rates ended 2015 at their highest level in nearly six months, but have since dropped precipitously.
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New Reverse Mortgage Laws Should Positively Benefit Retirement Planning, Experts Say
Huffington Post, Jan. 7, 2016--Lazar, Michael New reverse mortgage laws are actually making retirement planning more feasible, say the leading experts. When used properly as part of a retirement plan, experts like Jamie Hopkins, associate professor of taxation at The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and co-director of the New York Life Center for Retirement Income, says that they can improve the security of retirees.
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U.S. Judge Gives Initial Approval to Credit Suisse Mortgage Bond Accord
Reuters, Jan. 7, 2016--Raymond, Nate A judge has given preliminary approval to a $110 million settlement to resolve an investor lawsuit against Credit Suisse Group AG over toxic mortgage-backed securities issued before the 2008 financial crisis.
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TRID Training Lacked Effectiveness
Mortgage Professional America, Jan. 8, 2016--da Rosa, Justin The industry may have trained for it but not all training was equal, according to John Gates, president of the Raleigh Mortgage Bankers Association.
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CFPB Seeks Feedback on Mortgage Information Guidelines
HousingWire, Jan. 7, 2016--Swanson, Brena In light of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recently finalized rule updating the reporting requirements of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act regulation, it is now seeking public feedback on the resubmission of mortgage lending data reported under the new regulation.
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5 Things to Watch in the December Jobs Report
Wall Street Journal, Jan. 7, 2016--Morath, Eric Friday's jobs report from the Labor Department will provide the first major measuring stick of how the economy fared for all of last year-and provide clues about momentum in the labor market heading into 2016.
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MBA Single-Family Rental Finance Workshop Apr. 7
The Mortgage Bankers Association's Single-Family Rental Finance Workshop takes place Thursday, April 7 in Washington, D.C. 
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