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Mortgage Rates Soar to Highest Level Since Early May
Washington Post, July 13, 2017--Kathy Orton "Rates continued to increase last week given increasing evidence that the Fed and other central banks are more likely to raise rates given the pickup in economic growth in their respective economies," said Michael Fratantoni, Mortgage Bankers Association chief economist.
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U.S. Mortgage Quality Improves, But Foreclosures on the Rise
Reuters, July 13, 2017--Pete SchroederMore Americans were keeping up with their mortgages at the beginning of 2017 but the number of foreclosures is also on the rise, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said.
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Bayview Purchasing Pingora Loan Servicing Platform
National Mortgage News, July 13, 2017--Elina Tarkazikis (subscription)Bayview Asset Management has entered into an agreement to acquire Pingora Holdings, an indirect subsidiary of Annaly Capital Management.
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Here’s How Mortgage Portfolios at the Big Banks Performed in First Quarter 2017
HousingWire, July 13, 2017--Brena SwansonThe seven national banks include: Bank of America, Citibank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, PNC, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.
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U.S. Consumer Comfort Slumps to Lowest Level Since January
Bloomberg, July 13, 2017--Patricia LaylaA sudden downturn in American households' optimism about the economy and less-favorable views of personal finances sent the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index reeling to its lowest point since January.
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Uncertainty About Retailers Affecting Mall Transaction Activity
Commercial Property Executive, July 13, 2017--Paul FiorillaShopping center deal flow fell at a rate greater than any other major asset class in the second quarter, fueled by concerns about the changing face of retail and whether individual tenants will be able to withstand growing e-commerce.
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U.S. Labor Market Strengthening; Producer Prices Creeping Up
Reuters, July 13, 2017--Lucia MutikaniThe number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month and producer prices unexpectedly rose in June, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on course for a third interest rate increase this year.
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HELOC Sale Done
Mortgage Daily, July 13, 2017Mortgage Industry Advisory Corp., which announced the $52 million sale Thursday, said it completed the sale through its whole-loan desk.
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Wells Fargo Stuck Mortgage Borrowers with Extra Fees, Whistle-Blower’s Lawsuit Alleges
Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2017--James Rufus KorenA former Wells Fargo mortgage banker who worked in Beverly Hills alleged in a lawsuit this week that the bank falsified records so it could blame holdups on borrowers--and that it fired him for trying to report the practice.
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Experts Weigh In: Is American Housing Policy at a Historic Crossroads?
HousingWire, July 13, 2017--Joseph MurinFormer Ginnie Mae President Joseph Murin, former MBA Chairman David Kittle, CMB, and Miliken Institute Director Michael Bright discuss state of housing policy.
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Today in MBA Insights
New in today's issue of MBA Insights: It's only July, but changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act go into effect in less than six months--and if you're a lender who makes loans covered by HMDA, you need to be ready well before then.
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MBA Education Mortgage Lending & Summary of GSE Risk Share Opportunities Webinar July 18
MBA Education presents a webinar, Mortgage Lending & Summary of GSE Risk Share Opportunities, on July 18 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET.
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