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Mortgage Companies Keep Hiring, Despite Dwindling Loan Volume
National Mortgage News, July 7, 2017--Brian Collins (subscription)Hiring by nonbank mortgage companies surged in May as the sector added 2,800 new full-time employees. Employment among nonbank lenders and mortgage brokers rose to 336,700 in May from 333,900 in April.
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CFPB Finalizes TRID Updates
National Mortgage Professional, July 7, 2017--Phil HallThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized updates to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, also known as the "Know Before You Owe" rule, with amendments that the agency said were "intended to formalize guidance in the rule, and provide greater clarity and certainty."
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GOP Tax Overhaul’s Fate Rests on ‘Big Six’ Talks
Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2017--Richard Rubin (subscription)The officials from the House, Senate and White House-which some aides have taken to calling "The Big Six"-aim to overcome in months the internal divides and systemic obstacles that have blocked a major U.S. tax code rewrite for 31 years.
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FTC Warns North Carolina that New Appraisal Fee Rules Could Violate Federal Laws
HousingWire, July 7, 2017--Ben LaneThe North Carolina General Assembly is currently considering a bill that would establish a single method for determining how the state's appraisers are paid based on "academic studies, government fee surveys, and independent private sector surveys," rather than allowing the fees to be set by market competition.
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CFPB Cracks Down on ‘Credit Repair’ Companies
Washington Post, July 7, 2017--Kenneth R. HarneyTwo new legal settlements from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau--involving more than $2 million in penalties against credit repair companies--offer mortgage applicants sobering reminders about what to avoid if you feel you need help with your credit.
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New Loans With Old Features
UExpress, July 7, 2017--Lew SichelmanLenders continue to work overtime in their efforts to reach more borrowers by introducing "new" mortgages. But these loans often have a tinge of the old subprime products that helped devastate the housing market nearly a decade ago. The difference, this time around, is that lenders believe they have a handle on what got them into trouble last time.
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Facebook is Building a Village That Will Include Housing, a Grocery Store and a Hotel
Business Insider, July 7, 2017--Avery Hartmans Internet giant Facebook wants to build housing, retail stores, a hotel and more at its corporate headquarters--in short, Facebook wants to build its own town.
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Mortgage Industry Stalwart Dale Dykema Dies at 87
HousingWire, July 7, 2017--Ben LaneDykema founded TD Service, which provides technology and services to the mortgage banking industry and specializes in post-closing services and document management, in 1964.
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Lack of FHA Chief Fuels Uncertainty about Premium Cut
National Mortgage News, July 7, 2017--Brian Collins (subscription)Nearly six months after the newly inaugurated Trump administration tabled a Federal Housing Administration premium cut, industry backers have maintained hope it will be revived, especially as the FHA portfolio continues to recover. But a key obstacle remains: There's no one to run the mortgage insurance agency.
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Zillow ‘Instant Offers’ Prompts Complaints from Real Estate Agents
Orlando Sentinel, July 8, 2017--Mary ShanklinA new home sales program from Zillow connecting Orlando-area sellers directly with certain investors has drawn the ire of real estate agents nationwide.
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Black Homeowners Struggle as U.S. Housing Market Recovers
Associated Press, July 9, 2017--Janie HarThe nation's homeownership rate appears to be stabilizing as people rebound from the 2007 recession that left millions unemployed and home values underwater. But the Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies found African-Americans aren't sharing in the recovery, even as whites, Asian-Americans and Latinos slowly see gains in home-buying.
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Weekly Mortgage Market Index Sinks from Year Earlier
Mortgage Daily, July 10, 2017As of the week ended July 7, the Mortgage Market Index from Mortgage Daily, which provides insight into upcoming originations based or rate-lock volume by clients of OpenClose, was 107.
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Phishing Scams Target Prospective Borrowers
Mortgage Daily, July 7, 2017Reports have emerged that homebuyers who are nearing the closing date on their mortgages are being targeted by scammers seeking to steal funds from unsuspecting consumers.
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Safeguards Against another Subprime Crisis Changed How Banks Do Business
Washington Examiner, July 10, 2017--Joseph LawlerThe situation facing banks today is one of the many far-reaching repercussions of the 2008 financial crisis, which the government's investigators concluded was in part kicked off by a decline in lending standards. (MBA mention)
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MBA Education School of Loan Origination July 10-Aug. 3
MBA Education hosts its popular School of Loan Origination instructor-guided online course from July 10-Aug. 3.
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