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Mortgage Applications Drop 6% as Wealthy Buyers ‘Step Back’
CNBC, June 28, 2017--Diana OlickThe Mortgage Bankers Association's adjusted index is now down 17 percent compared to the same week one year ago.
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The 20% Mortgage Down Payment Is Dead
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 28, 2017--Hal M. Bundrick (NerdWallet)For first-time home buyers, the challenge of coming up with a 20% mortgage down payment is often difficult enough to keep them out of the market. But the fact is, the 20% down payment is all but dead - and has been for quite some time, especially for first-time buyers.
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U.S. Housing Market Recap: Home Sales Rebound in May as Prices Surge to Record High
GoRion, June 28, 2017--Sam BourgiAfter a rocky start to Q2, home sales bounced back in May as property values surged to record highs.
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Application Defects Reach their Highest Level Since 2015
National Mortgage News, June 28, 2017--Brad Finkelstein (subscription)The First American Loan Defect Index was 83, up 2.5% from April and 13.7% over May 2016. Defects and misrepresentations are an indicator of fraud connected with the mortgage application.
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How Might the Fed’s ‘Quantitative Tightening’ Impact the Mortgage Market?
Mortgage Orb, June 28, 2017--Patrick BarnardSo what impact will this "quantitative tightening" have on the mortgage market? As many economists point out, shrinking the balance sheet is not that risky in and of itself; rather, it is how the process is managed that could cause market volatility.
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Here’s How to Protect Your Mortgage Business fromm Recent, Global Cyber Attack
HousingWire, June 28, 2017--Sarah WheelerPerhaps the most distrubing aspect of the attack, from a financial institution's perspective, is that it originated in a third-party service provider, proving that hackers have identified one of the weak spots in the financial ecosystem.
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U.S. Housing Stocks May Rally as Millennials Age
Reuters, June 28, 2017--Jonathan StempelStocks of large U.S. home builders and building materials companies are poised to rise as millennials age and need housing, according to Bill Smead, the chief executive of Smead Capital Management.
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Best U.S. Banks
Mortgage Daily, June 28, 2017Reputations in the banking industry among U.S. consumers have continued to recover, according to the 2017 Survey of Bank Reputations.
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Small Lenders and Affordable Housing Groups Issue GSE Reform Proposal
HousingWire, June 28, 2017--Brena SwansonSmall lender and affordable housing association groups worked together to create a joint release of GSE reform principles in order to ensure the safety of their respective members; the Mortgage Bankers Association earlier this year issued its own GSE reform white paper.
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12 Cities Where Homebuyers Have Max Purchase Power
National Mortgage News, June 28, 2017--Austin Kilgore (subscription)With tighter available inventory, finding a great deal on a home is proving more difficult. But the combination of home prices and local wages is making some markets more attractive than others.
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New in today's issue of MBA Insights:  Evaluations are as much a part of the lending arena as the credit underwriting concepts, but when is it appropriate to use this alternative product is of constant debate.
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