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Mortgage Rates Sink to Their Lowest Levels of the Year
Washington Post, May 25, 2017--Kathy OrtonFreddie Mac said the 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 3.95 percent with an average 0.5 point. (MBA mention)
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U.S. Home Equity is Back, So Why Aren’t More People Borrowing?
Associated Press, May 25, 2017--Christopher S. RugaberHome prices have recovered and housing equity now equals 58 percent of home values--the highest point since 2006. Yet borrowing against that equity has barely budged from post-recession lows, which helps explain why consumer spending remains weak eight years after the Great Recession ended. (MBA mention)
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9 Signs the Housing Market Will Only Get Hotter in 2017
MarketWatch, May 25, 2017--Jeff ReevesThe housing market has nowhere to go but up. Here are some reasons why. (MBA mention)
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Sacramento Is California’s Newest Real-Estate Hot Spot
Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2017--Candace Jackson (subscription)The once-sleepy government town is attracting a rush of buyers and flurry of development near its Golden 1 Center, a new NBA arena.
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Trump Nominates Affordable Housing Official as HUD General Counsel
National Mortgage News, May 25, 2017--Brian Collins (subscription)President Trump has nominated Paul Compton, an Alabama attorney with affordable housing experience, to serve as general counsel for HUD.
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Drop in Mortgage Rates Likely to Hold
Mortgage Daily, May 25, 2017--Sam GarciaInterest rates on residential loans were solidly lower over the past seven days. Rates are likely to refrain from moving much over the next seven days.
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For Sale: MSRs on Over $1 Bil in Ginnie Loans
Mortgage Daily, May 25, 2017Mortgage servicing rights on more than $1 billion in Ginnie Mae loans with a Texas concentration are being marketed for sale.
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Small Portfolio of Agency MSRs Being Auctioned
Mortgage Daily, May 25, 2017MSRs are being offered on 2,316 Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $439 million as of April 30.
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Mortgage Market Sticks to Script
Scotsman Guide, May 25, 2017--Victor WhitmanAs the midpoint of 2017 approaches, the mortgage market is unfolding much as forecasted, with home-purchase volume rising and refinancing falling, said Mortgage Bankers Association Chief Economist Michael Fratantoni.
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Dodd-Frank Overhaul Bill Advances Closer to House Vote
National Mortgage News, May 25, 2017--Ian McKendry (subscription)A bill to overhaul the Dodd-Frank Act could get a vote in the full House as early as June 7.
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SunTrust Fined $1.5 Million by Federal Reserve for Violations of Flood Insurance Act
HousingWire, May 25, 2017--Ben LaneSunTrust Bank will pay a fine of more than $1.5 million for the bank's "pattern or practice of violations" of a portion of the National Flood Insurance Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve announced on Thursday.
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Today in MBA Insights
New in today's issue of MBA Insights: in a new series, MBA President and CEO Dave Stevens, CMB, outlines not only why reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must take place now, but also why some suggested alternative approaches are simply unacceptable.
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