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U.S. Mortgages in Foreclosure Hit Decade-Low in First Quarter: MBA
Reuters, May 16, 2017--Richard LeongThe percentage of U.S. mortgages in the process of foreclosure at the end of the first quarter fell to its lowest level since the first quarter of 2007, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Tuesday.
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Retail: It’s Not All Doom and Gloom
Commercial Observer, May 16, 2017--Lea Overby, Edward DittmerAs the retail landscape shifts, the property sector should remain stable nationally, buoyed by a lack of new construction and brick-and-mortar retailers' abilities to innovate in response to increased competition (MBA mention).
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25 Million Americans Could Find Mortgage Tax Break Useless Under Trump’s Plan
Bloomberg, May 16, 2017--Prashant Gopal, Joe LightPresident Donald Trump has proposed rewriting the tax code to raise the standard federal deduction to a level where about 25 million homeowners would no longer take advantage of the century-old mortgage interest tax deduction.
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New Way to Short Home Loans May Give a Boost to Mortgage-Bond Market
Bloomberg, May 16, 2017--Matt ScullyA new product that would allow investors to short U.S. home loans may kickstart the growth of an infant mortgage-bond market if some money managers have their way. Derivatives on a pricing index that tracks mortgage risk sold by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would help banks support the underlying notes.
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Big Developers Roll Out Co-Living Units to Woo Millennials
Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2017--Peter Grant (subscription)Numerous startup companies, including WeWork Cos., have launched apartment-sharing businesses that rent out individual rooms rather than entire apartments.
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Mall Owners Flex Hidden Muscles Over Lenders
Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2017--Esther Fung (subscription)Mall lenders would rather suffer huge losses than take over struggling properties.
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More than 150 Law Professors Defend CFPB
National Mortgage News, May 16, 2017--Kate Berry (subscription)A group of 158 law professors and scholars on Tuesday defended the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a letter to top lawmakers, saying a bill to overhaul the Dodd-Frank Act would allow lax lending standards to creep back into the financial system.
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Hackers Reportedly Steal ‘Millions’ of Email Addresses from DocuSign
HousingWire, May 16, 2017--Brena SwansonDocuSign confirmed on Tuesday that a malicious third party had gained temporary access to a separate, non-core system to steal possibly more than 100 million email addresses.
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Fannie Raises Origination Forecast for 3 Years
Mortgage Daily, May 16, 2017Fannie Mae economists increased their estimates of home purchase financing for last year, this year and next year. Even last year's estimated refinances grew.
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Serious Mortgage Delinquency Declines
Mortgage Daily, May 16, 2017First and second mortgages that are considered to be seriously delinquent made up a smaller share of overall loans last month, reported S&P and Experian.
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Featured Industry Leader: Michael Mulgrew, President, Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association
National Mortgage Professional, May 16, 2017--Phil HallMichael Mulgrew is president of Columbus, Ohio-based Partners United Financial LLC and current statewide president of the Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association.
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Mnuchin’s OneWest Subsidiary Agrees to $89M Settlement for Reverse Mortgage Violations
HousingWire, May 16, 2017--Ben LaneThe Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Financial Freedom agreed to an $89 million settlement over reverse mortgage allegations, some of which allegedly took place while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was chairman at OneWest.
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Report: Hundreds More Department Store Closures Are Necessary
Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2017--Esther Fung (subscription)Department-store retailers announced worse-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, and there could be more store closures than expected ahead, including some in higher-tier malls, according to real-estate research firm Green Street Advisors.
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You’ve Been Warned: CFPB Puts Realtors, Lenders on RESPA Violation Watch
HousingWire, May 16, 2017--Brena SwansonBetween the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau slapping Prospect Mortgage with a $3.5 million fine for violating RESPA earlier this year and beefing up its ongoing investigation into Zillow for possibly violating RESPA, the Realtor/Lender space is being sent a warning, says Daniella Casseres of Offit Kurman.
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