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Rising Mortgage Rates Could Mean Even Fewer Homes for Sale This Spring
CNBC, Jan. 19, 2018--Diana OlickThis year's spring housing market could be more competitive than ever, with the supply of homes for sale at record lows and rising mortgage rates threatening to make the situation even worse.
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2017 Q4 Mortgage Fraud Risk Rises Slightly
24/7 Wall Street, Jan. 19, 2018--Paul AusickThe national mortgage application fraud risk index rose from 135 in the third quarter of 2017 to 138 in the fourth quarter, according to researchers at CoreLogic.
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Ocwen Reaches Mortgage Settlements With Two More States, Inks New Deal with New Residential
HousingWire, Jan. 19, 2018--Ben LaneOcwen Financial is getting closer to putting its mortgage servicing issues with more than half the country's state regulators in the past.
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House Votes to Exempt More Firms from HMDA Rule
National Mortgage News, Jan. 19, 2018--Brian Collins (subscription)The House has voted to exempt community banks, small credit unions and nonbank mortgage lenders from new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act reporting requirements that went to effect Jan. 1.
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Blockchain Expert: ‘It’s Not Going Away’
HousingWire, Jan. 19, 2018--Caroline BasileBlockchain expert Debbie Hoffman, an attorney and co-founder of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, spoke to NEXT conference attendees about blockchain technology's emergence in the mortgage and finance industry, where it has not become widely recognized...yet.
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Fed’s Quarles Draws Regulatory Road Map for Relaxing Bank Rules
Bloomberg, Jan. 19, 2018--Jesse HamiltonFederal Reserve Vice Chairman Randal Quarles, the central bank's supervision chief, shared a laundry list of ways to make regulation less burdensome for Wall Street--including streamlining capital rules, overhauling post-crisis limits on trading and major changes to how the agency stress-tests banks.
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Leading Economic Indicators Rise 0.4 Percent, Meet Expectations
CNBC, Jan. 19, 2018--Chloe AielloThe Conference Board said its leading economic indicator index met expectations in November, forecasting continued economic growth into 2018.
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Lenders Digging Ever Deeper
UExpress, Jan. 19, 2018--Lew SichelmanThe great minds of the mortgage market continue to work overtime, coming up with fresh ideas in an effort to reach more would-be homebuyers.
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Caliber Home Loans Originations Increase in 2017
Mortgage Daily, Jan. 19, 2018Despite annual declines already reported by several of the nation's biggest mortgage originators, Caliber Home Loans Inc. experienced an increase. Servicing has also expanded.
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Annual Mortgage Originations Down at SunTrust
Mortgage Daily, Jan. 19, 2018Residential loan originations were lower last year at SunTrust Banks Inc., while mortgage delinquency turned sharply higher. The servicing portfolio, however, expanded.
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5 Ways a Government Shutdown Affects Mortgage Lending
National Mortgage News, Jan. 19, 2018--Sinnock, Brian Collins (subscription)HUD does "not expect the impact on the housing market to be significant, as long as the shutdown is brief," according to a section of its website addressing the potential impacts of a shutdown.
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Mulvaney: No Plans to ‘Blow Up’ CFPB
National Mortgage News, Jan. 19, 2018--Kate Berry (subscription)Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Friday that he has no plans to "blow up" the agency he leads and defended his request for "zero" funding from the Federal Reserve.
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CRE Is Well-Positioned for 2018
National Real Estate Investor, Jan. 19, 2018--J. Benjamin McGrewIncredibly, the current economic upcycle is now pivoting into its eighth year. And though there have been a few negatives in the past year, the overall outlook, especially for commercial real estate points to 2018 as a net positive.
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