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U.S. Mortgage Applications Rise Most Since January: MBA
Reuters, June 20, 2018--Richard LeongU.S. mortgage applications increased the most last week in more than five months, as some 30-year home loan borrowing costs held steady or fell from the prior week, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.
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It’s Easier to Get a Mortgage in 2018, According to a New Study
Washington Post, June 20, 2018--Michele LernerLooser mortgage qualifying guidelines by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the past few years are beginning to have an impact on mortgage loan applications this year, said CoreLogic.
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Bank Account Data Could Help Lenders Avoid IRS Transcript Delays
National Mortgage News, June 20, 2018--Bonnie Sinnock (subscription)The jury's still out on whether bank account data is a viable alternative to the tedious process of contacting employers to verify a mortgage applicant's job status. But there's already hope that the same data could replace the even more nettlesome task of Internal Revenue Service income verifications.
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New Low for Refi Share as Lending Tightens
Mortgage Daily, June 20, 2018As the share of conventional business has grown at the expense of government-insured business over the past year, lending risk tightened and refinance share fell to a new low, said Ellie Mae.
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Massive GSE MSR Portfolio For Sale
Mortgage Daily, June 20, 2018Mortgage servicing rights are being offered on 39,253 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac single-family loans with a collective unpaid principal balance of $10.349 billion as of May 31.
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MBA, NMHC, Others Call on CFPB to Change Multifamily HMDA Rules
HousingWire, June 20, 2018--Ben LaneThe groups tell the CFPB that the multifamily housing industry experiences "unwarranted regulatory burdens and privacy issues" due to the "unnecessary application" of HMDA reporting requirements on multifamily lending.
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First Mortgage Default Rate Down
National Mortgage Professional, June 20, 2018--Phil HalThe first mortgage default rate declined by two basis points from 0.68 percent in April to 0.66 percent in May, according to the latest data from S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices.
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HUD Taking a Closer Look at ‘Disparate Impact’ Rule
National Mortgage News, June 20, 2018--Hannah Long (subscription)HUD launched a process to amend its use of the "disparate impact" standard in fair lending rules. The legal standard, which can be used to punish lenders for discriminatory effects even if none were intended, has long been unpopular with banks.
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U.S. Homes Prices Least Affordable in Almost a Decade
Bloomberg, June 21, 2018--Alexandre Tanzi (subscription)The American dream continues to fade for many people. Housing affordability dropped this quarter to the lowest since late 2008, according to data released this month by the National Association of Realtors.
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Bank Investors Await U.S. Stress Test Results for Capital Returns
Reuters, June 21, 2018--Sinead CarewU.S. investors expect banks and other financial institutions to announce large returns of capital to shareholders after the Federal Reserve publishes the first set of results from its annual "stress test" late Thursday.
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Pension Funds Hunt for Higher Yields in CRE
National Real Estate Investor, June 20, 2018--Beth Mattson-TeigPension funds still have a healthy appetite for commercial real estate, with firms raising allocations even as industry returns decline.
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