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Weekly Refinance Demand Plummets as Mortgage Rates Hit a 5-Week High
CNBC, Sept. 12, 2018--Diana OlickMortgage application volume fell 1.8 percent for the week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted report. Volume was 18 percent lower compared with the same week one year ago.
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Before It Was Hacked, Equifax Had a Different Fear: Chinese Spying
Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12, 2018--Aruna Viswanatha, Kate O'Keefe (subscription)Two years before Equifax Inc. stunned the world with the announcement it had been hacked, the credit-reporting company believed it was the victim of another theft, only this time at the hands of Chinese spies, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Stearns Invests in Smaller Mortgage Bankers to Build Retail Business
National Mortgage News, Sept. 12, 2018--Brad Finkelstein (subscription)Stearns Lending is buying large equity stakes in smaller mortgage banking companies as it looks to grow its retail loan production business. In the first of these transactions Stearns closed on its purchase of a 50.2% equity interest in Certainty Home Loans.
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FirstClose Gets Capital Infusion
HousingWire, Sept. 12, 2018--Jessica GuerinMortgage technology provider FirstClose has landed funding from Cypress Growth Capital to fuel its mission to capture more market share.
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The Epicenter of the Housing Bust Is Booming Again. (That’s a Warning Sign.)
New York Times, Sept. 12, 2018--Matthew Goldstein, Robert Gebeloff, Ross Mantle, Matt RubyHousing prices in North Las Vegas are rising so fast that many communities are no longer affordable. Much of the new construction is at the high end, keeping out many first-time homeowners. Some cannot come up with money for a down payment, while others are wary of getting back into a market that once burned them.
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Social Media for Mortgage Loan Originators
Mortgage Daily, Sept. 12, 2018--Sam GarciaDuring the Elevate Mortgage Summit held in conjunction with the NAHREP National Convention in San Diego this week, former loan originator Tony Giordano talked about social media practices.
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Credit Unions Lose Mortgage Market Share
Mortgage Daily, Sept. 12, 2018--Sam GarciaNon-bank originators took away market share from banks on a quarter-over-quarter basis, but the year-over-year trend favors banks. Credit unions lost market share, according to the Mortgage Daily U.S. Mortgage Market Index for the third quarter to date.
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Thousands of Homes in Hurricane Florence’s Path Lack Flood Insurance
Wall Street Journal, Sept. 13, 2018--Leslie Scism, Coulter Jones (subscription)Fewer homeowners in North and South Carolina own flood insurance than five years ago, signaling many won't have access to ready cash if they need to rebuild after Hurricane Florence.
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Homebuyers Start Looking at Mortgages Before Searching for a House
National Mortgage News, Sept. 12, 2018--Elina Tarkazikis (subscription)About 73.5% of house shoppers claim to seek financing options prior to searching for a home, according to a survey by loanDepot and its real estate services provider mellohome. For first-time homebuyers, this figure hit 85.1%.
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