The Lede

July Mortgage Credit Availability Decreases
Mortgage credit availability decreased in Jul, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index, a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association that analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs Market Clarity business information tool.
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Top National News

Mortgage Refinances Spike 12% on Big Rate Drop, But Homebuyers Pull Back Again
CNBC, Aug. 7, 2019--Diana OlickTotal mortgage application volume rose 5.3% from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index. Volume was 46.5% higher than a year ago, when rates were significantly higher.
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Black Knight’s Earnings Down on Hit from Dun & Bradstreet Investent
National Mortgage News, Aug. 7, 2019--Brad Finkelstein (subscription)Black Knight's second-quarter earnings dropped 20% from the previous year as it took a hit from its indirect investment in Dun & Bradstreet, offsetting a 7% increase in revenue.
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Former Freddie CEO: Trump’s Treasury Sees GSE Reform as ‘Mostly Happened’
HousingWire, Aug. 7, 2019--Kathleen HowleyIn a 17-page paper published on Monday, "GSE Reform: None or Mostly Done?", Former Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton reveals a conversation he had a few months ago in a meeting with an unnamed senior official in the U.S. Treasury who told him: "GSE reform has already mostly happened."
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Falling Yields Rock U.S. Mortgage Bond Market
Reuters, Aug. 7, 2019--Richard LeongSome $8.4 trillion in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae have been rocked by the swift decline in bond yields on worries that a wave of mortgage refinancing would erode the value of these bonds. (MBA mention)
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Could There Ever Be Negative Long-Term Mortgage Rates in the U.S.?
National Mortgage News, Aug. 7, 2019--Bonnie Sinnock (subscription)Falling rates: The phrase is music to a mortgage originator's ears. But is it possible, even when it comes to the volume stimulating effects that a favorable rate environment brings, for there to eventually be too much of a good thing?
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Mall Landlords Weigh Becoming Lenders to Blunt Retail Apocalypse
Bloomberg, Aug. 7, 2019--Laruen Coleman-Lochner, Eliza Ronalds-HannonMall landlords accustomed to offering rent reductions to ailing retailers are mulling a new strategy to forestall the industry's collapse: positioning themselves as lenders to tenants struggling to stay afloat.
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Residential Finance News

ATTOM: Foreclosure Filings Down 18% in First Half of Year
ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., reported an 18% drop in U.S. foreclosure filings in the first six months of the year and an 82 percent decline from the peak of foreclosures.
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Residential Briefs
LendEDU, Hoboken, N.J., released the first part of a two-part study on trends among current Millennial homeowners, noting this generation often pays for private mortgage insurance, in addition to leaving little wiggle room to meet monthly mortgage payments.
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More Than Half of Homebuyers, Sellers Oppose Housing Density; a Quarter Support
Redfin, Seattle, released a survey reporting homebuyers and sellers are nearly twice as likely to oppose the building of dense housing in their neighborhood than they are to support it.
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Commercial/Multifamily News

MBA News

Upcoming MBA Education School of Mortgage Banking I Courses
MBA Education presents its popular School of Mortgage Banking Course I this summer and fall.
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