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Mortgage Rates Creep Up But ‘Bigger Moves are on The Horizon’
Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2019--Kathy OrtonAfter holding steady for nearly a month while awaiting a resolution to the federal government shutdown, fixed mortgage rates cautiously crept up this week. The Mortgage Bankers Association said mortgage applications continued to pull back.
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Ben Carson Poised to Assert New Control Over New York’s Housing Plans
CityLab, Jan. 31, 2019HUD Secretary Ben Carson will announce a federal monitor to oversee the New York City Housing Authority, but he will stop short of placing the troubled agency under federal receivership, a source familiar with the negotiations said.
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Homeowners in Government Mortgage Programs Remain at Risk of Unnecessary Foreclosures
The Hill, Jan. 31, 2019--Lisa Sitkin, Odette WilliamsonThe authors say one aspect of the recent government shutdown that has received too little attention is that it significantly increased the risk that thousands of struggling homeowners across the nation would lose their homes.
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GE Agrees to Settle DoJ Subprime Mortgage Case for $1.5bn
Financial Times, Jan. 31, 2019--Ed Crooks (subscription)General Electric‘s new boss took a first step towards ending years of upheaval that has drove the conglomerate from the top tier of American companies, announcing strong revenue growth and a $1.5 billion settlement in a longstanding probe into its role in the 2008 financial crisis.
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Study Details Savings Needed by Generation Z for 2031 Home Purchase
National Mortgage Professional, Jan. 31, 2019--Phil HallToday's 18-year-old will need to save $304 every month for the next 12 years in order to accumulate the 10 percent downpayment, plus closing costs, needed to buy a median-priced home, according to a new analysis.
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FHFA Names New Chief of Staff
HousingWire, Jan. 31, 2019--Jessica GuerinThe Federal Housing Finance Agency has named John Roscoe its new chief of staff. Roscoe currently serves as special assistant to the president in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.
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How Many More Store Closures Are Expected in 2019?
National Real Estate Investor, Jan. 31, 2019--Liz Wolf Overall retail vacancy is likely to remain flat, but sizeable store closures will likely continue.
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Consider a Bridge Loan to Avoid a Fire Sale
Orange County Register, Jan. 31, 2019--Jeff Lazerson (MBA mention)Typically, swing loans are either second liens against your home or new first liens (must refinance any existing first into this loan), due in less than one year. There are no prepayment penalties, and the monthly repayment is interest-only (not principal and interest).
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MBA State & Local Workshop Apr. 1-2
The Mortgage Bankers Association's popular annual State & Local Workshop takes place Apr. 1-2 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.
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MBA Education Advanced Servicing Workshop in Orlando Feb. 25
MBA Education presents its Advanced Servicing One-Day Workshop on Monday, Feb. 25 at the MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.
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