Tom Lamalfa: May 2021 MBA Spring Conference Survey

In early May I surveyed 33 senior executives from 33 separate mortgage companies about a myriad of issues and topics both germane and important to the mortgage banking industry. It was the 25th time such a survey was conducted by me since 2008. Until 2020 the surveys were conducted face to face at the MBA National Secondary Market Conference every May and again in October at the MBA’s Annual Convention. However, the pandemic has shifted both sets of contacts to the telephone last year and this.

#MBASpring21: Administration Acknowledges Issues with GSE Product Caps

During the final months of the Trump Administration, the Federal Housing Finance Agency implemented product caps on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through their Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements—a move that the Mortgage Bankers Association called “disruptive” for many of its members.

#MBASpring21: Tracking Cybersecurity Threats

Last year was a challenging one for many reasons. Beyond the global pandemic, there was record growth in cyber threats that affect mortgage companies, analysts said during MBA’s Spring Conference & Expo 21.

#MBASpring21: Politics and Economic Policy with Gary Cohn

The economy is well-positioned for growth as it leaves the Pandemic Recession, said former National Economic Council Director and Vice Chairman of IBM Gary Cohn during the recent MBA Spring Conference & Expo 21.

#MBASPRING21 HUD Secretary Fudge Talks COVID, Infrastructure, Enforcement

A little more than a month ago, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, voted “yes” to approve the American Rescue Plan, a nearly $2 trillion initiative by the Biden Administration to support the economy. Now, as HUD Secretary, it’s her job to put key provisions of the legislation into action.

#MBASPRING21 Andre Perry: Don’t Recycle Discrimination

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Andre Perry says Black-owned homes are “systemically undervalued,” with obvious adverse consequences for wealth accumulation. And he has some ideas about what can be done.

#MBASpring21 Andre Perry: Don’t Recycle Discrimination

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Andre Perry says Black-owned homes are “systemically undervalued,” with obvious adverse consequences for wealth accumulation. And he has some ideas about what can be done.

#MBASPRING21 HUD Secretary Fudge Talks COVID, Infrastructure, Enforcement

A little more than a month ago, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, voted “yes” to approve the American Rescue Plan, a nearly $2 trillion initiative by the Biden Administration to support the economy. Now, as HUD Secretary, it’s her job to put key provisions of the legislation into action.

#MBASPRING21 Broeksmit: Industry Faces ‘Different Landscape’ in 2021

So, if 2020 was one of the strangest years on record, is 2021 the “hold my beer” year? Mortgage Bankers Association President & CEO Robert Broeksmit, CMB, says the real estate finance industry is facing a “very different landscape” fraught with potential difficulties.