How far can lenders push the credit box?

How far can lenders push the credit box?

Watt announcement helps, but risk keeps standards tight

Warren calls for GAO investigation of nonbank servicers

Asks GAO to review “unprecedented” growth of nonbank servicers

Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition
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It's official: Risk retention rule approved

Federal Reserve gives last and final approval
Brena Swanson
The final version of the risk retention rule is now officially approved by six federal agencies, following the Federal Reserve’s final approval on Wednesday. The rule contains an exemption for Qualified Mortgages similar to when the rule was proposed in 2013.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates continue to fall below 4%

Hit lowest level in over a year
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates continued to fall after last week’s significant drop and dipped to the lowest level since the week of June 6, 2013, the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey said.
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PulteGroup 3Q net income drops to $141M

“We are encouraged by proposed changes at FHFA”
Brena Swanson
"By remaining disciplined in our construction and land investment practices, we continue to improve our returns on invested capital while positioning the Company to take advantage of market opportunities,” said Richard Dugas, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of PulteGroup.
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RealtyTrac: Seriously underwater homes hit 2-year low

But it’s not all positive news
Brena Swanson
“The decrease in underwater properties is promising but the estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity means that the flood waters are not receding as quickly as they were before, corresponding to slowing home price appreciation,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
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CoreLogic revenue rises $18.1 million in 3rd quarter

Marks second quarter of increasing revenue
Ben Lane
Citing growth in its data and analytics division and a shifting business plan, CoreLogic reported an increase in revenue from $349.4 million in the second quarter to $367.5 million in the third quarter.
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SEC approves risk retention rule, pending Fed approval

Industry continues to weigh in
Brena Swanson
The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the final version of the risk retention rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans. Now all that is left is approval from the Federal Reserve.
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Fannie Mae names Brian Brooks EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary

Joins from OneWest Bank
Ben Lane
“Brian has an impressive background in business and law, and is deeply credentialed in financial services and housing finance,” said Timothy Mayopoulos, president and chief executive officer at Fannie Mae. “Brian is an outstanding complement to our leadership team as we focus on supporting the economic recovery, improving our company, and building a sustainable housing finance system.”
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Less risk, more optimism in Vegas

Jonathan Corr: "What's going to happen to me?"
Jonathan Corr
As thousands of mortgage bankers and service providers gather in a place that grooves on the promise of quick riches and instant pleasure, they are all asking the same question: what is going to happen to me in today's lending market?
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Mortgage applications surge 11.6% on lower rates

Refis jump 23%; refi share is 65% of apps
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications increased 11.6% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 17, 2014.
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Mortgage TrueView launches new HMDA scoring tool

Offers lenders insight into lending practices
Ben Lane
“For the first time, lenders have the ability to understand their own HMDA data in order to both stay compliant and increase loan volume for unintentionally underserved market segments,” the company said in a statement.
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