Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Credit improvements lead to mortgage product

MBA leaders challenge federal regulators to take action

MBA: It's time for the penalty phase to end

5 things you absolutely need for the MBA convention in Las Vegas

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Allstate Appraisal and Bradford Technologies launch valuation tool

Valuation Express targets valuations for HELOCs, seconds and REOs
Ben Lane
"The market needs alternatives that provide the strength and accuracy of an appraiser-driven valuation but without the time and expense of a full appraisal,” said Steven Albert, president of Allstate Appraisal. “The Valuation Express report provides the right balance of quality and expertise of the local appraiser at the price points lenders require."
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Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Credit improvements lead to mortgage product
Jacob Gaffney
Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said the government-sponsored enterprise will soon begin offering a 97% loan-to-value mortgage. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention & expo, Mayopoulous said the government-sponsored enterprise is working “closely” with the FHFA to offer this product to all Fannie associates.
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S&P: Nonbank earnings will be weak

Too little demand
Brena Swanson
"We believe industry earnings are likely to remain weak unless supply contracts substantially as some of the originators that expanded during the boom exit the market, or unless industry credit standards ease materially, enabling more borrowers to obtain mortgages," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Stephen Lynch.
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FHFA director announces changes to open Fannie, Freddie credit boxes

Clarifies lending liability in reps & warranties, increases LTV ratios
Trey Garrison
In a speech at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo on Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability.
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MBA leaders challenge federal regulators to take action

MBA: It's time for the penalty phase to end
Sarah Wheeler
"Today's lenders are paying many times over for mistakes that may have been out of their control," Bill Cosgrove, MBA chairman, said Monday at the MBA Convention in Las Vegas. "And it's the consumer who pays the ultimate price. It's time for the penalty phase to end."
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MBA names new leadership

New chairman, vice chairman, board of directors announced
Ben Lane
The days at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention and expo in Las Vegas feature quite the packed schedule. But between all the sessions and speakers, the MBA has also elected several new members of its executive leadership.
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Alleged Arkansas Realtor murderer now says Carter’s death was an accident

Lewis claims Carter was with him willingly; that he is being set up
Trey Garrison
The man accused of the kidnapping and murder of an Arkansas Realtor now says that he is innocent and that her death was an accident, alleging that the late Beverly Carter was with him willingly at the time of her death.
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CoesterVMS integrates with Mercury Vendor Management Portal

Simplifies appraisal process
Brena Swanson
CoesterVMS, an appraisal management and technology provider, has integrated its Cloud Control appraisal management service into a la mode’s Mercury Vendor Management Portal, simplifying the appraisal process for users.
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Churchill Mortgage's purchase volume surges 49%

Purchases claim larger production volume
Brena Swanson
Churchill Mortgage experienced an increase in homebuyer demand, recording a 49% year-over-year growth in its purchase volume from April to September.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Mortgage lending set to loosen?

MBA Las Vegas and housing metrics will dominate the week
Trey Garrison
With the big Mortgage Bankers Association conference in Vegas, a big announcement from FHFA on the way, and housing metrics galore, it's like Christmas comes early. Follow HousingWire this week for real-time reports from the MBA Convention and Expo.
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