Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

Five leading economists weigh in and the answer may surprise you

Auction.com partners with Google to predict housing trends

Nowcast will predict in real time

The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

Mortgage finance and mortgage regulation aren’t the paper’s strong suits
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Ellie Mae’s earnings overcome mortgage industry declines

AllRegs buy will reflect on next quarter's results
Brena Swanson
“Revenue grew 30% over last year’s third quarter to a record $42.8 million, despite a 27% decline in industry mortgage origination volume, and our active user base crossed the 100,000 mark for the first time,” said Sig Anderman, CEO of Ellie Mae.
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Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

Five leading economists weigh in and the answer may surprise you
Trey Garrison
The cost of originating mortgages and loan production is officially ridiculous and a question that arose at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s convention and expo last week was “Are record low mortgage rates masking from borrowers the high cost of mortgages?”
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Borrowers find refuge in nonbank mortgage loans

But concerns persist over nonbank risk
Levi Shultz
Nonbank lending continues to fill the gap for borrowers rejected by other banks, even as concerns about nonbanks persist.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgages rates rise from yearly lows

Rates increase across the board.
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates moved away from last week’s yearly lows and slightly increased across the board, with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.98% for the week ended Oct. 30.
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Jobless claims tick up by 3,000 filings

Still remains at historic lows
Brena Swanson
Although initial jobless claims ticked up by 3,000 filings to 287,000 for the week ended Oct. 25, levels still remain at historic lows.
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Auction.com partners with Google to predict housing trends

Nowcast will predict in real time
Ben Lane
The companies are calling the report a first for the real estate industry, because it combines industry data, proprietary company transactional data and publicly available Google Trends data to predict market trends as they are occurring, instead of waiting weeks to see the findings of other benchmark studies.
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Hilco Real Estate Finance sold, rebrands as Jordan Capital Finance

Will focus on “fix and flip” investors; offer lines of credit up to $5 million
Ben Lane
“Following such a successful first year and a half of lending, originating loans in approximately 20 states and rapid expansion of the operations, we decided that the time was right to carefully transition the company to a new capital partner that wanted to aggressively scale the business,” Hilco Real Estate CEO Neil Aaronson said.
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Greenspan: End of tapering will cause market turmoil

Will the Fed end QE?
Brena Swanson
The Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes are just minutes away from being revealed, potentially announcing the end to Quantitative Easing. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he doesn’t think the Fed can unwind years of extraordinary stimulus without causing turmoil in financial markets.
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This chart shows exactly how student debt blocks housing

The true price of the America dream
Brena Swanson
Not only is the student debt crisis a threat to housing, but it also shows no sign of easing. In fact, it will probably get worse before it gets better, according to one data field.
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MBA Annual has come and gone, but TILA-RESPA is here to stay

What progress have you made one week after the conference?
Matt Corcoran

As you head to complete this phase by Week 28, you not only need to look at how your organization operates internally, but how it operates externally as well with business partners and consumers to ensure regulations around the three-day delivery rule for the Loan Estimate are met.  


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