Here's why the loanDepot CEO loves the CFPB

Here's why the loanDepot CEO loves the CFPB

Regulatory environment huge barrier to entry

Realtor.com: Housing inventory increased in February

Price appreciation encouraging owners to sell

Google prepares to launch mortgage comparison tool

“Compare” service for mortgages already in use in the U.K.
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Realtor.com: Housing inventory increased in February

Price appreciation encouraging owners to sell
Trey Garrison
Housing inventories are growing, with homeowners on the fence feeling the go-ahead from rising home prices. Here's what's happening.
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Housing’s critical problems are “intrinsic to the GSE charters”

Private capital at the center of reform
Brena Swanson
Michael Stegman, counselor to the secretary for housing finance policy with the Treasury, said at the Goldman Sachs Housing Finance Conference Thursday morning, that the current status quo is unsustainable and taxpayers are still on the hook.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates at 21-month low

Economic factors push rates down
Trey Garrison
Mortgage rates slid again this past week, but with little impact on mortgage applications. Here's what happened.
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Mortgage credit got more available in February

Jumbos, 97% LTVs lead the way
Trey Garrison
Mortgage credit got more available in February, but not in the primary lanes. When will 97% LTV mortgages begin to take off? Perhaps sooner than we think.
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How many underwater homes hold risky second-liens?

Higher payments coming and average payment spike hits $146 per month
Trey Garrison
A second life for silent seconds risk? It could be, according to what RealtyTrac has found. Here's what's happening and why we all should be concerned.
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Google prepares to launch mortgage comparison tool

“Compare” service for mortgages already in use in the U.K.
Ben Lane
It’s beginning to look like Google launching a mortgage payment calculator was the first step in a much larger plan to expand the online giant’s footprint in the mortgage market. According to a report from Gigaom, Google is preparing to launch a mortgage comparison tool via its Compare service.
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More MLSs give Zillow direct home listings

Continues efforts to counter pending loss of ListHub data
Ben Lane
With ListHub-provided listings set to disappear from Zillow in just over a month, the Zillow Group is continuing in its efforts to secure listing agreements with multiple listing services to provide listing data directly to Zillow. Here are the latest members of Zillow’s Partnership Platform.
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Definitely the best Beige Book coverage on housing and mortgage finance

Thank you, Vince Vaughn
Trey Garrison
Lending was up and home sales increased in most of the 12 Federal Reserve districts, according to the latest Beige Book released Wednesday. Here’s how it broke down, with thanks to a few Hollywood stars.
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Goldman Sachs just nailed millennial homebuying

Publishes animated graph day before housing conference
Jacob Gaffney
Anyone need to know everything about millennials, homebuying, and their spending profiles? Oh, but you only have less than 60 seconds? Head to this hugely educational, animated graph on the Goldman Sachs website.
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Capital Economics on mortgage apps: Nowhere to go but up

Fundamentals point to upswing over the long haul
Trey Garrison
Mortgage rates finished February flat after a very down run through the bulk of the month. While some are concerned, here are a few reasons other analysts are much more optimistic.
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