Fannie Mae: Don't expect 2015 to be a breakout year for housing

Stop panicking about recent foreclosure numbers

The sky is not falling

Sen. Warren accuses FHFA’s Watt: “You haven’t helped a single family”

Senator charges FHFA with dereliction on principal reduction
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Fannie Mae: Don't expect 2015 to be a breakout year for housing

New year will likely mirror 2014
Brena Swanson
“The housing market continues to grind its way upward, but we don’t expect a breakout performance in 2015 as the fundamentals remain somewhat muted,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan.
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CUNA issues alert on HELOC wire fraud

New round of attacks prompts cautions on data
Trey Garrison
CUNA Mutual Group issued an alert this week regarding a wave of fraud that originates from home equity lines of credit and requests wire transfers be sent to construction company accounts.
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Genworth: G-fee increases to hurt mortgage lending

53% say increases will result in fewer loans
Brena Swanson
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced in June that it was seeking industry opinion on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees, and while the results of this have not been revealed, a new survey of mortgage bankers gives a preview into what lenders expect to happen with increases.
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Freddie Mac: Rates drift below 4% again

Rates slightly down from last week
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates ticked back down and fell below 4% again, as rates continue to fluctuate around this level. Meanwhile, the 15-year FRM dipped to 3.17%, down from 3.2% a week ago and 3.27% a year ago.
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Zillow: Mortgage rates fall further below 4%

Continues at sub-4% level for seventh week in a row
Ben Lane
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.82% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, down from last week’s figure of 3.9%.
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CFPB: Don’t discriminate against borrowers on Social Security disability

Issues warning to lenders
Ben Lane
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a warning to lenders, ordering them not to discriminate against borrowers who are receiving Social Security disability income.
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Smaller home sizes usher in more affordable housing

Newly built homes shrink in size
Brena Swanson
The shrinking size of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. could be the beginning of a shift toward more affordable houses.
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FOMC: Federal funds rate changes directly tied to economic changes

Participants debate federal funds rate language
Brena Swanson
While the Federal Open Market Committee concluded the more than two-year-old asset purchase program at the end of October, the anticipated path of the federal funds rate is still up for debate.
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Reuters: DOJ collects $24.7 billion in settlements in 2014

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup, BofA among biggest settlements
Levi Shultz
The U.S. Department of Justice reported a total of $24.7 billion in settlements for fraud and other cases in 2014. Approximately $11 billion came from settlements with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup, along with $16.65 from Bank of America.
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First National expands into mortgages as others walk away

Acquires six locations from BofA
Brena Swanson
First National Corporation, the holding company for First Bank, continues to break into an industry where a lot of others are pulling away by buying up bank branches and opening up mortgage divisions.
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