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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac hike mortgage modification interest rate for first time in 2016

Benchmark rate increased back to February 2016 level
The market mortgage interest rates aren’t the only ones on the way up, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced Wednesday that they are increasing the benchmark interest rate for standard mortgage modifications to a level not seen in 10 months. The increase will be the first time that the GSEs increased the modification benchmark interest rate in 2016.
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New York unveils bill of rights for borrowers facing foreclosure

State takes final steps to implement new foreclosure laws
The state of New York is taking the next step in its fight against abandoned foreclosures and neighborhood blight by unveiling a consumer bill of rights for borrowers facing foreclosure. The consumer bill of rights reminds consumers of the various rights they have before, during, and after the foreclosure process.
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Mortgage defects fall for first time in a year as TRID issues subside

New ARMCO report shows regulatory/compliance defects falling in Q2

Earlier this year, a report from ACES Risk Management shows the rate of serious mortgage defects on the uptick from the moment TRID started. Now, a new report from ARMCO shows that as the mortgage industry becomes more accustomed to operating in the post-TRID world, serious mortgage defects are actually declining.


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Here's one big roundup of reactions to Ben Carson, HUD secretary

Opinions vary greatly. Big surprise, right?
Last week, as we all waited for Ben Carson to accept Donald Trump’s initiation to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, reactions poured in from all sides about whether HUD Secretary Ben Carson is a good idea or not. Well, now that’s officially official, reactions are no longer based on hypotheticals about Carson as a potential choice. Here’s a recap.
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Hensarling, Waters chosen to lead House Financial Services Committee again

Representatives from Texas and California to serve as committee leadership
The halls and chambers of Congress are certainly going to look different when the 115th Congress begins its term in January. The leadership of the House Financial Services Committee, on the other hand, will look just the same as it has in the last two Congressional terms, as Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., will again serve as the committee’s leaders.
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From HW Magazine

Superior Home Services tackles damaged FHA properties in default

Hazard claim management solution addresses conveyance requirements
Superior has been managing hazard claims for mortgage servicers for more than 30 years, with the ultimate goal of maximizing those funds to remediate the damage at the subject property, and then executing those repairs with the insurance funds available. By offering a hazard claim management solution, Superior can now manage a mortgage servicer’s entire damaged property portfolio: government loans, conforming loans, private investor and bank-owned inventory. 
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From HW Magazine

2016 HW Vanguard Award winners

40 executives leading the mortgage industry
Amid the potential new direction from the White House, Congress and regulators, leadership in our industry is more important than ever. Which is why HousingWire is proud to present the 40 winners of our 2016 Vanguard award. These leaders from all segments of the mortgage ecosphere demonstrate that our industry is more than capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
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Trump chooses Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary

Nominee has long history in housing business
Steve Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of the Treasury, has a long history in the housing business, but Mnuchin isn’t the only one of Trump’s latest appointments to boast such a history. Trump also announced that he chose Wilbur Ross to serve lead the Department of Commerce. Here's a look at Ross' history in housing.
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Trump picks former Goldman Sachs exec, OneWest chairman Steve Mnuchin to lead Treasury

Led mortgage bond trading at Goldman Sachs
Steve Mnuchin, a former executive at Goldman Sachs and former chairman of OneWest Bank, is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of the Treasury during his administration, Trump’s transition team announced Wednesday morning. Here's more information on Mnuchin's long history in finance and mortgages and a look at the varied reactions to his appointment.
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KBRA: Mortgage lending will peak in 2016, fall off in 2017 and beyond

Rising interest rates, home price appreciation will slow originations
To borrow a phrase from Game of Thrones, winter is coming in more ways than just on the calendar. Winter is coming from mortgage lending too, according to a new report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. KBRA’s new report states that 2016 will likely be the peak year for mortgage originations for “years to come,” as a fall in origination volume will occur in 2017 and beyond.
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