This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

MBA declarations are feel-good, but temporary

How far can lenders push the credit box?

Watt announcement helps, but risk keeps standards tight

Warren calls for GAO investigation of nonbank servicers

Asks GAO to review “unprecedented” growth of nonbank servicers
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Fannie Mae: Positive on U.S. economy despite global growth decline

Housing faces upward grind in 2015
Trey Garrison
Real economic growth in the U.S. appears ready to exceed 3% for the second half of the year, providing a sound basis for growth in 2015, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.
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Home-value growth peaks; cooling market puts bubble fears to rest

Zillow: Home value rate of growth easing down
Trey Garrison
Appreciation in home values is slowing definitively after nearly two years of accelerating year-over-year growth, according to the third-quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Report.
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PropertyRadar: California real estate market stuck in low gear

High prices, declining demand limit September to 7-year low
Trey Garrison
California single-family home and condominium sales fell 5.6% to 32,017 units from 33,931 in August, PropertyRadar reports, blamed largely on high prices, falling demand and tight lending.
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JPMorgan’s latest jumbo RMBS receives AAA ratings from Fitch, KBRA

$262 million offering backed by 15-year notes
Ben Lane
Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency both issued presale reports to JPMMT 2014-5 and awarded AAA ratings to the majority of the tranches of the deal.
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Capital Economics: Recovery in home sales marches on

Analysts bullish on housing
Trey Garrison
The increase in existing home sales in September took sales activity to a 12-month high, and with falling mortgage interest rates and what some see as an improving labor market, Capital Economics is getting bullish on housing.
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Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition
Jacob Gaffney
The CEO from the government-sponsored enterprise, Freddie Mac, said that his firm is increasingly becoming more competitive in the mortgage market and will look to see how its "credit box could be more fully utilized.”
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Find out which four housing markets CoreLogic says are overvalued

Texas takes half the list
Trey Garrison
Market Condition Indicators designed by CoreLogic identified only four of the top 50 markets in the U.S. as currently overvalued, based on data through August 2014.
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Fannie Mae to make proprietary appraisal tool available to lenders

Lenders can use Collateral Underwriter in 2015
Ben Lane
Beginning in early 2015, Fannie will make Collateral Underwriter available to lenders as part of its industry tools package, which also includes Desktop Underwriter and Early Check.
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Nope, tiny houses are not the next big thing

Sorry, man – size matters
Trey Garrison
"There's a new, huge craze sweeping the United States... and it's tiny houses." No. No there's not. Just stop it.
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5 things you absolutely need for the MBA convention in Las Vegas

Every one of these is totally necessary
Jacob Gaffney
Here are the 5 things you absolutely need for the MBA, and heck, for other conventions as well, in order of least necessary, to “you will probably die if you do not do this” order of importance.
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