HousingWire TECH100 winner FormFree issued pioneering patent

HousingWire TECH100 winner FormFree issued pioneering patent

All-digital verification is now a thing

Ginnie Mae ditches paper and goes eMortgage

Electronic filing to start very soon

Fannie Mae offers new suite of HomePath financing

Goodbye HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation
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CoreLogic slashes 2014 mortgage origination estimate by 10%

Still reports revenue growth of 13%
July 23, 2014
CoreLogic’s second-quarter revenue increased to $349.4 million, which was also up 0.4% from 2Q13. The company said that the increase was “despite an estimated 50% contraction in U.S. mortgage volumes.”
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Single-family rental companies swallow small investors

Small companies priced out of market
July 23, 2014

Smaller investors with limited capital or deadlines to repay investors are now selling houses as bigger firms eagerly wait to buy them out.


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The first: Jefferies trader Litvak gets 2 years for TARP fraud

Sole conviction of rogue RMBS trader carries $1.75M fine
July 23, 2014
Former Jefferies & Co. Managing Director Jesse Litvak was sentenced to two years in prison for lying to clients about mortgage-backed securities, Bloomberg is reporting. The conviction is the first of its kind and very rare generally.
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IMF forecasts interest rates lower than Fed's estimates

Rate path well below Fed's median rates
July 23, 2014
The Federal Reserve will be able to hike rates gradually given the slack in the labor market and continued low inflation, with the first rake higher likely to come in midsummer of 2015, according to the International Monetary Fund.
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Ginnie Mae ditches paper and goes eMortgage

Electronic filing to start very soon
July 23, 2014
Ginnie Mae, the only issuer of government-backed mortgage bonds, announced it is moving away from paper-based issuer applications to an all-electronic system. As of September 1, all applicants will be required to file electronically, via the Application Connection.
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Kroll weighs in on Silver Bay Realty’s $312M rental securitization

Awards $147M in AAA ratings
July 23, 2014
“Large-scale institutional ownership and management of single-family rentals is a fairly new business model and US securitization structures of the assets are still evolving,” Kroll’s presale report states. “While SBY 2014-1 is the sixth transaction of its kind, performance data for the sector is limited.”
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Is this the way to cut housing costs when facing hardship?

The household is the biggest household expense
July 23, 2014
What’s the No. 1 way people would reduce their housing costs if they were hit with an unexpected financial burden?
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Growth in rest of 2014 won't make up for record slump in 1Q

Fannie: Expect 1.5% GDP after slowest 1Q since recession
July 23, 2014
Economic growth during the second half of 2014 likely won’t be strong enough to offset the weak activity from the first two quarters of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.
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Silver Bay Realty prepping $312M rental securitization

Here comes another one
July 22, 2014
Morningstar was the first of the ratings agencies to issue a presale report on the Silver Bay offering and awarded $147.75 million in AAA ratings to the class A tranche.
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Flagstar rebounds, posts income of $25.5M in 2Q14

Income up significantly from net loss of $78.9M in first quarter
July 22, 2014
The company cited improved net interest income and gain on loan sales, increased mortgage rate lock commitments and loan origination volume and a continued focus on expense management as drivers of the income growth.
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