New home sales plummet 14.5% in March

New home sales plummet 14.5% in March

Spring buying season off with a whimper

4 metrics reveal California's true housing market

Foreclosures dwindle as home prices skyrocket

HUD’s Donovan: This is the worst rental crisis in this nation, ever

Says administration is very pleased with Johnson-Crapo
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Investments

Fitch: 7 factors that will shape the housing market in 2014

Can the headwinds be overcome?
April 22, 2014
Despite the anemic housing market start so far in 2014, housing metrics should improve later this year, according to Fitch Ratings’ Chalk Line report.
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Cushman Wakefield bullish on housing market

Sees challenges in 2014 but stronger fundamentals
April 21, 2014
Cushman & Wakefield may be the first to plant the flag to declare that the housing market has recovered, but they are walking back any more confidence than that about where the market will go in 2014.
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Investors fill RMBS appetite with jumbo whole loans

S&P: RMBS market shrinks to $15 billion
April 21, 2014
Investors are turning to the jumbo whole loan market to fulfill their appetites and balance sheet, as the residential mortgage-backed securities market continues to dwindle.
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Renters are high on Colorado and Washington

Wonder why?
April 18, 2014
Let’s be blunt here. Where there’s smoke, there’s probably fire.
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Ocwen’s Erbey: Lawsky hold has frozen all MSR deals

HLSS reports 1Q net income of $43.7M
April 17, 2014
HLSS Chairman William Erbey says the New York Department of Financial Services’ indefinite hold on the $2.7 billion MSR deal between Ocwen Financial and Wells Fargo put a freeze on all MSR deals in the market.
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HSBC gets the go ahead to sue Deutsche Bank over reps and warrants

Judge denies motion to dismiss case from pre-crisis RMBS deals
April 16, 2014
A New York judge denied Deutsche Bank’s bid to dismiss four lawsuits that would force it to either pay damages or buy back subprime mortgages packaged into RMBS back before the start of the 2008 financial crisis.
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BAC posts $276M loss in 1Q driven by $6B in mortgage litigation costs

Bank makes headway with legacy, delinquent mortgages
April 16, 2014
Heavy mortgage-related litigation expenses and a mortgage lending business in retreat hurt Bank of America in the first quarter of 2014, with the bank forking over $6 billion in mortgage-related litigation costs this quarter.
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Moody's: Johnson-Crapo could ramp up issuance of private-label RMBS

See positive potential in Senate GSE reform measure
April 14, 2014
Moody's says the GSE package could help kick-start issuance in the private-label residential mortgage-backed securities.
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Fitch: Apartments are filling up

CMBS fundamentals remain solid
April 14, 2014
CMBS loan defaults, including those for multifamily properties, dropped for the fourth consecutive year and to their lowest level since 2008, according to Fitch Ratings in its annual CMBS loan default study.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Will Citi follow in JPMorgan, Wells Fargo footsteps?

Also, criticism grows for FHA fees
April 13, 2014
In an important week on earnings, analysts lay out the scenario of performance for Citigroup. Plus, mortgages are growing at smaller lenders, criticism of the FHA continues, and the investor plan to buy a Baltimore bank appears in jeopardy.
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