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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Goldman's $1B FHFA settlement?

America’s lost decade; FHA fees drag; Mortgage lending, RMBS slow to a crawl

Here’s why the FHFA is not a fan of principal reduction

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Invitation Homes bringing third REO-to-rental securitization to market

Asset class becoming more popular
July 28, 2014
Of note in the presale report is the vacancy rate of the underlying properties, which stands at 4.4% as of the cutoff date. That’s lower than the vacancy rate in Invitation Homes’ previous SFR securitization in 2014, which was 5.1%, but still far above the vacancy rate of any of the other rental securitizations this year.
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10 cities that got back up after the recession, and 10 still on the canvas

Texas leads in recession recovery; California and Arizona bottom out
July 28, 2014

With Detroit’s bankruptcy trial approaching, and many other cities still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, the personal finance social network WalletHub crunched the numbers to identify 2014's Most & Least Recession-Recovered Cities.


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KBRA rates third Invitation Homes single-family 2014-SFR2

July 28, 2014
Kroll Bond Rating Agency assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of Invitation Homes 2014-SFR2 single-family rental pass-through certificates.
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Pending home sales drop 7.3% YOY on flat wages, short supply

Biggest drop and biggest miss of 2014 augurs ill for housing
July 28, 2014

Pending home sales dropped off in June, according to the National Association of Realtors, dropping 1.1% from May and falling 7.3% from June 2014 in the biggest decline in 2014 and the biggest miss of expectations in 2014 as well.


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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Goldman's $1B FHFA settlement?

America’s lost decade; FHA fees drag; Mortgage lending, RMBS slow to a crawl
July 28, 2014
Goldman is looking at a $1 billion settlement with the FHFA, Americans' household wealth has plunged 36% from 2003, and FHA fees may be a big drag on the housing economy.
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Mortgage insurer ratings safe despite potential FHFA rule changes

S&P: Transition period provides sufficient time
July 25, 2014
Despite the FHFA's decision to revise its private mortgage insurance requirements, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services forecasts that insurers will maintain strong ratings in the immediate term.
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Vacancies drop in Invitation Homes rental securitization

Reverses previous month’s surge
July 25, 2014
"With initial lease expirations peaking in May and June 2014 (23.3% of all properties in the pool had leases expiring through May 2014 and 34.3% through June 2014), Morningstar expects the month-end vacancy rate to stabilize and to potentially decline," Morningstar said in its update.
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Are the jumbo RMBS floodgates finally re-opening?

Credit Suisse brings third jumbo RMBS to market this year
July 25, 2014
The offering comes nearly three months after Credit Suisse launched its most recent jumbo RMBS and becomes the sixth offered by the bank since the housing recovery began. It also marks a trend of increasing jumbo RMBS offerings over the last few months.
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S&P receives wells notice over CMBS ratings

Tied to loans from 2011
July 25, 2014
Commercial-mortgage backed securities Standard & Poor graded in 2011 are under question after McGraw Hill Financial said it received a notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the regulator may seek an enforcement action.
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Non-U.S. banks up rules on bad loans

IASB overhauls finance-accounting rules
July 25, 2014
According to new regulations, European banks and other non-U.S. banks will have to record losses on bad loans more quickly and set aside more reserves for loan losses.
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