How far can lenders push the credit box?

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

Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition
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It's official: Risk retention rule approved

Federal Reserve gives last and final approval
Brena Swanson
The final version of the risk retention rule is now officially approved by six federal agencies, following the Federal Reserve’s final approval on Wednesday. The rule contains an exemption for Qualified Mortgages similar to when the rule was proposed in 2013.
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Dimont & Associates terminates Wingspan relationship

Returns to independent operations
Ben Lane
Dimont & Associates, which was acquired by Wingspan Portfolio Advisors in May 2013, announced Thursday that is terminated its relationship with Wingspan, as a result of "recapitalization by existing institutional investors including THL Credit."
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates continue to fall below 4%

Hit lowest level in over a year
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates continued to fall after last week’s significant drop and dipped to the lowest level since the week of June 6, 2013, the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey said.
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PulteGroup 3Q net income drops to $141M

“We are encouraged by proposed changes at FHFA”
Brena Swanson
"By remaining disciplined in our construction and land investment practices, we continue to improve our returns on invested capital while positioning the Company to take advantage of market opportunities,” said Richard Dugas, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of PulteGroup.
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RealtyTrac: Seriously underwater homes hit 2-year low

But it’s not all positive news
Brena Swanson
“The decrease in underwater properties is promising but the estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity means that the flood waters are not receding as quickly as they were before, corresponding to slowing home price appreciation,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
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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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Barclays joins chorus with Ocwen warning

“Investors should be wary of a worst-case scenario”
Ben Lane
Barclays tells clients that while it may take time to determine the true extent of the practices Lawsky alleges Ocwen took part in, investors in non-agency residential mortgage-backed securitizations “should be more wary of a worst-case scenario,” when it comes to Ocwen.
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CoreLogic revenue rises $18.1 million in 3rd quarter

Marks second quarter of increasing revenue
Ben Lane
Citing growth in its data and analytics division and a shifting business plan, CoreLogic reported an increase in revenue from $349.4 million in the second quarter to $367.5 million in the third quarter.
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HUD’s Castro and Sen. Heitkamp visit Indian Country

Survey unique housing needs on Indian reservations
Trey Garrison
HUD Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp visited Belcourt to view housing challenges with black mold and overcrowding on the Turtle Mountain reservation, and toured Williston to examine the city’s rapidly expanding housing and infrastructure developments.
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SEC approves risk retention rule, pending Fed approval

Industry continues to weigh in
Brena Swanson
The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the final version of the risk retention rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans. Now all that is left is approval from the Federal Reserve.
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