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

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

Who's going to pay for that?

Before you judge Dodd-Frank...

Urban Institute: "Can we really calculate the cost?"
W S

News

It’s official: Zillow owns Trulia

"Better agents make for better advertisers."
July 28, 2014
During a conference call on the deal, Rascoff said the real ad potential for the two companies, to make some serious profit, is working to move real estate marketing from offline to online.
Read More

Black Knight: Home prices tick up 0.9% in May

Continues upward trend
July 28, 2014
Homes prices continue to trend higher and are now just 11% off the 2006 peak of $268,000. Meanwhile, Colorado and Texas both hit new peaks in May, reaching $269,000 and $195,000, respectively.
Read More

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.
Read More

Goldman hired for Radian Asset selloff

Pending private mortgage insurance rules speed up process
July 25, 2014
Radian hired Goldman Sachs to evaluate interest in its financial guaranty business Radian Asset, according to Radian. The company has been in the runoff since 2008.
Read More

Bank of America Merrill Lynch concludes Dodd-Frank killed housing

Not coming back to life soon, either
July 25, 2014
“In testimony to Congress on QRM, Mr. Frank noted changing the US residential mortgage market was foremost among the very purpose of the statute,” said analysts Flanagan and Katz. And change that market it did — by sucking the life out of it.
Read More

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.
Read More

Fed releases SunTrust order over $160M mortgage penalty

Settlements continue to dent lender's profits
July 25, 2014
SunTrust's earnings continue to be dragged down by various mortgage settlements, resolving past foreclosure and mortgage issues. Most recently, the Federal Reserve finalized the $160 million penalty related to faulty mortgages announced back in October.
Read More

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

Who's going to pay for that?
July 25, 2014
We have another woe-is-me homeowner paraded out for emotion exploitation from pro-reduction policy wonks and "if it bleeds it leads" journalists. Where is the opinion of the mortgage servicer? Or the mortgage lender?
Read More

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.
Read More

Before you judge Dodd-Frank...

Urban Institute: "Can we really calculate the cost?"
July 25, 2014
Now four years old, Dodd-Frank is struggling to measure up to its original design. But according to the Urban Institute, before disregarding Ddd-Frank as a fail, understand that it is complex and difficult law.
Read More