This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

MBA declarations are feel-good, but temporary

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
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Marriage ignites the desire to buy a home

...except people aren’t getting married
Brena Swanson
Marriage is no longer at the forefront of Americans' minds as more people choose to delay marriage, creating a ripple effect that pushes the prospect of homeownership further back.
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Fannie Mae: Positive on U.S. economy despite global growth decline

Housing faces upward grind in 2015
Trey Garrison
Real economic growth in the U.S. appears ready to exceed 3% for the second half of the year, providing a sound basis for growth in 2015, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.
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Blows keep raining down on Ocwen and its affiliates

Fifth ‘Lawsky event’ sours outlook among analysts
Trey Garrison
Like a Top 40 radio station, the hits just keep coming for Ocwen Financial in the wake of the latest broadside on Tuesday from the New York Department of Financial Services.
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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 it terminated its relationship with Wingspan, as a result of "recapitalization by existing institutional investors including THL Credit."
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This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

MBA declarations are feel-good, but temporary
Lynn Effinger
Several newsworthy events have occurred over the past several days that would seem to indicate that the housing “recovery” is picking up steam. While that would be welcome news for our country in general and our industry in particular, these reports are tempered by the potential unintended consequences of certain actions either taken or not taken.
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TILA-RESPA: Smart lenders are taking action today

Will impact disclosures, estimates, testing and reporting
Jonathan Corr

If you’re still filling out forms manually, or going back and forth between two or more different systems, you’re not going to survive — it’s just too time-consuming and costly.


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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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