Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Credit improvements lead to mortgage product

MBA leaders challenge federal regulators to take action

MBA: It's time for the penalty phase to end

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Allstate Appraisal and Bradford Technologies launch valuation tool

Valuation Express targets valuations for HELOCs, seconds and REOs
Ben Lane
"The market needs alternatives that provide the strength and accuracy of an appraiser-driven valuation but without the time and expense of a full appraisal,” said Steven Albert, president of Allstate Appraisal. “The Valuation Express report provides the right balance of quality and expertise of the local appraiser at the price points lenders require."
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IMA selling $46.1 million whole loan and REO portfolio

Seller has “very strong financials”
Ben Lane
There are 210 loans total in the portfolio, with an average loan size of $216,367. The loans carry a weighted average seasoning of 75.2 months and a weighted average interest rate of 3.89%.
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Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Credit improvements lead to mortgage product
Jacob Gaffney
Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said the government-sponsored enterprise will soon begin offering a 97% loan-to-value mortgage. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention & expo, Mayopoulous said the government-sponsored enterprise is working “closely” with the FHFA to offer this product to all Fannie associates.
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NTC study alleges up to 490,000 homeowners face inaccurate servicing records

Faulty data can be passed from servicer to servicer
Trey Garrison
National Title Clearing found that out of 2,285,665 servicing database records that were verified against the collateral file, 24,490 loans (1.07%) had significant discrepancies.
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S&P: Nonbank earnings will be weak

Too little demand
Brena Swanson
"We believe industry earnings are likely to remain weak unless supply contracts substantially as some of the originators that expanded during the boom exit the market, or unless industry credit standards ease materially, enabling more borrowers to obtain mortgages," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Stephen Lynch.
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Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition
Jacob Gaffney
The CEO from the government-sponsored enterprise, Freddie Mac, said that his firm is increasingly becoming more competitive in the mortgage market and will look to see how its "credit box could be more fully utilized.”
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Find out which four housing markets CoreLogic says are overvalued

Texas takes half the list
Trey Garrison
Market Condition Indicators designed by CoreLogic identified only four of the top 50 markets in the U.S. as currently overvalued, based on data through August 2014.
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FHFA director announces changes to open Fannie, Freddie credit boxes

Clarifies lending liability in reps & warranties, increases LTV ratios
Trey Garrison
In a speech at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo on Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability.
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Fannie Mae to make proprietary appraisal tool available to lenders

Lenders can use Collateral Underwriter in 2015
Ben Lane
Beginning in early 2015, Fannie will make Collateral Underwriter available to lenders as part of its industry tools package, which also includes Desktop Underwriter and Early Check.
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MBA leaders challenge federal regulators to take action

MBA: It's time for the penalty phase to end
Sarah Wheeler
"Today's lenders are paying many times over for mistakes that may have been out of their control," Bill Cosgrove, MBA chairman, said Monday at the MBA Convention in Las Vegas. "And it's the consumer who pays the ultimate price. It's time for the penalty phase to end."
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