Another mortgage lender launches 3% down loan

Fannie Mae: Will housing make full recovery in 2015?

Can't do much worse than 2014

Zillow, Trulia shareholders green light merger

Overwhelming margin approve marriage of online listings giants
W S

News

Fitch Ratings: Housing in Texas and California are officially overvalued

Oil’s impact on two of the largest states
Brena Swanson
While many Americans’ wallets are thankful that gas prices are drastically low, Texas and California may not be as enthusiastic. And the root of the problem: Oil prices.
Read More

AmeriSave Mortgage joins 97% LTV pioneer club

Lender jumping into Fannie’s lower down program
Trey Garrison
Only a handful of lenders so far have jumped on board the 97% LTV train, and AmeriSave Mortgage is the latest. Here's why they think it's a good choice.
Read More

OCC: Mortgage performance improves in third quarter

Delinquencies, foreclosures decline on first-lien mortgages
Trey Garrison
Mortgage activity may be slowing overall, but first-lien mortgages are continuing to show improvement. Here's how it broke out in the third quarter.
Read More

Community bankers call on FHA to lower mortgage insurance premiums

Costs threaten housing recovery, trade groups say
Trey Garrison
The FHA is getting back on its fiscal feet, but it's still charging premiums that the mortgage finance industry worry are too high. Here's what they want, and why.
Read More

What the hell is going on in the appraisal world?

The confusion of Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter
Anthony Roveda
It’s incumbent upon all in the industry to understand and implement best practices, but when the VERY use of appraisal services doesn’t employ some level of disclosure we might have a few problems. These problems are occurring right now with the massive confusion going on within the valuation space.
Read More

Freddie Mac offloads $155 million of credit risk to insurers

Fourth ACIS transaction brings total credit risk offload to $205 billion
Ben Lane
As part of its continuing effort to limit the American taxpayers’ liability, Freddie Mac obtained a number of insurance polices designed to cover potential losses on a $155 million pool of single-family loans.
Read More

18 Senators, mortgage bankers tell HUD: Time to lower FHA premiums

Letters cite health of MMIF as reason for lowering fees
Ben Lane
A group of 18 U.S. Senators and the Mortgage Bankers Association both sent letters to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday, stating that the time has come for the Federal Housing Administration to lower its mortgage insurance premiums.
Read More

Mortgage bond spreads tighten to lowest level in two years

Hesitant investors to blame
Ben Lane
Hesitant investors are driving down mortgage bond yield spreads to a level not seen in more than two years. Is the rise in overall yields to blame?
Read More

Fannie Mae: Will housing make full recovery in 2015?

Can't do much worse than 2014
Brena Swanson
Although 2014 is wrapping up to be a less-than-stellar year for the economy, mortgage lenders believe 2015 will get the nation back on track. But will housing see a surge in activity? Yes, and no.
Read More

ditech to offer 97% LTV loans

Ready to participate in Fannie Mae program
Ben Lane
Ditech Mortgage Corp is expanding its lending options again. The company is now the latest lender to to jump on board with the 97% LTV programs announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earlier this month.
Read More