Fitch: Two-year run of home price growth is over

Fitch: Two-year run of home price growth is over

“Several markets are still overvalued”

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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Fitch: Two-year run of home price growth is over

“Several markets are still overvalued”
Ben Lane
“The cooling of the US housing market comes as no surprise after several years of unsustainable growth rates,” said Fitch Director Sean Nelson. “It’s also worth noting that nearly all major cities are experiencing the same home price flattening at the same time. “
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Sterne Agee: Tweaks to put-back rules won’t bait lenders to low FICO loans

LTV changes will open doors for some
Trey Garrison
The planned tweaks in mortgage put-back rules won’t draw major mortgage companies into offering loans to lower FICO borrowers, according to a client note from Sterne Agee, even though new Federal Housing Finance Agency plans to develop 95-97% LTV loans are a positive.
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DFS Superintendent Lawsky accuses Ocwen of backdating borrower letters

Stock plunges; Ocwen fires back
Trey Garrison
New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky alleges that Ocwen Financial has been backdating potentially hundreds of thousands of letters to borrowers “likely causing them significant harm.”
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S&P/Experian: Mortgage default rates increase two months straight

Rates hits .93%
Brena Swanson
“Default rates for bank cards reversed an increase seen in the first half of 2014 while defaults on first mortgages and auto loans appear to have bottomed out over the summer,” says David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee for S&P Dow Jones Indices.
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Joint agency rule on risk retention goes to Fed, SEC for final adoption

Rule requires 5% skin in the game, alignment of QM and QRM
Trey Garrison
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Tuesday issued the final version of the rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans.
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September existing-home sales jump to highest annual pace

Sales rise as rates drop
Brena Swanson
Despite last month’s slight retreat, existing-home sales jumped back up to their highest annual pace of the year. And on top of that, all major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September.
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MBA Hall of Honor gives back to military veterans

Financial services companies benefit veterans and their families
Sarah Wheeler
The MBA conference offers a variety of interesting, smart and funny (Michael Lewis!) speakers, but my favorite presentation so far has been the Hall of Honors, where the MBA recognizes companies in our industry who give assistance to military veterans and their families.
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A photo is worth a thousand words — and an easier lending experience
Kofax

Borrowers can scan their supporting documents, or take pictures of them with a smartphone or tablet, and the mobile app will extract the data from those sources — which means neither the borrower nor the lender has to manually key in that information.


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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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