Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen achieved the primary goal of any new Fed chief and avoided any obvious land mines. But what was lacking in the dialogue, both from Yellen and the media, was a serious discussion of what’s next for national economic policy.
In what has become a complete and total rebuke of an effort put forth by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt to award $3 million raises to the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, President Obama signed into a law a bill that caps the salaries of Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos and Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton. Click headline to read more.
The Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced the annual adjustment of the dollar amount used to determine whether a small loan is exempt from the special appraisal requirements that apply to higher-priced mortgage loans.
There are a plethora of reports and studies out there all defining what the Millennial generation looks like. This latest infographic from UpNest puts a lot of that information into one creative graphic.
The latest report from the Commerce Department said that consumer spending is barely increasing since households are taking advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years.
While sales of new single-family houses in October beat expectations, it still remains volatile month-to-month. As one economist puts it, going forward, housing is likely to continue to be a positive contribution to headline activity although limited.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2016. Despite some predictions that the loan limits would rise for 2016, the FHFA said the conforming loan limits will remain unchanged for much of the country, but not everywhere.
Mortgage rates reported little change for the week, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate staying just barely below 4%. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti noted that it’s a quiet week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Fannie Mae joins the electronic document revolution. The government-sponsored enterprise announced that it is partnering with DocuSign to provide an "easy, fast, and secure way" to execute agreements with Fannie Mae by allowing electronic signatures on several of its documents.
The darlings of 2014, the single-family housing investment and rental businesses, didn’t dominate like last year, but they still had a strong showing. After snagging four of the top five spots on the 2014 HW Fast50, two SFRs placed in the top five in 2015 and three made the top 50..
Bank loyalty is not a factor for borrowers in shopping for a mortgage loan. Borrowers tend to select a mortgage originator based on product, price and their expectation for a convenient transaction process. Read More