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MBA: Mortgage applications reverse course, fall

30-year fixed-rate mortgage stays frozen
Mortgage applications reversed course and dipped slightly from the previous week due to a drop in both purchase and refinance applications. Meanwhile, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a conforming loan balance managed to stay the same.
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PHH laying off more employees in New York

Cuts will leave company with 30 employees in region
Given the headlines of late, it may be easy to forget that PHH Mortgage Corp’s landmark battle with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau isn’t the only issue the company is facing. The company is also in the middle of a significant shift in its business, necessitated by substantial changes in its mortgage servicing operations.
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What Trump’s tax cuts mean for affordable housing deals

Housing tax credits can determine if projects get off the ground
One of President Donald Trump’s priorities, tax reform, could threaten the affordable housing industry as fewer investors may be enticed to fund projects. Developers said investors are valuing the tax credit 10% to 20% lower since Election Day. The reduction in the credit’s value is already likely to cause a drop of about $1 billion in equity investment for the year.
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The Great Baby Boomer Retirement Plan: Downsize your life

Merrill Lynch study shows generation increasingly looks to rent
Baby Boomers are preparing for retirement and as they do, the generation is looking increasingly to downsize. Nearly half, in fact, are giving up on the dream of homeownership entirely. As humans live longer, many must consider a wide range of course corrections in order to enjoy a secure retirement.
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Trump reportedly considering former OneWest CEO to lead OCC

Joseph Otting worked closely with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
President Donald Trump is “expected to name” Joseph Otting to serve as the Comptroller of the Currency, one of the country’s top financial regulators, per a CNBC report. Otting served as the CEO of OneWest Bank from 2010 until 2015, working alongside Steven Mnuchin, the recently installed Secretary of the Department of the Treasury and the former chairman of OneWest.
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Tensions escalate at House hearing on constitutionality of the CFPB

This just brings more harm than good
Well, this is awkward. Four witnesses on the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sat before a House subcommittee on Tuesday morning, lending their expert knowledge to help sort through the current state of confusion around the bureau. The only problem is that they could barely get a word in edgewise. House Republicans profusely thanked them for coming as House Democrats condemned the hearing entirely.
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NY Fed president compares Wells Fargo fake account scandal to subprime mortgage crisis

Dudley: Like subprime crisis, compensation made bankers ignore consequences
The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York told the Banking Standards Board in London on Tuesday that he sees quite a few similarities between the Wells Fargo fake account scandal and the subprime mortgage crisis of the late 2000’s. "Compensation, once again, seems to be at the center of a scandal," NY Fed President William Dudley said in the speech.
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Rising interest rates become double-edged sword for mortgage-banker profits

Cost to close keeps getting cheaper
The recent growth of independent mortgage bank profit hit a speed bump when mortgage interest rates started to steadily increase toward the end of 2016. Now, despite the surge in profit at the start of 2016, independent mortgage bank profit is struggling. But rising interest rates aren't all bad news for the bottom line.
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