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Maxine Waters accuses Wells Fargo execs of dodging fake account inquiries

Says execs questioned by Republicans, but won't sit for Democrats
Wells Fargo executives are dodging additional Congressional inquiries into the bank’s massive fake accounts scandal, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said last week in a letter sent to Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan. Click the headline for more on Waters' accusation and what Wells Fargo says about it.
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What lenders are missing when it comes to mobile technology

Five reasons why lenders need mobile technology
The majority of homebuyers, especially Millennials, do extensive research online and on their mobile devices before making any purchase — especially for something as large as a home. While many lenders are jumping on the trend to incorporate technology into their customer experience, they are often ignoring the reasons why the technology matters. Here are five reasons why mobile technology should be key to every lender’s strategy.
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[CHARTS] Notably fewer rejections for mortgage refis as credit profiles improve

Lower credit consumers stay away from rising interest rates
As interest rates continue to increase, mortgage refinance applications are decreasing. However, as the last few households rushed in to apply for a refi before rates increased further, rejection rates dropped. These charts from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York explain the latest trends in mortgage refinances.
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First American launches new appraisal solutions technology

Now offers hybrid appraisal tools
First American Mortgage Solutions launched a new appraisal solutions technology which could change how many appraisals are done and the time it takes to do them. Currently, much of the time it takes to close a loan is held up by the appraisal process, but First American’s appraisal offering could make that a thing of the past, shortening wait times as it combines technology with the traditional appraisal process.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump tapping familiar face to lead DOJ's civil division?

What will become of False Claims Act charges under new leader?
It looks like President Donald Trump is about to install a familiar face as the leader of the Department of Justice’s civil division. If that happens, what happens to the DOJ's recently preferred tactic of using the False Claims Act to extract settlements from lenders for supposedly misrepresenting the quality of loans to the Federal Housing Administration? The answer, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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[Video] Rep. Hill: It's a good time to reassess the impact of Dodd-Frank

Echoes recent comments from Hensarling
In light of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, House Financial Services Committee Majority Whip French Hill, R-Ark., went on record about his thoughts on the HUD budget. Included in his interview, Hill gives his thoughts on regulatory reform, echoing recent comments from the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
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In major reversal, U.S. sides with PHH, calls CFPB structure unconstitutional

DOJ asks court to give president authority to fire CFPB director at will
Recently, the U.S. government began to give off indications that it might be switching sides in the landmark battle between the CFPB and PHH, signaling that the Trump administration would not be as supportive of the CFPB as the Obama administration had been. And Friday, that's exactly what happened. Click the headline for the full story.
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Key to Millennial homeownership: Education

UWM says mortgage industry should do more to educate first-time homebuyers
A new study from United Wholesale Mortgage shows Millennials want to enter the housing market, but don’t know that they can. UWM explained the market needs to step up its game when it comes to first time homebuyers.
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Exclusive with former HUD Secretary Julián Castro: Trump budget will create more homeless veterans

Castro gets candid: "There's no vision here"
Julián Castro served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama. In an exclusive interview with HousingWire, Castro explains his concerns with the proposed $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD. In his words, "There’s no vision here. It’s almost like a cartoon cutout of an ideologue’s conception of the budget." From homeless veterans to small towns, these are the areas he says will be the hardest hit.
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Freddie Mac sells $667 million in NPLs to private investors

Familiar names in buyer pool
As its fellow government-sponsored enterprise did earlier in the week, Freddie Mac announced Friday that it is selling hundreds of millions of dollars in non-performing loans to a familiar series of private investors. Here are the details of Freddie Mac's latest NPL sale.
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