HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

Inaugural 2014 HW Fast50 ranks public, private companies on revenue growth

Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market

So what does this mean for homeowners and buyers?

Judge throws out Fannie and Freddie investors’ lawsuit

Decision favors Federal government
W S

Articles by Christina Mlynski

From HW Magazine

Is the bubble back?

Supply constraints, building demand force housing market seesaw
Christina Mlynski
The housing market is a warrior. The industry has fought many battles, gotten pushed down — even trampled on — and yet, it always manages to find its footing to take on the days ahead. But the continued drag of employment numbers, coupled with housing demand constraints and extremely tight credit standards have led many industry experts to ask the question: Are we indeed on the path to yet another housing bubble?
Read More
From HW Magazine

Pre-bubble HPA clouds industry

The extreme rate of home price growth is a cause for caution
Christina Mlynski
Home prices continue to increase nationally. In fact, home prices jumped 12% on a year-over-year basis in September 2013 compared to a year prior, posting the 19th consecutive monthly year-over-year gain in home prices nationally, according to the most recent CoreLogic Home Price Index report.
Read More

JPMorgan reaches $4.5B settlement over mortgage-bond claims

Deal resolves repurchase and servicing issues
Christina Mlynski
The settlement represents another critical step in the bank’s efforts to resolve mortgage-related legacy matters.
Read More

Ex-mortgage broker convicted in $2.4M mortgage scheme

Florida real estate agent sentenced to 11 years in prison
Christina Mlynski
Jose Alvarado was found guilty on Sept. 9 of eight counts of wire fraud and six counts of bank fraud. He was sentenced to serve 135 months in prison for his role in a $2.4 million scheme.
Read More

RMBS issuance likely to hit $35B in 2014

QRM standard will boost nonagency investor appetite
Christina Mlynski
"Assuming the economy continues to recover and there are no major surprises, we expect issuance in 2014 to be more than twice what it was in 2013,” Barclays said.
Read More

Eminent domain remains minor headwind as housing recovers

Home prices, government pushback favor investors
Christina Mlynski
Before investors begin to sound the alarm on the program’s issues, market analysts expect eminent domain to remain an outlier risk, which, if widespread, could impact valuations drastically — although the likelihood is very low.
Read More

HW 30 climbs after Fed Chair nominee testifies

Janet Yellen to keep her foot on the QE gas pedal
Christina Mlynski
Housing stocks remained undeterred after Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee Thursday. In fact, the HW 30 posted significant gains after Yellen showed no signs of taking her foot off the QE gas pedal.
Read More

New home purchase apps post significant gains

MBA: Apps grow when employment numbers pick up
Christina Mlynski
Mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by double-digits, signaling Americans are financially ready to begin the homebuying process again.
Read More

Mortgage rates continue upward momentum

Solid economic data pushes 30-year FRM to two-month high
Christina Mlynski
Fixed mortgage rates edged higher for the second week in a row on stronger than expected economic data, specifically the jobs report that shocked the market.
Read More

HUD’s bid to sell soured mortgages stops short

Christina Mlynski
The sales are an attempt by HUD to stem losses from its Mutual Mortgage Insurance fund, while providing an alternative for distressed borrowers that are on the brink of foreclosure. Even though investors did not meet the reserve requirements, the agency will carry on with business as usual.
Read More