Brena Swanson

Brena Swanson

Brena Swanson is the Digital Reporter for HousingWire.com, providing expert coverage on Millennials, lending and housing. Brena joined the HousingWire news team in February 2013, also serving in the roles of Reporter and Content Specialist. Brena graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Follow Brena on twitter at @BrenaSwanson.

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loanDepot promotes Dan Hanson to chief retail production officer

Brings more than 30 years of experience to position
loanDepot hasn’t let up on the gas since it launched into the housing finance market after the financial crisis. Now the company announced it promoted Dan Hanson to chief retail production officer, where he will be charged with fulfilling the team’s mission to become America’s lender of choice.
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Here's the inventory crisis smothering Millennial homebuying

3 factors blocking homeownership
Regardless of whether Millennials want to buy a home or not, there first must be a home available to purchase. In an interview with HousingWire, Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions, identified three key factors keeping housing inventory in a drought, barring entrance for aspiring young homeowners.
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MBA: Mortgage applications continue to decline

Refinance demand drops to another record low
This week’s mortgage application data looked similar to the previous week’s report as applications fell once again due to a drop in refinance demand. This time around the refinance share of mortgage activity sank even lower, falling to the lowest level since November 2008.
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Can this small Texas bank jump in on PHH's fight with the CFPB?

State National Bank of Big Spring v. Lew
Even though PHH’s battle with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau takes up the majority of the discussion around the fate of the bureau, it’s not the only entity fighting against the independent agency. Battling alongside PHH is State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas. The bank harbors a similar grudge against the CFPB, with a lot of its fate resting in the outcome of the PHH case. But will it be able to fight its own battle?
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What will come first: July 2018 or new plans for the CFPB?

Expert attorney on the mostly likely process going forward
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit finally ruled on the landmark case between the Consumer Financial Projection Bureau and PHH in favor of the CFPB. The decision significantly lengthens the timeline for knowing the fate of the bureau and its director, Richard Cordray. So what’s likely to happen now? Alan Kaplinsky, partner and leader of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, explains what he thinks will happen.
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CFPB seeks increased lending to "credit invisible" borrowers

Accepting input on alternative borrower-rating options
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is joining the growing chorus of groups trying to expand access to credit for consumers who lack enough credit history to obtain a credit score, also known as the credit invisible. During a field hearing in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday, CFPB Director Richard Cordray said the bureau is officially is seeking public feedback on the benefits and risks of tapping alternative data sources. Do you have any comments you want to submit?
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