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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Nonbanks dominate FHA-backed mortgages

Is this good or bad for the industry?
Nonbank’s share of Federal Housing Administration-backed mortgages crossed $1 trillion for the first time in November. The news, while positive for nonbanks, is causing some in the industry to question the consequences nonbanks face if the industry undergoes any future stress.
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Industry reacts: Is Trump's suspension of FHA mortgage insurance premium cut good or bad?

Suspended indefinitely
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to suspend the reduction of Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums didn’t come as a shocker. But while the industry knew the uncertainty surrounding the situation, they’re left divided on the issue. How much disruption will this delay cause?
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HUD suspends FHA mortgage insurance premium cut

Just after Trump officially took office
Just moments after President Trump was sworn in on Friday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it is indefinitely suspending the reduction of FHA mortgage insurance premiums, undoing a cut announced by the Obama administration only a few weeks ago. The suspension is effective immediately.
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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac stock hangs in the balance after Mnuchin privatization talks

The easy and difficult road ahead for Mnuchin
The highs Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s stocks experienced toward the end last year didn’t stay long. After Trump’s Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin retreated from his original stance on privatizing the government-sponsored entities during his confirmation hearing, both GSEs’ stock tumbled as their future got called into question.
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[Video] Morgan Stanley CEO: "Not a fan of getting rid of Dodd-Frank"

However, there are elements that need to curtailed
Shortly after winning the election, Trump’s transition team posted his plan to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. But to Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, more changes could be destructive to the market. Instead, Gorman defend the controversial Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.
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MGIC 4Q net income jumps to $107.5 million

Expects slightly tougher year in 2017
MGIC recorded a strong fourth quarter, posting net income of $107.5 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, which beat estimates by $0.06. However, Patrick Sinks, CEO of MTG and its primary subsidiary MGIC, explained that while the company achieved strong financial result in 2016, 2017 is not forecasted to go as well.
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HouseCanary raises $33 million in funding

Partly thanks to NBA legend Kobe Bryant
HouseCanary, a provider of software and analytics for the real estate industry, announced it raised $33 million in a funding round. Even more interesting is the list of investors eyeing HouseCanary, which includes participants like NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
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NY AG reportedly investigating Nationstar Mortgage, OneWest Bank reverse mortgage divisions

Still in early stages
New York is ramping up its focus on the practices of reverse mortgage lenders as of late. After introducing plans to increase the regulations surrounding reverse mortgages in the state earlier this month, New York is now reportedly also investigating practices related to the servicing of reverse-mortgages at Financial Freedom, a part of OneWest Bank, and at Champion Mortgage, a unit of Nationstar Mortgage.
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