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.

ARTICLES

Moody’s: New GSE mortgage application positive for mortgage bonds

"Will lead to stronger loans"
Despite some disagreement in the industry, the recently announced redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application, the standardized form used by borrowers to apply for a mortgage, should be a strong benefit to the industry. Although the industry is divided on the positive impact of the redesigned form, this new reports explains why it is, in fact, a good thing.
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Here are the 10 hottest housing markets that fueled a record-breaking August

California dominates list
The hottest housing market in America right now might still be Vallejo-Fairfield, California [San Fran area] but this doesn’t mean the rest of the list stood still. Interestingly, one new market not only joined the list, but also jumped up to the eighth spot. And to the city that was sitting comfortably as the eighth hottest market, well, it fell completely out of the top ten, barely even making the top twenty.
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HARP extended into 2017; FHFA plans new refinance program

More than 300,000 homeowners still eligible for HARP
It's not over. Homeowners are yet again getting another chance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The new deadline is now Sept. 30, 2017. But this time around, things are different.
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Mercury Network acquires Platinum Data Solutions

Move impacts more than 950 lenders
In a move that is one of the first of its kind for the industry, Mercury Network, an appraisal management system, announced it acquired Platinum Data Solutions, a QC technology company. In light of the changes, HousingWire talked with Will Clemens, CEO of Mercury Network, and Phil Huff, CEO of Platinum Data, to see how the change fits perfectly into both of the companies.
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MBA: Mortgage applications post quiet week

Applications slightly dip
Mortgage applications recorded another quiet week despite record low-interest rates and it being one of the busiest housing seasons of the year. And this is only the latest report in a series of up and application reports from the MBA.
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