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 Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

ARTICLES

Competition about to be the next top homebuyer concern?

Industry addresses affordability concerns
Affordability, while the number one homebuyer concern, might soon be unseated by worrying about buyer competition. The rising concern isn’t too much of a surprise given this rough stat for potential homebuyers. On the positive side, the industry is stepping up to address affordability problems.
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First quarter GDP revised higher to 0.8%

Based on more complete data
The year started out better than originally estimated, according to the "second" GDP estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. National Association of Federal Credit Unions Chief Economist Curt Long noted that this is another in a string of positive data releases which will provide plenty of ammunition for the Fed to raise rates no later than July.
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Wells Fargo now offers 3% down payment mortgages

Allows FICO scores as low as 620
Wells Fargo is answering calls in the industry to expand the credit box. Not only did the bank announce it now offers a down payment of as little as 3% for fixed-rate mortgages, but it is accepting mortgages with a FICO score as low as 620. Here's how Greg Gwizdz, executive vice president of national retail sales with Wells Fargo, said the bank is making this program work.
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Pending home sales surge to 10-year high

Seller's market overcomes industry roadblocks
Despite tight inventory and affordability concerns, Pending home sales still increased for the third consecutive month in April, surging to the highest level in over a decade. Here's why Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors' chief economist, said sales are beating the odds.
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Chase almost done with RMBS settlement's consumer relief requirement

Officially fulfills $3.9B of $4B requirement
Joseph Smith, monitor of the Chase RMBS Settlement, officially credited Chase with providing $3,887,777,119 of consumer relief to 165,191 borrowers. This brings the bank extremely close to its required $4 billion in credited consumer relief by Dec. 31, 2017. Here's a quick snapshot of the bank's progress so far.
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FHFA: Home prices increase again, rise 1.3%

Marks 19 consecutive quarterly price increases
While home prices only increased a meager 1.3% in the first quarter of 2016, it’s added onto a long string of increases; 19 consecutive quarterly price increases to be exact. According to FHFA Supervisory Economist Andrew Leventis, there is at least one unique factor in this quarter.
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OCC terminates Wells Fargo's mortgage servicing restrictions

Fined $70 million civil money penalty
The OCC announced on Wednesday that it lifted the mortgage serving requirements on Wells Fargo now that it is in compliance with the requirements of the Independent Foreclosure Review. Wells Fargo is the most recent bank in a group of six to have its requirements lifted. But Wells Fargo didn’t come out of this unscathed and must pay a $70 million civil money penalty for previous violations of the order.
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MBA: Mortgage applications post another tepid week

Average loan size for purchase apps hits survey high
Despite the current low-mortgage rate environment, mortgage applications once again recorded a slow weak. However, one notable data point in this week’s survey is that the average loan size for purchase applications reached a survey high.
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Wells Fargo to investors: This is how digital lending makes us profitable

CFO lists future plans
Established in 1852, Wells Fargo is now the largest mortgage lender in the country and is one of the first pioneers to bring digital into the mortgage process. John Shrewsberry, Wells Fargo senior executive vice president, chief financial officer, presented the bank’s financial situation at its investor day on Tuesday, shedding light into how the bank plans to thrive moving forward. One major key to its success: Digital innovation.
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