Articles by Brena Swanson

Donald Trump names JPMorgan, Blackstone CEOs to advisory board

Forum comprised of 16 CEOs
President-elect Donald Trump’s latest selection of leaders involves a new idea: the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. The group is comprised of 16 CEO, which includes Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone, and Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase.
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[Video] What Donald Trump means for housing from UWM's CEO

"The uncertainty of the election is behind us"
Nearly one month since Donald Trump became President-elect and the industry has already witnessed several significant changes. Weighing in on the discussion from an industry executive standpoint, Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of UWM, included in his December 3 Points video his thoughts on what Trump means for the mortgage industry.
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[Video] Here’s one way housing and healthcare go together

Former representative Rick Lazio explains
Housing and healthcare, to some peoples’ surprise, are closely related. Recent talks surrounding President-elect Donald Trump selecting Ben Carson, a former GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development helped bring this association back to the forefront of housing conversations. Former representative Rick Lazio explains in a video interview.
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[Video] The many challenges facing Trump on promised GSE reform

Where will GSE reform rank in priority?
Reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac moved from a backburner issue to a hot topic after Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin revealed his plans for GSE reform in an interview on Wednesday. So how does this look in execution? Recently, after moderating a panel on GSE reform, Jeb Mason, a partner at The Cypress Group, explained what the biggest challenges facing President-elect Donald Trump on this are going to be.
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loanDepot acquires Closing USA and American Coast Title

Adds more than 120 professionals
loanDepot announced two major acquisitions on Thursday, adding Closing USA, a national title, escrow and settlement company, and its affiliate, American Coast Title, to the company. The news expands loanDepot’s national licensing footprint for title, escrow and settlement services to more than 30 states and Washington, D.C.
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[video] Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin: Undoing Dodd-Frank "top priority"

“It’s way too complicated”
The news of President-elect Donald Trump selecting Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary is barely a day old but that isn’t stopping Mnuchin from making a lot of significant public statements on housing. On top of dropping a bombshell about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, he also discussed his thoughts on Dodd-Frank in an interview with CNBC.
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Survey says! The biggest threats to housing: compliance burdens, access to credit

3% down products a start, but industry still needs work
The industry is making progress when it comes to access to credit and compliance, but the same headwinds that burdened the industry over the past year aren’t easing anytime soon, at least that’s what people inside the industry believe. Genworth Mortgage Insurance released the latest results on a survey of mortgage professionals at the 2016 Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention and Expo that gauge the state of the industry.
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Realtor.com predicts these 5 housing trends for 2017

Millennials, home prices, interest rates
The housing market is on the edge of 2017. A quick look back on 2016 shows a year filled with thoughts on Millennial homeownership, low interest rates and drastically low inventory. What changes do you think next year will bring for housing?
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