Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing strong enough to weather rate hikes?

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing strong enough to weather rate hikes?

Plus the mortgage bond outlook, the NYT joins the GSE investor struggle, and more

Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

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8 avoidable mistakes first-time homebuyers keep making

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Articles by Brena Swanson

Here’s the team that caused the Detroit foreclosure crisis

Op-Ed: You break it, you fix it
Brena Swanson
Detroit didn’t stumble into the foreclosure mess by itself, so it shouldn't be left to recover all on its own. So who is to blame? The government and lenders, but not the borrowers, according to an opinion piece in the Detroit News.
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Clear Capital: Housing the second half of 2015 not so hot

Reaffirms this is a "non-growth year"
Brena Swanson
This year is already halfway over, and according to a new market report from Clear Capital, the rest of the year doesn't not look too bright. "With a first full look of the spring buying season and six-month update to the forecast, our data through June confirms our initial projection that 2015 would be a non-growth year," said Alex Villacorta, vice president of research and analytics at Clear Capital.
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Corpse found in $1M San Francisco house for sale

Price could go higher
Brena Swanson
Despite finding a mummified corpse of the homeowner in a Lake District Victorian house for sale in San Francisco, the house still received a $1 million bid.
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Jean-Claude Van Damme lists $10M seaside LA house

Nearly $4M more than he paid
Brena Swanson
One of Hollywood’s most famous martial arts-trained actors, Jean-Claude Van Damme, put his beautiful seaside mansion in Marina Del Rey up for sale for $9.9 million.
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8 avoidable mistakes first-time homebuyers keep making

Stop doing these things
Brena Swanson
The last thing a first-time homebuyer wants to do is mess the entire homebuying process by doing one of these common mistakes. Here are mistakes 8 things that could ruin the homebuying process.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates increase to 2015 highs

Rise moving into holiday
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates increased to new 2015 highs moving into the holiday weekend, with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.08% for the week ended July 2. Here's why.
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3 tips to recruiting Millennial loan officers

How to reverse the aging mortgage industry
Brena Swanson
There is a drought in the market when it comes to recruiting Millennial loan officers. In an interview with HousingWire, Casey Cunningham CEO at XINNIX, explained how to show the next generation the way into the mortgage industry.
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Fannie, Freddie CEOs awarded $3 million raises

Granted compensation of $4 million each
Brena Swanson
Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs were granted multimillion-dollar paydays by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. A move that comes with great objection from lawmakers and the White House.
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Millennials demand single-family homes

Fannie Mae: Will young homeowners protect the housing recovery?
Brena Swanson
Young adults prefer single-family homes, and in fact, they are found to be more likely to reside in a single-family home today than their predecessors. And according to this research, the desire is only going to continue to grow.
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Optimal Blue launches mortgage pricing application

QuickSearch now available to loan officers
Brena Swanson
Optimal Blue introduced QuickSearch, a privately branded mortgage pricing app for mobile devices, during its 2015 Client Conference to allow loan officers to perform real-time pricing searches for their borrower.
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