Trey Garrison was a Senior Financial Reporter for HousingWire.com. Trey served as real estate editor for the Dallas Business Journal, and was one of the founding editors of D CEO Magazine. He has been an editor for D Magazine — considered among the best city magazines in the United States — and a contributor for Reason magazine.
It’s now almost a month since the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule went live, and the effects are being felt up and down the pipeline across a variety of services and specialties in the mortgage finance industry. This week we look at the title space. Read on.
I’m not exactly going out on a limb here with a wild bet, but I’m going to go ahead and call it that the Fed won’t be raising interest rates this week. They just don't have the will, even though they have to get it done sometime.
Join it virtually or in person, but tonight Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro joins realtor’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke and The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Timiraos for a virtual town hall at George Washington University.
A congressional push to limit the salaries for the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac moves closer this week when the House version of a bill that already passed the Senate unanimously goes to the House floor for a vote. There's little reason to expect it won't have an easy landing, but then it goes to the White House.
Sales of new single-family houses in September 2015 cratered to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000. The northeast was the hardest hit with a giant decline, but all four housing market regions saw declines from August. Here's more.
Not to sound too bleak as the leaves start turning and dying, but it’s not a pretty economic picture out there. The only thing that doesn’t look like it’s going to be slowing or dropping are FHA premiums.
Home prices were up 0.3% for the month, according to the August house price index from Black Knight Financial Services. This puts national home prices up 5.6% since the beginning of the year and 27% since the bottom of the market at the start of 2012.
Cash sales made up 30.8% of total home sales in July 2015, down from 34.2% in July 2014, according to CoreLogic. At this pace they could hit just 25% by mid-2017. Here's the breakdown and where there are still investor opportunities.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, low interest rates and strict capital requirements combined to make servicing a losing proposition for many banks. The sharp glare of regulators didn’t help either, as banks and nonbanks navigated the already thankless waters of servicing with a new target on their backs. But all that changed abruptly in the fourth quarter of 2016 with the one-two punch of a Trump win and a rate hike by the Federal Reserve.
Singling out the law that created the CFPB generated a backlash from Congressional Democrats, but it remains to be seen what Democrats can do to stop the Trump juggernaut. See what Mike Jones of Navigant advises servicers to do in this uncertain environment.
Portfolio managers and investors also have a vested interest in the expansion of the non-QM market. They have an appetite for non-QM assets as they represent an attractive yield opportunity. That’s why we’re seeing more “hold” strategies at work with current non-QM production.