Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

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Trending Thursday: CFPB data collection worse than the NSA?

Slowly but surely GSE shareholders cutting into Treasury, FHFA secrecy
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Articles by Trey Garrison

Trending Thursday: CFPB data collection worse than the NSA?

Slowly but surely GSE shareholders cutting into Treasury, FHFA secrecy
Trey Garrison
If you liked the NSA spying on innocent Americans, you’ll love what the CFPB is up to. Plus, is the mortgage industry ready for the coming surge of minority homebuyers, Dodd-Frank is turning five this month, and more.
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This 1 MBA chart shows how ARMs are hitting a 2015 highpoint

Adjustable share should continue growing as rates rise
Trey Garrison
The adjustable rate mortgage share of mortgage applications reached its 2015 high at 7% in late June, and as interest rates rise there's more ground for ARMs to make up.
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U.S. employers added fewer jobs than expected in June

Hourly earnings flat, more drop out of workplace driving down rate
Trey Garrison
On the surface the employment numbers for June look positive, but even a cursory glance below the headline shows that the unemployment rate only ticked down because of yet more dropping out of the workforce. Meanwhile, wage growth was flat. Want to know more?
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RealtyTrac: All-cash sales at lowest since late 2009

Institutional investor share at 15-year low
Trey Garrison
Just under a quarter – that is 24.6% – of all single family home and condo sales in May were all-cash purchases, down from 28.5% in the previous month and down from 30.4% a year ago. Distressed sales are drying up. Want to know more?
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Moody’s Analytics: Single-family rental growth will accelerate

Biggest growth in western, southern markets
Trey Garrison
Single-family home rentals since the housing bubble burst nearly a decade ago have seen massive growth, according to a new look from Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics’ chief economist — but there's more to come. Here's why.
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Tim McGraw partners with Chase to give homes to veterans

6 awarded so far, 30 more to come
Trey Garrison
Country star and actor Tim McGraw is a big supporter of the military and veterans, and now he’s teaming up with Chase Bank and Operation Homefront to give mortgage-free homes to veterans. Happy Independence Day, indeed.
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Chicago biz pub: Redfin school data isn’t accurate

School ratings critical for many buyers
Trey Garrison
Chicago Real Estate Daily, a Crain’s publication, says that Redfin is posting inaccurate ratings on some schools, which could potentially turn some buyers away from the neighborhoods around them.
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Construction spending rises in May but residential component weak

Nonresidential spending surges
Trey Garrison
Construction spending during May 2015 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,035.8 billion, 0.8% above the revised April estimate of $1,027.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today.
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Mortgage applications drop as interest rates rise to 9-month high

Refinancings and purchase apps down
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications decreased 4.7% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 26, 2015. Want to know why?
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From HW Magazine

Smoking gun?

What a Treasury memo reveals about its intentions for GSEs and investors
Trey Garrison
The Treasury document also contradicts statements made a number of times by Treasury officials about the capital ratios that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would have to maintain. The document claims the percent is 3% to 4%, while statements since then have claimed 10%.
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