Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition

MBA forecasts 7% origination jump in 2015

Predicts unemployment at 5.4% by end of next year

Fitch: Two-year run of home price growth is over

“Several markets are still overvalued”
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Articles by Trey Garrison

Capital Economics: Recovery in home sales marches on

Analysts bullish on housing
Trey Garrison
The increase in existing home sales in September took sales activity to a 12-month high, and with falling mortgage interest rates and what some see as an improving labor market, Capital Economics is getting bullish on housing.
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MBA’s Stevens: Final risk retention rule works for mortgage bankers

Alignment of QM and QRM helps lenders
Trey Garrison
The president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association says he believes the final QRM definition issued today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will be a positive for the industry.
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Sterne Agee: Tweaks to put-back rules won’t bait lenders to low FICO loans

LTV changes will open doors for some
Trey Garrison
The planned tweaks in mortgage put-back rules won’t draw major mortgage companies into offering loans to lower FICO borrowers, according to a client note from Sterne Agee, even though new Federal Housing Finance Agency plans to develop 95-97% LTV loans are a positive.
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DFS Superintendent Lawsky accuses Ocwen of backdating borrower letters

Stock plunges; Ocwen fires back
Trey Garrison
New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky alleges that Ocwen Financial has been backdating potentially hundreds of thousands of letters to borrowers “likely causing them significant harm.”
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Joint agency rule on risk retention goes to Fed, SEC for final adoption

Rule requires 5% skin in the game, alignment of QM and QRM
Trey Garrison
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Tuesday issued the final version of the rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans.
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NTC study alleges up to 490,000 homeowners face inaccurate servicing records

Faulty data can be passed from servicer to servicer
Trey Garrison
National Title Clearing found that out of 2,285,665 servicing database records that were verified against the collateral file, 24,490 loans (1.07%) had significant discrepancies.
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Find out which four housing markets CoreLogic says are overvalued

Texas takes half the list
Trey Garrison
Market Condition Indicators designed by CoreLogic identified only four of the top 50 markets in the U.S. as currently overvalued, based on data through August 2014.
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FHFA director announces changes to open Fannie, Freddie credit boxes

Clarifies lending liability in reps & warranties, increases LTV ratios
Trey Garrison
In a speech at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo on Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability.
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Alleged Arkansas Realtor murderer now says Carter’s death was an accident

Lewis claims Carter was with him willingly; that he is being set up
Trey Garrison
The man accused of the kidnapping and murder of an Arkansas Realtor now says that he is innocent and that her death was an accident, alleging that the late Beverly Carter was with him willingly at the time of her death.
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Nope, tiny houses are not the next big thing

Sorry, man – size matters
Trey Garrison
"There's a new, huge craze sweeping the United States... and it's tiny houses." No. No there's not. Just stop it.
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