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 Lynn Effinger

Will HELOCs and nonbank lending contribute to another housing bubble?

This isn't homeowner confidence, it's madness
Lynn Effinger
In most areas of the country an apples-to-apples comparison of home equity increases have not occurred, which could mean the problem is not going to be as bad as before. But the desire to pay off debt, offset lower or even lost wages, or just keep ahead of inflation could cause another credit/housing bubble.
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More signs of a sliding housing market

Affordability has issues, too
Lynn Effinger
Affordability issues; looming interest rate hikes as have been predicted by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen; too many FHA loans being made (this is the “new” sub-prime market); federal emphasis being placed on low-income borrowers, and other factors are causing house prices to decline once again in many markets.
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Mortgage servicers trend toward multiple field-service providers

Is it time to spread out the grunt work?
Lynn Effinger
With so many changes taking place in the default servicing arena, with heightened focus on regulations and compliance issues, one solution being chosen by some lenders, servicers and investors is to contract with multiple field service providers, rather than a single “national” provider.
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Are we facing yet another foreclosure crisis?

Property preservation remains vital component to default servicing
Lynn Effinger
Despite numerous reports indicating that there has been a deep decline in foreclosure inventory over the past several months in many markets, the reality, as chronicled in several articles recently penned by this author and others, is that foreclosure rates are very likely to rise again in the not-too-distant future.
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Outrageous jury award reveals contempt for mortgage lenders

Borrowers need saving, from themselves
Lynn Effinger
This large judgment that hammers PHH, comes amid concerns regarding potential crackdowns by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on servicers who fail to adapt stringent new rules requiring better communication with borrowers who are in default.
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Here's evidence showing the housing “recovery” isn’t real

What is real and what is Memorex?
Lynn Effinger
Many reports do not take into full consideration the differences in market conditions from one part of the country to another. The inexplicable rise in house prices in the West, for example, is not replicated in other parts of the nation.
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Only “Number Jesters” report 2Q economic growth at 4% pace

Economic revisions infuriate
Lynn Effinger
If an economist or economists continue to miss the mark by under-forecasting economic growth and then back-pedal by saying the revised numbers were “unexpected,” they should disqualify themselves from being called economists.
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More proof housing is headed for a fall

Dismal market can't be blamed on weather
Lynn Effinger
With over 7 million Americans working in part-time positions rather than the full-time jobs they would prefer having, and with so many millions more dropping out of the workforce altogether, the case is made… again, that our economic outlook is not rosy as we sloth through the remainder of 2014.
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NAHB joins NAR in reporting "good news" about housing "recovery"

I guess the housing recovery is real after all...not
Lynn Effinger
While I could make a case that no one wants to see the housing industry get back on a firm foundation more than yours truly, there is too much evidence mounting that the overall housing market is headed for another downturn.
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Obama housing rescue plans only make things worse

Mr. President, please stop
Lynn Effinger
Many in this country believe that Obama-led initiatives such as the Making Homes Affordable program, including HAMP and HAFA, as well as foreclosure moratoria, actually exacerbated the situation rather than helping to resolve it.
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