EXCLUSIVE: Morris Schneider Wittstadt officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

EXCLUSIVE: Morris Schneider Wittstadt officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Mark Wittstadt: Butler & Hosch sale, Dustin Johnson lawsuit severely impacted firm

What to expect when you’re expecting a CFPB administrative action

A deeper look at PHH ruling reveals how the bureau views enforcement

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
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Articles by Lynn Effinger

Here's why quantitative easing means only the rich get richer

Middle-class workers left behind by Fed policies
Lynn Effinger
Yes, there really is inequality in America. It goes well beyond what you are being told by the media, however, and QE and its associated zero interest rate policy are a major reason economic inequality is growing instead of shrinking.
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Dealing with one housing bubble at a time

HELOCs and other factors constrain housing “recovery”
Lynn Effinger
RealtyTrac predicts that as the average HELOC borrower's ten-year interest-only period ends, that person's or family’s monthly bill will perhaps more than double from $133 to $279. This could pose a serious problem. Let's start with that, first.
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Investors still bullish on single-family rental market

Highlights from IMN Single-Family Rental Investment Forum
Lynn Effinger
While some recent downward pressure on yields experienced by the much larger institutional investors has somewhat tempered the enthusiasm surrounding single-family rentals, investors are still bullish on the performance of the new asset class.
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Here's why force-placed insurance continues to get bad press

Is it time to shut it down?
Lynn Effinger
On the surface of it, most any reasonable person would understand that a mortgage lender has the right to protect its asset if the borrower is not adequately covered by homeowner’s or flood insurance policies. But here's where the controversy comes in.
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Shaky housing market about to get even shakier

When will we all stop kidding ourselves?
Lynn Effinger
Over the past several years, despite Wall Street and the current administration’s efforts to artificially prop up the housing market with historically low interest rates and foreclosure-alternative programs such as moratoria, HAMP, HAFA and others, we discovered that the so-called housing recovery was simply rhetoric.
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Risky housing policies and the slowly inflating bubble

Under-employed and shrinking work force big factors
Lynn Effinger
One media report quoted DeMarco as saying that in the past year we have seen a renewed policy focus on questions regarding access to credit, which, in his view can risk repeating the approach that contributed to the financial crisis. There are many other warning signs, as well.
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More troubling signs point to potential increase in defaults

And yet we introduce a 100% LTV mortgage
Lynn Effinger
These new reports indicate that we are most likely entering a period of higher risk over the next four years as it relates to resetting these “bubble-era” HELOCs. This is especially troubling given noticeably slowing home price appreciation in many markets across America.
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Mortgage compliance needs a ginormous injection of common sense

And more experienced people in charge
Lynn Effinger
There needs to be a healthy dose of mortgage servicing-centric common sense injected into the regulatory compliance patient. Unfortunately, common sense is in short supply these days, particularly within the bloated bureaucracies in, and associated with, all things governmental.
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Bad news continues to dog housing sector

"Feel good" programs are not a solution
Lynn Effinger
We should applaud efforts made to make mortgages available to more segments of our society, but, unless stringent guidelines remain in place we will find ourselves fueling another housing and economic meltdown before we have truly escaped from the last one.
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FHA insurance reduction will boost housing, maybe

Is it truly a major step?
Lynn Effinger
While many think that the reduction will help millions of families save billions of dollars in mortgage payments, not everyone does. And in fact, the dent might be rather small.
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