Game changer? Quicken Loans takes mortgage lending fully digital

Google launches mortgage comparison tool with Zillow

LendingTree will also bring mortgages to Google

Fannie Mae continues shifting credit risk to insurers

Completes fifth and sixth Credit Insurance Risk Transfer deals

Articles by Lynn Effinger

The same culprits are re-inflating the housing bubble

Here we go again...
Although there is plenty of blame spread across Wall Street for the housing crisis, to many involved in the mortgage and real estate industries, as well as to consumers themselves, the true enabler was our government. Now, evidence abounds that the bubble is being re-inflated by these very same culprits.
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The bad news isn't close to over for the housing sector

Is housing really recovering?
A recent industry article reported that bad loans remain well above pre-crisis levels. Does this sound like the housing sector is in a real recovery? Here's one industry expert's thoughts on the issue. You can decide from there whether this recovery is real or not.
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More ZIRP from the Federal Reserve surprises exactly no one

Economy sits on precipice
The Fed made its decision to not raise interest rates because it boxed itself in with this failed program of artificially propping up Wall Street. It knows full well that with the stagnating world economic picture and the volatility in our stock market, raising interest rates is not worth the risk… yet.
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Reminder: Rehab REOs to increase profits

Don't sell property "as is"
Servicing and asset management organizations involved in the mortgage default arena need to look once again at each REO property on an individual case-by-case basis to determine if rehabilitation and/or property improvements are the best marketing strategy for each property.
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Dow crash will only temporarily slow housing stocks

The bigger picture in the industry remains more worrisome
Within minutes of the opening bell on Wall Street this morning, as we are all now well aware, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off by 1089 points. While I have been predicting a negative turn of economic events here in the U.S. created by fanciful delusions that our economy is in growth mode, I believe what we are experiencing is actually a "pressure release valve" being activated.
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Here's proof the housing recovery is no longer recovering

Cautious optimism is still too much
It seems the share of consumers who believe that “now is a good time to buy,” as spun by NAR, CAR, the MBA and other sources that surely have skin in the game to report strong housing performance (real or imagined), dropped 7 percentage points to 45%. It's time to reset the recovery wristwatch.
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Head's up! There's a housing "bubble" forming in markets beyond San Francisco

Denver, Dallas, Seattle to name a few
Admittedly, the recent article published in HousingWire titled, “San Francisco exhibiting potential signs of a housing bubble,” focuses on one specific anomalous Left Coast housing market. But, this is clearly, in my view, a precursor to more markets, particularly in California, exhibiting the same signs.
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Dealing with one housing bubble at a time

HELOCs and other factors constrain housing “recovery”
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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