Trending Thursday: Housing, mortgage finance getting a break from Washington?

Trending Thursday: Housing, mortgage finance getting a break from Washington?

Plus untying Fannie, Freddie and the whole Gordian knot of conservatorship

Existing home sales crater in April, falling 3.3%

Spring buying stalls out after strong March performance

It's official: NYDFS Superintendent Ben Lawsky stepping down

4 years as leader of “long reach” New York financial regulator
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Articles by Ben Lane

Black Knight: Total loans in foreclosure fall to lowest level since 2008

Foreclosure starts drop 22%; prepayments down 15%
Ben Lane
Housing in America is getting healthier, according to a new report from Black Knight Financial Services. Black Knight released its “first look” at the housing data from April, and the report shows that many indicators are trending in a positive direction for housing.
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USPS now one step closer to providing financial services

New white paper proposes 5 ways for post office to enter banking
Ben Lane
The post office is now one big step closer to becoming a financial institution. A new white paper from the United State Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General lays out a series paths for the post office to enter the banking and financial services sector.
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Ellie Mae report shows continued transition into purchase-driven market

Purchases outpacing refinances again
Ben Lane
As interest rates slowly tick up, purchase originations are now again outpacing refinance originations, according to a new report from Ellie Mae. Here's a look at Ellie Mae's data.
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Fannie Mae predicts strong spring homebuying season

Economy looking weaker, but housing is improving
Ben Lane
The economy may not grow at the previously expected rate, but that shouldn’t stop housing from improving in 2015, according to Fannie Mae’s May 2015 Economic Outlook. “Housing is one sector that appears to be building momentum, with leading indicators suggesting the market will experience a strong spring season,” Fannie said.
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Capital One Home Loans adds Desmond Smith as head of sales

Brings more than 20 years of experience to position
Ben Lane
In this role, Smith will join the Home Loans leadership team and will be responsible for building a mortgage sales team throughout the company’s branch footprint, Capital One said in a release.
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Another Nationstar executive stepping down

David Hisey resigns as EVP, chief strategy and external affairs officer
Ben Lane
For the second week in a row, a high-level executive at Nationstar Mortgage Holdings is resigning. Nationstar announced Wednesday that David Hisey, who served as executive vice president, chief strategy and external affairs officer, informed the company that he is resigning, effective at the close of business on June 19.
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PRMG promotes Lara Rausch to VP of products and training

Elevated from product development manager
Ben Lane
In her new role, Rausch will oversee the entire product development and training departments at PRMG. Rausch is tasked with imparting her product knowledge to the company’s training staff, PRMG said.
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Fannie and Freddie set new financial rules for mortgage servicers and sellers

Specifically targets nonbanks
Ben Lane
The GSEs announced Wednesday that they are issuing new operational and financial requirements for all current and potential sellers and servicers that do business with the government sponsored enterprises, making official the proposed rules issued in January.
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FHFA, Fannie, Freddie say single securitization still years away

Secondary market gets much-awaited update
Ben Lane
Despite being asked pointedly during the “Update on the GSE Single Security and Common Securitization Platform” panel at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Secondary Market Conference, representatives from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions all said that the development of single security is still years way from implementation, without specifying just how many years that might be.
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Lawsky: New York’s foreclosure system is broken

Calls for reforms in state’s foreclosure process
Ben Lane
The state of New York is still facing a massive glut of foreclosures that are choking an over-stressed system and threatening the state’s homeowners, New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky told the crowd at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Secondary Market Conference on Tuesday morning. “The state’s foreclosure process is broken and badly in need of change,” Lawsky said.
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