New home sales plummet 14.5% in March

New home sales plummet 14.5% in March

Spring buying season off with a whimper

4 metrics reveal California's true housing market

Foreclosures dwindle as home prices skyrocket

HUD’s Donovan: This is the worst rental crisis in this nation, ever

Says administration is very pleased with Johnson-Crapo


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Opinion, commentary and analysis on everything that makes the U.S. housing economy tick -- not to mention the ghosts in the machine, too. Written by HW's team of editors and reporters each business day.

Should Uncle Sam really be subsidizing the American Dream?

Being the dream should maybe be incentive enough
April 23, 2014
It may sound like heresy to some in the industry, but Catherine Rampell has a point in the Washington Post today – a home is not a good investment.
Read More, Regulating banks is where the money is

CFPB's HR trainee starting salary: $110,759
April 22, 2014
Gentleman bank robber Willie Sutton is famously (and incorrectly) remembered for saying he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.” Turns out though, the real money is in being a bank regulator.
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Here's why the CFPB and FHFA need your personal info

The case for big data
April 21, 2014
Despite the endless discussions about it and the announcements from “data-driven” regulators that they are collecting it, the strategic and tactical benefits of Big Data remain elusive. So, should we really be concerned about it? And what is Big Data anyway?
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Renters are high on Colorado and Washington

Wonder why?
April 18, 2014
Let’s be blunt here. Where there’s smoke, there’s probably fire.
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Rentership society? Insider trading on Russian sanctions?

What We're Reading: The Good Friday edition
April 18, 2014
It’s a quiet Good Friday and with the markets closed and many off, it’s the perfect time to catch up on a little extracurricular reading.
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Key MERS legal employees turn away from company

Company now under federal scrutiny
April 17, 2014
Now almost two decades after the creation of the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, the once under-the-radar company is back in the spotlight as a handful of executive-level employees leave.
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Where's Watt?

FHFA scorecard should be marked tardy
April 17, 2014
A question HousingWire has been hearing and asking is simply, “Where is Mel Watt?”
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Here are 5 bold mortgage predictions from KBW

Q1 mortgage volume predicted to be $20 billion lower
April 16, 2014
Analysts from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods have joined the prognostication party and released their own predictions for what the first quarter earnings will look like and what that means for the rest of the year.
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No, it's not that bad: It's worse

All indicators point down unless you want to metricize hope and spin
April 16, 2014
This year is already one-third in the books, and everyone is waiting for that fabled “pent-up housing demand” to announce its presence. But if it’s coming, it’s taking its sweet time.
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It’s time to get serious about Non-QM loans

Nonbank lenders need investors to help with risk
April 15, 2014
With non-QM comes more risk. There is no safe harbor and holding them on portfolio could mean boosting capital reserves. Nonbank lenders, meanwhile, need to find an investor willing to buy non-QM loans.
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