America’s housing not ready for ever-expanding over-50 population

America’s housing not ready for ever-expanding over-50 population

Harvard/AARP Study: Housing lacks accessibility, affordability for older Boomers

The devil is in the mortgage finance reform details

On the bumpy road to a common securitization platform

Who is Nat Hardwick?

Former LandCastle Title CEO owns NASCAR team, rubs elbows with PGA pros
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The devil is in the mortgage finance reform details

On the bumpy road to a common securitization platform
Barry Zigas
It now seems all but certain that 2014 will end without any further progress on comprehensive mortgage finance legislation. But the coming months will offer little comfort for those who rooted for such a stalemate in hope of avoiding hard decisions about fundamental parts of the current system.
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Housing shouldn’t look at any color but the color of money

People with bad credit and bad habits should be squeezed out of housing
Trey Garrison
Minority borrowers are not being squeezed out of housing. People with bad credit and without down payments or the ability to repay are being squeezed out. And you know what? They should be.
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Who is Nat Hardwick?

Former LandCastle Title CEO owns NASCAR team, rubs elbows with PGA pros
Ben Lane
Since HousingWire first broke the news of his resignation on Tuesday, former LandCastle Title CEO Nat Hardwick’s internet presence has slowly been disappearing, but a HousingWire investigation has revealed exactly what kind of lifestyle Hardwick led prior to the news of this week becoming public.
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Watch a HousingWire writer do the ALS challenge with tomato soup

All because today's upward 2Q GDP revision was "unexpected"
Trey Garrison
It was an morning of unexpected surprises -- an upwardly revised GDP, and a Campbell's tomato soup shower.
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WATCH: Russian bank offers free cat visits to boost mortgage lending

There is a catch, you can't keep the cute creatures
Brena Swanson
Yes. Morris will help with the mortgage payments. As The Moscow Times reports: "A popular Russian superstition maintains that it is good luck if cats are first to enter a new home." If that doesn't work you can just have your toddler haul the hesitant feline in and throw it onto the floor, which happens around the 1:18 mark in the video. Adorable!
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Want a preview of where the 2Q GDP revision is heading?

The CBO has a clue for one and all
Trey Garrison
Well, today the Congressional Budget Office released its revised estimate of the total 2014 GDP. Take a good guess what it bodes for Thursday's Bureau of Economic Analysis GDP revision.
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Fannie Mae: Lenders ask these 4 questions about MSRs

All about transfer and execution
Jacob Gaffney
“Servicing of mortgage loans can be an important, valuable component of a lender’s business and we thought it would be helpful to address some of these topics,” writes Fannie Mae's Stephen Pawlowski.
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Are home prices the latest evidence housing is stalling, or bubbling?

It gets better? No, it gets worse – just like job growth and wage stagnation
Trey Garrison
The housing industry is not happy about recent housing data, including Tuesday’s home price releases, and it looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
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Mortgages: Has Dodd-Frank failed?

Industry needed its 250 new standards
Daren Blomquist and Peter Miller

The need for Wall Street Reform arose precisely because the financial industry was under-regulated. No less an authority than Alan Greenspan, the former head of the Federal Reserve and chief architect of the less-regulation approach, told Congress in 2008 that “those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief.” 


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Realtor.com economist talks millennials, mortgages and affordability

Republic 3.0 lands solid Q&A with Jonathan Smoke
Trey Garrison
A new centrist political blog – Republic 3.0 – is hitting the housing industry right where it lives, starting with its interview with the web domain's new chief economist, Jonathan Smoke.
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