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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.

Here's what will happen in housing and mortgages regardless of what Trump does next

This HousingWire webinar will give us a reality check
Trump news is everywhere. Most of it is speculation as to what he will do next, and what it will mean for the mortgage and housing markets. But, here's how to find out what will happen in the housing and mortgage markets regardless of what Trump does. Hurry, sign up now! Today's the day for this FREE webinar!
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HousingWire's 2017 Women of Influence nominations are now open!

It's our honor to recognize the most influential women in housing
HousingWire is proud to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Women of Influence, our opportunity to honor the housing industry’s most influential women leaders. Here is much more information on one of our favorite award programs.
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Want to become a mortgage broker? Here are tips on how to get started

What are the common misconceptions?
Mortgage brokers fall into the entrepreneur/startup category of the mortgage finance world. After taking a serious hit in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the industry is seeing a rebound in interest, especially as people think about how much money they can make if they work hard. So do you have what it takes to become a broker? Here's some advice from brokers themselves on where to start.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Industry trade groups tell Senate how to fix financial regulations

MBA, CUNA weigh in on regulatory reforms
The main front for the Republican Party’s push for regulatory reform is in the House of Representatives, where an effort is underway to replace the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act with the Financial CHOICE Act. But the House isn’t the only place where regulatory reform is on the table. Here's a look at what some of the mortgage industry's biggest trade groups want the Senate to do about regulatory reform. All that, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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Tesla takes next step in solar energy revolution, unveils new solar panels

Already plans production of solar roof
Tesla, which got into the solar energy business last year with the acquisition of SolarCity, is taking the next step in its plan to revolutionize the acquisition, storage, and use of solar energy with the introduction of its own version of solar panels. What does it mean for the solar energy business? And what does it mean for the mortgage business?
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Representative continues attack on CFPB in local op-ed

Plus, who is the man behind reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., doubled down in her battle to unseat Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and overhaul the bureau in a guest commentary for her local newspaper. Meanwhile, looking at another controversial part of Washington, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac meet the man in charge of reforming them. All of this and more gets unpacked in this week's Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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What kind of monster would leave THIS behind in a foreclosure?

This is a living thing, people!
At the height of the foreclosure crisis, HousingWire regularly ran ads from a nonprofit called No Paws Left Behind. The charity worked hard to find no-kill shelters for the droves of innocent cats and dogs abandoned when their owners fled the property. While we've lost contact through the years, and the fallout from housing bust began to ameliorate to some extent, it comes with some sadness to learn the act of abandoning pets is still happening.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Cordray to face Financial Services Committee hearing

HUD celebrates fair housing month
CFPB Director Richard Cordray will face the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday morning as the committee reviews the bureau’s biannual report. This hearing, however, could have a few more curveballs than normal considering the uncertainty surrounding the regulator’s future. Plus, check out one surprising factor pushing home prices higher.
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Don't let talk of deregulation take your focus off quality control

The importance of producing error-free loans
If your town cut back on the number of police officers who patrol your streets, would people suddenly start speeding and ignoring the traffic laws? Probably not, because it wouldn't be the safe thing to do. The same goes for financial regulations. While there’s been a lot of talk in Washington lately about rolling back, if not eliminating, many parts of the Dodd-Frank law, originators still need to keep their eyes squarely on producing quality loans.
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