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Mortgage apps fall 4.3% despite low mortgage rates

Refinancing share tick up but volume down
Trey Garrison
Mortgage rates are still at long-term lows but despite ticking up last week, mortgage applications remain doggedly down. Here's how it breaks down.
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Excessive regulation of mortgage lending drags down bank profit

MBA: Compliance, risk management expense is the new normal
Trey Garrison
Banking revenues were up but there's an elephant in the room called mortgage lending, and around that elephant's neck is an albatross. Guess what its name is.
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Higher fees proposed for FHA mortgages

MBA: This is far in excess of what the FHA needs
Brena Swanson
A provision in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 could cost mortgage lenders more money than necessary. At least that is what the Mortgage Bankers Association argues in this letter.
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MBA announces 31 new members

Membership increases to more than 2,200
Ben Lane
"These new members vary greatly in their size and focus, whether it be residential or commercial/multifamily," said David Stevens, MBA’s president and CEO. "However, they illustrate MBA’s greatest strength: our ability to come to any table or address any situation knowing we represent the entire mortgage-lending spectrum."
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What the end of QE means for the future of the MBS market

MBA details the challenges of increasing private capital
Trey Garrison
A new white paper from the Mortgage Bankers Association looks at what the future holds for the real estate finance industry secondary market now that the Federal Reserve has put a full stop on its quantitative easing program, wherein it pumped trillions of dollars into mortgage backed securities.
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Mortgage applications jump 4.9% after three weeks of declines

Refi share slips despite declining interest rates
Trey Garrison
Breaking a three-week streak of declines, mortgage applications increased 4.9% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Nov. 14, 2014.
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MBA: Independent mortgage bankers most closely regulated of all

Don’t judge all by a few nonbanks having problems
Trey Garrison
A few high-profile nonbanks in the mortgage space have been making unfortunate headlines in the last couple of months, and some are worried that it may make borrowers gun shy about independent mortgage bankers and nonbank firms — but they shouldn't be.
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Mortgage insurance back in black in latest FHA actuarial report

Aggressive post-crisis policies improve MMI outlook
Trey Garrison
The Federal Housing Administration released Monday its actuarial report on the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund for single-family programs, and it shows the financial health of the regulating agency improved dramatically but that it still has a way to go with its finances.
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MISMO announces comment period for new version

Invites comments on version 3.3.1 of the MISMO Residential Reference Model
Ben Lane
Version 3.3.1 of the Standard includes new data points and structures to support regulatory requirements and additions in the areas of mortgage insurance coverage and conditions, title, payoff and property valuation, MISMO said.
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Rising foreclosure activity validates housing market getting worse

"It's no great secret to how we can improve the economy"
Lynn Effinger
With Election Day behind us, you can count on seeing more and more media reports about rising foreclosures. We are watching very closely to see if actions will be taken by the government to improve the job market, by removing obstacles that have greatly hindered the private sector from bursting out of the malaise of the past six years.
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