Home values and housing activity picked up across Southern communities, benefiting community banks in the region. But these trends are in large part due to the area's vibrant oil and gas industry and other economic indicators, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency claimed in a new report.
Mortgage applications continue to fall, dropping 2.5% from a week earlier, as the average contract interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage with a conforming loan limit rose to 4.80%, the highest rate since April 2011.
"In our view, as treasury rates continue to climb, companies exposed to mortgage banking will face challenges maintaining gain on sale revenues, particularly institutions benefiting from mostly refinance activity," said Matthew Kelley, an analyst with Sterne Agee.
Melvin Luther Watt quietly slid into his office as the first appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It was the end of last year, in mid-December. Christmas was coming and the markets were in the middle of the harshest winter in years. As he took over the office of Acting Director Ed DeMarco — himself the unassuming lightning rod for the nation’s housing policy — Watt gave no indication of what he intended to do with his new position; arguably the most powerful job in mortgage finance..
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