Market shift: HSBC offloads huge REO portfolio to Altisource

How to get a mortgage right now, even with bad credit

HUD, FHA programs abound for those hit by the recession

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

Harvard/AARP Study: Housing lacks accessibility for boomers

Items Tagged with 'mortgage finance'


Looks like GSE reform talks will stretch into 2017, at least

The GSE debate is a fixture at this point
Ben Lane
Even if the Johnson-Crapo bill does make it out of committee, which is no guarantee at this point, KBW’s analysts think the bill will “languish and die” this year.
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Not everyone expects big QM lending squeeze

Some borrowers miss out, but not every lender will suffer
Kerri Ann Panchuk
First-time homebuyers, condo purchasers and investors are just a few of the consumer groups that could face difficulties in qualifying for mortgages in 2014.
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Nonbank mortgage firms may return in 2014: S&P

Housing to remain key part of the recovery
Kerri Ann Panchuk
The year 2014 is unlikely to put a damper on the U.S. housing recovery, although analysts with Standard & Poor’s are unable to completely diffuse fears of another recession.
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Housing stocks rise as investors react to government deal

Sterne Agee analyst: It’s a short-term gain, risks lie ahead
Kerri Ann Panchuk
The HW 30 – a composite of housing and mortgage finance stocks – rose Thursday as the government reopened, allowing agencies like the Federal Housing Administration to return to the business of handling FHA loans.
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Treasury Secretary: Failure to raise debt ceiling will push up borrowing costs

Kerri Ann Panchuk
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned members of the Senate Finance Committee about the economic consequences of failing to raise the U.S. debt limit during a Thursday hearing on Capitol Hill. One of the areas of possible concern is what will happen to borrowing activity in the mortgage sector.
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Big banks face lending environment aftershock

Higher interest rates force institutions to cut mortgage business
Christina Mlynski
Big banks are feeling the aftershock of the dynamic shift in the lending environment, with many of the heavy hitters pulling out of the mortgage finance space thanks to a critical drop in mortgage purchases and refinance volumes.
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Is a 20% downpayment a life saver, a curse or just an arbitrary number?

Kerri Ann Panchuk
Former Congressman Barney Frank is now retired from the U.S. House, but his aggressive legislative personality lives on, with fights still erupting over Dodd-Frank—the signature piece of mortgage finance legislation that Frank helped draft to reform the housing market and the entire U.S. economy.
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