The final version of the risk retention rule is now officially approved by six federal agencies, following the Federal Reserve’s final approval on Wednesday. The rule contains an exemption for Qualified Mortgages similar to when the rule was proposed in 2013.
The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the final version of the risk retention rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans. Now all that is left is approval from the Federal Reserve.
Housing prices continue to slow and are hopefully reaching a growth rate in line with interest rates and income growth, but now mortgage interest rates have gone below 4%. What does this mean for the industry?
When the Federal Reserve first announced the start of quantitative easing, the stock markets furiously reacted, becoming what is now referred to as the "taper tantrum." Fast forward more than half a year and where can this be seen in the market now?
"Continued nervousness about slower growth in the global economy proved to be good news for mortgage rates, with mortgage rates pulling back to the lowest level since June 2013," Bankrate said in its weekly mortgage report.
The bulk of the potential benefits from the post-housing crisis structural changes to the mortgage market haven’t been realized yet, American Capital Agency and American Capital Mortgage CIO Gary Kain said in the firm’s Mortgage REIT day presentation.
Car sales have recovered since the plague of the financial crisis, but the journey has not been as easy for housing. An article in The Wall Street Journal asks the tough question: Should mortgage lending standards ease?
Americans' wealth hit the highest level ever in the second quarter, following a rise in stocks and home prices. This could ramp up consumer borrowing, which could be the key to boosting the economic recovery.
A wide range of companies making the 2014 HW Fast50 suggests that — are you ready for this? — maybe things aren't as bad in the U.S. mortgage and housing markets as some breathless press might otherwise suggest. After all, our rankings this year include mortgage insurers, investors, loan servicers, technology specialists and dot-coms, home builders, real estate services companies, mortgage bankers and more..
Last October, HousingWire highlighted several correspondent lenders and gave a broad overview of where this division of mortgage finance was heading. We are happy to report that those lenders are still doing a robust set of business, although the road remains no less rocky. But as we said last year, at least there’s a road to begin with. Read More
As our business moves into a new era of low profitability, increased expenses, and intense regulatory scrutiny, virtually every mortgage executive needs to experiment with ways to increase productivity and CFPB compliance while reducing overall operating costs. Read More