Looking back, the housing industry is totally Scrooged

Looking back, the housing industry is totally Scrooged

Here's the HousingWire/Star Wars Christmas 2014 special

FHA loans could face "tidal wave of defaults"

All indices hit series high

Another mortgage lender launches 3% down loan

Falls in line with FHFA
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Yellen talks interest rates and oil prices

Fed Chair comments on FOMC announcement
Brena Swanson
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen commented on two hot topics in the market right now: interest rates and oil prices. And her answers might surprise you.
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FDIC, other federal buildings lose power

Outage only lasts a few minutes
Brena Swanson
The power has been restored to several federal buildings in Washington, D.C., including the Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, after a transformer explosion at the Office of Personnel Management Monday morning.
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Capital Economics: Any home-price rebound will be temporary

Look for modest 4% price gains through 2015
Trey Garrison
While the tight inventory of homes suggests to some that home-price appreciation may be picking up again, it won’t be long lived. Here's why.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: The biggest drag on homebuying is...

Why the revised FHFA loan limits matter; QM’s effect on 3Q lending
Trey Garrison
QE, ZIRP, opening the credit box, big tax credits - and yet the housing recovery has still been like a tuna sandwich from a gas station -- disappointing at best. But now we may know the real reason homebuyers have held back.
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Strong overall job gains may mean interest rate hikes

Pressure will be on Fed to raise rates
Trey Garrison
With job gains the best since January 2012, what reason can the Fed offer not to raise interest rates, and what will be the effect be on mortgage lending?
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Housing, mortgage lending mixed in latest Beige Book

Overall sales and price gains slow, with some bright spots
Trey Garrison
National economic activity continued to expand in October and November, while real estate activity across the nation was inconsistent and varied, according to the latest Beige Book from the Federal Reserve Board.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: New lending standards could kickstart mortgages

Clarification to GSE guidelines could give lenders new confidence
Trey Garrison
The new lending standards that go into effect could mean hundreds of thousands of new mortgages, and lending to borrowers with 620 FICO credit scores, industry experts say.
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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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FOMC: Federal funds rate changes directly tied to economic changes

Participants debate federal funds rate language
Brena Swanson
While the Federal Open Market Committee concluded the more than two-year-old asset purchase program at the end of October, the anticipated path of the federal funds rate is still up for debate.
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Refinancing boosted by declining mortgage interest rates

Capital Economics: Sustained surge not in the cards
Trey Garrison
The decline in mortgage interest rates to a 17-month low in October provided a temporary boost to refinancing activity, says Capital Economics in a client note.
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