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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St. Louis area mortgage company executive admits fraud

Could face 30 years for check fraud
Trey Garrison
A mortgage company executive in St. Louis is facing 30 years after pleading to floating checks between his business and banks to hide negative balances.
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Death of banker under mysterious circumstances makes 36 in 2014

ZeroHedge: Latest victim, ING banker, leaves behind ‘riddles’
Trey Garrison
This year saw a rash of reports of national and international bankers dying under odd, mysterious or questionable circumstances — some by suicide, some by other means. The 36th occurrence of the year, as it turns out, is no different.
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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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Silver Bay Realty records 4% growth, but reports loss of $44.9 million

Total revenue reaches $20 million
Ben Lane
The company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $44.9 million in the third quarter. That net loss equates to a loss of $1.17 per share, compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2014 of $5 million, or a loss of $0.13 per share.
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Ally Financial posts $423M net income in 3Q2014

Mortgage operations see $3M loss
Trey Garrison
Ally Financial reported net income of $423 million, or $0.74 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2014 compared to net income of $323 million, or $0.54 per diluted common share, in the prior quarter, and net income of $91 million, or a loss of $0.27 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2013.
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Mortgage TrueView launches new HMDA scoring tool

Offers lenders insight into lending practices
Ben Lane
“For the first time, lenders have the ability to understand their own HMDA data in order to both stay compliant and increase loan volume for unintentionally underserved market segments,” the company said in a statement.
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Zillow: Mortgage rates remain at 16-month low

Rates below 4% for third week in a row
Ben Lane
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.81% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, which equaled the previous week’s figure of 3.81%.
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MBA forecasts 7% origination jump in 2015

Predicts unemployment at 5.4% by end of next year
Sarah Wheeler
The MBA is projecting overall economic growth of 2.9% in 2015 and 2.4% in 2016, driven by strong consumer spending and business fixed investment as consumers spend on durable goods and businesses invest in equipment.
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Fitch: Two-year run of home price growth is over

“Several markets are still overvalued”
Ben Lane
“The cooling of the US housing market comes as no surprise after several years of unsustainable growth rates,” said Fitch Director Sean Nelson. “It’s also worth noting that nearly all major cities are experiencing the same home price flattening at the same time. “
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MBA names new leadership

New chairman, vice chairman, board of directors announced
Ben Lane
The days at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention and expo in Las Vegas feature quite the packed schedule. But between all the sessions and speakers, the MBA has also elected several new members of its executive leadership.
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