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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Looking back, the housing industry is totally Scrooged

Here's the HousingWire/Star Wars Christmas 2014 special
Trey Garrison
It's been quite a year for housing. One could even say it's comparable to the Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. Here are some of the more bizarre events from 2014.
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FHA loans could face "tidal wave of defaults"

All indices hit series high
Trey Garrison
"The increase in risk for all the major government agencies over the past two years is cause for concern," said Stephen Oliner, co-director of AEI's center. "This is especially true for FHA loans, which would experience a tidal wave of defaults if we have another severe financial crisis."
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Community bankers call on FHA to lower mortgage insurance premiums

Costs threaten housing recovery, trade groups say
Trey Garrison
The FHA is getting back on its fiscal feet, but it's still charging premiums that the mortgage finance industry worry are too high. Here's what they want, and why.
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18 Senators, mortgage bankers tell HUD: Time to lower FHA premiums

Letters cite health of MMIF as reason for lowering fees
Ben Lane
A group of 18 U.S. Senators and the Mortgage Bankers Association both sent letters to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday, stating that the time has come for the Federal Housing Administration to lower its mortgage insurance premiums.
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Congressional budget bill kills HUD homeowner assistance program

HAWK program designed to offer savings on FHA-insured loans
Ben Lane
One of the most ballyhooed features of the FHA’s plan to help ease credit availability is not going to happen, thanks to budgetary wrangling in Congress. The HAWK program is no more.
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Political theater: Community groups giving HUD “Grinch of the Year” award

Advocates say distressed asset sales drive foreclosures
Trey Garrison
Get ready for a little coal in the stocking for the FHA — community groups and housing advocates are protesting the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program. Here's what will happen Thursday.
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Treasury announces HAMP changes

1 million homeowners eligible for new HAMP benefits
Ben Lane
Under the modified HAMP guidelines, announced Thursday in a joint statement by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, all homeowners in the HAMP program will now be eligible to earn an additional $5,000 in the sixth year of their modification.
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CFPB: Don’t discriminate against borrowers on Social Security disability

Issues warning to lenders
Ben Lane
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a warning to lenders, ordering them not to discriminate against borrowers who are receiving Social Security disability income.
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Wells Fargo, DOJ losing “optimism” for lawsuit settlement

Wells Fargo lawyer says litigation may continue
Ben Lane
A settlement between Wells Fargo and the U.S. Department of Justice over claims that Wells Fargo misled the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development into believing its loans qualified for insurance from HUD's Federal Housing Administration has hit another snag.
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HUD, Salvation Army settle pregnancy discrimination suit

SA to pay $48K to four women evicted from transitional housing
Trey Garrison
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that the Salvation Army will pay $48,000 to four women as part of a conciliation agreement resolving allegations that the international charitable organization wrongfully evicted them from its Turning Point transitional housing center in Washington, D.C., because they became pregnant.
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