Some say there is no spark in today’s economy. Others claim we’ve hit a speed bump. Nonetheless, everyone will agree the housing market is light years ahead of where it stood a year ago. But has the recovery cooled?
Bank of America is in the crosshairs of an advocacy organization as it attempts to prove the bank is neglecting REO properties in minority neighborhoods. But the mortgage industry has a different take on the issue—namely that crime is making it difficult for institutions to maintain these homes.
Riding on the coattails of two very impressive third-quarter earnings reports from homebuilders, Lennar and KB Home, real estate-related stocks closed the day with positive movement on the HW 30 index.
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman denied Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss several statutory claims made against the bank by the federal government. The original case attempts to get the bank to pay for losses on FHA-insured loans that eventually turned sour.
He wears t-shirts to his televised interviews; not very CEO. He played sports at a high level, but rarely brings it up and when he does he talks about it as a mere chapter in his life. Honestly, who plays a Super Bowl and doesn’t describe it as the defining moment in their personal journey? Casey Crawford, that’s who. His family is a big part of his life of course, but he talks about his even larger family — his coworkers — in terms that are just as glowing.
One of the things that has bedeviled mortgage financing post-crisis has been the absence of the private label mortgage backed securities market. During the peak years, private label MBS issuance topped $1 trillion. In 2017, only $70 billion of private label RMBS were issued, although that is a big increase from 2016.
Digital technology has disrupted businesses and industries from publishing to public transportation, so can the mortgage industry be far behind? Actually, anyone who’s applied for a mortgage recently will have recognized that things are already changing fast.