Trey Garrison was a Senior Financial Reporter for HousingWire.com. Trey served as real estate editor for the Dallas Business Journal, and was one of the founding editors of D CEO Magazine. He has been an editor for D Magazine — considered among the best city magazines in the United States — and a contributor for Reason magazine.
It’s now almost a month since the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule went live, and the effects are being felt up and down the pipeline across a variety of services and specialties in the mortgage finance industry. This week we look at the title space. Read on.
I’m not exactly going out on a limb here with a wild bet, but I’m going to go ahead and call it that the Fed won’t be raising interest rates this week. They just don't have the will, even though they have to get it done sometime.
Join it virtually or in person, but tonight Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro joins realtor’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke and The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Timiraos for a virtual town hall at George Washington University.
A congressional push to limit the salaries for the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac moves closer this week when the House version of a bill that already passed the Senate unanimously goes to the House floor for a vote. There's little reason to expect it won't have an easy landing, but then it goes to the White House.
Sales of new single-family houses in September 2015 cratered to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000. The northeast was the hardest hit with a giant decline, but all four housing market regions saw declines from August. Here's more.
Not to sound too bleak as the leaves start turning and dying, but it’s not a pretty economic picture out there. The only thing that doesn’t look like it’s going to be slowing or dropping are FHA premiums.
Home prices were up 0.3% for the month, according to the August house price index from Black Knight Financial Services. This puts national home prices up 5.6% since the beginning of the year and 27% since the bottom of the market at the start of 2012.
Cash sales made up 30.8% of total home sales in July 2015, down from 34.2% in July 2014, according to CoreLogic. At this pace they could hit just 25% by mid-2017. Here's the breakdown and where there are still investor opportunities.
In the days following the 2016 election, business leaders across many industries were hopeful that the new president would make good on his promise of widespread deregulation. Banks and other financial institutions were especially optimistic. Here at last was the relief they had been looking for. Or not.
Even Hollywood knows better than to produce a sequel when the original movie is truly, horrifically bad. That’s why, thankfully, we haven’t seen sequels to such all-time cinematic disasters as Howard the Duck, Gigli, The Last Airbender, Jack and Jill, Glitter, or Battlefield Earth. Which brings us, in an admittedly roundabout way, to the question of whether we’re about to see a sequel of sorts in the mortgage industry: The Return of the Subprime Loan.
With FHFA director Mel Watt’s term due to expire in January 2019, the question of whether to move ahead on some version of administrative reform may rest with his successor. In the meantime, policy makers would be well-served to work together to come to some agreement on options for administrative reform. At a minimum, agreeing on a common definition would be a good first step.