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  • Fannie Mae CEO: We will return to profit in 2018

    "We are a b2b business, we’re not a b2c business."
    “We had a solid quarter in that our business performance was excellent,” Timothy Mayopoulos told HousingWire by phone. “The quarter’s earning are not a reflection of our underlying business. We will also benefit from the lower corporate tax rate.”
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  • HomeStar Property Solutions officially opens Texas office

    Will keep growing operations
    "It's an important next step for HomeStar," said Bradley Trapnell, senior vice president of business development for HomeStar, who helped establish the Dallas location. "There are many incentives to having an office in Dallas; being close to mortgage servicing and investor clients, and having access to a tremendous base of industry talent was chief among them."
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  • Non-prime in a QM world?

    The mortgage market is still going
    Where could the private market go next? How about sub, excuse me, non-prime loans. Remember that the QM regulation sets no requirements for credit scores or LTVs. A non-prime borrower with a low credit score and a small down payment seeking a fixed-rate 30-year loan could very well fit within the QM guidelines.
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  • Regulating irrational expectations

    No regulation could have prevented blind trust in rising home prices
    Today at ABS East, the mortgage investor conference I am attending in Miami, the topic du jour is regulation. The opening panel discussed the regulatory environment and whether it is helping or hindering the asset-backed securities market. This conversation has made me ask the fundamental question—why do we regulate in the first place?
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  • Investors rally on government shutdown

    But it's not over yet. A debt ceiling emergency could send investors running
    While most industry experts are confident the mortgage market can withstand a short-term government halt, others are fearful of what a prolonged federal freeze will mean for investors.
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