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The mortgage delinquency rate declined in October to a seven-year low, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ “First Look” at the October mortgage data. October also saw a rise in prepayments for the first time since July, which Black Knight said is “historically a good indicator of refinance activity.”
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both announced changes to their respective representation and warranty policies, following through on an announcement made by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention & Expo in October.
Goldman Sachs fired two bankers due to one of them allegedly sharing confidential documents from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York within the firm.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s sixth annual report on the single-family guarantee fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac included data from 2009 to 2013, showing just how intensely g-fees have increased in four years.
Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, announced his selection of subcommittee chairmen for the next Congress.
"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."
When Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt spoke before the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday he opened the door to the possibility of ending the GSE conservatorship.
"Low rates are creating opportunities for homeowners to either lower their payments or capitalize on their homes’ equity," said Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae.
“The housing market continues to grind its way upward, but we don’t expect a breakout performance in 2015 as the fundamentals remain somewhat muted,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan.
A new white paper from the Mortgage Bankers Association looks at what the future holds for the real estate finance industry secondary market now that the Federal Reserve has put a full stop on its quantitative easing program, wherein it pumped trillions of dollars into mortgage backed securities.
The four-week moving average was 2,369,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since Jan. 13, 2001 when it was 2,360,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,750 from 2,372,500 to 2,375,250.
CUNA Mutual Group issued an alert this week regarding a wave of fraud that originates from home equity lines of credit and requests wire transfers be sent to construction company accounts.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced in June that it was seeking industry opinion on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees, and while the results of this have not been revealed, a new survey of mortgage bankers gives a preview into what lenders expect to happen with increases.
Existing-home sales rose in October for the second straight month and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Mortgage rates ticked back down and fell below 4% again, as rates continue to fluctuate around this level. Meanwhile, the 15-year FRM dipped to 3.17%, down from 3.2% a week ago and 3.27% a year ago.
The third-quarter report from RealtyTrac on flipping shows that 26,947 single-family homes were flipped nationwide in the third quarter of 2014 — where a home is purchased and subsequently sold again within 12 months — representing 4% of all U.S. single-family home sales.
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.82% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, down from last week’s figure of 3.9%.
Fannie Mae announced that it priced its fourth, and final, risk-sharing bond deal of the year under its Connecticut Avenue Securities label, Connecticut Avenue Securities 2014-C04, which carried a total unpaid principal balance of $53.8 billion. The deal priced wide compared to Fannie’s last Connecticut Avenue offering.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a warning to lenders, ordering them not to discriminate against borrowers who are receiving Social Security disability income.
The shrinking size of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. could be the beginning of a shift toward more affordable houses.