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Zillow: Mortgage rates remain at 16-month low

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:52
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.81% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, which equaled the previous week’s figure of 3.81%.

JPMorgan’s latest jumbo RMBS receives AAA ratings from Fitch, KBRA

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:29
Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency both issued presale reports to JPMMT 2014-5 and awarded AAA ratings to the majority of the tranches of the deal.

Capital Economics: Recovery in home sales marches on

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:52
The increase in existing home sales in September took sales activity to a 12-month high, and with falling mortgage interest rates and what some see as an improving labor market, Capital Economics is getting bullish on housing.

MBA’s Stevens: Final risk retention rule works for mortgage bankers

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:36
The president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association says he believes the final QRM definition issued today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will be a positive for the industry.

MBA forecasts 7% origination jump in 2015

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:24
The MBA is projecting overall economic growth of 2.9% in 2015 and 2.4% in 2016, driven by strong consumer spending and business fixed investment as consumers spend on durable goods and businesses invest in equipment.

Steve Stapleton joins HomeBridge as SVP

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:07
HomeBridge Financial Services named Steve Stapleton as senior vice president to help oversee the lender’s latest emphasis on growth throughout the central states region.

Fitch: Two-year run of home price growth is over

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:16
“The cooling of the US housing market comes as no surprise after several years of unsustainable growth rates,” said Fitch Director Sean Nelson. “It’s also worth noting that nearly all major cities are experiencing the same home price flattening at the same time. “

Sterne Agee: Tweaks to put-back rules won’t bait lenders to low FICO loans

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:08
The planned tweaks in mortgage put-back rules won’t draw major mortgage companies into offering loans to lower FICO borrowers, according to a client note from Sterne Agee, even though new Federal Housing Finance Agency plans to develop 95-97% LTV loans are a positive.

DFS Superintendent Lawsky accuses Ocwen of backdating borrower letters

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:06
New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky alleges that Ocwen Financial has been backdating potentially hundreds of thousands of letters to borrowers “likely causing them significant harm.”

S&P/Experian: Mortgage default rates increase two months straight

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:52
“Default rates for bank cards reversed an increase seen in the first half of 2014 while defaults on first mortgages and auto loans appear to have bottomed out over the summer,” says David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee for S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Michael Lewis on the absurdity of Wall Street

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:40
"That's when I realized I created the financial crisis,” Michael Lewis said in a session at the MBA Convention. “I had attracted all these dopes to the industry! It's a fool's game to write a book to try to accomplish something in the world — the world takes your book and does what it wants with it.”

Joint agency rule on risk retention goes to Fed, SEC for final adoption

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:43
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Tuesday issued the final version of the rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans.

September existing-home sales jump to highest annual pace

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:31
Despite last month’s slight retreat, existing-home sales jumped back up to their highest annual pace of the year. And on top of that, all major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September.

MBA Hall of Honor gives back to military veterans

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:00
The MBA conference offers a variety of interesting, smart and funny (Michael Lewis!) speakers, but my favorite presentation so far has been the Hall of Honors, where the MBA recognizes companies in our industry who give assistance to military veterans and their families.

Empower today's consumers with mobile apps

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

Borrowers can scan their supporting documents, or take pictures of them with a smartphone or tablet, and the mobile app will extract the data from those sources — which means neither the borrower nor the lender has to manually key in that information.

Allstate Appraisal and Bradford Technologies launch valuation tool

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:21
"The market needs alternatives that provide the strength and accuracy of an appraiser-driven valuation but without the time and expense of a full appraisal,” said Steven Albert, president of Allstate Appraisal. “The Valuation Express report provides the right balance of quality and expertise of the local appraiser at the price points lenders require."

IMA selling $46.1 million whole loan and REO portfolio

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:09
There are 210 loans total in the portfolio, with an average loan size of $216,367. The loans carry a weighted average seasoning of 75.2 months and a weighted average interest rate of 3.89%.

Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:12
Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said the government-sponsored enterprise will soon begin offering a 97% loan-to-value mortgage. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention & expo, Mayopoulous said the government-sponsored enterprise is working “closely” with the FHFA to offer this product to all Fannie associates.

NTC study alleges up to 490,000 homeowners face inaccurate servicing records

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:37
National Title Clearing found that out of 2,285,665 servicing database records that were verified against the collateral file, 24,490 loans (1.07%) had significant discrepancies.

S&P: Nonbank earnings will be weak

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:09
"We believe industry earnings are likely to remain weak unless supply contracts substantially as some of the originators that expanded during the boom exit the market, or unless industry credit standards ease materially, enabling more borrowers to obtain mortgages," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Stephen Lynch.