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The real reason Fannie and Freddie don't do principal modifications

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:00
Why is the government resisting principal mods? Because there is one big investor in MBS that the government is worried about – pension funds.

$640 million in subprime-boom bonds coming to market

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 21:46
"My sense is that this is related to general risk reduction ahead of Wednesday’s FOMC announcement, Friday’s non-farm payroll report, and month end," David Varano of Interactive Data said. "Additionally, this could also be driven by certain investors looking to test the market after it appeared to easily absorb those two massive bid lists last week in order to gauge current demand levels."

American Capital beats estimates by $0.19

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:16
The company’s second quarter earnings were up from $0.71 in 1Q14.

Blackstone adviser: Investors worried about ‘serious correction’

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:08
“But there are enough other positive signs that I am not altering my favorable forecast. If housing continues to be weak, I will probably have to change my view.”

FHFA considering plan to offer single Fannie, Freddie bonds

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:54
During his May speech at the Brookings Institute, FHFA Director Mel Watt said that adjusting the way Fannie and Freddie securitize mortgages was one of his key goals. Now it appears that the FHFA may be one step closer to accomplishing that goal.

Is this approach to keeping homeowners a model to fight blight?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:41
A Boston non-profit has another approach to principal reduction for troubled homeowners, and they say it’s fighting blight without involving anyone who doesn’t want to be involved, the Washington Post reports.

Julián Castro sworn in, spends first day as HUD Secretary

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:29
"Julián has lived the American Dream in his own life, and I’m confident he will help Americans across our country seize their own piece of that dream for themselves and their children," President Barack Obama said when Castro was confirmed by the Senate earlier this month.

Moody’s rates 2014-SFR2 securitization at $322.6M in Class A

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:09
Moody's Investors Service has assigned provisional ratings to four classes of certificates backed by one floating rate loan secured by mortgages on 3,750 single family rental properties owned by the Invitation Homes 2014-SFR2 securitization.

Man accidentally posts naked photo in home listing

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:09
A Texas man hoping to sell his home made a big mistake while posting an image of his home online. (Safe for work.)

Here’s why the week ahead will make or break housing and the economy

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:00
The best directions in the world won't help you get somewhere if you don't know where you are standing. We could do without the media spin on the economy and housing.

The future of affordable housing is Lego houses?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:34
Affordable housing is a worldwide challenge, even here in the United States. But when you think of it, people may have been playing with – and building – the very solution to the problem for going on 80-plus years.

S&P: Prime jumbo RMBS advance rates nose-dive

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:59
"Bank servicers, such as Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, have maintained a high (more than 90%) level of advancing on prime jumbo collateral," the analysts write. "However, nonbank servicers, such as Nationstar and Ocwen, have advance rates that are substantially lower and have been steadily declining over the past six months."

Deutsche Bank real estate finance veteran joins Greystone

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:29
Greystone a leading national provider of multifamily and healthcare mortgage loans, today announced that Nikhil Kanodia has joined as a managing director.

Invitation Homes bringing third REO-to-rental securitization to market

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:04
Of note in the presale report is the vacancy rate of the underlying properties, which stands at 4.4% as of the cutoff date. That’s lower than the vacancy rate in Invitation Homes’ previous SFR securitization in 2014, which was 5.1%, but still far above the vacancy rate of any of the other rental securitizations this year.

10 cities that got back up after the recession, and 10 still on the canvas

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:55

With Detroit’s bankruptcy trial approaching, and many other cities still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, the personal finance social network WalletHub crunched the numbers to identify 2014's Most & Least Recession-Recovered Cities.

DBRS: CFPB rules, tighter credit driving down mortgage originations

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:38
Federal regulations coupled with a general shift from refinance to purchase activities have resulted in historically low volumes of mortgage loan originations, even though home prices have continued to rebound and delinquency and foreclosure rates are at their lowest levels in years.

KBRA rates third Invitation Homes single-family 2014-SFR2

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:09
Kroll Bond Rating Agency assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of Invitation Homes 2014-SFR2 single-family rental pass-through certificates.

It’s official: Zillow will own Trulia

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:13
During a conference call on the deal, Rascoff said the real ad potential for the two companies, to make some serious profit, is working to move real estate marketing from offline to online.

Pending home sales drop 7.3% YOY on flat wages, short supply

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:11

Pending home sales dropped off in June, according to the National Association of Realtors, dropping 1.1% from May and falling 7.3% from June 2014 in the biggest decline in 2014 and the biggest miss of expectations in 2014 as well.

Black Knight: Home prices tick up 0.9% in May

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 04:00
Homes prices continue to trend higher and are now just 11% off the 2006 peak of $268,000. Meanwhile, Colorado and Texas both hit new peaks in May, reaching $269,000 and $195,000, respectively.