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A week after jumping 49%, mortgage applications gained another 14.2%. Here’s why.
Is it possible that in the coming years we will live in a world where the future becomes flexible enough to accommodate the things we can’t see or even imagine? The term for this is the “unknown’s unknown” — where the trends and disrupters that are hard to understand today will have a dramatic unforeseen impact on how we do business tomorrow.
As part of the company’s efforts to shape its future, Altisource Portfolio Solutions announced that it appointed John Vella to the newly created position of chief revenue officer. In this new role, Vella will focus on the company’s growth initiatives and diversifying the reach of Altisource’s product suite to the real estate and mortgage industries.
Freddie Mac is planning to bring its second credit risk-sharing offering of 2015 to market soon, but this new offering will be unlike any of the other risk-sharing deals Freddie has offered up so far. The deal will give investors something that they’ve been unable to get their hands on until now — the first-loss position.
Appraisal fraud has drastically tumbled ever since the financial crisis. Which sounds like a good thing, right? According to one expert, it isn’t. The solution put in place might ruin the appraisal industry.
William Erbey may be leaving Ocwen Financial behind after being forced to resign from his position as executive chairman as part of a massive settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, but he is not leaving empty-handed. Far from it, in fact.
Freddie Mac says it expects mortgage rates to hover around 4% through mid-2015, and while there are some of the positive tailwinds buoying the economy at the start of the year, some may not stick around for long. Here’s why.
This week the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing the case of Texas Dept. of Housing vs. Inclusive Communities. This could shake housing to its foundation. Here’s the scoop.
Tonight is the second-to-last State of the Union for President Obama, and for the first time in four years, it will touch on housing. Here's what we're looking at.
After launching its first single-family rental securitization in September 2014, Progress Residential is prepping its second such offering, which will be larger than the company’s first securitzation. Progress Residential 2015-SFR1 is collateralized by a $563 million loan secured by first priority mortgages on 4,028 income-producing single-family homes.
Although credit default rates continued to edge higher for the month of December 2014, they are still down from a year ago. Looking at the top cities, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles all reported default rate increases in December.
No natural adversary to the White House’s agenda, the Washington Post’s editorial board calls the move by President Obama and the Federal Housing Administration to lower FHA premiums risky. Here’s why.
Builders remain confident despite a slowdown in traffic from prospective buyers. Here are the details of what construction folks are thinking.
MGIC’s earnings reversed course after last year’s net loss, reporting fourth-quarter net income of $74.4 million, compared with a net loss of $1.4 million for the same quarter a year ago.
New York-based online real estate startup Revaluate announced the addition of Laurie Weston Davis as director of social media. Davis’ addition is expected to help the Revaluate management team broaden the company’s reach to a larger audience, the company said in a release.
With just a few mortgage-focused earnings coming out this week the emphasis will be on a slate of housing metrics coming from homebuilders, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Census Bureau. Here’s what to expect.
There are only a handful of people who can afford this $195 million home in Beverly Hills, California. As it turns out, the seller of the home made his fortune by betting that people would default on their mortgages during the financial crisis.
Zillow is launching a customer support team, but not for the potential homebuyers who peruse Zillow’s site looking for a new home. Instead, the online real estate giant is forming a customer support team for the real estate agents, Realtors, and brokers who use Zillow services.
Two names are never far from the mind of anyone in investments and finance, and one of the two names will be the keynote speaker at this years ABS West convention in Las Vegas – Barney Frank. With the new Republican House and Senate poised to give Dodd-Frank a once over, here’s why it’s important.
Bank of America made the controversial decision last year to not ease mortgage standards despite the giant push from the government for the opposite. And the bank's latest earnings release shows that was a pretty good call.