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Bank Mutual chooses Mortgagebot to provide complete origination platform

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:33
"D+H’s Mortgagebot solution offers the full front-to-back, integrated system we were looking for; in addition to customer service, its reputation for uptime and client focus is outstanding within the industry," said Dan Mekemson, Bank Mutual’s senior vice president and director of mortgage lending.

California housing market underperforms in July

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:59
July was not a strong month for the California housing market as the state continues to underperform. On the positive side, the share of equity sales — or non-distressed property sales — maintained its upward trend, increasing to 90.6% in July, up from 90.3% in June.

Ellie Mae’s July origination report shows share of purchase loans up

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:47
Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight report shows that for July, the share of purchase loans rose to its highest level in the series, while time to close fell to its lowest.

4 charts show how even Realtors are losing confidence in housing

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:35
The July 2014 Realtor Confidence Index shows that Realtors aren’t enthusiastic about current conditions and the outlook for the next six months.

Architect plans to 3D-print the first two-story house

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:21
Minnesota-based Andrey Rudenko completed the world’s first 3D-printed, large-scale model of a castle. Now he aspires to construct a two-story house with his self-designed printer.

Wells Fargo CEO: GSEs choke mortgage business

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:56
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf warned the government-sponsored enterprises that they must stop being so quick to accuse banks of faulty underwriting and then forcing them to repurchase soured loans.

Fidelity National bails out Landcastle Title

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:45
According to a letter posted to the joint website for Landcastle and Morris Hardwick Schneider, the acquisition was “precipitated by a significant shortage in the accounts of MHS and Landcastle, of which Fidelity became informed by the partners of MHS.”

Living with a dog under the woof

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:34
To all the four-legged man's best friends out there – today is National Dog Day! And to celebrate, HousingWire decided to write an article about why and how homeowners can improve the dog-companion experience.

Why is George Soros staking a huge claim in AIG and Ally?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:28
Soros Fund Management is putting a giant stake in the firm that received an $85 billion bailout during the subprime mortgage crisis. A $98.4 million stake to be exact, which makes AIG the second largest investment for one of the world's biggest investors.

Are home prices the latest evidence housing is stalling, or bubbling?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:00
The housing industry is not happy about recent housing data, including Tuesday’s home price releases, and it looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Closing a mortgage finally makes money

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:34
After mortgage banker costs skyrocketed the past 6 quarters, well out of the realm of profitability, the latest Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report from the Mortgage Bankers Association reports the landscape shifted from losing money to making money, as costs came more under control.

FHFA: Home price growth up 0.8%, well below 2013 levels

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:11
The Federal Housing Finance Agency shows that U.S. house prices rose just 0.8% in the second quarter of 2014, according to its purchase-only, seasonally adjusted House Price Index

Case-Shiller: Home prices continue to slow as housing stalls

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:11
Home price growth showed a sustained slowdown in price increases, S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices says.

Mortgages: Has Dodd-Frank failed?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:00

The need for Wall Street Reform arose precisely because the financial industry was under-regulated. No less an authority than Alan Greenspan, the former head of the Federal Reserve and chief architect of the less-regulation approach, told Congress in 2008 that “those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief.” 

Black Knight: Foreclosure starts are up for the third consecutive month

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:00
Foreclosure starts in July were up for the third consecutive month even as the overall inventory continues to decline, according to Black Knight Financial Services.

Realtor.com economist talks millennials, mortgages and affordability

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:00
A new centrist political blog – Republic 3.0 – is hitting the housing industry right where it lives, starting with its interview with the web domain's new chief economist, Jonathan Smoke.

FHFA watchdog: GSEs still at risk of TBW-style scams

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00
In a new report, the FHFA’s watchdog warns that the government-sponsored enterprises and their government counterpart, Ginnie Mae, must make improvements in several areas to avoid a recurrence of the multi-billon dollar losses that were suffered at the hands of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker chairman Lee Farkas, who is now behind bars, and his co-conspirators.

Generation X housing woes impact entire mortgage market

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 23:01
Generation X was hit the hardest by the financial crisis, while millennials were barely on the brink of buying a home. As a result, Generation X’s tough recovery is impacting the rest of the market.

HousingWire asks if immigrants can save housing, Fannie Mae answers yes

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:05
Immigrant homeownership rates grew through the 2000s even as native-born homeownership declined after the bubble burst.

WATCH: FHFA Director Watt ensures HARP is "not a scam”

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:00
There are still 800,000 families nationwide that could benefit from the Home Affordable Refinance Program, but many of the eligible consumers left are staying out of the market due to fear.