Mortgage applications increased for the first time in five weeks as key interest rates held steady, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this morning in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 15.
Fannie and Freddie Can Make Rental Housing Less Affordable, Critics Say
Wall Street Journal, Feb. 19, 2019--Konrad Putzier
The Rise Of Online Mortgage Lending
Forbes, Feb. 19, 2019--Robert Farrington
Four Lessons on Federal Crisis Respons from 10 Years of Foreclosure Counseling
Urban Institute, Feb. 19, 2019; Corianne Payton Scally, Camille H. Anoli, Patrick Spauster
Helping People Realize the Dream
Mortgage Media, Feb. 19, 2019
Mortgage Servicers to Take Center Stage in Shift to Uniform MBS
Bloomberg, Feb. 19, 2019--Christopher Maloney
The Eroding Barriers Between Forward and Reverse Mortgage Originators
Reverse Mortgage Daily, Feb. 19, 2019--Martin Olsen
White House is Making Hard Job of GSE Reform Even Harder
American Banker, Feb. 19, 2019--Victoria Finkle (free article)
Fed's Mester Says Another Rate Hike in 2019 is Possible
HousingWire, Feb. 19, 2019--Caroline Basile
MISMO Seeks Public Comment on New Standards for Remote Online Notarizations
MISMO®, the mortgage industry's standards organization, announced new standards for remote online notarizations (RON) have been released for a 60-day public comment period through Monday, April 22.
Lower Interest Rates, Rising Consumer Confidence Boost Builder Sentiment
Builder confidence for newly built single-family homes rose in February by four points to 62, the National Association of Home Builders reported yesterday.
GSE Refi Volume Falls in 4Q; Finishes HARP with 3.5M Refis
The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed 245,620 refinances in the fourth quarter, a slight decrease from 253,135 in the third quarter.
Single-Family Rent Prices Grew Faster in 2018
Rent prices in single-family rental properties grew faster in 2018 than in 2017, reported CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif.
Dealmaker: George Smith Partners Secures $46M for Multifamily
George Smith Partners, Los Angeles, secured $46 million in non-recourse bridge financing for a four-property Dallas-area apartment portfolio.
MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo in Orlando Feb. 25-28
The Mortgage Bankers Association's National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo 2019 (Servicing19) returns to Orlando Feb. 25-28.
MBA Education Foundational Concepts in Residential Mortgage Servicing in Orlando Feb. 25
MBA Education presents a workshop, MBA Education Foundational Concepts in Residential Mortgage Servicing, in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 25 in conjunction with the MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo.
MBA Disaster Recovery Guide Now Available in Spanish
The Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals have developed a Spanish-language version of Disaster Recovery: A Resource for Homeowners, a consumer-facing informational guide.