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Volume 18 | Issue 117 | Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Lede


June Builder Confidence Remains ‘Solid' Despite Slight Drop

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell two points to 64 in June, the National Association of Home Builders reported yesterday.


Top National News

Mortgage Market Heating Up for Many Credit Unions

Credit Union Times, June 17, 2019--Jim DuPlessis
Real estate originations went through a long, dark winter, but credit union managers contacted this month said conditions started warming this spring. Some are even raising their forecasts for the year, citing an uptick in refinances as rates for fixed mortgages have unexpectedly fallen. (MBA mention)

Fed Faces Unfamiliar Dilemma With Rate Projection

Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2019--Nick Timiraos (subscription)
The so-called dot plot hasn't existed during a period when markets expected the central bank's next move would be to cut rates and not to raise them.

The Big Question for the Fed This Week: Did We Make a Mistake?

New York Times, June 17, 2019--Neil Irwin
This week, at a two-day policy meeting ending Wednesday, Federal Reserve policymakers will, implicitly, be discussing whether they've raised interest rates too much, too soon.

N.Y. Attorney General Urges CFPB to Dismiss Proposed HMDA Rule

National Mortgage Professional, June 17, 2019--Phil Hall
New York State Attorney General Letitia James urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau not to adopt its recently-proposed rule that would undermine the ability to enforce fair lending laws and prevent discrimination in the mortgage lending market.

CFPB Chief's Equal-Opportunity Calendar

National Mortgage News, June 17, 2019--Kate Berry (subscription)
In her first four and a half months on the job, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger was no stranger to Capitol Hill, holding in-person meetings with lawmakers more than twice as often as her predecessor did during a similar time frame.

HomeStreet Bank Sells Off More of Its Mortgage Business to HomeBridge

HousingWire, June 17, 2019--Ben Lane
HomeStreet Bank's move away from mortgages is nearing its completion, as the bank announced Monday that it completed the second part of the sale of a sizable piece of its origination business to Homebridge Financial Services.

Residential Finance News

FHFA: GSEs Sell $22.2B in Non-Performing Loans in 2018

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its report 2018 Enterprise Non-Performing Loan Sales Report, showing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sold 117,466 NPLs with a total unpaid principal balance of $22.2 billion through Dec. 31.

ATTOM: Completed Foreclosures Down 50% from Year Ago

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., reported 56,152 foreclosure filings in May, up by 1 percent from April but down by 22 percent from a year ago. Additionally, it said completed foreclosures fell by 50 percent from a year ago.

Commercial/Multifamily News

MISMO Releases Expanded Rent Roll Dataset, Use Cases for Member Comment

MISMO released an enhanced version of its multifamily and commercial rent roll dataset for member comment; comments are due Monday, July 15.

Coming Soon to Grocery Stores: Smaller Formats, Automated Checkout

Grocery stores--long a staple of strip-center retail--are changing, and many are shrinking and becoming more automated, said CBRE, Los Angeles.

Dealmaker: HFF arranges $171M for Office, Industrial

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, Houston, secured $154.7 million in joint venture equity and construction financing for One Esterra Park, a Class A office property under development in Redmond, Wash.

MBA News

MBA Condominium Lending Workshop in D.C. July 18

The Mortgage Bankers Association's annual Condominium Workshop takes place Thursday, July 18 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

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