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  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-24-17

    "The first quarter of 2017 shows strong start to home buying season. While inventory remains low, the pace of existing home sales is relatively steady...These promising numbers bode well for this rest of home buying season, showing that demand remains high despite the headwinds in the market."--Cher

  • MBA CMF Newslink 4-20-17

    "MBA believes the original congressional intent was appropriate and should be incorporated into law so the Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocating agencies, individually or in partnership with other Housing Finance Agencys, do not provide both the tax credits and debt financing on the same multifam

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-20-17

    "A tremendous amount of effort went into Version 3.3, which was developed at a time when lenders were going through significant regulatory changes...Their hard work resulted in a model that lenders are able to rely on to implement new regulatory changes and other mandates." --Randy Poirier, Vice Pre

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-19-17

    "Rates are still too high to attract much interest from homeowners looking to refinance, and purchase activity was relatively weak. We do expect a pickup in purchase activity through the remainder of the spring season. With a strong job market and signs of continuing economic growth."--MBA Chief Eco

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-18-17

    "The current regulatory environment has increased costs and forced many responsible mortgage bankers to limit lending. This most often harms low-to-moderate income borrowers, minorities, and first-time homebuyers. We urge the Committee to do a thorough review of current rules and regulations and mak

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-18-17

    "Mortgage lenders with servicing portfolios experienced significant fluctuations in the valuation of their mortgage servicing rights related to corresponding interest rate fluctuations during 2016. Most servicers reported net servicing financial losses in the first half of the year, followed by reco

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-17-17

    "The surge in construction is welcome given broad-based tenant demand, which is being supported by a number of positive economic drivers. While there is no one surefire indicator to gauge future demand, the totality of the economic data makes us optimistic that the industrial market will remain rela

  • MBA Newslink Friday 4-14-17

    "Mortgage lenders with servicing portfolios experienced significant fluctuations in the valuation of their mortgage servicing rights related to corresponding interest rate fluctuations during 2016. Most servicers reported net servicing financial losses in the first half of the year, followed by reco

  • MBA CMF Newslink 4-13-17

    "We believe some aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and other statutes have made the mortgage market safer; however, in many other respects the Dodd-Frank rules have reduced the availability and affordability of mortgage credit for many American families. While

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-13-17

    "We believe some aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and other statutes have made the mortgage market safer; however, in many other respects the Dodd-Frank rules have reduced the availability and affordability of mortgage credit for many American families. While

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-12-17

    "At what point these home price increases create unaffordable housing conditions remains to be seen. However, mild climates and well-paying jobs continue to attract new residents to [the West and South]. It appears likely the price increase trend will continue into the near future."--Mark Melikian,

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-11-17

    "Despite the overall market strength, interest rate-sensitive markets are starting to show signs of cracking. These markets are predominantly very expensive and interest rate increases significantly soften demand for consumers on the margin of affordability."--Eric Fox, vice president of statistical

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-11-17

    "PACE loans are, in substance, mortgage-related financing and should adhere to federal mortgage financing rules. This legislation will subject PACE loans to the same Truth in Lending Act consumer protections required of other applicable mortgage products. We look forward to continuing to work with C

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-10-17

    "Property values have been going sideways recently, as a creep in cap rates is offsetting healthy top-line growth. Industrial properties are an exception to that trend--cap rates have continued to move lower over the past few months."--Green Street Advisors Senior Analyst Peter Rothemund.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 4-7-17

    "PACE loans are, in substance, mortgage-related financing and should adhere to federal mortgage financing rules. This legislation will subject PACE loans to the same Truth in Lending Act consumer protections required of other applicable mortgage products. We look forward to continuing to work with C

  • MBA CMF Newslink 4-6-17

    "The High-Volatility Commercial Real Estate rules are disproportionally affecting acquisition, development [and] construction lending by driving up borrowing costs and reducing credit availability. The rules also appear to be contributing to the slowdown in bank commercial real estate lending."--A j

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-6-17

    "The post-election rise in interest rates has taken a bit of wind out of the sails of the transactions' market in the first quarter. The degree to which it and other potential market changes--such as tax reform proposals, general economic growth, foreign investment and consumer confidence--will affe

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-5-17

    "Home prices are at peak levels in many major markets and the appreciation is being driven by a number of dynamics--high demand, stronger employment, lean supplies and affordability-that will continue to play out in the coming years."--Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-4-17

    "The HVCRE rules are disproportionally affecting ADC lending by driving up borrowing costs and reducing credit availability," the letter said "The rules also appear to be contributing to the slowdown in bank commercial real estate lending."--From an MBA/trade group letter supporting proposed legisla

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-4-17

    "Regulatory uncertainty, combined with heightened enforcement risk have forced many responsible lenders to reconsider their ability to lend to the full extent of the credit box. These decisions ultimately impact the consumer, and often disproportionately impact low-to-moderate income borrowers, mino

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-3-17

    "Borrowers are still tapping equity at less than a third of the rate they were back in 2005, and they're doing so more prudently."--Black Knight Data & Analytics Executive Vice President Ben Graboske.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-31-17

    "There is a shift from transaction-centricity to customer centricity in mortgage lending. Customers want to feel like they are more than a series of transactions. They expect more from their lenders and they want greater engagement with loan officers." --Joey McDuffee, head of sales and marketing wi

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-30-17

    "Because debt is 'stickier' and outstanding loan balances don't automatically adjust to changes in prices, mortgage debt outstanding remained stable. In the years since, prices bounced back and now exceed their pre-recession levels, while mortgage debt outstanding--which hadn't declined--rose at a m

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-30-17

    "A lot of first-time buyers are still taking a wait-and-see attitude because of rates. But despite a ramp-up on the part of home builders, we're just not seeing the inventory that's needed to sustain the market. Inventory is low everywhere, which suggests the home purchase market forecast could be a

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-29-17

    "Regulatory uncertainty, combined with heightened enforcement risk have forced many responsible lenders to reconsider their ability to lend to the full extent of the credit box. These decisions ultimately impact the consumer, and often disproportionately impact low-to-moderate income borrowers, mino

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