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  • MBA Newslink Monday 11-20-17

    "Most of the major variances from the second to third quarter of 2017 are tied to early delinquencies for all loan types. In the third quarter of 2017, there was little movement in the seriously delinquent rate, which rose just three basis points and was down 44 basis points from a year ago. Foreclo

  • MBA Newslink Friday 11-17-17

    "Most of the enterprises' investments will be used to facilitate transactions that support underserved markets and complement our Duty to Serve priorities."--Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt, announcing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's limited re-entry into the Low-Income Housing Tax Cre

  • MBA CMF Newslink 11-16-17

    "This long-term reauthorization will provide certainty to homeowners and businesses that depend on the program for flood damage protection. Additionally, this legislation contains important provisions related to the clarification and expansion of the private flood insurance market."--MBA President a

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 11-16-17

    "The drop in the capital reserve ratio--primarily due to the extreme volatility of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program--demonstrates that the Trump Administration was wise to reverse the mortgage insurance premium reduction made in the last days of the previous administration. Had the reduct

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 11-15-17

    "This long-term reauthorization will provide certainty to homeowners and businesses that depend on the program for flood damage protection. Additionally, this legislation contains important provisions related to the clarification and expansion of the private flood insurance market."--MBA President a

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 11-14-17

    "Home equity is a critical source of financing for low- and middle-income households for home improvements, college tuition and other emergencies. MBA believes deductibility of a portion of home equity indebtedness should be retained. In addition, the deduction for property taxes helps families over

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 11-14-17

    "Home equity is a critical source of financing for low- and middle-income households for home improvements, college tuition and other emergencies. MBA believes deductibility of a portion of home equity indebtedness should be retained. In addition, the deduction for property taxes helps families over

  • MBA Newslink Monday 11-13-17

    "Sky-high rents and rising home prices are putting first-time buyers in a bit of a catch-22. Buying now with a low down payment can be riskier, and the offer may not be considered as competitive by the seller. However, a renter who saves for another year to reach a larger down payment may find that

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 11-9-17

    "Borrowing and lending associated with commercial and multifamily real estate increased again in the third quarter, even as sales transaction volume slowed. Most property types and capital sources saw stronger lending activity than a year earlier, supported by solid property fundamentals and continu

  • MBA CMF Newslink 11-9-17

    "Commercial and multifamily real estate finance is a nearly $4 trillion industry and touches almost every segment of the economy. Acquisition, Development or Construction loans in particular, which this legislation supports, help to promote economic growth and job creation."--MBA President and CEO D

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 11-8-17

    "Commercial and multifamily real estate finance is a nearly $4 trillion industry and touches almost every segment of the economy. Acquisition, Development or Construction loans in particular, which this legislation supports, help to promote economic growth and job creation."--MBA President and CEO D

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 11-7-17

    "Only Congress can alter the existing GSE charters, establish an explicit federal government guarantee and create a regulatory mandate to maintain a level playing field. We cannot go back to a housing finance system that provides private gains when markets are strong yet relies on support from taxpa

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 11-7-17

    "Although H.R. 1 would provide both owners and renters with more take-home pay by lowering overall tax rates and nearly doubling the standard deduction, we believe the cumulative impact of the changes to the mortgage interest deduction and property tax deductibility would erode homeownership incenti

  • MBA Newslink Monday 11-6-17

    "This actually expedites the reinspection process rather than waiting on FEMA. MBA reached out for HUD/FHA in the wake of Harvey and Irma after it became apparent that FEMA's extended incident period designations were delaying the ability to close loans that were in process prior to disasters, but t

  • MBA Newslink Friday 11-3-17

    "Only Congress can alter the existing GSE charters, establish an explicit federal government guarantee and create a regulatory mandate to maintain a level playing field. We cannot go back to a housing finance system that provides private gains when markets are strong yet relies on support from taxpa

  • MBA CMF Newslink 11-2-17

    "You can expect the Fed to hike interest rates in December and you may see a couple hikes next year regardless of who leads the Fed. But this does not mean you should not worry about central banks as a whole. Perhaps the Fed is almost on autopilot in the U.S. and that's why markets are doing so well

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 11-2-17

    "There was no drama surrounding this meeting of the FOMC. The market is anticipating the next rate hike in December, and the Fed clearly signaled they agree with that expectation. The FOMC statement highlighted a ‘solid rate' of economic growth despite the impact from the hurricanes."--MBA Chi

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 11-1-17

    "Since hitting a 2017 low of 4.03 percent in September, the 30-year rate has increased almost 20 basis points and refinance activity has declined over 20 percent over the same period. Applications for home purchase loans decreased slightly last week but remain almost 10 percent higher than the same

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 10-31-17

    "MBA has long recognized the importance of this ‘bright line' between the primary and secondary markets, and its continued application is particularly crucial given the rapid development and deployment of new mortgage-related technologies."--MBA President and CEO David Stevens, CMB, in a lette

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 10-31-17

    "MBA has long recognized the importance of this ‘bright line' between the primary and secondary markets, and its continued application is particularly crucial given the rapid development and deployment of new mortgage-related technologies." --MBA President and CEO David Stevens, CMB, in a lett

  • MBA Newslink Monday 10-30-17

    "Zombie foreclosures have dwindled dramatically over the last four years as a supply-starved housing has soaked up even some of the most highly distressed properties. There are still pockets of the country with high zombie foreclosure rates, and high vacant property rates in general, primarily in th

  • MBA Newslink Friday 10-27-17

    "In a matter of just a few years, we found that a large number of units previously affordable to very-low income families could no longer be considered affordable. This is a trend that is worsening."--Freddie Mac Multifamily Vice President of Research and Modeling Steve Guggenmos.

  • MBA CMF Newslink 10-26-17

    "The one thing I know for sure after decades of significant involvement with this association is this: all is possible when we step up, lean in, say yes to the call and work together to make our industry the best it can be."--Rodrigo Lopez, CMB.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 10-26-17

    "Commercial and multifamily markets remain strong, even as many growth measures are exhibiting a bit of a downshift." --MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • SPECIAL EDITION MBA Newslink Wednesday 10-25-17

    "It's been an honor to work with the talented staff, strong leadership and diverse membership of MBA."--MBA President and CEO David Stevens, CMB.

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