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  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-22-17

    "Rapid increases in interest rates in the last two months of 2016 slowed mortgage activity in the fourth quarter, driving a significant decrease in loan production profits. Mortgage lenders reported a combination of both lower revenues and higher expenses. On the revenue side, secondary marketing in

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 3-21-17

    "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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 3-21-17

    "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 Monday 3-20-17

    "Retailers will continue to focus on cities with new store concepts experimenting with smaller footprints and vertical layouts to be more amenable to mixed used projects in urban cores."--JLL Retail Research Director James Cook.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-17-17

    "The release of this budget is just the first step of a much longer budget process. MBA will continue to work with the Administration, Congress and all stakeholders, in order to support vibrant real estate markets that grow and strengthen America's communities."--Mortgage Bankers Association Preside

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-16-17

    "While they are confident that the economy will keep growing, as monetary policy remains accommodative, there was no indication that they are worried about the economy overheating, even with the quite rapid job growth we have seen thus far this year."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni, on the Fed

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-16-17

    "Based on staggering exit pricing of some major creative office projects around the country, this type of value-add strategy--on this large scale--is now being considered by many local, regional and national developers, either via direct investment or joint-venture partnerships with equity partners.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-15-17

    "The order is inconsistent with the Bureau's regulations, which permit transactions in which real services are provided at market-based prices. Those regulations are binding, unambiguous and irreconcilable with the Order... In abruptly departing from the plain language of the statute, the Bureau's o

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 3-14-17

    "The bar was high as last February was a particularly strong month for applications, as was March 2016. The surprisingly strong employment numbers for the beginning of 2017 suggest that demand for new homes should continue to grow this year. Additionally, based on the current reading, we expect seas

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 3-14-17

    "For most investor groups, commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquencies are at or near their all-time lows. Only loans in commercial mortgage-backed securities continue to show elevated levels of delinquencies and loans in foreclosure, as the market continues to work through the large volume of

  • MBA Newslink Monday 3-13-17

    "The odds of a Fed rate increase at the meeting next week was already over 90 percent. This employment situation report only gives more reason for the Fed to move sooner rather than later."--Mark Fleming, chief economist with First American Financial Corp., Santa Ana, Calif.

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-9-17

    "For most investor groups, commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquencies are at or near their all-time lows."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-10-17

    "Passage of the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act will encourage the growth of a competitive and sustainable private flood insurance market. Increased private sector involvement will expand available insurance options, lower costs to consumers and reduce the federal government's ex

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-9-17

    "For most investor groups, commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquencies are at or near their all-time lows. Only loans in commercial mortgage-backed securities continue to show elevated levels of delinquencies and loans in foreclosure, as the market continues to work through the large volume of

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-8-17

    "We are in for many more years of elevated levels of negative equity. Even as median home values close in on peak levels reached during the housing boom, some people still face a long wait before returning to a positive balance on their home loans."--Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 3-7-17

    "G-fees are a critical risk management tool used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to protect against losses from loans that default. Increasing g-fees for other purposes imposes an unjustified burden on homeowners who would pay for any increase through higher monthly payments for the life of their loan

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 3-7-17

    "G-fees are a critical risk management tool used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to protect against losses from loans that default. Increasing g-fees for other purposes imposes an unjustified burden on homeowners who would pay for any increase through higher monthly payments for the life of their loan

  • MBA Newslink Monday 3-6-17

    "The growth and success of our virtual career fairs speaks to the interest that students have in a career in mortgage banking. MBA is proud to play a role in helping its members identify their ‘workforce of the future' and we look forward to further growing this program."--Peter Grace, MBA Sen

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-3-17

    "His commitment to bolster America's real estate markets and assist communities nationwide will serve him well in his new role. MBA looks forward to working with the Secretary and his team at HUD to ensure that families all across our country have access to safe, decent and affordable housing."Mortg

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-2-17

    "The increase in refinance originations is surprising given the rising interest rates in the fourth quarter, but many homeowners may have been trying to lock in still relatively low interest rates before those interest rates rose further."--Daren Blomquist, senior vice president with ATTOM Data Solu

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-2-17

    "We've never had a president with real estate expertise. I think you'd agree [President Donald Trump] understands what a deal looks like." --Former FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery, currently vice-chairman of the Collingwood Group, Washington, D.C.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-1-17

    "The remodeling industry should see numerous growth opportunities over the next decade. Strong demand for rental housing has opened up that segment to a new wave of capital investment, and the shortage of affordable housing in much of the country makes the stock of older homes an attractive option f

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 2-28-17

    "Rising rates and nominal home price growth are outpacing the influence of strong income growth, leading to declining affordability for first-time home buyers. However, housing remains as affordable as it was in late 2009."--First American Financial Corp. Chief Economist Mark Fleming.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 2-28-17

    "When we talk about housing finance reform, the word ‘reform' is the key word. The GSEs' business models can't be repeated, knowing that they drew $180 billion from the taxpayers...We can wall off the dual goals of meeting taxpayer and investor needs."--MBA President & CEO David Stevens, C

  • MBA Newslink Monday 2-27-17

    "While it's been tough for homebuyers to buoy existing home sales because of low inventory, it looks like there is much potential for new homes sales to run higher."--Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist with Trulia, San Francisco.

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