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  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-25-19

    "Home buyers today are more likely to cross paths with investors during an open house than at any other time in the past two decades."--Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist with CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif.

  • MBA Newslink Monday 6-24-19

    "Home prices continue to increase, but still at a slower pace than in recent years, and more in line with the rate of income growth. Combined with lower mortgage rates, these trends should help additional first-time home buyers enter the market in the coming months."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratan

  • MBA Newslink Friday 6-21-19

    "When our industry becomes dominated by purchase money mortgages, the large banks' natural advantage in terms of new loan opportunities dissipates."--STRATMOR Principal Tom Finnegan.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 6-20-19

    "Longer-term rates are likely already pricing in several rate cuts. Thus, mortgage rates may be more volatile in the months ahead, which could both provide refinance opportunities for some homeowners, while causing potential home buyers to pause amidst the uncertainty."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fra

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 6-19-19

    "After seeing a six-week streak, mortgage rates for 30-year loans increased slightly, which led to a pullback in overall refinance activity. Borrowers were sensitive to rising rates, but the refinance share of applications was still at its highest level since January 2018, and refinance activity was

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-18-19

    "We are continuing to see a downward trend with overall foreclosure activity, especially in completed foreclosures declining year after year." --Todd Teta, chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif.

  • MBA Newslink Monday 6-17-19

    "All parties fully understand the important role the FHA program plays in helping middle-class Americans access home financing, and this resolution allows the parties to move ahead together with that mission and to ensure their future relationship."--Retired Judge Gerald E. Rosen, who mediated a dis

  • MBA Newslink Friday 6-14-19

    "To tackle the housing affordability crisis, we need public-private partnerships to help bring the price point down to create more affordable housing, more supply overall to address the critical housing shortage, including by reducing the regulatory cost of building a home and an increase in direct

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 6-13-19

    "The lack of affordable housing is presenting significant challenges to families across the country. We need to explore how the lending community can better partner with public, private and non-profit stakeholders to ensure more Americans have access to homes they can afford.As the trade association

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-11-19

    "Government credit supply continues to decline since peaking in 2017, as there are fewer streamlined refinance programs being offered."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 6-12-19

    "Mortgage rates for all loan types fell by a sizeable margin for the second straight week, pulled down by trade tensions with China and Mexico, the financial markets reacting to more bearish communication from several Fed officials and weaker than expected hiring in May. Despite the less positive ou

  • MBA Newslink Monday 6-10-19

    "Commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquencies remain at or near record lows for most capital sources, and it's hard to imagine loans performing better than they currently do."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 6-7-19

    "As the industry moves closer to a potential sunset of LIBOR, MBA is taking the lead to help its members communicate to consumers how the switch to a new index would affect them if they choose a LIBOR-indexed adjustable-rate mortgage product. The disclosure template is one of the many ongoing steps

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 6-6-19

    "Independent mortgage bankers experienced improvements in the first three months of the year. This was a welcoming sign following a very difficult end of 2018, in which profitability reached its lowest level since our survey's inception in 2008."--MBA Vice President of Industry Analysis Marina Walsh

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-4-19

    "The vast majority of commercial and multifamily mortgage lenders report they are working on the transition away from LIBOR, but the devil is in the details. Most firms are already taking some steps, including changing language in loan documents, but they also report relying on regulators and indust

  • MBA Newslink Monday 6-3-19

    "Digital platforms are speeding up mortgage processing on the front and back ends. When borrowers leverage online platforms for providing documents and completing necessary forms, we have found it reduces information intake time by more than 60 percent on average."--Rick Bechtel, Head of U.S. Reside

  • MBA Newslink Friday 5-31-19

    "It is time for Congress as a whole, to speak up and demand that their colleagues allow for the NFIP to be extended prior to a lapse. The millions of homeowners, renters, small businesses, builders, real estate and insurance agents, lenders and taxpayers deserve nothing less."--From an MBA/trade gro

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 5-30-19

    "People are choosing from many different paths and reaching common life milestones at a wider age span than before, changing when they decide to purchase a home." --Sherry Graziano, mortgage transformation officer with SunTrust, Atlanta.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 5-29-19

    "If the way you look and sound contradicts what you say, then people will not believe you. You have to display confidence, even when you don't feel it. 'Be yourself' is the worst possible advice someone can give."--Executive speech coach and media trainer Ruth Sherman, speaking at the mPower Luncheo

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 5-28-19

    "The lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, combined with strong housing demand, have contributed to increasing rents across the country."--CoreLogic Principal Economist Molly Boesel.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 5-24-19

    "The appropriations bill is critical to providing FHA with resources, both in staffing and systems upgrades, it requires to maintain its important, countercyclical role as a government-backed mortgage insurer."--MBA Senior Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Bill Killmer, on a Fiscal

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 5-22-19

    "You have to be open to disruption. Because you are going to be disrupted, and you're probably going to be disrupted from somewhere else."--Economist Mohamed El-Erian.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 5-23-19

    "We should not be having a discussion over whether private capital is going to come back--private capital is back. We're here; we're making purchases; we're making investments. The market is not going to suddenly one day see a trillion-dollar investment. It's coming back slowly, and it should come b

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 5-21-19

    "The Mortgage Bankers Association continues to be fully focused on housing finance reform. We're pursuing every angle and pushing regulators and lawmakers to build on the progress that has already been made. More than 10 years after the financial crisis, we still believe housing finance reform is ac

  • MBA Newslink Monday 5-20-19

    "Information security awareness needs to be a core value of your organization. It must be supported by those in the corner office." --Berkadia Chief Information Security Officer Thomas Dryden.

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