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  • MBA Newslink Friday 9-21-18

    "The idea that nearly one in six American homeowners views ‘keeping up with regular household bills' as an appropriate reason to borrow from home equity speaks to how far some households are stretched on a monthly basis." chief financial analyst Greg McBride.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-20-18

    "While the gain [in housing starts] was larger than consensus estimates, it does not signal a significant improvement in home building. Most of the gain was in the volatile multifamily segment, and both multifamily and single-family starts remain below the pace seen earlier this year."--Mark Vitner,

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-19-18

    "In the first full week following Labor Day, applications bounced back. Purchase applications slowed earlier in the summer, but have shown year-over-year increases for the past five weeks."--MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting Joel Kan.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 9-18-18

    "We still expect regulators to enforce the rules. We expect them to respond to violations, and protect consumers' interests. Mick Mulvaney committed the Bureau to protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive practices and enforcing the law consistently. But he also committed the Bureau to identify

  • MBA Newslink Monday 9-17-18

    "With home prices reaching new heights in many metro areas, it's no surprise people are continuing to move away from expensive metros in search of homeownership. Last year's tax reform poured fuel on the fire. By capping mortgage interest and state and local tax deductions, there is an even greater

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-13-18

    "Because home prices are rising, and demand is strong, most mortgage fraud in this type of market is motivated by bona fide borrowers trying to qualify for a mortgage. Undisclosed real estate liabilities, credit repair, questionable down payment sources and income falsification are the most likely m

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-12-18

    "A law or regulation has the force and effect of law. Unlike a law or regulation, supervisory guidance does not have the force and effect of law, and the agencies do not take enforcement actions based on supervisory guidance. Rather, supervisory guidance outlines the agencies' supervisory expectatio

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 9-11-18

    "Overall credit availability saw a slight decrease in August, for the first time in four months, as the jumbo index retreated from its record high in July. Strong month-over-month increases in the jumbo index reversed because of a reduction in the number of jumbo programs. The decline in jumbo credi

  • MBA Newslink Monday 9-10-18

    "Even as a strong market broadly benefits homeowners, it's still very hard for people starting with less money ever to catch up. On an absolute-dollar basis, homeowners in minority communities became wealthier, but still fell further behind."--Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman, on an analysis of home values i

  • MBA Newslink Friday 9-7-18

    "While mortgage rates remain low by historic standards, they are creeping upward, eating into what buyers can pay, and in a handful of pricey markets, affordability already looks unnervingly low. Among lower-income buyers in those pricey markets, it is outright impossible to afford the mortgage on e

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-6-18

    "Housing is simply too important to our national economy and our local communities to risk disruption of the system by which it is financed." --From an "open letter" by MBA and other trade groups to the Trump Administration and Congress urging action on secondary mortgage market reform.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-5-18

    "The job market remains quite strong, supporting purchase demand, which is 2 percent higher than last year at this time. However, home prices, while decelerating, continue to rise faster than household income. Average loan size for purchase loans dropped to its lowest level since December 2017, a si

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 9-4-18

    "I'm really gratified with how great a state the Association is in and how committed, capable and enthusiastic the staff is about serving our industry and membership and caring so deeply about how they do their work. I feel I'm walking into a healthy organization with committed and high-performing e

  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-31-18

    "While ongoing supply constraints are reinforcing the floor on home prices right now, the experts' forecasts still imply the joists will start to crack sometime next year, and result in sub-3 percent annual home-value appreciation in 2020 and beyond. For the first time, a majority of the experts sai

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-30-18

    "Although the mortgage process is extremely complex and heavily regulated, digital experiences in other businesses have increased the demand for digital resources to speed up the onerous mortgage process."--Henry Cason, Fannie Mae Senior Vice President of Digital Products.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 8-29-18

    "After an exceptionally weak start to the year, production profitability improved in the second quarter as volume picked up from the spring home buying season. Mortgage originators evidently responded to first quarter losses by reducing their expenses in the second quarter, as production expenses dr

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 8-28-18

    "The report shows welcome engagement from Treasury and directs the government's regulatory priorities and the future of the mortgage market. It's very gratifying to see many long-standing MBA priorities reflected in the report, and we look forward to working with the relevant stakeholders in impleme

  • MBA Newslink Monday 8-27-18

    "While the observed denial rate can be useful, it can't provide evidence that equally qualified applicants are being treated differently because of race or ethnicity."--From an Urban Institute report examining denial rates for minority mortgage applicants.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-24-18

    "Home sales are being stifled by a shortage of homes on the market. The game of musical chairs that is the housing market today needs more chairs. Additional supply, particularly of new entry-level homes to meet the needs of the first-time buyers who remain interested in buying even as rates increas

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-23-18

    "Ms. Kraninger will utilize her significant experience in government management to improve the Bureau's operations and oversight. We also are hopeful that she will leverage the information gathered from the Bureau's ongoing RFI process to protect consumers from unscrupulous practices while also ensu

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 8-22-18

    "The inconsistencies between the 2013 Final Rule and the Inclusive Communities decision cast needless uncertainty on business decision-making. It is important that HUD amend its Fair Housing regulations to reflect the subsequent standards articulated by the Supreme Court. Doing so will provide busin

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 8-21-18

    "Commercial and multifamily real estate borrowing and lending continues to track with last year's level. Investor demand for multifamily properties and hotels are helping push originations higher, even as loan demand for retail properties is down."--MBA Vice President for Commercial Real Estate Rese

  • MBA Newslink Monday 8-20-18

    "The Bay Area, Seattle and Portland have been so competitive for so long that buyers and sellers have adjusted to those conditions and may feel uneasy about the changes we're seeing in the market, After several years of shrinking inventory and unsustainable price growth, I'm encouraged by these chan

  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-17-18

    "We continue to see improvement in the overall mortgage delinquency rate as the impact of the hurricanes from one year ago lessens, particularly for conventional loans."--Marina Walsh, MBA Vice President of Industry Analysis.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-16-18

    "Many homebuyers will likely find it much more economical to simply stay in their existing homes. This will continue to dampen repeat buying volumes and continue the dominance of first-time homebuyers in the housing market. Since existing homeowners won't release their starter homes into the market,

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