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  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 6-18-19

    "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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 6-11-19

    "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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 6-4-19

    "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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 5-28-19

    "Our ultimate goal is to be fair," he said. "We'll continue to hold lenders accountable...but we also want to encourage borrowers to look to FHA. We believe these adjustments will improve our risk management and better evaluate risk at the margin, so lenders can participate with more confidence."--F

  • Servicing 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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 5-14-19

    "It has become clear that our lending partners are seeking clarity and greater certainty when documenting compliance with FHA requirements. We are proposing a new, more transparent set of requirements that will preserve our enforcement authority. We anticipate that this will encourage more lender pa

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 5-7-19

    "Today's proposed changes would provide much needed relief to smaller community banks and credit unions while still providing federal regulators and other stakeholders with the information we need under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act." --CFPB Director Kathleen L. Kraninger, on proposed rulemakings

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-30-19

    "The market volatility and decline in consumer confidence that we saw in late 2018 and early 2019 seemed to confirm what other housing indicators showed: a somewhat slow first couple of months of the year for the housing market."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forec

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-23-19

    "Despite a healthy economy in 2018, the mortgage market suffered, as rate hikes hurt refinancing volume and low housing inventories priced some potential homebuyers out of the purchase market. For mortgage companies, there was the perfect storm of lower production revenues combined with rising expen

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-16-19

    "After 12 consecutive years of declines that affected all population segments, the Hispanic segment helped pull the nation out of a devastating housing recession in 2015 when it became the first ethnic demographic to show an increase to its post-recession homeownership rate. Hispanics have been the

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-9-19

    "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in conservatorship for more than a decade and it's well past time that policymakers address the long-term future of these enterprises. As both administrative and legislative reforms move forward, it is important that the regulator and Congress support ongoing li

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-2-19

    "The 2008 financial crisis exposed fundamental problems in the GSEs' business models, as well as weaknesses in the regulatory framework. Ten years later, we have still not determined how or if the GSEs will be permanently reformed. Only by enacting comprehensive legislative reform can we provide the

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 3-26-19

    "MBA's investment will provide seed funding to accelerate the development of initiatives." --MBA Chairman Chris George, on MBA's $2 million investment in MISMO.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 3-19-19

    "Last year recorded the largest annual increase in commercial and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding since the Great Recession, and the largest increase in multifamily mortgage debt on record. Growth in multifamily mortgage debt made up almost half the total increase in debt outstanding, and Fann

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 3-12-19

    "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has shown an admirable willingness to listen to stakeholder concerns about how it can improve both its own practices and the regulations it is tasked with enforcing. The recommendations laid out in this Roadmap will further strengthen CFPB's policies and ens

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 3-5-19

    "A well-functioning housing finance system should provide consistent, affordable credit to borrowers across the nation and through all parts of the credit cycle without putting taxpayers at risk of a bailout."--from an MBA-led coalition in a letter to acting Federal Housing Finance Agency Director J

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 2-26-19

    "Alignment of servicing standards across loans, investors and guarantors is desperately needed. It's creating confusion for you and your customers, and increasing your costs."--MBA President and CEO Bob Broeksmit, CMB.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 2-19-19

    "With the unemployment rate near 50-year lows, wage growth trending higher and household debt levels relative to disposable incomes at 35-year lows, homeowners are in great shape, and mortgage performance is quite strong." --Marina Walsh, MBA Vice President of Industry Analysis.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 2-12-19

    "The upcoming roll of commercial and multifamily mortgage maturities is relatively stable, after seven years of instability. Many commercial and multifamily mortgages have 10-year terms, and a decade ago, the Great Recession meant fewer new loans were being made. As a result, 2018 and 2019 loan matu

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 2-5-19

    "MBA welcomes the release of Chairman [Mike] Crapo's principles for housing finance reform as a significant sign of his continued commitment to work toward finally ending the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and ensuring a stable and liquid market--with an explicit, paid-for government

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 1-29-19

    "Our ongoing efforts on LIBOR transition involve active engagement with interested members, including commercial real estate finance firms and other market participants. Although the expected LIBOR transition is still a few years away, it's important that market participants begin considering the it

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 1-15-19

    "We are proud to have achieved these positive results for consumers, and we will continue to advocate for sensible steps to keep home financing broadly available to all qualified Americans."--MBA President and CEO Robert Broeksmit, CMB.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 1-22-19

    "The Bureau is committed to the financial well-being of America's service members. This commitment includes ensuring that lenders subject to our jurisdiction comply with the Military Lending Act so our service members and their families are provided with the protections of that law. That's why I hav

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 1-8-19

    "The outlook for 2019 is certainly both cloudier and blurrier than the outlook a year ago. Housing wealth may have touched new highs this year, but home value gains don't translate into dollars in the bank account unless homeowners opt to sell or borrow against their home and, in contrast to previou

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 12-11-18

    "Kathy Kraninger an intelligent, experienced administrator who has worked on a broad range of complex, high-profile issues over the course of her career. We look forward to working with her and anticipate she will continue the Bureau's efforts to protect consumers by providing financial institutions

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