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  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-3-18

    "The mortgage finance industry has invested heavily in technology to meet this demand to compete for millennials' mortgage loan business. The technology investment that has occurred in the mortgage industry in recent years to better serve millennial first-time home buyers also helped make the manufa

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-2-18

    "Many state regulators were reluctant to give up ‘their' test. Some groups whose members only operate in one state saw the UST as a competitive threat. We beat back that opposition state by state and we now have a uniform nationwide testing standard. We were successful only because of the hard

  • MBA CMF Newslink 8-2-18

    "Loan prices in the commercial mortgage-backed securities universe remained flat in June as U.S. Treasuries remained relatively unchanged." --DebtX Managing Director Will Mercer.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 8-1-18

    "Application activity remained slow, which is in line with weak trends in other housing indicators such as home sales and housing starts. Both purchase and refinance activity decreased last week. Purchase applications decreased for the third week and the purchase index was at its lowest level in a m

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-31-18

    "Affordability concerns have clearly cooled buyer interest but may be bringing out more sellers. Tax law changes may be contributing to rising inventories of higher-priced homes in some areas."--Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 7-31-18

    "The lack of final rules continue to create capital planning challenges for many banks due to lack of certainty on several issues."--MBA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Industry Relations Stephen O'Connor, in a letter to federal regulatory agencies.

  • SPECIAL EDITION MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-31-18

    "This will protect residential and commercial real estate markets from potential harm, and provide stability for those that sell and administer the policies to millions of Americans. MBA now calls on Congress to negotiate a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP which provides certainty and protectio

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-30-18

    "Rising property cash flows have buoyed property values, but for most property types two-thirds or more of the total return has come through income, as opposed to appreciation."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 7-27-18

    "Despite widespread and consistent home value growth today, the scars of the recession still run deep for millions of longer-term U.S. homeowners, and it may take years of growth for their home to regain the value lost a decade ago. And while stabilizing growth in rents is likely a relief for those

  • MBA CMF Newslink 7-26-18

    "A new, emerging trend is that the much cleaner loans of CMBS 2.0 are beginning to show cracks as a small chunk of newer production hits inevitable difficulties," he said. "Maintaining less than one-third of one percentage point in delinquent loans is unnatural through the credit cycle."--Brian Olas

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 7-26-18

    "MBA commends the House for recognizing the urgency of extending the National Flood Insurance Program. While we would prefer a long-term extension of the NFIP--preferably for five years--we appreciate the House action. We now urge the Senate to pass an extension before the July 31 expiration date so

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 7-25-18

    "The lack of final rules continue to create capital planning challenges for many banks due to lack of certainty on several issues addressed in the Proposal."--MBA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Industry Relations Stephen O'Connor, in a letter to federal regulatory agencies on the need to

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-24-18

    "Many existing homeowners remain 'rate-locked'--they have mortgages with historically low rates and, now that rates are rising, they are hesitant to sell their homes. If they sell and purchase a new home, they will have a higher mortgage rate. There is limited incentive to sell when, due to higher m

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 7-24-18

    "The overwhelming majority of mortgage-related complaints are the product of misunderstandings rather than company mistakes or instances of wrongdoing. Given that they were satisfactorily resolved with an explanation, these mortgage-related complaints are much more akin to consumer inquiries. Unfort

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-23-18

    "The dearth of residential flood insurance for Harvey--as well as any other significant U.S. flood event--arises because of a range of factors including national policy choices, a system of subsidization in some areas but not others, limited consumer education, and an insurance mandate that commands

  • MBA Newslink Friday 7-20-18

    "A new, emerging trend is that the much cleaner loans of commercial mortgage-backed securities 2.0 are beginning to show cracks as a small chunk of newer production hits inevitable difficulties. Maintaining less than one-third of one percentage point in delinquent loans is unnatural through the cred

  • MBA CMF Newslink 7-19-18

    "The net result for the major property sectors may be no change, but some property types have done quite well over the past year and a half. Values for industrial, manufactured home parks and student housing are all up by double-digit amounts over that period. Retail has seen prices decline about 10

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 7-19-18

    "Even after accounting for the unusual volatility in the Midwest, overall starts were still extremely weak and suggest that the housing sector has lost momentum. The recent weakness in housing starts is perplexing, given continued tight supply of homes available for sale and fairly high levels of bu

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 7-18-18

    "The overwhelming majority of mortgage-related complaints are the product of misunderstandings rather than company mistakes or instances of wrongdoing. Given that they were satisfactorily resolved with an explanation, these mortgage-related complaints are much more akin to consumer inquiries. Unfort

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-17-18

    "Although Baby Boomer homeownership has been stable so far, the ranks of Boomer owner-occupants will eventually contract as they voluntarily transition to other living arrangements or are forced to exit homeownership because of frailty or death, thereby triggering a rise in the number of older adult

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 7-17-18

    "By prohibiting a subset of VA-guaranteed refinances from serving as collateral for Ginnie Mae MBS, HUD's determination effectively ‘orphans' these loans, reducing their liquidity and lowering their market value. As such, the lenders that originated these loans in accordance with the VA and Gi

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-16-18

    "Over the course of his tenure as a staffer on Capitol Hill, Mr. Appleton developed a substantial working knowledge of housing policy and he was instrumental in the development of the bipartisan Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, which received unanimous votes in both the House and Senat

  • MBA Newslink Friday 7-13-18

    "By prohibiting a subset of VA-guaranteed refinances from serving as collateral for Ginnie Mae MBS, HUD's determination effectively ‘orphans' these loans, reducing their liquidity and lowering their market value. As such, the lenders that originated these loans in accordance with the VA and Gi

  • MBA CMF Newslink 7-12-18

    "Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion."--E.B. White

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 7-12-18

    "Our sense is that builders remain constrained by the tight job market for construction labor and rising input costs, particularly lumber costs."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni.

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