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  • MBA CMF Newslink 4-4-19

    "New [commercial and multifamily] construction activity remained robust, with increases in the value of construction put-in-place for multifamily, office and lodging properties. The value of other commercial properties put-in-place declined from a year earlier."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Rea

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-4-19

    "Credit availability increased in March, primarily due to a spike in jumbo mortgage offerings. The jumbo sub-index increased 5 percent and reached its highest level since last November, as the recent decline in mortgage rates led to a jump in refinances from borrowers with larger loans."--Joel Kan,

  • SPECIAL EDITION MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-4-19

    "MBA applauds the Senate for confirming Mark Calabria to be the next Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. His knowledge and experience will serve him well as he takes over this dynamic agency at such a critical time."--MBA President and CEO Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-3-19

    "You have a story to tell. It's not a story about your business; it's a story about people. It's the story about the communities and homeowners and renters who rely on you. Ultimately, you're telling the story of American families who want to achieve the American Dream. It's something that every mem

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-2-19

    "To see just how technology has exploded over the past five years is astonishing. The mortgage process now is less about consumers providing us with data but more about how we use those data."--Brian Magruder, Senior Vice President with SunTrust Bank, Richmond, Va.

  • 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

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-1-19

    "A modest downturn in commercial real estate should be manageable for the larger banks, however, some smaller concentrated banks may not fare as well."--Fitch Ratings Associate Director Johannes Moller.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-29-19

    "What you should be doing is looking at the world around you and take disconnected things and connect them. Think about all the technology you can harness that customers will never see, but will enhance their experience."--Tech innovator George Blankenship, who spoke at the recent MBA Technology Sol

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-28-19

    "Whether a firm focuses on the space markets, capital markets or a combination of the two, companies are closely monitoring technological developments in an effort to remain competitive and anticipate the possibility of secular market changes."--MBA Senior Vice President Thomas Kim in a Corporate Re

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-28-19

    "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

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-27-19

    "The mortgage industry remains a very challenging environment. The real challenge for lenders moving forward is whether they can bring the cost of originating loans down."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 3-26-19

    "MBA members are looking to technology as one stone that can kill two birds. First, they want to increase profitability while containing costs. And second, they want to improve the customer experience."--MBA President & CEO Robert Broeksmit, CMB.

  • 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.

  • MBA Newslink Monday 3-25-19

    "Existing home sales bounced back in February after a sluggish start to the year. The 5.5 million sales pace last month was the strongest since March of last year, and is a sign that some buyers were able to shrug off some of the market uncertainty in late 2018 and early 2019."--Joel Kan, MBA Associ

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-22-19

    "The shortage of starter homes across the country is finally starting to ease, and that's good news for would-be first-time buyers who have been saving up to make the leap into homeownership. Unfortunately, prices of homes in the lower third of the market have risen so much in recent years that for

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-21-19

    "Profit margins are rising in a majority of counties across the United States. But despite the generally rosier picture, profits vary widely and investing in the single-family home rental market is not always a great move."--ATTOM Chief Product Officer Todd Teta.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-21-19

    "The job market is quite strong, and even though wage growth has accelerated, inflation has not picked up and shows no signs of doing so. With that combination, Fed officials are comfortable leaving rates at their current level. If inflation were to increase, they might be forced to hike again, but

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 3-19-19

    "Home builders are generally upbeat headed into the spring selling season. Builder sentiment has rebounded from the lows hit late last year, as builders are balancing optimism with pragmatism."--Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities, Charlotte, N.C.

  • 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

  • MBA Newslink Monday 3-18-19

    "Natural disasters are occurring with growing frequency and intensity, and across the United States residential development has expanded in recent decades closer and closer to vulnerable wildlands. The result is that more and more Americans are discovering--sometimes painfully too late--that their h

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-15-19

    "Although downside risks persist, the most probable scenario is that the U.S. expansion will continue, the momentum will continue and 2019 will be another healthy year for the property markets."--Cushman & Wakefield Chief Economist Kevin Thorpe.

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-14-19

    "[Real estate] investors are reducing risk and protecting income streams through diversification. Pricing is at or near the previous peak for most asset types in prime locations, so investors are seeking yield in secondary markets and alternative asset types."--CBRE Global President of Capital Marke

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-14-19

    "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

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-13-19

    "Purchase applications have now increased year-over-year for four weeks, which signals healthy demand entering the busy spring buying season. However, the pick-up in the average loan size continues, with the average balance reaching another record high. With more inventory in their price range compa

  • MBA 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

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