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  • MBA Newslink Friday 9-28-18

    "MBA would like to commend the House for passing last evening--by voice vote--H.R. 6737, which addresses an unintended consequence from the enactment of Title III of S.2155, ‘Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending,' by allowing VA-guaranteed refinance loans to remain eligible for pooling i

  • MBA CMF Newslink 9-27-18

    "The balance of mortgage debt on commercial and multifamily properties grew faster during the first half of 2018 than during any other first half since 2007."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-27-18

    "The net impact of strong economic growth and only somewhat higher mortgage rates should remain a positive environment for the home purchase market, while continuing to winnow refinance demand."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-26-18

    "People love living on barrier islands. They have a great ocean view. But they're also right in the path of hurricanes. This is greatly increasing companies' risk profile."--Howard Botts, Chief Scientist with CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 9-25-18

    "The quality of business we do today exceeds anything in my 36 years in this industry--any time in this industry. We are doing things better today than we've ever done them, and quality control professionals are the ones who made this happen."--MBA Chairman-Elect Chris George, addressing the MBA Ris

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 9-25-18

    "The quality of business we do today exceeds anything in my 36 years in this industry--any time in this industry. We are doing things better today than we've ever done them, and quality control professionals are the ones who made this happen."--MBA Chairman-Elect Chris George, addressing the MBA Ris

  • MBA Newslink Monday 9-24-18

    "It varies by market, but we're hearing that buyers are being more selective and sellers are becoming more pragmatic. That dynamic could bring inventory levels up, especially in the most overheated markets, where we expect to see the clearest signs of equilibrium returning." --RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos

  • 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."--Bankrate.com chief financial analyst Greg McBride.

  • MBA CMF Newslink 9-20-18

    "Seniors housing acquisitions momentum will continue in the second half of 2018 and will likely increase, especially if the sentiment reflected in the survey materializes. Despite the increased capital market and operational headwinds, investor interest remains robust and a lack of available product

  • 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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 9-18-18

    "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 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 CMF Newslink 9-13-18

    "Property appreciation for most types of real estate, particularly the big sectors investors are focused on, has been pretty anemic over the past couple of years. But there are quite a few outliers to that trend."--Peter Rothemund, Senior Analyst with Green Street Advisors, Newport Beach, Calif.

  • 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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 9-11-18

    "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 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 CMF Newslink 9-6-18

    "It is hard to overstate how low commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquency rates are today."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • 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

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