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  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-16-19

    MBA commends HUD for proposing these revisions to the annual lender certification and providing the opportunity for further stakeholder input. This is a vitally important step in HUD's efforts to create an environment in which lenders can operate with clarity and certainty regarding both FHA's requi

  • MBA CMF Newslink 8-15-19

    "Signals continue to point to a disciplined office market that will perform well through year-end."--Transwestern Managing Director of Research Elizabeth Norton.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-15-19

    "The condominium market is a critical gateway to affordable homeownership, and MBA applauds the steps FHA has taken to increase borrowers' accessibility to quality housing. The new guidelines, many of which MBA advocated for, will create more financing options that will help first-time homebuyers an

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 8-14-19

    "The unemployment rate remains quite low, but the national mortgage delinquency rate in the second quarter rose from both the first quarter and one year ago. The economy is slowing, and this poses the risk of further increases in delinquency rates."--Marina Walsh, MBA Vice President of Industry Anal

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 8-13-19

    "As you recall, MBA opposed the inclusion of the language preference question in the URLA because of the customer relations issues the question would cause if lenders could not actually serve borrowers in their preferred language, and due to unresolved operational and legal questions raised by the l

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 8-13-19

    "Lower mortgage rates have made buying a home more affordable, but not affordable enough for typical homebuyers contending these areas' sky-high home prices and taxes. The homebuyers who are heading out of town in search of affordability don't just want to save a few hundred dollars per month, they

  • MBA Newslink Monday 8-12-19

    "A strong labor market and a persistent housing shortage have continued to fuel a robust rental market. As of June, multifamily completions outpaced the prior two years, but demand remains high in the majority of markets allowing them to absorb most of the new supply."--Freddie Mac Vice President of

  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-9-19

    "As you recall, MBA opposed the inclusion of the language preference question in the URLA because of the customer relations issues the question would cause if lenders could not actually serve borrowers in their preferred language, and due to unresolved operational and legal questions raised by the l

  • MBA CMF Newslink 8-8-19

    "Our survey of life company lenders indicates that all are actively quoting deals and most have robust pipelines. These lenders are quoting both fixed- and floating-rate deals, with LTVs up to 65 percent."--Brian Stoffers, CMB, Mortgage Bankers Association Chairman-Elect and Global President of Debt

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-8-19

    "Credit availability in July decreased overall, driven by declines in the conforming and government indices. Conditions tightened some for borrowers with high loan-to-value ratios and lower credit scores. One outlier was the Jumbo Index, which increased to its highest level since the inception of th

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 8-7-19

    "The Federal Reserve cut rates as expected last week, but the bigger influence on the financial markets was the beginning of a trade war with China. The result was a sharp drop in mortgage rates, which will likely draw many refinance borrowers into the market in the coming weeks."--MBA Chief Economi

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 8-6-19

    "The impact of climate change on the lives and pocketbooks of homeowners is closer than you think. For home buyers over the next few years, the impact of climate change will be felt within the span of their 30-year mortgage."--Skylar Olsen, Zillow director of economic research and outreach.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 8-6-19

    "S. 2155 was enacted to right-size regulations for community banks, mid-sized banks, regional banks and credit unions to expand access to capital. We have already started to see meaningful benefits from these laws...more can still be done to support the economic expansion."--From a July 30 letter si

  • MBA Newslink Monday 8-5-19

    "The consumer side of the economy looks healthy as job gains continue, prompting higher wages. However, there has been a hit to manufacturing from trade tensions, which has resulted in an economy that's reliant on one engine to sustain the expansion, and that's U.S. consumers."--Odeta Kushi, Deputy

  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-2-19

    "Susan [Stewart] is the epitome of an inspirational leader. She has a proven track record of success at SWBC Mortgage; is a trusted voice and a thought leader within MBA; and volunteers her time and capital to philanthropic causes, including MBA Opens Doors Foundation."--MBA President and CEO Robert

  • MBA CMF Newslink 8-1-19

    "The first quarter growth [in the Apartment Investment Market Index] was largely attributable to falling rates, but growth in net operating incomes and a marginally slower rate of property price growth were also factors."--Freddie Mac Vice President of Multifamily Research and Modeling Steve Guggenm

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-1-19

    "The rate cut was clearly telegraphed in advance, and was fully priced into mortgage rates. However, the Fed continues to try to interpret conflicting signals from the economic data. Globally, growth continues to weaken, as trade tensions persist. On the other hand, in the U.S., job market and consu

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 7-31-19

    "While purchase activity was still up 6 percent from a year ago, the index has now decreased for three straight weeks and reached its lowest point since March. Despite healthy demand, inadequate supply levels continue to hold back some would-be buyers."--MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 7-30-19

    "The national mortgage market readjusting away from the Patch can facilitate a more transparent, level playing field that ultimately benefits consumers through stronger consumer protection."--Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-30-19

    "Solid real estate investor demand and a limited supply of distressed properties continues to push average prices up in most parts of the country. Even in areas with decreasing prices, the decrease can often be explained with a shift in the type of inventory being sold at auction."--Ali Haralson, Ch

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-29-19

    "The second quarter results point to resilience from the household sector, despite signs of slowing growth in other parts of the economy and elsewhere in the world, and continues to be supported by job growth and low unemployment. We expect that this will also support moderate growth in the home pur

  • MBA Newslink Friday 7-26-19

    "The national mortgage market readjusting away from the Patch can facilitate a more transparent, level playing field that ultimately benefits consumers through stronger consumer protection."--Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger.

  • MBA CMF Newslink 7-25-19

    "Empty big box stores have been converting to self-storage or been sold to developers for redevelopment, former shopping centers have been demolished and there has been a general slowdown in building within the sector."--Reis Chief Economist Victor Calanog.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 7-25-19

    "Increasing diversity and inclusion in our industry isn't just the right thing to do, it is imperative to the future of a safe and robust housing system. The demographics of the country are changing, and MBA's member companies are committed to changing with it to ensure that they can effectively ser

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 7-24-19

    "Refinance activity was lower, but we did see government refinance applications increase, driven solely by a 12 percent rise in FHA applications. Mortgage rates right now are comparable to the average rate of 4.10 percent for June, but refinances last week were 7 percent lower than last month. This

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