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  • MBA Newslink Monday 9-16-19

    "While we continue to analyze the market impact of FHFA's guidance, we welcome the simplified framework and continued liquidity to the market.  We also appreciate FHFA's recognition of the varied capital sources that finance multifamily rental housing and the emphasis on affordable housing as p

  • MBA Newslink Friday 9-13-19

    "Nearly half of the country's renter households are cost-burdened, spending more than thirty percent of their income on housing. The Build More Housing Near Transit Act would spur the development of much-needed housing near transit locations, fulfilling critical transit, housing, economic developmen

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-12-19

    "Credit supply declined across the board in August, even as mortgage rates fell and application activity picked up, particularly for refinances. Last month's decrease was the largest since December 2018, and also the first tightening we have seen for conventional loans all year. We anticipate some w

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-11-19

    "Mortgages rates continued to decline over the holiday-shortened week, with the 30-year fixed rate decreasing five basis points and remaining near three-year lowsRefinances were essentially unchanged, up just 0.4 percent, but August overall was the strongest month of activity so far in 2019."--Joel

  • MBA Newslink Monday 9-9-19

    "As expected, given the global slowdown in economic growth, and increasing signs of a slowing in the pace of U.S growth, we are seeing job gains cool down a bit. August's 130,000 increase in jobs was somewhat supported by federal government hires for the decennial Census, with private growth of only

  • MBA Newslink Friday 9-6-19

    "We are gratified that the reports reflect many of the important priorities that MBA has long recommended, including protecting taxpayers from future bailouts, an explicit government guarantee on qualified mortgage-backed securities for single-family and multifamily loans, increased competition and

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-5-19

    "We've seen interest rates for Millennials drop consistently throughout 2019, but from April through June, the refinance market was essentially flat. In the months leading up to July, consumers believed that rates would continue to decrease, and they were correct. Now, Millennials are reaping the re

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-4-19

    "Many households are not tapping the equity in their homes, despite the significant rise in home equity since the Great Recession, wage growth and low unemployment."--Marina Walsh, MBA Vice President of Industry Analysis.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 9-3-19

    "The home-buying process is such a substantial financial event, and because most borrowers are confused about the ins and outs of the process, it's natural for them to lean on the wisdom of others. With so many lender and product choices and no easy way to sift through them, tapping a trusted friend

  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-30-19

    "Taken together, these trends suggest that there may be a fundamental shift in the way that young households are approaching first-time home purchases, such as an increased willingness to purchase homes individually or with unmarried partners."--Jonathan Spader, co-author of a Harvard University stu

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-29-19

    "With anticipated increases in prepayment activity, we saw hits to servicing profitability resulting from mortgage servicing right markdowns and amortization. Nonetheless, the profitability on the production side of the business generally outweighed servicing losses."--MBA Vice President of Industry

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 8-28-19

    "U.S. Treasury yields were volatile over the course of the week, as the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China continued to generate uncertainty among investors. Rates increased for the first time since the week of July 12, but were still 80 basis points lower than the beginning of the yea

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 8-27-19

    "The decelerating [RevPar] growth, in conjunction with rising labor costs, should result in hotel values remaining generally stable through 2020. For the near term, hotel owners should assume value appreciation to come in the form of asset operating efficiencies and not necessarily from market growt

  • MBA Newslink Monday 8-26-19

    "Sliding mortgage rates and builder discounts have led to an overall improving sales trend compared to last year's sluggish pace. Amid strengthening demand for more affordable homes, builders have discounted prices and shifted focus towards more entry-level construction."--Mark Vitner, senior econom

  • MBA Newslink Friday 8-23-19

    "Shrewd homeowners are locking in lower interest rates, which has driven the spike in refinance activity in July. And with the Federal Reserve cutting rates further, we expect to see continued activity as homebuyers are able to stretch their dollar and enter the market."--Ellie Mae CEO Jonathan Corr

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 8-22-19

    "Falling long-term interest rates and sustained strength in commercial real estate markets lifted commercial and multifamily mortgage originations during the second quarter." --MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 8-21-19

    "The small moves in rates and refinancing are potentially signs that lenders may be approaching capacity constraints as they continue to deal with the largest wave of refinance activity in three years."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 8-20-19

    "A market can become highly competitive when buyers agree that home values will increase steeply in the future. If you believe home values will go up hundreds of thousands of dollars in the next five years, you will race to bid five or ten thousand dollars above asking price today. So, even though i

  • MBA Newslink Monday 8-19-19

    "The drop in housing starts in July was driven by a sharp 17 percent decline in multifamily starts, especially in the Northeast. Nationally, single-family starts were up for the month and the year."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni.

  • 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 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

  • 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

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