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  • MBA Newslink Friday 10-11-19

    "Lisa is an integral part of MBA's senior management team and well-deserving of this recognition. Her hard work, financial acumen, and strategic thinking have played a large role in her and MBA's success." --MBA President and CEO Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB, on MBA SVP Lisa Haynes being honored with th

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 10-10-19

    "The current application of Davis-Bacon wage rates to HUD/FHA-financed projects creates substantial barriers to the development of affordable rental housing, for example, by inflating costs and adding unwarranted administrativecomplexity."--From an MBA white paper addressing inefficiencies in the Da

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 10-9-19

    "MBA congratulates Brian Montgomery on this well-deserved nomination. During his current tenure as FHA Commissioner and Acting Deputy Secretary, Brian has been integral in developing policies that improve opportunities for homebuyers and renters. With his expertise and knowledge of the housing indus

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 10-8-19

    "Credit availability increased slightly in September, driven by a 5 percent increase in the supply of jumbo loans. The jumbo index, which grew from a combination of lower credit score requirements, non-QM loans, and investor products, is now at a record high since tracking began in 2012. Meanwhile,

  • MBA Newslink Monday 10-7-19

    "Job growth was steady in September, but the drop in the unemployment rate and the upward revision of August's data suggest that the labor market remains strong. This is in contrast to other data we have seen in the past week which suggest a sharp slowdown in U.S. growth. On net, this news should ke

  • MBA Newslink Friday 10-4-19

    "Instead of getting married or starting a family in their early to mid-twenties as was the norm in past decades, many are waiting until they are established in their careers. And the typical career trajectory has fundamentally changed since the 1960s as well--rather than climbing a corporate ladder,

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 10-2-19

    "Although refinance activity slowed in September compared to August, the months together were the strongest since October 2016. The slight changes in rates are still causing large swings in refinance volume, and we expect this sensitivity to persist."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Econo

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 10-1-19

    "The millennial cohort has now entered the housing market in force and is already driving major changes in buying and selling patterns. Almost half of the millennials over 30 years old have bought a house in the last three years. These folks are increasingly looking to move out of urban centers in f

  • MBA Newslink Friday 9-27-19

    "The YIMBY Act will help communities recognize their own agency in the housing shortage and provide them with a framework for smarter policymaking. The bipartisan sponsorship of this bill demonstrates the congress' commitment to innovative solutions to improve the lives of American families."--From

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-26-19

    "Borrowing and lending backed by multifamily rental properties set a new record in 2018, driven by strong property fundamentals, rising property values, low interest rates and strong demand from both borrowers and lenders. We've seen these trends continue throughout 2019 and expect multifamily borro

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-25-19

    "The recent data on increased existing home sales and new residential construction points to the underlying strength in the purchase market this fall."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 9-24-19

    "The strong economy, low interest rates and liquid finance markets are all contributing to delinquency rates that are at or near record lows for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans. Despite uncertainty on many economic fronts, it is hard to identify factors that would dramatically change the d

  • MBA Newslink Monday 9-23-19

    "Home sales are accelerating as buyers eat into a diminishing number of homes for sale. While these trends are to be expected given that mortgage rates have been declining since late last year, global economic uncertainty and talk of a looming recession in the U.S. are staving off many aspects of ho

  • MBA Newslink Friday 9-20-19

    "We continue to support the overall efforts to accelerate [HUD's] IT modernization and maximize the impact to the public and return on investment to taxpayers."--MBA Senior Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Bill Killmer, in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leadership in

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 9-19-19

    "MBA appreciates the Bureau's willingness to make changes to the Consumer Complaint Database so it will be a better resource for consumers and provide a more accurate depiction of industry performance. The changes announced today by Director [Kathy] Kraninger, and the work in the months ahead, will

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 9-18-19

    "There's a saying--when the tide goes out, you see who's swimming naked. But fraudsters are not so easy to detect, and they're not so easy to stop."--Kyle Armstrong, Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 9-17-19

    "Those in the mortgage industry understand the importance of protecting their customers' privacy and are acutely aware of their responsibility to protect information and ensure the data they collect is used for appropriate purposes. In order to balance the risk and reward, so that consumers may enjo

  • 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.

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