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  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-16-19

    "Over the past decade, the regulatory change experienced by the mortgage lending industry has been "massive in both its breadth and complexity. "This has not occurred in isolation, but rather transpired during a time of equally rapid technological change. Together, these developments have had a sign

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-15-19

    "While we did downgrade our forecast for 2019 as a whole, we are expecting solid performance for the summer months with U.S. air travel bookings and vacation intentions on the incline."--STR Senior Vice President of Lodging Insights Jan Freitag.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 7-12-19

    "At a high level, the role of federal regulators with respect to credit scoring models should be to ensure such models exceed a minimum threshold of predictive capacity, while also remaining in compliance with fair lending requirements. If the CFPB or any other regulator was able to regularly change

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 7-11-19

    "Ongoing concerns about economic growth and trade policy likely kept some potential buyers out of the market despite lower mortgage rates. Our seasonally adjusted estimate of new home sales was down in June after two of the strongest months in the survey's history dating back to 2013, but remained h

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 7-10-19

    "Credit availability has generally increased in 2019 as lenders have worked to meet affordability challenges. Because mortgage rates have recently fallen and home price growth has decelerated in many markets, credit availability may stabilize at its current levels."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice Pre

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-9-19

    "FHA can make changes to expand loan eligibility and encourage more servicer and investor participation."--From an MBA/American Bankers Association letter to HUD outlining recommendations to improve its FHA Single-Family Loan Sale Program.

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-8-19

    "With wage growth still not threatening inflation, the Fed will still likely cut rates in July. The rebound confirms that the jobs market is hardly crumbling, but there were a number of signs that the pace of labor market tightening has cooled."--Sarah House, Senior Economist with Wells Fargo Securi

  • MBA Newslink Friday 7-5-19

    "More house-buying power and expanded access to credit, along with a demographic tailwind from millennials aging into prime home-buying age, all bode well for housing market demand. The question is whether there are enough homes for sale to meet this surging demand."--Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Econo

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 7-3-19

    "In continuation of the gradual growth trend seen throughout the first half of 2019, purchase activity was almost 10 percent higher than a year ago. A still-strong job market, improving affordability and lower mortgage rates continue to support growth."--MBA Associate Vice President of Industry and

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-2-19

    "The recent and forecasted acceleration in home prices is a good and bad thing at the same time. Higher prices and a lack of affordable homes are two of the most challenging issues in housing today, and every buyer, seller and industry participant is being impacted. The long-term solution lies in ex

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-1-19

    "Cities that have experienced aggressive population growth have struggled to build enough rental housing to meet the increased demand. The problem continues to get worse, and every year more very low-income families are forced to spend more of their income on housing."Freddie Mac Vice President of M

  • MBA Newslink Friday 6-28-19

    "New [commercial and multifamily] construction activity remains robust. Over the last year, construction has grown for multifamily, office and manufacturing space and declined for commercial/retail space."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 6-27-19

    "The importance of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 and subsequent reauthorizations to the American economy is directly relevant to MBA's membership. A long-term extension of TRIA is vital to the health of the commercial and multifamily real estate finance sector and the nation as a whole."-

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 6-26-19

    "President Trump's administration is to be commended for shining further light on the housing affordability challenges facing low-to-moderate-income Americans and the middle class. Housing affordability is an issue affecting millions of Americans, and we believe the public and private sectors must w

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-25-19

    "Home buyers today are more likely to cross paths with investors during an open house than at any other time in the past two decades."--Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist with CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif.

  • MBA Newslink Monday 6-24-19

    "Home prices continue to increase, but still at a slower pace than in recent years, and more in line with the rate of income growth. Combined with lower mortgage rates, these trends should help additional first-time home buyers enter the market in the coming months."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratan

  • MBA Newslink Friday 6-21-19

    "When our industry becomes dominated by purchase money mortgages, the large banks' natural advantage in terms of new loan opportunities dissipates."--STRATMOR Principal Tom Finnegan.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 6-20-19

    "Longer-term rates are likely already pricing in several rate cuts. Thus, mortgage rates may be more volatile in the months ahead, which could both provide refinance opportunities for some homeowners, while causing potential home buyers to pause amidst the uncertainty."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fra

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 6-19-19

    "After seeing a six-week streak, mortgage rates for 30-year loans increased slightly, which led to a pullback in overall refinance activity. Borrowers were sensitive to rising rates, but the refinance share of applications was still at its highest level since January 2018, and refinance activity was

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-18-19

    "We are continuing to see a downward trend with overall foreclosure activity, especially in completed foreclosures declining year after year." --Todd Teta, chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif.

  • MBA Newslink Monday 6-17-19

    "All parties fully understand the important role the FHA program plays in helping middle-class Americans access home financing, and this resolution allows the parties to move ahead together with that mission and to ensure their future relationship."--Retired Judge Gerald E. Rosen, who mediated a dis

  • MBA Newslink Friday 6-14-19

    "To tackle the housing affordability crisis, we need public-private partnerships to help bring the price point down to create more affordable housing, more supply overall to address the critical housing shortage, including by reducing the regulatory cost of building a home and an increase in direct

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 6-13-19

    "The lack of affordable housing is presenting significant challenges to families across the country. We need to explore how the lending community can better partner with public, private and non-profit stakeholders to ensure more Americans have access to homes they can afford.As the trade association

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-11-19

    "Government credit supply continues to decline since peaking in 2017, as there are fewer streamlined refinance programs being offered."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 6-12-19

    "Mortgage rates for all loan types fell by a sizeable margin for the second straight week, pulled down by trade tensions with China and Mexico, the financial markets reacting to more bearish communication from several Fed officials and weaker than expected hiring in May. Despite the less positive ou

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