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  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-18-19

    "Despite a healthy economy in 2018, the mortgage market suffered, as rate hikes hurt refinancing volume and low housing inventories priced some potential homebuyers out of the purchase market. For mortgage companies, there was the perfect storm of lower production revenues combined with rising expen

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-17-19

    "The spring buying season continues to be robust, with activity more than 7 percent higher than a year ago and up year-over-year for the ninth straight week"--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-16-19

    "Validation of income is an important component of sound residential mortgage lending, while automation will greatly enhance the customer experience by reducing the time needed for a lender to determine how to most suitably serve their clients."--From an MBA letter to Congress expressing support for

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-16-19

    "After 12 consecutive years of declines that affected all population segments, the Hispanic segment helped pull the nation out of a devastating housing recession in 2015 when it became the first ethnic demographic to show an increase to its post-recession homeownership rate. Hispanics have been the

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-15-19

    "We do not see a significant depreciation, but simply a slowing down of most markets. The overall housing market is still expected to remain healthy as the fundamentals remain solid including historically low interest rates and a strong economy with low unemployment rates."--Eric Fox, Vice President

  • MBA Newslink Friday 4-12-19

    "Would-be buyers have decided to sit on the sidelines to see if more home inventory becomes available at the price-points where they're shopping. The entire housing industry is watching to see what will happen in the coming months--whether owners and builders will provide the home inventory the buye

  • MBA CMF Newslink 4-11-19

    "Solid fundamentals, growing property values, low interest rates and strong appetites from both borrowers and lenders all helped drive an 8 percent increase in recorded multifamily lending from a year ago."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-11-19

    "Solid fundamentals, growing property values, low interest rates and strong appetites from both borrowers and lenders all helped drive an 8 percent increase in recorded multifamily lending from a year ago." --MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-10-19

    "Mortgage rates inched back up last week, but remain substantially lower than they were in the second half of last year. As quickly as refinance activity increased in recent weeks, it backed down again in response to the rise in rates. However, this spring's lower borrowing costs, coupled with the s

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-9-19

    "With a strong job market, rising wages and lower mortgage rates, housing demand remains strong, as shown by the solid 7 percent growth in new home purchase applications in March. The confluence of declining mortgage rates with the spring buying season is supporting stronger housing demand and activ

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-9-19

    "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in conservatorship for more than a decade and it's well past time that policymakers address the long-term future of these enterprises. As both administrative and legislative reforms move forward, it is important that the regulator and Congress support ongoing li

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-8-19

    "The 196,000 jobs added to the U.S. economy in March reversed the slowdown in February, but more importantly, it showed that job creation overall remains robust. Additionally, we saw a bounce back in construction employment last month, with a decent gain of 16,000 jobs. These developments, along wit

  • MBA Newslink Friday 4-5-19

    "This year, there are more homes for sale relative to the number of buyers, so a buyer is more likely to have their first offer accepted, while sellers are having to wait longer for their home to sell. It's like a 1950s-era school dance with more boys than girls--the girls can quickly find a dancing

  • MBA CMF Newslink 4-4-19

    "New [commercial and multifamily] construction activity remained robust, with increases in the value of construction put-in-place for multifamily, office and lodging properties. The value of other commercial properties put-in-place declined from a year earlier."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Rea

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-4-19

    "Credit availability increased in March, primarily due to a spike in jumbo mortgage offerings. The jumbo sub-index increased 5 percent and reached its highest level since last November, as the recent decline in mortgage rates led to a jump in refinances from borrowers with larger loans."--Joel Kan,

  • SPECIAL EDITION MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-4-19

    "MBA applauds the Senate for confirming Mark Calabria to be the next Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. His knowledge and experience will serve him well as he takes over this dynamic agency at such a critical time."--MBA President and CEO Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB.

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-3-19

    "You have a story to tell. It's not a story about your business; it's a story about people. It's the story about the communities and homeowners and renters who rely on you. Ultimately, you're telling the story of American families who want to achieve the American Dream. It's something that every mem

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-2-19

    "To see just how technology has exploded over the past five years is astonishing. The mortgage process now is less about consumers providing us with data but more about how we use those data."--Brian Magruder, Senior Vice President with SunTrust Bank, Richmond, Va.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-2-19

    "The 2008 financial crisis exposed fundamental problems in the GSEs' business models, as well as weaknesses in the regulatory framework. Ten years later, we have still not determined how or if the GSEs will be permanently reformed. Only by enacting comprehensive legislative reform can we provide the

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-1-19

    "A modest downturn in commercial real estate should be manageable for the larger banks, however, some smaller concentrated banks may not fare as well."--Fitch Ratings Associate Director Johannes Moller.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 3-29-19

    "What you should be doing is looking at the world around you and take disconnected things and connect them. Think about all the technology you can harness that customers will never see, but will enhance their experience."--Tech innovator George Blankenship, who spoke at the recent MBA Technology Sol

  • MBA CMF Newslink 3-28-19

    "Whether a firm focuses on the space markets, capital markets or a combination of the two, companies are closely monitoring technological developments in an effort to remain competitive and anticipate the possibility of secular market changes."--MBA Senior Vice President Thomas Kim in a Corporate Re

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 3-28-19

    "The 2008 financial crisis exposed fundamental problems in the GSEs' business models, as well as weaknesses in the regulatory framework. Ten years later, we have still not determined how or if the GSEs will be permanently reformed. Only by enacting comprehensive legislative reform can we provide the

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 3-27-19

    "The mortgage industry remains a very challenging environment. The real challenge for lenders moving forward is whether they can bring the cost of originating loans down."--MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni.

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 3-26-19

    "MBA members are looking to technology as one stone that can kill two birds. First, they want to increase profitability while containing costs. And second, they want to improve the customer experience."--MBA President & CEO Robert Broeksmit, CMB.

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