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  • 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

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 7-23-19

    "Today's announcement is not the end of our efforts to make sure consumers' sensitive personal information is safe and secure. The incident at Equifax underscores the evolving cyber security threats confronting both private and government computer systems and actions they must take to shield the per

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 7-23-19

    "Today's announcement is not the end of our efforts to make sure consumers' sensitive personal information is safe and secure. The incident at Equifax underscores the evolving cyber security threats confronting both private and government computer systems and actions they must take to shield the per

  • MBA Newslink Monday 7-22-19

    "Record prices appear to have kept June sales figures from topping a strong May. Nevertheless, there are indications, including the return of very favorable mortgage rates, that the pace could pick up in July. Several encouraging longer-term trends-ongoing demand, improving inventory levels, low int

  • MBA Newslink Friday 7-19-19

    "Declining home sales and homebuilding activity, coupled with slower gains in permitting for improvement projects, will put the brakes on remodeling growth over the coming year. However, if falling mortgage interest rates continue to incentivize home sales, refinancing, and ultimately remodeling act

  • MBA CMF Newslink 7-18-19

    "Insurers continued to see relative value in mortgages compared with other asset classes and are driving exposures higher as they trade liquidity for yield."--Fitch Ratings Director of North American Insurance Nelson Ma.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 7-18-19

    "The second quarter of every year has always shown a quarterly increase, going as far back as 2005. So, with mortgage rates dipping to new lows, it's no surprise that people were wanting to buy a home, even if prices were at their peak. We expect to see milder home prices in the coming quarters."--T

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 7-17-19

    "Kristy is an active MBA member and industry leader who will serve MBA and its members exceptionally well. She is results-driven and brings a unique perspective, vision and leadership skill set. I'm excited to have her on our leadership ladder."--MBA Chairman Christopher M. George, President and CEO

  • 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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 7-16-19

    "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 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 CMF Newslink 7-11-19

    "Solid economic growth is encouraging new household formation and rentals are capturing a sizable share of the resulting housing demand. At the same time, loss of existing renters to home purchase remains limited relative to historical levels."--RealPage Chief Economist Greg Willett.

  • 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.

  • Servicing 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.

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