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  • MBA Newslink Thursday 5-2-19

    "As expected, the Federal Reserve left short-term rates unchanged at their May meeting, and continue to hint that they will remain patient, which would mean keeping rates at their current level at least through the end of the year. Additionally, the Fed provided more color regarding the pending chan

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 5-1-19

    "The increase in pending home sales in March aligns with the rise in purchase applications we reported for the month. The strengthening job market, combined with lower mortgage rates and increased housing supply in many markets, helped more prospective buyers find a home last month. In short, condit

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-30-19

    "Cooling house price gains, home sales activity, and remodeling permitting are lowering our expectations for home improvement and repair spending this year and next. Yet, more favorable mortgage rates could still give a boost to home sales and refinancing this spring and summer, which could help buo

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-30-19

    "The market volatility and decline in consumer confidence that we saw in late 2018 and early 2019 seemed to confirm what other housing indicators showed: a somewhat slow first couple of months of the year for the housing market."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forec

  • MBA Newslink Monday 4-29-19

    "Although this advance estimate is subject to revision, if it holds up, this faster growth should continue to provide strong support for the job and housing markets...Overall, a solid start of the year for the economy."--Mike Fratantoni, MBA Senior Vice President and Chief Economist.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 4-26-19

    "The market volatility and decline in consumer confidence that we saw in late 2018 and early 2019 seemed to confirm what other housing indicators showed: a somewhat slow first couple of months of the year for the housing market."--Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forec

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 4-25-19

    "There may be more homes available for sale over the course of the month, but that's because more leftovers from previous months are sticking around. In truth, fewer homeowners are putting their homes on the market and buyer demand is falling back. Buyers won't have as much competition this shopping

  • MBA Newslink Wednesday 4-24-19

    "The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has risen 10 basis points in three weeks, and is now at its highest level in over a month. Borrowers remain extremely sensitive to rate changes, which is why there has been a 28 percent drop in refinance applications over this three-week period. Purchase activity als

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 4-23-19

    "Sales have been volatile in 2019 thus far, but the average for the first three months of the year is around 5 percent lower than in 2018. We had expected this to be stronger, given the solid economy and job market, but the high end of the market has started to cool off, and the lower price tiers ar

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 4-23-19

    "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 Monday 4-22-19

    "On a year-over-year basis, single-family starts have fallen in five of the past six months. While severe winter weather in the Midwest likely led to the significant drop in that region, the overall building trend is not heading into the right direction. There needs to be more new inventory to satis

  • MBA Newslink Friday 4-19-19

    "Though sellers still largely have the upper hand, the U.S. housing market is gradually shifting in favor of buyers. The shift in favor of buyers is also happening where home values have risen the most over the past six years, suggesting that these markets may have hit an affordability ceiling."--Fr

  • MBA CMF Newslink 4-18-19

    "Grocery is one of the strongest retail sectors, with nearly twice as many new stores opening than closing last year."--JLL Director of Retail Research James Cook.

  • 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

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