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  • 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 CMF Newslink 6-27-19

    "There is no silver bullet for this complicated issue [the affordable housing shortage]. In order to tackle this problem, we will need a multifaceted approach."--Berkadia Senior Vice President Steve Ervin.

  • 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.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 6-25-29

    "Large banks appear to have great difficulty translating technological expertise and resources into efficient technology support for the mortgage origination business. Large banks' IT projects appear to get mired in process considerations and take years to roll out, if they are rolled out at all. Cl

  • 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.

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 6-18-19

    "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 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 CMF Newslink 6-13-19

    "The amount of mortgage debt backed by commercial and multifamily income-producing properties continues to grow at a strong pace, with three of the four major capital sources, banks, life companies and the GSEs/FHA, growing their holdings by more than one percent during the first quarter."--MBA Vice

  • 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

  • Servicing Newslink Tuesday 6-11-19

    "Independent mortgage bankers experienced improvements in the first three months of the year. This was a welcoming sign following a very difficult end of 2018, in which profitability reached its lowest level since our survey's inception in 2008."--MBA Vice President of Industry Analysis Marina Walsh

  • MBA Newslink Monday 6-10-19

    "Commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquencies remain at or near record lows for most capital sources, and it's hard to imagine loans performing better than they currently do."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Friday 6-7-19

    "As the industry moves closer to a potential sunset of LIBOR, MBA is taking the lead to help its members communicate to consumers how the switch to a new index would affect them if they choose a LIBOR-indexed adjustable-rate mortgage product. The disclosure template is one of the many ongoing steps

  • MBA CMF Newslink 6-6-19

    "The vast majority of commercial and multifamily mortgage lenders report they are working on the transition away from LIBOR, but the devil is in the details."--MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell.

  • MBA Newslink Thursday 6-6-19

    "Independent mortgage bankers experienced improvements in the first three months of the year. This was a welcoming sign following a very difficult end of 2018, in which profitability reached its lowest level since our survey's inception in 2008."--MBA Vice President of Industry Analysis Marina Walsh

  • MBA Newslink Tuesday 6-4-19

    "The vast majority of commercial and multifamily mortgage lenders report they are working on the transition away from LIBOR, but the devil is in the details. Most firms are already taking some steps, including changing language in loan documents, but they also report relying on regulators and indust

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