20
MAR
2017
dont-know-jack-nicholson-hmda-cfpb

If You Don’t Get HMDA Right, You Don’t Know Jack

“It’s amazing, we can’t do HMDA right,” so said my good friend and colleague Jack Konyk, Executive Director of Government affairs with Weiner Brodsky Kider, during an exchange at a recent industry forum. Jack was talking about the requirements for reporting a borrower’s...
17
MAR
2017
millennials-are-here-paul-revere-mortgage-buyers

They’re Here. Millennial Buyers Are Here!

The much anticipated, and long awaited, entrance of Millennials into the home buying market seems to finally be upon us. This generation accounted for about 85% of the volume of home purchase, closed mortgages in January. Not surprisingly, many of these buyers chose low down...
16
MAR
2017
Are-Your-Ready-For-HMDA-Keyboard-tapping

And So It Begins!

  Are You Ready to HMDA? “Those required to report this information must make more careful efforts to follow the law,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a press release. “Today we are sending a strong reminder that HMDA serves important purposes for many...
15
MAR
2017
can-you-compete-housing-market-business-race

Can You Compete in the New Mortgage Market?

Times they are a changing…rates are on the rise, refi’s are going away, house prices are increasing, and buyers are a little different and getting tougher to qualify. To compete in the new mortgage market, lenders need both a full complement of products and services and current...
14
MAR
2017
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Will New Housing Starts Impact Home Prices?

According to Lynn Fisher, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics, new housing starts should increase about 10% in 2017 and just a bit less in 2018. The effect should be to slow the rising prices for existing housing,  helping more consumers realize their American Dream....
13
MAR
2017
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Woo-Woo Consumers Are Upbeat on Housing!

Despite rising mortgage rates and increasing home prices, many consumers are feeling good about housing going into the spring buying season. As evidence, Fannie Mae’s monthly index of homebuyer sentiment rose to its highest level since 2011. That’s great news. Woo-Woo! According...
10
MAR
2017
non-prime-private-label-mortgage-backed-securities-atlantic-city-MBA-NJ-conference

A Look into a Non-Prime, Private Label MBS

The market has been mostly void of private label securities; securities that are not backed by Fannie, Freddie or Ginnie. There are some of these securities being created like the one recently done by Angel Oak of Atlanta. Angel Oak, having previously issued non-rated,...
09
MAR
2017

Should You Tap the Brakes on QC?

In case you missed it (ICYMI), here is a link to an article recently published in MortgageOrb, an industry publication about lenders relaxing quality standards (shameless plug for you know who). Seriously, though, with rates rising and refi’s declining it is becoming more...
08
MAR
2017
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With Rates Rising Should Credit Standards Drop?

Mortgage lenders are facing challenges in 2017 from rising interest rates, rising home prices and fewer refinances. These add up to result in less business. The big question is should lenders relax credit standards to help qualify more homebuyers for financing? Here we go again....
07
MAR
2017
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Should G-Fess Be Congress’ ATM?

House Rule 916, the Risk Management and Homeowner Stability Act, was recently introduced as bi-partisan legislation by Representatives Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Brad Sherman (D-CA). The bill is intended to restrict increases in agency Guaranty Fees to finance reforms to the...