Mortgage applications decrease as rates move higher

20-01-2021

Mortgage applications decreased 1.9% for the week ending Jan. 15 from one week earlier, per data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly survey. The drop comes after a robust 16.7% jump in applications the prior week. The 30-year fixed rate rose to 2.92%, its highest level since last November. Additionally...

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CFPB clarifies role of supervisory guidance

19-01-2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a final rule Tuesday clarifying that supervisory guidance is not backed by the same force as law or regulation. First proposed in October 2020, the CFPB’s final rule codifies the statement, with amendments, that the Bureau and other federal financial regulatory agencies issued in September...

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In defense of the individual real estate agent

19-01-2021

I saw a social media post recently by our local ‘mega-agent’ entitled: “Breaking News: Individual Real Estate agents added to Endangered Professions List!” This post compares the individual real estate agent to “a tennis player using a wooden racket” or “a football player with a leather helmet.” The individual agent is...

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CFPB exempts some credit unions from escrow regulations

19-01-2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Tuesday some insured depository institutions and insured credit unions will now be exempt from regulations to establish escrow accounts for some higher-priced mortgage loans. The final rule will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register, and will exempt the HPLM escrow requirement for any...

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Mortgage forbearance rate continues to drop

19-01-2021

The U.S. forbearance rate fell nine basis points last week to 5.37% of servicers’ portfolio volume, according to a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association on Monday. While this decline may be the largest drop in forbearance share in the past nine weeks, it is only the second in that same time period – the...

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Biden looks to give a big boost to homebuyers and builders

19-01-2021

President-elect Joe Biden's housing agenda is focused on affordability. Changes to mortgage lending and home construction will be key.Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/19/biden-looks-to-give-a-big-boost-to-homebuyers-and-builders.html

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Yellen vows economic shakeup if confirmed for Treasury

19-01-2021

Ensuring Americans have a “competitive economy” will be Janet Yellen’s focus as the next U.S. Treasury Department secretary, she told lawmakers Tuesday at her confirmation hearing before a vote on her nomination. Both Republicans and Democrats have indicated they will approve Yellen’s Treasury Secretary nomination. “I think there will be a...

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FHFA extends foreclosure, eviction moratorium to February

19-01-2021

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Tuesday that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will once again extend moratoriums on single-family foreclosures and real estate owned evictions, this time until Feb. 28, 2021. “To keep our communities safe, and families in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, FHFA is extending Fannie Mae...

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Fannie Mae increases 2021 economic growth forecast

19-01-2021

Fannie Mae‘s latest forecast projects economic growth to hit 5.3% in 2021, an increase of 0.8 percentage points from what the government-sponsored enterprise projected last month. The forecasted growth is significantly more than the revised numbers for 2020, which Fannie Mae projects will end up as a 2.7% contraction. The company...

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Need a real estate agent? Here’s how to pick the right one

18-01-2021

Let’s face it, if you’re a first-time homebuyer, you have a lot of questions about the home-buying process. That’s what real estate agents are here for. Almost 90% of buyers recently used a real estate agent or broker to purchase their home, according to the National Association of Realtors. Whether you’re...

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The title insurance arms race heats up

18-01-2021

The first time Lawyers Title of Arizona Sales Executive Sarah Perkins walked through an acquisition was 2006. The market was growing; it was exciting; companies were fighting to increase market share; hope for the future was high.  But that wasn’t the only acquisition Perkins had seen during her 17-year career. During...

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Mortgage underwriting challenges in the pandemic

18-01-2021

In December, AmTrust Title Insurance Company announced the hiring of seasoned underwriter Mary Shelley as its midwest region agency underwriter. We took the opportunity to talk to Shelley, who has 35 years experience in the field, about the challenges underwriters have faced during this pandemic period. “The COVID-19 pandemic...

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Prepare for the rise in mortgage rates

18-01-2021

As the calendar flipped to 2021, it didn’t take long for the rise in mortgage rates. Just two weeks into the new year, Freddie Mac reported that mortgage rates climbed 14 basis points to 2.79%, a dramatic contrast to 2020, a year in which mortgage rates set record lows...

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Three reasons there won’t be a 2021 housing market crash

18-01-2021

2020 came, and with it COVID-19. Five weeks into the crisis, demand in the U.S. housing market bottomed and then after about nine weeks, began to climb again, with purchase applications making a full V-shaped recovery by early June. The housing bubble boys had those five glorious weeks when it finally...

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Biden nominates Rohit Chopra to head CFPB

18-01-2021

President-elect Joe Biden announced several appointments Monday, including FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Chopra is a CFPB veteran, having previously served as assistant director, where he was the bureau’s top student loan watchdog. In 2011, the Secretary of the Treasury appointed him to serve as...

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How Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is luring tech players from Silicon Valley…

17-01-2021

Suarez's schedule and phone have blown up since he accidentally launched a Twitter campaign to make Miami the latest innovation hub in early December.Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/17/miami-mayor-francis-suarez-using-twitter-to-build-next-silicon-valley.html

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People movers: Cherry Creek Mortgage, Knock, Radian, Atlas Title

15-01-2021

HousingWire’s people mover section covers the latest hiring announcements in the real estate and mortgage industry. Kicking off this week’s leadership announcements, Cherry Creek Mortgage changed its structure and ownership. Through the restructuring, the company stated that it is 100% owned by the family of its co-founder, Jeffrey May, and...

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