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Last Updated Monday, November 24, 2014 10:07 AM Central

HECM Originations Stronger Than Proprietary Biz
While reverse mortgage volume edged higher on a monthly basis, the gain in proprietary activity was far less than with government-insured business. The disparity carried over into year-over-year performance.

Mortgage Closing Rate, Turnaround Improve
As a bigger share of mortgage applications were funded last month, the number of days it took to close a home loan was reduced.

Improvement in FHA MMIF Not Enough to Cut Premiums
The capital position of the Federal Housing Administration's insurance fund has improved but not enough to reduce mortgage insurance premiums.

ARM Business Slips
Mortgage activity and interest rates were little changed this past week, though inquiries for adjustable-rate mortgages softened.

Mortgage Market Index 166 for week ended Nov. 14

U.S. Mortgage Performance Continues to Improve
Both the rate of mortgage delinquency and the rate of foreclosures have fallen to their lowest levels in nearly seven years.

FHA Short Refi Program Extended
A four-year-old program that enables negative-equity conventional borrowers to refinance through a government-insured loan has been extended.

Hilltop Mortgage Biz Weak, PrimeLending Subpoenaed
The parent of PrimeLending disclosed a subpoena related to government lending at the unit. Home loan originations edged up, but mortgage staffing was slashed by more than a fifth.

Refis Hurt Most from Rate Increase
Residential interest rates have moved up for three consecutive weeks, and loan inquiries for refinances took the biggest hit in the latest report.

Mortgage Market Index 169 for week ended Nov. 7

Ginnie Seeks Additional Reporting Data
Issuers and servicers are impacted from a proposal for more data on new and existing loans in mortgage-backed securities that are guaranteed by the Government National Mortgage Association.

Wells Working On FHA Settlement
Discussions are being held to resolve a two-year-old lawsuit alleging that Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., falsely certified Federal Housing Administration-insured loans.

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