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LATEST U.S. MORTGAGE NEWS
Last Updated May 22, 2015 6:17 PM Central
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Arms, Jumbos Lead Weekly Mortgage Dip

preview | full story | May 22
For the fifth consecutive week, new mortgage activity came up short of prior-week business. This week, the decline was aided by reduced inquiries for adjustable-rate mortgages and jumbo loans.

Mortgage Market Index 146 for week ended May 22

Appraisal Services Target FHA EAD, AMC Utilization

preview | full story | May 22
A new service is designed to help lenders connect to the electronic portal for government loans, while appraisal management companies are vying for business. An appraisal technology firm was acquired.

New Tools Ready for Integrated Disclosure Rule

preview | full story | May 22
While the integrated disclosure rule taking effect soon, some industry associations are concerned about a smooth transition to the new system. Trade groups support legislation granting a regulatory enforcement grace period. But a handful of service providers promise to help keep lending business practices on point with compliance.

Mortgage Delinquency Up, Foreclosures Down

preview | full story | May 22
Residential loan delinquency saw a seasonal up tick in April, but the rate of foreclosures moved lower. Both metrics have substantially improved from a year earlier.

2015 Refi Forecast Raised, 2016 Refi Forecast Cut

preview | full story | May 21
The outlook for this year's refinances has been increased, while expectations for next year's refinance activity have been lowered.

Mortgage Rates Set to Decline

preview | full story | May 21
Fixed interest rates on home loans moved a hair lower this past week. A possibly more substantial retreat is likely in the next report.

Tight Supply Constrains Existing Home Sales

preview | full story | May 21
Monthly sales of previously owned homes slowed, and a stubbornly tight supply of properties was blamed for the weakness.

Mortgage Closing Rate Up as Turnaround Lengthens

preview | full story | May 21
The good news is that a bigger share of monthly loan applications converted into closed loans. The bad news that it took longer to close them.

Home Repossessions Jump Again

preview | full story | May 21
For the second consecutive month, a surge was reported in the number of foreclosures that were completed. New filings, however, were down.


Total filings 125,875 in April

The State of Mortgage Lending

preview | full story | May 21
Although the volume of home lending stands near its weakest level since the crisis, distressed loan ratios have significantly strengthened.


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Quicken Sues Gov Over DOJ Shakedown on FHA Loans
April 20
Quicken Loans Inc. has filed a lawsuit alleging that it is being pressured to settle with the government on compliant Federal Housing Administration loans.

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Wells Fargo Adding Correspondent Mortgage Jobs
April 23
Wells Fargo & Co.'s home lending unit is in the process of recruiting correspondent lending employees in the state of Illinois.

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Government Strikes Back at Quicken
April 23
Just days after filing a lawsuit against the government, Quicken Loans Inc. has become a defendant in an apparent retaliatory action.

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Standing Remains Issue in Florida Foreclosures
April 20
Lender losses on the basis of standing continues to show as a trend in Sunshine State mortgage litigation for the first quarter of 2015, while the question of whether a lender's/servicer's business records constitutes inadmissible hearsay is also beginning to show up in Florida foreclosure litigation.

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Regulator Digs In on HOA Super Priority Liens
April 22
The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is standing firm on its position on super-priority liens by homeowners associations.

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Henry Paulson Worries About Another Crisis
The former secretary of the Department of the Treasury who presided over the 2008 financial crisis is worried that conditions are ripe for another such event.
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Cordray Spars With GOP
The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made his way to Capitol Hill this week to deliver his semiannual report to lawmakers.
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The Players in Richmond's Eminent Domain Plan
Two of the key players in the battle between mortgage investors and and backers of an eminent domain plan talk about the controversial scheme, while a Realtor says his town has no business participating in the plan.
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