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Feb 1, 2019  15:15 ET
Moody's economist: Tax cut was a dud
Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi was highly critical last year of the Republican tax overhaul. Zandi discussed the impact of those changes a year into the reforms, and the outlook for th...
Mar 23, 2018  12:10 ET
MBA: Hot job market bolsters mortgage outlook
Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the first time this year. Michael Fratantoni, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association, discussed the potenti...
Jun 28, 2017  12:45 ET
Pending home sales slide for third straight month
Pending home sales slumped for the third consecutive month in May as the  housing market has begun to see the ill effects of a severe shortage of homes for sale, the National Association of Realtor...
Jun 5, 2017  15:45 ET
Origination volume falls steeply to start year
Mortgage origination volume fell off dramatically in the first quarter on a steep drop in refinancing activity, Black Knight Financial Services reported. Overall volume on single-family ...
Apr 12, 2017  11:45 ET
New lender poll highlights purchase trends
A survey released today of mortgage lending professionals conducted by an independent research firm finds that 94 percent of lenders expect mortgage purchase originations to increase in 2017...
Jan 23, 2017  16:30 ET
AEI: FHA cut didn't draw new homebuyers
The Trump administration’s move last week to suspend indefinitely a planned insurance-premium cut for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans could hamper home affordability and keep thousands of...
Jan 17, 2017  13:25 ET
MBA calls for clampdown on PACE loans
The nation’s largest mortgage trade group this week renewed calls for the government to clamp down on fast-growing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans. The Mortgage Bankers Assoc...
Dec 19, 2016  15:40 ET
Government loan volumes jump in fiscal 2016
Overall participation in the U.S. government’s major loan-guarantee programs rose by double digits this past year.  Government loan counts totaled 2.08 million in the fiscal year ending Se...
Sep 12, 2016  15:50 ET
Heavy loan volume causes VA logjam
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan program has been experiencing a logjam in recent weeks. Near-record origination volumes have meant that VA's processing centers are expe...
Sep 9, 2016  14:10 ET
Women are better borrowers, but pay more
Women tend to be more responsible borrowers than men, but they don’t get treated that way, an Urban Institute study has concluded.  Despite having lower average default rates than...
Sep 6, 2016  16:20 ET
Loan volume surges in second quarter
The second quarter of 2016 was the best for the mortgage industry in three years, Black Knight Financial Services data suggests.  Overall first-lien origination volume totaled $518 billio...
Aug 19, 2016  15:35 ET
PACE energy-efficiency loans draw fire
Several progressive groups have now joined the banking industry in raising red flags about clean-energy (PACE) loans that are repaid via property-tax billing. In a letter this week to the...
Jul 14, 2016  12:30 ET
Low rates boost Q1 mortgage originations
Mortgage originations were supposed to slow down in 2016 as interest rates rose. It hasn’t turned out that way. Driven by low interest rates that have defied expectations, loan counts t...
Apr 11, 2016  10:00 ET
Office market is strong, with few clouds on the horizon, Reis economist says
In 2015, office properties in the top U.S. markets became a prime target for investors, and sales prices peaked. Although lease-rate and vacancy trends have been improving, some analysts are concer...
Apr 4, 2016  11:40 ET
Low rates mitigating housing-affordability woes, economist says
Last year, the title company First American Corp. began surveying title agents each quarter to gauge optimism in the mortgage market. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the agents grew more pessimistic ...

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