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MBS RECAP: Bond Traders Have Had Enough
12/15/2017 6:32 PM
Posted To: MBS CommentaryBond traders are increasingly saying "enough already! " when it comes to reacting to every little push and pull in the tug-o-war over the tax bill. After headlines suggested Rubio may be pulling his "yes" vote yesterday, today's news was different. Concessio...Read More
 
Mortgage Rates Hold Recent Lows
12/15/2017 2:34 PM
Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates moved slightly lower today, despite movement in bond markets that would have suggested otherwise. The paradoxical strength is likely due to the fact that bonds improved faster yesterday without mortgage lenders adjusting rate sheets accordingly. In other words, we be...Read More
 
Freddie and Fannie May Get Another Jumpstart
12/15/2017 10:22 AM
Posted To: MND NewsWireThere has been a flurry of news about the two GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in the last few weeks. The House Financial Services Committee recently advanced H.R. 4560, the GSE Jumpstart Reauthorization Act of 2017 to the full house for consideration. The proposed bill extends the GSE Jumpstart A...Read More
 
THL Invests in G-Rate; Fair Lending and HMDA News
12/15/2017 8:20 AM
Posted To: Pipeline PressOriginators, who work with plenty of renters who want to be owners, should know that the Harvard Joint Center tells us that, “We’re finally seeing the record growth in renters slow down, but while the market has responded to rental housing needs for highe...Read More
 
MBS Day Ahead: Is There a Common Theme For Bonds at Year-End?
12/15/2017 8:15 AM
Posted To: MBS CommentaryFrom time to time, a discussion will start up among MBS Live community members regarding certain habits for certain months of the year. Some popular observations have been "bonds always sell-off in October" and "there's always volatility in March." Of course...Read More
 
MBS RECAP: Stocks Lose, Rates Recover on Tax Bill Fears
12/14/2017 3:55 PM
Posted To: MBS CommentaryBonds began the day in weaker territory partly due to a correction from yesterday's strong run in the afternoon, and partly due to stronger economic data in Europe. Domestic economic data was stronger too, with Retail Sales coming in at 0.8 versus a median forecast of 0.3. The ...Read More
 
Mortgage Rates Hold On to Lower Levels After Tax Bill Doubts
12/14/2017 2:51 PM
Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates held on to yesterday"s gains in most cases. Some lenders were even in slightly better shape today, but not enough to have an effect on anything beyond the upfront costs associated with any given rate quote. Rates themselves would be right in line with yesterday"s. Th...Read More
 
Automated Appraisals Don"t Paint the Whole Picture
12/14/2017 10:17 AM
Posted To: MND NewsWireThe use of Automated Valuation Models (AVM) is expected to expand following the announced plans of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to waive the requirement for a professional appraisal on qualified purchase loans where the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is at or below 80 percent. Fannie Mae had previousl...Read More
 
Downpayments at Record Highs as Home Prices Rise
12/14/2017 8:23 AM
Posted To: MND NewsWireHomebuyers ponied up the highest downpayments on record to purchase homes in the third quarter of 2017. ATTOM Data Solutions" (formerly RealtyTrac) Residential Property Loan Origination Report says that the median down payment for a single-family home or condo purchased with financing during the qu...Read More
 
Tax News; State-Level Changes; Jumbo/Non-Conforming Updates; Dot Plot Primer
12/14/2017 8:15 AM
Posted To: Pipeline PressThere’s a lot of airport travel coming up. It is best to stay cool, calm, and collected . Unfortunately, something else that is cool, and calm, is the entry level market for homes. Thousands of housing stats are spit out every year, and here"s another one: Zill...Read More