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Wildfires and Housing: Knowing the Risks

12. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

After several years of these record-breaking wildfires, a new report examines properties at risk of damage from wildfires in the United States.

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Global Fears Spark Increase in Mortgage Rates

12. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that the 30-year fixed rate mortgage rose to 3.56%. Despite the increase, this is the first time the 30-year fixed rate mortgages have been under 3.6% for more than four-consecutive weeks since Q4 2016. “Pipeline purchase demand continues to improve heading into the late fall with purchase …

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Americans React to Affordability Issues

11. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

A recent survey discovered that the majority of American households believe the nation is suffering a housing affordability crisis. How has affordability shifted in the past year?

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Consumers Weigh in On Fed Rate Cuts and Mortgages

11. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

With economists predicting a second rate cut around the corner, a recent survey from WalletHub examines how consumer think interest rate cuts will impact their mortgages.

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Real Estate Fraud Risks Measured

11. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

Undisclosed real estate fraud, when an applicant intentionally fails to disclose additional real estate debt or past foreclosures, decreased in Q2, but according to CoreLogic, this fraud type is still one of the msot common forms of real estate fraud.

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Lender, Wholesaler Announce Integration

11. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc., a wholesale and correspondent mortgage lender, has announced new integrations with Calyx Wholesaler MarketPlace that are designed to create an even more seamless experience for brokers using this portal. Specifically, Plaza Home Mortgage will be the first wholesale lender in Calyx Wholesaler Market Place to deliver rate lock confirmations back to …

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Ginnie Mae, NewDay USA Reach Agreement on VA Loans

11. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

NewDay USA, one of the nation’s largest VA mortgage lenders serving veterans and servicemembers, has been approved as a Ginnie Mae Servicer Seller for VA loan production. NewDay is currently approved to issue Ginnie Mae I and II securities for FHA multi-issuer securities. Based on current origination volume, NewDay USA is projected to be a …

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Promotion of Innovation, Compliance Addressed in New CFPB Policies

11. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday issued three new policies to promote innovation and compliance. The CFPB issued the No-Action Letter (NAL) Policy; Trial Disclosure Program (TDP) Policy; and the Compliance Assistance Sandbox (CAS) Policy. According to the CFPB, regulatory uncertainty can “hinder the development” of innovative products and services that benefit consumers. NALs …

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Financial Services Bills Address Rural Housing and Appraisals

11. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills offered by House Financial Services Committee Members on Tuesday, three of which are directly housing related.

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Hurricane Season Hitting its Peak

10. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

While Hurricane Dorian dissipated into the Atlantic Ocean, more storms are brewing in the Atlantic as the peak season for hurricanes kicked off September 10. Dorian tore a path from the Bahamas, to the Carolinas, and up to the east coast to Nova Scotia. The storm hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 and caused …

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Economists: More Rate Cuts on the Way

10. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

The Fed has stated that future rate cuts are unlikely, but according to a new survey, economists are predicting a different story.

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FHA Loans to be Focus of Next Webinar

10. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

Industry leaders from Equator, BSI Financial, and LoanCare will discuss the workings of FHA loans during DS News’ latest webinar, “A Step Ahead: Advances in FHA Modeling,” set for 1 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 12. According to Altisoure’s “State of the Servicer Industry” report, 86% of servicing professionals surveyed work on servicing FHA loans, …

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Identifying Delinquency Hotspots

10. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

In a new report, CoreLogic examines “hotspots” where delinquency and foreclosure rates jumped despite not being tied to any recent natural disasters.

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Spotlight on Housing Reform

10. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing to discuss the next steps in housing reform, with a focus on reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Foreclosures Driving These Cities to a Crash

9. September, 2019|DS News|No comments

Overall, the U.S. housing market has been strong, but in a few communities across the country, signs of weakness have begun to show. Find out which communities may be at risk for a crash.

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