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Refi Volume Hits Six-Month High

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To paraphrase Mark Twain … “Reports of refis’ death have been greatly exaggerated.” According to the latest Origination Insight Report released by Click to continue

Three Very Different Approaches to Affordable Housing

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Affordable housing—or, more accurately, the lack thereof—has been a critical problem facing the U.S. residential market. Three new developments on this front—a new securitization endeavor, a newly announced privately funding effort and a controversy over a New York City development—show a housing segment that is a state of tumult and flux.Click to continue

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Calyx Software
Why techies love the company:
Robust, powerful and compliant, yet flexible and easy to use. Support included.

Why clients love the company: Affordable, reliable products for more than 20 years make us the number one provider.Click to continue

OCC to Loosen the Oversight Leash on Big Banks

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has announced that they will be rotating their big bank staffers around, to better supervise and monitor the nation’s largest banking entities.Click to continue

Zillow: Housing Markets to be Swimming With Underwater Borrowers for Foreseeable Future

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The affordable homes most sought after by first-time homebuyers are being kept off the market in part because nationally, those homes are almost three times more likely to be underwater than the most expensive homes, according to the first quarter Zillow Negative Equity Report. The national negative equity rate fell to 18.8 percent in the first quarter, with almost 9.7 million American homeowners with a mortgage underwater, owing more on their mortgage than their home is worth.Click to continue

GSEs Execute Three Million-Plus Foreclosure Prevention Actions Since 2008

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed more than 3.1 million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of conservatorship in 2008. These actions have helped more than 2.5 million borrowers stay in their homes, including nearly 1.6 million who received permanent loan modifications. During 2013, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed nearly 448,000 foreclosure prevention actions, 99,700 of these in the fourth quarter. The majority of these allowed troubled borrowers to save their homes.Click to continue

Fixed-Rates Drop Slightly to 4.32 Percent

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Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) moving down slightly after last week's uptick, and remaining within range of average fixed rates for the first quarter of 2014. The 30-year FRM averaged 4.32 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending March 20, 2014, down from last week when it averaged 4.37 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.54 percent.Click to continue