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MBS RECAP: Some Weakness and a Few Reprices, but Mostly Holding Ground
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:11:49 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryMore due to timing and coincidence than anything, we got a few negative reprices this afternoon. Shortly thereafter, prices moved right back mid-point of today's trading range and never left . That said, things were a bit..[read more]

Mortgage Rates Unchanged to Start Important Week
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:30:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates didn't move much to start the week, with a nearly equal number of lenders moving both higher and lower. On average, rates were just barely higher. Even then, the actual rates being quoted are the the same ..[read more]

CFPB Seeks to Modify HMDA Data Collection; Raises Privacy Concerns
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:54:11 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWirePublic comments are being requested a a new proposed rule for collecting data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said the new rule includes changes the could help in s..[read more]

MBS MID-DAY: Hold Ground, Moderately Weaker, but Outperforming Treasuries
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:56:43 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryVery little happened in the overnight session and very little has changed into the domestic trading hours. Bond markets were a bit weaker overnight and have found little reason to do much else so far today. The only significa..[read more]

Home Prices up Again in May Black Knight says
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:06:00 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireThe Home Price Index (HPI) released on Monday by Black Knight Financial Services showed another strong month-over-month gain for housing values in May. The HPI increased by 0.9 percent to a value of $239,000 from $236,000 in Ap..[read more]

Zillow to Acquire Trulia; both Companies to Maintain Course
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:13:00 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireZillow, the Seattle based company which started out in the mid-2000s as a website where one could check on one's own and one's neighbor's property values and has grown to a large on-line source of information on homes for sale ..[read more]

Pending Sales Down but Holding above "Normal' Mark
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:53 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWirePending home sales declined modestly in June after three months of what the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) called "solid gains." NAR's Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) declined 1.1 percent to 102.7 in June from 103...[read more]

RESPA-TILA Update; HMDA Changes in the Wind; FinCen SAR Stats; New IM System for Banks?
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:36:45 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressHow is it that this is the last week of July already? Lots of lenders seem to have seen decent Julys - but perhaps not as strong as some of their Junes - and certainly for many the upward sloping trend of lending activity and..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Tons of Potential Volatility with GDP, Fed Announcement, and Jobs Report
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:42:52 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryFinally we come to the week we've been eyeing for nearly a month as a candidate for major changes. It's fitting that 10yr yields ended the previous week right at 2.47% which--above all others--is the poster-child for ..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Bond Markets Hold on to Recent Gains Ahead of Big Week
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:51:45 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryNext week promises to be big. Even if the events don't 'agree' with each other enough to spark a major rally or sell-off, the potential is there. Due to last week's geopolitical headlines, bond markets arguabl..[read more]

Mortgage Rates Catch a Break Heading Into Important Week
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:46:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates were sideways to marginally lower today. Many lenders released new and improved rate sheets in the afternoon in order for the average to get better than yesterday, but even then, lenders are obviously caut..[read more]

Strong Reaction on Wall Street to So-So Home Builder Results
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:02 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireIt was a bad day on Wall Street Thursday for housing stocks. In no particular order Census Bureau data was released showing that new home sales had declined by 8.1 percent in June compared to May and that May's numbers weren't ..[read more]

MBS MID-DAY: Bond Markets Still at Altar Despite Yesterday's Cold Feet
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:56:12 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryFor more than a week, bond markets have flirted with a break into the best levels of the year. On several occasions 10yr yields have looked all but wed to the idea. Such a wedding would take place with a move through the 2.4&..[read more]

Big Changes at Ginnie; GSE Updates; Zillow Buying Trulia?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:09:57 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline Press"Rob, you have mentioned before that you are beginning to see some companies' volumes slowing down, and maybe even some lay-offs . Is that still happening?" Yes it is. Established lenders, even those adding production units, ..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Too Much Too Soon for Bond Market Rally Ahead of Big Week?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:27:02 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryNext week is a big one. ADP/GDP/FOMC all hit on Wednesday. Month-End is on Thursday, and NFP is on Friday. There are other top-tier reports as well, and a Treasury auction cycle, but the named peril is more than enough eviden..[read more]

Mortgage Rates Rise at Fastest Pace in Weeks
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:10:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates moved higher today at the fastest pace since July 3rd as bond markets began backing away from more anxious levels associated with last week's geopolitical headlines. Such headlines (Malaysian airliner and ..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Week's Monotonous Trend Broken as Bond Markets Slide
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:59:46 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryFor the past 4 sessions, bond markets have traded a narrow range near their best levels of the year. This effectively began with the geopolitical risk rally on the 17th. It's not entirely fair to say the narrow trend is o..[read more]

Housing Market Sending Mixed Signals -Freddie Mac
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:23:23 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireFreddie Mac said today that its Multi-Indicator Market Index or MiMi for May is sending out mixed signals to the housing market. While more markets entered their stable range of housing activity, most markets remained stalled, ..[read more]

MBS MID-DAY: Weakness Persists Despite Rotten New Home Sales Data
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:27:15 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryTypically, negative economic data on the scale of this morning's New Home Sales would be a clearly positive factor for bond prices. Sales fell at their fastest pace since last July and last month's strong report was r..[read more]

New Home Sales Decline from Downgraded May Numbers
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:24:04 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireNew homes sales retreated in June from the very strong performance reported for May; a performance that turns out to have been less strong. A joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Developm..[read more]

Banks and Lenders Buying Each Other & Financial Services Companies - Does it Make Sense?
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:53:37 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressFor LOs who feel "enough is enough" with regard to the proposed Pre-Licensure Education Expiration Policy on education, timelines, and requirements, here is your chance to comment through NMLS. Out in California the Bank of M..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Rates Continue Hovering on the Edge of a Breakout
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:53 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryThe past 5 days have simply seen rates grind around recent lows. Things have been a bit brighter in Treasuries compared to MBS, but in general, both have traded increasingly narrow ranges near the best levels of the year (aga..[read more]

Mortgage Rates Back up to Unchanged After Stronger Start
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:07:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates were mixed today depending on the lender and the time of day you look. Most recently, the average lender is back to unchanged vs yesterday. Before that, most lenders were in slightly better shape, but mark..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Bond Markets Lose Ground After Strong Start; MBS Underperform
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:05:50 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryAlthough MBS did a good job of pushing back against a recent bout of underperformance over the past 3 sessions, today showed it won't be a straight shot. In other words, MBS had closed the gap to Treasuries somewhat since..[read more]

Modest Housing Recovery Will Continue -Fannie
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:12 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireThe theme for the economy and the housing market's in 2014 has been set for months; the economy will continue to slowly strengthen; the modest recovery in housing will be sustained . Each monthly or quarterly report or round of..[read more]

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