Mortgage & Finance

Dudley to Banks: Get Right or We'll Break You UpDudley to Banks: Get Right or We'll Break You Up

Wall Street’s main regulator on Monday stepped up his campaign to improve the... Read more

High Hopes for a Mortgage ThawHigh Hopes for a Mortgage Thaw

Wall Street Journal staffer Joe Light covers Federal Housing Finance Agency director Mel Watt's assertion that a break-through in the post-Recession deep-freeze period of mortgage lending is about to happen. Read more

Jumbos Go Low on FICOJumbos Go Low on FICO

Wall Street Journal staffer Anya Martin reports that some banks have begun to accept lower credit scores, some as low as a 680, in approvals for jumbo loan products (paywall). Read more

Watt's Up: MBA Speech a Moment of Truth for FHFA ChiefWatt's Up: MBA Speech a Moment of Truth for FHFA Chief

HousingWire staffer Trey Garrison reports that it’s likely that Federal Housing... Read more

Mortgage Rate Dive Sparks Refi SurgeMortgage Rate Dive Sparks Refi Surge

Zillow research analyst Aaron Terrazas looks at the correlation between recent interest rate declines and the new burst of applications to refinance mortgages--an effect not expected by many industry experts who believed most refis were done when rates hit lows a year ago. Read more

A New Environment for Mortgage Servicers

CoreLogic analyst Stuart Quinn looks at the first settlement under new rules for mortgage servicers, which occurred last month and provides some insight into how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be enforcing these rules and the penalties that accompany them. Read more

FHFA Talks a Good Game on Credit Access; But Will Lenders Take More Risk?FHFA Talks a Good Game on Credit Access; But Will Lenders Take...

Bloomberg/ BusinessWeek staffer Clea Benson reported Friday that Fannie Mae,... Read more

What Counts for Credit?What Counts for Credit?

HousingWire staffer Brena Swanson reports that according to new data from TransUnion, a significant number of Americans are confused when it comes to what does and does not get reported to national credit bureaus. Read more

Refi-Mania Kicks in as Rates Hug Historic LowsRefi-Mania Kicks in as Rates Hug Historic Lows

The drop in mortgage rates below 4% has cut into Debra Shultz’s sleep. The New... Read more

The Mortgage Credit SpigotThe Mortgage Credit Spigot

CoreLogic analyst Mark Fleming comments on the company's Housing Credit Index (HCI... Read more

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