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Mortgage Rates Near Long-Term Lows After Fed Minutes
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:46:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates finally broke from their recent "back-and-forth" pattern of the past 7 business days and moved lower for the 2nd day in a row . Although today's big-ticket event for financial markets was the 2pm release o..[read more]

UI Addresses Disparity in Minority Homeownership Rates
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:45:30 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireThe gap in homeownership rates between white Americans and racial and ethnic minorities has persisted for years with the largest gap among black families. All demographic groups have seen their rates decline from the 2004 peak,..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Closer Look at Precedents For The Next Big Move
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:18:12 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryYesterday, I mentioned that it was rare to see short-term momentum technicals consolidate in the center of their "overbought vs oversold" range. This refers to a fast stochastic oscillator--one of many ways that traders apply..[read more]

Digital, Pricing Products; Retail Digital/Program News, loanDepot's Smartloan
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:24:54 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressWatch out for spam emails asking for your phone number. Seems like they are trying to get past the two-factor authentication that sends a six-digit code to cell phones. And please watch out for rogue capital markets people in..[read more]

Mortgage Application Volume Makes a Return to Positive Territory
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:14:54 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireThe Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said mortgage application volume rose for the first time in five weeks during the week ended February 7. MBA's Market Composite Index, a measure of that volume, increased 3.6 percent on a ..[read more]

MBS RECAP: The Range May Be Breaking...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:17:56 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryThe range may be breaking! Well, one of the ranges we've been tracking may be breaking, as long as tomorrow sees bond markets hold the gains they saw today. Unfortunately, if that happens, it won't really mean that mu..[read more]

Mortgage Rates Sticking Close to Long-Term Lows
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:47:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates fell modestly today, making it the 7th straight business day where they've moved in the opposite direction from the previous day. This see-saw pattern is commonly seen during periods of consolidation in th..[read more]

Low Rates and Strong Jobs Numbers Bolster Builder Confidence
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:33:41 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireThe Housing Market Index (HMI) continues to recover from the plunge it took in November and December when it dropped an aggregate of 12 points. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo measure of builder con..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Trading Range on Borrowed Time
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:12:35 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryFor all of the potential market movers that anyone can discuss so far in 2019, we really haven't seen any concerted effort to take yields higher or lower from key technical levels. The higher of those levels was implied b..[read more]

Marketing, Training Products; Another Wholesaler Exits; Conforming News
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:53:45 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireWhere’s John Mellencamp when you need him ? Lenders in rural areas know that over half of U.S. farm households lost money farming in the past few years. In 2018, the median (half above, half below) farm income for U.S. fa..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Deceptively Relevant Econ Data But Range Prevails
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:43:04 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentarySince Retail Sales rocked markets yesterday, perhaps bonds would be interested in responding to economic data again today? This question seemed to have been answered when bonds apparently jumped following this morning's 8..[read more]

"Homeowners are in Great Shape," Delinquencies Improve Across the Board
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:13:11 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireMortgage loan delinquencies were down from the third quarter of 2018 in the fourth quarter. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said the improvements held across all loan types and all stages of delinquency although there wa..[read more]

Mortgage Rates in a Holding Pattern
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:01:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates were slightly higher today, marking the 6th day in a row where they've reversed course versus the previous day. This is the sort of behavior we see when underlying financial markets are having a hard time ..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Range Trade Likely to Dominate Heading Into Holiday Weekend
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:53:39 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryRates were at long term highs in early November 2019. Several global economic risks were beginning to swirl at the same time. These included a slowdown in German GDP, the weakest Chinese retail sales in 15 years, Italian budg..[read more]

GSEs Continue Financial Winning Streaks
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:42:27 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireFreddie Mac and Fannie Mae (the GSEs) reported solid financial results for both the fourth quarter and the entirety of the 2018 fiscal year on Thursday. The annual income was higher for both GSEs , although each posted a decrea..[read more]

Sales Jobs; Construction, Marketing Products; Impressive Agency Earnings
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:04:20 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressHuh? Radian was recently in takeover talks ? I only know what I read in the newspapers! Sometimes I wonder if everyone isn’t in M&A talks to one degree or another, and rumors continue to swirl about a publicly-held bank..[read more]

Fewer Plan to Buy, But Others Aren't Giving Up
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:19:47 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireThe perceptions, expectations, and plans of prospective homebuyers appear to be undergoing a transition according to results from the most recent Housing Trends survey report from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)..[read more]

Mortgage Bankers Estimate 29% Surge in New Home Sales
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:22:31 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireWhile we have not yet seen figures from the Census Bureau for December let alone January, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is reporting a surge in new home sales last month. Information from MBA's Builder Application Surv..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Dormant Data Returns in a Big Way
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:18:45 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryOf all the reports silenced by the government shutdown, Retail Sales was probably the most missed. It didn't help that December is a rather important month for such data. December's report finally arrived today, and i..[read more]

Rates Are Better Today, But Not Back to 1-Year Lows
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:43:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates recovered today after rising to the highest levels in a week as of yesterday. The improvement followed a much-weaker-than-expected Retail Sales report--something investors have been waiting on for nearly 2..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Retail Sales is Back! Will Traders Pretend Nothing Changed?
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:31:55 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryPerhaps it wasn't their fault, but several top tier economic reports up and left us during the government shutdown. We knew we'd see them again at some point, but in the meantime, we had to adapt to gleaning economic ..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Bonds Lose Ground on Shutdown Deal Hopes and Inflation Data
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:18:42 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryAt first glance, this morning's weakness was all about the Consumer Price Index (CPI)--the most widely-followed inflation report. In order to make a case for CPI causing the weakness, we'd have to assert that a core y..[read more]

Highest Mortgage Rates in a Week After Today's Move
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:41:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates hadn't changed much over the past few business days, even though they arguably should have moved a bit higher yesterday. That made today's adjustment slightly more abrupt. Why was there an adjustment? Mort..[read more]

NAHB Takes a Detailed Look at First-Time and Trade-up Buyers
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:40:49 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireA total of 8.8 million households bought homes in the two years preceding the most recent American Housing Survey (AHS). The survey, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is conducted by the Census Burea..[read more]

Marketing Products; Lender Legal News; OB's Index, Flood Insurance, Ditech's Ch. 11
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:17:27 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressAmazon accounts for nearly 50% of the ecommerce activity in the United States. With that kind of delivery service, it isn’t hard to see why malls are suffering. Which is why, all across the nation, malls are being re-de..[read more]

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