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What Shifts in Forbearance Rates Mean

Loans reportedly are evading forbearance, according to the most recent Forbearance and Call Volume Survey, which showed that the total number of loans currently in forbearance toppled from 5.54% of servicers' portfolio volume in the prior week to 5.48% as ...

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Fannie Mae Upgrades Predictions for 2021 Housing Market, Economy

Many factors have contributed to Fannie Mae’s updated prediction for end-of-year and 2021 growth. Stronger-than-expected data coming in, positive vaccine developments, and increased talks of additional stimulus have helped keep the economy moving ahead. Originally forecasted at negative 2.5%, full-year ...

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Possible Solutions for Borrowers Unable to Make Payments

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Based on its recent research and panel discussions, the Urban Institute on Friday published "Three Ways to Help 3.2 Million Struggling Homeowners." The Institute has discovered that while some 3.7 million homeowners, as of November, had resumed mortgage payments and ...

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Rental Investors Take Interest in Tiny Homes

Tiny houses are not new, but COVID-19 and resultant lifestyle changes are making the movement more popular, according to IPX1031, a Fidelity National Financial Company blog, which conducted a survey of 2,000 Americans to understand how likely they would be ...

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CFPB Finalizes Two QM Mortgage Loan Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued two final rules related to qualified mortgage (QM) loans. The first final rule, the General QM Final Rule, replaces the current requirement for General QM loans that the consumer’s debt-to-income ratio (DTI) ...

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AMDC Member Company Recognized With Diversity Award

Seven mortgage bankers are being recognized as leaders in inclusion and diversity efforts. Yearly, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) spotlights companies that are outstanding in areas of organizational diversity and inclusion-and-outreach strategies. Five Star Global's American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) ...

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Strong Price Growth Creates Record-Level Property Equity

It seems COVID-19 and its economic toll hasn’t managed to crimp the housing industry as home prices parachute unabated and home equity grows, according to a report from CoreLogic.com. Between Q3 2019 and Q3 2020, cumulative equity gains hit $1 trillion, ...

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Reasons for Optimism Despite Increased Delinquencies


CoreLogic releases monthly reports on delinquencies and loan performance for U.S. mortgages. The company on Tuesday published data covering September 2020, which show that, nationwide, 6.3% of mortgages are 30-plus days past due. Numbers reported in CoreLogic's Loan Performance Insights, ...

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