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  • Fri, Apr 17 2015
  • 5:06 PM » Fannie-Freddie Overseer to Make Small Changes in Mortgage Fees
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 5:06 PM by Bloomberg
    Fannie-Freddie Overseer to Make Small Changes in Mortgage Fees Bloomberg The U.S. regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has released adjustments for fees the companies charge to guarantee mortgages that will keep costs largely the same for most borrowers. Borrowers with weaker credit will pay slightly lower fees, while most ... and more »
  • 4:35 PM » Loan-Level Price Adjustment Changes -Fannie
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 4:35 PM by Fannie Mae
    This document provides the LLPAs applicable to loans delivered to Fannie Mae and provides details of the Adverse Market Delivery Charge (AMDC). LLPAs are assessed based upon certain eligibility or other loan features, such as credit score, loan purpose, occupancy, number of units, product type, etc. Special feature codes (SFCs) that are required when delivering loans with these features are listed next to the applicable LLPAs. Not all loans will be eligible for the features described in this Matrix and unless otherwise noted, FHA, VA, Rural Development (RD) Section 502 Mortgages, HUD Section 184 Mortgages, and matured balloon mortgages (refinanced or modified, per Servicing Guide requirements) redelivered as fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) are excluded from these LLPAs. Refer to the Selling Guide, Eligibility Matrix, and your contracts with Fannie Mae to determine loan eligibility.
  • 2:57 PM » Pulte: M&A activity buying opportunity in housing
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 2:57 PM by CNBC
    Pulte Capital Partners CEO likes this housing trade.
  • 11:36 AM » Second-home real estate play is hot-for now
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 11:36 AM by CNBC
    With interest rates projected to rise and inventory tight, the window for purchasing a second home at an affordable price may be starting to close.
  • 11:27 AM » By One Measure, Wages for Most U.S. Workers Peaked in 1972
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 11:27 AM by WSJ
    By one measure, wages for most U.S. workers peaked in the early 1970s.
  • 10:30 AM » A hot real estate run about to end
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 10:30 AM by CNBC
    With interest rates projected to rise and inventory tight, the window for purchasing a second home may be closing.
  • 10:30 AM » U.S. consumer sentiment rises in April
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 10:30 AM by Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose more than expected in April, a survey released on Friday showed.
  • 8:43 AM » Gasoline, shelter costs lift U.S. consumer prices
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 8:43 AM by Reuters
    Washington - U.S. consumer prices rose for a second straight month in March as the cost of gasoline and shelter increased, signs of some inflation that should keep the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates this year.
  • 12:53 AM » Take A Broader View to Better Understand the New-Home Market
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 12:53 AM by WSJ
    The Commerce Department's monthly figures on the new-home market typically come with a lot of noise. Its latest report Thursday on March home starts was no exception.
  • 12:53 AM » The standoff between Germany and Greece goes on full display in Washington
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 12:53 AM by Washington Post
    Before heading to the White House for a celebration of Greek independence hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden, the Greek finance minister spent much of the day in talks that underlined how dependent his country's ailing economy is on the rest of Europe.Read full article >>
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    Source: Washington Post
  • 12:53 AM » Apartment Market Conditions Tighter in April Survey
    Published Fri, Apr 17 2015 12:53 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    From the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC): Apartment Markets Expand in April NMHC Quarterly Survey All four indexes landed above the breakeven level of 50 in the April National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions . "The song remains the same-the apartment markets are not only strong but getting stronger," said Mark Obrinsky, NMHC's SVP of Research and Chief Economist. "Despite occasional predictions to the contrary, markets keep getting tighter. As new construction increases, so do absorptions, indicating the demand for apartments is not yet close to being sated ." The Market Tightness Index increased by 7 points from last quarter (and by 2 points from a year earlier) to 58 . Thirty-one percent of respondents reported tighter conditions than three months ago. This now marks the fifth consecutive quarter where the index indicates overall improving conditions. emphasis added Click on graph for larger image. This graph shows the quarterly Apartment Tightness Index. Any reading above 50 indicates tighter conditions from the previous quarter. This indicates market conditions were tighter over the last quarter. As I've mentioned before, this index helped me call the bottom for effective rents (and the top for the vacancy rate) early in 2010.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
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