Tue, Jan 13 2015, 10:47 AM
didn't make it to the gym again today. That makes five years in a row."
Speaking of streaks, ""Even if you played 60 million hands of poker for...
Mon, Jan 12 2015, 10:28 AM
everyone is wild about the FHFA (which oversees Freddie & Fannie)
joining the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Last week the MBA submitted
Fri, Jan 9 2015, 10:34 AM
guess it is a "new" economy? Coca-Cola has announced plans to lay off
about 1,800 employees globally, in an effort to cut costs by roughly US
Thu, Jan 8 2015, 10:22 AM
to Allan Landon, the former CEO of Bank of Hawaii Corp. President
Barack Obama plans to nominate him to be a Federal Reserve governor
Wed, Jan 7 2015, 9:56 AM
of LOs and lenders rely on the FHA's programs for their livelihood.
(FHA loans account for about 10% of all applications, VA 11%, USDA 1%.)...
Tue, Jan 6 2015, 10:44 AM
I'm hooked on watching Buying Alaska, but heck it could be Buying Bismarck, ND for
all I care; there's just something interesting about looking at ...
Mon, Jan 5 2015, 10:44 AM
first five days after the weekend are the toughest." And after two
holiday weeks, this week is going to seem pretty long. And how the heck
Fri, Jan 2 2015, 10:27 AM
The U.S. Census Bureau projected the United States population to be 320.1 million as of yesterday.
(And no, not all of them contribute to NAR.) Th...
Wed, Dec 31 2014, 10:55 AM
follow this kind of thing note that 32% of adults lived with someone
other than a spouse or partner in 2012 vs. only 26% in 2000. From a...
Tue, Dec 30 2014, 10:45 AM
are carefully watching the impact of falling oil prices on the Texas
(and other oil states) economy. For single adults making the feder...
Mon, Dec 29 2014, 2:56 PM
spite of the holidays notes and letters continued to come in, and
covered a number of topics including influencing appraisers, how
Fri, Dec 26 2014, 8:51 AM
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's statistics on population, between
July 1st, 2013 and July 1st, 2014 an average of 803 new residents were add...
Wed, Dec 24 2014, 10:27 AM
you may have guessed, there is no logical correlation between whether
there is snow in Boston on Christmas and the performance of the stock
Tue, Dec 23 2014, 10:34 AM
Let's talk about the $26 billion in equity gain
in Colorado in 2014 - Rocky Mountain High! What are not gaining are the
stock prices of non-ban...
Mon, Dec 22 2014, 10:47 AM
Christmas-time, and we are all seeing plenty of logos out there. Those
graphic design people are pretty clever, and plenty of logos have hid...
Fri, Dec 19 2014, 10:54 AM
brain can't keep track of all the statistics coming out of lending. But
you won't find many people who will argue that real estate & credit
Thu, Dec 18 2014, 10:15 AM
"Congress extends Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act "
- hey, that's good news, right? In fact the Senate approved a bill that
would retroactively ext...
Wed, Dec 17 2014, 10:53 AM
folks who like paper and documentation, in 2015 nearby Iowa (I am in
Kansas for a few days) will become the first state to offer an official
Tue, Dec 16 2014, 10:44 AM
things in a different way works very well in marketing as well. Carol
Kimball sent along something for Realtors out there: selling a ho...
Mon, Dec 15 2014, 10:43 AM
"What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day." Here are a few tips on how to avoid that. And avoiding mortga...
Fri, Dec 12 2014, 10:43 AM
can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands. If they are
holding a gun, she's probably ticked-off." Here's another observation,
Thu, Dec 11 2014, 10:58 AM
means that I can rest easy at night knowing that all the people I
treated badly had it coming." But there is also good karma, and the MBA
Wed, Dec 10 2014, 10:32 AM
Churchill said, "There are a terrible lot of lies going around the
world, and the worst of it is half of them are true." Figures don't lie...
Tue, Dec 9 2014, 10:45 AM
one wants to see their companies and future employment batted around in
the press, but perhaps our brethren and Freddie and Fannie are
Mon, Dec 8 2014, 10:57 AM
who have all their retirement money tied up in Ocwen shares hope that
they don't go the way of Lehman Brothers, PNC, Countrywide, WAMU, and ...
Fri, Dec 5 2014, 10:54 AM
at the MBA's IMB conference, besides folks talking about Chase
correspondent pricing through the market, wondering if 4:1 is the magic...
Thu, Dec 4 2014, 12:59 PM
Genworth U.S. Mortgage Insurance recently released its survey
that was conducted at the MBA conference in Las Vegas in October of
over 300 indu...
Wed, Dec 3 2014, 9:54 AM
plenty of texts flying around regarding the MBA's conference in San
Diego that starts today and thus the early commentary, here is an
Mon, Dec 1 2014, 9:32 AM
I still own a typewriter. But Discover Home Loans conducted a national survey of more than 1,000 recent homebuyers and found that most homebuyers b...
Fri, Nov 28 2014, 10:41 AM
a deviation from the topic of millennials living at home, since the
industry seems so focused on the behavior of this group (just like we
Wed, Nov 26 2014, 9:38 AM
Thanksgiving around the corner, here's some conversation fodder.
Thanksgiving became a national holiday 151 years ago when President
Tue, Nov 25 2014, 10:20 AM
next story reminds me of the husband who was asked by his wife (who
invited the guests, cleaned the house, did the shopping, made the
Mon, Nov 24 2014, 10:34 AM
If you're looking for next investment property, the nearest "college town" may serve you well. According to research from Clear Capital ,
out of ...
Fri, Nov 21 2014, 10:44 AM
In New York, the New York Mortgage Bankers Association's website
is now live. The group is functioning and has already had meetings with
Thu, Nov 20 2014, 10:54 AM
those of you who'd rather watch a video than read the written word, the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which knows a thing or
Wed, Nov 19 2014, 10:56 AM
Seattle's Zillow has published good news for the real estate industry . Its report
regarding hidden households and future housing activity indica...
Tue, Nov 18 2014, 10:42 AM
Recently the commentary noted, "Maybe we should start at the grade school level and teach kids about money .
How to make a budget, manage debt, sav...
Mon, Nov 17 2014, 10:32 AM
This week I will spend time in California, Colorado, and Kansas,
and expect to hear from many folks about the state of the industry.
Fri, Nov 14 2014, 10:34 AM
Regardless of if you're a bank or not a bank, the decision to service loans is not one to be taken lightly. Regulators are drafting rules to
Thu, Nov 13 2014, 9:53 AM
amount of single young adults who are fully employed has increased from
25% in 1976 to 40% in 2013. But married young adults where both spouse...
Wed, Nov 12 2014, 10:29 AM
Many company's doc drawers and funders are coming back to work after Veteran's Day and realizing that there are only 18 funding days in November.
Mon, Nov 10 2014, 11:13 AM
The fun just doesn't end. Not only is a CFPB penalty against a lender rumored to be announced soon, but now we have the Rolling Stone doing a story ...
Fri, Nov 7 2014, 10:34 AM
Lots of folks
are going crazy over the avalanche of rules and regulations that are
increasing the cost of every mortgage made in the United States...
Thu, Nov 6 2014, 10:54 AM
week I have the privilege of spending a little time in Murfreesboro, TN
(with First Community Mortgage) and a few days ago in Salt Lake City ...
Wed, Nov 5 2014, 10:40 AM
you don't think that the gap between the haves and have-nots is
widening, Forbes reports about 50% of global wealth is controlled by 1%
Tue, Nov 4 2014, 10:55 AM
is Election Day (with a suitable joke below) and I am visiting Salt
Lake City. A recent report indicates that Utah ranked higher than the
Mon, Nov 3 2014, 11:31 AM
understand that we are acutely aware of the challenges created for
homebuyers, lenders and realtors when we are unable to meet desired
Fri, Oct 31 2014, 11:03 AM
Gaps of all kinds are widening out, and they are impacting business. In a story about " New Homes' Problem: Price " the
gap between the more exp...
Thu, Oct 30 2014, 11:19 AM
mortgage bankers gear up to see what the Shipping Department dresses up
as tomorrow, let's take a quick look at some demographics. There is now...
Wed, Oct 29 2014, 10:34 AM
You don't think things are changing? Apple announced it has signed up 500 more banks
in addition to the 6 largest US banks it announced during the l...