Morning Roundup (4/26/2022)– Housing Bubble: Clickbait Or Is There A Bumpy Ride Ahead? 

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, April 26. The Biden administration established a program that allows Americans to sponsor Ukrainian refugees. A New York judge held Donald Trump in contempt for refusing to turn over documents. The Boston Celtics eliminated the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the N.B.A. playoffs. The Mortgage Note Reports Housing Bubble: Clickbait Or Is There A Bumpy Ride Ahead? Chuck Green reports trouble could be percolating in the U.S. housing market. loanDepot Shakeup: loanDepot has named Anthony Hsieh as its new Executive Chairman, while industry leader Frank Martell joins as President and CEO. Builder Profits: Builder gross profit margins fell to 18.2% in 2020, while net profits slipped to 7%, the first profit margin decline since 2008. And in other mortgage and housing news… Set To Stall: …

Morning Roundup (4/25/2022)– Real House Prices, Rate Hike Impact

Good Morning! Today is Monday, April 25. Emmanuel Macron, the incumbent president of France, won re-election over Marine Le Pen. A man died after setting himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court to protest climate change. Wildfires in Arizona, Nebraska, and New Mexico have killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of structures. The Mortgage Note Reports Rocket Mortgage Works to End Digital Divide In Detroit: Editor Kimberley Haas reports that leaders at the company have been working with local officials who say there is still much work to be done. Real House Prices: FirstAm’s Real House Price Index jumped up by nearly 31% in February, the fastest growth in the more than 30-year history of the series. Rate Hike Impact: Nathaniel Drake of Fannie’s…

Morning Roundup (4/21/2022)– Monthly Payments Up, Home Sales Down

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, April 21. Russia test-launched a new intercontinental missile that it said could carry several nuclear warheads. The federal government charged 21 people in Medicare fraud schemes, including selling fake vaccine cards and test results. The Mortgage Note Reports “Plenty Of Fuel In The Tank”: Monthly mortgage payments on the typical U.S. home are 19.5% higher than they were three months ago, but demand just keeps growing. Existing Home Sales: Existing-home sales fell for the second straight month in March, down 2.7% from the prior month and 4.5% from a year ago.  And in other mortgage and housing news… Blend Layoffs: Mortgage tech company Blend has laid off 10% of its workforce. BOA Settlement: HUD signed a Conciliation Agreement with Bank of America to resolve…

Morning Roundup (4/20/2022)– Customers For Life, Application Freefall

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, April 20. Wimbledon is planning to bar tennis players from Russia and Belarus from this year’s tournament. President Biden said Americans should decide for themselves whether to wear masks on public transportation. Netflix lost subscribers for the first time in more than a decade, and its stock fell. The Mortgage Note Reports A Customer For Life: Editor Kimberley Haas reports that Guild Mortgage’s success is the result of their long-term dedication to customers. Application Freefall: Mortgage loan application volume plummeted by 5% last week as rates reached 5.20%, their highest level since 2010. Rent Record: Rent prices continued their double-digit gains in February, rising 13.1% YOY to hit another new record as the highest in the history of CoreLogic’s index. And…

Morning Roundup (4/19/2022)– Retirees Affected By High Housing Costs, CHLA Letter

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, April 19. A federal judge struck down the mask mandate on public transit, although the ruling may not be final. Florida rejected more than 40 math textbooks that contained social and emotional concepts. The F.D.A. is investigating reports that thousands of people became ill after eating Lucky Charms. The Mortgage Note Reports Retirees Affected By Inflation, High Housing Costs: Scott Kimbler reports that every facet of the economy is affected and that has put many people in the position of having to rethink their retirement plans. CHLA Letter: CHLA sent a letter to the FHFA asking it to amend its proposed updated seller and servicer standards, citing the risk of “significant negative real-world consequences to consumers.” Zabusky Joins Houwzer: Former GrubHub President…

Morning Roundup (4/16/2022)– Empty Desks Becoming More Common In The Mortgage Industry

Good Morning! Today is Monday, April 18. Russia is headed toward a default on its foreign debt for the first time since 1918. The World Health Organization estimates that fifteen million people have died of Covid. Police arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting Saturday at a Columbia, S.C., shopping mall that left 14 people injured. The Mortgage Note Reports Job Cuts: Writer Chuck Green reports that empty desks are apparently not so uncommon these days in the mortgage industry. Record HPI Annual Pace: Fannie Mae’s HPI accelerated in Q1 2022 to its fastest annual pace in the 47-year history of the index, measuring 20% YOY. Eco-Friendly Homes:A Zillow analysis found that homes with eco-friendly features can sell faster…

Morning Roundup (4/15/2022)– Home Sales Offer “Early Signs Of A Slowdown”

Good Morning! Today is Friday, April 15. A judge ordered the suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting to be detained until his trial. Elon Musk made a bid to buy Twitter for about $43 billion. The company’s board is considering a plan to thwart him. A Russian warship sank in the Black Sea. The Mortgage Note Reports “Early Signs Of A Slowdown”: Home sales dropped by 4% last month and 8% YOY, closing out the hottest March ever with signs of a potential cooldown. Historic Rates: Mortgage rates averaged 5% for the first time in a decade last week. Spread The Word: Do you enjoy our newsletter? Share this email with a friend so they can visit our website and…

Morning Roundup (4/14/2022)– Tech-Based Solutions For Racial Discrimination

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, April 14. The U.S. will send another $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, and it will share intelligence on Russian troop positions. Two Omicron subvariants may be driving rising cases in New York State. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the federal mask mandate on planes and other forms of transit for two weeks. The Mortgage Note Reports Loan Apps Fall: Mortgage loan application volume fell another 1.3% last week as rates hit 5.13%, their highest level since November 2018. PCR Model: Commercial price growth may continue rising as property values may not yet have reached their cyclical peak, according to First American’s PCR Model. Opinion: Kevin B. Kimble, founder and CEO…

Morning Roundup (4/13/2022)– Delinquencies Drop To Lowest Rate Since 1999

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, April 13. New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin was indicted on public corruption charges stemming from an alleged bribery scheme. Police named a “person of interest” related to the attack on a subway train in Brooklyn that left at least 23 people injured. The Mortgage Note Reports New Delinquency Low: Delinquencies dropped again in January to their lowest rate since at least January 1999 thanks to home price appreciation and the strong jobs market. Open Mortgage CCO: Open Mortgage has appointed Andrea Easter to be its first Chief Compliance Officer. And in other mortgage and housing news… PPI Report: The producer price index rose 1.4% in March and 11.2% from a year ago, both records…

Morning Roundup (4/12/2022)– Fast 15 Guarantee, Mortgage Monitor

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, April 12. After meeting with Vladimir Putin, Austria’s chancellor said he feared Russia would intensify the brutality of its attacks. U.S. stocks fell Monday as Covid-19 lockdowns in China added to investors’ worries. Thirteen people have been transported to area hospitals after a shooting at a Brooklyn subway station. The Mortgage Note Reports Fast 15 Guarantee: Rocket Pro TPO is promising to clear eligible loans in no more than 15 business days and leaders there say they are able to guarantee these closing times because of the company’s investment in technology. Editor Kimberley Haas reports. Mortgage Monitor: Rate lock activity rose 19.1% month-over-month in March as homeowners move before interest rates rise further. IMB Profits…