Morning Roundup (11/2/2021)– Forbearances Down, NY CRA Expanded To Nonbanks

Good Morning! Today is Election Day, 2021, Tuesday, November 2. Voters will elect governors in Virginia and New Jersey, and mayors in New York City, Boston, and Atlanta. Senator Joe Manchin said he would not support President Biden’s spending plan without “greater clarity” about its economic effects. World leaders at the climate summit in Scotland agreed to a deal to reverse deforestation by 2030.And in mortgage and housing news… Forbearances Drop To Lowest Rate Since March 2020: The volume of loans in forbearance dropped this week, with Fannie and Freddie seeing forborne loans dip below 1%. CRA Requirements For Nonbanks: Gov. New York expanded the state’s version of the Community Reinvestment Act to apply anti-redlining law to nonbank mortgage lenders.…

Morning Roundup (11/1/2021)– Rocket Partners With Salesforce, New Construction Prices Out Most Americans

Good Morning! Today is Monday, November 1. World leaders are gathering in Glasgow for a climate summit. American Airlines scrubbed more than 1,900 flights over the weekend, the latest in a series of cancellations to disrupt travelers’ plans. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for Covid-19. And in mortgage and housing news… Rocket Mortgage Partners With Salesforce: Rocket Mortgage announced a new partnership with Salesforce in a bid to expand its market share. 60% Of Households Priced Out Of New Construction: Prices for newly-constructed homes outpaced median income, pricing out most Americans, according to a study from real estate tech firm Knock. Haunting History: Halloween may be over, but it’s never a bad time to find out how many …

Morning Roundup (10/29/2021)– Zombie Properties Down, Forbearances Rise

Good Morning! Today is Friday, October 29. Congressional Democrats failed to get enough votes to pass the basic infrastructure bill on Thursday as President Biden requested. Andrew Cuomo was charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, forcible touching. Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta, a reference to the online “metaverse.” And in mortgage and housing news… Black Knight: The number of loans in forbearance rose marginally this week, while forbearance starts ticked up. “They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara”: A new report from ATTOM shows a drop in the number of vacant “zombie” properties, but suggests increases to come. Pending Home Sales Down: Pending home sales fell in September, down in every region both year-over-year and month-over-month. Americans Priced Out: …

Morning Roundup (10/28/2021)– Interest Rates Rise, Fraud Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, October 28. The Biden White House announced a framework for the $1.75 trillion in social spending known as “Build Back Better.” Iran said it would rejoin negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. The Taliban have allowed some teenaged girls to go back to school. A study found that a cheap anti-depressant may reduce the chance of hospitalization for those with Covid-19. And in mortgage and housing news… Freddie Mac: Interest rates rose again this week, reaching 3.14%. Fraud On The Rise: Mortgage fraud is back up to pre-pandemic levels as low-risk refinances lose favor and purchase applications tick up. Pace of Home Sales Picking Up: One-third of houses sold in the last four weeks…

Morning Roundup (10/27/2021)– Refis At Lowest Point Since Jan 2020, Home Prices Up 18.5% YOY

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, October 27. The nor’easter battering the East Coast has left 400,000 without power in Massachusetts. Progressive Democrats proposed a plan to tax the unrealized capital gains of the super-wealthy. Atlanta beat Houston 6-2 in the first game of the World Series. And in mortgage and housing news… MBA: Mortgage applications rose slightly from last week, but refis dropped to their lowest point since January 2020. FHFA Housing Index: FHFA’s House Price Index reported a 1% increase in house prices from last month and an 18.5% increase year-over-year. Maxwell Makes More: Digital mortgage platform Maxwell has raised another $52.5 million in funding, backed by Wells Fargo. First American RHPI: First American’s Real House Price Index shows…

Morning Roundup (10/26/2021)– Forbearances Slow, Summer Warns Of Housing Inflation

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, October 26. Two were killed and five injured in a mall shooting in Boise, Idaho. Minneapolis residents will vote on whether to replace their police department with an agency focused on “public health.” A record-breaking storm hit California ahead of the Northeast’s first nor’easter, which is expected to cause flooding. And in mortgage and housing news… Forbearance Exits Slow: The number of loans in forbearance fell to 2.21% this week, cooling after two weeks of high exit rates, MBA reports. Summers Storms: Larry Summers warns “housing inflation is almost certain to soar,” says Biden admin underestimating inflation risks. CRA In NY: New York State may approve a bill that expands the requirements of the state community…

Morning Roundup (10/25/2021)– Delinquencies Down To Lowest Levels In 18 Months, Inflation To Impact Rates

Good Morning! Today is Monday, October 25. FDA regulators said vaccine benefits outweigh risks in children aged 5 through 11, and an emergency authorization could come next week. Set workers on “Rust” warned of unsafe working conditions days before the film’s cinematographer was fatally shot. The Houston Astros will play the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. And in mortgage and housing news… “If You Haven’t Re-fi’d, Do So Now”: A growing consensus among housing and banking analysts is that the real force impacting mortgage rates in the coming months will be inflation. Black Knight First Look: Delinquencies, active foreclosures, and foreclosure starts all dropped to serious lows in September, Black Knight’s “first look” report shows. DOJ To Address Redlining: Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a DOJ…

Morning Roundup (10/22/2021)– “Lull” In Forbearance Drops, Eviction “Tsunami” Still Elusive

Good Morning! Today is Friday, October 22. The CDC endorsed a “mix and match” strategy for distributing Covid-19 vaccine boosters. President Biden said he was open to ending the filibuster in order to pass bills on the debt limit and voting rights. A woman was killed on a Western film set when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun. And in mortgage and housing news… Black Knight: The number of loans in active forbearance fell 0.6% since last Tuesday, entering an expected, mid-month period of “lull”. “Eviction Tsunami” Still Elusive: As federal protections ended, housing activists warned a “tsunami” of evictions would follow. Where is it? Counties Face Pandemic Damage: Some housing markets at the county level are still susceptible to damage from the pandemic, according to a new report from…

Morning Roundup (10/21/2021)– Rates Climb, MBA Warns Of “Aggressive” Regulation

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, October 21. U.S. unemployment claims fall to a new pandemic low of 290,000. The gunman in the Parkland school shooting pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder. Donald Trump is launching a new social media platform, TRUTH Social. And in mortgage and housing news… Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates continued climbing, hitting 3.09% over the past week, Freddie Mac reported. “In Front Of Every Fight”: MBA President and CEO Bob Broeksmit said that “aggressive” federal regulation is back but that the MBA would fight tax hikes on mortgage servicing. Advocates Rally For “Robust” Spending: Housing stakeholders gathered at the capitol to call for the budget reconciliation package being negotiated in Congress to substantially represent housing.  Runaway Demand: …

Morning Roundup (10/20/2021)– Applications, Refis Tank

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, October 20. The White House announced a plan to vaccinate 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11. Kidnappers in Haiti are demanding $1 million per person for 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group. Southwest Airlines has dropped its plan to put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave starting in December. And in mortgage and housing news… Applications Down: Mortgage loan application volume fell 6.3% last week while refis hit their lowest level since July. Rocket Enhancements: Rocket Mortgage’s Rocket Pro TPO announced tech changes to help brokers grow and strengthen their businesses. Ex-UWM Exec Joins Scott Griffin: Scott Griffin Financial has announced that former UWM exec Judie Levitt has joined its senior…