Morning Roundup (8/2/2023) — Wells Fargo Bouncing Back

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WF Bouncing Back: Wells Fargo is beating Wall Street earnings estimates, a sign that the troubled bank may be on the road to recovery. Writer Scott Kimbler has the story.

Turning Tide: Mortgage applications slipped again last week as rates edged closer to 7%, with purchase apps falling to their lowest level since the beginning of June.

USDA Approves CBC: CBC Mortgage Agency has been approved to offer USDA loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers in rural areas.

TMN Presents: The Mortgage Meltdown Meter, a collection of articles from the market correction, updated daily. Click here to stay on top of the changing landscape.

In other mortgage and housing news…

Working Together: Rivals Zillow and Redfin have joined forces to share new construction, with homebuilders’ listings now appearing automatically on both sites.

Foreign Money’s Out: The number of existing homes bought by international buyers in 2022 declined to 84,600, the fewest since 2009, thanks to low inventory and high costs.

Multifamily Lending Down: Multifamily borrowing was strong in 2022 until Q3 when rising rates and general uncertainty led to a lending dropoff that’s continuing today.

Company News: MMI acquired mortgage marketing platform Bonzo; Sherry Riano and Stephen Votino will open a series of Clear Mortgage branches; fintech Stavvy acquired servicing tech company Brace.

Bad Behavior: A Canadian real estate agent has been fined $15k for drinking a homeowner’s milk straight out of the carton during a showing.