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Last Updated Friday, June 03, 2005 08:43 AM CST

Washington Mutual Rumored To Be Interested In Homeside
National Australia Bank to write down $1.6 billion Homeside investment September 5
7th Monthly COFI Decline
Monthly data from FHLB San Francisco September 4
Triple 'A' Or Less

This week's residential mortgage ratings actions September 4
Opening the Door To Cut-Rate Closing Costs
Radian Lien Protection may reduce $800 title services cost to $275, and the appraisal cost of $400 to $50 using AVM September 1
Top Factors Consumers Use To Pick Lender

Results from American Express survey August 31
MCA Executives Charged With Fraud

Securities fraud case is largest in Michigan's history August 31
Refis Climb 70% Past 60 Days
Rates hold below seven percent August 31
How To Re-Finance With An Eye Toward Future Rates

In a market where rates may head lower it can pay to consider still-another refinancing even August 31
Murdered Mortgage Broker Involved In Scam

Las Vegas Ponzi scheme cost investors $4 - $6 million August 30
Double, Triple-Digit Increases for All Top Lenders
Top 2nd quarter lenders were Chase ($54 bil), Washington Mutual ($45.8 bil), Wells Fargo ($45.5 bil), Countrywide ($32.4 bil), and Bank of America ($26.2 bil) August 30
FBI Investigating Massive Mortgage Fraud Case In Spokane
$25,000,000+ In Property Value Vanished In Alleged Fraud August 29
Banks, Mortgage Firms Fail Online Privacy Test
Most financial-service Web sites fail to give users appropriate options for protecting the use of their personal financial information, according to nonprofit report August 29
100%-plus mortgages
U.S. Bancorp's new 'Homebuyer Helper' mortgages exceed home's value by 5% August 27
Major Fee Dispute Goes Forward In Court

Cost estimates of a class action judgment against Irwin Mortgage go as high as
$135 million August 27
Borrowers Should Act Now, Analysts Suggest

HSH VP says mortgage rates are near bottom or within 1/4% August 27
To Rate Or Not To Rate

This week's mortgage ratings actions August 27
False appraisals may inflate prices
Appraisers say their mission is in jeopardy and the risk to the market is great, because they're under pressure to raise prices as high as possible so brokers and lenders can make more and bigger loans and thus collect more fees August 26
Congress may mandate credit score disclosure
Mortgage industry experts estimate that between 350,000 and 400,000 applicants every year are overcharged when lenders incorrectly label them higher-risk, or sub-prime, because of their credit scores August 26
Frozen In Time
Rates, apps and outlook unchanged August 24
Low Doc Loans Reduce Borrower Headaches

A look at the varying degrees of documentation required for different programs August 24
Washington Mutual's Foul-Weather Friends
Washington Mutual is the eighth-largest banking company in the U.S. and is number 48 on the Forbes 500 August 23
Should Mortgage Borrowers Await Federal Reserve Rate Reductions?
The relationship between Fed cuts and mortgage rates August 22
Under Investigation
Freddie Mac to investigate serious allegations of loan origination improprieties and fraud
click here for Government Sponsored Enterprise news section August 22
Appraisers Seek Change In Washington, Bigger Role In Home Sales
Realtors now support federal legislative language prohibiting lenders and mortgage brokers from influencing appraisers' residential valuations August 22
U.S. 2001 mortgage supply seen hitting $1.7 trillion
Sanford C. Berstein analyst makes upward revisions to estimates August 22
Cashouts Rise
Freddie study indicates 57% of refis include cashout August 21
Is A "Re-Refi" Boom On The Horizon?
Fannie Mae economist says she wouldn't be surprised if refi volume jumped up again in a short burst in the coming few weeks August 20
Time For Action

Recent mortgage industry ratings actions August 20
Recent ruling on YSPs
Decision would force them to stop offering YSPs through most brokers in the future August 20
Ten Biggest Loan Servicers Hit 50% Share
Top-ranked 2nd quarter servicers: Washington Mutual ($469 billion); Wells Fargo ($462 billion); Chase ($338 billion); Bank of America ($338 billion); Countrywide ($306 billion); HomeSide ($187 billion); and GMAC Mortgage ($178 billion) August 20
High fees at closing may be perfectly legal
A federal appellate court has given the green light to title companies and mortgage lenders to up-charge home buyers and refinancers without limit August 19
30-year Fixed Falls Below 7%
Applications dip August 17
Fee Fi Fo Fum, Why Lenders Have So Many Charges

A look at junk fees August 17
Mortgage Company Operator Sentenced
Southern California scam cost investors $7 million August 16
Does It Make Sense to Pay Points?
A look at how the cost of points compares to the interest rate benefit August 15
Loan Servicing Income Grew 18 Percent Last Year
This year's refinancing boom is churning portfolios and pushing down servicing income, which may dampen next year's results August 13

Recent mortgage industry ratings actions August 13
Is appraisal process skewing home values?
Some industry observers believe overly generous appraisals are inflating home values August 13
Procrastinators may mortgage their houses at lower rates
30-year fixed mortgage rates last week fell to 7.0% from a recent high of 7.2% in early July, and could go even lower next week, according to Freddie Mac August 13
Class of 2000 Borrowers Get Low Grades
Borrowers in 2000 are falling behind on their monthly payments at a higher rate than any comparable group in nearly a decade August 11
Refis Climb 4th Straight Week

Unchanged rates to continue August 10
Hello, Mr. Brokow?
Loan originators recognized only for the negative, not the good deeds August 8
Thank Goodness That Privacy Stuff is Over!
Brokers who treat GLB compliance as merely an obligation to hand out a notice are headed for trouble August 8
Fear Of Defaults
New loan products and underwriting exceptions have helped push the nation's homeownership rate to a record level, but those home loan trends of the last 10 years have never been tested in a weak economy August 7
Lenders Lose FHA Lending Authority
HUD takes action against 55 lenders
click here for the FHA/VA/HUD news section August 6
Fixed Rates Edge Down

Further drop predicted August 6
Am I Unfair to Mortgage Brokers?
Harvard Professor defends his criticism of brokers August 6
Unwary buyers contest commission to loan broker
U.S. District Court decision in McCrillis vs. WMC Mortgage Corp allowed payment of yield spread premiums August 5
PinnFund Fugitive Surrenders
Michael Fanghella surrenders to U.S. Marshals in San Diego
click here for subprime news section August 2
Hybrid Loans Offer Up-Front Discounts
Discussion about the details of Hybrid ARM's August 2
COFI Falls For 6th Consecutive Month
Monthly data from FHLB San Francisco August 1
Cop Kills Tucson Mortgage Broker, Self
Jealousy over suspected affair led detective to murder suicide July 31 (link revived 080201)
Refis Jump Again
Fixed rates dip July 30
Chase Sues Advanta

Chase said it sustained $67 million in damages as a result of Advanta's alleged actions July 30
Pay down debt or make a down payment?
Housing expense ratio versus total expense ratio July 30
Consumer Lending Props Up Bank Profits
Mortgage lending business is expected to slow next year, particularly if interest and mortgage rates remain at current levels or ratchet up slightly July 29
Despite Bad Credit, There Are Ways to Take Over a Mortgage
Lenders are prohibited from enacting due-on-sale clause in several situations July 28
U.S. home price growth seen slowing
Freddie expects 2001 industry originations to be around $1.4 trillion Vs. MBA's projection of a record $1.538 trillion July 24
Rates Fall, Refis Jump
Freddie Mac chief economist says rates may fall this week
July 23
Credit Rescoring: How To Know if It's for You
A look at situations that will benefit from rapid rescoring July 21
U.S. Mortgages And Rates
30-year versus 15-year July 20
Lenders tout home appraisals by computer
Human appraisers demur July 20
Washington Mutual SFR Production Up 159%
Correspondent volume soars July 18
Are Credit Scores Plummeting?

Sampling of FICO scores generated by a large independent credit reporting agency suggests that home mortgage applicants' scores are slipping July 16
Refi Activity Tumbles 21%
Rates to continue unchanged July 16
Loan Brokers' Fees Under Attack
NAMB general counsel says recent ruling could be fatal to industry if widely applied July 14
Bad FICO Mark? Rescore Your Credit
Service now offered by credit-reporting agencies allows loan officers to request a rescoring of applicants' credit files at each credit repositories July 14
Realty Stocks Report
HOMS shares down $4.18 this week, other issues largely unchanged July 13
Falling Rates?
Wave of financial volatility rolling through developing world
could impact mortgage rates July 11
Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty
Massachusetts man faces five years July 11
Are Mortgage Errors Increasing?
Patience needed to work out servicer problems July 10
ARM's Fall As Fixed Rates Rise
Rates may head down July 9
Realty stocks largely unchanged
Independence Day week a quiet one on Wall Street for realty stocks July 6

Appraisal Institute boycotted
Appraisers protest organization's affiliation with the Appraisal Institute Residential Database July 03
COFI Falls
FHLB releases monthly data July 2
Loan Apps Edge Down, Rates Flat
Spread between 15-year & 30-year widens July 2
Fed cut may not lower mortgages
Mortgage rates are more closely tied to 10-year Treasury notes, which tend to be sensitive to expectations about inflation July 1

Popular Archive Stories

Yield Spreads In Jeopardy
Class-action status granted in Irwin Mortgage case June 26
Washington Mutual In Talks To Buy North American Parent
Dime Bancorp deal worth $5 billion June 22
Jury Awards $71 Million Judgment
In Case Against Washington Mutual
Subsidiary accused of not disclosing insurance premiums included in loan renewals June 15
Mass. Broker Charged In Bank Fraud Case
Mortgage broker colluded with tax preparer to enable applicants to qualify June 15
Sales Techniques For Realty Pros

Simple, but effective strategies for successful sales May 30

Mortgage Brokers To Meet In Hawaii
Miss America 2001 to address National Association of Mortgage Brokers May 29
Minor Changes Yield Major Benefits With Debt Ratios
Some nontraditional ways to reduce debt ratios May 1
How To Get Mortgage Leads Regardless Of Rates August 5

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