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Mortgage Rates Rise at Fastest Pace in Weeks
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:10:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates moved higher today at the fastest pace since July 3rd as bond markets began backing away from more anxious levels associated with last week's geopolitical headlines. Such headlines (Malaysian airliner and ..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Week's Monotonous Trend Broken as Bond Markets Slide
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:59:46 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryFor the past 4 sessions, bond markets have traded a narrow range near their best levels of the year. This effectively began with the geopolitical risk rally on the 17th. It's not entirely fair to say the narrow trend is o..[read more]

Housing Market Sending Mixed Signals -Freddie Mac
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:23:23 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireFreddie Mac said today that its Multi-Indicator Market Index or MiMi for May is sending out mixed signals to the housing market. While more markets entered their stable range of housing activity, most markets remained stalled, ..[read more]

MBS MID-DAY: Weakness Persists Despite Rotten New Home Sales Data
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:27:15 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryTypically, negative economic data on the scale of this morning's New Home Sales would be a clearly positive factor for bond prices. Sales fell at their fastest pace since last July and last month's strong report was r..[read more]

New Home Sales Decline from Downgraded May Numbers
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:24:04 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireNew homes sales retreated in June from the very strong performance reported for May; a performance that turns out to have been less strong. A joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Developm..[read more]

Banks and Lenders Buying Each Other & Financial Services Companies - Does it Make Sense?
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:53:37 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressFor LOs who feel "enough is enough" with regard to the proposed Pre-Licensure Education Expiration Policy on education, timelines, and requirements, here is your chance to comment through NMLS. Out in California the Bank of M..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Rates Continue Hovering on the Edge of a Breakout
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:53 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryThe past 5 days have simply seen rates grind around recent lows. Things have been a bit brighter in Treasuries compared to MBS, but in general, both have traded increasingly narrow ranges near the best levels of the year (aga..[read more]

Mortgage Rates Back up to Unchanged After Stronger Start
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:07:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates were mixed today depending on the lender and the time of day you look. Most recently, the average lender is back to unchanged vs yesterday. Before that, most lenders were in slightly better shape, but mark..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Bond Markets Lose Ground After Strong Start; MBS Underperform
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:05:50 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryAlthough MBS did a good job of pushing back against a recent bout of underperformance over the past 3 sessions, today showed it won't be a straight shot. In other words, MBS had closed the gap to Treasuries somewhat since..[read more]

Modest Housing Recovery Will Continue -Fannie
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:12 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireThe theme for the economy and the housing market's in 2014 has been set for months; the economy will continue to slowly strengthen; the modest recovery in housing will be sustained . Each monthly or quarterly report or round of..[read more]

Foreclosure Inventory Continues to Shrink but Distressed Loans up
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:43 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireBlack Knight Financial Services said today that both delinquencies and foreclosure starts were up slightly in June. The information was part of the company's “first look” preview of data from its Mortgage Monitor re..[read more]

MBS MID-DAY: Back to Unchanged After Stronger Start
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:49:11 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryIn terms of domestic economic data and events, not much has happened today. The key driver of morning gains was the reaction to Bank of England Minutes and comments from BOE Governor Mark Carney. Long story short, all of the ..[read more]

CIT Group to buy OneWest; Thoughts on Non-QM products; Recent Changes in FHA, VA, & HECM
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:49:30 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressCaptain Obvious likes to say, "Home prices don't always go up." It's probably a cliché at this point, but it's better than the, "Buy as much home as you can afford" of the '00's. Both phrases deserve to be in the Mortg..[read more]

Finally an "Up' Week for Mortgage Applications
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:07:42 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireNormal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume had its first positive week since June 6 last week, increasing 2.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the ..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: Data-Free Day Leaves Bonds to Ponder Long-Term Ranges
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:33:00 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryHaving spent the last 4 sessions trading near 2.47%, 10yr yields are operating in an important zone historically. For all intents and purposes, yields have only ever moved decisively through this zone one time without bouncin..[read more]

MBS RECAP: Gains Remain Intact Through Afternoon; Narrow Range Overall
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:56:15 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryBond markets didn't put on much of a show today, but what little there was managed to be enjoyable . Credit that to the fact that trading levels made it back into positive territory twice and held steady through the close..[read more]

Mortgage Rates Hold Steady Amid Conflicting Data
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:56:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates were unchanged in most cases today, though some lenders were slightly worse. Even then, the difference from yesterday is generally insignificant. MBS (the mortgage-backed securities that most directly infl..[read more]

MBS MID-DAY: Mixed Signals From Econ Data Leave Bonds Just Slightly Weaker
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:22:52 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryMBS began the session at a disadvantage after overnight trading pushed bond yields and stock prices higher. At 8:30am, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data was a bit softer than expected. With the increasingly real conversatio..[read more]

Housing Fundamentals Move In Right Direction, Price Gains Continue
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:27:26 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireUS Department of Treasury 15.00 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The pace of existing home sales reached a nine month high in June, topping 5 million units for the first time since last October while there were re..[read more]

Current State of Risk in Mortgage Market; Lots of Upcoming Events
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:50:47 GMT

Posted To: Pipeline PressWhat, if anything, is putting a crimp in expected loan production? Perhaps the CFPB's QM rules are indeed restricting residential lending. In one example, here is what the public sees on the narrow QM DTI box . But hey, no on..[read more]

MBS Day Ahead: More on The Calendar Today, but Will it Matter?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:39:43 GMT

Posted To: MBS Commentary2014 has been an interesting year for bond markets. In fact, in terms of its ability to continually confound market expectations, it's been one of the most interesting years of the recovery. This is not because there'..[read more]

MBS RECAP: With Nothing Better to do, Bonds Follow Stocks and Headlines
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:36:47 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryIf you haven't heard already (say, like 7 or 8 times from us--both before and after the fact), today's calendar was fairly light for bond markets. In terms of scheduled economic data, there was nothing significant. Th..[read more]

Mortgage rates Steady to Slightly Lower
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:00 GMT

Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates moved just barely lower in most cases today, though some lenders were unchanged or slightly higher. It was a slow start to the week as far it concerns the financial markets that underlie rate movements. Th..[read more]

Home Prices to Level Off and Reverse Course Within 2 Years - Analysts
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:24:32 GMT

Posted To: MND NewsWireTwo Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) analysts are defending what they call their big high conviction views for what should happen in the housing world over the next two years. Chris Flanagan and Gregory Fitter, ABS and MBS ..[read more]

MBS MID-DAY: With Little Else to Watch, Rates Follow Stocks Lower
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:35:34 GMT

Posted To: MBS CommentaryWith no major economic data on the calendar, and no game-changing headlines to react to, bond markets have been content to follow stocks so far this morning. Stocks are weaker and bonds are stronger. There's not much more..[read more]

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