Tag Archives: U.S. Housing Market

Banks Get Big Win in Challenge to New York Ordinance

Many big cities in the United States responded to the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis by passing local laws which pressure banks to invest more in low-income neighborhoods. Between 2010 and 2013, cities such as New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Boston, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Pittsburgh all enacted ordinances of this … Continue Reading

Freddie Mac’s Index Shows Housing Market Improvement

According to Freddie Mac, things are looking up for the South Florida housing market. The August Multi-Indicator Market Index (MIMI) ratings, released last Friday, awarded the Miami Metro Area a score of 69.2. While Miami is still 11 points shy of an “in range” score, this latest score is 11.43% higher than last August’s score, … Continue Reading

Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Wall Street Lending

Federal bank regulatory agencies are significantly increasing their scrutiny of Wall Street bank lending, moving from annual reviews to a system of monthly audits in a major effort to curtail aggressive underwriting practices. Until recently, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) have monitored … Continue Reading

Former Analyst Claims Moody’s Falsely Inflated Ratings

Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and costing the U.S. billions in funds spent bailing out Wall Street’s too-big-to-fail banks. Kolchinsky’s 107-page False Claims Act complaint, filed in 2012, was recently unsealed … Continue Reading

New Bill Poised to Revamp Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Following months of negotiations that involved collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) announced Tuesday that the Senate Banking Committee had reached an agreement on the framework to revamp Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since the financial meltdown, the future of the agencies has largely remained uncertain. A full … Continue Reading

FHA Announces Plans to Lower Mortgage Insurance Policy Caps

Last Friday, the Federal Housing Administration announced that it will reduce the maximum threshold for the high-price mortgages it is willing to insure. This change was called for by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, but was delayed several times in response to continuing economic turmoil. Currently, in the highest cost areas, the … Continue Reading

Questions Swirl About Implications of Bernanke Comments for Housing

The Fed indicates a reduction in its quantitative easing program While mortgage interest rates have repeatedly hit new lows over the past few years helping to spur a recovery in the housing sector, recent comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke could signal that those days are coming to an end. On June 19, Bernanke indicated that, under a … Continue Reading

Mortgage Delinquency Rate Falls To 2008 Levels, And Other Good Housing News

Declining Delinquency Rates According to a report, released May 16th from the Mortgage Bankers Association (“MBA“), the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate declined in the first quarter of 2012 to the lowest level since 2008. Specifically, the delinquency rate for residential mortgage loans decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 7.40 percent as of the end … Continue Reading

Future With Fannie and Freddie Lesser Evil Than With Wall Street?

A Rare Point of Agreement Margaret Chadbourn of Reuters recently reported {April 23} that both Republicans and Democrats have “found a rare point of agreement.” They want to phase out or at least substantially reduce the role of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae ) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac … Continue Reading

Would White House Proposed Refinancing Program Really Help Housing?

The Obama Administration unveiled details today of a broad refinancing program affecting non- Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) residential mortgage loans, which program was first announced by the President in his State of the Union address last month. Under the refinancing program, which requires congressional approval, borrowers with qualifying non-GSE mortgages who are current on their … Continue Reading
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