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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:54:18 GMT
- Pending Home Sales Suffer Largest Drop of Year

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The rate at which contracts were signed to purchase homes was down slightly in December the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said today. Even though buyers were looking at the lowest interest rates of the year NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) was down 3.7 percent to 100.7 from the November level of 104.6. This was the largest decline in the Index since December 2013 when it dropped 5.8 percent. Despite the monthly number NAR said that the PHSI, a forward-looking indicator of sales, closed out the year 6.1 percent higher than at the same time in 2013, the highest annual gain since it rose 11.7 percent from June 2012 to June 2013. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says fewer homes available for sale and a slight acceleration in prices likely led to December’s decline...(read more)

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:45:50 GMT
reverse mortgage, CU training, homebuilder health - Fannie CU Webinar; Reports on Health of Reverse Mortgages, Homebuilders, and Housing Market

Posted To: Pipeline Press

"Rob, I just heard of a major lender offering an internal incentive for originating FHA streamline refinances . The bonus is 100 bps on top of their normal commission. This sounds highly unusual and will directly relate in greedy loan reps steering clients back to FHA loans where they may benefit from conventional financing that they may be eligible for based on the clients improved credit history and equity position. Have you heard of such a thing?" Yes I have - kind of - but mostly related to rate sheet pricing. I am hearing stories of lenders pricing 2-3 points higher than everyone else the mad scramble for this product. Seasoned folks know that it will calm back down, but in the meantime there is plenty of grief for anyone setting rates. You're not alone if you're still slightly confused...(read more)

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:32:25 GMT
reverse mortgage, CU training, homebuilder health - MBS Day Ahead: Bond Markets Still Trying to Make up Mind After ECB

Posted To: MBS Commentary

So much of 2014 was spent building up to the notion of ECB QE and so much of the first 2 weeks of 2015 was dedicated to fully pricing it in that bond markets seem like they're not sure what to do next. Either that or the reality of ECB QE is still being digested in the context of January's month-end trading needs and we're about to get another mega-dose of volatility next week. Either way, 10yr yields have arguably been dead sideways ever since QE became a reality on January 15th. Thankfully, the sideways range has given us clear technical levels to serve as fence posts. The lowest fence post at 1.70 was only visited for the second time yesterday after the FOMC Announcement. It's anyone's guess as to the motivation ( discussed in more detail HERE ), but if it's broken...(read more)

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