Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Down 1.3 Percent on Bank and CMBS Balances in 3Q...

Washington, DC - December 14, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding decreased in the third quarter, to $3.2 trillion, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) analysis of the Federal Reserve Board Flow of Funds data.

MBA Study Shows Mortgage Banker Production Profits Improved with Higher Refinancing Activity in Third...

WASHINGTON, DC - December 14, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Independent mortgage banks and subsidiaries made an average profit of $1,423 on each loan they originated in the third quarter of 2010, up from $917 per loan in the second quarter of 2010, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)’s 3rd Quarter 2010 Mortgage Bankers Performance Report released today.

DOJ Lending Case Highlights Abuses on FHA Mortgages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 10, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Department of Justice $2 million settlement with PrimeLending spotlights serious problems on loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The case found inconsistent and abusive pricing on loans to African-American borrowers, revealing that it’s far too easy for lenders making government-backed loans to overcharge home buyers.

Bond Yields Rise and So Do Mortgage Rates

McLean, VA - December 9, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), which found that once again, both fixed- and short-term mortgage rates rose this week. This was the fourth week in a row where fixed-rate mortgage rates were up.

MBA Launches Council on Residential Mortgage Servicing for the 21st Century

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michael D. Berman, CMB, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and John A. Courson, MBA's President and CEO, announced today the MBA has assembled a task force of key MBA members to examine and issue recommendations for the future of residential mortgage servicing. The Council on Residential Mortgage Servicing for the 21st Century will be led by Debra W. Still, CMB, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pulte Mortgage LLC of Englewood, CO and MBA's Vice Chairman.


WASHINGTON, DC - December 9, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is launching multiple investigations into the practices of certain mortgage lenders to determine if their home loan policies illegally deny qualified African American and Latino borrowers access to credit.

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with National Mortgage Lender to Resolve Allegations of Lending Discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC - December 8, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- PrimeLending, a national mortgage lender with 168 offices in 32 states at the end of 2009, has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against African-American borrowers between 2006 and 2009.

Leader of Mortgage Fraud Ring Sentenced to 6 ½ Years in Prison and Ordered...

BIRMINGHAM, AL - December 8, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- A federal judge today sentenced the leader of a mortgage fraud ring in Jefferson County to 6 ½ years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley and Department of Housing and Urban Development Acting Inspector General Michael Stephens.

HOPE NOW: Mortgage Industry has Completed More Than 1.5 Million Loan Modifications for Homeowners...

WASHINGTON, DC - December 8, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- HOPE NOW, the private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers and non-profit counselors, released its October 2010 survey data today which estimates the industry completed more than 1.54 million permanent loan modifications for at-risk homeowners from January through October 2010.

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 8, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 3, 2010. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 0.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 22.8 percent compared with the previous week, which included the Thanksgiving Holiday.

MBA Sends Letter to FHA on Proposed Lender Indemnification Guidance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Monday, December 6, 2010, The Mortgage Bankers Association, (MBA) submitted the attached comment letter to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on the proposed guidance for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Housing Administration Single Family Insurance process: Eligibility, Indemnification, and Termination. The proposed rule, which would affect lenders who participate in the Lender Insurance (LI) process, would provide more stringent indemnification requirements regarding mortgagee indemnification to HUD

Freddie Mac to Provide New PC Pool-Level Delinquency Disclosures on Monthly Basis

McLean, VA - December 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced today that it expects to begin providing on a monthly basis pool-level delinquency disclosures on its single-family Mortgage Participation Certificate (PC) and Giant PC securities

FinCEN Proposes AML Plan for Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Brokers and More Mortgage Bankers...

VIENNA, VA - December 6, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today proposed a requirement that non-bank residential mortgage lenders and originators, like other types of financial institutions, establish anti-money laundering (AML) programs and comply with suspicious activity report (SAR) regulations

Builders Launch Website to Defend Mortgage Interest Deduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 3, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has launched a newly-designed consumer-oriented website,, to provide up-to-date information on the threat to the mortgage interest deduction.

MBA Statement on Fiscal Commission Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michael D. Berman, CMB, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, today issued the following statement reacting to the proposal from the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

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