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December New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 42.2 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for December 2020 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 42.2 percent compared from a year ago. Compared to November 2020, applications increased by 0.2 percent.
Realtors® Respond After FHFA, Treasury Announced PSPA Changes
National Association of Realtors® President Charlie Oppler issued the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Agency and U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced changes that will allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to retain more of their earnings as important capital rather than passing them directly to the Treasury.
December New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 42.2 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for December 2020 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 42.2 percent compared from a year ago. Compared to November 2020, applications increased by 0.2 percent.
MBA Statement on Amendments to the GSEs' Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements
MBA President and CEO Bob Broeksmit, CMB, released the following statement regarding amendments to the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements (PSPAs) governing the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs).
Realtors® Unveil Updated & Expanded Research on its Fannie, Freddie Utility Proposal
The National Association of Realtors® hosted some of the brightest minds in the housing finance world Thursday afternoon for a virtual event focused on fine-tuning the trade association's ongoing proposal to transform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into mortgage market utilities.

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Fidelity National Financial Announces Close inHere, A Dynamic, Mobile-Friendly, Guided Closing Experience To Accommodate Simpler, More Efficient Hybrid And Full-Digital Real Estate Closings
Fidelity National Financial®, a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries and the nation's largest title insurance company, through its title insurance underwriters, announced today Close inHere™, a dynamic, guided digital closing experience for consumers finalizing any type of real estate transaction.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 16.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 8, 2021.
Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Decreases to 5.46 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased from 5.53% of servicers' portfolio volume in the prior week to 5.46% as of January 3, 2021. According to MBA's estimate, 2.7 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.
Stewart Title® is Pleased to Announce the Opening of a New European Underwriter
Stewart Title Limited, the underwriter for Stewart’s transactions in the United Kingdom, The Bahamas and Australia (and previously in Europe), announced today the opening of a new underwriter in Malta. The new underwriter will operate under the name Stewart Title Europe Limited and will handle all transactions in the European Union.
RamQuest Launches New Podcast
RamQuest, a leading provider of technology-based solutions for the title insurance and settlement industry, has launched a new podcast, Pandemic Practices. Hosted by Mary Schuster, the podcast will take a deep dive into new technologies and practices that the title and settlement industry has been forced to quickly implement as a response to needs brought on by the pandemic.
Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Delinquencies Rise in December
Delinquency rates for mortgages backed by commercial and multifamily properties Increased for the second month in a row in December, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest monthly MBA CREF Loan Performance Survey. The survey was developed to better understand the ways the pandemic is impacting commercial mortgage loan performance.
Real Estate Industry Responds to Insurrection Violence
Leaders across the real estate industry issued statements condemning the violence in Washington D.C. this last week, including statements from The American Land Title Association, The National Association of  Realtors®, The Mortgage Bankers Association, and The National Association of Home Builders.
Mortgage Applications Decreased Over a Two-Week Period in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 4.2 percent from two weeks earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 1, 2021. The results include adjustments to account for the holidays.
First American Title Announces Founding Donation Supporting ALTA Good Deeds Foundation
First American Title Insurance Company, a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services and the largest subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation, today announced that it is a Founding Donor of the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation, a non-profit organization created by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) in October 2020. The Foundation was established to enhance the charitable efforts of title and settlement professionals by providing grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that support housing needs, as well as those that provide relief during national emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Remains Flat at 5.53 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance remained unchanged relative to the prior week at 5.53% as of December 27, 2020. According to MBA's estimate, 2.7 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.
United States Files Civil Fraud Suit Against Three Individuals and Multiple Real Estate Companies Alleging Mortgage Fraud Scheme
The United States has filed a civil complaint in federal court in Brooklyn seeking damages and penalties against three individuals and multiple companies alleged to have engaged in a wide-ranging mortgage fraud scheme to defraud the government. Defendants allegedly engaged in a scheme to purchase real estate at fraudulently depressed short sale prices resulting in millions of dollars in false claims submitted to HUD's FHA mortgage insurance program.
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