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Fraud Risk Grows as HELOC Lending Rises

Fraud Risk Grows as HELOC Lending Rises

Property data firm CoreLogic reported that both the sources and frequency of mortgage fraud have transitioned from an alarming level after the crisis to a more "normal" state. There is one exception, however: Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), which have seen fraud risk rise along with demand for loans over the past year and a half.

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Despite Challenges, Lenders Plan for Growth

Despite Challenges, Lenders Plan for Growth

In a review of its November survey of senior mortgage executives, Li-Ning Huang, Fannie Mae found that though respondents are concerned about compliance issues and weak borrower demand, most are still optimistic about the year ahead, particularly when it comes to their growth plans.

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High-LTV Programs Lift Mortgage Availability in December

High-LTV Programs Lift Mortgage Availability in December

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported Thursday that its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) edged up to a reading of 115.7 in December. The clear driver behind the increase was an announcement earlier in the month that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are launching new 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage programs for qualifying homebuyers, said Mike Fratantoni, MBA's chief economist.

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Mortgage Apps Drop Sharply in Year-End Survey

Mortgage Apps Drop Sharply in Year-End Survey

Total mortgage application volumes, including both purchase loans and refinances, fell 9.1 percent over the two weeks ending January 2, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported Wednesday. The results include adjustments for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays.

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UWM Launches Conventional Financing for 97% LTV

UWM Launches Conventional Financing for 97% LTV

In response to a recent announcement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have introduced loan options for down payments as low as 3 percent, United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) announced the launch of a new product offering conventional financing for up to 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV).

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Lenders Sour on Outlook for Mortgage Demand

Lenders Sour on Outlook for Mortgage Demand

In a poll of senior mortgage officers conducted in November, Fannie Mae found consumer demand was down across all categories of home purchase loans, with only 42 percent of respondents reporting increases in demand for GSE-eligible loans, 43 percent for non-GSE loans, and 29 percent for government loans. Those shares compare to 53 percent, 65 percent, and 43 percent, respectively, in the third quarter.

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