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Veteran Spouses in Same Sex Marriages to Receive Home Loan Benefits

Veteran Spouses in Same Sex Marriages to Receive Home Loan Benefits

-+*Following the lead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same sex marriage nationwide, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently announced that it will offer home loans and other benefits to the spouses and children in all same sex veteran marriages. The U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 26, 2015 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.

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NetDirector Expands its Footprint into Loan Origination

NetDirector Expands its Footprint into Loan Origination

-+*NetDirector, a provider of cloud-based data and document exchange services for the mortgage banking industry, recently signed an agreement with enterprise lending solutions provider, Mortgage Machine Services, to enable them to comply with the upcoming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) requirements, according to a recent press release.

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Mortgage Originations Climb for First Quarter of 2015

Mortgage Originations Climb for First Quarter of 2015

-+*Mortgage originations have seen tremendous growth this year, according to Equifax's National Consumer Credit Trends Report. The report found that mortgage origination balances reached $466 billion in the first quarter, a 74.4 percent increase from the same time a year ago. First mortgages increased 79.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014 to $430 billion, leading this growth spurt. Meanwhile, originations of home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) increased 30 percent to $30.9 billion and new home equity installment loans climbed 13.6 percent to $5 billion.

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Existing-Home Sales Turnovers Fall Short of ‘Normal’ Rates

Existing-Home Sales Turnovers Fall Short of ‘Normal’ Rates

-+*The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently released a chart that highlights the existing-home sales in a historical context. The graph reveals that the rate of housing turnovers, while improving, are not up to ‘normal’ rates. The MBA graph shows that housing markets are recovering, but are still weak. The turnover rate rests slightly above 7 percent currently in the second quarter, an amount that falls short of a ‘normal’ rate of 7.5 percent, but still surpasses the recent low of 4.8 percent from the third quarter of 2010.

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FHA Insurance Price Cuts May Have Led Borrowers to Buy Higher-Priced Homes

FHA Insurance Price Cuts May Have Led Borrowers to Buy Higher-Priced Homes

-+*According to new research by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk (ICHR), the FHA’s price cut was largely capitalized into the purchase of higher priced homes. The research reviewed over 2.5 million first-time homebuyer loans. Edward Pinto, the research author and co-director of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk said that the effort to reduce mortgage premiums did little to expand access to middle-and lower-wealth borrowers, while the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and other housing interest groups reaped the benefits of the higher home prices.

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Survey Gauges Millennials Optimism about Entering Housing Market

Survey Gauges Millennials Optimism about Entering Housing Market

-+*Millennials have become more positive when it comes purchasing their first home and are primed to gain market share in the second half of the year, based on the results of Realtor.com’s Consumer Behavior Survey. Relator.com found that 65 percent of the survey respondents indicated that they intend to buy a home within three months, up from 54 percent in January.

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Keeping Up with the Customer: Evolving the Retail Business Model to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Keeping Up with the Customer: Evolving the Retail Business Model to Stay Ahead of the Curve

-+*In today’s environment, all retail lenders should be asking themselves, “What value am I truly offering a borrower?” We know that more and more consumers use an online, self-service option when making any retail purchase —mortgages included. When such convenience is available, why would a customer pay more to get a home loan from a retail lender instead? When faced with these questions, it is important to evolve your retail business model to stay ahead of the curve. Editor's note: This select print feature appeared in the June 2015 edition of MReport magazine, available now.

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