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Disparate Tech Holds Lenders Back

Today’s mortgage servicers are suffering from overly disparate technology solutions, and those disconnected systems are holding businesses back, according to a new report. In response to increased compliance follow the housing crisis, most available mortgage technology has become product-specific, and that’s created a disconnect that requires fractured, inefficient processes that are costly and unwieldy. The report proposes an overlay system to bridge the gaps and provide more consistency.

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West Sees Biggest Jumps in Home Prices

New data shows that the West—specifically the Northwest—had the top-performing market for Q1 2017. Seattle and Portland had two of the strongest showings in terms of price growth, while the region as a whole saw prices rise 8 percent over the year. The worst market for the quarter was Memphis, Tennessee.

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The Buying Gap

Female renters have a harder time buying a home than their male counterparts. According to recent analysis, this is due to several factors, including lower wages, more student loan debt, more risk aversion, and lower credit scores. Closing the wage gap could help, though that isn't projected to happen until 2052.

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Law Firms and Servicers Converge

Representatives from the leading mortgage servicers and default servicing law firms in the U.S. met to discuss issues currently impacting business. Attendees listed to several panels and speakers to learn more about changes and issues the industry faces.

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Amendment Extends FOIA Exemptions to GSEs

The House of Representatives has amended HR 1694, extending the nine exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia). Passed in April, HR 1694 requires the GSEs to adhere to the FOIA, something they've never had to do since entering conservatorship in 2008.

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Poll: Half of Adults Plan to Buy a Home

A new poll shows about half of non-homeowning Americans plan to buy a home in the next five years. Another 20 percent will buy in the next decade. Intent to purchase was highest with those between 35 and 54, as well as those located in the Southern U.S.

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Industry Reacts to Employment Increase

Friday’s employment report for April from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed strong growth overall, but the same could not be said for the mortgage industry. Industry professionals called the report's mortgage job data "disappointing," but the jump in growth in all jobs could mean further rate hikes from the Fed.

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Fed Keeps Rate As-is Amid Economic Optimism

Despite sluggish economic growth in Q1 and the widely held assumption that the Fed would raise rates at least two more times this year, the Federal Open Market Committee opted to keep the federal funds rate as is at its May meeting. Raised in March, the rate currently sits at 1 percent. The Committee cited job gains and lower unemployment as factors in its decision.

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Business Analysts Scarce, But Necessary for Lenders

A new report suggests that business analysts play a vital role in lender success. But finding mortgage-savvy ones? That’s not always easy. Lenders should take action to develop BA candidates internally for best results. / According to a new report, business analysts are crucial to a lender’s success. But a “dearth” in the industry makes mortgage-savvy BA candidates hard to find. In most cases, developing BAs internally is the best course of action for a lender.

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