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International Document Services Receives Certification from GSEs

After undergoing an extensive testing process, a mortgage document preparation vendor announced its Uniform Closing Dataset XML file has been certified by the GSEs. This new way of submitting documents will be required by Fannie and Freddie starting in the fall for all lenders selling to them. The company trusts this will bring consistency, transparency and clarity to the mortgage industry.

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Flagstar Bancorp Closes on Acquisition

Monday, Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. closed on its formerly announced acquisition of Opes Advisors, Inc. In doing so, Flagstar said it has now expanded its origination business and increased its access to higher quality purchase mortgage originations. This is Flagstar’s second acquisition this year.

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LendingHome Announces Fannie Mae Approval and New CFO

On Wednesday, LendingHome, a mortgage marketplace lender, announced two new business developments. The company gained Fannie Mae seller and servicer approval, which according to LendingHome, allows them to expand their consumer home financing business and better serve their customers. They also announced Robert Stiles, formerly Nationstar Mortgage, as CFO.

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Economy Experts Present Midyear Forecast

Higher existing-home sales do not necessarily mean high homeownership rate. With homes selling fast, homebuyers are starting to realize they can afford less of what is on the market. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, Jonathan Spader, senior research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and Mark Calabria, chief economist and assistant to Vice President Mike Pence weigh in on the 2017 midyear forecast.

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Watt & Mnuchin Tackle GSE Reform

On Thursday, both FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin separately addressed the current state of the GSEs. Though Mnuchin discussed the priority of housing finance and regulatory reform in front of the Senate, at an industry conference Watt described the many successes of the FHFA in the last nine years. Watt warned that reforms made during conservatorship should not be ignored by congress during the reworking of housing finance reform.

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Millennials: Financial Independence a Priority

Though previously labeled as entitled, millennials have high expectations when it comes to being independent. A study revealed that millennials think people should be financially self sufficient at a younger age than older generations do. This hints to a promising future in the housing market.

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