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Mortgage Numbers Up for Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bancorp had a great spring season, judging by the company├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós scorching second quarter numbers. The bank estimates its quarterly results were the best on record since 2007, and the dramatic, 58 percent increase in mortgage banking revenue between the first and second quarters of this year contributed heavily to the company├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós recent success. Total net income during Fifth Third's second quarter was $337 million, demonstrating a significant rise quarter-over-quarter.

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BancTec Boasts New Platform

BancTec has rolled out an advanced mortgage servicing platform, geared toward new and existing lenders in need of accelerated and streamlined customer support, with considerable advantages for new users.

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CFPB Proposes First Rule

Signaling that it means business, the newly opened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau undertook its first major stab at the rule-making process by issuing a proposed rule that would shift alternate mortgage origination from the state to federal level nationwide. The rule applies to Regulation D under the Alternative Mortgage Transaction Party Act. If enacted, it would enact a Dodd-Frank provision by allowing state-licensed mortgage originators to make alternative loans even states with laws that prohibit such loans.

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House Passes Bill to Revamp CFPB

Passing a bill aimed at reforming the agency, House lawmakers showed no sign of stopping in their attempts to reform the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just one day after it officially opened its doors. On Thursday the lower chamber pushed through H.R. 1315, titled the Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvements Act, which ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô contingent on Senate action and a bicameral reconciliation process ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô would swap the director for a commission and strengthen the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

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Treasury Gives Bank $23.9M to Create Jobs

On Wednesday the Treasury Department released a statement announcing that the Small Business Lending Fund had provided Bank of Houston Holdings, Inc. with a $23.9 million capital infusion, with the hope that it will signal a boost in lending to small businesses.

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Bankrate, Freddie Mac Post Conflicting Rates

On Thursday Bankrate and Freddie Mac released reports with varying conclusions about mortgage rates for this week, with the former posting a slight dip in 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and the GSE reporting few changes from last week. Publishing its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac yielded a 4.52 percent with an average 0.7 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, a nominal increase from last week when the same rates lingered at 4.51 percent.

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Analysts: U.S. Default May Crimp GSEs, Close FHA

With recent reports signaling a throwback for public officials involved in debt-ceiling negotiations, housing analysts and market watchers worry about the possible fallout for government-backed mortgages in a default scenario come August. If the federal government defaults on its debt, analysts say, still-brittle mortgage markets will splinter as mortgage rates follow spikes in Treasury yields. Concerns continue to grow after a series of breakdowns between Congress and the White House.

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New Senior Executive for PNC

Despite today├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós report in the Wall Street Journal of continued layoffs in multiple professional sectors, not everyone is fearing for their job. Especially Michael D. Greenwood of PNC Mortgage who has just been promoted to senior executive of the company├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Miamisburg, Ohio branch of operations.

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