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Refinance Challenges Expected for CRE Segments

In the years leading up to the economic downturn, lenders became more aggressive and eased requirements in order to increase volume and satisfy investor demand for securitized commercial real estate products. Loans originated in 2004 and 2005 generally had a lower loan-to-value (LTV) ratio than those originated in 2006 and 2007. Since the majority of these loans have ten year terms, the 2004 through 2007 loans will come due in the next three years.

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Mortgage Applications Index Drops to 12-Year Low

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported a 5.5 percent decline (seasonally adjusted) in loan applications for the week ending December 13. On an unadjusted basis, MBA's Market Composite Index was down 6 percent. According to Mike Fratantoni, MBA's VP of research and economics, the latest index is the lowest it's been in more than 12 years. "Both purchase and refinance applications fell as interest rates increased going into today's Federal Open Market Committee meeting," Fratantoni explained.

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Mortgage Applications Pick Up Following Thanksgiving

Mortgage applications recovered slightly during the first week of December, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported. MBA's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey showed a 1.0 percent increase in loan application volume (seasonally adjusted) for the week ending December 6. The previous survey's results had included an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday. Unadjusted, the index increased 43 percent. As applications rose, so did mortgage rates.

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Servicing Gains Offset Production Declines in Q3

Mortgage loan production suffered among independent mortgage bankers throughout the third quarter--but servicing revenues are helping to ease the pain for those with portfolios, Richey May revealed in its latest quarterly report. Overall, net income declined 60 basis points from the second quarter, though a 0.07 percent increase in the average value of servicing portfolios helped offset losses at those with servicing interests, Richey May reported.

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Mortgage Applications Experience Slight Decline

Last week saw another drop in mortgage application volume, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported in its Weekly Applications Survey. MBA's Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, fell a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent the week ending November 22, the group reported. It was the fourth straight week of decreases in loan application activity. On an unadjusted basis, the index declined 9 percent week-over-week.

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