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Volume 2014 - Number 14

July 4, 2014

Downloads Available: Top Banks and Thrifts in Total HEL Business - 1Q14

HEL Holdings Decline, but Sector Ripe for Lending

Bank and thrift holdings of home-equity loans continued to decline in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new ranking from the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. However, HEL lending appears poised to increase, according to industry participants. Banks and thrifts held a total of $1.01 trillion in home-equity lines of credit, HELOC commitments and closed-end second liens at the end of the first quarter of 2014, a 1.1 percent decline ... [Includes one data chart]

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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