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Volume 2015 - Number 48

December 17, 2015

Downloads Available: Home-Equity Lending Activity - 1999-3Q15

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Downloads Available: Top Depository Institutions in Total HEL Business - 3Q15

Home-Equity Lending Up Slightly in 3Q15, But Outstanding HEL Balances Continued to Decline

Lenders generated $25.0 billion in home-equity loans during the third quarter of 2015, according to Inside Mortgage Finance estimates, a modest 4.2 percent increase at a time when first-lien originations were fading. Home-equity lending – including open-ended lines of credit and closed-end second liens – hit its highest volume since the second quarter of 2008. Crashing home prices and extremely cautious underwriting have drastically reduced new home-equity lending. There is...[Includes three data tables]

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After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

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