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Volume 18 - Number 23

November 14, 2014

Favorable Delinquency Trends Continued in 3Q14

Mortgage delinquency rates kept falling across the country in the third quarter of the year, according to data provided by the Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The delinquency rate for mortgages on one- to four-unit residential properties declined 19 basis points, on a seasonally adjusted basis, to 5.85 percent of all loans outstanding as of Sept. 30, 2014, according to the MBA. This is the lowest level seen since the fourth quarter of 2007 and represents the sixth straight quarterly decrease, according to the trade group. In terms of product mix, the seasonally adjusted delinquency rate slipped 15 bps to 3.05 percent for prime fixed loans and decreased 45 bps to 4.83 percent for prime adjustable-rate mortgages. ...

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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.
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