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Volume 18 - Number 5

March 7, 2014

Buyers Still Show Strong Interest in Mortgage Sector

When the going gets tough in the mortgage industry, nonbank lending firms start pondering the once unthinkable: selling their franchises, hoping the cash will tide them over until the next upswing in the cycle. The situation is no different this time around. Investment banking advisors say there are plenty of potential acquirers – all hunting for bargains – but sellers are picky. “Cheap is the goal now,” said Chuck Klein, a managing partner at Mortgage Banking Solutions ...

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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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