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BofA Capital Buffer Lags Behind

At the close of Q1, Bank of America had fallen behind its peers—at least in terms of its capital buffer. The bank came in last among major financial institutions, with just a 1 percent buffer for the quarter. Goldman Sachs took the top spot.

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Rising Demand, Shrinking Inventory Fuel Median Price Growth

There are few more concrete examples of supply-and-demand economics in action than the housing market. A new report looking at April numbers shows a spike in demand and a corresponding spike in median prices. The B-side, of course, is that while demand rises, inventory shrinks, fueling the current sellers’ market.

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Southern Cities on the Rise

The latest Census data has Southern cities reigning supreme in terms of population growth. Ten of the top 15 fastest growing cities in the country are located in the South, with five in Texas alone. The West also saw growth, claiming four of the top spots.

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FHFA: Solving Complications in Mortgage English Proficiency

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a Request for Input (RFI) Thursday for problems qualified Limited English Proficiency (LEP) borrowers face during the mortgage lifecycle. Per FHFA’s 2017 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions, the GSEs must identify major challenges for LEP borrowers in accessing mortgage credit, analyzing potential solutions, and developing a multiyear plan appropriate for the Enterprises to support improved access. By better understanding the experience of LEP borrowers and those that serve them, the FHFA can successfully expand their statutory mandate.

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CBCInnovis Partners with LexisNexis

In July, liens and judgments data will no longer be included in traditional credit scores. In order to fill that gap, CBCInnovis will be offering the LexisNexis RiskView Liens and Judgments Report to lenders. Being that borrowers who have a judgment or tax lien are more likely to end up in pre-foreclosure or foreclosure, CBCInnovis hopes this information will be helpful to lenders.

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Factual Data Announces Lein and Judgment Reporting

Factual Data announced Thursday that they will be offering the LexisNexis RiskView Liens & Judgments Report to lenders. Due to liens and judgments data being discontinued in traditional credit scores, Factual Data intends to bridge the gap. Mortgage lenders, who have relied on this data for over two decades, now have an alternative plan after the July cutoff.

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The Fight Against Blight in Maryland

Thursday, a fast-track foreclosure law expediting the foreclosure process was signed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. With the intent to reduce community blight, this bill was signed in the footsteps of a similar bill in Ohio. Industry experts provide commentary on the impact this bill may have, including being the push for other states to move forward with their own fast track foreclosure bills.

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FHFA Releases Q1 Price Index

The FHFA’s Q1 House Price Index Report was released Wednesday showing house prices up for the 23rd time in a row. Additionally, they were also up for the 21st time in a row year-over-year. Though this seems positive, Q1’s rate of growth nationally was minimal compared to the quarterly growth rates in years past.

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First-time Buyers Account for 60 Percent of Purchases

According to a new report, first-time homebuyers now make up 60 percent of all home purchases. On GSE loans, first-time buyers comprise 47 percent of loans, while on FHA loans, they account for 82 percent. The uptick is likely due to an improved economy, lower unemployment, rising income, and more new home construction

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