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Freddie Mac Slaps a Price Tag on STACR Deal

Freddie Mac, in conjunction with J.P. Morgan and BNP Paribas as co-lead managers and bookrunners, recently announced the price of its fourth Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) debt note offering at $787.5 million. Mortgages in the reference pool have an unpaid principle balance of $31.6 billion. STACR is an ongoing effort to transfer a portion of its mortgage credit risk to private investors.

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Total Refinance Volume Fell According to Recent Report

The Federal Housing and Finance Agency released their April 2017 Refinance Report Thursday showing falling total refinance volume as mortgage rates in March remained higher than the lows observed in 2016. Overall, mortgage rates decreased in April with the average 30-year fixed being 4.05 percent, down from 4.20 percent in March. Ten states in the U.S. accounted for over 60 percent of the Nation’s HARP eligible loans with a refinance incentive.

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Jury Convicts Nomura Trader on Conspiracy Charge

A Connecticut jury found a former Nomura executive guilty on one conspiracy charge on Thursday for allegedly tacking on secret commission fees to RMBS transactions he handled between 2009 and 2013. Two other Nomura employees were also named in the suit, which was filed by the state in September 2015. In addition to one conspiracy charge each, the trio was also charged with two counts of securities fraud and six counts of wire fraud a piece. The jury was hung on three counts, and the defendants were found not guilty on the additional charges.

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Pam Patenaude’s Advancement Sparks Industry Excitement

Pam Patenaude was advanced by the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday afternoon as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, although she still must pass the Senate confirmation vote. Patenaude was received favorably by all members of the committee, aside from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who requested to be recorded as a no vote.

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Tight Inventory Drives Apartment Demand Sky-high

As housing inventory continues to tighten, would-be homeowners are being driven toward renting—and the apartment market is struggling to keep up. According to a new study, the U.S. will need 4.6 million new apartments by 2030 in order to keep up with demand—or 325,000 every year. About 1 million new renter households were formed every year over the last five years. This steep jump is caused, in large part, by consumers delaying housing purchases. Aging and changes in consumer sentiment have also played a role, according to experts.

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Limitless Possibilities

Technology has made the mortgage industry faster, more affordable, more compliant, and more convenient—and it’s not done yet. The industry’s top players weigh in on the power of technology, how to harness it, and where it’s headed. With pieces by Jason Allnutt of Auction.com, Rob Pajon of RES.NET, Martin Morzynski of HouseCanary, Dennis Cisterna III of Investability Real Estate, Dominic Iannitti of DocMagic, Cindy Walton of ISGN Corporation, and Jane Mason of Clarifire, this compilation has insights you won’t want to miss. This select print feature originally appeared in the June issue of DS News magazine, available now.

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FOMC: Economy Strong Enough to Raise Interest Rates

The Federal Open Market Committee voted Wednesday to raise interest rates for the second time this year to 1-1.25 percent, a move that was widely expected amongst economists and industry professionals and described as “prudent” by FOMC Board of Governors Chair Janet Yellen. Back in March, they voted to increase the rate a modest quarter of a point to maintain the Fed’s goal of maximum employment and market stability. The FOMC is of the opinion that waiting too long to scale back accommodations could potentially cause a rapid increase in rates, which could disrupt the market and send the economy into another recession.

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IDS Announces New Document Preview Feature

International Document Services, Inc., a Mortgage document preparation vendor, announced it has incorporated a new document preview feature into its integration with LendingQB’s cloud-based loan origination solution. The feature allows LendingQB users to preview mortgage documents, such as the Loan Estimate or Closing Disclosure, before they are submitted to fulfillment. This enables lenders to spot and correct errors before the creation of the final document.

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