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A Sharp Increase in January Housing Permits Defies Predictions

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Residential construction data was mixed at the kick-off of the new year. Permits increased significantly while both housing starts and completions pulled back from December numbers. The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban development reported that permits for residential construction were issued in January at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,551,000. This is 9.2 percent higher than the December estimate of 1,420,000, revised from the 1,416,000 permitting rate originally reported. The uptick in permitting during January as well as in the fourth quarter of last year has boosted the rate 17.9 percent higher than in January 2019. Permits were substantially higher than even the most optimistic predictions from analysts polled by Econoday. They forecast results in a range...(read more)

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Compliance, Servicing, Renovation, Broker Products; Shifts in Freddie and Fannie

Posted To: Pipeline Press

Everyone is looking to increase production and cut expenses. MI companies, for example, are re-focusing on their highlighting their value proposition while evaluating their cost structure: what good does it do to have personnel calling on branches when many loan officers work from home and rarely go into the office? For lenders, the MBA’s calculations for the cost to produce a loan in the 4th quarter will be out in mid-March. But it is worth remembering that its last study showed the cost in the third quarter was $7,217 for non-depository lenders, down from the all-time peak of $9,300 in the first quarter of last year. Costs tend to be lower in the middle part of the country versus the coasts for several reasons, including the cost of land and building. Here in Charlotte there is a decent...(read more)

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