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In this month's edition of our Mortgage Industry Outlook Survey, we want your opinion on the health of the GSEs and the prospect for housing finance reform in the coming months. How likely do you think it is that GSE reform will happen under this administration? Is there any risk in continuing the conservatorship status quo?

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We would like to invite you, as a mortgage industry professional, to participate in our Mortgage industry Outlook Survey.  This month’s survey focuses on FHA and how it impacts your business.  This survey is your opportunity to let your voice be heard by Washington insiders, industry influencers and the news media. 
Please take five minutes to fill it out. By participating you will receive a first look at the results prior to publication.  As always, your identity and answers will be kept strictly confidential. 
The survey will be open for a limited time only. Follow the link to take the survey now! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QG76DVJ

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Existing home sales have fallen to the lowest in six months, down 6.1 percent in November according to the National Association of Realtors. Tim Rood joined CNBC’s Brian Sullivan on Street Signs today to discuss the latest report and Tim’s expectations for the housing market in 2015. Sullivan noted that Existing home sales have recovered from the recession but are “still well off the highs from the housing frenzy in 2006.”

Rood called 2014 “a push” saying that “There are really no winners or losers” and that 2015 is going to be more of the same. “There is a very tentative recovery as you start to see the economy rebound and incomes pick up as you should see a lot of upward pressure on the housing market,” he said.

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 A new survey finds mortgage and housing industry professionals remain skeptical about a housing recovery, and most are not planning to loosen credit scores to allow more people to borrow due to federal regulatory fears.

Those are the results of the latest Collingwood Group Mortgage Outlook Report.

The survey of mortgage and housing industry insiders, conducted October 16-31 finds an overwhelming 71% of respondents saying it is “somewhat” to “extremely” unlikely that they will lower credit scores for borrowers.

One of the survey respondents says, “It just isn’t worth the risk.” http://info.collingwoodllc.com/mortgageindustryoutlook_oct_14

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Increased government regulations are hobbling the mortgage industry. That’s the result from the exclusive Collingwood Group Mortgage Industry Outlook Report debuted today. Seventy-eight percent of Mortgage and Housing Industry professionals surveyed said new mortgage regulations are hurting their business and only two percent indicated that it is “extremely likely” that the housing market will improve in the next six months.

Each month, The Collingwood Group, a Washington, DC based advisory firm will survey top Mortgage and Housing Industry officials to assess the state of their business and what it all means for home buyers and sellers.

“The results of our first survey indicate a pretty grim outlook for the next six months,” according to Collingwood Group Chairman Tim Rood, “the fast pace of regulatory enforcement is a 1, 2 punch for many lenders.”

The initial survey conducted in September shows increased government regulations are forcing the industry to tighten credit availability and are making it tougher for potential home buyers to get loans. Further, the Collingwood Group Mortgage Industry Outlook report suggests all this is having a strong impact on businesses’ bottom lines.

“Many lenders are torn between making credit available to lower credit score borrowers and mitigating exposure to regulatory risk,” explains Brian Montgomery, Collingwood Vice Chairman and former Acting United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration.

Download the full report here: 
http://info.collingwoodllc.com/mortgageindustryoutlook_sep_14
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Former FHFA Senior Associate Director Meg Burns Joins The Collingwood Group as Managing Director 

http://www.collingwoodllc.com/press/former-fhfa-senior-associate-director-meg-burns-joins-the-collingwood-group-as-managing-director/
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