Government

January 2, 2017

Law Firms Ramp Up Cybersecurity

A surge in high-profile law firm data breaches is shifting the way businesses are shopping for lawyers, say cybersecurity experts, academics, and attorneys.  Clients with sensitive […]
December 19, 2016

CMBS Delinquency Rate at Highest Level Since Dec. ’15

The Trepp CMBS Delinquency Rate continued to climb in November. The rate began to rise in March as loans from the 2006 and 2007 vintages started […]
December 15, 2016

Report Finds Many ‘Unscoreable’ Consumers ‘Creditworthy’

Many consumers without traditional credit scores are nevertheless creditworthy and could qualify for mortgages, according to recent research.  Millions of people considered unscoreable by conventional standards […]
December 12, 2016

FHA to Increase Loan Limits for 2017

The Federal Housing Administration will increase its national loan limit “floor” to $275,665 in 2017 from $271,050. This limit is set at 65% of the national […]
December 8, 2016

Mortgage Credit Availability Continues to Climb

Access to mortgage credit continued its recent upward trend in November.  The Mortgage Bankers Association said that its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), increased by 1.6% […]
December 6, 2016

Foreclosure Starts Fall to 11-Year Low

Foreclosure starts dropped to the lowest level recorded since January 2005, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ (BKFS) October First Look report.  In total, there were […]
December 5, 2016

A “New Normal” of Slow Growth Coming in 2017

The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics calls for the American economy to grow 2.2% in 2017, up from a […]
November 22, 2016

Modest Economic Growth Expected in 2017

The U.S. economy is expected to continue growing modestly in 2017, but the unknown about policies to be enacted by President-elect Donald Trump’s administration pose both […]
November 16, 2016

Is the Future of the CFPB at Stake?

Republican lawmakers and big names on Wall Street have been trying to weaken or abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since it was created more than five years […]