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Originations forecast through 2026 ‘dampened’ by inflation, GDP and labor market growth

Housing Wire

Persistent economic trends that include inflation, a strong labor market and real gross domestic product (GDP) growth will continue to “dampen” mortgage origination activity through at least the end of 2026, according to the newest U.S. mortgage originations outlook from financial services forecasting and advisory company iEmergent.

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FHFA Releases Strategic Plan for 2022-2026

Appraisal Buzz

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has released a draft of its strategic plan for 2022-2026 and is requesting input on the plan from the general public. The post FHFA Releases Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 appeared first on Appraisal Buzz. The post FHFA Releases Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 appeared first on Appraisal Buzz.

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People on the Move: Longtime HAR CEO Bob Hale to retire in 2026

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Hale announces his retirement after more than 50 years with the organization. Plus, Corcoran hires Scott Mitchelson as global growth leader.

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HAR leaders on earning trust and competing with Zillow

Real Estate News

“We’re trying to be an example of what an association can do,” says René Galvan, who will take over for Bob Hale as CEO in 2026.

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The average retail mortgage lender lost $645 per loan in Q1 2024 — but that’s actually a good thing

Housing Wire

trillion in 2026. in 2026, according to Fratantoni’s forecast. Fratantoni expects a major rebound for the mortgage market over the next two years. His forecast calls for $2 trillion in origination volume in 2025 and $2.28 Mortgage rates should fall to 5.9% in 2025 and 5.7%

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Florida theme parks creating more housing for employees

Housing Wire

For Universal Studios employees, the owners of the park are seeking to construct a 1,000-unit mixed-use development slated to open in 2026 that would promise a short commute to the Universal Orlando Resort, which is also aiming to open a full-scale third theme park called “Epic Universe” next year. “To

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As mortgage biz suffers, Blend sees unified banking platform as the key to growth

Housing Wire

To reach a key financial goal in 2026, Blend Labs plans to diversify far beyond mortgage. Achieving positive free cash flow by 2026 would represent a financial landmark for Blend. ​​”We are guiding to a free cash flow margin of 8% for our conservative case, 18% for the market norm, with our base case at 12%.

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