Consumer sentiment hits 13-month high in March --

Consumer sentiment improved in March, approaching a level not seen in more than a year. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index rose to a final reading of 76.2, up from a mid-March mark of 74.3 and 75.3 in February.

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Regulatory uncertainty puts Ellie Mae in sweet spot --

The growing economic and regulatory demands placed on lenders is changing how lenders originate mortgages. And that shift to automation is causing at least one mortgage origination technology firm to outpace the industry.

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Rep and warrant risk relief key to booming MSR movement --

Demand for mortgage servicing rights began to boom when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac agreed last year to shield new buyers from the representation and warranty risk leftover from origination, according to market participants.

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Mortgage insurance business slightly higher in February --

Members of trade group Mortgage Insurance Companies of America wrote $ 5.4 billion of primary new insurance in February, up from $ 5 billion in January and $ 4.2 billion from February 2011, reported the group on Friday.

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Credit Suisse private-label RMBS prices despite ratings snag --

The attempt of Credit Suisse to bring a private-label residential mortgage-backed securitization to market is being delayed. Fitch Ratings said the credit enhancement on the deal is insufficient to gain the coveted AAA rating necessary to attract institutional investors.

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