As President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 99th birthday seven months into hospice, welcome to the 4th quarter! (Will lenders experience any “Q-4-ia”? Say out loud.) Let’s talk U.S. lists! California, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, and Virginia are top five in pumpkin growing. The National Association of Realtors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Pharmaceuticals, American Hospital Association, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are the leading five lobbying spenders. And you can add the Internal Revenue Service’s Income Verification Express Service (IVES) to the list of “essential” government activities that would continue to operate in the event of a government shutdown. We won’t have to worry about that until mid-November, as the government kicked the can down the road and passed a Continuing Resolution that averts a government shutdown to November 17. HUD (Ginnie Mae and FHA included), USDA, and the VA will continue to operate temporarily uninterrupted, and for a bonus the bill also includes $16 billion in disaster aid and an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). (Today’s podcast can be found here and this week’s is sponsored by TRUE. TRUE creates accurate data that powers automation and optimizes every step of the lending lifecycle, helping lending organizations rapidly process loans, dramatically cut costs and risk, and radically improve the customer experience. Hear an interview with Keyspire’s Michael Sarracini on housing affordability problems and the best advice for young potential homeowners.)

Published On: October 2, 2023 / Categories: Mortgage News /