Home equity lines of credit increased almost 16% in February 2013 compared to the same month a year ago, rising to $12.4 billion from $10.7 billion.
Concerns over the Federal Reserve exiting its bond purchase program affected the stock market on Monday.
The lowest credit score which is supposedly available for loans to meet the Federal Housing Administration program standards is 580.
Citigroup is replacing Sanjiv Das, the chief executive of its mortgage unit, with private bank head Jane Fraser.
After hiring more than 50 new employees since January, Churchill Mortgage is restructuring its business management hierarchy.
A panel of 49 economic forecasters expects housing starts will hit 1 million this year and 1.18 million in 2014 as home prices continue to rise.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency should require the government-sponsored enterprises to purchase loans with deeper levels of credit enhancement in exchange for bona fide reductions in guarantee fees and other loan level charges, the Mortgage Bankers Association says.
Credit unions are showing a healthy 5.2% annual growth in lending, but the overall loan-to-share ratio, 57.1%, remains at its lowest point since 1994.
Minnesota would set aside revenue from a proposed cigarette tax increase and corporate tax changes as a backup, should gambling revenue continue to fall short of the amount needed to make payments on bonds for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium.