Mortgage Rates Come Up, Could Go Down Again

Freddie Mac believes that the mortgage rates that have climbed by three basis points could come down near record lows shortly. Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Sam Khater, stated in a press release that the “Mortgage rates set several record lows over the last few months and have remained low into September. While there is room […]

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Ginnie Mae Proves to be the Forbearance Exception

The number of borrowers on the Coronavirus-forbearance are down but the Ginnie Mae market is proving to be an exception to the rule. The weekly report of the Mortgage Bankers Association for the week closing Sep 13 revealed a drop of 8 basis points for loans under forbearance. However, Ginni Mae’s securitized loans inched up […]

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Digital Closing Helpful but Chinks Remain

Remote online notarization (RON) has been on a high since the pandemic hit the town. Digital closings have allowed the housing industry to operate in times of social distancing and lack of in-person contact. However, Kimberly Smathers, Snapdoc’s Head of Information Security and Compliance stated during National Mortgage News Digital Mortgage conference’s panel discussion that the […]

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Housing Starts in August Spoil July’s Optimism

Housing starts have performed below expectations in August, signaling lesser construction of apartments. This does not bode well for the broader economy because the housing industry is one of the few ignitions it has in the corona-infested 2020. Residential starts have come down by 5.1% compared to July, says a government report. Bloomberg had anticipated […]

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Mortgage Originations May beat 32 Years’ Record in 2020

2020 may just turn out to be a classic year for mortgage originations, feels Fannie Mae. Refinancings, riding on the back of low mortgage rates along with unexpectedly high activity in new and existing homes may see to this. Fannie Mae believes that mortgage originations in ‘20’ are likely to be close to $3.87 trillion, […]

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Affordability Rears its Head Again

Many affordable housing markets have seen a hike in home prices, making them a tough grab for the buyers, says Redfin. Daryl Fairweather, Redfin’s Chief Economist, stated in a press release that “Home price growth this high is making the housing market especially difficult for first-time homebuyers right now. Rising prices are just one more […]

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Mortgage Credit Availability Hits Lowest Point in Six Years

Mortgage credit availability has declined considerably, reaching the lowest point it has reached in six years, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) dropped to 120.9 in August, which is a 60.8 point decrease from August 2019 (181.7). Joel Kan, the MBA’s Vice President of economic and industry forecasting, […]

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Pandemic Changes Homebuyers’ Preferences

TD Bank surveyed 380 borrowers from the South, 240 from the West, 210 from the Northeast, and 170 from the Midwest. To add, 6% of those surveyed were born in or before 1945. 39% were Millennials, and 27% from the Gen X, and 28% Baby Boomers. The 1000 borrowers, surveyed in June, provided revealing insights […]

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Price Hikes can Signal which Way Demand is Going

One way to form an opinion about demand is to look at the number of listings that have seen a price hike. One reason for such increases is real estate flipping. Investors buy a property, do some work on it, and sell it at a better price. It is done quickly enough. Property prices generally […]

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Mortgage Applications Reverse Month-Long Drop in Numbers

For the first time in four weeks, mortgage applications saw a hike, rising by 2.9% over the last week. The housing demand is atypically strong as we come to the end of summer, says the Mortgage Bankers Association.  The MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, Joel Kan, stated in a press release […]

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