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Rates go Down, but Things are Looking Up

  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed mortgages are hitting a 15-year high, according to the July 2017 Housing Finance at a Glance Monthly Chartbook recently released by Urban Institute. The share from 2007 to 2013 was approximately 40 percent, but Q1 2017 is reflecting an increase to 47.8 percent. This is one of the […]

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Strong Equity Gains are Giving Homeowners More Options

Residential homes in the United States have experienced strong equity gains in the last three years, and a recent survey indicates that they expect the equity gains to continue in 2016.  In a new survey conducted by loanDepot released Monday, 60 percent of respondents said their homes have gained equity in since 2013 as the housing […]

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Another Rate Hike in the Future???

Many in the mortgage industry were anxiously waiting to view the results of the final jobs report of 2015 to see if the Federal Reserve was on track with the timing of its long-awaited December rate hike or if the central bank acted too quickly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported better-than-expected job gains […]

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TRID: Into the Great Unknown

Amid all the consternation about the looming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule effective date of October 3, one analyst believes that the biggest unknown about TRID is just that—unknown. Until October 3, buyers will use the HUD-1 Settlement Statement containing a good faith estimate for closing the loan that has been in use for 40 years; […]

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FHA to lower cost of mortgage insurance

In an effort to make owning a home more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration will dramatically cut the costs associated with the mortgages it backs. Premiums for FHA mortgage insurance, which is designed to protect the agency in case a borrower defaults on a loan, will be cut from 1.35% of a loan’s value to […]

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Income, Inventory Increases Lift October Home Sales

Income growth and rising home inventory levels helped push house sales up in October compared to last year, marking the first major increase year-to-date, according to a report. Redfin reported a 2.2 percent increase in the number of homes sold in October compared to the same month last year, making it the first month to […]

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Housing Reports to Watch

Monday, June 23rd, the National Association of Realtor published it’s existing-homes sales statistics for May, which rose 4.9%.  It was the biggest gain since 2011, and a back to back increase from April, when sales rose 1.5%.  The figure was good news, not only for the housing market, which looked stalled in march, but for […]

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Improving Economy Bumps Up Mortgage Rates

Signs of an improving economy boosted fixed mortgage rates this week, market reports show.According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.20 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending June 12, an increase of 6 basis points from last week’s report. Last year, the 30-year fixed-rate hovered just below 4.0 […]

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Student Loan Debt Preventing Homeownership, Hampering Economy

Speaking before an audience at the Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director Richard Cordray spoke on the effects of student loan debt on the future of the housing market. The oft-criticized director commented on the growing $1.2 trillion of student loan debt, and how student debt will […]

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