Archive for the ‘Trends’ Category

Study Finds More Than 17 Percent of Appraisals Report a Value Less Than Contract Price

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


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More than 17 percent of appraisals on purchase transactions were found to report a value less than the value of the contract price.Click to continue

Zillow Mortgages: Fixed-Rates Remain Below Four Percent

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) on Zillow Mortgages is currently at 3.81 percent, unchanged from this time last week. The 30-year FRM hovered around 3.85 percent for most of the week, dropping to 3.70 percent Wednesday before rising to the current rate.Click to continue

Existing-Home Sales Bounce Back in September

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


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After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).Click to continue

New Credit for Revolving Home Equity Loans Rises More Than 21 Percent Year-Over-Year

Monday, October 20th, 2014


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Equifax has announced its latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report, the total balance of new credit for revolving home equity loans year-to-date in July 2014 is $65.9 billion, a six-year high and a year-over-year increase of 21.4 percent.Click to continue

Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Rises in Q2

Sunday, October 19th, 2014


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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding increased by $24.9 billion in the second quarter of 2014, as three of the four major investor groups increased their holdings.Click to continue

U.S. Housing Production Rises 6.3 Percent in September

Sunday, October 19th, 2014


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For the third time this year, nationwide housing starts surpassed the million-mark, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. Total housing production in September rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units.Click to continue

Tomorrow’s Mortgage Space (Part III)

Friday, October 17th, 2014


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In this third and final installment of our look into the industry’s near future, we consider the product trends and operational concerns that will dominate the mortgage profession.

What will next year’s potential borrowers pursue? If this year’s trend is any indication, jumbo mortgages will continue to be very popular in 2015.Click to continue

Multifamily Lending Hits New Record Levels

Friday, October 17th, 2014


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In 2013, 2,898 different multifamily lenders provided a total of $172.5 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The 2013 dollar volume represents an 18 percent increase from 2012 levels.  Sixty-two percent of the active lenders made five or fewer multifamily loans over the course of the year.Click to continue

Tomorrow’s Mortgage Space (Part II)

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


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In this second of our three-part series on the industry’s future, we look at underlying concerns related to two hot-button issues that continue to bedevil the mortgage world: servicing and technology.Click to continue

Fixed-Rates Hit Lowest Mark Since June 2013

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


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Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below two percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 when it averaged 3.93 percent. This was also the last time the 30-year fixed averaged below four percent in the PMMS until this week.Click to continue