Real Estate News

MBA: Second-to-last week in February ends with mortgage application spike

Published: 02 Mar 2017

The Mortgage Bankers Association regularly publishes information on mortgage applications, and the latest results of its weekly survey show an increase at the end of February. According to this source, data from late February seems to show a late turn of fortunes as the market sees a sudden increase in applications.


Are banks no longer major mortgage lenders?

Published: 01 Mar 2017

Traditionally, banks have been a well-known source of mortgage plans for home buyers. While this may still be true, lending companies, which solely focus on granting these loans instead of other financial services, seem to be taking the lead in this sector, gaining consumer trust and business.


January proves strong month for home sales

Published: 28 Feb 2017

Despite economic uncertainty, some forecasters have seen strong growth on the horizon for housing in 2017. The National Association of Realtors recently announced housing inventory growth for this January, with potentially important trends showing themselves.


Renewed federal order uses title insurance companies to increase visibility

Published: 24 Feb 2017

Last year, the government took great steps to scrutinize luxury home purchases by involving title insurance firms. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Department of the Treasury specifically set requirements for title companies to reveal home buyer information.


Student loans vs. mortgages: The millennial homebuyer dilemma

Published: 24 Feb 2017

The younger generation ready to buy homes may face challenges from other sources of debt weighing down on them. Make Lemonade recently reported on the average student loan debt, which can demand refinancing to stay manageable when a new purchase, such as a home, is on the horizon.


New predictions show mortgage rate hikes

Published: 22 Feb 2017

Predictions from Goldman Sachs show a rising mortgage rate over the next few years, one that could see notable changes as soon as 2019. According to Reuters, the famous financial firm singled out 2019 as a watermark for a notable 30-year mortgage rate increase.


Source shows states with with highest mortgage interest rates

Published: 21 Feb 2017

Buyers getting into home payments need to understand the conditions that affect their own mortgage, which could vary based on local values. A recent article for The Motley Fool used Bankrate.com resources to determine the interest rates for mortgages across the U.S.


Multiple reports show 'underwater mortgages' abating

Published: 17 Feb 2017

When a mortgage owner accrues more in debt than the market value of their property, the person may be "underwater." It can be a problem for residents, and a recent report looked at the changes in these rates seen over the last year. Fortunately for buyers, the amount of mortgage holders stuck underwater appears to be going down, at least according to ATTOM Data Solutions.


What housing markets are doing best this year so far?

Published: 16 Feb 2017

Though some California cities are well-known for expensive houses, a new report from Zillow identified some of the markets most that are best for both buyers and sellers. According to this source, there was a noticeable geographical split between these two markets, as most of the seller-friendly cities are on the west coast or southwestern U.S., while the buyer's best bets tended to be on the east coast or Midwest.


Report: More mortgage denials than there may appear

Published: 15 Feb 2017

Potential buyers still face barriers to taking out mortgages, according to an announcement from the Urban Institute. The source used data from 2014 and 2015 to compare actual mortgage denial rates with the way these denials are perceived. Added to previous figures, this information paints a larger picture of buyer activity since 1998.


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