Category: Industry News

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hit second-consecutive 2017 low

Mortgage rates hit an all-new 2017 low for the second-consecutive week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

“The 10-year Treasury yield fell to a new 2017-low on Tuesday,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “In response, the 30-year mortgage rate dropped four basis points to 3.82%, reaching a new year-to-date low for the second consecutive week.”

The 15-year FRM also decreased, dropping from last week’s 3.16% to 3.12% this week. This is still up from last year’s 2.77%.

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Americans haven’t been this good at paying their mortgages since 2000

Over the last few weeks, report after report after report after report all show the same thing – more Americans are paying the mortgages on time right now than at any time since the housing crisis, at least.

The most recent report, from Black Knight Financial Servicesshowed that there were fewer loans in foreclosure in the month of July than in any month in more than 10 years.

Recent data from Transunion showed that mortgage delinquency rates fell to the lowest rate in 10 years during the second quarter, while a recent report from S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian showed that in July, the average mortgage default rate hit its lowest level in a decade.

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MBA: Housing shortage boosts demand for new home purchases

The demand from consumers who are looking to buy an existing home is spilling over into new home purchases, according to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The MBA’s latest Builder Applications Survey tracks the current homebuilder trends across the country. Here’s what the association expects to see moving into the second half of the year.

The latest survey reported that for July, which sits toward the end of the spring and fall home-buying rush, mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 5.1% compared to July 2016.

On a monthly basis, applications decreased by 12% from June. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

While the drop is expected for the month, the uptick from last year shows an increase from the typical July demand.

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Senate to consider bill to end “FICO monopoly” at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Earlier this year, a bipartisan group reintroduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to consider alternative credit-scoring models beyond the FICO credit score the government-sponsored enterprises currently use. Now, a companion bill is being introduced in the Senate as well, with the backing of Senators from both parties.

The Senate version of the “Credit Score Competition Act” is sponsored by Sens. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, and Mark Warner, D-Virginia.

In a joint statement, Scott and Warner say that the bill will help make credit available to ” some of the 26 million ‘credit invisible’ individuals in the housing market.”

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Will the home appraisal industry be replaced by technology?

Automation haunts many discussions about the future of work, employment, and the economy. But technological advances may soon hit homes in an unexpected way: could real estate appraisers be replaced by robots?

That’s the conclusion of a recent article in Bloomberg, which discusses how advances in big data and computing are helping automate this knowledge-based job, perhaps a harbinger of how advances in machine learning mean an ever-widening circle of professions are at risk.

The future of the profession has become a topic due to a recent decision by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two institutions that facilitate the flow of funding for home loans nationwide. In the past, both of these entities have occasionally allowed appraisal waivers when evaluating low-cost loans. But recently, they’ve changed their stance, starting up a program earlier this year that would waive the new appraisal requirement for homes where the loan-to-value ratio is low. Instead, they’ll accept any appraisals on file from the last five years. In June, Freddie Mac said it would start accepting automated valuations for some refinancing loans.

 

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Zillow: Median Home Value at New High

The national median home value has reached $200,400, a 7.5 percent increase from last year. Zillow attributed this new peak to a higher buyer demand and a shrinking housing inventory. In some markets, year-over-year gains have been in double-digit figures: Seattle’s home values are up 13 percent year-over-year to a median home value of $447,100, while home values in Dallas and Las Vegas are up 10.5 and 10 percent, respectively.

Read the source article at National Mortgage Professional Magazine

Average FICO score reaches 700 for first time ever

The average FICO score reached an all-time high, hitting 700 for the first time ever. And scores are expected to continue climbing even as mortgage lenders prepare to ease credit standards over the next few months.

Average credit scores bottomed out at 686 during the housing crisis after a sharp increase in foreclosures, FICO vice president for scores and analytics Ethan Dornhelm explained, according to an article by Jessica Dickler for CNBC. FICO scores range from 300 to 850.

A new report from the Urban Institute showed the average FICO score for originations dropped in April as lenders eased lending standards for refinances. For purchases, however, the standards remained tight.

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CFPB finalizes updates to TRID

After much anticipation, the CFPB officially released the finalized updates to the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule, also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule. The newly amended rule finally answers industry calls for greater clarity and certainty. But it’s not over. The CFPB also announced a follow-up proposal, seeking information on closing disclosures. 

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