Should millennials delay ownership for student loans? (9/23/2016)
An advice columnist for millennials suggests ways they can make their student loan debt more manageable – and clear the way for “a wedding, a downpayment and other trappings of adulthood.”
CoreLogic: 548,000 U.S. homeowners regained equity in 2Q 2016 (9/15/2016)
Nationwide, the percentage of homes with positive equity rose to 92.9% of all mortgaged properties. At 14%, Fla. ranked 2nd among states for the highest percentage of mortgaged properties in negative equity.
Yet again, penalties pile up at Wells Fargo (9/12/2016)
In its latest regulatory black eye, Wells Fargo must pay $185M in civil penalties for actions allegedly taken by about 5,300 employees, who secretly opened millions of accounts without customers’ permission.
Why aren’t mortgage applications higher? (9/7/2016)
Some housing analysts point out that slowing job growth, a short supply of homes for sale and higher prices are having an impact, while many homeowners have already taken advantage of refinancing.
U.S. will extend HARP home loan program (9/2/2016)
Fed Housing Finance Agency: It will continue through Sept. 2017. More than 3.4M homeowners have refinanced their mortgages under HARP since it began 7 years ago.
Homeowners using Airbnb face refi snags (8/31/2016)
While some owners consider short-term rentals a bonus and include that extra income on a mortgage refi, many lenders say the home is now investment property.
Attention, jumbo-mortgage shoppers: Deals ahead (8/26/2016)
More lenders are now offering jumbo loans. The high-end loans made up 20.3% of all first mortgages originated in the first quarter 2016, up from 18.9% a year ago.
Fannie and Freddie redesign mortgage applications (8/23/2016)
The Uniform Residential Loan Application gets a new look on Jan. 1, 2018, that includes simpler terminology and new data fields – its first upgrade in 20 years.
Appraisers, 10 associations oppose PACE loan changes (8/17/2016)
Along with NAR, the Appraisal Institute objects to the energy-efficient program’s costs taking precedence over the mortgage debt on FHA- and VA-backed loans.
Average 30-year mortgage rate declines to 3.43% (8/5/2016)
Mortgage rates dropped this week after rising for three straight weeks, perhaps due in part to sluggish economic signs. The 15-year FRM dipped to 2.74%.
CFPB to update mortgage disclosure rules (7/29/2016)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed updates to its “Know Before You Owe” rule to “provide greater clarity and certainty.” One proposal: Include a way for agents to get a copy of the buyer’s mortgage disclosure.
HUD to investigate downpayment aid programs (7/25/2016)
HUD switched direction. It now says it will look for cases where lenders failed to fully inform FHA buyers on loan terms, charged improper fees or used coercion.
Green energy boost: FHA to back some PACE mortgages (7/20/2016)
FHA says it will now approve purchase and refinance mortgage applications in states that treat clean-energy program (PACE) funding as a special assessment that homeowners pay like property taxes.
NAR-backed condo legislation passes Senate (7/15/2016)
Success: Many Realtors responded to a recent Call for Action, and Congress approved a plan to help FHA buyers secure a condo. It now only needs Obama’s signature.
‘Jumbo’ mortgages now cheaper than smaller loans (7/1/2016)
When it comes to mortgage rates, it’s cheaper loan-wise to buy a big home. Higher-priced loans once required a higher interest rate, but the average rates have currently dropped below those for conventional loans.
Quicken quietly offers 1% downpayment loans (6/29/2016)
Quicken uses Freddie’s Home Possible mortgage program that requires 3% down, but it “grants” qualified buyers 2%, making the out-of-pocket downpayment only 1%.
Downpayment assistance programs keep on giving (6/9/2016)
With downpayment assistance, it’s not just about dollar value. By lowering the total mortgage amount, some Fla. owners can save $50K over the life of the loan.
FHA wants to strengthen reverse mortgages (6/7/2016)
If a proposed rule is approved, lenders who offer reverse mortgages must cap ARM rates, prove that counseling took place and help at-risk owners exit gracefully.
Banks rush to offer 3% downpayment loans (5/31/2016)
If one major bank starts to offer 3% downpayment loans, others often follow. So far, Wells Fargo, Chase and BofA are offering non-FHA, low-downpayment products.
Does your buyer qualify for special financing? (5/31/2016)
Financial help is out there through programs offered by private firms or federal, state and local governments. Overall, a Fla. buyer could potentially find up to 230 special assistance programs available.
Problems related to new TRID rules seem to be over (5/23/2016)
For the second consecutive month, the average time to close all loans was 44 days, suggesting that lenders worked out kinks in the new truth-in-lending laws.
FHA may be reopening doors to condo financing (5/23/2016)
At one time, FHA offered “spot” condo loans even if a complex wasn’t certified, and while those may or may not be coming back, some changes are in the works.
‘Finding a good Realtor’ a transaction high point (5/10/2016)
TD Bank survey: When it comes to mortgages, buyers want access to information online, better training for frontline staff and more seminars or workshops.
Downpayment insurance helps recession-leery buyers (5/4/2016)
For the first time, buyers can purchase insurance that protects their downpayment if real estate values fall. One Fla. bank offers it now but more should follow.
CFPB focuses on mortgage complaints (4/27/2016)
The national consumer advocate says people still complain about mortgage servicers with “dead ends and obstacles resolving issues.” Top one: late payment issues.
TRID delays may be over as lenders boost efficiency (4/22/2016)
Per Ellie Mae’s latest report, the average loan took 44 days to close last month – less time than it did a year ago before truth in lending rules went into effect.
HELOCs are back – but are they safe? (4/18/2016)
Some say home equity lines of credit helped cause the housing meltdown as owners treated their home like an ATM. But for some owners, HELOCs are a good thing.
Homeowners fight FHA mortgage-interest overcharges (4/18/2016)
FHA charges sellers a full-month’s interest at early-month closings, and a group of owners are suing four banks over the practice, including BofA and SunTrust.
Buyers’ top mortgage complaint? Tax data errors (4/13/2016)
A home can receive six separate tax estimates between listing and an owner’s first mortgage payment, and some estimates are more accurate than others.
Study: College debt delays homeownership (4/6/2016)
A Fed study found that for every 10% increase in student loan debt, the probability that a first-time buyer would apply for a mortgage went down by 1%.
Banks ramp up push for home-equity lines (4/6/2016)
Lenders are again touting cash-out refinances and home-equity lines of credit that allow homeowners to tap into their home equity when they need extra cash.
Fannie Mae debuts loan option for ‘green’ retrofits (4/1/2016)
Buyers who want green home options, such as solar panels, can now buy a non-green home, upgrade it and roll the installation cost into their mortgage.
5 uncommon ways to come up with a downpayment (3/30/2016)
Many people put a little money away each month toward a downpayment on a home “some day,” but additional options may help get them there faster.