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Mortgage Rates Modestly Lower, But Hoping For More

At this point, no one should be surprised to hear that mortgage rates have moved significantly higher in 2021–especially in the past few weeks. There are several reasons for this, but the easiest way to make sense of it all is to say “rates were ultra low when covid was at its worst and they’ve […]

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Still Cheaper to Own; Forbearance Improvement Slows; No More Record Low Rates?

In most parts of the country owning a home is more affordable than renting one according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ 2021 Rental Affordability Report . The company looked at the median price of a three-bedroom home in 915 U.S. counties and the rent for a comparable home and found owning more affordable 572 or 63 […]

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Mid-Month Forbearance Pattern Repeats; More On Mortgage Rates’ Ticking Clock; Freddie Adopting SOFR

There was an increase in the number of loans in forbearance over the last week as the share within all lender portfolios, even the GSEs’, moved higher. Black Knight said, however, that an uptick in mid-month has become common, generally driven by fewer borrowers exiting their plans. This was true this past week as well. […]

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Fewer Forbearances; More Homebuilding; Higher Ficos; Lowest Rates

There was another decline in forbearance starts this past week and the number of loans in active plans also fell for the third straight week. Black Knight’s weekly report on COVID-19 related forbearances reported a total of 4.12 million loans that have been granted forbearance, allowing borrowers to omit or reduce mortgage payments due to […]

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