Mortgage

Forbearances Tumble; Mortgage Profits Break 2008’s Record; Locking/Floating After Jobs Report

The number of loans in forbearance declined sharply over the course of the past week. Black Knight said the number of homeowners exiting their plans jumped to the highest level in four weeks due to end-of-May expirations. There were also noticeable declines in the number of borrowers returning to the program as well as new […]

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Mortgage Rates Are Low and Stable, But Face Bigger Risks Tomorrow

Mortgage rates moved lower today, bringing the average lender to the best levels since late February. Despite the milestone, the day-over-day movement in rates has been pretty mild. Most lenders are making changes that are only noticeable in the form of upfront costs (aka “points”) as opposed to rates themselves. If we use upfront costs […]

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Mortgage Rates Sideways Near 2-Month Lows

Mortgage rates were mixed today, depending on the lender. On average, rates were unchanged and remained very close to their lowest levels in nearly 2 months. The bond market (which most directly impacts day-to-day rate movement) was calm. Both of today’s important economic reports came in weaker than expected, but close enough to forecasts to […]

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FHA Will Keep Mortgage Insurance Fund Rates Stable

The newly installed Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released her first quarterly report on the agency to Congress on Tuesday. A key point regarded the Federal Housing Administration’s Single Family Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund. Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said the fund has remained resilient despite the financial challenges faced […]

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Mortgage Profits Decline but Remain Close to Record Levels

Mortgage originators’ profits remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2020, although they were down considerably from the previous period. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA’s) Mortgage Bankers Performance Report says that independent mortgage banks (IMBs) and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks reported a net gain of $ 3,738 on each loan they originated during the […]

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MBA Survey: “Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Decreases to 5.05%”

Note: This is as of March 14th. From the MBA: Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Decreases to 5.05% The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by 9 basis points from 5.14% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week […]

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Mortgage Rates End Week Near 1-Year Highs

Today ended up being fairly uneventful for mortgage rates –a welcome reprieve in the context of recent volatility. Actually, “volatility” is putting it mildly. 2021 has been a total rout for longer-term rates, even if 30yr fixed mortgages in the low-to-mid 3% range are historically excellent. That “historical context” argument is good perspective for the […]

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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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Mortgage Rates Surge After Powell Comments

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates jumped quickly today after Q&A session with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. What did he say to cause such drama? Actually, it’s more about what he didn’t say. For some reason, market participants were expecting (or at least hoping) that Powell would say something to address the recent […]

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Mortgage Rules Toughen Up for Condos in Vacation Hot Spots

The new rules could make it tougher for some buyers to get a mortgage on condos in resort areas. www.nar.realtor – Vacation, Resort, and Second Homes

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