For Buyers, Credit Matters—but How Much?

Borrowers not as creditworthy as others often have higher mortgage payments; in fact, according to an analysis recently released by Zillow, the average borrower categorized with credit as “fair” can be on the hook for $21,000 more than a borrower with an “excellent” score. Here’s how: Borrower A has a credit score that’s stellar (“excellent”), […]

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How partnering with a lender can increase your business

For many potential homebuyers, particularly millennials and first-time buyers, recent trends in the real estate market make financing a home seem daunting at best and impossible at worst.

Confidence in Housing as an Investment Rises

With appreciation climbing and equity growing, homeownership is the investment to make—and according to new research, Americans believe it is a solid vehicle for wealth. Sixty-five percent of respondents to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York believe buying a home is a “somewhat good” or “very good” investment; less than 11 […]

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After a Rising Streak, Mortgage Rates Slow

After an April run-up, mortgage rates have slowed, with the average 30-year, fixed rate at 4.55 percent this week, down from 4.58 percent the prior week, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 15-year, fixed rate, however, was at 4.03 percent, up from 4.02 percent the prior week—but the […]

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Mortgage Rates Spike

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate spiked this week, to 4.58 percent—a high not hit in four years, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average was 4.47 percent the prior week. The average 15-year, fixed rate, at the same time, was 4.02 percent, while the five-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate was […]

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Millennials Prep for Price, Rate Rises

Mortgage rates are rising—and millennials are noticing. Ninety-two percent of home-buying millennials in a realtor.com® survey believe higher interest rates will have an impact on their purchase, including a change in desired location, price range and/or square footage. Other generations are not feeling the impact as significantly. Why? Millennials carry debt and have down payments […]

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Mortgage Rates Stay Still

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate stayed still this week, inching up to 4.45 percent from 4.44 percent the week prior, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed rate has been rapidly rising since the start of the year. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve increased its interest rate, denoting […]

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Low Inventory, Rising Rates and a Bustling Spring Market

Spring is here, and, with it, a busy home-buying and -selling season. While real estate markets can vary widely by region, housing is currently seeing similar developments across the country. The Kiplinger Letter, an online source for personal finance advice and business forecasts, recently shared spring market trends. According to Kiplinger’s David Payne, staff economist, […]

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Fed Hikes Rates—How Many More Are to Come?

The Federal Reserve carried out its first hike of 2018 on Wednesday, increasing interest rates one-quarter percentage point and leaving open the possibility of more raises this year. The action was anticipated by the market, which has been on a robust—and, at times, rollercoaster—run. “In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, […]

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Fannie: Economy to Roar on Stimulus

The economy is expected to grow at a full-bodied pace for the year, and boosted further by the stimulus, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook for March 2018. Analysts at Fannie forecast GDP growth at 2.8 percent, barring consumers reining in their spending, the impact […]

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