Archive for July, 2017

Negative Equity Continues Slow & Steady Decline

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Laura Lam

The U.S. negative equity rate – the share of all homeowners with a mortgage that are underwater, owing more on their home than it is worth – fell to 10.4% in the first quarter of 2017, the 20th straight quarterly decline. But the speed at which negative equity is falling has slowed dramatically. The national negative equity rate fell from 10.5% at the end of 2016 and 12.7% in Q1 2016, leaving slightly more than 5 million Americans with a mortgage underwater. The rate is down substantially from its peak of 31.4% in Q1 2012, when more than 15.7 million Americans…

Mortgage Delinquencies Continue to Decline

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Laura Lam

Mortgage delinquencies dropped in April and the economy continued to show improvement, according to the latest Loan Performance Insights Report from CoreLogic.  Nationally, mortgages in some stage of delinquencies, those that are 30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure, dropped to 4.8% of total mortgages in April. This is a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from last year’s 5.3%. The foreclosure inventory rate, which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process, decreased to 0.7%, down from April 2016’s 1%. The serious delinquency rate, defined as 90 days or more past due including loans…

Foreclosure Filings Down 20% from Year Ago

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Laura Lam

According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Midyear 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report the total number of U.S. properties with foreclosure filings during the first half of the year decreased by 20% from the previous year to 428,400, and down 28% from the first half of 2015.  While the amount of foreclosures decreased nationally, 7 states – Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Montana and North Dakota – and D.C. saw increases. ATTOM Data Solutions says that default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions were lower in almost all areas but 8 areas saw an increase, led by a 60% rise in the District…

Rate Hike Prevented 1 Million Americans From Paying Mortgage

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

A new analysis from TransUnion found that 10.6 million Americans could struggle to absorb their increased monthly payments after the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates in December, however further examination showed only 1 million struggled with being delinquent after the rate hike. TransUnion’s study identified 63 million consumers who carried debts where the minimum monthly payments was tied to the market interest rate, and would be effected by rate hikes. Using its CreditVision aggregate excess payment algorithm, TransUnion found that 10.6 million consumers were at an elevated risk of not being able to absorb the 0.25% rate hike. The average change in monthly payments was an…

Mortgage Credit Availability at Highest Level since 2016

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Laura Lam

Credit availability remained historically tight in the first quarter of 2017, but increased slightly from the previous quarter to the highest level since 2016.  The Housing Credit Availability Index (HCAI)  from the Housing Finance Policy Center shows mortgage credit availability increased to 5.4 in the first quarter. This is up from 5.2 in the fourth quarter.  However the chart, which uses data from eMBS, CoreLogic, HMDA, IMF and the Urban Institute, shows this is still extremely tight compared to historical standards. The HCAI measures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to default, go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date….

Homes Prices and Competition Hit Record High

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

The U.S. housing market continued to accelerate in June, with both the median prices and speed of home sales hitting all-time highs, according to a recent Redfin report.  Nationwide, the median sales price rose 7.3% year-to-year to $298,000 in June, the highest price on record since the firm began tracking in 2010. Homes typically sold within 36 days of when they were listed, marking the fastest pace in 7 years, according to Redfin. The tightening of the housing market reflects the imbalance between a long-standing inventory shortage and surging demand.  “Month after month, new records are set for the pace at…

Reputation Survey: Regional Banks Rise to the Top

Posted on July 18, 2017 by Laura Lam

The 2017 survey revealed that the banking industry overall extended its multi-year reputation recovery among U.S. consumers, achieving a reputation score that qualified as “strong” (above 70 on a 100-point scale) for the first time since the Survey of Bank Reputations began in 2011. Better delivery of products and services has helped, as has looser lending practices. But the biggest influence has been banks’ behavior.  Simply put, banks are acting more responsibly with customers – no longer processing transactions in a way that will more quickly trigger overdrafts, for example. They also are making their community activities more prominent. And…

Underwater Mortgages Doing Swimmingly, at 11-Year Low

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Laura Lam

The number of underwater mortgage borrowers has fallen to below 2 million for the first time since 2006.  According to the recent mortgage report from Black Knight Financial, there is a 16% decline in underwater borrowers in the first quarter of 2017 with 350,000 borrowers regaining equity. “The steady upward trajectory of home prices continues to improve the equity positions of many homeowners,” said Black Knight Data & Analytics Executive Vice President Ben Graboske. “Over the past year, we’ve seen a 35% decline in the total underwater population. As of today, there are 1.8 million underwater borrowers remaining, the first…

A Decade of Mobile Banking

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

On June 29, 2017, the iPhone turned 10 years old. Since the first iPhone was released in 2007, Apple has sold some 1.2 Billion phones and notched up more than $740 Billion in sales – making it the best-selling tech gadget in history.  Two-thirds of Apple’s $216 Billion in sales in 2016 came from the iPhone.  American Banker takes a look at some of the ways it, along with the boom in smartphones overall, has shaped banking in the U.S. over the last decade. It gave rise to app culture and fintech. The ability to deposit a check by taking…