Posts Tagged ‘finances’

All U.S. Banks Pass Stress Tests

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Laura Lam

For the second year in a row, all of the nation’s largest financial institutions passed their stress tests, meaning each company has enough capital on hand to survive a “severe recession.”  On Thursday, the Federal Reserve announced the results of the annual stress testing, which showed that all 34 participating financial institutions are adequately capitalized and could withstand another economic downturn. “The nation’s largest bank holding companies have strong capital levels and retain their ability to lend to households and businesses during a severe recession,” the Fed stated. “This year’s results show that, even during a severe recession, our large banks…

Home Flipping Volume Rises to 9-Year High

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q1 2017 U.S. Home Flipping Report revealed that 43,615 single family homes and condos were flipped during Q1 2017, which was an 8% decrease from the previous quarter and a 6% decrease from a year ago. Home flips in Q1 2017 accounted for 6.7% of all single family home and condo sales during the quarter, up from 5.8% in the previous quarter and unchanged from a year ago. A home flip is defined as a property that is sold in an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period.  One-third (33.3%) of all single family…

The Cost of Attending a Wedding in 2017

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Laura Lam

Wedding season is upon us.  According to theKnot.com, the average cost of a wedding in 2016 rose to an all-time high of $35,329.  But modern weddings aren’t just ultra-expensive for the happy couple, they’re actually a serious, wallet-emptying affair for guests as well. According to the Knot’s 2016 Wedding Guest Study, the average bridesmaid/groomsman spent just over $1,500 last year, while wedding guests spent $888.  Here’s a breakdown of the costs: Average bridesmaid and groomsmen spend per wedding: $1,154 Wedding gift spend: $177 Wedding attire: $207 Wedding travel: $342 Wedding accommodations: $293 Average wedding guest spend per wedding total: $888…

Homeowner Equity On the Rise

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Laura Lam

Homeowner equity increased significantly in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Q1 2017 home equity analysis from CoreLogic.  Homeowners with a mortgage, about 63% of all homeowners, saw their equity increase by 11.2% for a total of $766.4 billion since the first quarter last year. The average homeowner gained about $13,400 in equity over the last year. The total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity decreased 3% from the fourth quarter to 3.1 million homes, or 6.1% of all mortgaged properties. This is a drop of 24% from 4.1 million homes in the first quarter last year….

Is the New Household Debt Record Cause for Concern?

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

Last month, the New York Federal Reserve reported that household debt across the nation has hit a dubious milestone in the first quarter: It surpassed the peak debt level of 2008 at $12.7 trillion. Household debt — including mortgages, auto and student loans, and credit cards — rose $149 billion compared with the last quarter of 2016, with nearly all the gain coming from mortgages. Reaching the peak raises questions about whether the backdrop exists again for another financial meltdown.  But the data show the current structure of debt is substantially different from 2008. According to a research officer at…

New Home Sales Less Than Half of Historical Norms

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

The current level makes up 88.3% of the 50-year average, according to a report from Trulia. However, new home sales are unable to keep up with the rate of total sales.  How many new home sales do we need for the market to look normal?  According to Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin, if we compare the share of new home sales to total sales, that share needs to more than double.  “In April, new home sales made up about 11.9% of all home sales, which is less than half of the historical average of 23.6%,” McLaughlin said. However other experts explain…

Banks See Slower Loan Growth, Higher Charge-Offs

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Laura Lam

FDIC-insured banks reported that the pace of loan growth slowed in the first quarter and that charge-offs on loans to individuals increased. But banks still recorded robust earnings for the period.  Total loans and leases fell by $8.1 billion, or 0.1% year-over-year, in the 3 months ended March 31, led by credit card loans, which posted a seasonal decline of $43.7 billion, or 5.5%. In its Quarterly Banking Profile, the FDIC attributed the decline to cardholders paying down outstanding balances, but residential mortgages also fell, by 0.5%. Credit to businesses offset some of the decline, with commercial and industrial loans up…

Beige Book: Slower Growth, Less Optimism

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Laura Lam

Economic growth slowed across parts of the U.S. in recent weeks, and some firms have become a bit less optimistic about the future, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve.  “A majority of districts reported that firms expressed positive near-term outlooks; however, optimism waned somewhat in a few districts,” the Fed said in its latest Beige Book report. Broadly, the Fed said economic growth was modest in 7 districts, moderate in 4 districts and “flattened out” in the New York Fed district. The prior beige book said activity expanded in all 12 regions with the pace equally split…

Foreclosure Activity Hits Post-Recession Low in April

Posted on June 08, 2017 by Laura Lam

ATTOM Data Solutions released its April 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market data, which shows foreclosure filings – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – were reported on 77,049 U.S. properties in April, down 7% from the previous month and down 23% from a year ago to the lowest level since November 2005. “Foreclosure activity continued to search for a new post-recession floor in April thanks in large part to the above-par performance of mortgages originated in the past 7 years,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. “Meanwhile we are seeing an elevated share of repeat foreclosures…

Mortgage Origination Volume Falls 34%

Posted on June 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

Mortgage origination volume fell 34% in the first quarter compared with the fourth quarter, driven mainly by a 45% drop in refinances, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ Mortgage Monitor report.  Overall, lenders originated about $372 billion in first-lien mortgages in the first quarter – the lowest volume seen since the fourth quarter of 2014.  Purchase originations fell 21% compared with the fourth quarter but were up 3.0% compared with the first quarter of 2016, according to the report. An ATTOM Data Solutions report also showed that a little over 1.4 million loans (refinance and purchase loans) were originated in the…