Posts Tagged ‘interest rate’

Americans are Getting Better at Paying Mortgages

Posted on September 05, 2017 by Laura Lam

Over the last few weeks, report after report all show the same thing – more Americans are paying the mortgages on time right now than at any time since the housing crisis.  A recent Black Knight Financial Services report showed that there were fewer loans in foreclosure in the month of July than in any month in more than 10 years. Recent data from Transunion showed that mortgage delinquency rates fell to the lowest rate in 10 years during the second quarter, while a recent report from S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian showed that in July, the average mortgage default rate hit its lowest level in a decade. The most recent report from CoreLogic showed that…

Millennial Homebuyers Worry About Affordability

Posted on September 01, 2017 by Laura Lam

According to a recent survey conducted by loanDepot, 52% of Millennials (born between 1981 and 1997), cite no longer wanting to pay rent and being ready to start a family as two top drivers motivating them to start looking into homeownership.  However, half of those surveyed are anxious about the expense of real estate and mortgage payments, with only 18% saying they think a home purchase is affordable for them. As for barriers to entering the housing market, Millennial renters are concerned about having enough money for a down payment (63%), knowing where to start the process (48%) – with 56%…

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…

Delinquencies Down in May; Some States Fare Better Than Others

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Laura Lam

Delinquencies and foreclosure rates dropped in May, partially reversing the sudden increase in April, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ First Look report.  After rising 13% in April, the largest monthly increase since November 2008, delinquencies saw a partial reversal in May with a drop of 7%. The inventory of loans that are either seriously delinquent, 90 days or more past due or in active foreclosure continued to improve, hitting a 10-year low in May. The number of loans in foreclosure hit 421,000 in May, a drop of 12,000 loans from April and 153,000 loans from last year.  Prepayments jumped 23% month-over-month, usually…

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…

Housing Confidence Dips in March

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

Americans came down off their confidence high in March as fewer say now is a good time to buy a home, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index.  The index decreased 3.8 percentage points to 84.5 in March, down from February’s survey high. “Home purchase sentiment gave back some of the gains accumulated over the prior two months that sent the index to its survey high in February,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief economist. “Strong home price appreciation has turned into a double-edged sword for the housing market as it boosted the net share…

Homebuilder Confidence Slips in April

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

Confidence among homebuilders cooled in April after jumping a month earlier to the highest level since mid-2005, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.  Builder sentiment eased to 68 in April from a reading of 71 in March that was the strongest since June 2005. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey was for 70; readings greater than 50 indicate more respondents reported good market conditions. The measure of the 6-month sales outlook fell to 75 after a reading of 78 that matched the highest since 2005. The index of current sales cooled to 74 this…

Younger Homeowners Opt for HELOCs

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Laura Lam

As interest rates increase, hovering higher than rates last year, buyers have little incentive to refinance their mortgages.  But as refis drop, a whole new loan type rises to take its place – home equity lines of credit (HELOC). While mortgage rates may be high, so are home prices, creating a wealth of new equity for homeowners. Thus, the increase in HELOCs, according to a recent CNBC article by Diana Olick.  More than any other generation, Millennials are utilizing this cash-out mortgage loan.  According to the article, “The last time interest rates rose as much as they have over the…

Home Equity Loans on the Rise

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Laura Lam

Mortgage lenders, along with borrowers, are starting to welcome home equity lines of credit back into the market after the loan product began to disappear in the wake of the financial crisis.  Given their growing prominence in the market, a new report from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin provides a current pulse on the health of the product by looking at delinquencies.  The report looked at both closed-end loans and open-end loans, since home equity loans fall into both categories. Bankrate explains that there are two types of home equity loans: term, or closed-end loans, and lines of credit, open-end loans.  A home equity…

Auto Loan Defaults Not Likely to Cause Next Bubble

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

An increase in the delinquency of risky auto loans probably won’t send the U.S. economy into the doldrums the way the mortgage loan crisis did in 2008-09, but it will likely pinch car sales.  Borrowers are falling behind on most subprime car loans, but deep subprime consumers – those with credit scores below 550 – have deteriorated fastest, according to a report by Morgan Stanley. Just like mortgages, many of those loans have been packaged into bonds, “securitized” in Wall Street parlance, and sold across the world to investors searching for yields in the wake of the financial crisis. Car…