Posts Tagged ‘refinance’

Housing Affordability May Plummet in 2018

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Laura Lam

During the recent CoreLogic and the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance, Affordability and Supply in the Digital Age conference, CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft predicted rising interest rates will cause home prices to rise.  Mortgage interest rates are expected to continue rising over the next couple years as experts predict the Federal Reserve will raise the Federal Funds rate in once more this year in December and up to 4 more times in 2018. As the chart shows, CoreLogic forecasted it will rise to 4.7% by December 2018. Nothaft explained as mortgage interest rates increase throughout 2018, less current homeowners will be motivated…

Mortgage Fraud Risk on the Rise

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Laura Lam

An estimated 13,404 mortgage applications, representing 0.82% of all applications, filed during the second quarter contained indications of fraud, according to the Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index released by CoreLogic.  The second-quarter figure is a 16.9% increase from the 12,718 mortgage applications, comprising 0.70% of total applications, that contained indications of fraud recorded in the second quarter of 2016. By state, mortgage application fraud risk was highest in New York, pushing it to overtake Florida as the state with the highest risk. After holding the top spot for the last several years, Florida is now in third after posting a…

Purchase Lending Hits 10-Year High

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Laura Lam

During the second quarter of 2017, purchase originations jumped significantly even as refinances shrank, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ latest Mortgage Monitor report.  First lien mortgages jumped 20% from the first quarter and 16% from last year to $467 billion in the second quarter. During the second quarter, refis fell 20%, or $37 billion, from the second quarter to 31% of the market share of originations, the lowest level in 16 years.  However, the 57% quarterly surge in purchase originations more than made up for the fall in refis. This is an increase of 6% from last year to $321…

Mortgage Risk Hits Highest Level in 2 Years

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Laura Lam

The frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications increased in May to levels not seen since 2015, according to First American Financial Corp.  The frequency of defects, fraud and misrepresentations increased 2.5% in May, according to the Application Defect Index. This is an increase of 13.7% from the year before. “The Loan Application Defect Index is now reaching levels of risk not seen since 2015,” First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming said. “While risk is growing in both purchase and refinance transactions, it is important to recognize that loan application defect, fraud and misrepresentation…

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…

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…

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…

Average Mortgage Loan Size Hits All-Time High

Posted on March 16, 2017 by Laura Lam

The average loan size for purchase mortgage applications hit an all-time high last week, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.  The MBA’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 3, 2017 showed that the average loan size for purchase applications was $313,300.  That’s the highest that figure has been during any week since the MBA began conducting its weekly application survey in 1990. Overall, the MBA’s report showed that mortgage applications increased 3.3% from the previous week.  The report also showed that the Refinance Index increased 5% from the previous week to the highest level since…

Millennials Locked Out of Housing Market Again

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

For quite some time, we’ve heard that Millennials have put off buying a home.  These reasons include student debt load, tighter lending standards, and simply not wanting to sacrifice everything for a chance to own the “American Dream.”  Whether Millennials actually want to buy a home or not, there has to be homes available to purchase.  Currently, young home shoppers have a very shallow pool of options – and the current inventory shortage is predicted to stick around through 2017. Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions, identified 3 key factors keeping housing inventory in a drought, barring entrance for aspiring…

Home Equity Demand Picks Up

Posted on February 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

Thanks to a confluence of factors, many banks and credit unions are predicting a surge in originations of both home equity loans and home equity lines of credit in 2017.  Driving the demand, bankers said, is that homeowners finally seem ready to take advantage of the appreciation in home values and pull the trigger on home-improvement projects they have been putting off, said Logan Pichel, the head of consumer lending at Regions Financial. Another contributing factor is that banks are carrying relatively low balances of home equity loans, so they have plenty of room to originate new loans. Though it…