Economy

March 19, 2019

Foreclosure Rate Plummets to Near 20-Year Low

The share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process fell to 0.4% in December, tying with the previous month for the lowest rate since […]
March 18, 2019

Mortgage Lender Optimism Improves Slightly

In the first quarter of 2019, Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey revealed the net profit margin outlook for mortgage lenders retreated 8% from the previous […]
March 14, 2019

Credit Card Balances End Year At Record High

U.S. credit card debt hit $870 billion – the largest amount ever – as of December 2018, according to the data from the Federal Reserve. Credit […]
March 13, 2019

Community Banks Brace for Challenging Year

For community bankers, 2018 was a downward march, culminating in a new low for the Bank Experience Index.  The index, which gauges access to capital, loan […]
March 12, 2019

Negative Equity Spikes in 4Q 2018

U.S. homeowners with mortgages increased their equity by an average $9,700 between the fourth quarter of 2017 and one year later.  Data from CoreLogic reveals that […]
March 6, 2019

Mortgage Delinquencies on the Rise

Loan delinquencies for household debt have remained consistent over the past year, but Moody’s Investors Service predicts this is about the change.  A new Federal Reserve […]
March 5, 2019

Mortgage Fraud Risk Jumps 4.6%

In January, declining mortgage rates mixed with higher loan applications led to more risk of fraud and other errors in the home loan applications, according to […]
March 1, 2019

Over 75% of Economists Predict a Recession by 2021

More than three-quarters of business economists expect the U.S. to enter a recession by the end of 2021, though a majority still estimate the Federal Reserve […]
February 28, 2019

American Household Debt at Record High

Americans faced record levels of debt at the end of 2018, with the amount owed by households rising for an eighteenth consecutive quarter. According to the […]