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New Conforming Limit Improves Financing from Coast-to-Coast

For the first time since 2006, the conforming loan limit will rise in 2017. This change is important in today’s housing market as it allows the financing market to expand to meet the growing needs of strong consumer demand...

Closing Delays Continue to Subside

The housing finance market continues to normalize in the way of TRID and Brexit related delays. The average delay in time-to-close (TTC), the time from when a sale goes under contract to settlement, eased from 3.4 days in September...

Lesson Learned: Few Risky Mortgage Products in the Market

Three years after the ability to repay (ATR) rule was implemented, the risky mortgage products that became common during the last boom and helped fuel the unsustainable run-up in prices are rare. That is one of the key takeaways...

Price Growth Foreshadows Important Change for Mortgage Borrowers

In the wake of the financial crisis, the national conforming loan limit was frozen at its 2007 level of $417,000. After nearly a decade of waiting, Federal regulators may finally be ready to raise that limit as well as...

Closing Delays Ease in September

After peaking at 3.9 days in August, delays in the settlement process eased in September. The difference in time to settle a sale eased relative to last year by 3.4 days. Settlement delays surged in wake of Brexit as...