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2016 Survey of Mortgage Originators, Fourth Quarter

Anecdotes have increased in recent quarters that there is a growing shortage of appraisers.  55.6 percent of lenders who took part in the most recent Survey of Mortgage Originators indicated some level of issues getting appraisals.  However, 11.1 percent...

FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Flash Survey

On January 10th, the FHA lowered its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by 25 basis points. That decision was put on hold pending a review on January 21st. This alteration to the FHA’s fee structure was unique as it...

Survey of Mortgage Originators, Fourth Quarter 2016

This quarter marks the 13th Survey of Mortgage Originators in which lenders shared insights about current trends in lending. This survey covered lenders’ experiences in the 4th quarter of 2016 and included questions on shortages of appraisers and the...

FHA Fee Reduction On Hold

On Friday, the new administration suspended a 25 basis point fee reduction that the past administration announced on the 9th of January. NAR research estimated that the fee reduction would have benefited 750,000 to 850,000 homebuyers in 2017 whose...

Drivers of Tight Mortgage Credit

In recent years, pundits have spoken of tight lending and the need to expand access to credit to the broadest group of credit worthy borrowers. A number of issues have been cited as reasons for tight credit including law...