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Lenders Optimistic on Access to Credit

Mortgage lending standards have been tight in the wake of the Great Recession. But recent survey work of mortgage originators points to softening in the 2nd half ot 2014. In NAR’s 3rd Survey of Mortgage Originators, nearly half of...

Change Could Ease Lender Restrictions

The Dodd-Frank act requires that originators make a good faith effort to verify a borrower’s ability to repay their mortgage and imposes stiff penalties if they do not (ATR and QM rules). This makes sense for the safety of...

Signs Suggest Looming Opportunity for First-time Buyers

CoreLogic reported Thursday that the number of underwater homes, properties worth less than what is owed on them, fell from 6.3 million to 5.3 million between the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2014. This change is large and important...

Latest Mortgage Applications Data

Seasonally adjusted applications to purchase homes fell 0.3% for the week ending September 19th, a sideways move from the prior week, but steady relative to a soft August. The purchase index is 15.6% lower than the same time period...

Mixed Signals as the Market Wades into Non-QM

Six months after the implementation of the QM/ATR rule, the market appears to be shifting modestly.  In the 3rd Survey of Mortgage Originators, which covers lending in the 2nd quarter of 2014, participants were asked about their willingness to...