Financing & Credit Archive

What Would an Increase in Mortgage Rates Mean for Homebuyers?

Experts forecast that the U.S. economy is in for yet another solid year of strength, albeit not at the same level as in 2017. NAR expects that the mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage will rise to 4.4...

Regulatory Framework Cuts Bank Capital for Commercial Deals in REALTOR® Markets

Based on the Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2017: Intersection of Global Change report—released by Situs RERC, Deloitte and the National Association of REALTORS®—commercial real estate (CRE) investors took a step back during 2016. Large cap CRE...

How Much Will Your Monthly Payment Change?

Mortgage rates have been rising sharply over the past couple of months. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.2 percent in December, the highest of 2015 and 2016, and it appears to stay above 4 percent for a long while....

FHA’s Reduces Fee to Pre-Crisis Level

In a move that signals greater normalization of the housing market, the FHA announced a reduction in its annual insurance premium of 25 basis points. This move would reduce the fee it charges from its 0.85 percent to 0.6...

Stressed Over Higher Interest Rates?

Mortgage rates have risen since the election of Donald Trump, from 3.5% to the recent 4.2%. Bond investors are perceiving an economic stimulus package to uplift the economy. More business activity, greater commerce, and faster job growth are certainly...