Mortgage Financing Archive

Maturing CRE Debt—the $87 Billion Perspective from REALTORS® Markets

The U.S. investment market totaled $6.2 trillion in 2015, with 57.3 percent of the figure comprising debt-based investment assets and the remainder accounted for by equity-based properties. On the debt side, chartered depository institutions (banks) accounted for the bulk...

Private Mortgage Insurance

 Buying a home with a down payment of less than 20 percent can be expensive, but it just got cheaper for some home buyers. Many private mortgage insurers have dropped the rates they charge high quality borrower. Combined with...

Time to Normalize Fees

In the spring of 2015, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) reduced its annual insurance premium. The move was controversial as the FHA was below its statutory capital ratio of 2.0 percent. However, the reduction in the MIP generated an...

Survey Reveals Modest Credit Expansion

The share of non-QM and rebuttable presumption loans rose in the 4th quarter as reported by respondents to NAR’s 9th Survey of Mortgage Originators. While these loans are riskier than standard, prime loans, they are still at subdued levels,...

Applications for Purchase Mortgages

Applications for purchase mortgages rose 4.6 percent for the week ending January 22nd after a 1.6 percent decline in the prior week. Despite recent volatility, the 4-week moving average remains 21.3 percent stronger than the same time last year....