Economist Commentaries Archive

Lenders Note Impact of Higher FHA Fees

The mortgage market was buffeted by a number of changes in 2013 and 2014 among them higher fees at the FHA. NAR Research’ s second Survey of Mortgage Originators includes questions about the impact of changes to the FHA...

RELEASE: NAR Identifies Best Purchase Markets for Aspiring Millennial Homebuyers

WASHINGTON (July 24, 2014) – First-time homebuyers have been largely absent from the housing market in the current economic recovery, but some metropolitan areas – particularly in the Midwest and West – are well positioned to see increases in...
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July 24, 2014

Sunny Today, but Storms Tomorrow?

In January of 2014, the CFPB instituted the ability to repay and qualified mortgage (ATR/QM) rule. This rule incorporates changes intended to protect consumers and to maintain stability in mortgage lending. This portion of the Dodd-Frank act requires that...

New Rule Protects Consumers, but Instills Caution

New lending rules (ATR/QM rule) that went into effect on Friday, January 10th, 2014 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....

NAR’s 2nd Survey of Mortgage Originators

The mortgage market was buffeted by a number of changes in 2013 and 2014, among them higher fees at the FHA and changes to underwriting as required by the Ability- to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rules. In April of this...