Credit Scores Archive

Lenders Cautious on FHA’s Overtures to Expand Access to Lower Credit Borrowers

Access to credit has expanded in many ways over the last two years including to borrowers with higher debt-to-income ratios, lower down payments, and even some limited non-QM offerings. But access for borrowers with lower credit scores has shown...

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...

Return Buyers: Many Already Here, Many More to Come

Executive Summary Default rates jumped in 2006 and between then and 2014 nearly 9.3 million borrowers were foreclosed on, received a deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sold their home.  To date, nearly a million of these former...

Using NAR Research to Address Prospective Buyer Concerns “Credit Is Tight. Can I Get a Mortgage?”

Credit availability is currently easing—but is still tight for many people.  Work by Dr. Laurie Goodman of the Urban Land Institute (summarized in a REALTOR® University presentation)  shows that the proportion of potential home buyers with credit under 660 is...

Consumer Interest in Housing Gains Momentum

The Federal Reserve Board of New York released its update to the Survey of Consumer Expectations this morning.  Consumer optimism toward housing has improved significantly at the lower credit spectrum from last spring, and remains robust at the middle...