Credit Scores Archive

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...

Credit Conditions Still Difficult But Slowly Easing

Qualifying for a mortgage is still generally difficult, although becoming easier, according to the January 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.  Some respondents in states such as TX, CA, and NY reported that more people are qualifying for credit.  About...

Green Shoots of Credit?

In recent weeks, several originators have announced new programs or initiatives aimed at expanding credit to borrowers with lower FICO scores.  These programs entail significant compensating factors or are geared toward niche markets.  Most indicators have not shown an...

Current Confidence Index for Single-Family Homes Steady

The majority of REALTORS® continued to report rising home prices and improving days on the market.  However, REALTORS®   reported that  the market remains hampered by a “demanding and rigid loan qualification process”  that  has made mortgage underwriting  “a nightmare” ...