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61 Percent of First-time Buyers Made a Low Downpayment in November 2017

Among first-time buyers who purchased a property through a mortgage in December 2016–November 2017, 61 percent, on average, made a zero to six percent downpayment, according to the November 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. The share of first-time buyers...

Home Purchase Originations Rose by 10 Percent in 2016, But are Still Below Pre-Housing Crash Level

Amid improving macroeconomic conditions, residential lending continued to increase in 2016, based on the recently released 2016 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. [1] [2] The number of first-lien loan originations for the purchase of one-to-four unit properties intended...

Cheaper Homes Just Got More Expensive

One of the US’s largest banks made a subtle, but important change last month that could have big implications for entry-level homebuyers. That bank raised the cost of mortgages on lower priced homes significantly. If this change is adopted...

Lenders Give Dodd-Frank a Second Look

The Dodd-Frank regulations were intended to correct many of the problems witnessed during the build-up to the subprime financial crisis. In recent quarters, market participants and politicians have debated both tweaks to and wholesale replacement of the Dodd-Frank laws....

REALTORS® Continue to Expect “Strong” Market Conditions in the Next Six Months

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, the National Association of REALTORS® asks members, “What are your expectations for the housing market over the next six months compared to the current state of the market in the neighborhood(s) or...