fha Archive

Sales to First-Time Buyers: 33 Percent of Sales in June 2016

First-time homebuyers appear to be getting back into the market more strongly with interest rates moving down to new lows. First-time buyers accounted for 33 percent of residential sales in June 2016, up from the 30 percent share in...

Mortgage Applications: Perception vs. Reality

Every four months the New York Federal Reserve Board (FRBNY)[1] conducts a survey of consumers to measure their perceptions and tastes about credit. The Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) covers a broad set of topics about mortgages including: Whether...

Most REALTORS® Expect Strong Market Conditions in the Next Six Months Based on April–June 2016 Surveys

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 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 area(s)...

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...

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...