lending Archive

Price Growth Foreshadows Important Change for Mortgage Borrowers

In the wake of the financial crisis, the national conforming loan limit was frozen at its 2007 level of $417,000. After nearly a decade of waiting, Federal regulators may finally be ready to raise that limit as well as...

Regional and Community Banks Are Main Lenders in REALTOR® Commercial Markets

CRE sales volume continued its positive trend in 2015, with $534 billion in closed transactions, compared with $432 billion in 2014, based on data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA).  In contrast to the large commercial transactions reported by RCA,...

Will Setting Clear Rules Help Expand Credit?

When lenders originate a loan, they often sell these loans to investors rather than holding the loans in their portfolios.  These investors set requirements for the loans they will buy and if those requirements are not met, they may...

A Looming Renaissance in Special Financing?

Most REALTORS® are not familiar with the nuances of mortgage regulation … they are busy brokering real estate deals.  However, many noticed that it became more difficult to find funding for special clients two to three years ago.  The...

Lenders Pensive, But Warming to Government Overtures

It has become rarer for banks and lenders to hold the loans they originate.  One factor linked to tight credit is the process where loan investors force lenders to buy back mortgages they sold to the investor.  In this...