Mortgage Archive

REALTORS® Reported More Home Tours but Fewer Offers in July 2017

One indicator of the strength of homebuying demand is the number of client home tours. REALTORS® reported that, on average, they took about six clients on a home tour in July 2017, up from four clients one year ago,...

Fed’s Change Means Higher, More Volatile Rates

Major changes are coming to housing finance. The Federal Reserve is about to unwind a program that has held mortgage rates low for several years. How will this change impact housing? Lenders weighed-in in NAR’s most recent Survey of...

Consumer Perception: Homes Are Affordable Only to Those With Above Average Incomes

In the second quarter release of the Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report, NAR asked consumers their thoughts and perceptions on housing affordability in their communities. The responses were nearly split down the line, where 49 percent of...

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...

Investor Soundness

In the wake of the housing crisis, vacation and investment buyers played an important role in sopping up excess inventory. As their participation wanes, the impact will vary around the country. Furthermore, deception and poor lending practices to some...