Mortgage Archive

3rd Survey of Mortgage Originators: QM, FHA, FHFA and FICO [September 2014]

Executive Summary Six months after the implementation of the QM/ATR rule, the market appears to be shifting modestly.  This survey serves as both a measure of change in the 2nd quarter and a bellwether for originators’ impressions of market...

Tight Mortgage Credit Weighs on Consumers

Tight credit restrictions can prevent consumers from getting a mortgage and making a home purchase. But over time, tight credit can impact a consumer’s expectations of the mortgage application process, reducing their willingness to even apply for a mortgage...

Increase in Tenure in Home: Due to Increased Buying Power?

I remember giving my mom a hard time when I was kid saying we moved too much (we did), to which she retorted “Everyone moves every six years. It’s a fact.” It was only many years later that I...

When the Sting of FHA’s Fees Becomes a Bite

The FHA has more than doubled its mortgage insurance premiums since 2010 and most recently eliminated the phase out of mortgage insurance on certain products. As a result, the private mortgage insurance industry has been able to recover and...

Fewer First-time Buyers Obtaining Mortgages With Low Down Payment

NAR’s REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey data shows that fewer first-time buyers are obtaining mortgages with down payment of 6 percent or less [1]. In 2009, among REALTORS® who reported a sale to a first-time home buyer, 74 percent of...