3 quick takeaways from the mortgage conference happening right now

3 quick takeaways from the mortgage conference happening right now

Tidbits from SourceMedia Mortgage Servicing conference

Stewart Information Services 1Q earnings suffer from mortgage reductions

Posts net loss of $12.1 million

New home sales plummet 14.5% in March

Spring buying season off with a whimper
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In Phoenix, the incredible shrinking housing supply

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The price surge has been driven by an abnormally low supply of homes for sale in the Phoenix market — and Orr believes the problem may persist, or even worsen, this spring.

"We don’t see a strong flow of new listings coming onto the market," Orr said in the report. "For example, short-sale listings are down about 70 percent compared to this same time last year. As the market improves, it seems many people may have decided to hang onto their homes in an effort to let values keep going up. I also anticipate another possible drop in supply this spring."

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