Articles by Brena Swanson

Get used to the FHA mortgage insurance life-of-the-loan premium

Head of FHA 'not considering changes'
Despite recent calls to eliminate it, the Federal Housing Administration said it is not considering any changes to the mortgage insurance life-of-the-loan policy. However, the explicit rejection of a life-of-loan pricing policy change is a positive for the private mortgage insurance industry since the ability to cancel mortgage insurance has a direct impact on borrow decision-making.
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Can the Fed reverse interest rate hikes, impose negative rates?

Fed Chair Yellen testifies before House Financial Services Committee
The hot topic for questioning during Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s hearing before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday morning centered around the feasibility of negative Fed rates. The Fed announced in December that it was officially raising the federal funds rate for the first time since June 2006. Is this all about to change?
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NAR: Inventory shortages push homeownership further out of reach

And it’s not going away anytime soon
A lack of housing inventory continues to stifle the housing market, making it difficult for potential homeowners to get on the property ladder. And according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors, the problem is not going to subside anytime soon, impacting more than first-time homebuyers.
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