Kelsey Ramírez is a Reporter at HousingWire. Ramírez is a recent journalism graduate of University of Texas at Arlington. Ramírez previously covered hard issues such as homelessness and domestic violence and began at HousingWire as an Editorial Assistant.
The CFPB released a report today with what it calls innovative solutions for diversity and inclusion within the mortgage industry. The regulator gathered a roundtable of industry experts including the MBA and other bank leaders to discuss the best solutions for increasing diversity. Here are a few of the strategies.
Distressed sales continued to slip in January, hitting the lowest level in nearly a decade. CoreLogic’s report shows if distressed sales continue to move at the current rate, they could hit pre-crisis norms by early 2018.
Homeownership rates held steady in the first quarter in what one economist called an underwhelming report. The homeownership rate continues to hover near all-time lows, and only Black households saw a notable difference in their rate in the first quarter.
Pending home sales dipped slightly in March as low levels of housing inventory created a strain on the market. Low inventory levels are not only holding back home prices, but also creating more competition and increasing home prices. The National Association of Realtors forecasts the rate of home sales for 2017.
Mortgage rates increased this week after several weeks of declines. It is now once again above the 4% mark. Freddie Mac explains the housing market still continues to be strong, despite the shifting interest rates.
Homeowners are hitting decade highs in their accrued equity, as it increased by 24% since the time of purchase to the first quarter in 2017. And not only are equities rising, but also the amount of time homeowners spend in their home. ATTOM Data Solutions explains why.
Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. expanded its territory in Florida with its newest branch opening in Miami. The new location is complete with a new team of mortgage insurance professionals, including its new branch manager who brings 31 years of experience with her.
The generational divide between Millennials and older generations such as Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and even the Silent Generation continues to grow. A new study from Trulia, however, shows we may not be that different after all.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson is embarking on the latest stop for his national listening tour – Columbus, Ohio. Carson will spend Wednesday, Thursday and Friday listening to various organizations from the community. Here’s more on the secretary’s tour, and his schedule this week.
The spring home-buying season is in full swing, and experts are talking about the fierce competition, rising home prices and low inventory levels in the housing market. Business is booming, but first-time homebuyers are facing major headwinds.
Build to rent allows investors to buy newly built homes and rent them out instead of selling them. Because the homes are new, investors are able to charge higher rent prices and tenants often stay in the home for longer periods of time. But the question remains: Why would builders move into the rental market during a time when homes are selling quickly and at higher prices than any time in the past decade?
Today the average student debt resulting from a four-year degree stands at $30,000. According to a report released by American Student Assistance in 2015, 71% of non-homeowners surveyed who carry student debt say the burden of monthly payments has kept them from purchasing a home. More than half of those say their student debt loads will likely prevent home ownership for another five years.
Currently, institutional investors control approximately 170,000 properties (a relatively small portion of the overall SFR space, which is dominated by smaller investors, and estimated to include 11 to 13 million properties). KBRA reports that 105,000 properties have been included in the 26 single-borrower deals done to date, which suggests there are somewhere north of 60,000 properties that could still be securitized.