Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

Five leading economists weigh in and the answer may surprise you

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Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

Five leading economists weigh in and the answer may surprise you
Trey Garrison
The cost of originating mortgages and loan production is officially ridiculous and a question that arose at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s convention and expo last week was “Are record low mortgage rates masking from borrowers the high cost of mortgages?”
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QE3 ends, how long until interest rates rise?

Hensarling: "The end of QE is good news"
Brena Swanson
The market expected the announcement of the end of quantitative easing Wednesday, putting an end to a more than two-year-old asset purchase program. Now the market is left to adjust for where the next step could potentially be.
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Zillow: Mortgage rates remain at 16-month low

Rates below 4% for third week in a row
Ben Lane
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.81% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, which equaled the previous week’s figure of 3.81%.
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Mortgage applications jump 5.6% on lower interest rates

Refinancings climb to 59% of share
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications increased 5.6% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 10, 2014.
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Zillow: Mortgage rates drop to 16-month low

30-year, fixed mortgage continues to fall
Ben Lane
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.81% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, down from 3.96% in the previous week.
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Chris Whalen: The Great Recession’s true impact

What has really changed?
Brena Swanson
It’s been about half a decade since the Great Recession, and the economy still has room for improvement. Christopher Whalen argues that the low-interest-rate environment that arguably helped cause the 2008 financial crisis remains in place today.
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Fannie Mae to raise modification interest rate

New rate effective on Oct. 14
Ben Lane
“The Fannie Mae Standard Modification interest rate is not determined on a preset schedule,” Fannie said in the note to its servicers. “The interest rate is subject to periodic adjustments based on an evaluation of prevailing market conditions.”
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Zillow: Mortgage rates fall below 4%

30-year, fixed mortgage rate fell throughout last week
Ben Lane
“Mortgage rates inched up briefly last week on the heels of Friday’s stronger-than-expected jobs report before falling sharply on Monday, hitting 11-week lows,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow.
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Citigroup and Bank of America loosen standards for struggling borrowers

Offer mortgages with discounted rates
Brena Swanson
Both of the mega banks will start to offer mortgages at discounted interest rates as part of their new efforts to help borrowers with low incomes or subprime-credit histories.
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KBRA: 3 reasons the Fed won't change interest-rate policy

"Adverse market conditions in the future"
Brena Swanson
The Federal Open Market Committee is nearing the end of quantitative easing, spurring a lot of questions in the market on what the future holds. Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s Christopher Whalen suggests the markets may be overestimating the willingness of the FOMC to make a change in interest rate policy for three key reasons.
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