Starbucks already offers its employees help paying their college tuition. Now, everyone’s favorite omnipresent coffee shop is offering its employees an added benefit aimed to help ease their cost of living – interest-free loans to help them pay their rent.
Rents for residential housing in the United States grew at their fastest pace in two years in April, surpassing home values. There’s good news and bad news in this, and a growing gap to come. Want to know more?
There is a lot going on right now in housing and mortgage markets. But one of the debates that continues to rage on is whether U.S. housing markets are in a bubble or not. Here's one chart that probably settles that debate once and for all.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, low interest rates and strict capital requirements combined to make servicing a losing proposition for many banks. The sharp glare of regulators didn’t help either, as banks and nonbanks navigated the already thankless waters of servicing with a new target on their backs. But all that changed abruptly in the fourth quarter of 2016 with the one-two punch of a Trump win and a rate hike by the Federal Reserve.
Singling out the law that created the CFPB generated a backlash from Congressional Democrats, but it remains to be seen what Democrats can do to stop the Trump juggernaut. See what Mike Jones of Navigant advises servicers to do in this uncertain environment.
Portfolio managers and investors also have a vested interest in the expansion of the non-QM market. They have an appetite for non-QM assets as they represent an attractive yield opportunity. That’s why we’re seeing more “hold” strategies at work with current non-QM production.