While median sales prices of single-family homes and condos reported little movement compared to a month ago, the same can’t be said for distressed home prices, which reached their highest level since December 2009.
New home sales maintained a downward trajectory in December, falling 7% below November’s revised rate of 445,000 unit sales to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000 units. But this is still 4.5% above year earlier levels.
While mortgage originations have hit the lowest level since 2010, it is not all bad news. Rising home prices have helped cause an increase in demand of home equity lines of credit, in addition to 2013 originating the best-performing mortgages on record.
About a week before the November 2016 election, the U.S. Treasury market started to move lower. The cause of this increase in yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was not fear of an interest rate hike by the Federal Open Market Committee or the specter of higher inflation. No, the outlier event that shook the financial world out of years of torpor was a commercial real estate developer named Donald John Trump.
Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey found that 37% of senior homeowners felt concern for their finances during retirement, yet only 6% of seniors are interested in utilizing home equity as a financial solution. With $6.2 trillion in home equity to bolster retirement income, why aren’t more senior homeowners taking advantage of products like reverse mortgages?
The time has come for internal workflows to be reimagined or all we’ll end up with is a shiny new chassis with a traditional, manual, cobbled-together process under the hood. I’m talking about the elements that make or break a mortgage transaction, such as valuations, investor requirements and reviews, compliance, surprises at the closing table, paper-based payment systems, onboarding, and the list goes on and on.