Looking back, the housing industry is totally Scrooged

Looking back, the housing industry is totally Scrooged

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FHA loans could face "tidal wave of defaults"

All indices hit series high

Another mortgage lender launches 3% down loan

Falls in line with FHFA

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Guaranteed Rate: 3Q purchase volume up 10% from last year

Refinance volume sees steep drop
Levi Shultz
Guaranteed Rate released its summary of mortgage trends for the third quarter of 2014 along with local mortgage trends in Chicago, New York City, Southern California and Boston.
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JPMorgan breaks new ground with ARM-only jumbo RMBS

$483.56 million jumbo RMBS is backed by 5/1, 7/1, 10/1 ARMs
Ben Lane
"The payment shock to the borrower for hybrid ARMs and IO loans can be significant, particularly in a historically low interest rate market," Kroll Bond Rating Agency said in its presale report. "In such an environment, rate increases are likely and refinancing opportunities may be limited."
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3 reasons borrowers fare well with ARMs

Call to ARMs may be answer to rising rates
Trey Garrison
ARMs have grown from a 3.4% share of all conforming home loans in December 2013 to a recent high of 9.9% in March 2014. Here's why they might be a smart idea.
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Fannie Mae: Here's why ARMs work for some borrowers

More borrowers jump aboard
Brena Swanson
Adjustable-rate mortgages used to be one of the hottest products on the market in 2005, making up nearly 40% of purchase money mortgages. But now almost nine years later, ARMs sit roughly around 5%.
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Is the growing market share of ARMs cause for concern?

Capital Economics wants to know
Jacob Gaffney
The economics company states the adjusted rate mortgage appears to be in the middle of something akin to a renaissance. And it gives three reasons this trend is not a heart stopper.
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Redefining ARM loans

They're not as risky as the market presumes
Brena Swanson
Once thought of as risky and unsafe, adjustable rate mortgages are not as toxic as borrowers assumed in recent years. In fact, the industry is starting to shift toward ARMs as interest rates rise.
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Mortgage applications drop in wake of Fed's taper

Purchase, refi volume both take a hit
Paul Jackson
Mortgage applications dropped across the board last week, according to new data released Tuesday morning by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Total applications fell 6.3% on a seasonally-adjusted basis according to the MBA's index of mortgage activity, marking the second straight week of languishing mortgage demand from consumers.
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Freddie Sees Weekly Rates Rise on Lower Unemployment

Diana Golobay
Thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) averaged a 5.29% interest rate with an average 0.7 point for the week ending August 13, up from 5.22% last week but still well below 6.52% a year ago, according to the weekly survey by mortgage giant Freddie Mac [stock FRE][/stock]. The 15-year FRM also rose this week to an average 4.68% with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.63% and far below 6.07% last year.
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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low: Freddie Mac Survey

Paul Jackson
Long-term mortgage rates fell for the eighth consecutive week, setting another record low, Freddie Mac [stock FRE][/stock] reported early Wednesday. 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 5.14 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending Dec. 24, 2008, the GSE reported, down from last week when it averaged 5.19 percent. (Those are stunningly low rates, folks.) Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.17 percent; rates have not been lower since Freddie Mac started its Primary Mortgage Market Survey in 1971, the GSE said in a press statement.
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Secondary Markets Put Pressure on Mortgage Rates

Paul Jackson
While Freddie Mac [stock FRE][/stock] reported Thursday that mortgage rates had fallen by 15 basis points to an average of 5.78 percent for a conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage during the week ended Sept. 18, rates have been anything but stable this week, according to HW's market sources. The Freddie Mac-reported rate is the lowest since February, but it may not remain there for long if financial markets continue to convulse.
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