Cash-out refinances jumped 68% year-over-year from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015, as borrowers take advantage of still-low rates and newfound equity in their homes. Does that mean we're in pre-bubble territory?
With mortgage rates, home values and consumer confidence all trending upward, consumers are once again tapping into their home equity. Lenders who want to capitalize on this trend must respond to changes in the home equity line of credit and home equity loan market, including demand for 24/7 digital lending options.
Wells Fargo will pay a $4 million penalty after an investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services found that a former affiliate of the bank falsified mortgage loan origination files, made loans to customers that were secured by an interest in the borrower’s home, and committed other infractions in violation of New York State law.
"While the share of borrowers that cashed-out some equity has increased considerably over the past year, the refinance volume has also fallen sharply," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist.
More than 40 California organizations join with the California Reinvestment Coalition in calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to strengthen the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act through greater transparency.
As the wave of resets for home equity lines of credit continues to rise, many homeowners are left with higher monthly mortgage payments. But the industry is divided on the past and future problems that come with HELOCs.
With the housing market recovering and home prices steadily increasing, one mortgage product is looking more and more appealing to borrowers. And the demand might not stop there, with investors hoping to jump on the bandwagon too.
The darlings of 2014, the single-family housing investment and rental businesses, didn’t dominate like last year, but they still had a strong showing. After snagging four of the top five spots on the 2014 HW Fast50, two SFRs placed in the top five in 2015 and three made the top 50..
Bank loyalty is not a factor for borrowers in shopping for a mortgage loan. Borrowers tend to select a mortgage originator based on product, price and their expectation for a convenient transaction process. Read More