Is it really a good idea to be pushing people who may be on the margin into a mortgage commitment? Especially given the state of the GSEs and how fragile the economy is? Fannie says not just yes, but heck yes.
Ditech Mortgage Corp is expanding its lending options again. The company is now the latest lender to to jump on board with the 97% LTV programs announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earlier this month.
360 Mortgage announced it is supporting the Federal Housing Finance Agency's latest initiative to expand the credit box. The move makes 360 Mortgage one of the first pioneers to accept the GSEs' newest products to reach more first-time homeowners.
It's here. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac officially unveiled each of their 97% loan-to-value offerings for mortgages they securitize. And while both are working to expand the credit box for first-time homebuyers, there are key differences between what each one requires.
In a speech at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo on Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability.
Every market bodes a different credit risk, and a new product from Collateral Analytics shows just how different each area can be. Coming in on top, San Francisco ranks as number one for the highest credit risk spread.
"The majority of outstanding Fitch-rated investment grade classes maintained stable rating outlooks, while second-quarter downgrades declined over first quarter," said Fitch Ratings Managing Director Mary MacNeill.
Saddled with legacy systems and burdened with changing regulations, the mortgage industry has been slow to adopt digitization compared to many other industries. Now, however, the industry must provide more transparency to regulators and satisfy consumers while managing tighter margins. In this perfect storm, there’s only one lifeboat — a digital process.
Has the Great Recession launched a new era of renting versus buying that will eventually result in a nation where more people rent their homes than purchase them? Or is the increase in renters these days due to an “over-correction” in the market? According to the latest “State of the Nation’s Housing” report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the U.S., in less than a decade, lost all its homeownership gains of the last 20 years.
Armed with an overall measure of housing market performance relative to long-term trend; an accompanying metric explaining whether that market is overheated or not; and importantly a way to attribute deviations in home prices precisely to selected market variables, market participants would be in a better position to take precautionary actions to limit their exposure in highly volatile markets.