The drop in the rate on the UK’s most widely sold mortgage to a seven-year low has failed to revive lending because it’s too high to persuade borrowers to refinance when fixed-rate terms lapse, Moneyfacts said. UK banks approved 49,871 mortgages in April, 46% fewer than the monthly average of the past 15 years, according to Bank of England data.
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It looks like borrowers who don’t fit neatly into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s lending criteria could soon be running out of options if they want to buy a house. Over the last week, many (if not all) of the biggest lenders specializing in lending to borrowers outside the QM lending box paused their activities due to uncertainty in the market. And now it appears that FHA lending as we know it is disappearing from the market too.
The challenge with mortgage forbearance is that someone has to pay the bill. In an effort to address the growing concerns and liquidity challenges faced by issuers, Ginnie Mae issued a statement on Friday on how it plans to help