Tian Liu is the Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance, responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. He also authors the company’s Weekly Economic Report, and provides regular updates on U.S. and regional economies, as well as the housing and mortgage market.
The release of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for 2015 at the end of September gave an important status update on the mortgage origination market. Most notably, it showed the market continued to benefit from an improved housing market in 2015. Here are five takeaways from the new HMDA data set, according to one expert economist.
Two facts stand out in today’s housing market: rising home sales and flat/falling inventory. But if people are buying more homes, why aren’t there more homes for sale? Genworth Mortgage Insurance's chief economist explains what exactly is going on and what it means for first-time homebuyers.
The concept of seasonality is not well understood or appreciated today. Knowing how seasonality works can make all the difference for when homebuyers and sellers should consider entering the housing market. This is how you should be reading the housing numbers.
[Subscribers only] Multigenerational living, where two or more adult generations live under the same roof, is becoming a growing trend in the U.S. Currently about 19% of Americans now live in a multigenerational household, the highest level since 1950. That amounts to about 60.6 million adults in 2014, up from 57 million adults in 2012. And homebuilders have taken notice, designing houses specifically catered to this segment.
Would-be homeowners are inundated with picture-perfect examples of new and remodeled homes brimming with upgrades. But in the real world, homebuilders and investors must calculate the rate of return on these sometimes fleeting trends, weighing what buyers want with what they can actually afford. This feature looks at which features buyers of different age demographics consider the most important, and what that means for sellers.
We’ve found that the handling and posting of payments during bankruptcy has been a widespread issue in our testing environment. Specifically, there is increased risk exposure in pre-and post-petition payment application and treatment, both inside and outside of the bankruptcy plan. Servicers and sub-servicers have created manual workflow workarounds to address the issue, however, it does open the servicer up to more exposure to calculation errors.