Tendayi Kapfidze is the chief economist at LendingTree. He oversees the company’s analysis of the U.S. economy with a focus on housing and mortgage market trends. Tendayi utilizes data analysis to be a resource for both consumers and trade media, providing impactful and actionable insights to help consumers make informed financial decisions.
[Expert commentary] As the spring selling market heats up, buyers continue to face increasing odds against finding their dream homes. Inventory is low, demand is high and rates have been steadily creeping upwards for months. These factors are only complicating what can already be an arduous experience for would-be homebuyers hoping to get approved for a mortgage. In a new study analyzing more than 10 million mortgage application records, LendingTree found nearly one out of every 10 mortgage applicants, or 8%, is denied at the national level.
More competition is the theme for 2018 and LendingTree has created a way for loan officers to gauge the aggregate level of price competition in the market in real time. Released weekly, LendingTree's Mortgage Rate Competition Index measures the spread in the APR of the best offers available on LendingTree relative to the least competitive.
Most quoted industry rates are for a hypothetical borrower with prime credit who makes a 20% down payment. Yet, most borrowers do not fit this profile and often experience disappointment when the rate on their loan turns out to be meaningfully higher than what they believed prevailing rates to be. Many loan officers have likely experienced having to explain this discrepancy to borrowers with varying degrees of success.
He wears t-shirts to his televised interviews; not very CEO. He played sports at a high level, but rarely brings it up and when he does he talks about it as a mere chapter in his life. Honestly, who plays a Super Bowl and doesn’t describe it as the defining moment in their personal journey? Casey Crawford, that’s who. His family is a big part of his life of course, but he talks about his even larger family — his coworkers — in terms that are just as glowing.
One of the things that has bedeviled mortgage financing post-crisis has been the absence of the private label mortgage backed securities market. During the peak years, private label MBS issuance topped $1 trillion. In 2017, only $70 billion of private label RMBS were issued, although that is a big increase from 2016.
Digital technology has disrupted businesses and industries from publishing to public transportation, so can the mortgage industry be far behind? Actually, anyone who’s applied for a mortgage recently will have recognized that things are already changing fast.