Alcynna Lloyd is a reporter at HousingWire. Lloyd has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of North Texas. She previously interned with a broadcast position at CBS and has a background in freelance journalism.
A study conducted by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the University of Miami indicate a 95% decrease in home purchases by shell companies and other corporate entities in Miami-Dade County, according to an article by Nicholas Nehamas and Rene Rodriguez for the Miami Herald. However, there is speculation that shell companies are now “substituting” new ways to buy property.
Mortgage rates remained flat this week, likely due to a lack of construction activity, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market survey. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said mortgage rates moved sideways, primarily because of the mixed bag of economic data released this week.
Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and 61 members of Congress are demanding a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Waters, a prominent critic of H.R. 2874, believes American families are not financially prepared for the growing threat of natural disasters.
Housing starts fell 12.3% in June, indicating tariffs and taxes are a deterrence to continual growth, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. LendingTree Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze said although 3-month average building permits are close to the highest level since 2007, labor shortages are weighing on building activity.
Mortgage applications decreased 2.5% from last week, however, the refinance index increased 2% from the previous week, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.
As rental prices continue to rise to record levels, new research from Zillow indicates that a disproportionate percentage of blacks and Latinos cannot afford to rent. This is because black and Latino income remains below their counterparts, hindering affordability in the majority of the 50 largest metros nationwide.
ComplianceEase announced on Tuesday that its ComplianceAnalyzer, 4506xpress and LicenseManager solutions are now integrated within Tavant Technologies' VELOX product suite. The integrations aim to allow its customers to securely audit loans for regulatory compliance violations, verify borrower income and automatically verify mortgage loan originators.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes remained unchanged at 68 points in July, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Homebuilders are encouraged by the growing housing demand, but construction material costs still hinder optimism, according to NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.
WalletHub, a personal finance website, assessed factors like housing affordability, tax rates and crime rates to determine the most favorable housing markets for first-time homebuyers. As more Millennials become potential homebuyers, some of these markets might best suit their housing needs and some of them they may want to avoid.
In the days following the 2016 election, business leaders across many industries were hopeful that the new president would make good on his promise of widespread deregulation. Banks and other financial institutions were especially optimistic. Here at last was the relief they had been looking for. Or not.
Even Hollywood knows better than to produce a sequel when the original movie is truly, horrifically bad. That’s why, thankfully, we haven’t seen sequels to such all-time cinematic disasters as Howard the Duck, Gigli, The Last Airbender, Jack and Jill, Glitter, or Battlefield Earth. Which brings us, in an admittedly roundabout way, to the question of whether we’re about to see a sequel of sorts in the mortgage industry: The Return of the Subprime Loan.
With FHFA director Mel Watt’s term due to expire in January 2019, the question of whether to move ahead on some version of administrative reform may rest with his successor. In the meantime, policy makers would be well-served to work together to come to some agreement on options for administrative reform. At a minimum, agreeing on a common definition would be a good first step.