Jessica Guerin is an editor at HousingWire covering reverse mortgages and the housing wealth space. She is a graduate of Boston University and has a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She worked previously as the editor-in-chief of The Reverse Review magazine, which was recently acquired by HousingWire.
Everyone knows that living in Beverly Hills, California, or Greenwich, Connecticut, doesn’t come cheap. But how much, exactly, does it take to live there? A recent report by GOBankingRates spells it out, naming the most expensive ZIP codes in each state and determining what it costs to comfortably live there – and the results are staggering.
More young families chose to rent instead of buy in the 10-year span from 2006-2016, according to a study by RENTCafé. Likely influenced by rising home prices, tough lending rules and a lack of entry-level homes, the number of families with minor children that owned a home decreased by 3.6 million.
Foreclosures in the first half of 2018 are far below the peak of 1.6 million in 2010, but 40% of local markets showed an uptick in foreclosure starts, prompting one expert to blame loosening lending standards.
There’s been a distinct uptick over the past year in the number of Americans who say now is a bad time to buy a home, and a sizable number point to high home prices as the primary reason. But caution might be a good thing, according to one think tank, as it could serve as a necessary weight tempering housing demand.
For many, retirement goals include travel, leisure and, apparently, homeownership, as a survey reveals 85% of non-retirees want to own a home when they're in retirement. But the grim reality is that a good number of Americans may still carry mortgages into retirement, and that’s why some experts say reverse mortgages deserve a second look.
Reverse mortgage endorsements have dropped 15.5% in June from the previous month, hitting a low the industry hasn’t seen since 2005. To help turn things around, lenders in the space are working to innovate, creating private equity release products that might provide an answer to the industry’s problems.
American homeowners have record amounts of equity in their homes, $5.8 trillion to be exact. But the percentage of tappable equity withdrawn fell in the first quarter of 2018 to the lowest share in four years as higher interest rates impact borrowers' decisions.
The CFPB is taking the sting out of HMDA. The bureau now says lenders that originated fewer than 1,000 loans in the past two years can bypass some of HMDA's reporting requirements – a move that plays into the Trump administration's mission to scale back regulatory authority.
Seattle bank HomeStreet announced this week it will sell a piece of its mortgage servicing rights to Matrix Financial Services. The deal, which includes an unpaid principal balance of $4.9 billion in single-family MSRs, amounts to approximately 20% of the bank’s single-family servicing portfolio.
Morgan Stanley agreed to pay a $3.6 million fine after regulators determined it failed to detect or prevent the misappropriation of client funds, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday. As part of the agreement, Morgan Stanley did not admit or deny any wrongdoing.
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.