Items Tagged with 'Refinancing'

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  • Housing market trends are stifling the jumbo mortgage market

    But the WSJ says lenders aren't backing down
    In the years following the financial crisis, mortgage lenders turned their attention to the jumbo mortgage market as high-end clients proved to be a safe and profitable bet. But now, recent trends taken a toll on the jumbo market, causing volume to fall 12% in the last year, a decline that outpaces the overall mortgage market by 5%. "Still, there are few signs banks are changing tack," The Wall Street Journal stated. "If anything, industry watchers say, they are becoming more competitive."
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  • Ellie Mae: Millennials’ interest in mortgage refinance spikes

    In January, refis by Millennial borrowers accounted for 13% of closed loans
    In January, slightly lower interest rates led to Millennial homebuyers increasing their requests to refinance their mortgages. Ellie Mae Executive Vice President of Strategy and Technology Joe Tyrrell said the uptick in refinances may indicate Millennials who previously purchased a home and are looking for an opportunity to take advantage of lower monthly interest payments.
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  • FTC accuses SoFi of lying about loan savings in misleading ads

    Online lender allegedly overinflated savings claims on student loan refinances
    For more than two years, SoFi has been making misleading claims in its television, print, and online advertisements and lying about the amount of savings its loan refinancing programs would bring to borrowers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. According to the FTC, SoFi “deceptively advertised inflated figures” about loan refinances, basically claiming that it could save borrowers far more than is actually the case.
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  • Goodbye refi: Rising interest rates all but erase refinance demand

    Purchase loans now make up nearly 75% of all mortgages
    While mortgage interest rates dipped ever so slightly in the last week, they’ve been trending up for the majority of this year. And it appears that the consistent rise in interest rates this year has all but dried up refinance demand. Is it time to say goodbye to refis for a while? It certainly looks that way.
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  • For loan officers who want steady business in 2018, it’s time to embrace cash-out refinances

    Lenders hoping to boost their refi business this year need to change the way they sell
    Remember when it was easier to sell homeowners on refinances? Mortgage interest rates were low enough that most owners could save money each month with a traditional rate and term refinance. As interest rates have risen, that has changed and lenders hoping to boost their refi business this year need to change the way they sell. Instead of promoting the savings homeowners can get from lower interest rates, they may consider trying a new angle...
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  • Ginnie Mae reportedly boots two lenders from bond program over VA loan churning

    NewDay and Nations Lending sanctioned
    Ginnie Mae’s battle against a number of mortgage lenders that are aggressively targeting servicemembers and military veterans for quick and potentially risky refinances of their mortgages just went to another level. Ginnie Mae reportedly booted NewDay USA and Nations Lending from its primary mortgage bond program after threatening the lenders earlier this year over their abnormally high prepayment speeds.
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  • LendingTree unveils its own Zestimate-style home valuation tool

    Will help users identify when they have “actionable” home equity
    Consumer-facing home valuation tools, especially Zillow’s “Zestimate”, have long been a source of consternation in the housing industry. And while Zillow’s tool is mainly designed for people looking to buy or sell a home, there’s a new home valuation tool on the market for people looking to buy, sell, or mainly to refinance their mortgage. The company behind the new valuation tool: LendingTree.
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