Home Offers Still Facing Competition

More often than not, you still can’t put an offer on a home without someone else making a competing offer. For the sixth month in a row, more than half of home sales have been the subjects of bidding wars, according to a new report released by Redfin on its properties. In October, 56.8 percent of Redfin offers on homes in the United States faced competition – down from a peak of 59.3 percent in August. “Has the market calmed down since the summer? Yes, but every offer I submit still faces multiple competing bids and we continue to see a lot more buyers than we normally would at this time of year,” said Melissa Killham, a Redfin real estate…

2.7 Million Mortgages Remain In Forbearance

The number of US mortgages in forbearance dropped for the 11th week in a row, with 2.7 million homeowners still pausing their mortgage payments during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mortgage Bankers Association announced Monday. The survey found: The total share of mortgages in forbearance dropped from 5.67 percent to 5.47 percent as of November 8.The share of Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance decreased from 7.95 percent to 7.70 percent.The share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance decreased from 3.49 percent to 3.36 percent.Independent mortgage bank-managed mortgages in forbearance dropped from 6.19 percent to 5.94 percent.Bank-managed mortgages in forbearance dropped from 5.60 percent to 5.43 percent. “While the rate of new forbearance requests has declined and exits are increasing,…

Affordable Housing Rent Payments Increase

More tenants in affordable housing made payments in October than in any month since early in the pandemic, according to a report released Monday by MRI Software. MRI’s report found: Rent payments increased to 82 percent of the prior year, the first month since June since the rate was over 80 percent.Collections in public housing dropped slightly in October to 94 percent year over year, compared to 98 percent in September. Move-outs in affordable housing decreased by 17 percent year over year, leading to higher occupancy rates for the sector.Move-ins, at 92 percent of last year’s volume, affected the rates to a lesser extent. “The pandemic will continue to affect trends in both sectors,” said Brian Zrimsek, Industry Principal at…

People On The Move (11/13/20)

Here is a look at some of the personnel moves made in the mortgage and housing industry in the last week: Michael T. Hutchins was named interim president of Freddie Mac after David Brickman announces his resignation as CEO. Seth Appleton is leaving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Ginnie Mae to serve as the new president of MISMO. Jeff McGuiness is heading up Waterstone Financial’s mortgage subsidiary as president and CEO. Jonathan Mariner, former CFO of Major League Baseball, joins the Rocket Companies board of directors. Natalie Cariola to chief sales officer at Zumper. Robert Keator was named senior vice president of business services at Pegasus Residential. David Connelly, formerly of Citigroup, and Ben Aronovitch, formerly of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, have joined Offerpad as the company’s chief growth officer and…

Renters More Likely To Lose Jobs, Money

Renters are more likely to have lost their job or wages during the Covid-19 pandemic than homeowners, according to a new report released this week by Redin. “The pandemic is exacerbating inequality and widening the wealth gap between those who own homes and those who don’t,” Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather said. Renters who have lost jobs or wages are likely dipping into savings for daily living expenses, pushing homeownership further out of reach. More homeowners have been able to keep their jobs, and many who can work remotely are cashing in their home equity to purchase a bigger, better home in a more desirable area.” The report, based on a survey of more than 3,000 U.S. residents in October, found:…

Mortgage Rates Climb A Little Bit

Positive Covid-19 vaccine news drove mortgage rates up ever so slightly this week, but they remained near historically low levels, Freddie Mac announced Thursday in its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The survey found: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.84 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week’s 2.78 percent and last year’s 3.75 percent.The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.34 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week’s 2.32 percent and last year’s 3.20 percent.The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.11 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from last week’s 2.89 percent and last year’s 3.44 percent. “Mortgage rates jumped this week as a result of positive news about a Covid-19 vaccine,” said Sam…

Mortgage Applications Flat For Week

Homeowners are still refinancing their mortgages to take advantage of historically low interest rates. Overall, mortgage applications decreased 0.5 percent for the week ending November 6, with the Purchase Index down 3 percent and the Refinance Index up 1 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Year over year, however, refinances were up 67 percent – and purchase applications were up 16 percent. “The refinance index climbed to its highest level since August, led by a 1.5 percent increase in conventional refinances,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. “The purchase market continued its recent slump, with the index decreasing for the sixth time in seven weeks to its lowest…

‘Zoom Towns’ Thrive As People Leave Cities

Vacation homes are becoming just … homes. A new report released by Redfin on Wednesday found that popular second home destinations are becoming full-time residences for homebuyers – including the Jersey Shore, Cape Cod and Lake Tahoe. The top 10 counties where the housing market is heating up the post are overwhelmingly dominated by vacation resorts, while a majority of the bottom 10 counties are home to dense, relatively expensive cities, including New York, San Francisco and Boston. Here are the top 10 markets: U.S. CountyParent MetroAreaMedianSale Price,YoYChangeHomesSold, YoYChangeMedianDays on MarketMedian Dayson Market YoY ChangeShare Homes  Sold Above List PriceEl DoradoCounty, CA(Lake Tahoe)Sacramento, CA16%80%16-3142%DeschutesCounty, ORBend, OR18%54%17-2234%Ocean County,NJ (JerseyShore)New Brunswick,NJ23%36%28-3135%BarnstableCounty, MA(Cape Cod)Barnstable Town,MA19%51%33-3326%FairfieldCounty, CTBridgeport, CT33%80%63-1530%Essex County,NJNewark, NJ23%37%35-2257%MonmouthCounty, NJ(Jersey Shore)New Brunswick,NJ23%52%25-1833%RiversideCounty, CA (Palm Springs)Riverside,…

HUD Official To Lead MISMO

Seth Appleton is leaving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Ginnie Mae to serve as the new president of MISMO, the Mortgage Bankers Association announced Monday. MISMO is a non-profit subsidiary of MBA and is responsible for developing standards for exchanging information and conducting business in the mortgage finance industry in the United States. Appleton is the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at HUD and the Principal Executive Vice President at Ginnie Mae. “Seth’s considerable experience in senior leadership roles at HUD will serve MISMO well as it enters an exciting new phase of its standards development work,” MBA President and CEO Bob Broeksmit said. “MISMO is helping lead our industry into the digital future,…

Mortgage Forbearance Levels Drop To 5.67%

The share of mortgages in the United States under forbearance plans dropped again, with 2.8 million homeowners still having their payments paused, according to the latest report released Monday by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The survey found that as of November 1: Total loans in forbearance decreased from 5.83 percent to 5.67 percent.The share of Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance decreased from 8.13 percent to 7.95 percent.The share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance decreased from 3.66 percent to 3.49 percent.Independent mortgage bank-managed loans in forbearance dropped from 6.27 percent to 6.19 percent.Bank-managed mortgages dropped from 5.86 percent to 5.60 percent. “A recovering job market, coupled with a strong housing market, is providing the support needed for…