Morning Roundup (10/27/2021)– Refis At Lowest Point Since Jan 2020, Home Prices Up 18.5% YOY

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, October 27. The nor’easter battering the East Coast has left 400,000 without power in Massachusetts. Progressive Democrats proposed a plan to tax the unrealized capital gains of the super-wealthy. Atlanta beat Houston 6-2 in the first game of the World Series. And in mortgage and housing news… MBA: Mortgage applications rose slightly from last week, but refis dropped to their lowest point since January 2020. FHFA Housing Index: FHFA’s House Price Index reported a 1% increase in house prices from last month and an 18.5% increase year-over-year. Maxwell Makes More: Digital mortgage platform Maxwell has raised another $52.5 million in funding, backed by Wells Fargo. First American RHPI: First American’s Real House Price Index shows…

Morning Roundup (10/26/2021)– Forbearances Slow, Summer Warns Of Housing Inflation

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, October 26. Two were killed and five injured in a mall shooting in Boise, Idaho. Minneapolis residents will vote on whether to replace their police department with an agency focused on “public health.” A record-breaking storm hit California ahead of the Northeast’s first nor’easter, which is expected to cause flooding. And in mortgage and housing news… Forbearance Exits Slow: The number of loans in forbearance fell to 2.21% this week, cooling after two weeks of high exit rates, MBA reports. Summers Storms: Larry Summers warns “housing inflation is almost certain to soar,” says Biden admin underestimating inflation risks. CRA In NY: New York State may approve a bill that expands the requirements of the state community…

Morning Roundup (10/25/2021)– Delinquencies Down To Lowest Levels In 18 Months, Inflation To Impact Rates

Good Morning! Today is Monday, October 25. FDA regulators said vaccine benefits outweigh risks in children aged 5 through 11, and an emergency authorization could come next week. Set workers on “Rust” warned of unsafe working conditions days before the film’s cinematographer was fatally shot. The Houston Astros will play the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. And in mortgage and housing news… “If You Haven’t Re-fi’d, Do So Now”: A growing consensus among housing and banking analysts is that the real force impacting mortgage rates in the coming months will be inflation. Black Knight First Look: Delinquencies, active foreclosures, and foreclosure starts all dropped to serious lows in September, Black Knight’s “first look” report shows. DOJ To Address Redlining: Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a DOJ…

Morning Roundup (10/22/2021)– “Lull” In Forbearance Drops, Eviction “Tsunami” Still Elusive

Good Morning! Today is Friday, October 22. The CDC endorsed a “mix and match” strategy for distributing Covid-19 vaccine boosters. President Biden said he was open to ending the filibuster in order to pass bills on the debt limit and voting rights. A woman was killed on a Western film set when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun. And in mortgage and housing news… Black Knight: The number of loans in active forbearance fell 0.6% since last Tuesday, entering an expected, mid-month period of “lull”. “Eviction Tsunami” Still Elusive: As federal protections ended, housing activists warned a “tsunami” of evictions would follow. Where is it? Counties Face Pandemic Damage: Some housing markets at the county level are still susceptible to damage from the pandemic, according to a new report from…

Morning Roundup (10/21/2021)– Rates Climb, MBA Warns Of “Aggressive” Regulation

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, October 21. U.S. unemployment claims fall to a new pandemic low of 290,000. The gunman in the Parkland school shooting pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder. Donald Trump is launching a new social media platform, TRUTH Social. And in mortgage and housing news… Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates continued climbing, hitting 3.09% over the past week, Freddie Mac reported. “In Front Of Every Fight”: MBA President and CEO Bob Broeksmit said that “aggressive” federal regulation is back but that the MBA would fight tax hikes on mortgage servicing. Advocates Rally For “Robust” Spending: Housing stakeholders gathered at the capitol to call for the budget reconciliation package being negotiated in Congress to substantially represent housing.  Runaway Demand: …

Morning Roundup (10/20/2021)– Applications, Refis Tank

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, October 20. The White House announced a plan to vaccinate 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11. Kidnappers in Haiti are demanding $1 million per person for 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group. Southwest Airlines has dropped its plan to put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave starting in December. And in mortgage and housing news… Applications Down: Mortgage loan application volume fell 6.3% last week while refis hit their lowest level since July. Rocket Enhancements: Rocket Mortgage’s Rocket Pro TPO announced tech changes to help brokers grow and strengthen their businesses. Ex-UWM Exec Joins Scott Griffin: Scott Griffin Financial has announced that former UWM exec Judie Levitt has joined its senior…

Morning Roundup (10/19/2021)– Zillow Takes A Break, Red States See White-Hot Markets

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, October 19. DC suspended half of its metro trains after a series of derailings. Lawmakers accused Amazon leadership of misleading or lying to Congress about its business practices. Democrats looking for funding for Build Back Better are bringing back the idea of a carbon tax. And in mortgage and housing news… Red States See Biggest Home Price Jumps: The housing market in red states is white-hot compared to their blue counterparts. Here’s why. LendingHome New CRO: LendingHome announced that senior executive Carrie Weber has joined the company as chief risk officer. Zillow Offers Taking A Break: Zillow’s home-flipping business, Zillow Offers, will stop signing new contracts in order to address renovations on homes it already…

Morning Roundup (10/18/2021)– New Listings Down, Home Prices To Rise In 2022

Good Morning! Today is Monday, October 18. An FDA advisory panel recommended booster shots for recipients of the J&J vaccine. Gang members in Haiti kidnapped as many as 17 missionaries and their families. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has died. And in mortgage and housing news…  September New Listings Down: New listings fell 9% year-over-year, while closed home sales fell 5%. Predicting The Future: Fannie Mae’s ESR group said it expects mortgage rates and home prices to rise in 2022. Originations Set To Break Records: Purchase mortgage originations are expected to grow 9% to a new record of $1.73 trillion in 2022, according to the MBA. Housing Permits Up: Residential single-family housing permits are up by more than 25% …

Morning Roundup (10/15/2021)– Forbearances Still Falling, UWM Backpedals On Crypto

Good Morning! Today is Friday, October 15. An FDA panel recommended booster shots for high-risk Moderna recipients. LinkedIn is shutting down in China, the last major social network to shutter there. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in September from the month before, the U.S. Commerce Department said. And in mortgage and housing news…  Black Knight: Forbearances dropped another 10% this week, and they are now at their fastest rate of improvement since the pandemic began. Was Ishbia’s Crypto Move a ‘Stunt?’: After accepting just six cryptocurrency mortgage payments, UWM has signaled it’s not ready to do more. Millennials Vs. Boomers: A Zillow report found Millennials and Boomers are competing for housing, and Boomers are winning. Redfin: The number…

Morning Roundup (10/14/2021)– Rates Top 3%, 60% Of Single Women Don’t See Homeownership In Future

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, October 14. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced plans to line U.S. coastlines with wind farms. The Energy Information Administration predicts that home heating costs will go up because fuel prices are rising and fuel demand has increased over the previous winter. Democrats are still butting heads over what to cut from President Biden’s $3.5 trillion legislation, with Bernie Sanders saying Medicare benefits are non-negotiable.  And in mortgage and housing news… Interest Rates Top 3%: Mortgage rates rose their highest point since April, hitting 3.05% over the past week, Freddie Mac reported.“Forbearance Cliff?”: Housing advocates have warned of a flood of forbearance filings. So far there’s no sign of it, and analysts don’t see it coming.Homeownership…