Mortgage Roundup (10/29/20) – Sales, Apps & Scores

Good morning! Today is Thursday, October 29. More than 40 states are reporting an increase in Covid-19 cases and many in the Midwest are seeing record hospitalizations. In a decision this week, the Supreme Court allowed 9-day extensions for absentee ballots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Thousands are without power after Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Louisiana last night as a strong Category 2 storm.  And in mortgage and housing news … NEW HOME SALES: Sales of newly built single-family homes fell slightly in September – but remained significantly higher than a year ago, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders.  MORTGAGE APPS: Mortgage applications increased slightly in the latest weekly report released by the Mortgage Bankers Association. CREDIT SCORE…

Mortgage Roundup (10/28/20) – Cocoons, Prices & Covid

Good morning! Today is Wednesday, October 28. Early voting has surpassed half of all ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election with less than a week left until Election Day. CEOs from the largest social media companies will answer Senate Commerce Committee questions today about the platforms’ role in shaping political discourse. New York City is telling residents not to travel for Thanksgiving to help stop the spread of Covid-19.  And in mortgage and housing news … HOME PRICES: The Federal Housing Finance Agency reports that home prices increased 1.5 percent in August from the previous month – and a whopping 8 percent from August 2019 amid historically low interest rates and a shortage of homes on the market during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Mortgage Roundup (10/27/20) – Election, Eviction & Refis

Good morning! Today is Tuesday, October 27. Amy Coney Barrett took the first of two oaths to be sworn in to the Supreme Court. Hurricane Zeta is on track to hit Louisiana tomorrow. NASA scientists discovered water molecules on the moon.  And in mortgage and housing news … RED & BLUE: Americans largely consider it important to live in communities where people share their political views, though most have not considering moving somewhere based on politics, according to a survey released by realtor.com. EVICTION BAN: The National Association of Home Builders has filed suit in federal court challenging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order that bans residential evictions through the end of the year to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HOUSING TRENDS: Home offices…

Mortgage Roundup (10/26/20) – Refis, 800 & Luxury

Good morning! Today is Monday, October 26. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett tonight. The Chief of Staff and other close aides for Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for Covid-19, while the vice president tested negative. Facebook is preparing emergency measures for potential election unrest. And in mortgage and housing news … REVERSE MORTGAGE RISK: How reverse mortgages could backfire for many retirees. REFINANCE ADVANTAGE: How to score one of the lowest mortgage rates for your refinance. FAIR HOUSING TOOL: A lawsuit alleges that a new federal rule will make it harder to challenge discriminationin the housing industry. FINANCIAL HEALTH: Credit scores are at a record high, but American consumers are not OK.  GETTING TO 800: How to boost your credit…

Mortgage Roundup (10/23/20) – Rates, Sales & Biden

Good morning! Today is Friday, October 23. President Trump and Joe Biden take their last laps on the campaign trail after a calmer final debate. The U.S. topped 73,000 new coronavirus cases for first time since July. Game 3 of the 2020 World Series resumes tonight inside the “playoff bubble” in Arlington, Texas. And in mortgage and housing news … MORTGAGE RATES: Mortgage rates have hit yet another record low.  HOME SALES: Existing-home sales grew for the fourth consecutive month in September. BIDEN EFFECT: How the housing market might change under a Biden Administration.  RENTAL MARKET: Nearly four million renters may be evicted from their homes.  JUMBO MORTGAGES: The average cost of a 30-year jumbo mortgage hovered near a record low this week at 3.50 percent in Bankrate’s survey.   HOME CONSTRUCTION: U.S. home construction rose by…

Mortgage Roundup (10/22/20) – GSEs, Montana & USDA

Good morning! Today is Thursday, October 22. White House officials and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened the door to passing a coronavirus relief package after the election. The final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden is tonight. Turkey farmers are worried they’ve bred too many large birds for the likely smaller holiday gatherings during the pandemic.   And in mortgage and housing news … GSE EXTENSION: FHFA extends Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s ability to buy loans in forbearance.  MORTGAGE APPS: Mortgage applications hold steady for another week.  NEW HOMES ON THE RANGE: Weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush. USDA LOAN: A USDA loan is a mortgage for homes in rural or suburban counties, and you don’t need any money for a down…

Mortgage Roundup (10/21/20) – CFPB, Loans & AI

Good morning! Today is Wednesday, October 21. White House and Democratic negotiators said they would press ahead with efforts to reach a coronavirus relief deal. The Department of Justice antitrust suit against Google will mark the most aggressive U.S. legal challenge to a company’s dominance in the tech sector in more than two decades. Minnesota’s snowfall this week is the earliest on record and the second-largest amount of snow with 9 inches recorded in one town.  And in mortgage and housing news … BIDDING WARS: Bidding wars are still common in the U.S. housing market.   CFPB EXTENDS QM: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has indefinitely extended a provision that allows loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to count as qualified mortgages as it…

Mortgage Roundup (10/20/20) – Rules, Prices & Value

Good morning! Today is Tuesday, October 20. The Presidential debate commission will mute President Trump and Joe Biden’s microphones during parts of Thursday’s debate. British scientists will launch the world’s first human challenge trials for Covid-19, in which healthy volunteers will be deliberately infected with the coronavirus to test the vaccine’s efficacy. NASA is launching a 4G phone network on the moon. And in mortgage and housing news … NEW GSE PRODUCT RULE: The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a new rule that would require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide advance notice to FHFA of new activities and obtain prior approval before launching new products. HOME PRICES: Home prices in September increased by the largest amount since Redfin began tracking them. HOME VALUE: Homeowners…

Mortgage Roundup (10/19/20) – Payments, Credit & 3D

Good morning! Today is Monday, October 19. Covid-19 cases are climbing in almost every state. A woman who vanished in Zion National Park nearly two weeks ago is found alive. Several wildfires continue to burn hundreds of thousands of acres across Colorado. And in mortgage and housing news … MISSED PAYMENTS: More than 6 million households in the United States missed rent or mortgage paymentsand 26 million missed student loan payments in September as the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic stretched into their seventh month. CREDIT SCORES: The average credit score hit a record in July after millions of Americans had lost their jobs, scrambling lenders’ underwriting models. IFFY BORROWERS: There’s good news for mortgage applicants who don’t fit into the precise mold demanded by…

Mortgage Roundup (10/16/20) – Rates, Forecast & Trends

Good morning! Today is Friday, October 16. President Trump and Joe Biden participated in dueling town halls on separate networks. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has recovered from Covid-19 and says he was wrong not to wear a face mask at a White House event where he contracted the virus. A new study finds that watching nature programming reduces feelings of boredom and sadness. And in mortgage and housing news … RECORD LOW, AGAIN: Mortgage rates dropped to 2.81 percent this week, another new record and the 12th straight week rates have stayed under 3 percent, Freddie Mac reported in its weekly mortgage market survey. FREDDIE FORECAST: Mortgage rates are expected to remain near record lows through next year and home prices…