Morning Roundup (1/3/2022)– Migration From Cities, Affordability Down In November

Good Morning! Today is Monday, January 3. We hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you the best in 2022!For today’s newsletter, we had Scott Kimbler look into the migration from U.S. metros to suburban and rural areas. Is It A Trend Or Here To Stay? Metros See Migration From Cities: Metros are seeing a migration away from urban areas, and those watching this trend say landlords shouldn’t hold their breath hoping a younger generation of renters will replace them. Affordability Reaches 13 Year Milestone: In Q4 2021, median-priced single-family homes were less affordable in 77% of U.S. counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, a 13-year high, the company found. New Record For Home Prices: The median home sale…

Morning Roundup (12/23/2021)– Holiday Buying, Existing Home Sales Up

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, December 23. The F.D.A. authorized Pfizer’s Covid treatment pill for high-risk patients. The Biden administration extended a moratorium on student loan repayments until May 1. Authorities in Texas are investigating a “major industrial accident” at an Exxon Mobil plant.And in mortgage and housing news… A New Home For The Holidays?: It may be the week before Christmas, but that doesn’t mean potential homebuyers aren’t out searching for their perfect piece of real estate. Guaranteed Rate Leadership: Guaranteed Rate has appointed two new Divisional Managers, Ryan Ogata and Tim Sorenson. Existing-Home Sales Up: Existing-home sales rose 1.9% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.46 million, while inventory fell 13.3% YOY, NAR reported. Potential…

Morning Roundup (12/22/2021)– Home Values Up 31% YOY, Loan Apps Down Slightly

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, December 22. In yesterday’s speech, President Biden praised Donald Trump’s recent comments about boosters and promised to distribute 500 million free testing kits. The Kellogg strike ended, with workers ratifying a new contract. Southwest Alaska experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. And in mortgage and housing news… MBA: Mortgage loan application volume dropped 0.6% last week, though the average purchase loan reached its second-highest amount ever, MBA reported. Homeowners Gain $9.1T: The value of U.S. homes soared 31% YOY to $38 trillion in November, outpacing last year’s 10% gain, according to a new Redfin report. Lifestyle Matters:Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate released a market trends report, examining how and why lifestyle is leading homebuyers’ decision-making. “The Biggest Opportunity Of Our Generation”: MetaSpace Real…

Morning Roundup (12/21/2021)– ESR Boosts 2021 Expectations, Lowers 2022

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, December 21. President Biden will give a speech today outlining his plans to combat the Omicron variant. Omicron accounts for about 75% of new cases in the US. The E.P.A. will require new cars to get 55 miles per gallon starting in 2026. And in mortgage and housing news… Forbearances Improved In November: The total number of loans in forbearance fell from 2.06% of servicers’ portfolio volume to 1.67% in November, according to MBA’s Loan Monitoring Survey. ESR Expectations Change: Commentary from Fannie’s ESR Group showed the year ending on a strong note, with 2021 total home sales for rising 7.1%, but lowered its prediction for 2022’s GDP due to inflation concerns. CFPB, DOJ Warning…

Morning Roundup (12/17/2021)– Rates Up Slightly, Forbearances Rise

Good Morning! Today is Friday, December 17. France is banning travel to and from Britain due to high levels of Omicron infection. A federal judge overturned Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement, ruling that members of the Sackler family could not receive protection from civil lawsuits. Haiti announced that the last of the 17 kidnapped US missionaries have been freed. And in mortgage and housing news… Buying Houses With Friends: As the number of homes purchased by people with different last names increases, it is being reported that Millennials are choosing to buy single-family houses with their friends. Rates Up Slightly: Mortgage rates rose slightly over the last week, up from an average of 3.10% to 3.12%, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. Forbearances…

Morning Roundup (12/16/2021)– FOMC Pace To Double, Lenders Expect Profits To Drop

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, December 16. The CDC found Covid-19 tests from early in the pandemic had a basic design flaw that made them inaccurate. Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating George Floyd’s civil rights, as well as those of a 14-year-old in 2017. Bruce Springsteen sold his music catalog to Sony, a transaction that may exceed $500 million. And in mortgage and housing news… Taper Pace Doubles: The FOMC said it would double the pace of tapering and signaled a rate hike will come next year… Industry Responses: …and analyst response to the announcement has focused on rising costs. Fannie MLSS: Lenders reported reduced consumer demand in the last three months, with 65% saying they believe profit margins…

Morning Roundup (12/15/2021)– Thompson Nomination, Mortgage Apps Fall

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, December 15. Congress passed a measure raising the government’s borrowing limit by $2.5 trillion. Mr. Trump lost his bid to shield his tax returns from the House Ways and Means Committee after a federal judge dismissed the case. Britain’s antitrust regulator said Apple and Google hold a “vise-like grip” over how people use mobile devices, limiting innovation and choice and leading to higher prices. And in mortgage and housing news… Thompson Tapped For Full Term…: President Biden will nominate Sandra Thompson, currently the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to a full term at the regulator, the White House announced. …And The Industry Responds: The industry’s response has been largely positive. Mortgage App…

Morning Roundup (12/14/2021)– Rate Lock Volume Down, Rental Rates Influenced By Migration

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, December 14. Members of the Federal Open Market Committee begin their two-day policy-setting meeting today. Larry Nassar’s victims reached a $380 million settlement. The Supreme Court turned down emergency requests by New York healthcare workers for a religious exemption from state requirements to vaccinate against Covid-19. And in mortgage and housing news… Rental Rates Skyrocket: More than a quarter of the states in the country have experienced a rental price increase of 20% or more in 2021 and a senior research analyst says people moving out of cities and into more rural communities are partially to blame. November 2021 Originations: Rate lock volume fell 4.7% month-over-month in November, Black Knight’s latest Originations Market Monitor report…

Morning Roundup (12/13/2021)– Mortgage Credit Down, OCC Reports Improvement

Good Morning! Today is Monday, December 13. At least 90 people are dead after tornadoes leveled 250 miles across six states. Stock buybacks hit a record $234.5 billion in Q3 as companies responded to pandemic hardship. Chris Wallace is leaving Fox News to join CNN. And in mortgage and housing news… Reality Check: There will be more houses on the market in 2022 because of the number of people who have died due to COVID-19 and its variants, a sobering reality was highlighted during the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference in Miami, Fla., last week. Mortgage Credit Down:  Mortgage credit availability shrank in November, falling by 0.6% to 124.9, according to MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index. OCC Reports…

Morning Roundup (12/10/2021)– Rates Flat, Forbearances Plunge

Good Morning! Today is Friday, December 10. The Senate voted to allow Congress to raise the debt ceiling with a simple majority vote. The FDA authorized Pfizer boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds. Workers at a Buffalo Starbucks voted to unionize, making them the first of 9,000 stores to do so. And in mortgage and housing news… Rates Stay The Same: Mortgage rates once again remained basically the same over the last week, averaging 3.10%, Freddie Mac reported. Forbearances Plunge: Forbearances plan exits surged during the first week of December, though plan starts grew for another week. Equity Continues To Soar: Homeowners with a mortgage gained over 31% in equity YOY in Q3, according to CoreLogic. Inflation Up To 39-Year-High: U.S. inflation reached a nearly four-decade high in November, as…