Mortgage Roundup (12/21/20) – Rates, GSEs & Credit

Good morning! Today is Monday, December 21. Members of Congress struck a deal on a nearly $900 billion virus relief package. A CDC advisory group recommends that the next COVID-19 vaccinations be given to older adults and front-line essential workers, like fire, EMT, food manufacturers, grocery and public transit employees, teachers, postal workers. Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in the night sky tonight than they have in nearly 400 years. And in mortgage and housing news … MORTGAGE RATES: Mortgage rates have tumbled to a new all-time low, falling to a 2.67 percent, according to the weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey released by Freddie Mac. GSE SAGA: Without appropriate oversight, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could easily repeat the mistakesthat put them in…

Mortgage Roundup (12/18/20) – Survey, Rent & Rates

Good morning! Today is Friday, December 18. Members of Congress are rushing to complete a $900 billion Covid-relief package. California is the latest coronavirus epicenter, setting back-to-back nationwide records for new cases and running out of hospital beds. More than three million internet users are believed to have installed 15 Chrome and 13 Edge extensions that contain malicious code. And in mortgage and housing news … TOO SLOW: Homebuyers surveyed said the closing process in homebuying is frustratingly long.  HOME DEPOT: Home Depot will pay $20.75 million under a proposed settlement after its contractors in states across the country allegedly failed to take proper steps to reduce the spread of lead dust and paint chips during renovations. GSE LIQUIDITY: The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a proposed…

Mortgage Roundup (12/17/20) – Rates, Reform & Lawsuit

Good morning! Today is Thursday, December 17. In an anti-trust lawsuit, Google is accused of enlisting Facebook to manipulate digital ad markets. The U.S. is preparing to charge a new suspect in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. A nor’easter is blasting the Northeast with heavy snow.  And in mortgage and housing news … MULTIFAMILY INVESTMENT: The Freddie Mac Multifamily Apartment Investment Market Index rose by 1.9 percent in the third quarter, meaning there were more attractive investment opportunities in the multifamily market.  MORTGAGE APPS: Mortgage applications for new home purchases in November jumped by 34.7 percent over a year ago, according to a report released by the Mortgage Bankers Association.  INTEREST RATES: The Fed left interest rates alone at its final meeting of 2020 but pledged to keep doing whatever…

Mortgage Roundup (12/16/20) – Deals, Waivers & GSEs

Good morning! Today is Wednesday, December 16. Congressional leaders appeared to make progress toward funding the government and sending another round of coronavirus relief in the next week. The FDA authorized the first over-the-counter, rapid home virus test. L.A. Unified Schools will not be giving F’s this school year due to Covid disruptions.  And in mortgage and housing news … RENTAL DEAL: The parent company of realtor.com announced it will take a bigger role in the rental market with the acquisition of Avail, a company that helps landlords across the country manage their rental properties. 2021 PREDICTIONS: Redfin released its top 10 predictions for the 2021 housing market. GSE CONSERVATORSHIP: Shares of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunged after the White House signaled it won’t free…

Mortgage Roundup (12/15/20) – Disasters, GSEs & Equity

Good morning! Today is Tuesday, December 15. President Trump announced that U.S. Attorney General William Barr is stepping down. A second Covid-19 vaccine is likely to gain emergency-use authorization later this week. Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin won her 67th World Cup giant slalom event. Only Ingemar Stenmark and Lindsey Vonn have more victories. And in mortgage and housing news … NATURAL DISASTERS: Natural disasters are impacting home values in high-risk areas at a time when home prices are soaring across the United States, according to a realtor.com analysis.  FORBEARANCE REPORT: The share of mortgages in forbearance in the United States decreased slightly last week, with 2.7 million homeowners still pausing their mortgage payments, the Mortgage Bankers Association announced in its weekly survey. GSE CONSERVATORSHIP: Treasury Secretary…

Mortgage Roundup (12/14/20) – Records, Restraint & Scores

Good morning! Today is Monday, December 14. U.S. health care workers and nursing home residents are expected to receive the first Covid vaccinations today, as the the most ambitious vaccination campaign in the nation’s history begins. Delta Airlines banned 700 people for refusal to wear a mask. The start of the World Surf League’s season is halted by Covid and a shark attack.  And in mortgage and housing news … RECORD RECORDS: 2020’s unprecedented homebuying market.   JUDICIAL RESTRAINT: The case for judicial restraint on Fannie Mae. HOME PRICES: Home price growth will rise at slower pace in 2021, NAR panel says. CREDIT SCORES: How to raise your credit score from poor to good by 2022.  EVOLVE: A new kind of vacation online rental platform is growing the rental market.  MILLENNIAL STRONG: Millennials make housing market a…

Mortgage Roundup (12/11/20) – HUD, Records & Rules

Good morning! Today is Friday, December 11. Congress remains at odds over an economic stimulus package.Missouri joins five other states in supporting Texas’ Supreme Court fight against swing states to overturn their Presidential election results. NASA has named the 18 astronauts — half of them women — who will train for its Artemis moon-landing program. And in mortgage and housing news … IT’S OFFICIAL: President-elect Biden officially nominates Rep. Marcia Fudge to lead HUD.  RECORD LOW: Mortgage rates remain at their lowest on record.  UNDERWRITING RULES: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued two final rules revising the definition of “qualified mortgage” to promote access to credit and transition the market away from an exemption given to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  GSE CONSERVATORSHIP: Wall Street continues to look…

Mortgage Roundup (12/10/20) – Credit, Biden & Recovery

Good morning! Today is Thursday, December 10. Facebook is being hit with antitrust lawsuits by the Federal Trade Commission and a bipartisan group of 46 state attorneys, accusing the social media giant of a yearslong campaign to buy up or freeze out potential rivals. SpaceX’s Starship prototype exploded during a test flight landing. The World Surf League will find another location for the women’s Maui Pro event, after a shark attack halted competition.  And in mortgage and housing news … MORTGAGE CREDIT: Mortgage credit freed up in November to its highest level since July, according to a new report released by the Mortgage Bankers Association. MORTGAGE APPS: Mortgage applications dropped slightly last week, while remaining significantly higher than 2019 levels, according to a report released by…

Mortgage Roundup (12/9/20) – Fudge, Court & Reports

Good morning! Today is Wednesday, December 9. The White House proposed a new Covid relief package with lower unemployment benefits in exchange for $600 stimulus payments. Tesla is moving the company out of Silicon Valley to Texas. An F-16 fighter jet crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  And in mortgage and housing news … HUD SECRETARY: President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. PURCHASE SENTIMENT: The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index dipped by 1.7 points in November, its first decline after three continuous months of increases. FORBEARANCE REPORT: The number of U.S. mortgages in forbearance held steady to close out November, with about 2.8 million homeowners still pausing their mortgage payments amid the…

Mortgage Roundup (12/8/20) – Lists, Georgia & Lawsuits

Good morning! Today is Tuesday, December 8. The U.K. became the first Western country to start distributing a Covid-19 vaccine, rolling out a mass inoculation program that could provide a template for other countries. Uber is selling its self-driving car division after its five years of developing self-driving vehicles was marred by a fatal crash and litigation. Chuck Yeager, the pilot who broke the sound barrier, died at age 97. And in mortgage and housing news … TO-DO LIST: HFSC Chair Rep. Maxine Waters issued President-elect Biden a lengthy to-do list. GEORGIA SENATE: The American Bankers Association is jumping into the Senate runoff election in Georgia, dropping an ad thanking Sen. David Perdue for his role in “helping Georgia families and small businesses during…