Morning Roundup (1/10/2024) — Housing Is An Election Issue

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, January 10. Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley will face off tonight in a final presidential debate before Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Donald Trump will take part in a town hall on Fox News at the same time. Asset managers are still hopeful the SEC will permit the trading of spot bitcoin ETFs after a fake post by a hacker sparked confusion.

The Mortgage Note Reports

Election 2024: Home affordability is expected to be a pressing issue for American families again this year and although it is not a top priority for Republican presidential candidates yet, they are talking about it.

Opinion: Edward Pinto of the AEI Housing Center says HUD’s latest homeless count fails to connect the dots back to home prices and income.

In other mortgage and housing news…

Credit Down: Mortgage credit availability decreased in December according to the Mortgage Bankers Association…

Applications Up: … but mortgage applications increased 9.9% for the week ending January 5, data from the MBA’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey says.

Rates Increase: This week, interest rates for both 15-year fixed and 30-year fixed mortgage rates have crept up.

Origination And Servicing: Blue Sage Solutions, an industry leader in innovative cloud-based lending technology, announced the launch of the Blue Sage Digital Servicing Platform.

Social Housing: Has the Austrian city of Vienna cracked the code on keeping inner-city housing affordable?