Morning Roundup (10/6/2022) – Inflation Buster, Down Payments Cooling

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, October 6. A gunman killed more than 30 people, including children, at a child-care center in Thailand. An American tourist smashed two ancient Roman sculptures into pieces at the Vatican. Oil-exporting countries, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, agreed to cut their supply sharply to raise global energy prices.

The Mortgage Note Reports

Inflation Buster: Bill Banfield, Chief Risk Officer at Rocket Mortgage, sat down for an interview with Editor Kimberley Haas to talk about their new program which gives homebuyers a reprieve by reducing their monthly mortgage payment by one percentage point for the first year of their loan.

“Unattainable”: Housing affordability is a bigger deal to Americans than the possibility of a recession, with 1 in 4 saying they’re putting off buying a home indefinitely.

Down Payments Cooling: Buyers are paying record-high down payments thanks to soaring prices and high competition, but they’re starting to see some moderation.

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In other mortgage and housing news…

First-Timers Struggle: Affordability for first-time home buyers fell 19 points YOY in June 2022 as rapid house price appreciation outpaced consumer house-buying power.

“Brokers Are Better”: AIME says it has developed a website dedicated to educating consumers about the loan process, providing direct access to the resources brokers offer with a variety of consumer-friendly features.

Best Time To Buy: Buyers who close in October will get the best deal compared to the spring buying season, paying only a 3.3% premium compared to May’s 10.5%.

“Feeling The Squeeze”: RISMedia’s Broker Confidence Index saw its second-largest monthly drop since it began last year.

Hesitant Affluent: The luxury market is beginning to return to normal but can’t yet be called a buyer’s market, as the wealthy shy away from listing their homes.

ATP: FormFree made its Residual Income Knowledge Index, a method for measuring consumers’ ability to pay for mortgages based on income and spending, broadly available.

Homie Resignation: The CEO of Utah-based flat fee real estate brokerage Homie resigned a week after laying off 40 employees, citing market instability.