Morning Roundup (4/23/2024) — New Home Sales Rebound

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, April 23. The judge in Donald Trump’s criminal trial is hearing arguments on whether the former President violated a gag order. The British Parliament passed a law allowing the government to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. Taiwan experienced two earthquakes.

The Mortgage Note Reports

New Home Sales: New residential sales rebounded in March as an unexpected February downturn corrected, up both month-over-month and year-over-year.

G-Rate Makes Moves: Guaranteed Rate has bolstered its leadership by promoting company veteran CJ Rose and rehiring top NC LO Chris Hutchens.

In other mortgage and housing news…

Cost Burdened: Prospective buyers need an annual income of at least $119,769 to afford the monthly costs of a home with a 10% down payment…

“Double-Edged Sword”: …and nearly 40% of homeowners couldn’t afford to buy their current home if they were looking today. Prices were up 0.6% from February to March.

Ripple Effect: Inflation is likely to keep rates “higher for longer” but Fannie Mae expects new listings to gradually outpace sales, helping push down prices.

Company News: GPARENCY appointed Scott Forbes as Senior Underwriter and Director of Deal Placement; Arrive Home launched an earned equity program.

Top Efficiency: New third-party research revealed lenders using Snapdocs’ eClosing platform are 18 days faster than their peers across the loan production timeline.