Guild Leaders Hope To Help Hispanic Homebuyers Through New Partnership

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Leaders at Guild Mortgage have partnered with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals as part of their commitment to diversity and inclusion. The association is dedicated to advancing sustainable homeownership for the Hispanic community in America with a network of over 40,000 professional members and 100 local chapters nationwide. Jorge Montoya, a branch manager at Guild in Reno, Nevada, recently sat down with The Mortgage Note. He said the key to improving Hispanic home ownership is education. “We’ve really focused on educating the Latino clientele about it’s not just getting a mortgage, but it’s getting a mortgage with a plan, and what is that plan? Is this going to be a forever plan? Is this…

Loan Applications Remain Basically Flat After A Slight 0.7% Increase

Mortgage loan application volume rose slightly by 0.7% last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey shows. The adjusted Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased by 0.7%. The adjusted purchase index rose 0.1%, while the unadjusted purchase index fell by 21% and was 24% lower YOY. The refinance index rose by 2% and made up 30.3% of total applications, down 80% from the same time last year. ARM activity fell to 10.1% of total applications.  “Mortgage rates continue to experience large swings. After increasing 65 basis points during the past three weeks, the 30-year fixed rate declined 14 basis points last week to 5.84%,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and…

Industry Applauds Confirmation Of Julia Gordon As FHA Commissioner

In a narrow victory decided by a tie-breaking vote, Julia Gordon has been confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). President Biden nominated Gordon to the position in June. Her nomination to the Senate for a vote didn’t happen in 2021, forcing President Biden to re-nominate her. This time around, Gordon was confirmed by a 51-50 vote in the Senate after a tie was broken by Vice President Kamala Harris. Gordon most recently served as president of the National Community Stabilization Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes neighborhood revitalization and housing affordability.  Gordon previously served as Senior Director of Housing and Consumer…

Loan Applications Fall Again As Rates Exceed 5%

Mortgage loan application volume fell another 1.3% last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey shows. The adjusted Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, dropped by 1.3%. The adjusted purchase index rose by 1%, while the unadjusted purchase index rose by 2% and was 6% lower YOY. The refinance index fell 5% and was down 62% YOY. Refinances made up 37.1% of total applications, down from 38.8%. The 30-year fixed-rate hit 5.13%, the highest since November 2018, resulting in refis falling to their slowest weekly pace since 2019. “Higher rates are increasing borrower interest in ARMs. Their share of applications last week was at 7.4%, which was the highest share since June 2019,”  said Joel…

Rates Continue Climb Toward 5%

Mortgage rates rose to an average of 4.72%, up from last week’s 4.67%, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. Freddie’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) found that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.72%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.13%. “Mortgage rates have increased 1.5 percentage points over the last three months alone, the fastest three-month rise since May of 1994,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist.  “The increase in mortgage rates has softened purchase activity such that the monthly payment for those looking to buy a home has risen by at least 20 percent from a year ago.” The daily fixed rate crossed 5% this week for the first time since 2011, save two days…

Morning Roundup (4/7/2022)–Home Purchase Sentiment, Foreclosure Suspensions

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, April 7. More than 2,000 Ukrainians have made their way to the U.S. border from Mexico. Some Biden administration officials tested positive after attending a black-tie event in Washington. The Supreme Court reinstated a Trump administration rule limiting states’ power to enforce the Clean Water Act. The Mortgage Note Reports Love It Or List It? Americans Are Renovating Rather Than Moving: New data shows that 79% of Americans would rather renovate their current home than move to a different one and with $420 billion spent on remodeling projects in 2020 those in the mortgage, real estate, and building industries are taking notice. Editor Kimberley Haas reports. Housing Market Pessimism: Consumer sentiment towards home buying fell…

Foreclosure Suspended For Homeowners Seeking Relief, FHA Says

Homeowners facing foreclosure can now stall proceedings while waiting to receive federal aid.  The Federal Housing Agency (FHA) announced that Freddie Mac and Fannie will require servicers to suspend foreclosure activities for up to 60 days if the servicer has been informed that the borrower applied for assistance through the Homeowner Assistance Fund. “FHFA is committed to sustainable homeownership. Today’s action will provide borrowers who need temporary mortgage assistance with additional time to be evaluated for relief through their state’s approved Homeownership Assistance Fund,” said FHFA Acting Director Sandra L. Thompson.  The move is meant to help homeowners on the brink of foreclosure who may still be struggling to make on-time payments. The HAF provides up to $9.96 billion for…

Morning Roundup (3/29/2022)– Biden’s Budget Proposal, Condo Prices Up

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, March 29. Biden said he was expressing “moral outrage”, not policy, when he said Putin “cannot remain in power.” A federal judge concluded that Donald Trump most likely committed felonies by trying to overturn the 2020 election. Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him at the Oscars. The Mortgage Note Reports Russia’s Attack On Ukraine Felt By Builders In America: Some experts say there will be ramifications in the home and commercial markets, Chuck Green reports. Budget Response: The Biden administration’s budget proposal includes big money for housing, which the CHLA says reaffirms the need to scrap its Life of Loan policy. Condo Explosion: Condo prices have hit a record high – up…

CHLA Says FHA Should Cut Premiums, End Life Of Loan

In its budget proposal this week, the Biden Administration allotted a 34% budget increase for the Department of Housing and Urban Development of $11.6 billion over the fiscal year of 2022. This proposed budget includes $32 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and almost $2 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership, aimed at affordable housing strategies. The industry has so far applauded the budget for its investments in housing as affordability dwindles and many Americans struggle to find housing within their budget. “A president’s budget is a wish list of policy goals and ambitions,” Shannon McGahn, the National Association of Realtor’s chief advocacy officer, said. “Many changes will be made to this plan, but it is good news that…

Morning Roundup (11/22/2021)– Existing-Home Sales Up, Investors Sue Zillow

Good Morning! Today is Monday, November 11. Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges. An SUV that drove into a Wisconsin holiday parade killed at least five people and wounded 40. Two Fox News contributors resigned in protest of a Tucker Carlson documentary featuring debunked conspiracy theories. And in mortgage and housing news… Existing Home Sales: Existing-home sales rose in October for the second month straight, though sales year-over-year are down 5.8%. Zillow Lawsuit: Investors are suing Zillow, saying they made misleading statements about the financial security of Zillow Offers. The law firm helming the claim has put out a call for investors who lost big to join in. Auctions This Week: The Treasury Department is holding auctions for two-,…