Morning Roundup (9/15/2021)- Purchase Applications Bounce Back, PSPA Provisions Suspended

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, September 15. Californians voted not to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Senate Democrats proposed a compromise voting rights bill that includes voter ID requirements. Facebook documents reportedly show Instagram is harmful to teenage girls. North Korea violated U.N. resolutions by testing two ballistic missiles. And in mortgage and housing news… Purchase Applications Up: MBA’s weekly survey showed mortgage applications bouncing back from last week’s low, driven by purchase applications. Debt Burdens: More than half of non-homeowners say their student debt delayed them from buying a home, a NAR poll found. PSPA Provisions Suspended: FHFA and the Department of the Treasury suspended certain provisions from the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements, FHFA announced in a press release. Delinquencies…

Morning Roundup (9/14/2021)- Forbearances Drop, Cash-Out Refi Soars

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, September 14. Californians vote on whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom today. Chevron pledged to spend $10 billion in its new low-carbon unit, focusing on biofuels and hydrogen production. A Wall Street Journal investigation found that Facebook exempts high-profile users from its content rules. And in mortgage and housing news… Good News For Struggling Borrowers: The total number of loans in forbearance took a nosedive this week, with numbers down in every category. Cash-Outs Soar: Black Knight’s latest Originations Market Monitor report showed cash-out refinancing rose 41% in the last three months, while overall rate locks for mortgage originations increased in August. MHCs: Freddie Mac rolled out new tenant protections for manufactured home owners who…

MBA: Good News As Share Of Loans In Forbearance Nosedives

The total number of loans in forbearance took a nosedive this week, with numbers down in every category, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest survey. Forbearances made up 3.08% of servicers’ portfolio volume, down from 3.23%. That puts the estimated number of homeowners in forbearance plans at 1.5 million. For Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, the number fell 11 basis points to 1.52%. Ginnie Mae loans fell from 3.63% to 3.39%. Portfolio loans and private-label securities shares fell 25 basis points, from 7.52% to 7.27%. Independent mortgage bank servicers saw a drop of 16 basis points to 3.33%, and depository servicers saw a drop of 18 basis points to 3.15%. “The share of loans in forbearance decreased…

Morning Roundup (9/13/2021)- Forbearances And Bidding-War Rates Both Down

Good Morning! Today is Monday, September 13. Democratic Senators returning from a week long break are considering a compromise on the $3.5 trillion spending bill. The Federal Reserve said continuing inflation comes from unusually high prices for goods like electronics and cars. Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett said she’s worried the public sees the Court as a partisan body, while refusing to comment on the unsigned Texas abortion ruling. And in mortgage and housing news… Bidding-War Rates Hit New Low: A Redfin analysis found 58.8% of home offers faced competition, the lowest rate in 2021. Forbearances Down: After dropping last week, the total number of mortgages in active forbearance declined another 2% this week, according to Black Knight. Love Letters: Prospective homebuyers are writing “love letters” to get an…

Homeowner Equity Grew a Record $1T in Q2

American homeowners gained a record $1 trillion in tappable equity in the second quarter of 2021, a single-quarter record according to mortgage data company Black Knight, Inc. That brings the total equity available to $9.15 trillion, up 37 percent in a single year. “Such strong equity positions should help limit the volume of distressed inflow into the real estate market as well as provide strong incentive for homeowners to return to making mortgage payments – even if needing to be reduced through modification,” said Ben Graboske, Black Knight president of data and analytics. According to their latest Mortgage Monitor report, this available equity comes even as loans against home equity surged. “The 1.1M cash-outs originated in Q2 were the largest quarterly volume…

Morning Roundup (9/8/2021)- Mortgage Applications and Forbearances Down, Construction Sees Gains

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, September 8. The Taliban named a wanted man on the US terrorism list as interior minister. Bitcoin selloff has cooled after a flash crash yesterday erased billions in its value. RFK’s widow Ethel Kennedy says his assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, should not be released from prison in California. And in mortgage and housing news… Mortgage Applications Down: Mortgage applications are down again this week, with refi applications dropping 3%, according to the MBA’s latest survey. Forbearances Down, Too: The MBA reported that number of loans in forbearance fell from 3.25% to 3.23%. Residential Construction Gains: Residential construction, especially multi-family properties, grew in suburban and small metro urban core markets during Q2, NAHB’s Home Building Geography Index reported.  Ginnie Mae-king…

Number Of Loans In Forbearance Falls To 3.23%

The number of loans in forbearance as of August 29 fell from 3.25% of portfolio volume to 3.23%, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest survey. That puts the estimated number of homeowners in forbearance at 1.6 million. For Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, the number fell 3 basis points to 1.63%. Ginnie Mae loans fell from 3.92% to 3.62%. But portfolio loans and private-label securities increased the number of homes in forbearance 34 basis points, from 7.18% to 7.52%. Independent mortgage bank servicers saw a drop of 1 basis point to 3.49%, and depository servicers saw a drop of 2 basis points to 3.33%. “The share of loans in forbearance decreased by two basis points last week, with…

Morning Roundup (9/7/2021)- HPSI Remains The Same, Forbearances Down As Expiration Dates Loom

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, September 7. Federal pandemic unemployment aid expired yesterday, impacting seven million people. China’s exports unexpectedly expanded at a faster clip in August, shrugging off the impact of a global resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. has evacuated four Americans from Afghanistan into a bordering country, a State Department official said. Disney’s “Shang-Chi” set a box office record of $90 million over Labor Day weekend. And in mortgage and housing news… Light At The End Of The Tunnel: The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index stayed mostly the same in August, as homebuyers express more positivity about homebuying conditions. Wall Street Woes: Wall Street is bankrolling house flippers, but finding properties is a battle. “Investors like…

Freddie Mac: Homeowners Affected By Ida Have Relief Options

Freddie Mac has confirmed that homeowners and mortgage servicers impacted by Hurricane Ida are eligible for disaster relief options. Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana Monday, leaving about one million homes and businesses without power. Federal officials said it could be weeks before power is fully restored.  The storm slammed the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane, and continued moving through Mississippi as a tropical storm. Ida has caused severe flooding, ripped roofs off buildings, and destroyed power lines. For homeowners, the impact could be catastrophic. A statement from the National Weather Service in New Orleans warned that parts of southeast Louisiana “uninhabitable for weeks or months.” On Tuesday night, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-La.) urged those forced to…

Morning Roundup (8/31/21) – Forbearance Numbers Unchanged, Freddie Mac Confirms Disaster Relief

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, Aug. 31. The war in Afghanistan ended yesterday when the final US military plane left Kabul. President Biden, who was silent yesterday, is expected to address the nation this afternoon. Hurricane Ida left more than one million people with no electricity or water on the Gulf Coast. California ordered an evacuation along Lake Tahoe due to the Caldor fire.And in mortgage and housing news… Forbearance Numbers Hold: The number of mortgage loans in forbearance remains unchanged from last week, holding at 3.25% according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Freddie’s Here To Help: Freddie Mac reminded homeowners and mortgage servicers of its immediate disaster relief options for those affected by Hurricane Ida. In Further Freddie News: Freddie Mac now projects that…