Morning Roundup (1/13/2022)– Foreclosure Filing All-Time Low, Mortgage Applications Up

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, January 13. Donald Trump endorsed booster shots and said politicians who hid their vaccination status were “gutless.” Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, said he would not cooperate with the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. More than 8,000 unionized employees at Kroger’s King Soopers stores in Denver went on strike on Wednesday. And in mortgage and housing news… Mortgage Applications Up: Mortgage loan application volume rose 1.4% from last week, though refis once again fell, MBA reported. All-Time Low: ATTOM’s Year-End Foreclosure Market Report found foreclosure filings dropped to an all-time low in 2021, down 95% from a peak of nearly 2.9 million in 2010. Forty-Year High: The BLS’s Consumer Price Index reported that…

Loan Applications Up, Though Refis Continue Trending Down

Mortgage loan application volume rose 1.4% from last week, though refinances once again fell, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey reported. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 1.4%. The seasonally adjusted purchase index rose 2%, while the unadjusted purchase index rose 51% and was 17% lower YOY. The refinance index fell 0,1% and was down 50% YOY. Refinances made up 64.1% of total applications, their lowest level in more than a month. Conventional refi applications are at their lowest level since January 2020. The survey attributed the drop in refinances to increasing interest rates. The 30-year fixed rate reached 3.52%, its highest level since March 2020, and the Fed signaled this week that…

Morning Roundup (1/12/2022)– Credit Availability Up, Delinquencies Down

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, January 12. In an effort to keep kids in schools, the Biden administration will ship five million free rapid Covid-19 tests to K-12 schools each month. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Paul Pierce are being sued for allegedly leading investors into a cryptocurrency “pump and dump” scam. Maya Angelou has become the first Black woman on a quarter. And in mortgage and housing news… Credit Availability Up: Mortgage credit availability rose in December, according to MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index. Zillow CDO: Zillow has hired Jenny Arden as the company’s first Chief Design Officer. Delinquencies Down: Mortgage delinquency fell to 3.8% in October 2021, down 2.3% YOY, according to CoreLogic’s latest Loan…

Morning Roundup (1/11/2022)– Multifamily Projections, Origination Activity Down

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, January 11. The SEC has begun work on a plan requiring companies to routinely disclose information about their finances and operations. Chicago schools will reopen after the teachers’ union and the city struck a deal over Covid safeguards. The Biden administration announced that private insurers will cover the costs of eight at-home Covid tests per person per month. And in mortgage and housing news… Jaws Are Dropping: “The One” hit the market. This megamansion with 21 bedrooms and 42 bathrooms in Bel Air is listed for $295 million. Freddie’s Multi-Family Outlook: Freddie Mac’s annual multifamily outlook suggests another strong year with rent growth in all markets, led by the Sun Belt. Black Knight: Origination activity…

Morning Roundup (1/5/2022)– UWM Under Fire, Loan Applications Down

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, January 5. A snowstorm in Virginia left hundreds of drivers stranded for more than 24 hours. Chicago canceled school today amid a clash with teachers about remote schooling during the Omicron surge. Walmart and Kroger are raising prices for BinaxNOW at-home Covid tests after a White House deal to sell them at cost expired. And in mortgage and housing news… UWM Under Fire: United Wholesale Mortgage is under scrutiny from both state and county health officials in the wake of complaints about the company’s handling of Covid. Loan Applications Down: Mortgage loan application volume dropped 2.7% from the week ending December 31, with refis down 2% as interest rates reached their highest point since April…

MBA: Mortgage Applications Down 2.7%

Mortgage loan application volume dropped 2.7% from the week ending December 31, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey reported. MBA adjusted the results to account for the holidays. The adjusted Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, fell 2.7%. The adjusted purchase index fell 4%, while the unadjusted purchase index fell 32% and was 12% lower YOY. The refinance index fell 2% and was down 40% YOY. Refinances made up 65.4% of total applications. The survey attributed the drop in refinances to an increase in the 30-year fixed rate, which rose to 3.33%, its highest point since April. “The higher rates to close 2021 caused refinance activity to decrease 2.2%. Refinance demand continues to dwindle, as…

Morning Roundup (1/3/2022)– Migration From Cities, Affordability Down In November

Good Morning! Today is Monday, January 3. We hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you the best in 2022!For today’s newsletter, we had Scott Kimbler look into the migration from U.S. metros to suburban and rural areas. Is It A Trend Or Here To Stay? Metros See Migration From Cities: Metros are seeing a migration away from urban areas, and those watching this trend say landlords shouldn’t hold their breath hoping a younger generation of renters will replace them. Affordability Reaches 13 Year Milestone: In Q4 2021, median-priced single-family homes were less affordable in 77% of U.S. counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, a 13-year high, the company found. New Record For Home Prices: The median home sale…

Housing Affordability Dropped In 77% Of US Counties

America’s home affordability problem was bad in 2020, before COVID-19 hit. In 2021, it got even worse. In Q4 2021, median-priced single-family homes were less affordable in 77% of U.S. counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, a 13-year high, the company found. In 440 out of the 575 counties analyzed, the gap between incomes and affordable home prices was larger than their historical averages. This is a dramatic increase from Q4 2020 when only 39% of counties were less affordable than in the past. “The average wage earner can still afford the typical home across the United States, but the financial comfort zone continues shrinking as home prices keep soaring and mortgage rates tick upward,” said Todd Teta, chief product…

Morning Roundup (12/22/2021)– Home Values Up 31% YOY, Loan Apps Down Slightly

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, December 22. In yesterday’s speech, President Biden praised Donald Trump’s recent comments about boosters and promised to distribute 500 million free testing kits. The Kellogg strike ended, with workers ratifying a new contract. Southwest Alaska experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. And in mortgage and housing news… MBA: Mortgage loan application volume dropped 0.6% last week, though the average purchase loan reached its second-highest amount ever, MBA reported. Homeowners Gain $9.1T: The value of U.S. homes soared 31% YOY to $38 trillion in November, outpacing last year’s 10% gain, according to a new Redfin report. Lifestyle Matters:Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate released a market trends report, examining how and why lifestyle is leading homebuyers’ decision-making. “The Biggest Opportunity Of Our Generation”: MetaSpace Real…

MBA: Average Loan Size Reaches Its Second-Highest Amount Ever

Mortgage loan application volume dropped 0.6% last week, though the average purchase loan reached its second-highest amount ever, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey reported. The seasonally adjusted Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, fell 0.6%. The seasonally adjusted purchase index fell 3%, while the unadjusted purchase index fell 6% and was 9% lower YOY. The refinance index rose 2% and was down 42% YOY. Refinances made up 65.2% of total applications, driven by a rate decrease to 3.27%, its lowest in four weeks. Though applications fell, purchase loan size increased to an average of $416,200, the second-highest average amount on record. “The elevated loan size is an indication that activity is more on the…