Here’s What’s Scaring Mortgage Brokers This Halloween

This Halloween, mortgage brokers have more to fear than your typical ghosts and ghouls. Some economists say the market is rebalancing, while others say the housing slowdown is more severe than a correction. “Last year, sellers could seemingly list their home at any price and see multiple offers roll in above list price within days,” said Senior Economist Nicole Bachaud of Zillow. “Now, buyers have some negotiating power, and sellers are under pressure. Buyers are still out there and willing to buy when they find the right home at the right price, which will provide a floor for the price declines we are currently seeing.” Either way, mortgage brokers are facing a seriously spooky situation: dwindling home sales, decades-high interest rates,…

Existing-Home Sales Slip For 3rd Month Straight

April’s existing-home sales slipped for the third consecutive month, falling 2.4% from March to a seasonally adjusted rate of  5.61 million, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported. Sales were down 5.9% year-over-year, with each of the four major regions seeing declines. The median price for existing homes of all types was $391,200, up 14.8% YOY. This is the 122nd consecutive month of YOY price growth, the longest-running streak on record. “Higher home prices and sharply higher mortgage rates have reduced buyer activity. It looks like more declines are imminent in the upcoming months, and we’ll likely return to the pre-pandemic home sales activity after the remarkable surge over the past two years,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Housing…

Andrea MacArthur Promoted To Salisbury VP, Mortgage Advisor

Salisbury Bank and Trust Company has promoted Andrea MacArthur to Vice President, Mortgage Advisor, the company announced. MacArthur has worked at Salisbury since 2002, beginning in the mortgage department with no prior experience. She is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Her intelligence and willingness to learn allowed her to move up the ladder in the company to positions including Loan Processor, Closer, Closing Manager, and Retail Department Manager. Her most recent role was Mortgage Advisor in the Berkshire County market. “Your mortgage experience should be as painless as possible.  I will work hard to ensure that all of your mortgage needs are met throughout the entire process and beyond the closing,” her Salisbury page reads.…

Commercial/Multifamily Delinquencies Still Low

Commercial and multifamily delinquencies fell in Q1 2022, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report. MBA looked at commercial/multifamily delinquency rates for five of the largest investor groups: commercial banks and thrifts, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), life insurance companies, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These groups hold more than 80% of outstanding debt in these categories. The number of banks and thrifts overdue by 90 or more days fell to 0.56% from Q4 2021. The number of life company portfolios 60 or more days late rose slightly to 0.05%, while Fannie Mae fell to 0.38%. Freddie Mac remained unchanged at 0.08%. CMBS that were 30 or more days delinquent or in REO dropped to 3.36%. “Commercial…

Americans Report Highest Level Of Financial Well-Being Since 2013

Americans reported their highest level of financial well-being since 2013 in the Federal Reserve Board’s Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2021 report. The data comes from the Board’s 9th annual Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), which was conducted in October and November 2021. “The SHED results provide valuable insight into Americans’ financial conditions during the late fall of 2021. This important perspective helps the Federal Reserve better understand the economic challenges that existed during that phase of the pandemic recovery,” Federal Reserve Board Governor Michelle W. Bowman said. In Q4 2021, 78% of adults reported either doing okay or living comfortably financially, while financial well-being rose among all racial and ethnic groups measured. Hispanic adults saw a…

Morning Roundup (4/14/2022)– Tech-Based Solutions For Racial Discrimination

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, April 14. The U.S. will send another $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, and it will share intelligence on Russian troop positions. Two Omicron subvariants may be driving rising cases in New York State. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the federal mask mandate on planes and other forms of transit for two weeks. The Mortgage Note Reports Loan Apps Fall: Mortgage loan application volume fell another 1.3% last week as rates hit 5.13%, their highest level since November 2018. PCR Model: Commercial price growth may continue rising as property values may not yet have reached their cyclical peak, according to First American’s PCR Model. Opinion: Kevin B. Kimble, founder and CEO…

Guaranteed Rate No. 8 Chevrolet To Debut In NASCAR Race

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Race car driver Tyler Reddick will debut the new Guaranteed Rate No. 8 Chevrolet at the first-ever Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum this Sunday. Reddick said Sunday’s event is an exhibition race, so points do not matter and all the drivers will be going all-out to try and win. “It’s going to be a wild race for drivers and fans alike, so I couldn’t think of a better place to officially debut Guaranteed Rate’s amazing new look,” Reddick said in an article for Guaranteed Rate. Guaranteed Rate Vice President of Marketing and Sports Partnerships Steve McNelley says they are thrilled about the partnership. The company specializes in mortgage lending and digital financial services. “Our focus on…

Morning Roundup (1/28/2022)– Forbearance Plans Up, Rates Flat

Good Morning! Today is Friday, January 28. Economic output in the U.S. grew 5.7% over the past year, the biggest annual increase in decades. Biden told Ukraine’s president that the U.S. was ready to respond forcefully to any Russian aggression. A federal judge revoked Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases, ruling the Biden administration failed to consider climate change when it sold them. The Mortgage Note Reports Predicting The Future: Higher interest rates will be a big issue for homebuyers in 2022. Will they drive down mortgage business? Rates Settle: After weeks of steadily rising, interests rates stayed steady last week, averaging 3.55%. Black Knight: Forbearance exits rose for the second week in a row, up by 19,000 plans…

Morning Roundup (1/25/2022)– Emerging Markets, Mortgage Scheme Victims Can Apply For Compensation

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, January 25. President Biden was caught cursing about a Fox News reporter on a hot mic. Stocks continued a selloff at the opening bell this morning as investors worry over Fed policies and global politics. The Supreme Court will hear cases challenging affirmative action, focused on Harvard and the University of North Carolina. In mortgage and housing news… The Mortgage Note Reports Victims of Mortgage Ponzi Scheme Can Seek Compensation: People who were victimized by what investigators have called the biggest Ponzi scheme in New Hampshire history can apply for compensation. Big Cities Making A Comeback: More expensive, populated housing markets appeared on the quarterly Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com® Emerging Housing Markets Index, which could signal…

MBA: Loan Application Volume Falls 4%

Mortgage loan application volume dropped 4% last week, overwhelming a 2% increase from the week prior, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) weekly survey reported. The seasonally adjusted Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, rose 4%. The seasonally adjusted purchase index rose 1%, while the unadjusted purchase index fell 4% and was 9% lower YOY. The refinance index fell 6% and was down 41% YOY. Refinances made up 63.3% of total applications. The report noted that refinances fell even though rates remained steady week to week. Interest rates are 40 basis points higher year-over-year, however, in line with the 41% drop in refinances from the same period in 2020. “Fewer homeowners have a strong incentive to refinance…