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This week saw a blizzard of planned federal government agency and GSE reforms designed, at least in theory, to increase credit availability, (ie. “the credit box”) that has been plaguing lending at the conforming level (loans under $417,000). While interagency cooperation and coordination in Washington is typically as rare as the Kansas City Royals making the World Series, there was more than enough activity in a three-day period to make it mere coincidence.
A significant number of millennials aspire to become homeowners within the next five years, according to a recent survey, despite income and student debt burdens.
Nearly half of those with student loan debt — 49% of them, to be exact — say that the debt they accrued to pay for their studies is now an obstacle to buying a home, according to a new survey from NeighborWorks America.
Borrowers who thought they’d seen the last of 30-year fixed mortgages with interest rates below 4% got a pleasant surprise this week, as stock market selloffs, fears of another world-wide economic slowdown, and perhaps an Ebola scare helped drive down mortgage rates to their lowest levels in more than a year.
Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke found out the hard way what millions of average American families are dealing with. Speaking at a recent conference in Chicago, Bernanke said that the lending standards are so tight that he was unable to refinance his own home loan recently.
Although the return of stability to the housing market has helped lift many underwater homeowners back into positive home equity and encouraged other owners to move up to larger or more costly homes, the recovery lacks the robust participation of one important group: young first-time buyers.
The quintessential American dream may include graduating college, getting a job and eventually buying a home. However, the increasing cost of student loan debt may be altering that trajectory for many millennials.
Nonbank mortgage lender LoanDepot is preparing to step into new consumer lending territory in early 2015 when it will start offering personal loans.
As some banks retreat from the home-loan market, specialized mortgage companies are stepping in to fill the void.
Millennials’ supposed lack of interest of becoming homeowners is often blamed for the market’s slowing recovery, but some experts say the generation shouldn’t shoulder all of the fault.
One of the biggest fears today in the real-estate industry goes something like this: Rising student debt is going to freeze millennials out of the housing market.
Breaking into the home equity nest egg is becoming a very real possibility for more Americans as home prices rise.
An analysis from loanDepot, a private nonbank lender, says that the median age for borrowers of its home-purchase loans of more than $417,000 was 38½ years old in this year’s second quarter, down from a median age of 41 in the same quarter last year. During the last three months of 2011, the median age was a long-in-the-tooth 49½.
High-end borrowers are looking younger these days.
Younger borrowers are entering the market for large mortgages, but jumbo lenders still depend on baby boomers.
Tom Telesco, the general manager of the San Diego Chargers, has made an upgrade of his own this NFL offseason, purchasing an estate in Rancho Santa Fe for $2.26 million.
Kyle Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and her husband, luxury real estate agent Mauricio Umansky, have bought a getaway in La Quinta for $2.35 million.
Many first-time homebuyers are willing to make notable sacrifices to come up with a down payment — something that's becoming increasingly difficult to do.
Homeownership among Americans under age 35 hit the lowest level on record earlier this year, just as indebtedness among college grads notched a new high.
The homebuying process is notoriously arduous, but new regulations and a persistently-tight credit market are having a lasting impact on potential buyers' willingness to enter the market.
Wells Fargo & Co., the nation's largest mortgage lender, is sharply curbing its offerings of "interest only" home-equity lines of credit, in what could presage a larger shift by the lending industry.
As the regulatory landscape changes, the concept of compliance has broadened.
She chose her words carefully, but in her own way Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen recently rang an alarm about the housing market.
Your credit score plays a major role in the mortgage approval process, but it’s not the only factor.
Tight credit can be a challenge when it comes to buying a home, but it appears that many people are making it more difficult than it needs to be.
A new study finds that close to half of potential home buyers are so afraid they will not qualify for a mortgage that they do not even try.
Are you on the home-buying sidelines this spring because you think you won't be able to qualify for a mortgage?
Mortgage lending declined to the lowest level in 14 years in the first quarter as homeowners pulled back sharply from refinancing and house hunters showed little appetite for new loans, the latest sign of how rising interest rates have dented the housing recovery.
When it comes to finding a mortgage, it’s not a one-size fits all situation.
Journalists from around the country will travel to Houston in June to learn about issues affecting housing markets, online residential real estate marketing, and sustainability and real estate design at the annual conference of the National Association of Real Estate Editors
David Norris is now president and chief operating officer at LoanDepot LLC, a Foothill Ranch mortgage lender
loanDepot, LLC, the nation's third largest privately-held independent retail mortgage lender and operator of loanDepot.com and imortgage, today announced David Norris will join the company in the position of president and chief operating officer.
A home mortgage refinance may sound like a good idea in theory, but it’s not always possible or desirable.
Homeowners who refinanced when fixed mortgage rates dropped below 4 percent will be less inclined to put their homes on the market as interest rates climb.
Originators who work for Anthony Hsieh’s company will be fired if they fail to answer a customer email the same day they received it.
New rules launching early next year designed to make mortgages safer may result in less choice for borrowers.
Big banks have been retrenching from the mortgage business recently, leaving smaller players to pick up larger chunks of business.
Video - "The Street's" Nicole Urken interviews loanDepot CEO Anthony Hsieh
Audio - "Taking Stock" with Pimm Fox and Carol Massar interview loanDepot CEO Anthony Hsieh
LoanDepot.com, which Hsieh started in early 2010, is his third mortgage-related business. In 2002 he founded Home Loan Center Inc., which was later sold to LendingTree LLC, and in 1994 started LoansDirect.
Separately, a recent survey by loanDepot revealed that slightly more than half of HARP borrowers (51%) were rejected at least once by their lenders before being able to refinance their home loans.
"Requirements have changed, making it possible for loanDepot to give financial relief to more homeowners. If a homeowner is current on their mortgage payments, and the loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, help is available," Svinth added.