Mortgage News

The latest real estate and mortgage industry news, digested. Look beyond the headlines to better understand what’s really happening.

Laurel Road: Truly Digital Mortgages Built Entirely Online

Laurel Road: Truly Digital Mortgages Built Entirely Online
June 13, 2018 No Comments »

Another Millennial or even Gen-Z focused mortgage lender has come online, literally, to offer you a mortgage. I’m talking about Laurel Road, which sounds like a really neat place to get a home loan. They claim to “offer an end-to-end ... Read More »

Citi Is Offering .50% Off Your Mortgage Rate If You Deposit a Million Bucks

Citi Is Offering .50% Off Your Mortgage Rate If You Deposit a Million Bucks
May 31, 2018 No Comments »

Okay, it sounds a little silly, but it’s not a bad deal if you happen to have a million dollars lying around the house. CitiMortgage has so-called “relationship pricing” that affords its customers certain discounts on home loans they take ... Read More »

Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage: New 3% Down Mortgage with No Income Restrictions

Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage: New 3% Down Mortgage with No Income Restrictions
April 30, 2018 No Comments »

A new home loan program is being rolled out this July by Freddie Mac, known as “HomeOne Mortgage,” which features a 3% down payment and no income restrictions. While Freddie Mac already offers a similar 3% down program via its ... Read More »

What Mortgage Rates at 4-Year Highs Does and Doesn’t Mean

What Mortgage Rates at 4-Year Highs Does and Doesn’t Mean
April 26, 2018 No Comments »

You’ve probably already seen the alarming headlines, that mortgage interest rates rose this week to highs not seen in over four years. Gasp! It sounds like doomsday for mortgage rates, but to really interpret what four years means, we have ... Read More »

Carrington Mortgage Launches Line of Subprime Mortgages

Carrington Mortgage Launches Line of Subprime Mortgages
April 5, 2018 No Comments »

Here we go again? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, Carrington Mortgage Services has launched a new line of subprime mortgages available to the 100 million odd U.S. consumers who have less than perfect credit. For the record, Carrington already offers subprime ... Read More »

The Top 10 Cities Where Cash-Out Refinances Are King

The Top 10 Cities Where Cash-Out Refinances Are King
April 3, 2018 No Comments »

Despite being nowhere close to levels seen just over a decade ago, cash-out refinance loans are on the rise, this according to a new data dive by LendingTree. The company reported that 62% of those who refinanced in the first ... Read More »

What Will Happen to Home Sales If Mortgage Rates Rise to 9%?

What Will Happen to Home Sales If Mortgage Rates Rise to 9%?
March 21, 2018 No Comments »

There’s been a lot of hubbub about mortgage rates since the start of the year. It’s not unwarranted, given the fact that 30-year fixed rates increased from 3.95% to 4.46% from January through early March, per Freddie Mac data. But ... Read More »

MassHousing Launches Zero Down Mortgage

MassHousing Launches Zero Down Mortgage
March 19, 2018 No Comments »

There is yet another zero down mortgage option available to prospective home buyers, the latest being offered by The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MassHousing). The quasi-public agency already offers 30-year fixed-rate mortgages up to 97% loan-to-value (LTV), but launched its ... Read More »

Amazon Mortgage Might Be a Thing Soon

Amazon Mortgage Might Be a Thing Soon
March 9, 2018 No Comments »

There have been a lot of so-called mortgage disruptors entering the space of late, but this might be the biggest yet. Could Amazon Mortgage be in the works? One recent clue says yes. Earlier this week, HousingWire noted that Amazon ... Read More »

More than Half of Consumers Switch Mortgage Companies

More than Half of Consumers Switch Mortgage Companies
March 7, 2018 No Comments »

Loyalty? Not in the mortgage business. A new survey from HSBC revealed that 52% of U.S. homeowners “switched providers” (sorry, they’re British) when obtaining subsequent mortgages. This was mainly driven (53%) by the desire to get a better deal, aka ... Read More »