The latest real estate and mortgage industry news, digested. Look beyond the headlines to better understand what’s really happening.
Past Ginnie Mae president Ted Tozer has argued that the FHA should lower or completely eliminate its current 3.5% down payment requirement. He discussed the… Read More »Former Ginnie Mae Boss Makes the Case for a Zero Down FHA Loan
How fast is fast enough? Ask Guaranteed Rate, which just launched “5 Minute Approval” for mortgage applications. This new “innovation” from the Chicago-based mortgage lender… Read More »Guaranteed Rate Launches a 5 Minute Approval for Mortgages
A new startup called “Roam” has launched a service to make assuming a mortgage painless. The company is backed by some prominent real estate figures,… Read More »Roam: New Assumable Mortgage Platform Allows Home Buyers to Snag Mortgage Rates as Low as 2%
If you peruse real estate listings on Realtor.com, you might come across a new Airbnb integration. This week, the two companies announced a collaboration that… Read More »Homeowners Can Now See How Much They’ll Make Renting a Room on Airbnb
Fannie Mae Chief Economist Calls Current Housing Market Unusual, Doesn’t Expect It to Change Anytime Soon
It’s time to check in on the state of the housing market. At last glance, mortgage rates were still above 7%, though they did see… Read More »Fannie Mae Chief Economist Calls Current Housing Market Unusual, Doesn’t Expect It to Change Anytime Soon
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about a lack of affordability, even a potential housing bubble. And it comes as no surprise, given the… Read More »The Typical Home Sold in the Past Three Months Went for $200,000 More Than the Seller Paid
A week ago, it seemed like we were on the fast track to 8% mortgage rates. But then something spectacular happened, nearly a week’s worth… Read More »Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary Predicts 8% Mortgage Rates
This morning, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS report) was released by the Labor Department. It revealed that the labor market wasn’t running… Read More »Why Are Lower Job Openings Good for Mortgage Rates?