Mortgage Turn Times Improve as Refi Share Drops
As the refinance share of mortgage originations continues to deflate, the amount of time it takes to process a loan from application to closing continues to decline.
Genworth Relaxes M.I. Guidelines
Among other things, Genworth Mortgage Insurance has loosened loan-to-value ratios and jumbo guidelines on some programs.
Mortgage Demand Mixed at Banks
Although demand has increased at some banks for a variety of single-family products, there tend to be just as many banks with falling demand for those very same loans.
Risk of Default Rises on New Originations
As quarterly home lending activity slowed late last year, the risk that the newly made loans would default moved higher.
Consumer Bankruptcies Retreat From 2-Year High
After ascending to the highest level in two years, the number of consumers who resorted to bankruptcy moved lower last month.
Mortgage Credit Tightens 1st Time in 7 Months
For the first time in seven months, credit conditions in single-family lending have become more restrictive, though the tightening was minimal.
20-Point Increase Expected in Credit Scores
A change in the way some public records are included in consumer credit files is likely to increase scores without any meaningful change in consumer behavior.
Mortgage Closing Ratio Worse, Credit Tighter
Residential loans closed more quickly last month. But closing ratios deteriorated and credit conditions were more restrictive.
Mortgage Leads Target Niche Borrower Segments
Buyers of mortgage leads can now target leads based on prospects' credit scores, home-buying or -selling status, or desire for a reverse mortgage.
Consumer Bankruptcies Surge to 24-Month High
Last month, consumers resorted to bankruptcy in numbers that haven't been seen in two years. On a month-over-month basis, filings soared 40 percent.