Mortgage Complaints Up Less Than Other Categories
Although the number of complaints about mortgage firms continues to rise, the increase has been far less than for many other financial products. Credit bureaus are most disliked by consumers.
Turnaround Slows on Mortgage Closings
It has been more than two years since it took this long to close a home loan. One factor in the slower turnaround is an improved closing rate.
GSE Vs FHA Mortgages: 2-Tier Lending
Lower-income borrowers who don't qualify for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac home loans are forced to utilize more costly government-insured mortgages.
Conventional Leads Tightening in Home Credit Stds
Residential lenders ratcheted up guidelines on mortgage lending last month, though conditions have eased over the past year.
Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Inch Up
The number of new bankruptcy filings made last month was up minimally on a month-over-month basis, though activity slowed from a year earlier.
Mortgage Executives See Home Prices Rising
Senior mortgage executives are optimistic about home prices, though a diminishing share expect loan demand to increase over the next three months.
Mortgage Market Conditions Worsen
Home-loan closing rates diminished last month, while turnaround deteriorated. Lenders tightened up on credit scores and debt ratios, though loan-to-value ratios inched higher.
Boomerang Borrowers Could Boost Mortgage Biz
Lending to all borrowers who were negatively impacted by the mortgage crisis but have since recovered would exceed $400 billion over the next few years if all of them returned to the housing market. But many won't even be aware of their eligibility.
Guidelines Eased at Genworth
Genworth Mortgage Insurance has lowered credit score requirements, increased debt-to-income ratios and expanded its jumbo limits. Appraisal requirements have been eased.
Cashout, FHA 203k Loans Drive Up Credit Availability
Credit conditions in residential lending continued to improve last month, with cashout and government-insured home-improvement loans behind the easing. Jumbo conditions, however, tightened.