Fewer Complaints Against Mortgage Firms
A report on the volume of complaints lodged against mortgage firms indicates that the home lending industry is making progress.
Record High Closing Rate on Home Loans
The closing rate on mortgage transactions reached two thirds last month -- the best it's ever been since the data became available.
HELOC Originations Slip Despite Overall Rise
Although quarterly mortgage production has been on the rise, the same can't be said for home-secured credit lines.
4th Fastest Growing Mortgage Firm Earns $500 Mil
While there were no mortgage-related companies among the nation's 100 fastest-growing private firms, there was a quartet that ranked among the top 1,000 -- one with revenues exceeding a half billion dollars.
High-Balance Loans Lead Easing of Mortgage Credit
The availability of credit in real estate finance climbed to the highest level in years, and the latest rise was fueled by high-balance loans.
Consumer Bankruptcies Up, But Off From Year Earlier
Although there was a month-over-month increase in new consumer bankruptcies, the volume has subsided from a year earlier.
Non-Agency QM Lending Standards Easing
Bank lending standards are easing on loans that meet the Qualified Mortgage classification but are not agency-eligible -- especially at larger banks. Demand has grown stronger over the past three months for both residential and commercial real estate loans.
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.