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West, Southwest Lead Sales of New Single-family Homes

A rising demand from younger homebuyers spurred the sales of new homes in the West and Southwest according to Census Bureau data. But which region didn’t fare so well?

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Mortgage Offer APRs Trending Higher

LendingTree has released its latest Mortgage Offers Report, breaking down the lending landscape for February 2018. The Mortgage Offers Report serves as a useful companion to other standard industry surveys on mortgage rates because, as LendingTree points out, “Most quoted ...

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Average Down Payments Shrink in Q1 2014

According to a report released by LendingTree, down payment percentages for 30-year fixed-rate purchase loans fell in the first quarter to an average of 15.78 percent, down from just higher than 16 percent in the last quarter of 2013. At the same time, the company found average credit scores for borrowers matched with lenders on its own network have dropped 6 percent year-over-year, opening up the credit pool a little more.

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Declining Refinances Drive Increased Lending

Compared to the prior period, the nation’s average Borrower Health Score was up 2.8 percent to 82.2, rebounding from the third quarter’s 1.6 point drop, according to LendingTree. The Borrower Health Score is calculated using the weighted average of credit score, loan-to-value ratio (LTV), and overall “lendability” of loan seekers in each state throughout the quarter.

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Homeowners, Buyers Maintain High Hopes in Survey

A recent survey from LendingTree shows the majority of current and potential homeowners have a bright outlook on the nation's housing market and economy for 2014—which may translate to a more active market. According to the findings, more than two-thirds—69 percent—of respondents have a positive outlook on housing this year, and 71 percent of current homeowners are thinking of selling their homes if trends remain positive.

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Down Payments Continue to Decline in Third Quarter

The average down payment on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loan in the third quarter of this year was 15.73 percent, according to LendingTree, an online marketplace connecting potential borrowers with lenders. The third-quarter average is down 2.74 percent from the previous quarter. LendingTree suggests the drop is due to a slight loosening of standards by lenders across the nation.

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Borrowers Deemed Less Healthy in Q3 as Prices and LTVs Rise

Borrowers' financial health deteriorated in the third quarter after seeing marked improvement in the previous three-month period, according to recent findings released by the online exchange LendingTree. The company's measurement of borrower health is based on average loan-to-value (LTV) ratios and average credit scores, and with rising home prices, potential borrowers faced more financial pressure.

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