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Unexplored Territory

The past 24-plus months have confronted the mortgage and servicing industries with challenges both daunting and immediate. DS News polled a cross-section of industry experts on what they’ve learned and where we go from here.

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San Jose Tops List of Best Metros for Millennials

Nearly 72 million people living and working in the U.S. today are part of what’s commonly referred to as the Millennial generation, which currently represents the most significant cohort of the country’s demographics. Additionally, given their outsized role within the ...

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Average Homeowner Equity Exceeds $233K

Credit bureau TransUnion has released its second quarter Credit Industry Insights Report which highlighted how the number of consumers with credit cards and personal loans has reached record highs, driven by an increase in loans to non-prime consumers.  “Consumers are ...

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One in 20 Americans Live in Inadequate Housing

The latest American Housing Survey conducted by the Census Bureau for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a disturbing statistic hidden among other larger findings—1 in 20, or 5%, of American homes don’t meet the standard of ...

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Share of Seriously Underwater Mortgages Slips Below 3%

ATTOM has released its Q2 2022 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, which shows that 48.1% of mortgaged residential properties in the U.S. were considered equity-rich in Q2, meaning that the combined estimated amount of loan balances secured by those ...

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Milliman: Expected Slowdown Driving Uptick in Mortgage Risk

According to Milliman’s latest Mortgage Default Index (MMDI) covering the first quarter of 2022, mortgage originations continued a decline recorded over the last three quarters due to increased interest rates and a decline in originations and refinances.  The index value ...

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Does Homeownership Affect Racial Wealth Disparities?

Home ownership is the gold standard when it comes to safe investments, and for low-income residents it can be a reliable vehicle to build generational wealth.  But in terms of wealth inequality, how far does homeownership go toward closing the ...

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Servicers Brace for Rise in Foreclosure Activity

Mortgage servicers polled in a new report expect 23% of seriously delinquent mortgages to complete foreclosure over the next year, with pandemic backlog and regulatory intervention having the biggest impact on foreclosure volume.

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Home Prices Outpacing Inflation

The average price per square foot of a home hit a new record in July as a new study revealed that these prices have increased 310% since 1980.  According to Home Bay, a California-based real estate brokerage, the increase in the ...

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