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How COVID-19 Impacts Underwriting Standards

Mortgage interest rates are at record lows and purchase loan application data indicates tremendous demand for homebuying, according to the data analysts at CoreLogic. In an article published Wednesday, CoreLogic compared the credit attributes for conventional conforming loans in Q2 ...

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G-Fees at the GSEs

A new FHFA report parsed through the numbers to give insights into the changes in guarantee fees for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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The Factors Impacting Real Estate Trends

Dr. Lynn Fisher, Resident Scholar and Co-Director of the Center on Housing Markets and Finance, AEI on the rising riskiness of securitized loans and what actions the industry can take to alleviate the current inventory challenges. Editor’s Note: This feature originally appeared in the July issue of DS News.

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Housing Recovery Unmoved by Rising Interest Rates

Mortgage rates may be rising, but the housing market doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, several indicators have improved alongside rising rates, according to the HousingPulse Tracking Survey released this week. The lending atmosphere is becoming friendlier, especially to first-time buyers. Simultaneously, the average time on market for non-distressed properties and the average sales-to-list price ratio both improved year-over-year in December.

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Lenders Continue to Lower Credit Requirement Thresholds

A new report from Ellie Mae shows credit standards ended 2013 at their lowest level all year. The company found that by December, criteria for first-lien mortgages had relaxed considerably, with the average FICO score at 727, loan-to-value ratios averaging 82 percent, and debt-to-income ratios at a yearly high of 39 percent. The company also found that loans originated in December took an average of 43 days to close, down from 55 days a year earlier.

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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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What Does Fannie Mae’s New LTV Threshold Accomplish?

As of November 1st, Fannie Mae is no longer purchasing loans with loan-to-value ratios above 95 percent, which means borrowers must put up a down payment of at least 5 percent, as opposed to the 3 percent previously required. Industry experts with the Urban Institute's Housing Finance Policy Center argue this move is arbitrary and likely to provide little benefit to the GSE or to taxpayers.

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Household Net Worth Growth Slows in Q2

Household net worth improved $1.3 trillion in the second quarter -- half as fast as the first -- as real estate values grew $626.7 billion, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday in its quarterly Flow of Funds report. But, with a drop in mortgage debt from $9.39 trillion in the first quarter to $9.34 trillion in the second, homeowner equity grew to 49.8 percent.

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Equifax Solution Looks at Past Credit Behavior to Predict Future Default

Equifax announced the availability of Equifax Dimensions, a new product created to deliver a more in-depth picture of past credit behavior to predict future trends. Users of the new solution can see up to two years' worth of detailed consumer credit activity, allowing them to identify consumer patterns such as a borrower's financial ""breaking point"" that will lead to default and which consumers are most likely to open new accounts.

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Prospective Borrowers Improving Their Chances of Getting Qualified

Tight lending standards may be keeping some prospective borrowers out of the market, but according to LendingTree, consumers overall are increasing their likelihood of getting approved for a home loan with higher credit scores and lower loan-to-value (LTV) ratios. Over the last year, average credit scores for prospective borrowers rose by more than 10 points, LendingTree revealed in a Q2 borrower health report. At the same time, average LTVs improved, falling 1.6 percent. According to the report, prospective borrowers in Washington D.C. have the strongest profile when it comes to qualifying for a home loan.

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