Accessible Mortgage Equity at an All-Time High

According to the Mortgage Monitor report generated by Black Knight, the amount of accessible equity is at an all-time high. More and more Americans are discovering that their homes have more value available within them. One of the biggest drivers of this home equity trend are appreciating property values across the United States. Home values have…

Female, Single Millennials Rising in Homeownership

According to a recent study released by Ellie Mae, more single females from the millennial generation are buying homes than single men. While most borrowers are married men, the single cohort offers what many may consider a surprising result. From the millennial generation, 60% of women that were listed as the primary borrower were single….

Credit Card Debt Could Be a Barrier to Owning a Home

According to a new study released by NerdWallet, credit card debt in the United States continues to increase. As of 2017, household credit card debt reached a balance of $15,654. Let’s compare the amount of money spent on credit card debt to a mortgage. Last year, Americans owed $8.74 trillion on their mortgages while owing…

FHA Increases Loan Limits for 2018

The Federal Housing Administration announced recently that they are increasing the FHA loan limits for 2018. FHA loans are originated by FHA-approved lenders and are insured by the FHA as part of the public mandate to assist Americans in purchasing a home. The 2018 increase affects nearly every area of the United States, more than…

FHFA Considers Alternate Credit Scoring System

The venerable FICO scoring system for rating borrower’s credit has been a foundational piece of the mortgage process for nearly 30 years. The major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) compile consumer credit files, which are then used to calculate the FICO credit score. While the system was the best attempt for a mathematical solution…

Brokers Play Key Role Despite Digitization

The mortgage industry is evolving day by day as technology and data is integrated into every aspect of the lending cycle. More data is available for both the lender and the borrower for faster turn arounds, more accurate assessments, and a reduction in errors. It’s an exciting time for the mortgage industry. Despite this rapid…

5 Ways HMDA is Going to Change the Mortgage Business

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, or simply HMDA, is a federal law that requires lenders to provide mortgage data to the public. It has been on the books since 1975, but HMDA has continued to change as technology has advanced. One of the goals of HMDA has been to combat any unfair or discriminatory lending…

Is a Buyer’s Market Coming Soon?

Many regions in the United States have been a seller’s mortgage market for years. There are a number of reasons that the market has been so favorable to the seller, but factors are pointing to a switch. Those sellers that missed the wave that crested to its height over the summer may have some regrets…

How Does Location Affect a Mortgage Rate?

Mortgage rates vary quite a bit from state to state. A recent study revealed that there is a variance of 0.71% between the best and worst rates across the nation. Why is this important? If all other aspects of the mortgage were the same, things like term, principal, down payment, and all the rest, that…

5 Tips for Repeat Mortgage Customers

Keeping a mortgage customer is just as important as finding new ones. Marketing costs for mortgage leads can be quite expensive. Every broker knows how important it is to convert as many of those new business leads into happy homeowners, but how many put the proper emphasis on keeping those leads as lifelong customers? Most…