More than two decades later, the nation still isn’t able to shake the spirit of terror and sadness on the fateful day of Sep 11th, 2001. The enduring power of the Sept. 11 attacks is clear: An overwhelming share of Americans who are old enough to recall the day remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Shock, sadness, fear, anger: The 9/11 attacks inflicted a devastating emotional toll on Americans that is prevalent even today.
I remember watching the twin towers burn from my office in Jersey City across the Hudson river. Initially I thought it was an accident, but soon it became clear that it was a terrorist act. I could see Americans coming together in a true sense of patriotism and brotherhood. Truthfully speaking, in many ways, 9/11 reshaped how Americans think of war and peace, their own personal safety, and their fellow citizens.
HDFC bank, one of the Top-3 banks in India has a 10-second personal loan product for its existing customers. Now it announced that it will extend this 10-second personal loan facility to all customers.
Imagine, approving a personal loan and disbursing the money to a new customer (without an existing relationship with the bank) in just 10 seconds. That needs some serious innovation. Do you know HDFC uses Vaultedge APIs to underwrite mortgages for self-employed borrowers? It makes us feel proud to be associated with a customer that is at the cutting edge of technology and customer experience.
Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index dropped for the sixth month in August as higher mortgage rates and other affordability constraints continued to weigh heavily on consumers. The 30-year fixed-rate average shot up to 5.89 percent with an average of 0.7 points. A point is a fee paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount. It is in addition to the interest rate. Despite the slight dip, consumer sentiment faced volatility among four of its six segments, along with those measuring perceptions of home-buying and home-selling conditions and expectations regarding home prices and mortgage rates.
According to experts, mortgage rates rose as the market expects that the Fed Reserve will continue to wage war against inflation with aggressive interest rates. Mortgage rates escalate when inflation is high, and the August employment report underlined an inflationary trend: average hourly earnings were up 5.2 percent in one year. The Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates until wage growth slows down.
Tappable equity, the amount a homeowner can borrow against while keeping a 20% equity stake in the home, hit its 10th consecutive record high in Q2 at $11.5T but appears to have peaked back in May. Home price declines are twice as pronounced on tappable equity levels. For instance, a 5% decline in home values, according to Black Knight’s latest Mortgage Monitor Report, a 5% decline in home values nationally would equate to a 10% decline in tappable equity Mortgage Monitor Report
According to the U.S. Foreclosure Market Report
by ATTOM, U.S. foreclosures reached pre-pandemic levels nationwide in August. Two years ago, after COVID had set in, and after massive government intervention and mortgage-industry efforts to prevent defaults, foreclosure starts have almost returned to 2019 levels. The foreclosure starts for August were at 86% of the number of foreclosures starts in August 2019. The report also states that Lenders repossessed 3,938 U.S. properties through completed foreclosures (REOs) in August, up 28% from last month and up 59% from last year.
, one of the largest brokerages in the nation and the biggest by MLO count, abandoned the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts
(AIME) this week, claiming the association has allowed renegade cliques of brokers to “terrorize” larger broker shops. NEXA CEO Mike Kortas said Thursday he tried to get AIME to address the issue by creating an ethics committee but claims he “never heard back” from the organization.
Home Point Capital officials have placed the number of people to be laid off in the coming days at more than 500 as the residential mortgage originator and servicer deals with worsening market conditions. The layoffs for the nation’s third-largest wholesaler were originally disclosed in an 8-K filing at the end of August as the company described its aim to save $100 million.
United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) has raised its conforming loan limits to $715,000 ahead of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s official announcement in November.
UWM’s maximum conforming limit for regular, one-unit properties will increase to $715,000. For special statutory provisions in Alaska and Hawaii, the baseline loan limit will be $1,073,000 for regular, one-unit conventional loans.
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Other than that, the week was pretty ok. I am gearing up for the Five-Star Conference. The Five Star Conference embraces the evolution of professionals, technology, and solutions within the mortgage industry, and the 19th annual conference features new tools, updated thought leadership, and key resources and education you need to adapt to changing times. If you happen to be around, then let’s catch up!