The percentage of all cash transactions in the U.S. housing market in December of 2013 was 47%, up from 27% a year ago. According to Michael Simonsen, co-founder and CEO of Altos Research, less of these transactions were by big institutions on Wall Street and more were from cash-rich consumers buying a second or third property.
Credit scores are easing for FHA mortgages but not conventional. The average credit score for FHA loans this year has been dropping steadily while conventional loans are roughly the same as 2013. The average score for conventional loans is currently 755.
New regulation stemming from the financial crisis has cost the six largest U.S. banks $70.2 billion as of the end of last year, according to a new study from policy-analysis firm Federal Financial Analytics Inc.
The number of appraisers dropped Nationwide to $80,500 down from $90,500 in 2010.
Freddie Mac has officially declared that the refinancing boom is over. The company’s Refinance Report for the second quarter of 2014 said that the longest refinance boom in the 24 years since it started keeping records officially ended in the second quarter. That occasion was marked when the share of mortgages originated for refinancing fell below 50% for the first time since the third quarter of 2008.
The number of loans from $1 million to $10 million to buy single-family homes in the 100 largest metropolitan areas surged to more than 15,000 in the second quarter, the highest ever, according to property data firm CoreLogic.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have changed their large deposit rule. Borrowers now have to source deposits that are 50% or more of their qualifying income. The old requirement was 25%.
There was talk before the Friday jobs report that rates would rise because the jobs report would be awesome. Didn’t happen. The report was a bit worse than anticipated therefore keeping rates down again for at least another month.