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Almost Half of Mortgaged Homes in US Now Considered Equity-Rich

(Bloomberg) — Home ownership has reached a milestone in the US. Nearly half of mortgaged properties were considered equity-rich in the second quarter — meaning owners had at least 50% in home equity. This marked the ninth straight quarterly rise, fueled by soaring house valuations in the pandemic era and an increase in down payments […]

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Mortgage Rates Fall to 5.1% in Biggest Drop Since April 2020

(Bloomberg) — US mortgage rates posted the biggest drop in more than two years, offering homebuyers a slight reprieve from this year’s massive surge in borrowing costs. The average for a 30-year loan declined to 5.10% from 5.25% last week, Freddie Mac said in a statement Thursday. That was the biggest decline since April 2020, […]

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U.S. Homebuyers Are Getting Discouraged by Rising Rates and Prices

(Bloomberg) — Potential home buyers are getting discouraged by rising mortgage rates and home prices, according to a survey released on Monday by the New York Federal Reserve. U.S. consumers expect mortgage rates to increase substantially over the next several years, with households on average projecting rates of 6.7% a year from now and 8.2% […]

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Getting a Mortgage for Non U.S. Citizens

For many foreign-born individuals living in the United States, owning a home is one of the cornerstones of the American dream. But there’s a perception among some non-U.S. citizens that there’s no way they can obtain a mortgage, thus creating a huge barrier to that goal. However, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), […]

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Mortgage rates have dipped — is it a good time to buy a home? Experts weigh in.

Getty Images Some mortgage rates have fallen slightly: The average interest rate on a fixed rate 30-year mortgage now sits at 4.20% and the average annual percentage rate is 4.25%, down from 4.29% and 4.23%, respectively. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage remains unchanged from a day prior at 3.48% (the […]

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Mortgage Layoff Alert & 4 Shakeout Bets – after refi apps drop 45% in last 6 months

A Bloomberg story by Carmen Arroyo today underscores the cost-cutting focus I’m increasingly hearing from mortgage lenders this month. Mortgage layoffs and cost cuts are normal as rates rise, but lenders will still fund $2.6 trillion in 2022. Here are some bullet points on which lenders will thrive vs. struggle as this plays out. – […]

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Here’s how to increase your chances of buying a home, even as mortgage rates rise

The 30-year mortgage rate has risen rapidly to its highest level since 2019, around 4%. The increase could compel home shoppers to look for houses in lower price ranges. Some might need to get preapproved again. Mortgage rates have risen almost a full percentage point since late December. A few days before Christmas, the 30-year […]

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Mortgage Rates in U.S. Cool After Four Weeks of Increases

(Bloomberg) — Mortgage rates in the U.S. dipped for the first time in a month. The average for a 30-year loan was 3.55%, down from 3.56% the prior week, Freddie Mac said in a statement Thursday. The dip may reassure homeowners there’s still opportunity to save money by refinancing. Still, borrowing costs are expected to […]

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Rising mortgage rates squeeze both homeowners and buyers

Mortgage rates surged again this week on inflation concerns, hitting the highest point in 22 months that sent homebuyers scrambling to lock in rates. Many homeowners, on the other hand, face a shrinking opportunity to refinance. The rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage – the most common home loan for buyers – increased to […]

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Mortgage Rates Surge. The Pandemic’s Ultralow Rates Are Over.

The average rate of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.45% this week. Brandon Bell/Getty Images Mortgage rates climbed to their highest point since March 2020, according to data released Thursday. It’s the latest sign that the pandemic’s ultralow rates are a thing of the past. The average rate of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.45% […]

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Real estate shock or a big nothing? Experts debate what rising mortgage rates will mean for the 2022 housing market

Federal Reserve officials were confident through the summer that spiking prices would reverse as the economy worked through supply and demand shocks caused by the pandemic. But that “transitory” narrative has been all but abandoned this month as the latest reading of U.S. inflation hit a 39-year high. Soon after that report came out, Fed […]

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