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April 19, 2017 Posted by: Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a critical role in the housing market by guaranteeing financing to underserved portions of the population and by providing support to the broader housing market during cyclical downturns. In late 2016, a measure of delinquency hinted at budding stress for the FHA, but recent data suggests that conditions have […]

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March 27, 2017 Posted by: Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance

Refinancing soared in 2015 and 2016 as rates fell, while burgeoning home sales pushed over the five million sales mark and the TRID regulation was implemented. In this environment, anecdotes of delayed closing, difficulties getting appraisals and even “rush” fees for quick turn-around appraisals began to percolate. Is this a short-term problem or something more? […]

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March 22, 2017 Posted by: Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance

In late January, the new Trump administration froze a number of policy changes made in the waning days of the Obama Presidency. One such change, a 25 basis point increase in the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) charged by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), was previously analyzed by NAR Research. Here we report local impacts of […]

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February 2, 2017 Posted by: Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist

More first-time homebuyers avail of a low downpayment loan compared to all homebuyers, according to the December 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report, a monthly survey of REALTORS® about their sales activity and local market conditions.[1] Among first-time homebuyers who obtained a mortgage and whose transactions closed in October—December 2016, 81 percent made a downpayment […]

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Posted by: Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist

More first-time homebuyers avail of a low downpayment loan compared to all homebuyers, according to the December 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report, a monthly survey of REALTORS® about their sales activity and local market conditions.[1] Among first-time homebuyers who obtained a mortgage and whose transactions closed in October—December 2016, 81 percent made a downpayment […]

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January 31, 2017 Posted by: Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance

On January 10th, the FHA lowered its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by 25 basis points. That decision was put on hold pending a review on January 21st. This alteration to the FHA’s fee structure was unique as it made many borrowers in the current pipeline eligible for the fee reduction. NAR Research surveyed a […]

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Posted by: Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance

On January 10th, the FHA lowered its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by 25 basis points. That decision was put on hold pending a review on January 21st. This alteration to the FHA’s fee structure was unique as it made many borrowers in the current pipeline eligible for the fee reduction. NAR Research surveyed a […]

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January 23, 2017 Posted by: Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance

On Friday, the new administration suspended a 25 basis point fee reduction that the past administration announced on the 9th of January. NAR research estimated that the fee reduction would have benefited 750,000 to 850,000 homebuyers in 2017 who’s mortgages were backed by the FHA. In addition, it would have opened homeownership to an additional […]

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January 9, 2017 Posted by: Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance

In a move that signals greater normalization of the housing market, the FHA announced a reduction in its annual insurance premium of 25 basis points. This move would reduce the fee it charges from its 0.85 percent to 0.6 percent. NAR estimated the merit of such a 10 to 25 basis point reduction last spring. […]

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November 29, 2016 Posted by: Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) asks members “What are your expectations for the housing market over the next six months compared to the current state of the market in the neighborhood(s) or area(s) where you make most of your sales: For single-family homes? For townhomes? For condominiums?” NAR compiles […]

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