Queue the panic. Mortgage rates have officially spiked and the media is all over it. Yep, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage increased from 2.65% to 2.79% this week, per Freddie Macâs weekly survey. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater noted in the weekly news release that mortgage rates have been under pressure [&hellip
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed a new loss mitigation method to help homeowners with VA loans in COVID-19 related forbearance get back on track. The new program, known as the COVID-19 Veterans Assistance Partial Claim Payment program, or COVID-VAPCP for kind of shorter, somewhat mirrors existing programs offered by the FHA and [&hellip
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Thanks to another year of stellar home price appreciation, the 2021 conforming loan limit will increase to $548,250, per the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). This is the maximum loan amount for mortgages that can be acquired by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, known as conforming mortgages. The figure is up from $510,400 for mortgages [&hellip
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Well, itâs a new year and it certainly didnât begin quietly. Might as well address the elephant in the room when it comes to your mortgage. This isnât the first time Iâve discussed the possibility of war and its impact on mortgage rates, with the last discussion centered on the Syrian conflict back in 2013. [&hellip
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In the second quarter of 2020, the U.S. housing market hit an all-time high of $32.8 trillion, per The Federal Reserveâs Flow of Funds Report, as referenced in the latest Monthly Chartbook from the Urban Institute. That was up from roughly $32.4 trillion in the first quarter of 2020, thanks to an increase in home [&hellip
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It makes sense that the mortgage industry would see its best quarter in history during a global pandemic. Okay, it doesnât make sense, but thatâs what happened anyway, per the latest Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight. Mortgage Lenders Originated $1.1 Trillion in Home Loans During the Second Quarter Mortgage lenders experienced best quarter in [&hellip
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If youâre an existing homeowner, get excited, very excited. A new forecast from Zillow says home prices are going to rise 10.3% from this November until November 2021. Thatâs on top of the already stellar growth realized since around 2012, when home prices seemed to bottom and begin their meteoric and historic ascent. Those fortunate [&hellip
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Mortgage rates can be pretty volatile. Just like stocks, they can change daily depending on whatâs happening in the economy. Beyond that, mortgage rates can move based on news that doesnât involve a report on the economic calendar, such as a jobs report, GDP, housing starts, inflation, etc. Even if there isnât a direct financial [&hellip
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Similar to the increased waiting times to get a COVID-19 test these days, itâs taking an extended amount of time to get a mortgage to the finish line. The reason is simply unprecedented demand, just like those COVID-19 tests. The more people that need one, the longer the wait, period. This is the downside to [&hellip
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