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Self-employed and looking for a mortgage? A Non-Qualified Mortgage (Non-QM) loan is an option to consider. A Non-QM loan lets the borrower provide alternative proof of income for lenders to consider in lieu of tax returns, W-2s or pay stubs alone. Read More
Are you a military veteran looking to buy a home? With congressional bill, H. R. Read More
If you’re considering getting a new home loan, getting pre-approved should be the first step in your homebuying process. With a mortgage pre-approval, your lender will look at your income, any debt that you may have and check your credit score. Read More
With all sorts of trends, signs, and predictions for what 2020 may hold for the housing market, one thing is for sure: there is no way to absolutely know what’s ahead. Today’s headlines offer a glimpse of what factors might impact the housing market this year. Read More
Due to their extensive size, millennials have turned out to be disrupters in many industries, and real estate is no exception. As millennials reach peak homebuying age, Real Estate Agents have started to pay attention to the way millennials prefer to move through the process. Read More
From the buyer and the seller to the Real Estate Agent and the Loan Officer, closing on a home has different implications for different individuals. However, there are some basic facts about what’s involved during this critical final stage of the homebuying process. Read More

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A Sharp Increase in January Housing Permits Defies Predictions

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Residential construction data was mixed at the kick-off of the new year. Permits increased significantly while both housing starts and completions pulled back from December numbers. The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban development reported that permits for residential construction were issued in January at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,551,000. This is 9.2 percent higher than the December estimate of 1,420,000, revised from the 1,416,000 permitting rate originally reported. The uptick in permitting during January as well as in the fourth quarter of last year has boosted the rate 17.9 percent higher than in January 2019. Permits were substantially higher than even the most optimistic predictions from analysts polled by Econoday. They forecast results in a range...(read more)

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Compliance, Servicing, Renovation, Broker Products; Shifts in Freddie and Fannie

Posted To: Pipeline Press

Everyone is looking to increase production and cut expenses. MI companies, for example, are re-focusing on their highlighting their value proposition while evaluating their cost structure: what good does it do to have personnel calling on branches when many loan officers work from home and rarely go into the office? For lenders, the MBA’s calculations for the cost to produce a loan in the 4th quarter will be out in mid-March. But it is worth remembering that its last study showed the cost in the third quarter was $7,217 for non-depository lenders, down from the all-time peak of $9,300 in the first quarter of last year. Costs tend to be lower in the middle part of the country versus the coasts for several reasons, including the cost of land and building. Here in Charlotte there is a decent...(read more)

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