How to Gain a Competitive Edge in Today’s Home Equity Lending Market

Lenders today are still experiencing significant challenges in the purchase-mortgage market. Tight housing inventory, high prices, and low-interest-rate refinances have made consumers more apt to remain in their current residence than look for a new property. On the other hand, these dynamics have also played a role in creating a robust market for equity-driven transactions. […]

Should You Sell Your Home Over the Holidays?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but probably not for putting your home on the market. Or could it be? While data shows that the warmer spring months are the best time to sell your home, that isn’t necessarily true for every single property. If all you want for Christmas is the perfect buyer, […]

Realtors Predictions for Hottest Housing Markets

On the whole, the nation’s housing prices continued to rise throughout this year and are expected to continue to do so into the foreseeable future. But, according to the National Association of Realtors, there are a handful of markets that are expected to rise above the rest over the next half-decade or so in terms of performance. NAR’s economists analyzed […]

Multifamily Housing Market Wrapping Up 2019 on a Strong Notes

All indicators thus far show that 2019 will end up being a very solid year for multifamily real estate.  Now, a new report from YardiMatrix just adds more fuel to that fire. In 2019, more than 320,000 multifamily units were absorbed into the market, or rented. That absorption was short of the cycle peak of 377,000 in […]

FHA Mortgage Apps Surge on Low Interest Rates

With last week’s mortgage rates continuing to hover near historic lows, the Mortgage Bankers Association indicates mortgage applications ticked up by 3.8%. This means on an unadjusted basis, the index moved forward 3.8% for the week ending on Dec. 11, 2019. Applications rose significantly for Federal Housing Administration loans, as FHA borrowers sought to refinance their mortgages thanks to near-yearly lows […]

Fannie Mae: Consumers’ Attitude about Housing Market Improved

In November, consumers felt better about the housing market as a slight boost of housing affordability spurred an increase in consumer confidence, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index. The government-sponsored enterprise’s report revealed that sentiment rose by 2.7 points in November to 91.5. This rate not only moved back up towards August’s survey high, but also […]

Borrowers Want More Digital but Still Prefer In-Person

HousingWire: Why did Solidifi choose to commission this survey on the closing process? Loren Cooke: There’s so much rhetoric and misnomers out there about what the consumer actually wants during the closing process that we wanted to go directly to the consumers themselves and ask them how their own closing process went. So we reached out to a […]

3 Housing Trends to Watch for in 2020

Despite forecasts that mortgage lenders would struggle in 2019, an unexpected turn in interest rates, which were expected to rise throughout the year, created a low rate environment in which lender profits were up, pipelines were full and refinances surged.  Now, as 2020 dawns, what can we expect to see for the future of housing? […]

SoCal House Prices Rebound in October

Southern California appreciation rates rebounded in October, hitting the highest levels since last spring, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index. The CoreLogic HPI — which compares each house’s sales price with its previous sales price — shows single-family home values up 3.4% in the Inland Empire in the year ending in October, the highest for […]

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