Miller Samuel

Purchase mortgage volume projected to clear $2.1T in ’22, ’23

Housing Wire

Despite the expected rise in interest rates, the single-family housing market will continue to be boom in 2022, according to a report published by Freddie Mac this week.

Mortgage rates have eclipsed 3.5%

Housing Wire

The average 30-year-fixed rate mortgage climbed to 3.56% during the week ending Jan. 20, rising from 3.45% the week prior, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS Mortgage Survey. A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.77%.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Milo launches a crypto mortgage product

Housing Wire

Milo , a Miami-based digital lender, will soon offer a crypto mortgage to clients with digital assets. And the company claims that there is already a waitlist for the product. According to Milo’s press release , clients who use the company’s services can pledge their Bitcoin to purchase a property.

Housing inventory crisis continues in 2022

Housing Wire

Early in 2021, when I was talking about how people should worry about home prices overheating, I had a glimmer of hope that maybe toward the end of 2021 we would be spared another seasonal collapse of inventory.

Did existing home sales peak in 2021?

Housing Wire

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales for December came in as a miss of estimates at 6.18 million. This number is in line with my sales range for 2021 of 5.84 million to 6.2 million, but a tad higher than my existing home sales range for 2022, which is between 5.74

5 predictions for the 2022 housing market

Housing Wire

This article is part of our HousingWire 2022 forecast series. After the series wraps, join us on February 8 for the HW+ Virtual 2022 Forecast Event.

Buyers viewed just eight homes before making their purchase

Housing Wire

In 2021, homebuyers who successfully purchased a home viewed a median of only eight properties before completing their transaction, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors , published on Tuesday.

Buyers 358

Mortgage rates see sizable increase

Housing Wire

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.45% during the week ending Jan. 13, up from 3.22% the week prior, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS Mortgage Survey. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.79%.

Feds seek to enlist real estate agents in anti-corruption push

Housing Wire

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network , or FinCEN, is floating a proposed anti-money laundering rule that could impose reporting mandates on a broad swath of professionals in the residential real estate market, including real estate agents, brokers, attorneys, title insurance companies and settlement agents.

Desktop appraisal option to start in March

Housing Wire

Desktop appraisals will become an option for some agency-backed loans submitted after March 19. To be eligible for a desktop appraisal, according to Fannie Mae , the loan must be a purchase transaction, secured by a one-unit principal residence and have a loan-to-value ratio of no more than 90%.

FHFA to GSEs: Back to the drawing board on Duty to Serve

Housing Wire

A federal law mandates that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac help households on moderate, low, or very low income.

Legal 413

Home affordability plummeted in fourth quarter

Housing Wire

Homeownership continues to swerve into unaffordable territory, with median-priced single-family homes becoming less affordable in three-quarters of the nation’s market, a report published by ATTOM Data Solutions last week said.

FHFA hikes fees for high-balance and second-home loans

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency introduced new upfront fees on Wednesday for some high-balance and second-home loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Upfront fees for high balance loans will increase between 0.25% and 0.75%, tiered by loan-to-value ratio.

What are the drivers of housing demand in 2022?

Housing Wire

This article is part of our Housing 2022 forecast series. After the series wraps, join us on February 8 for the HW+ Virtual 2022 Forecast Event.

Buyers 378

The big short in housing supply isn’t going away

Housing Wire

This article is part of our HousingWire 2022 forecast series. After the series wraps early next year, join us on February 8 for the HW+ Virtual 2022 Forecast Event.

Housing starts reach nine-month high in December

Housing Wire

After posting a double digit gain in November , housing starts were up yet again in December, rising 1.4% month over month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.70 million according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Redfin acquires Bay Equity, pink slips 121 staff

Housing Wire

Redfin announced Tuesday layoffs of 121 employees as it shakes up its mortgage department, including purchasing a lending company.

Unemployment rates and mortgage rates both under 4%

Housing Wire

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 199,000 jobs were created in December — a miss from estimates. They also reported we had 141,000 in positive revisions to the previous jobs report. The unemployment rate is currently at 3.9%

Mortgage rates start 2022 with an increase

Housing Wire

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.22% during the week ending Jan. 6, up from 3.11% the week prior, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS Mortgage Survey. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.65%.

Housing starts beat estimates, but don’t get too excited

Housing Wire

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that housing starts came in as a beat at 1.702 million for December. The more critical number of housing permits came in too strong at 1.873 million.

Purchase loans drive mortgage applications higher

Housing Wire

Mortgage applications climbed 1.4% for the week ending Jan. 7, 2022, according to a survey published by the Mortgage Bankers Association this week. The growth was buoyed by a 2% increase in the trade group’s seasonally adjusted purchase index, the MBA said.

The 2021 housing market recap by Logan Mohtashami

Housing Wire

A bullish housing market. What a year 2021 has been. We started the year with many pundits saying that the U.S. economic recovery was a false story and that we were about to embark on a second housing bubble crash due to forbearance. However, not only did the U.S.

Staying prepared in a changing mortgage market

Housing Wire

Hosted by Mortgage Capital Trading. Collateral valuation is a critical component of mortgage lending and the home sales process.

Forbearance rate drops below 1.5%

Housing Wire

Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume dropped in December to a level below 1.5% for the first time in 18 months. The total number of loans in forbearance decreased by 26 basis points, to 1.41% in December from 1.67% in November , according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

20 state attorneys general take aim at mortgage servicers

Housing Wire

Some Federal Housing Administration -approved mortgage servicers have routinely flouted the agency’s loan modification program, according to Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and 20 other state attorneys general. The attorneys general wrote in a Dec.

These Are The Best Cities for Real Estate Investment

Appraisal Buzz

Due to the explosion of real estate prices over the past few years, more are looking to diversify their investments by expanding into real estate.

Home Values Up Nearly 20% From Last Year

Appraisal Buzz

People were not just fighting to get gifts this holiday season, they were also eager to get into homes entering the market in droves. But those that entered the market were not just fighting astonishingly low inventory levels, but record high prices as well.

Logan Mohtashami: The 2022 housing forecast

Housing Wire

Most of the time, the economy is like a slow-moving ocean liner that changes direction gradually and without much effort. But when a new, powerful variable presents itself, like the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the economy can change on a dime.

Mortgage apps up 2.3% with new record average loan size

Housing Wire

Mortgage applications increased 2.3% from the previous week, largely due to a strong purchase market, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) survey for the week ending Jan. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index rose 7.9% from the previous week, while the Refinance Index decreased 3.1%

New Home Construction Expectations for 2022

Appraisal Buzz

The housing market boomed in 2021 like few could have expected. What is on the horizon in 2022? Home prices are rising to record highs , and many policymakers and industry professionals have begun turning to building to ease shortages.

Supreme Court orders review of recession-era class action against Rocket

Housing Wire

The Supreme Court weighed in on a class action lawsuit against Quicken Loans , now Rocket Mortgage , regarding its appraisal practices during the financial crisis, delivering a procedural win for the mortgage lender.

Law 348

Freddie Mac misses low-income refinance goal

Housing Wire

Fannie Mae met all of the housing goals the Federal Housing Finance Agency imposed for 2020, but Freddie Mac failed its low-income refinance goal. The government-sponsored enterprise lagged the wider market in its acquisitions of low-income refinances.

Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com, is back

Housing Wire

Better.com CEO Vishal Garg. Vishal Garg, the CEO of Better.com, is making a comeback, just one month after being forced to take administrative leave for axing 900 staffers in a webinar and then telling remaining staffers they were lazy thieves.

Opinion: Mortgage industry will shed 100K jobs this year

Housing Wire

The most wonderful time of the year, as the song would have us believe, comes to a close with Epiphany, the 12 th day of Christmas, Jan. I do hope everyone had a joyous holiday season, spending some relaxing time with family and friends. The holiday season is winding down.

Court authorizes class action against Carrington over servicing fees

Housing Wire

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on Wednesday that borrowers can pursue a class action lawsuit against Carrington Mortgage Services regarding the fees it applied when collecting payments online or by phone.

Law 301

Regulators slap mortgage LOs with fines for skipping class

Housing Wire

More than 400 mortgage loan originators will pay penalties after a multi-state investigation alleged they falsely claimed they completed an annual continuing education requirement.

Will the housing market continue its hot streak in 2022?

Housing Wire

As we approach the end of another hot year for the market, homebuyers and sellers are eagerly looking ahead to the 2022 housing market. Will the market continue its streak of strong growth, or are we finally about to see a slow down?

What’s holding the industry back from broad-scale digital closing adoption?

Housing Wire

For well over a decade, the industry has made steady progress in digitizing mortgage closings. As a result, closings today fall on a spectrum of digitization, with benefits that increase with each component that is digitized and each document that is electronically signed (eSigned).

CEO Matt Widdows pushes HomeSmart toward IPO

Housing Wire

HomeSmart is a growing real estate brokerage that may go public, but the company faces questions about its business model and the compensation of founder and CEO Matt Widdows.

RE/MAX Holdings CEO Adam Contos stepping down

Housing Wire

RE/MAX Holdings CEO Adam Contos is stepping down effective March 31, 2022. While the company plans to form a CEO search committee, Board Member Stephen Joyce will be appointed Interim CEO. Contos and Joyce will serve as co-CEOs beginning March 1.