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FHA-to-Conventional Refinancing is a Bright Spot in the Mortgage Market

An Estimated 250,000 Expected to Refinance from FHA to Conventional in 2017

Sam Khater    |    Housing Policy

FHA to Conventional Refi is Elevated

Most of the attention surrounding the higher mortgage rate environment has been on the negative impact on the mortgage refinance market. However, that overlooks the fact that there are reasons a borrower may want to refinance in a modestly higher rate environment. For example, borrowers who have built sufficient home equity may want to cash-out some equity or refinance out of FHA to...

Conforming Loan Limit to Rise for First Time in Many Years

But ‘Jumbo inversion’ means conforming still more expensive for borrowers

Sam Khater    |    Mortgage Performance

Jumbo Conforming Spread in Basis Points

The Federal Housing Finance Administration has confirmed there will be a new conforming loan limit next year. For the first time in a decade, the loan limit will increase, from $417,000 to $424,100. What will the effect of this one percent plus rise be? Maybe not as much as it has in the past.

That’s because the inversion of the conforming and jumbo lending interest rates...

Return to Cities or Heading for the Hills?

Urban Rebound Causes Large Shift in Lower Credit Borrowers to Seek the Outer Suburbs

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

Rising Inner Suburban Prices

American homebuyers are on the move, but maybe not in the direction that most people think. The much-discussed “return to the cities” movement is happening, but from a mortgage industry perspective it may be something of a “head-fake.”

While there is no doubt there’s been an urban rebound in many of America’s cities, it has been driven by...

Current Home Prices the Most Stable During the Last 40 Years

Real Estate Prices Have Been an Oasis of Stability

Sam Khater    |    Property Valuation

Volatility has roiled the U.S. and global financial markets for some time. June’s Brexit vote, for example, was the most volatile day in the history of foreign exchange markets. Likewise, the huge influx of foreign capital drove longer-dated Treasury maturities to record lows. But one market seems to have escaped these gyrations: U.S. housing.

There are several different...

Single-Family Rent Growth Slows Down

New Single-Family Rental Index from CoreLogic Shows Slower Single-Family Rent Growth

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

Rental Repeat Index

Given the growing role that rental properties are playing in real estate, CoreLogic has developed a new Single-Family Rental Index (SFRI) to measure the changing rent dynamics of single-family rental properties. The index, which uses a methodology similar to our own CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI), as well as the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, measures changes in rents by comparing repeat...

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