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What’s an Acceptable Level of Mortgage Default?

Vintage Year Analysis Reveals Room to Loosen Underwriting

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

There will always be some amount of delinquency in the mortgage market, but what is an acceptable level? At its worst during the housing crisis, the serious delinquency (SDQ)1 rate was 8.6 percent in February 2010. Recently, CoreLogic reported that there were 1.6 million SDQ mortgages in the U.S.—a rate of 4.2 percent of all active mortgages. Overall, the SDQ rate is on the...

A Ripple, Not a Wave

Predicting the Impact from Future HELOC Loan Resets

Sam Khater    |    Mortgage Performance

The surge in mortgage debt during the mid-2000s was partly fueled by an increase in home equity lines of credit (HELOC) loans as borrowers took advantage of the rapid run-up in home prices to extract equity. Borrowers tapped home equity to supplement their incomes to provide an additional source of liquidity. Part of the reason for the soaring popularity of HELOCs was that unlike the...

Hail

A Hazard That Should Not be Overlooked

Tom Jeffery    |    Natural Hazard Risk

One billion dollars: the amount of damage caused by hailstorms on an annual basis in the United States, yet this particular hazard is often overlooked.1 Hail is produced by convective storms, which are associated with a number of hazards, including tornadoes, flooding due to excessive rainfall and strong straight-line winds. All of these events can cause damage to property, so the...

More Or Less Natural Hazard Risk Than Average: It’s All About Location

Parcel-Level Hazard Risk Estimates Highlight Market Differences

Kathryn Dobbyn    |    Natural Hazard Risk

We all intuitively know that location matters when it comes to real estate. For the U.S. housing market, emphasis on location has in the past been in terms of factors such as school districts, commuting times, mass transit and walkability. That being said, in 2013, severe weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage throughout the United States. This number is only expected to...

Goldilocks and The Three Credit Bears

Is Credit Too Tight, Too Loose or Just Right?

Mark Fleming    |    Housing Trends, Mortgage Performance

One of the most pressing issues in housing finance today is the availability of credit. The lack of access to credit has been cited as a reason for the slower-than-hoped-for growth in home sales. The often cited Federal Reserve Loan Officer Survey tells us whether lenders are tightening or loosening credit, but tells us much less about the overall level of availability of credit....

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