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Think Tanks and Trade Groups under a Trump Presidency

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy

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Policy experts throughout Washington, D.C. spent much of 2016 assuming that a Hillary Clinton presidency was just around the corner. White papers, infographics, and case studies were overwhelmingly aimed at policies and regulations that would fall slightly center-left on the political spectrum, a space the Clinton campaign carved out during much of the primary and general...

Cash and Distressed Sales Update: September 2016

Distressed Sales Made Up 7.3 Percent of All Home Sales in September

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type
  • The cash sales share was 31.7 percent in September
  • The distressed sales share fell 2.8 percentage points year over year from September 2015
  • The real estate-owned (REO) sales share in September was the lowest for any month since August 2007

Cash sales accounted for 31.7 percent of total home sales in September 2016, down 1.3 percentage points...

Housing Credit Index: Third Quarter 2016

Loans Originated in The Third Quarter Were Higher in Credit Quality Than One Year Ago

Archana Pradhan    |    Mortgage Performance

Overall Housing Credit Index
  • CoreLogic’s Housing Credit Index (HCI) found mortgage loans originated during the third quarter of 2016 continued to exhibit low credit risk versus the previous quarter and one year earlier.
  • The average credit score for homebuyers increased 5 points between the third quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of 2016, rising from 734 to 739.
  • The average DTI...

There is a Comeback of Occupancy Fraud … In Reverse

A new twist in mortgage fraud trend

Willa Wei    |    Mortgage Performance

Traditional occupancy fraud occurs when mortgage applicants deliberately misrepresent their intended use of a property, typically for more attractive financing terms. Investment properties may have lower maximum loan amounts, higher interest rates and higher fees. These differences may motivate a borrower to falsely claim an investment property will be owner-occupied. However, there is a...

Big Changes with a New Administration and a New Congress?

Getting to 60 may be the Core Question

Stuart Pratt    |    Housing Policy, Videos

Stuart Pratt December Video

Blog originally published on November 30. Updated with a companion video on December 15.


 

The incoming Trump Administration and Republican-controlled Congress have important housing policy questions to consider. And to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, what we have so early after the election is a case of the known knowns and known...

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