Unconventional mortgages are returning, but is it a problem?

During the 2008 economic recession and afterwards, “subprime” became a buzzword in general discussions about what led to the housing market crash. That was for good reason. In 2004-2006, the years leading up to the crash saw as many as 20% percent of mortgages national were subprime. Most of them were adjustable rate mortgages from […]

Pending home sales climb to highest level since 2017

Pending home sales climb to highest level since 2017

The wave of low interest rates in the United States has lifted the U.S. housing market up to a point it hasn’t reached in two years. Pending sales of existing homes, a figure tracked by an index, increased by more than double the expectation of analysts from August to September, according to the National Association […]

Little Rock, Arkansas

Secondary markets could be ideal for real estate investing

With the cost of real estate soaring in major markets like New York and Los Angeles, more and more investors are beginning to search for value in smaller markets that are on the rise. The growing appeal of these markets, many of them in the southeastern United States, reflects patterns of migration seen in the […]

New Home Mortgage

Low mortgage rates continue to deplete affordable home supply

Sustained low mortgage rates since March of 2019 are now ravishing the supply of starter homes across the United States. In a familiar pattern, the availability of cheaper mortgages encourages would-be home buyers to make the leap to ownership. There is a run on starter properties that cuts heavily into the supply, despite ongoing demand […]

Fannie Mae Facility

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac now permitted to keep $45 billion in profits

The nation’s two biggest mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will now be able to retain a larger share of their profits as the United States looks to transition them into private control.  The Treasury Department and Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Monday that a new letter of agreement aims to boost the capital […]