Although they don’t seem to have dealt the industry a huge blow in the short run, interest-rate increases could put the brakes on homebuying in the long term
Rising interest rates could make younger retirees reconsider taking out reverse mortgage credit lines
While the median national list price rose by only a modest amount in March, all indicators suggest that a broad-based housing recovery is beginning to take hold across the nation as a whole. List prices are appreciating at a year-over-year basis in more than 100 of the 146 markets tracked by Realtor.com and nearly all are within reach of achieving positive year-over-year price growth by the end of the year. A successful spring market could move the entire nation into the black.
(CNBC) - Homes are more affordable now than they have been in decades, but that could turn more quickly than expected, because the affordability is based entirely on mortgage rates.
(AEI) -- Over the past year, the Federal Reserve has ramped up its policy of quantitative easing, with the result being new stock market highs and surging bond prices. Moreover, housing prices jumped 8%, the biggest annual gain since 2006.
It was very popular at one time for real estate investors to use the Seller as a source of funding when the interest rates at the bank where in the 15%+ range just a few decades ago.
Expectations among bank risk professionals for the relaxation of lending standards increased sharply in the first quarter, rising from 12.1 to 19.9 percent, according to the quarterly FICO/PRMIA) survey.
(Reuters) - A former Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) trader pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of inflating the prices of subprime mortgage-backed bonds to the tune of $540 million.