Urban Institute, Feb. 25, 2021–Laurie Goodman, Jun ZhuHispanic households will account for 70 percent of net new homeowners between 2020 and 2040. Despite the many barriers to homeownership they face, they are the only racial/ethnic group that will experience an increased homeownership rate over that period. The authors outline three ways lenders and policymakers can…

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The past year has been like no other, housing-wise. Near-record-low interest rates, tight housing supplies and greater flexibility in where one lives have pushed a normally predictable housing cycle into uncharted territory, as three new housing reports show. RE/MAX: Winter Months Leave Buyers Undeterred RE/MAX, Denver, said its National Housing Report for January saw home sales jump…

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The Bay State’s housing market saw “healthy” demand from buyers in January, creating a “strong” start for 2021, according to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. In its monthly indicators report, the trade group said closed sales this January increased by 7.8% for single-family homes and 9.8% for condo sales compared to January 2020. The increase…

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Lending standards overall loosened during January, the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) from Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and Ellie Mae indicates. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit. The MCAI is calculated using several factors related to borrower eligibility (credit score,…

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Fannie Mae‘s Housing Purchase Sentiment Index increased to 77.7 in January 2021, a 3.7 point increase from December 2020. This is especially true for sellers as the home-selling conditions component increases 16%. “The HPSI experienced a modest uptick in January, reversing much of December’s decline,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief…

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A new study shows that home buyers can save a lot of money by timing their mortgage application right. If you’re playing the waiting game with mortgage rates, you may not want to wait much longer. A new study from Haus, the home-finance startup created by Uber UBER, +5.36% co-founder Garrett Camp, examined what role seasonality, loan size, credit…

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Existing home sales finished 2020 with the strongest performance in 14 years, the National Association of Realtors reported on Friday. The report said total existing home sales increased 0.7% from November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.76 million in December. Sales in total rose year-over-year, up 22.2% from a year ago. Single-family home sales rose…

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