The Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors yesterday sent a letter to House and Senate leaders in opposition to possible legislation that could increase funding fees to veterans’ homeownership benefits.
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey showed loans now in forbearance decreased by 8 basis points to 6.93% of servicers’ portfolio volume as of Sept. 13, compared to 7.01% the week before. MBA estimates 3.5 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.
CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif., said its 2nd Quarter Home Equity Report shows U.S. homeowners with mortgages—which account for 63% of all properties—have seen their equity increase by 6.6% year over year. This represents a collective equity gain of $620 billion and an average gain of $9,800 per homeowner from a year ago.
Even before the onset of the pandemic, retail properties were under the microscope. Practitioners spoke about the United States being “over-retailed” compared to other countries, about a shift to experiential retail with a focus on services rather than goods, and about how the rise in e-commerce is a challenge to bricks-and-mortar.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday said it would extend the comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking to create a new category of seasoned qualified mortgages by three days, from September 28 to October 1 to accommodate for the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday.