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Consumer Credit Debt Grows at Fastest Pace in 12 Months

Nov 8th, 2017 @ 6:40 PM by Amber Nelson

U.S. consumer borrowing jumped up in September, according to data from the Federal Reserve, fueled by a surge in auto sales and student loans. Total consumer credit debt rose $20.8 billion in September, or at a 6.6% annualized rate to $3.79 trillion in all. That is the fastest pace since November 2016. September’s growth exceeded […]

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Mortgage Activity Drops to 9-Month Low

Nov 1st, 2017 @ 10:52 AM by Amber Nelson

As long-term U.S. mortgage interest rates moved higher, mortgage application volume fell to its lowest level since mid-February, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA Market Composite Index, a measure of total mortgage loan application volume, dropped 2.6 percent in the week ended October 27, 2017, from the previous week. While home […]

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Lenders Loosen Mortgage Standards as Rates Jump

Oct 13th, 2017 @ 5:06 PM by Amber Nelson

Mortgage lenders made more home loan credit available in September, according to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, although interest rates jumped up to a 10-week high during the latest week. The MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) rose to a reading of 181.4 in September, up 0.7 percent from August. An increase […]

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Federal Reserve Leaves Rates Alone Buts Plans to Sell Off Bonds

Sep 27th, 2017 @ 12:36 PM by Amber Nelson

The U.S. central bank declined to raise its target interest rate last week, but it will start selling off its massive portfolio of bonds in October. The Federal Reserve left its federal funds rate – which affects everything from mortgage rates to car loan rates to food prices – in the range of 1 percent to […]

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Low Rates Push Mortgage Applications Higher

Sep 14th, 2017 @ 8:57 AM by Amber Nelson

Long-term mortgage rates stabilized at their year-to-date low this week, prompting U.S. borrowers to refinance their home loans again, according to recent industry reports. During the week ended September 14, 2017, the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was unchanged from the week before, resting at 3.78 percent with an average 0.5 point, […]

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American Household Debt Reaches All-Time High

Aug 23rd, 2017 @ 1:26 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans increased their debt loads enough for a record high in the second quarter, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, with credit card delinquencies rising enough to cause concern. Total U.S. household debt rose to $12.48 trillion during the months of April, May and June, an increase of […]

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Mortgage Rates Fall to 7-Week Low

Aug 18th, 2017 @ 2:00 PM by Amber Nelson

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell to a two-month low this week, following a week of political and economic uncertainty that pushed investors to the safety of bonds. Accoridng to mortgage giant Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate, conventional mortgage carried a rate of 3.89 percent with 0.4 average points, during the week ended August 17, […]

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Mortgage Applications Jump as Rates Rest

Jul 21st, 2017 @ 9:45 PM by Amber Nelson

A pause in mortgage interest rates may have helped push the volume of home loan applications higher in the latest week , according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rise came mostly from refinance requests as home purchase application volume saw little change. The MBA’s seasonally adjusted Market Composite Index, a measure of […]

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Market Changes Could Mean Looser Mortgage Standards

Jul 5th, 2017 @ 9:22 PM by Amber Nelson

Those who have been locked out of the housing market may soon catch a break. With two significant changes taking place in the U.S. mortgage realm this month, millions of would-be borrowers may be able to qualify for financing. The first change involves credit scores. The three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion […]

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Student Loan Delinquencies Outpace All Others

Jun 21st, 2017 @ 9:30 PM by Amber Nelson

While auto loan and credit card delinquencies are on the rise, they are extremely low compared to the rapid increase of student loans falling into delinquency. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s latest U.S. Economy in a Snapshot, “flows into serious delinquency for all loan types except student loans peaked during the […]

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