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Defaults: How Low Can They Go?

The overall rate of default in the U.S. has hit its lowest point in five months, but not every product is seeing a drop. Which ones are experiencing steep declines and which are on the rise? Read on to find out.

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How Many Home Shoppers Are Renters?

It seems renters may finally be setting their sights on homeownership, if a new analysis released on Thursday rings true. In the first quarter of this year, the share of home shoppers who were either non-homeowners or renters rose noticeably over recent years. But what could it mean for investors and lenders? And will the uptick continue?

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VRM Mortgage Services Receives 10-Year VA Contract

Vendor Resource Management, Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the company with a 10-year contract for program management, marketing, and other real estate services on the VA’s portfolio of sing-family residential real estate. Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, VRM is a nationwide financial services solution and REO services company helping lenders, servicers, investors and government agencies increase compliance, reduce operational and reputational risk, decrease loss severity and improve origination and servicing returns.

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Risk of Default Jumps in Q1, Q2

Overall default risk is up, according to an index released on Tuesday. Up 25 points over fall 2016’s numbers, risk of default is rising that’s to higher mortgage rates and tightening monetary conditions. The risk will likely continue its upward climb too, especially if the Federal Reserve raises rates again—as expected—later on in the year. According to the report, investors and lenders can expect today’s loans to hold a 6 percent higher risk of default than loans of the 1990s.

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High End Retail Locations Indicating Hot Markets

As real estate agents say, “location, location, location”—and that means if you’re located near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, according to research. After studying the areas both before and after the stores were built, researchers found neighborhoods that previously were appreciating at normal or below normal levels started appreciating rapidly after opening. Either they know how to pick neighborhoods, or people truly love to live near Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

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Lenders Loosen Risk Standards as Rates Rise

According to a new report, mortgage lenders are taking increased credit risks similar to those of the early 2000s, Released on Tuesday, the report shows that tThe level of credit risk taken by lenders in Q1 of 2017 was about the same as the average risk taken between 2001 and 2003. The shift is likely a result of declining refinances, rising mortgage rates, and an increased share of investor, condo, and co-op purchases.

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Closing of Interracial Gaps in Education Could Increase Homeownership

There are many factors that have affected homeownership rates after the 2008 financial crisis— specifically in regards to young adult social norms and changes in the housing market. The homeownership rate among 25- to 44-year olds has dropped 10 percent in the last decade and recent research shows this could be increased with closing the interracial gap in education and wealth. This research falls in line with statistics on diversity found in the corporate world.

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