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Understanding Millennial Home Buying Trends

By: Equity National   January 13, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Understanding Millennial Home Buying Trends

First time home buyers have always played an important role in the real estate market. However, according to the National Association of Realtors, among adults under 35 years old (who typically make up the first-time homebuyer market) homeownership is down to 36 percent from a high of 43 percent in 2005. This generation, the millennials, were born between 1980 and 1995 and comprise about one-third of the total US population. Research shows t...
New mortgage disclosure forms coming [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   January 12, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

New mortgage disclosure forms coming [VIDEO]

Changes are coming that will make the mortgage process a bit easier next year. Two mortgage disclosure forms that will launch late next summer will notify homebuyers of changes to their deals. The Loan Estimate disclosure will show the details of the deal, while the Closing Disclosures will explain whether the borrower is getting the same deal at closing. Until the new ones are released in August 2015, the same three forms current...
CFPB to allow more lenders to register for compl...

By: Equity National   January 9, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

CFPB to allow more lenders to register for compl...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s consumer complaint database, a contentious feature since its implementation, will receive upgrades and become more accessible to lenders.  The CFPB is making changes to its complaint archive in order to streamline response times, and part of that effort will be increased access to the database for lenders, according to a recent notice from the bureau. The regulatory body is working on...
For housing, 2015 brings the new normal [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   January 8, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

For housing, 2015 brings the new normal [VIDEO]

The housing market is changing a lot these days, and as the calendar flips into 2015, everyone should prepare for what experts are calling the new normal.  The new year will likely be marked by somewhat of a return to balance for the U.S. housing economy as the formerly rapidly recovering market enters a state of stability and normalcy for the first time in years, according to Forbes. While 2014 has been rather strange, including a p...
For lenders, the focus must be customer satisfac...

By: Equity National   January 6, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

For lenders, the focus must be customer satisfac...

Transcript How do you go from measuring dollars to measuring happiness? That’s what lenders have to figure out now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made customer satisfaction priority number one. Really, the bureau has taken to measuring dissatisfaction – and unfortunately, it has found a lot. The CFPB has implemented a variety of channels that customers can use to make their voices heard. If someone’s not satis...
Mortgage process confuses first-time home buyers...

By: Equity National   January 5, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Mortgage process confuses first-time home buyers...

When it comes to mortgages, many first-time home buyers can agree on one thing: they’re confusing. A recent study found that 43 percent of people who are new to house hunting are typically confused by the mortgage process. Nearly every step presents challenges to first-time home buyers. The variety of loan options offered aren’t always clear to more than half of those new to the process. Plus, the study found that 44 percen...
More millennials to purchase homes [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   January 2, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

More millennials to purchase homes [VIDEO]

More young adults are getting hired, and that means more of them could soon be buying homes too. In addition to the employment spike among young people, there’s been a miniature baby boom recently as well. A perfect home-buying storm is brewing for the new families of people between 24 and 35 next year. The top driver for home-buying is life – as families come together and babies are born, people will need to purchase houses. ...
Home sales on the rise [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   December 31, 2014   No Tags   Uncategorized

Home sales on the rise [VIDEO]

For the sixth time in seven months, home sales jumped in October. Existing home sales grew 1.5 percent last month. October also marked the first time this year that sales of existing homes rose on an annual basis. The increases have been cited as a sign that the housing market is kicking again, after a jump in mortgage rates last year dragged down existing home sales. Rising mortgage rates were a detriment to home purchases last year as ...

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