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2:00 p.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates soar to the highest level in nearly six months and 6 million people aren’t eligible for a COVID-19 pause on student-debt payments Thursday's top personal finance stories Thursday's top personal finance storiesThursday's top personal finance stories
1:32 p.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can get additional forbearance and Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg and an NBA legend were among America’s biggest donors to charity in 2020 Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories
2:26 p.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Meera Jagannathan
Democratic-controlled Senate could reinstate extra $600 weekly unemployment, and federal regulators want to overhaul home appraisals — here’s how that could hurt both buyers and sellers Thursday’s top personal finance stories Thursday’s top personal finance storiesThursday’s top personal finance stories
1:07 p.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
More people are feeling guilty about making this financial request during the pandemic and here’s when most Americans will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday’s top personal finance stories Tuesday’s top personal finance stories Tuesday’s top personal finance stories
7:32 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Andrew Ackerman
Trump administration likely to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship, Mnuchin suggests ‘We’re going to not do anything that jeopardizes taxpayers and puts them at additional risk,’ the Treasury Secretary told The Wall Street Journal in an exclusive interview.‘We’re going to not do anything that jeopardizes taxpayers and puts them at additional risk,’ the Treasury Secretary told The Wall Street Journal in an exclusive interview.
6:35 a.m. Oct. 8, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates dip slightly as Americans rush to refinance their home loans Refinancing activity has rebounded to the highest level since AugustRefinancing activity has rebounded to the highest level since August.
3:51 a.m. Oct. 3, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates keep falling, but will rising home prices push some buyers out of the market? Mortgage rates dropped to a near-record low this week amid a stable bond marketMortgage rates dropped to a near-record low this week amid a stable bond market.
8:26 a.m. Sept. 26, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates are near record lows — but many Americans will struggle to find a lender willing to give them a home loan The supply of mortgages has dropped to the lowest level since 2014, according to one metricThe supply of mortgages has dropped to the lowest level since 2014, according to one metric.
5:06 a.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
The number of Americans skipping mortgage payments drops to lowest level since April — but some borrowers face bigger challenges A slower recovery in the job market could create problems for the mortgage industryA slower recovery in the job market could create problems for the mortgage industry.
6:39 a.m. Sept. 12, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates fall to a new record low — but not all Americans will be able to access them A tumultuous week in the stock market also affected the rates lenders have been offeringA tumultuous week in the stock market also affected the rates lenders have been offering.
12:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow sheds more than 400 points, Nasdaq leads market selloff as tech rebound fades U.S. state and federal weekly jobless claims rise along with continuing claimsU.S. stock benchmarks finished lower Thursday after a volatile session, as investor hopes for a further recovery towards last week record highs was undermined by weak labor market data and a lack of progress on another fiscal stimulus bill in Washington, while valuations of technology stocks are still seen too high as the economy struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
8:46 a.m. Sept. 5, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates remain below 3% — but rising home prices are threatening to push buyers out of the market Even with interest rates at record lows, someone buying the typical home today will have a larger monthly mortgage payment than they would have if they bought a year agoEven with interest rates at record lows, someone buying the typical home today will have a larger monthly mortgage payment than they would have if they bought a year ago.
6:26 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Housing regulator extends Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's foreclosure and eviction moratoriumThe Federal Housing Finance Agency has extended the foreclosure and eviction moratorium for homes with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . The moratorium is now in effect until December 31, 2020 - originally they were supposed to expire at the end of August. The foreclosure moratorium only applies to single-family mortgages only, while REO eviction moratorium applies to properties that are acquired by Fannie or Freddie through foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions. The moratorium is expected to cost the two government-sponsored enterprises between $1.1 billion and $1.7 billion, and it protects more than 28 million homeowners across the country.
1:27 p.m. Aug. 25, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
What you can learn from prisoners of war about coping with COVID-19’s challenges and the job benefit workers need right now Tuesday's top personal finance stories Tuesday's top personal finance storiesTuesday's top personal finance stories
6:38 a.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates are going back up — just as home prices begin to skyrocket Interest rates on home loans are still extremely low by historical standards, and that’s helping to create fierce competition in the real-estate marketInterest rates on home loans are still extremely low by historical standards, and that’s helping to create fierce competition in the real-estate market.
2:37 a.m. Aug. 16, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Refinancing your mortgage will cost more thanks to a new fee from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are rolling out a new ‘adverse market fee’ in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Critics of the move say it will cost homeowners thousands of dollarsFannie Mae and Freddie Mac are rolling out a new ‘adverse market fee’ in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Critics of the move say it will cost homeowners thousands of dollars.
2:37 a.m. Aug. 16, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates keep falling — will they finally drop to 0%? Outside the U.S., lenders have even offered mortgages with negative interest ratesOutside the U.S., lenders have even offered mortgages with negative interest rates.
1:46 p.m. Aug. 14, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
How the U.S. can emulate South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand to control the coronavirus and refinancing your mortgage will cost more thanks to a new fee Friday's top personal finance stories Friday's top personal finance storiesFriday's top personal finance stories
9:27 a.m. Aug. 9, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Landlords must notify tenants about eviction proceedings in multi-family buildings, housing regulator says The Federal Housing Finance Agency is also improving online tools where tenants can see whether they’re eligible for protectionsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency is also improving online tools where tenants can see whether they’re eligible for protections.
1:37 p.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Americans’ household debt fell for the first time since 2014 — but that doesn’t mean people are paying off their loans The pandemic-fueled economic downturn hasn’t led to Americans going into default on their debts yetThe pandemic-fueled economic downturn hasn’t led to Americans going into default on their debts yet.
8:23 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
The number of Americans skipping mortgage payments is falling — except among these borrowers Forbearance plans allow mortgage borrowers to make reduced payments or skip monthly paymentsForbearance plans allow mortgage borrowers to make reduced payments or skip monthly payments.
5:32 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates fall to a record low for the eighth time this year, making buying a home more affordable for many Americans While home buyers may have plenty of options for cheap financing, they won’t have much choice about what properties they can purchaseWhile home buyers may have plenty of options for cheap financing, they won’t have much choice about what properties they can purchase.
1:01 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Holden Lewis
Mortgage and real estate trends to watch for in the rest of 2020 Rates will probably go even lower, but don’t expect to find many homes on the marketIn a world altered by the pandemic, here’s what home buyers and sellers can expect in the second half of the year.
8:34 a.m. July 26, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
America is facing an eviction crisis as moratoriums expire: ‘This is a potential catastrophe’ Democratic lawmakers have proposed legislation to extend and to expand the federal moratorium on evictions, which is set to expire in just a few daysDemocratic lawmakers have proposed legislation to extend and to expand the federal moratorium on evictions, which is set to expire in just a few days.
5:16 a.m. July 17, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Housing starts gain steam as builders ramp up construction despite pandemic New home construction activity increased 17% between May and JuneNew home construction activity increased 17% between May and June.
1:07 p.m. July 14, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
FSOC to evaluate risks posed by the secondary mortgage marketThe Financial Stability Oversight Council that it will begin a review of the secondary mortgage market. The evaluation will determine what risks activities in the secondary mortgage market pose to the stability of the broader financial system. Regulators will also work to see what approaches best mitigate those risks. The announcement received the support of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . "As demonstrated by the 2008 financial crisis and again by COVID-19, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must be well capitalized in order to support the mortgage market during a stressed environment," FHFA Director Mark Calabria said in response to the news.
9:27 a.m. July 13, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Williams says shift away from scandal-plagued, interest-rate benchmark in 2 years remains on track despite coronavirus SOFR is slated to replace Libor by 2022New York Fed President John Williams emphasizes that officials will follow through with plans to discontinue a embattled benchmark for rates in financial markets at the start of 2022, despite all of the focus by financial firms on the coronavirus pandemic.
7:59 a.m. July 2, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates hit a fresh record low ahead of Fourth of July weekend Economists now say the average rate on the 30-year mortgage could possibly drop below 3%Economists now say the average rate on the 30-year mortgage could possibly drop below 3%.
7:00 a.m. June 27, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates hold steady at record lows — but can you really take advantage of them? A cash-out refinance may seem attractive to Americans looking to beef up their financial reserves amid economic turmoil, but there are drawbacksA cash-out refinance may seem attractive to Americans looking to beef up their financial reserves amid economic turmoil, but there are drawbacks.
5:10 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates keep falling to record lows — so is now a good time to refinance? Homeowners stand to save money by refinancing, but some factors may make getting a new loan less worthwhileHomeowners stand to save money by refinancing, but some factors may make getting a new loan less worthwhile.
12:53 p.m. June 22, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
The number of Americans skipping mortgage payments drops for the first time since March A smaller share of home loans are now in forbearance, but that could change if government assistance dries upA smaller share of home loans are now in forbearance, but that could change if government assistance dries up.
4:36 a.m. June 22, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates drop to another record low — here’s why Americans may not want to wait too much longer before locking rates in Low mortgage rates are stoking the housing market’s recovery from the coronavirus, but there may be limits to how much of a boost they will giveLow mortgage rates are stoking the housing market’s recovery from the coronavirus, but there may be limits to how much of a boost they will give.
1:57 p.m. June 15, 2020 - By Meera Jagannathan
Some Americans are more likely to socially distance and wear face masks than others — here’s why, and Disney fans say a popular ride is racist and should be overhauled Monday’s top personal finance stories Monday’s top personal finance storiesMonday’s top personal finance stories
6:23 a.m. June 11, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates are circling record lows — will the Fed’s actions push them lower? The Federal Reserve plans to keep the interest rates it controls around 0% for the foreseeable futureThe Federal Reserve plans to keep the interest rates it controls around 0% for the foreseeable future.
6:48 a.m. June 4, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates are at historic lows — but the coronavirus pandemic is making homes less affordable for buyers Young home-buyers are at an especial disadvantage in today’s housing marketYoung home-buyers are at an especial disadvantage in today’s housing market.
6:54 a.m. May 30, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates hit another all-time low as home buyers rush to secure cheap financing The number of people applying for loans to purchase a home has increased for six consecutive weeks after falling earlier in the coronavirus outbreakThe number of people applying for loans to purchase a home has increased for six consecutive weeks after falling earlier in the coronavirus outbreak.
5:34 a.m. May 23, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates fall to near-historic low on concerns about coronavirus pandemic Mortgage rates have remained below 3.3% for four straight weeksMortgage rates have remained below 3.3% for four straight weeks.
5:19 a.m. May 20, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage regulator to loosen refinance restrictions for home loans in forbearance People will have an easier time refinancing loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following being in forbearance based on new rules regulators are putting in placePeople will have an easier time refinancing loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following being in forbearance based on new rules regulators are putting in place.
3:58 a.m. May 17, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage delinquencies caused by the coronavirus will exceed Great Recession levels, according to this forecast The troubles homeowners face now could make it harder for other people to get home loans in the futureThe troubles homeowners face now could make it harder for other people to get home loans in the future.
4:49 a.m. May 16, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates stabilize near record lows — but rates could fall lower this year The trajectory of interest rates will depend on how the U.S. economy rebounds from the coronavirus pandemicThe trajectory of interest rates will depend on how the U.S. economy rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic.
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