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Volume 18 - Number 16

August 8, 2014

House-Price Spikes Hurt First-Time Buyers

The first-time homebuyer share of purchase-money mortgages differs a great deal across the states, and house price growth may have something to do with it, according to a new study by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. FHFA researchers looked at first-time buyer activity from 1996 to 2013 and how it is affected by nationwide house-price trends. They found a symbiotic relationship that may or may not be beneficial to first-time homebuyers, depending on ...

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
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