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Volume 2017 - Number 34

September 7, 2017

Revived Momentum in First-Time Homebuyers To Define Today’s Sales Volume, House Prices

During the second quarter, the housing market witnessed the largest number of first-timers buying homes in almost two decades and thatís helping to drive price appreciation through 2018, according to a new study by Genworth Financial. Second-quarter numbers show that FTHBs accounted for 570,000 single-family home purchases, compared to 424,000 in the previous period. Genworth said this marks the highest quarterly number since 1999 and is the continuation of a trend that began in the third quarter of 2013. That number accounts...

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With mortgage production down noticeably this year from 2017, how many lenders might disappear via M&A or failure during the next 12 months?

10% or less. It’s not that bad out there.
11% to 25%. It’s a challenging market.
25% to 40%. It’s going to be very ugly.
No opinion.

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