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April 30, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, April 23-30, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Mortgage Rates Lowest Since Early March, But Not For Everyone (Mortgage News Daily, April 29) Mortgage rates moved down nicely last week and have either maintained or improved upon those levels this week.  The catch is that […]
April 23, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, April 16-23, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Despite pandemic, US home prices could very well hold steady… COVID-19 paused the housing market. What happens next? (Curbed, April 22) Reports suggest home prices are unlikely to move The economic fallout from the spread of […]
April 16, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, April 9-16, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Some banks raise lending standards; Curbside Closings and more… Appraisers are worried about allowing banks to delay appraisals until 120 days after a mortgage closes (HW, April 16) Think appraisal deferral could expand beyond bank portfolio […]
April 9, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, April 2-9, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Powell says the economic recovery can be ‘robust’ after the coronavirus is contained (CNBC, April 9) “At the Fed, we are doing all we can to help shepherd the economy through this difficult time,” he said […]
April 2, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, March 26-April 2, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Social distancing appears to be working, officials say (The Oregonian, April 2) A new analysis by Oregon health officials offered the first positive sign that social distancing is helping in Oregon. Sweeping social distancing measures appear […]
March 27, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, March 19-26, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke sees ‘very sharp’ recession, followed by ‘fairly quick’ rebound (CNBC, March 25) Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sounded an optimistic tone on the longer-term state of the economy, predicting in […]
March 12, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, March 5-12, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Coronavirus Looms Over Crucial Spring Season for Housing Market (WSJ, March 12) Uncertainty has economists tamping down expectations that low mortgage rates, strong job market would boost 2020 home sales The lowest mortgage rates on record […]
March 5, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, February 27 – March 5, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Mortgage rates fall to an all-time low (HW, March 5) The average U.S. rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.29% this week, the lowest ever recorded by Freddie Mac in a series that goes […]
February 27, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, February 20-27, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Mortgage rates across the country hit an 8-year low… More people want to purchase a home this year, but will they be able to? (HW, Feb. 26) 84% of Americans said buying a home is a […]
February 20, 2020

Guardian Residential Lending Industry News, February 13-20, 2020

In the Know: A Roundup of This Week’s Local and National Real Estate Stories  Quick Facts -The average length of time a homeowner has stayed in the same home has more than doubled over the past 20 years – from a little under 5 years in 2000 to almost 12 […]