Mortgage applications drop, but spring buying season looms

After a slight increase in late February, mortgage applications dipped 1.3% in the week ending March 5, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. But experts aren’t concerned. With spring approaching – signaling the start of a busy buying season – the purchase market sported its strongest showing in four weeks, with…

Are you ready to be the Amazon of real estate?

Imagine requesting an Uber and not being able to see a map view of where the driver is located in real time; ordering food from DoorDash without up-to-date digital menus from an endless number of restaurants; or buying an item with Amazon Prime and having to pay close attention to the delivery estimates. When we…

HUD settles with JPMorgan over appraisal bias case

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that JPMorgan Chase has come to an agreement with a Black homeowner who claimed the bank’s mortgage division – relying on a valuation done by an appraiser – valued her home at an amount lower than its actual worth because of her race. Under the…

Equity jumps for Black homeowners, but problems remain

As the first quarter of 2021 nears its end, a recent Redfin report shows both good and bad news for Black homeowners. The positive: Homeowners in primarily Black neighborhoods earned an average of $59,000 in home equity in 2020, compared with $50,000 for homeowners in primarily white neighborhoods between 2019 through January 2021. That $59,000…

Mortgage credit, and the coming purchase storm

Mortgage credit is still the tightest it has been in more than six years, but an unwavering February may be the calm before the purchase storm as lenders prepare for a revitalized economy, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a report on Tuesday. The group’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index remained unchanged at 124.6 last month, still hovering…