Mortgage Update – January 10, 2017

    The Six Most Important Things You Need to Know From the Mortgage World this Week.


    Banks no longer reign over the U.S. mortgage market. According to Inside Mortgage Finance, nonbank lenders have surpassed banks in mortgage volume originated for the first time in 30+ years.


    Shelter has a new “bank statement program” for self-employed borrowers that uses bank statement deposits only to calculate income and does not require tax returns.


    The rate is higher for this program as are the qualification standards with 20% down, strong credit, and healthy cash reserves in the bank after closing all required.


    After an annual report indicating that FHA is the healthiest it has been in years, there is growing talk of another FHA MIP reduction of as much as .30% sometime in 2017.


    December’s Employment Report came in as expected with both job gains and the unemployment rate coming in right on target.


    Wage growth, however, was much higher than expected with average hourly earnings 2.9% higher than a year ago, up from 2.5% last month, and the highest level since 2009.



    From the presidential election until the last few days of 2016, mortgage rates pushed higher. Last week, the trend finally reversed and we saw mortgage rates fall back to the best levels in a month. Friday’s strong economic data halted the rally, however, and mortgage rates ended the week with little change.


    The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Rates Report is due out on Tuesday with Retail Sales due out on Friday.


    Jim Scheu
    NMLS# #659050 GA #51170
    Senior Loan Officer
    Shelter Lending Services
    5780 Windward Pkwy, Suite 100
    Alpharetta, GA 30005
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    If you have questions about your mortgage needs, please contact our preferred mortgage lender – Jim Scheu with Shelter Lending Services at 404.906.6010 or click the blue banner just below to send him an email.

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