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Millennials Finally Buying in

According to new data, millennials are entering the housing market in droves. In February, the demo accounted for 86 percent of all closed loans, with most of those being conventional loans. Millennials also saw their time-to-close shorten for the month, reaching its fastest turnaround since March of last year.

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CEO Says Taxpayers Aren’t on the Hook Anymore

In a letter to shareholders, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made the statement that the days of “too big to fail” are over and that taxpayers will no longer pay for a bailout should a major financial institution collapse. This is because of a stronger regulatory environment, more liquidity, and higher capital levels, Dimon said. He also covered tech, immigration issues, and other issues in his letter, and participated in a town hall event on Tuesday.

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Higher Interest Rates Spur Interest in HELOCs

Whether they’re considering taking out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or already in the process, nearly half of homeowners say interest rates are the most influential factor to consider. Almost half of borrowers listed interest rates as the most influential factor when deciding on a HELOC, which is over twice the second most influential factor: loan amount. Additionally, 36 percent of borrowers list the lower interest rates as the most valuable aspect of a HELOC compared to other options.

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Sellers’ Biggest Hurdle? Finding Another Home

The flipside of the sellers-market economy of 2017 is that sellers looking to buy a new home are running into the same problems as all other buyers. A new study by Redfin shows that two-thirds of sellers are worried about finding a new property once they sell. And low inventories are reeling from the increasing speed of sales.

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The Fastest Moving Markets in the Country

The majority of the fastest moving market areas can be found in California. The number one hottest market for both March and February was Vallejo-Fairfield, California; followed by San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California. The median age of inventory for these two areas were 33 days and 26 days, respectively, well below the nationwide median. Areas in California make up nine of the Realtor.com’s top 20 hottest markets. Javier Vivas, Manager of Economic Research at Realtor.com, noted the large drops om days on the market, and its indication of a strong spring buying season.

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The Week in Mortgage Rates

This week, Freddie Mac, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released reports on the state of the mortgage rates. According to Freddie Mac, mortgage rates are still in a decline. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell nine basis points this week, another week-over-week decline. But despite the fluctuations in rates, new home sales still managed to exceed expectations jumping 6.1 percent in February to 592,000.

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Seniors Are Worth Trillions in Equity

Seniors are sitting on trillions in untapped equity. A recent report noted that retirement-aged homeowners saw an increase of 2.8 percent in home equity, or $170.7 billion, in Q4 2016. This puts their total housing wealth at $6.2 trillion. However, many seniors are still unwilling to tap into this wealth.

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Serving a New Kind of Buyer

We sat down with industry veteran Joseph Melendez to learn how changing buyer demographics, technology, and the new administration are shaking things up. Melendez is the CEO of ValueInsured, a down payment protection provider based in Dallas. He has more than three decades in the insurance and financial services industry.

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FHFA, GSEs Make Progress on 2016 Goals

According to a Progress Report released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Wednesday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have made significant movement on goals set forth by FHFA in the 2016 Scorecard. The report notes credit risk transfer programs that reduce taxpayer risk and improved access to credit as just a few of the developments in the last year.

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