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Down Payment Percentages Continue to Trend Down

Average down payments for mortgages are on the decline, lending a little bit of relief for affordability-challenged homebuyers around the country. According to a report released this week by LendingTree, down payment percentages for 30-year fixed-rate purchase loans fell in the first quarter to an average of 15.78 percent, down from just higher than 16 percent in the last quarter of 2013.

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Nearly Three-Quarters of Homeowners Thinking of Selling in 2014

LendingTree released recently the results of an online survey conducted near the end of the last year. According to the findings, more than two-thirds--69 percent--of respondents have a positive outlook on housing this year, and 63 percent hold a similar view for the economy at large. With hopes this high, 71 percent of respondents said they are considering selling their home in 2014. Out of that group, the majority said they would have to see their home's value increase before acting.

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Down Payments Continue to Decline in Third Quarter

The third-quarter average is down 2.74 percent from the previous quarter, according to LendingTree, which suggested in a press release that the drop is due to a slight loosening of standards by lenders across the nation. The lowest average down payment percentage in the third quarter took place in Nebraska, where down payments averaged 12.5 percent of loan values. South Dakota (12.8 percent), Arkansas (12.9 percent), and Alabama (12.9 percent), followed, all with averages under 13 percent for the quarter.

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LendingTree Reveals Top Lenders in Network for Q3

LendingTree released on Tuesday its rankings for the top 10 customer-rated lenders in its network for Q3, showing a number of new names and a shift among those who appeared in the second quarter's rankings. The rankings are based on a weighted average of the ratings and volume of reviews, with customers judging the companies on mortgage rates, fees and closing costs, responsiveness, customer service, and their overall experience. California's Pacific Beneficial Mortgage Company took the No. 1 spot.

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Higher LTV Ratios Pull Down Borrower Health in Q3

Recent findings released by online lender exchange LendingTree reveal that the financial health of prospective borrowers dipped in this year's third quarter after seeing a sizable improvement in the second. The company attributed the slight decline in borrower health to rising home prices, which boosted loan-to-value ratios across the country to a national average of 89.8 percent and put more financial pressure on potential borrowers. National health also experienced a slight drag from a dip in the average credit score of borrowers.

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LendingTree Releases Top Customer-Rated Lenders for Q2

LendingTree released on Tuesday the top 10 customer-rated lenders in its network, revealing California-based HomePlus Mortgage as the No. 1 lender for the second quarter. The top 10 list was created based on a weighted average of review rating and volume of customer reviews. Following HomePlus on the list were Pacific Beneficial Mortgage Company; Affinity Mortgage, LLC; Mortgage Loans for Texas; and Americash in the top five. The company's network includes more than 250 lenders.

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Prospective Homebuyers Favor Low Down Payments, Fixed Rates

A plurality of prospective homebuyers responding to an industry survey anticipate down payments of less than 15 percent when they purchase a new home. Forty-four percent of respondents anticipate low down payments of no more than 15 percent, while 34 percent foresee paying between 15 and 24 percent of purchase price at closing. Nineteen percent say they will put down more than 25 percent of their home purchase price when the purchase their next home, according to the survey conducted on behalf of LendingTree.

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LendingTree Launches New Ad Campaign

LendingTree, an online source for competitive home loan offers, announced the official launch of a new advertising campaign which will run across all marketing channels, including television, radio, print, online, direct marketing, and social media.

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