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Portfolio Lender TD Bank Braces for Lending Growth

During the mortgage crisis, portfolio lenders like TD Bank stood out as financial institutions that embraced the idea of quality underwriting and lending—especially since they kept loans in-house, taking the risk on their own balance sheets.

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Home Buyer Confidence Strong in 2015

The number of people buying homes in the U.S. has increased 5 percent within the last two years. Still, the survey found 2 in 5 American consumers feel there is a lack of inventory in their price range and 44 percent said they are not familiar with home affordability programs.

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Rising Home Values Spark HELOC Activity

TD Bank reported Monday the results of its inaugural Consumer Borrowing Index, a survey of more than 1,300 U.S. HELOC borrowers created to provide insights into their motivation, usage, and perceptions of the loan. According to the bank's survey, 53 percent of homeowners polled said the value of their home has increased in the past few years, giving them more equity to pull from.

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Economic Outlook Points to Building Momentum

Signs increasingly point to economic momentum building in the coming year, according to economists at TD Bank. In a forecast put out Thursday, the bank's economics team calls for economic growth of 3.0 percent in 2015 following average growth of 2.2 percent this year.

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Survey: Realtors Want More Lender Support with Borrowers

Working with a public polling firm, New Jersey-based TD Bank released results Thursday from a survey it conducted with more than 150 Realtors around the United States. Most said they considered closing loans on time the most important quality in a lender and felt it was easier to work with banks focused on helping homebuyers. Two in five said they looked for banks that put buyers ahead of the lending process.

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Second-Quarter GDP Growth Revised Upward

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that gross domestic product (GDP) grew last quarter at an annualized rate of 4.2 percent, a little bit better than the 4.0 percent growth originally recorded in last month's initial estimate. Economists had expected no change from the first report.

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Mortgage Insurance Costs Catch Home Shoppers Unaware

According to research results put out by TD Bank, 37 percent of homeowners who purchased within the last decade required MI. Looking at just the last two years, that number is up to 43 percent, reflecting the troubles buyers are having meeting normal down payment minimums as home prices march up. Of those who have had to go with insurance, 65 percent said the additional premium left them paying more than they had originally anticipated.

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Survey Highlights Consumer Need for Clear Lending Guidance

In a survey of 1,500 consumers who purchased a home in the last 10 years, TD Bank found 69 percent would describe their experience with their lender as “excellent” or “very good." Rating specific aspects of their experience, accessibility” and “responsiveness” ranked highest, while relatively fewer respondents were happy with their lender’s efforts to explain options or help them understand the process.

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