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Category: Policy and compliance |
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Mortgage financing options in a higher interest rate environment

With mortgage interest rates elevated to levels not seen in many years, homebuyers are more likely to be offered, or seek out, alternatives to fixed-rate mortgages to help lower their monthly mortgage payments. Mortgage applicants should be aware of how these programs work to select the best option for their financial situation.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Office of Research blog: Higher interest rates leading to higher debt burdens for mortgage borrowers

Mortgage interest rates have been rising sharply in recent months, impacting mortgage borrowers and applicants. Using quarterly HMDA data on closed-end home-purchase loans, we find that monthly payments and debt burdens (as measured by DTI) have increased, with a higher percentage of mortgage application denials reporting DTI as a reason for not qualifying.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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CFPB publishes Beginner’s Guide to Accessing and Using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data

We’ve published a Beginner’s Guide to Accessing and Using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data, a resource for those interested in using these comprehensive data on the U.S. mortgage market. The Guide covers the basics of what HMDA data are and how to access them, as well as a step-by-step guide for creating certain data summaries.

Category: Info for consumers |
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How to help homeowners protect their homes

Homeowners who are struggling to make mortgage payments because of a COVID-19 related hardship, or who got a mortgage forbearance that is coming to an end, should talk to their mortgage servicer or a HUD-approved housing counselor about options and next steps.

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New report explores trends for first-time homebuyers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a new Market Snapshot that explores first-time homeownership. For households attempting to transition from renting to owning, shifts in the housing and mortgage markets can play a large role in whether they can afford to buy a home. This report investigates the prevalence and ease of first-time homeownership today by comparing current and historical market trends.