…as we share insights beyond private mortgage insurance and look at industry trends, housing market opportunities and ways to support your success by helping more borrowers achieve the dream of homeownership.
Our mortgage industry blog, MGIC Connects, is where experts share their insights beyond private mortgage insurance to help readers learn about mortgage finance, housing trends, real estate news and social media in the mortgage industry.
A new report on credit access and affordability by the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center commissioned by Down Payment Resource and Freddie Mac shows how many homebuyers could have taken advantage of down payment assistance and other affordable lending programs in 2016.read more
What year would be complete without a look back at our most popular mortgage articles? It’s an effective way to learn what resonated with readers, what didn’t, and how to improve based on what we learn. In 2016, we curated our content and reduced production to focus on quality instead of quantity. See what happened when we continued with this strategy in 2017.read more
Monitoring near-term forecasts of key national housing and economic indicators is important in identifying potential economic changes and the impact on mortgage market trends. One such change is the most recent estimate of the annual rate of GDP for third quarter 2017, which forecasters revised upward to 3.3%, representing the strongest growth since third quarter 2014.read more
As we fast approach 2018, we are still no closer to defining the role of government-backed mortgage insurance provided by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Housing reform that reduces taxpayer risk is a hot topic; however, we seldom include the FHA’s role in the discussion.read more
The residential mortgage finance industry converged in Denver Oct. 22-25 for the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention. Here is a recap on the information you need to know from the event.read more
One of the most common questions I face when talking with mortgage professionals and real estate agents is: “Where do I find great content to share on social media?” It’s a fair question to ask and an important one. Here are some of the top mortgage industry blogs on the web right now.read more
The U.S. economy is chugging along at a moderate pace. Monitoring near-term forecasts of key national housing and economic indicators such as those from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is important in identifying potential changes in the economy and mortgage market trends.read more
The mortgage industry is being shaken up with an overhaul to the Uniform Residential Loan Application (ULRA also known as a 1003) in 2018. Those who have been in the mortgage industry awhile know changes have been a long time coming. Here’s what you need to know right now.read more
With more loan officers working remote than ever before, the home office has become an important part of many mortgage professionals’ business strategy. However, working from home isn’t necessarily for everyone. Discover the pros and cons of working remote.read more
Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) invited comment on its plans to assess its Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule. Here’s our take on this important topic.read more