A Danish bank is offering mortgages with negative interest rates — why you shouldn’t wish for that to happen in the U.S.

2019-08-12

It’s safe to say that mortgage rates have never been lower in Denmark. In fact, they’re now negative. Denmark’s Jyske Bank JYSKY, -20.24%, is now offering a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage at negative 0.5%. Additionally, Finland-based Nordea Bank announced Wednesday that it will offer a 20-year fixed-rate mortgage in Denmark thatRead More →

Will Fannie and Freddie get a new sibling?

2019-06-23

Bloomberg After over a decade of stagnation, the race is finally on to release mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from government control and reshape the housing finance system. The devil is, as always, in the details — except that some of the “details” aren’t so limited in scope.Read More →

Mortgages? Big banks may be throwing in the towel

2019-04-28

Courtesy Everett Collection Mortgages aren’t looking wonderful to the nation’s largest banks. You can kiss George Bailey’s mortgage market goodbye. As the small-town banker in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Bailey epitomized an old-fashioned world in which bankers know every borrower personally. In the mortgage market of 2019, borrowersRead More →

Mortgage rates throttle higher, but relief lies ahead

2019-03-09

Getty Images Homes in a suburban neighborhood of Pittsburgh Rates for home loans rose slightly, squelching borrower enthusiasm even as the long-term outlook for rates remained upbeat for buyers. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.41% in the March 7 week, mortgage guarantor Freddie Mac said Thursday. That was up sixRead More →