Mortgage

Mortgage Rates Increase to Highest Level in More Than Three Years

March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON—Mortgage applications decreased 6.8% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 25, 2022. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 6.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the…

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New Rochelle Tower Project Secures $294 Million Construction Financing Deal

March 1, 2022

NEW ROCHELLE—BRP Companies, the Urban Investment Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs), New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Westchester County, Interfaith Dwellings Corporation, Merchants Bank of Indiana, Wells Fargo, and Fannie Mae announced on Feb. 28 the closing of $294 million in construction financing for the 477-unit, mixed-use development located at 500…

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Webster Financial, Sterling Bancorp Complete Merger Deal

February 1, 2022

STAMFORD, CT—Webster Financial Corp. and Sterling Bancorp jointly announced today the completion of their previously announced merger that is estimated to put the market value of the combined company at approximately $10.3 billion. The merger also has Webster relocating its corporate headquarters from Waterbury, CT to Stamford, CT. Sterling’s former headquarters was in Pearl River.…

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Westhab Closes on Construction Financing For Affordable Housing Project in Yonkers

January 28, 2022

YONKERS—Westhab, a Yonkers-based provider of affordable housing and social services, wrapped up 2021 by closing on construction financing for the Hudson Hill affordable housing project in Yonkers and a shelter renovation project in the borough of Queens. Hudson Hill in Yonkers is a 113-unit ground-up affordable housing development incorporating state-of-the-art green technologies. The Briarwood Rapid…

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State Awards $991 Million in Funding for Affordable Housing Projects

January 14, 2022

ALBANY—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Jan. 13 a total of $991 million in bonds and subsidies awarded to create or preserve 3,242 affordable, sustainable, and supportive homes across the state. The funding awards include $680 million in financing for six projects in the New York City and Mid-Hudson regions. The developments will leverage…

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November 2021 Realtors Confidence Index Report: First-Time Buyer Share Falls to 26% in November With Nearly 1 Million Renter Households Priced Out of the Market

December 28, 2021

Editor's Note: Reprinted with permission from the National Association of Realtors®. By Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton Many first-time buyers continue to struggle to move into homeownership amid sustained price growth and competition from all-cash buyers. The share of first-time buyers fell to 26% in November, according to the November REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, a survey of…

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Hudson United Mortgage Announces Partnership with NAMMBA

December 15, 2021

NANUET—The National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA) recently announced a partnership with locally-based Hudson United Mortgage in NAMMBA’s effort to affect positive change with the housing needs of underserved communities and with the development of a more diverse mortgage workforce. “We’re extremely excited to partner with Hudson United Mortgage,” said NAMMBA Founder/CEO…

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New York State to Launch $539 Million Homeowners Assistance Fund

December 7, 2021

ALBANY—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Dec. 6 that New York State is the first state in the nation to receive U.S. Department of the Treasury's approval to launch its Homeowner Assistance Fund, a program that will provide up to $539 million to help eligible homeowners avert mortgage delinquency, default, foreclosure, and displacement. Applications…

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FHFA Raises Conforming Loan Limits for 2022

December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced the conforming loan limits for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) in 2022. In most of the U.S., the 2022 CLL for one-unit properties will be $647,200, an increase of $98,950 from $548,250 in 2021. The market area of the Hudson…

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NYCHA and HPD Finalize Deal to Build $60M Bronx Affordable Housing Project

September 29, 2021

NEW YORK—The New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development reported on Sept. 28 they had finalized a $60-million deal that will bring 101 new affordable apartments to the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. Construction on the 101-unit Betances Family Apartments building at a site of…

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WRO, City of White Plains Awarded HUD Fair Housing Program Funding

September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced earlier this month it had awarded $47.4 million to fair housing organizations across the country under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program. The grants will support the efforts of 120 national and local fair housing organizations working to address violations of the Fair Housing Act…

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Fannie Mae: Consumers Slightly More Optimistic About Homebuying Conditions for First Time Since March

September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index released on Sept. 7 was largely unchanged in August, decreasing 0.1 points to 75.7, as survey respondents tempered both their recent pessimism about homebuying conditions and their upward expectations of home price growth. Overall, three of the index’s six components increased month over month, while the other three…

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Tarrytown Office Building Trades for Nearly $9 Million

August 23, 2021

ELMSFORD—Robert Martin Company recently reported the sale of its 555 White Plains Road office building in Tarrytown to an undisclosed purchaser. The sale price was $8.85 million. The five-story office building, which is located on 4.2 acres of property, was previously occupied by Tappan Zee Constructors LLC during the construction of the Mario M. Cuomo…

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MBA Says Mortgage Credit Availability Increased in July

August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON—Mortgage credit availability increased in July according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) that analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs Market Clarity business information tool. The MBA report released on Aug. 12 indicated that the MCAI rose by 0.3% to 119.1 in July. A decline in…

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CPC Deploys Nearly $940 Million to Support More Than 260 Affordable Housing Projects

August 4, 2021

NEW YORK—The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) announced on Aug. 2 that it had deployed approximately $937 million in capital to support impactful housing and community development projects during a record-breaking 2021 fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. CPC’s work across its construction, permanent, and agency lending and investing platforms…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Victory for Fair Housing, What’s Next?

August 2, 2021

It’s easy to see why the real estate community of Westchester County would celebrate a long, hard-fought battle for the passage of an amendment to the county’s co-op disclosure law (2018-11). The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the New York State Association of Realtors have been lobbying Albany lawmakers for statewide approval for 20…

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Residential, Commercial Lenders Predict Low Rates, High Demand in 2021

July 14, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—It’s no secret that the residential housing buying frenzy is continuing with a vengeance in our region, with properties still receiving multiple offers and many would-be home buyers left in the dust. Low interest rates, currently hovering around 3%, are helping to ignite the desire for home ownership. Lenders throughout the New York metro…

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