Posts by Christina Boyle
Chris Boyle is Senior Vice President and head of the Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management organization. In this capacity, Ms. Boyle has responsibility for sourcing Freddie Mac’s single-family business, which includes National Lending, Regional Lending, Community Lending, and corporate accounts. In her position, she also oversees all customer engagement activities. Ms. Boyle is a member of the executive leadership team and reports to David Lowman, executive vice president of Single-Family Business.
We just wrapped up another MBA National Secondary Market Conference & Expo, which is always a great opportunity for the Freddie Mac team to meet face to face with our customers and colleagues throughout the housing finance industry. Email and telephone calls are fine, but nothing beats a personal meeting – and my team and I had a lot of them during our time in New York City.
If you're thinking about buying a home but unsure whether you could qualify for a mortgage or have enough cash for a down payment, you might be worrying too much. Yes, credit standards are higher now than they were a decade ago. But they actually are about the same as in the mid-1990s. Factor in today's very low interest rates and current home prices, and affordable mortgages are within reach for many qualified borrowers who may have been hesitant to enter the market.
In today's purchase market, going condo could be the answer for many first-time homebuyers and those with lower and/or limited incomes. Here are four reasons why.
Mortgage interest rates are holding near historic lows and housing remains affordable across most of the U.S. For those who have their financial house in order, it's a great time to buy a home. But many potential buyers can't because they don’t qualify for a mortgage. And many aren't even attempting because they believe they could not qualify.
Today's consumers persistently overestimate the size of a down payment they need to finance a home. Just how deep-rooted the myth of the large down payment is was made plain in some recent research from Zelman & Associates in New York, which found respondents, on average, believe lenders require equity of 11 to 15 percent.