Mortgage activity and home sales decreasing

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There are many signs that 2014 might not be the best one for the housing industry. While there are positive outlooks, credit seems more and more difficult to obtain due to tighter credit requirements. The average credit score for home loans was 750 in 2013, which is 50 more than in 2003. Naturally, this means less houses being bought.

Currently, both mortgage activity and new home sales are decreasing. This might be partially due to a bigger problem. Consumers are afraid of getting a rejection on their mortgage application, so many don’t even try to get the credit they need. According to a recent study, 46% of potential homebuyers don’t even apply because of this fear. Younger people are more heavily affected, as many of them don’t own a home at all.

Read the full article at the HousingWire. 


Eric is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog. He has held a range of different roles within the surety industry, from agent assistant to bond issuer, which gives him a unique insider perspective on surety related topics.

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