Kenyatta Harper, a freelancer for advertising agencies, is trading the one-bedroom Brooklyn, New York apartment she’s renting for $1,600 a month for a two-family home nearby that cost her about $600,000.
Rob Braunstein said his search for a three-bedroom home on a quiet street in Needham, Massachusetts, is taking on more urgency as he watches mortgage rates tick higher. Every increase, he worries, shrinks his budget by boosting monthly payments, he said.
Cantor Fitzgerald LP, the New York- based bond broker transforming itself into a full-service investment bank, hired Mark Goldman as head of European fixed- income sales, according to a person with knowledge of the hire.
Harvey Collier, a mortgage broker in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says he gets as many as 10 calls a month from people planning to default on their loans. The twist: They first want financing to buy another home.
Lennar Corp., the third-largest U.S. homebuilder by revenue, has signed a memorandum of understanding for a $1 billion loan from China Development Bank Corp. to fund projects in San Francisco, said four people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Ben S. Bernanke’s success in pushing mortgage rates to record lows is enabling Congress to fund last month’s payroll tax cut extension by siphoning money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while homebuyers still benefit from the cheapest borrowing costs in history.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the fifth- biggest U.S. bank by assets, would have $728 billion in risk- weighted assets under new capital rules, a 67 percent jump from the amount it had under earlier regulations.
Sue Stamper, a business owner in Sacramento, California, wants to buy a home. After mortgage- financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac imposed the strictest loan standards in more than a decade, she doesn’t qualify.