Jacob Channel

Senior Economist

Jacob Channel is the Senior Economist for LendingTree where he conducts studies on a wide variety of subjects related to the U.S. housing market as well as provides general macroeconomic analysis.

Jacob joined LendingTree in 2018 as an intern before moving into his current position. His work has been featured in major publications including the New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, and CNBC and he has appeared as a guest on Cheddar TV and Yahoo Finance.

He earned his BA and MA in Economics from the New School and is based out of New York City.

Jacob can be reached at [email protected]

Articles by Jacob Channel

Across Nation’s Largest Metros, Mortgage Denial Rate for Black Borrowers Is Twice That of Overall Borrower Population

Racial barriers to homeownership in the U.S. are undeniable for many, with Black Americans often facing the most obstacles during the homebuying process. One obstacle... read more

Empty but Expensive: Vacancy Rates in America’s Most Expensive Towns Top 23%

A March LendingTree study found more than 16 million vacant housing units in the U.S. This figure may seem steep but becomes more reasonable when... read more

Where Homeowners Are Offered the Largest and Smallest Home Equity Loans

While the housing market is finally showing some signs of cooling down, home prices across the U.S. remain high, with Americans sitting on a record... read more

More Than 14 Million Households Across U.S. Don’t Have Internet

In 1983, 1.4% of U.S. adults reported using the internet in their homes. Today, nearly 86% of U.S. households have some type of internet subscription.... read more

ARMageddon? Number of Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Offered to Borrowers Has More Than Tripled Since 2021

Through the early 2000s prior to the 2007-2009 financial crisis — also known as the Great Recession — adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were quite common. In... read more

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