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Money Monday: February mortgage rates

Fixed mortgage rates sank to a 10-month low this month.

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“According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 4.41 percent with an average 0.4 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 4.46 percent a week ago and 4.32 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate hasn’t been this low since early April.”

“The 15-year fixed-rate average fell to 3.84 percent with an average 0.4 point. It was 3.89 percent a week ago and 3.77 percent a year ago. The five-year adjustable-rate average drifted down to 3.91 percent with an average 0.3 point. It was 3.96 percent a week ago and 3.57 percent a year ago.” (Washingtonpost.com. “Mortgage rates tumble to 10-month low.” 7 February 2019.)

Read the rest of Washington Post’s article here.

Money Monday: What borrowers want

Borrowers want specific things that they believe would help the mortgage process when buying a home.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. 

Money Monday: Mortgage hurdles

Many first-time buyers don’t realize that there’s many steps to getting a mortgage.

  1. Get pre-approved
  2. Have the home appraisal
  3. Keep your credit consistent
  4. Review the closing disclosure
  5. Go through underwriting

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Interest rate impact

As interest rates increase, it affects home buyers’ monthly payments, as well as the amount of income needed to qualify to buy a home.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. 

Money Monday: The predicted 2018 housing market

Home buyers aren’t going to catch much of a break this year. According to CNN, that is. Here’s a brief blurb from their recent article ‘Is 2018 the year to buy a house?‘”

real estate market update for July 2017Sellers will remain in the driver’s seat as buyers continue to face affordability issues thanks to low housing supply.

“The challenges for buyers in the market haven’t changed that much from last year” said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of mortgage website HSH.com.

What’s more, home loans are expected to get more expensive as the year progresses.

Here’s what home buyers and sellers can expect from the housing market this year”:

Homes will remain in tight supply

Home prices will slow

Loans will get more expensive

Read CNN’s article in its entirety here: “Is 2018 the year to buy a house?

July 2017 Real Estate Market Report

Existing-Home Sales Slide 1.3 Percent in July

real estate market update for July 2017Listings in July typically went under contract in under 30 days for the fourth consecutive month because of high buyer demand, but existing-home sales ultimately pulled back as large declines in the Northeast and Midwest outweighed sales increases in the South and West, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, slipped 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.44 million in July from a downwardly revised 5.51 million in June. July’s sales pace is still 2.1 percent above a year ago, but is the lowest of 2017.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the second half of the year got off on a somewhat sour note as existing sales in July inched backward. “Buyer interest in most of the country has held up strongly this summer and homes are selling fast, but the negative effect of not enough inventory to choose from and its pressure on overall affordability put the brakes on what should’ve been a higher sales pace,” he said. “Contract activity has mostly trended downward since February and ultimately put a large dent on closings last month.”

“Home prices are still rising above incomes and way too fast in many markets,” said Yun. “Realtors® continue to say prospective buyers are frustrated by how quickly prices are rising for the minimal selection of homes that fit buyers’ budget and wish list.”

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate (link is external) for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.97 percent in July from 3.90 percent in June. The average commitment rate for all of 2016 was 3.65 percent.

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Money Monday: Mortgage Lenders are Trying to Make it Easier to Buy

As prices rise, mortgage lenders are making it easier to buy a house.

mortgage rates and property taxes

Source: Los Angeles Times

Some prices are rising across the country and mortgage rates, though still historically low, are up since the presidential election.

Simply put, buying a home isn’t easy, especially in high-cost metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles County, where the median price of a home hit $569,000 in June.

But changes in the mortgage industry are afoot, with the goal of loosening some of the strict standards established after the subprime crisis — rules some blame for impeding sales.

“The reality has sunk in that there are buyers out there who will be able to buy homes and make the mortgage payments,” said William E. Brown, the president of the National Assn. of Realtors. The industry is “trying to give them more options to buy a house.”

Government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are paving the way by rolling out new programs to encourage home ownership.

The companies, with their congressional mandate to promote home ownership, don’t originate loans, but purchase mortgages from lenders to keep the market moving. And any changes they make in the underwriting standards for the loans they buy can have a big effect.

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Money Monday: Americans are paying more than they can afford for housing

Rising housing costs are putting a major squeeze on Americans.

“Nearly 39 million households can’t afford their housing, according to the annual State of the Nation’s Housing Report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

“Experts generally advise budgeting about 30% of monthly income for rent or mortgage costs.

“But millions of Americans are far exceeding that guideline.

“One-third of households in 2015 were “cost burdened,” meaning they spend 30% or more of their incomes to cover housing costs.”

Read more of Money.CNN.com’s article here: “39 million households are paying more for housing than they can afford.”