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Money Monday: Homeowners are twice as house rich as five years ago

After hitting bottom in 2012, home prices took off dramatically before leveling off a bit in mid-2014. In the last two months, though, they turned higher again. The amount of equity homeowners now have — the value outside their mortgage debt — has doubled in the last five years, according to CoreLogic.

money houseSeptember home prices showed a 6.3 percent annual gain, slightly more than in August and a clear sign that prices are heating up again after cooling through much of spring and summer. CoreLogic’s chief economist said that home equity wealth has doubled during the last five years to $13 trillion, large because of the recovery in home prices.

While homeowners today show more wealth on paper, they are not extracting it at nearly the rate they did during the last housing boom. Near-record-low mortgage rates have certainly prompted thousands of borrowers to refinance and lower their monthly payments, but a very small share have extracted cash in these refinances and home equity lines of credit (HELOC).

Full story: www.cnbc.com/2016/11/01/homeowners-twice-as-house-rich-as-five-years-ago

Money Monday: Good news for home buyers

Incomes are finally rising faster than home prices.

Photo from Pictures of Money

Photo from Pictures of Money

“For the first time since 2011, incomes rose faster than home prices in the U.S., according to a new report from Zillow.

“The median home price climbed to $188,100 in August, a 5% increase from the same time a year ago.

“And last week, the Census Bureau reported that median household income increased to $56,516 in 2015, up 5.2% from 2014.”

CNN. “Here’s some good news for house hunters.”  http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/22/real_estate/incomes-rise-faster-than-home-values

Read more of this article at CNN here.

Money Monday: Declining 30-year mortgage rates

Source: Associated Press

mortgage rates and property taxesLong-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week. As rates remain at historically low levels, homeowners taking advantage of the chance to refinance their mortgages have pushed up refinancing activity.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.44 percent from 3.46 percent last week. The average rate is down from 3.90 percent a year ago, and is close to its all-time low of 3.31 percent in November 2012. The 15-year fixed mortgage rate eased to 2.76 percent from 2.77 percent.

Full story: finance.yahoo.com/news/us-average-30-mortgage-rate-144315073

Money Monday: Who’s checking your credit?

You may be surprised….

According to the Consumer Federation of America’ research, it’s not just creditors who are looking at your credit scores.

You may not realize this, but creditors are only required to inform consumers that their scores are being checked when consumers have one of the three happen:

  1. They apply for a mortgage
  2. When they haven’t received the best loan terms
  3. When they are denied a loan

Who else may be looking at your credit? 

  • Electric utility companies
  • Cell phone companies
  • Landlords
  • Home insurers

Who is checking your credit score

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at CAR.org.

Money Monday: Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?

Time to Think About Refinancing Your Mortgage?

Source: NY Times

refinancing your homeDue to shifts in global bond markets, the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.49 percent Monday, which is down from 4.2 percent a year ago and 3.9 percent at the start of 2016. As a result, now may a good time to check the rate on your home mortgage, because borrowers could save money by refinancing. For that, American homeowners can thank British voters, central banks in Europe and Japan, and a global economy that just can’t get out of first gear. Furthermore, mortgage rates could fall further in the weeks ahead as banks start to pass more of the savings from low rates in the bond market through to customers.

Read the full story here.

Money Monday: Mortgages are still getting cheaper

Mortgage rates are dropping.

“In December, when the Federal Reserve raised rates for the first time in nearly a decade, many would-be homebuyers assumed it meant the beginning of the end for record-low mortgage rates.

mortgage rates and property taxes

“‘This is evidence that the Federal Reserve isn’t the sole determinant of U.S. mortgage rates,’ said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.

“The 30-year mortgage rate fell to 3.79%, the fourth straight week of declines, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, the rate averaged 3.66%.

“The rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage also dropped to 3.07%…

“…But tight inventory has helped push home prices higher, creating an affordability problem in many markets throughout the country.

“In response to the lower rates, mortgage applications ticked up 8.8% last week.”

Read the rest of CNN’s article here: money.cnn.com/2016/01/28/real_estate/mortgage-rates-fall

 

Money Monday: Top 10 tips for mortgage borrowers in 2016

Interest rates on mortgages hovered around 4% throughout 2015 but are expected to reach 4.5% by the end of 2016, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Bunch of kets in front of pile of cents

If you’re planning on capitalizing on these still-low interest rates by becoming a homeowner this year, consider these tips:

1. Improve your credit

2. Save up for a down payment

3. Get a mortgage preapproval

4. Look around for a lender

5. Consider loan types

6. Pick the home and location based on your lifestyle

7. Budget for all the other homeowner expenses

8. Ask for help from a professional (Call me if you don’t have a Realtor!)

9. Remember to have enough for closing costs

10. Save!

Read the full article and all of its advice on the Yahoo! finance site: finance.yahoo.com/news/top-10-tips-mortgage-borrowers-100000055

Money Monday: 5 things homebuyers need to do

If you’re looking to purchase a home in the near future, start planning now on what you need to do before actually looking for a home.

buyers and sellers real estate disclosures

There’s a lot on your to-do list when it comes time to buy a home, but you can avoid making some big mistakes and hurdles by realizing these five helpful pieces of information (tips from the Bankrate’s helpful article here: “5 first-time homebuyer mistakes“):

  • Realize that you’ll be paying more than just mortgage payments
  • Get loan preapproval before starting the house hunt
  • Get professional help from a real estate agent (In San Diego County and don’t have a Realtor? Call me at (619) 890-3648!), loan agent, and perhaps a lawyer)
  • Don’t use all your savings on the down payment
  • Wait until you’ve officially closed to make any other big purchases

Bankrate’s article is full of many more details and information on these tips, so click over to their website and read their article here: “5 first-time homebuyer mistakes“.