Chuck Barberini Real Estate – It’s Not Easier to Get a Mortgage

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Chuck Barberini Real Estate – It’s Not Easier to Get a Mortgage

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015

Home sales are improving, so does that mean it’s easier to get credit access for a mortgage? Not necessarily, writes Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist.

Read more: Getting a Mortgage is Easy, Consumers Say

Last fall, mortgage giant backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac urged lenders to ease their requirements and also introduced new 3 percent down payment programs for qualified buyers. The Federal Housing Administration also has lowered its insurance premiums.

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Credit Availability Index was at 122 in June, a 5 percent increase year-over-year in the expansion of credit. However, the index peaked at 869 in June 2004 – indicating that June’s reading is still far from that peak or even a normal reading.

Smoke says that the average FICO score on a closed purchase mortgage in June was 727. Average FICO scores for the past 24 months have hovered between 724 and 742. That represents above-median credit quality households, Smoke says. The average denied FICO score was 672 in June, down from 686 a year ago.

What that means, Smoke notes, is that “more lower credit-quality households are applying but not getting approved. Yet at the same time, the percentage of purchase applications making it to closing has risen from 64 percent last June to 69 percent this June. Times are still tough for those with tarnished credit.”

On the other hand, wealthier households seeking a jumbo mortgage may be having an easier time. Lenders are showing signs of loosening up on jumbo mortgage requirements.

A more widespread change may be on the horizon for the market. A July Senior Loan Officer survey report from the Federal Reserve did show that over the past three months banks have been easing lending standards on several categories of mortgage loans. Smoke notes that those changes may start appearing in the closing averages in the coming months.

Still, “today’s limited credit availability is at least partly to blame for the tight supply that’s leading to higher prices and higher rents,” Smoke writes. “Builders are not convinced that there’s enough depth of demand to absorb higher levels of new construction, so they are holding back and focusing on their profitable growth instead. Meanwhile, a substantial percentage of today’s home owners with mortgages underwritten years ago fear not being able to qualify for a new mortgage today, so they stay on the sidelines and keep their homes off the market.”

Source: “Is It Really Easier to Get a Mortgage These Days? Well …” realtor.com® (Aug. 6, 2015)

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Chuck Barberini Real Estate – Builders Feel Like It’s the Housing Boom Days

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DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015

Builders are feeling more confident as sentiment over the new single-family home market rose to its highest level since November 2005, according to the latest National Association of HomeBuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Read more: New-Home Market Expected to Strengthen
The index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales, sales expectations for the next six months, and buyer traffic. The index rose one point in August to 61. Any reading above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as “good” than “poor.” Broken out, the index measuring buyer traffic rose two points in August to 45; current sales conditions rose one point to 66; and the index measuring sales expectations in the next six months held steady at 70.

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“Today’s report is consistent with our forecast for a gradual strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2015,” says David Crowe, NAHB chief economist. “Job and economic gains should keep the market moving forward at a modest pace throughout the rest of the year.”
Regionally, the index rose by the most in the West and Midwest in August, both seeing a three-point increase to 63 and 58, respectively. The South also saw a two-point increase to 63 while the Northeast held steady at 46.
“The fact the builder confidence has been in the low 60s for three straight months shows that single-family housing is making slow but steady progress,” says NAHB Chairman Tom Woods. “However, we continue to hear that builders face difficulties accessing land and labor.”
Source: National Association of Home Builders

 

Chuck Barberini Real Estate – How High Will Mortgage Rates Actually Climb?

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DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015

The lowest mortgage rates on record have lured buyers during the last few years, but the Federal Reserve has already given plenty of signals that will soon come to an end.

Read moreRising Mortgage Rates May Spark Buying Frenzy

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Mortgage rates are already inching up, ever-so-slightly. From January to June, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage climbed from 3.7 percent to 4.2 percent. Mortgage rates recently have been hovering around 4 percent.

In this latest era of super-low mortgage rates, what’s normal? A 6 percent interest rate is “normal,” says Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist. He says mortgage rates likely won’t hit that point in the next two years, however.

“We will likely see less than a 100 basis point increase over the next two years, which would bring us to around 5.5 percent in 2017,” he says.

If Smoke’s prediction holds true, mortgage rates will then remain below normal even in two years. However, that increase in rates would translate into a 12 percent increase in monthly payments over current rates, according to Smoke.

For now, mortgage rates remain low, and in 80 percent of the U.S. markets, it’s more affordable to buy a home than rent, according to realtor.com®.

Source: “Just How High Might Mortgage Rates Go?” realtor.com® (Aug. 14, 2015)

 

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Chuck Barberini Realtor – Home Prices Rise in Nearly Every U.S. Metro

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DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015

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The nationwide inventory crunch has pushed up home prices year-over-year in 93 percent of the country’s 176 major metro areas during the second quarter, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Nineteen percent of those metros, or 34, saw double-digit increases in the second quarter.

 

“Steady rent increases, the slow rise in mortgage rates, and stronger local job markets fueled demand throughout most of the country this spring,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “While this led to a boost in sales paces not seen since before the downturn, overall supply failed to keep up and pushed prices higher in a majority of metro areas.”

 

For renters considering home ownership, affordability is becoming a growing problem, Yun says. “With home prices and rents continuing to rise and wages showing only modest growth, declining affordability remains a hurdle for renters considering home ownership — especially in higher-priced markets,” Yun says.

The national median price for an existing single-family home in the second quarter was $229,400 — an 8.2 percent increase from a year ago. “The ongoing rise in home values in recent years has greatly benefited home owners by increasing their household wealth,” says Yun. “In the meantime, inequality is growing in America because the downward trend in the home ownership rate means these equity gains are going to fewer households. “The median household income in the U.S. rose slightly to $66,637 in the second quarter, but it would still take annual earnings of $49,195 to buy a home at the national median price with a 5 percent down payment; $46,605 for a 10 percent down payment; and $41,427 for a 20 percent down payment, according to NAR.

 

Regional Snapshot on Home Sales

Here’s a look at how home sales fared across the country in the second quarter:

  • Northeast: Total existing-home sales rose 10.3 percent and are 8.6 percent ahead of this time last year. Median single-family price: $269,300, up 5.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Midwest: Existing-home sales climbed 13.4 percent and are 12.7 percent higher than a year ago. Median single-family price: $182,000, a year-over-year increase of 8.7 percent.
  • South: Existing-home sales dropped 1.1 percent but are 6.3 percent above the second quarter of 2014. Median single-family home price: $202,900, up 8.7 percent compared to a year ago.
  • West: Existing-home sales climbed 8.1 percent and are 8.1 percent above a year ago. Median single-family home price: $325,200, up 9.6 percent over year-ago levels.

 

5 Priciest Housing Markets

  1. San Jose, Calif.: $980,000 (median single-family price)
  2. San Francisco: $841,600
  3. Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif.: $685,700
  4. Honolulu: $698,600
  5. San Diego: $547,800

5 Most Affordable 

  1. Cumberland, Md.: $82,400 (median single-family price)
  2. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio: $85,000
  3. Rockford, Ill.: $94,700
  4. Decatur, Ill.: $96,000
  5. Elmira, N.Y.: $98,300

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

 

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