Monday, April 17, 2023 / by Abby Kurtz-Lendner
If you're looking to purchase a home, one option that may be available to you is an FHA Loan. While we are not a lender, we do work with several amazing, local lenders that can help advise you on the best route for you, to determine your buying power, and break down the numbers!
FHA Loans are backed by the Federal Housing Administration and can be a great choice for first-time homebuyers or those with limited financial recourses. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at FHA loans and what you need to know before applying.
What is an FHA Loan?
An FHA loan is a mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA is a government agency that was created in 1934 to increase homeownership in the United States. FHA loans are designed to help people with lower credit scores or limited financial resources qualify for a mortgage.
One of the benefits of an FHA loan is that it requires a lower down payment than a conventional mortgage. While conventional mortgages typicall. ...
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 / by Abby Kurtz-Lendner
The real estate market is currently experiencing an unusual cycle. Typically, the market moves between a buyer's and seller's markets, but the situation now is different. Both the supply and demand have decreased. According to a Redfin study, new listings dropped by 21.8% year-over-year during the four weeks ending April 2, one of the most significant declines since the start of the pandemic.
One reason for the decrease in supply is that many homeowners have no desire to move as they have secured generational-low mortgage rates in recent years. While interest rates have fallen for four consecutive weeks, they are still twice as high as before 2021. Homebuyers who are not deterred by current mortgage rates quickly purchase new listings. Almost half of the homes that go under contract are sold within two weeks of listing. This is an increase from about 25% at the beginning of 2023.
Redfin Deputy Chief Economist Taylor Marr believes that elevated mortgage rates may discourage potential . ...
Friday, October 11, 2019 / by Lauren McGinnis
Struggling to come up with a down payment? You're not alone. According to a recent survey from Apartment List, 62% of millennial renters say that's their main reason for delaying buying a home. Of that group, 48% say they have no money for a down payment.
Saving thousands of dollars can feel overwhelming but luckily there are several options to help realize the dream of owning your own home. Not all of the programs are publicized. That's where working with a REALTOR can help! Here are some tips to help you find the right down payment assistance for you.
The first thing we recommend is to ask your REALTOR or lender. They would be able to help guide you to programs best matching your criteria or, at the very least, put you on the right track.
If you do not have a REALTOR yet, start with a national search. When you search for programs that aren't connected to a specific location, you give yourself more options. Doing your own research will not only make; ...
Friday, September 20, 2019 / by Lauren McGinnis
Right now builder confidence has hit a high for 2019. According to National Association of Home Builders, the Wells Fargo Housing Market Index which measures builders attitudes, has reached a record 68 points this month.
The index has been holding in the mid 60 range since May of this year. Readings that are above 50 points are considered positive and show that builders are confident in moving forward with new construction. Low interest rates and a solid demand are continuing to fuel builders sentiments even thought there have been some ongoing supply challenges that have hindered the affordability of the housing being built.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz says, "Solid should formations and attractive mortgage rates are contributing to a positive builder outlook. However, builders are expressing growing concerns regarding uncertainty stemming from the trade dispute with China." NAHB's home building index does indicate that the s2 ...
Friday, September 6, 2019 / by Lauren McGinnis
Each month Fannie Mae conducts a survey of approx. 1,000 Americans via telephone interview. Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey is the most detailed consumer survey conducted right now.
The goal of this survey is to assess their individual attitudes toward:
Owning or renting their home
Home rental price changes
The current economy
Overall consumer confidence
The homeowners and renters surveyed are asked more than 100 questions. Their answers are used to help track shifts in their attitudes toward homeownership. Their answers will help industry partners and market participants target the collective efforts to stabilize the housing market.
The answers that Fannie Mae collects from the survey are then used to help create the Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes all of the information gathered and creates a single number to be used. The number then reflects the current c; ...