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Mortgage Interest Rates Have Begun to Level Off

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mortgage Interest Rates Have Begun to Level Off Whether you are a buyer searching for your first home, or a homeowner looking to move up to your next home, you should pay attention to where mortgage interest rates are heading. Over the course of 2018, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates have increased from 3.95% in the first week of January to 4.40% in the first week of April. At first glance, the difference between these numbers in such a short amount of time could be concerning, but if we look at the graph below, we’ll see that rates have already started to level off and return to the mark set in February. This is great news for anyone looking to buy a home this spring! The spring is always one of the busiest seasons for home buying, and with...

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What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). What is PMI? Freddie Mac defines PMI as: “An insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It’s a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%. Once you’ve built equity of 20% in your home, you can cancel your PMI and remove that expense from your mortgage payment.” As the borrower, you pay the monthly premiums for the insurance policy,...

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US Housing Market Still in “Buy Territory”!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

US Housing Market Still In ‘Buy Territory’! According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housing markets across the country remain a sound investment. The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to answer the question: In today’s housing market, is it better to rent or buy a home? The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major cities for comparison. The researchers “measure the relationship between purchasing property and building wealth through a buildup in equity versus renting a comparable property and investing in a portfolio of stocks and bonds.”  While 13 of the 23 metropolitan markets examined moved further into buy territory, markets like Dallas, Denver, and Houston are currently deep into rent territory. Due to...

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House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & Demand

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & Demand Why are home prices still rising? It is a simple answer. There are more purchasers in the market right now than there are available homes for them to buy. This is an example of the theory of “supply and demand” which is defined as: “the amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price.” When demand exceeds supply, prices go up. This is currently happening in the residential real estate market. Here are the numbers for supply and demand as compared to last year for the last three months (March numbers are not yet available): In each of the last three months, demand (buyer traffic) has increased as compared to last year while supply (number of available listings) has...

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VA Loans by the Numbers

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

VA Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. In 2017, $188 billion was loaned to veterans and their families through the program. VA Purchase Loans are on the rise in 46 out of 50 states and Washington,...

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