The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key, Federal Reserve Funds Rate (Fed Funds) .25% on Monday, March 13th, 2017 for the second time this year, citing economic growth, job gains and confidence.
Then the mortgage market did something odd. Mortgage rates dropped. The yield on the 10 year US treasury peaked at 2.60% the day the FOMC chair, Janet Yellen announced the Federal Reserve would raise its key Fed Funds rate to 1.00%, from .75%.
The reason? Consumer debt gets pricing from DC and mortgages get their pricing from Wall Street. Fed Funds is the interest rate the Federal Reserve changes its member banks for short term loans. There is no direct correlation between the Federal Reserve raising rates and mortgage rates.
So in other words, Fed Funds going up has an effect on your credit card rates and consumer loan rates, rates tied to the prime lending rate, but not mortgage rates.
So what do I do if I’m in the mortgage market? The best indicator of mortgage rates is the yield on the 10 year US Treasury which can be found here https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5ETNX?p=^TNX
For anyone trying to save enough money to buy a home, especially their first home, the question always comes up about home much does a person need to put down on a home. This amount varies based on loan type. Here is a summary along with the pro’s and cons of each. Continue reading “What’s the Minimum Down Payment I Need to Buy a Home?”
If you’ve experienced foreclosure you might think you’ll never be in a position to buy another home again. Foreclosure certainly impacts your credit score but it’s only a matter of time before you can once again apply for a mortgage. The question many people have is how long they have to wait before buying a home after foreclosure. How long depends on the circumstances of your foreclosure, your ability to increase your credit score, the type of loan you’re prepared to apply for and the foreclosure waiting period. Continue reading “Buying a Home After Foreclosure”
Though both presidential candidates were short on specifics about their housing policy, refinancing, new mortgage regulations and mortgage interest deduction all won on Election Day. Here’s what President Obama’s reelection means for homeowners.
While Mitt Romney talked about economic stimulus throughout much of the campaign, the Obama Administration made it easier for homeowners to refinance with historic low mortgage rates and plans to make refinancing available to even more borrowers in the next four years. Refinancing gives homeowners more spending money and is a form of economic stimulus. Housing policies that help for folks on the verge of losing their homes are still in the works.
New mortgage regulations are coming like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established by the Dodd-Frank Act. Set to take effect by January 2013, these new mortgage standards will trigger legal and financial implications for lenders should a mortgage be judged to be beyond a borrower’s ability to repay. Critics of the Dodd-Frank Act, like Mitt Romney, have argued that such a plan holds back mortgage lending. Legislators will need to strike a delicate balance between giving lenders the incentive to expand mortgage credit while also protecting consumers from high risk loans. Continue reading “What President Obama’s Reelection Means for Homeowners”
With a depressed housing market on the mend, this presents a great opportunity people looking to buy their first home. As is with most first time home buyers, cash is at a premium. Today we’ll talk about a clause in a real estate purchase used to help called seller concessions.
What are seller concessions?
Seller concessions, like it sounds, is where the seller of a home, “concedes” some of their proceeds to help the buyer pay for mortgage and other closing costs and or prepaids on the purchase of a home. The offer to buy the real estate normally comes with a minor upward adjustment to sales price to allow the seller to get to the same net figure. If done correctly, this can reduce the amount a borrower has to bring to closing by thousands of dollars.
How do seller concessions work?
For example, Michelle, in Kansas City is buying a home for her first time. She wants to buy a home for $200,000, qualifies for a 95% mortgage and has roughly $10,000 to put down. Michelle can offer $204,000 with $4,000 in seller concessions. The math works out as follows:
||No Seller Concessions
||With Seller Concessions
|Closing Costs and Prepaids
|Due at Closing
The above example illustrates how offering a higher sales price, but asking for seller concessions to pay for closing costs allows the seller to get to their target sales price but helps the buyer get into their home with the minimum amount of cash possible. The mortgage balance is a little higher but the change to payment is negligible and cash is at a premium.
To conclude, the use of seller concessions will help a buyer purchase a new home when money for closing costs is scarce. This helps credit worthy buyers purchase homes and sellers obtain what they were hoping to get out of their property.
The main reason homeowners today refinance is to get a lower interest rate. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that refinancing helps them to rebuild the equity in their homes more quickly. For those of us who bought homes prior to 2006, most of us have less home equity than we used to because our homes are worth considerably less than they were a few years ago. Therefore, we have less home equity. Fortunately, refinancing can help homeowners to rebuild the equity in their home.
Continue reading “Rebuilding Your Home’s Equity with Refinancing”
For many small business owners, the economy has been tough. With tightening mortgage regulations, qualifying for a mortgage has been tougher, causing many applicants to ask, “How can I qualify for a mortgage if I’m self employed”.
Here are 5 tips for a smooth mortgage application for a self employed person.
1. Understand the income you make:
Ever heard of the saying, “Give me the bottom line”? The saying has roots in the financial industry. Sure you may have grossed $150,000 last year(Top Line), however, writing off $140,000, leaves you with a Bottom Line of….you guessed it $10,000. So lenders are forced to qualify a borrower making $10,000 per year which won’t buy you much of a home in this day and age.
Gone are the days of writing your income on a loan application with no supporting documentation. Today all qualifying income must be documented. Continue reading “How Can I Get a Mortgage if I’m Self Employed”