Category: Mortgage + Real Estate Tips

The Subconscious Ways Facebook Is Influencing Your Home Buying Decisions

When people make life-altering financial decisions, they often turn to someone in their social network for guidance, even if that person doesn’t have much expertise.

Home values are skyrocketing, rising 5.9% in the most recent S&P/Case-Shiller index, hitting a 33-month high. Many renters are now itching to make an offer.

That desire can grow even more intense when you see your friends reap the benefits, according to a study published last year by economists from Facebook, Harvard, and New York University.

“People are influenced by their friends’ experiences,” says NYU finance professor Theresa Kuchler, one of the study’s co-authors. “People whose friends see house prices go up more are more optimistic about real estate and invest more in real estate.”

Kuchler notes that this phenomenon existed long before Facebook came around. “It is people’s friends in general — whether they interact online or offline — that have an effect on what people think about housing,” he said.

However, social networks like Facebook let people stay in touch more, especially over long distances.

The researchers found that if your friend’s home value increased by five percentage points — even if that friend lives in another city or state — you were 3.1% more likely to trade in your rental for a mortgage.

Friends of friends with ascending property values are also more likely to put a higher down payment on their home, buy a bigger house, and pay more for a property — again, even when they live in different cities.

Read the source article at time.com

What the Interest Rate Hike Means for Homebuyers

Today, the Federal Reserve announced that they were raising interest rates. This is the third consecutive interest rate hike, and the Fed is citing a strong economy and low unemployment as reasons for this decision.

However, potential homebuyers don’t need to worry about mortgage rates increasing as the Fed makes their announcement.

The Fed raised short-term interest rates today, but mortgage rates, particularly for the 30-year fixed rate mortgage, are determined by the 10-year Treasury bond. Bonds are influenced by market conditions, global events, etc. and not by the Federal Reserve.

For those considering buying a home, know that though mortgage rates can increase at any moment, they won’t go up just because the Fed raised interest rates.

Source: HousingWire.com, June 14, 2017

Avoid These Roadblocks to Closing

“Clear to close!”

That is definitely one of my favorite phrases of all time. But getting to that point can sometimes be challenging.

According to the REALTORS® Confidence Index, which is based on responses from more than 2,500 Realtors nationwide, 23 percent of real estate professionals say they faced closing delays for a transaction in March, and 7 percent say the sale contract was terminated altogether.

Respondents to the survey say the two main reasons were clients having trouble obtaining financing, followed by appraisal issues.

How can you avoid these top two major roadblocks to closing?

Get Pre-Approved Before Looking for a Home*

The best way to ensure your funding will be ready when it comes time to close on a home is to work with me in advance. We’ll review all your finances, get your pre-approval letter prepared, and arm you with the knowledge you need to know exactly how much you can afford, how much you will need to put down and what will be due at closing.

Work With Licensed Professionals

Getting your finances in line isn’t the only important step in the closing process. You will need a professional Realtor by your side to guide your house hunting, making a strong offer, getting appraisals and negotiating any work that needs to be done before closing.

Real estate practitioners say a shortage of appraisers, valuations that are not in line with market conditions, and “out-of-town” appraisers who are not familiar with the local market are the biggest problems they face concerning appraisals. Having an experienced agent as your advocate can help with some of these other roadblocks.

 

While not every process goes perfectly smoothly, with Skyline Home Loans you can count on us to work our hardest to secure your loan and help you avoid obstacles along the way. Call me today to learn more and let’s get you clear to close!

Source: REALTORS® Confidence Index and National Mortgage News

*Pre-approval is only offered on home purchase loans where a sales contract is not yet signed.  It is not a rate lock, loan approval, or commitment to lend.  You must submit additional information for review and approval.

How House Hunting with Millennials Is Changing Real Estate

Millennials — people born between 1981 and 1997 — made up the biggest share of homebuyers in 2016 at 34 percent, according to a recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) study. Eleven percent of those millennial homebuyers purchased new builds.

As a major force in the home buying economy, millennials are changing the game for Realtors.

What’s the difference?

Millennials want a streamlined process, usually see fewer homes than older generations, and are more tech savvy. Some Realtors even report writing up contracts for homes based entirely off text messages.

They do their homework in advance too. With websites like Zillow, Trulia and HomeFinder,  millennials tend to come to agents with a list of houses they want to see already weighing all their options. But what’s online isn’t always accurate or updated. That’s where a qualified and professional agent can still help guide the tech savviest of clients.

Reports also indicate that budgeting and financial planning are characteristics of millennial homebuyers. Even though about a third of the generation has debt in the form of student loans, they are good at making budgets and saving for what they need. The NAR study found that 85 percent of millennial homebuyers said their purchase was a good investment.

Times and buyers may be changing but some things – like working with professionals and relying on updated data – likely won’t for a long time to come.

Source: National Mortgage News

It’s a Good Time to Trade Your Student Debt for Home Debt

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Fannie Mae, the government-controlled mortgage giant, is taking steps to make it easier for millions of student loan borrowers to own a home or refinance a mortgage. Student debt has become an increasing concern, amid worries that borrowers burdened by education loans are postponing home buying , causing a drag on the economy. The average undergraduate now leaves college with more than $30,000 in student debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success.

Fannie Mae, which buys home loans originated by lenders that meet its standards, said Tuesday that it was easing the path for student loan borrowers — and those who may have co-signed such loans — in three ways, said Jonathan Lawless, vice president for customer solutions at Fannie Mae.

 

Read the source article at The New York Times

Mortgage rates tumble to fresh 2017 low

Yesterday, interest rates fell to the lowest they’ve been all year! This is great news for those who are ready to purchase a home or are considering refinancing.

Mortgage rates can change at any moment; that’s why it’s so important to strike while the iron is hot.

Rates for home loans fell in line with Treasury yields, nudging mortgage rates to the lowest level of the year, Freddie Mac said Thursday.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08%, down 2 basis points during the week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.34%, down from 3.36%. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.18%, down one basis point.

Those rates don’t include fees associated with obtaining mortgage loans.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell five basis points during the week as investors continue to re-assess the expectations for fiscal stimulus and economic growth that followed the November election even as fresh geopolitical worries flared. The benchmark government bond breached a key technical level, 2.30%, twice during the week.

Read the source article at MarketWatch