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Homelessness rising faster in high-rent markets

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, May 3, 2019 @ 05:05 AM

More than half a million people were homeless in the U.S. in 2017 according to the Department of Housing, although some reports place this figure much higher. Still, this is the first increase in homelessness since 2010. Income growth not keeping pace with rising rent prices has caused an affordability crisis that has put more people on the streets.

According to a report from Zillow, communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness. The median rent price nationwide has risen 11 percent over the past five years although in West Coast markets like San Diego, the increase has been much more pronounced.

The report admits that rising rent prices are just a statistical starting off point and that other factors, like a shortage of housing also contribute to rising homeless populations.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

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Topics: Zillow, Mortgage rates, Affordability, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Homeless, Affordability Crisis, Homelessness

Home builder confidence remains flat

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 @ 05:04 AM

The confidence level among homebuilders in the U.S. appears to be holding steady even in the aftermath of the government shutdown that kicked off the year and the lackluster pace of home sales that followed.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose by one point to a reading of 63 in April, bolstered by low mortgage rates. Builder confidence has held steady in the low 60s for three consecutive months.

“Builders report solid demand for new single-family homes but they are also grappling with affordability concerns stemming from a chronic shortage of construction workers and buildable lots,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde. “Ongoing job growth, favorable demographics and a low-interest rate environment will help to modestly spark sales growth in the near term.”

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: Housing Market, National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders, single family homes, Mortgage rates, Housing Affordability, housing shortage, Affordability, Home Builder Confidence

Housing affordability issues affecting more Americans

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Mar 31, 2019 @ 09:03 AM

Home prices are currently less affordable than the historic average in 71 percent of U.S. housing markets. This unsurprising yet concerning revelation comes from ATTOM Data Solutions Q1 2019 U.S. Home Affordability Report. The report analyzed 473 U.S. counties and found that the median home price in 335 were not affordable for the average wage earner.

The report determined affordability for average wage earners by calculating the percent of monthly take-home income needed to pay for a mortgage, property taxes and insurance on a median-priced home assuming a three percent down payment.

San Diego County was among several other California markets deemed the most unaffordable, including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: San Diego County, Mortgage rates, home affordability, Housing Affordability, California Housing Market, median home price, ATTOM Data Solutions, Affordability