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Poll: Home buyers have no regrets

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 @ 05:09 AM

Despite high prices, becoming a homeowner may still pay off. According to new data from Bank of America, 93 percent of renters who transitioned to homeownership have no regrets about their decision. They report being happier than they were leasing and 80 percent said they would never go back.

A whopping 88 percent stated that buying a home was the “best decision they ever made” and 79 percent of respondents say that owning has changed them for the better.

The data supports other studies that show that long-term, homeownership is more affordable that renting and is one of the primary ways American’s build wealth.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 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: home buying, homeownership, Mortgage rates, Renters, home buyers, Homeowner, Housing Poll, Bank of America

Home buyer deal breakers

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Sep 9, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

Just give the handle a jiggle. That window doesn’t open. The gate doesn’t latch. These not uncommon phrases may be a part of your everyday living but when selling your home, they can be deal breakers. Studies have shown that its these “nickel and dime” issues that really peeve home buyers, especially if they are not told about them ahead of time.

These small things, like a toilet that runs, a stuck front door or a wobbly ceiling fan are things long time homeowners have just learned to live with but experts warn that if home inspectors don’t catch them, they should be disclosed so as to not catch the buyer off guard.

To ensure a swift and smooth home sale transaction, agents advise sellers to make these minor repairs. Although they may not cost very much or be noticeable right away, they can go a long way when listing your home for sale. Homeowners are also like to save money by making the repair themselves than waiting for the buyer to ask for a credit in escrow at twice the price.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 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: home buying, Mortgage rates, home selling, Realtors, home buyers, Home Sellers, Home Listings, Real Estate Agent

Consumer confidence in housing market at record high

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 @ 06:08 AM

Low mortgage rates and unemployment figures in July helped boost consumer confidence to the highest levels ever record. According to Fannie Mae’s monthly index, “confidence about not losing job” and “mortgage rates will go down” rose significantly.

Although home buyers continue to battle against rising prices and low inventory, particularly for entry-level homes, mortgage rates dropping last month helped boost confidence that the future of the housing market would remain strong.

More consumers reported in July’s survey that now is a good time to buy a home and a growing number of respondents believe that home values will continue to rise over the next year.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 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, Fannie Mae, Mortgage rates, consumer confidence, home buyers, U.S. Housing Market, home inventory

Home affordability improving thanks to low rates

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Aug 7, 2019 @ 06:08 AM

Recent declines in mortgage rates has created millions more potential home buyers. In a new edition of Black Knight’s Mortgage Monitor report, the drop in rates has made home affordability the best it has been in 18 months.

Although home prices continue to increase, less expensive borrowing costs can be an offset. Even small drops in mortgage rates can make a monthly mortgage payment more affordable for home buyers. Black Knight reports that while the average home price has increased by $12,000 since interest rates peaked last November, monthly payments have declined $108 as rates began to retreat.

Lower mortgage rates could spur an increase in home sales as house hunters have more buying power.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 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: home prices, Interest Rates, Black Knight, Mortgage rates, home affordability, home buyers, Affordability, Borrowing Costs, Monthly Mortgage Payments

Average credit score of home buyers rises

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 05:07 AM

Securing the best terms on a home loan can help buyers save money and with credit scores rising across the U.S., doing this is becoming more common. According to a new report, the average credit score of Americans applying for a mortgage in June rose to a three-year high. The data comes from mortage software company Ellie Mae.

Credit scores for home buyers averaged 731 last month – the highest since September 2016. The higher FICO scores are a product of a strong economy and plentiful jobs helping borrowers make on-time payments on their bills. The current unemployment rate nationwide is 3.7 percent, near the lowest level in 50 years.

Top tier credit scores are helpful to buyers as banks continue to impose strict lending standards.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.00 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 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: Mortgage rates, home buyers, Credit Score, Ellie Mae

Real estate history repeats itself

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 05:07 AM

Wage increases not keeping up with the rising cost of living has been plaguing the housing market for several years, but a new study of historical trends shows that this dilemma has been frustrating buyers for decades.

A report from Clever Real Estate shows that median home prices have surged 121 percent nationwide since 1960 while household income increased just 29 percent. Renters have also felt the pain of rising prices with a 72 percent increase since 1960.

Homes in the West have felt this problem more acutely as median home prices have risen 195 percent over the past five decades, compared to wages rising only 26 percent over the same time period.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.00 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 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, Wages, Renters, household income, home buyers, median home price, Cost of Living, Historical Home Prices

Home buyers take housing-hunting break over 4th of July

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 @ 06:07 AM

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported last week that it’s Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, declined by 2.4 percent during the week July 5. This includes an adjustment to account for the Independence Day holiday.

Refinances, which have remained elevated for several weeks as mortgage rates remain low, fell 7.0 percent on a weekly basis but remain 88 percent above last year’s levels when borrowing costs were higher.

A gradual decline in refinances is expected in the coming months as many homeowners have already locked in low rates while others may continue to hold-out in the hope that rates will decline further.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 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: Mortgage rates, Home refinance,, home buyers, Refi, Refinance Applications

Agentless home buying

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, May 12, 2019 @ 07:05 AM

The vast majority of Americans, as many as 9 in 10, use an agent to help them in buying or selling a home. But online real estate brokerage Redfin is looking to shake things up. The company recently introduced Redfin Direct, a way to save on commission by buying a home without a representative.

The idea is to make home buying as simple as buying a product on Amazon. In fact, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman called it “a buy button for real estate”. But experts warn that this type of real estate transaction might not be for everyone. First-time buyers tend to rely heavily on their agent to help them navigate the process. Eliminating that personal interaction could lead to dissatisfied buyers.

A buyers’ agent also provide the added value of being able to negotiate and be familiar with a market – something Redfin’s new program doesn’t address.

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: home buying, Redfin, Mortgage rates, Realtors, home buyers, Real Estate Agent, Redfin Direct, Digital Home Buying

New report shows spring home-buying season in full swing

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 @ 05:04 AM

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly Market Composite Index showed that the first week of spring brought with it a large gain in mortgage activity. Driven largely by a surge in refinances due to dropping interest rates, mortgage application volume increased 8.9 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis. This is the third consecutive weekly increase and the largest in a non-holiday week since July 2015.

Refinances increased 12 percent and accounted for 40.4 percent of total mortage application volume. This is up from 39.2 percent the prior week. The Purchase Index rose by six percent.

Mortgage rates holding steady at their lowest point in a nearly a year will likely continue to drive up activity in the coming weeks and months. 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: home buying, Spring Homebuying Season, Mortgage applications, Mortgage Bankers Association, Refinancing, Mortgage rates, home buyers

Buyers’ make comeback in the West

Posted by Darius Aram on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 @ 07:03 AM

After years of shrinking affordability and limited choices, the housing market in the U.S. may be on the verge of normalizing. According to Zillow’s latest Buyer-Seller Index, home prices have cooled in 30 out of 35 major metropolitan areas. The top 10 are all in the West.

San Jose, often one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation, is currently the fastest-cooling metro. In fact, Zillow says that the region has cooled off so much that it is now a cold market – favoring buyers over sellers.

Six of the top 10 cooling housing markets are in California including San Diego, San Francisco, Riverside, Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.25 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.75 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.25 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, Mortgage rates, Housing Affordability, California Housing Market, home buyers