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Homeowner equity levels continue to climb

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 05:06 AM

Despite a recent slowdown in price appreciations, homeowners with a mortgage in the U.S. saw their equity levels shoot up by 5.6 percent on average over the past year. This equates to $6,400 per homeowner according to the Home Equity Report released last week by CoreLogic.

Nevada once again led the nation with the biggest increase in equity levels, climbing $21,000, followed by Idaho ($20,700) and Wyoming ($20,300). Californians saw an average increase of $4,116.

These increases have pulled more homeowners out of negative equity territory. The number of households who owe more on their mortgage than their current home’s value has dropped to just 4.1 percent of all mortgage properties.

Meanwhile, 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: homeowners, CoreLogic, negative equity levels, home equity, homeownership, Mortgage rates, Underwater Homes, Equity Rich, households

Nearly half of renters wish they were owners

Posted by Darius Aram on Mon, Jun 3, 2019 @ 05:06 AM

Despite the increased cost, repairs, taxes and insurance, 45 percent of renters regret renting instead of being able to buy a home. This is more than five times the share of homeowners (8 percent) who regret buying instead of renting. This information comes from a survey conducted by Zillow Research.

The top two regrets that renters have include not being able to build equity in a property and not having the ability to customize or improve their home. This was followed by feeling that that rental prices are simply too high.

87 percent of renters have regrets about their current home compared to 72 percent of people who own. San Diego ranked near the top, with 91 percent of renters reporting at least one regret.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.00 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, homeowners, home equity, Zillow, homeownership, Mortgage rates, Renters, San Diego Housing Market, Rental Prices

Underwater homes still exist

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 14:05 PM

While home values have risen rather steadily for the last several years, there remains a notable number of American homeowners who are still underwater. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, more than five million homes were seriously underwater as of the first quarter of 2019. For a home to be considered seriously underwater, the balance of the mortgage is at least 25 percent more than what the home is worth.

San Diegans on the other hand are on the opposite end of the spectrum with one of the lowest underwater rates in the nation. Approximately 40 percent of property owners in San Diego are equity rich, meaning the value of the home is more than 50 percent of its mortgage. This is consistent with the rest of California where 43 percent of homeowners are equity rich.

Higher levels of equity combined with low mortgage rates have led to a surge in refinances as of late. 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: San Diego County, San Diego, homeowners, home values, Mortgage rates, Underwater, ATTOM Data Solutions, Q1 2019, Underwater Homes, Equity Rich

Homeowners perception of home values off the mark

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 06:04 AM

Homeowners’ view of their home value was not in alignment with appraisers during the month of March. According to the National Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index, the gap between a homeowner’s perception of their home value and that of a professional appraiser widened significantly last month. The gap grew by 25 percent compared to February.

San Diego’s data painted a different picture, however. Residents within the County actually underestimate their home values by about 0.93 percent. This is a wider gap than the one seen in January when San Diego homeowners undershot their values by 0.86 percent.

The variance between the national average and San Diego suggests that home values in the region continue to climb at a rate greater than what homeowners anticipate.

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, San Diego, homeowners, home values, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, Appraisers, Home Appraisal, Quicken Loans

Homeowners associations: friend or foe?

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Apr 13, 2019 @ 06:04 AM

You get what you pay for is the old adage and for many, paying a home owners association fee is worth every penny. For others, an HOA the experience may be different. These associations, in exchange for a monthly fee, help pay for the upkeep of common areas in a community, pools and gyms and security gates or guards. But being a member of the association isn’t an option for homeowners, it’s required.

There are over 333,000 home owners associations in the U.S. representing tens of millions of households. For those who have always dreamed of painting their house in purple polka-dots, the HOA is a roadblock.

Interestingly, HOA's are powerful organizations. In the event of a conflict with your neighbors or the HOA itself, be forewarned that the penalties for violating the rules can be steep.

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: homeowners, HOA Payments, Mortgage rates, homeowners association, Fees, HOA

Lower rates stimulate mortgage activity

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Mar 16, 2019 @ 06:03 AM

Home owners and those looking to refinance their existing mortgage are taking advantage of decidedly lower mortgage rates as seen in last week’s increase in mortgage applications. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index, total mortgage application volume rose 2.3 percent last week with a sizeable increase in applications to purchase a home.

“Purchase applications have now increased year over year for four weeks, which signals healthy demand entering the busy spring buying season,” said Joel Kan, associate vice president of economist and industry forecasting for the MBA.

The Purchase Index climbed four percent last week – this is 2 percent higher than it was during the same time last year.

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: homeowners, mortgage, Mortgage applications, Mortgage Bankers Association, refinance, Mortgage rates, low rates

Rising home values helping fend off foreclosures

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 @ 05:03 AM

The volume of mortgage delinquencies nationwide continues to decline as increasing home values put homeowners on solid ground. According to CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights report for December, the number of mortgages more than 30 days past-due is at a 10-year low.

“With additional ‘skin in the game,’ rising equity reduces the chances of a foreclosure,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. He added that rising equity is “helping to push the foreclosure rate down to its lowest level since 2000.”

Just 4.1 percent of outstanding mortgages nationwide were 30 days or more past due as of December 2018. This is down from 5.3 percent the prior year.

Meanwhile, 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: homeowners, CoreLogic, foreclosures, home values, Mortgage rates

Homeowner tax breaks for 2018 still up in the air

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 @ 05:02 AM

Although much of the focus is on border security, Congress has another big decision to make in the coming months: the renewal of certain tax breaks. Homeowners who itemize their deductions may still deduct the interest they paid on their home loan in 2018 but only up to certain limits.

In a tax code change that could disproportionately affect those living in pricier markets like California, the mortgage interest deduction is now capped at $750,000, down from $1 million for married couples. This applies to new home loans originated in 2017 or later. The new law also eliminates unlimited interest deductions for both new and existing home equity loans unless the loan was taken out to pay for property renovations.

Borrowers who purchase a home with a less than 20 percent down payment are often straddled with private mortgage insurance. In the past, some of these premiums were deductible however Congress has yet to extend this tax break for this tax season.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.375 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: home purchase, homeowners, Mortgage rates, California Housing Market, Mortgage Interest Deduction, Mortgage Interest, Taxes, Tax Break, Deductions, Home Loans

Homeowners reeling in the dough

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 @ 06:01 AM

Nationwide, homeowners who sold their property during the fourth quarter of 2018 sold for an average of $54,500 more than their original purchase price. While this is a slight decline from 2017, it still represents an average return-on-investment of 30.2 percent. This latest information comes from a new Case-Shiller study.

San Francisco saw the greatest returns last quarter selling for a substantial $361,125 more than the original purchase price. This was followed by Los Angeles ($221,750) and San Diego ($175,750). West Coast homes often dominate the list of highest returns for homeowners.

The latest Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which covers data from December, shows a 5.5 percent annual gain in home prices and projects further gains in 2019, leading to potentially even greater seller profits.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.375 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.875 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.375 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: homeowners

Cash-out refinances at 11-year high

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 @ 16:11 PM

8 out of every 10 refinances happening in the U.S. are cash-out refinances according to new data. This is the highest volume of American’s choosing a cash-out option during the refinancing process since 2007. This is according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac’s data for the third quarter.

The report shows that a little over 88 percent of borrowers who refinances in Q3 elected a cash-extraction, totaling $14.6 billion in liquidated equity. This is down from $15.8 billion in Q2, likely due to a slow-down in refinance activity amid higher mortgage rates.

Cash-out refinances are particularly popular in California, the nations’ highest concentration of homeowner equity. Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.875 percent, 15-year rates are near 4.25 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.5 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, homeowners, California, Freddie Mac, Mortgage rates, cash out refinance