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Advanced degrees pay off for house-hunters

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 @ 05:07 AM

In the current housing market where mortgage payments can eat up a large part of the median salary, having an advanced degree can go a long way. A new study conducted by Zillow shows that in many high-priced California cities, homes are largely limited to those with the advanced degrees that yield higher salaries.

The analysis found that median mortgage payments are affordable for those with a high school education in 36 of the 50 largest U.S. metros. The remaining 14 markets require wages associated with at least two-years of college. Income levels for university graduates are necessary to afford a median priced home in many West Coast metros including San Diego.

In even pricier markets like San Jose and San Francisco, monthly mortgage payments are within the brackets of those earning the typical income of someone with a post-graduate degree.

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, Zillow, Mortgage rates, Mortgage Payments, House Hunters, Advanced Degree

Low mortgage rates saving homeowners millions

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 @ 16:07 PM

With mortgage rates near their lowest point in years, millions of homeowners could benefit from refinancing their current mortgage. According to real estate analytics firm Black Knight, 8.2 million borrowers could lower their monthly mortgage payments by at least 75 basis points. That’s about $266 per month in savings.

Since mortgage rates began their steady decline last quarter, the volume of refinances has increased significantly. Mortgage applications to refinance a home loan were up 92 percent last week on a year-over-year basis.

In addition to locking in lower rates, refinance also provide the opportunity for borrowers to tap into their home’s equity. With rising home values, Black Knight has reported that the average homeowner has $136,000 in tappable equity.

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: home purchase, homeowners, home equity, Mortgage applications, refinance, Mortgage rates, Mortgage Payments, Refi, Low Mortgage Rates

Reverse mortgages can help the next generation buy a home

Posted by The Aramco Group on Sat, Oct 20, 2018 @ 05:10 AM

Knowing that soaring home prices are making it increasingly difficult for younger homebuyers to enter the housing market, families are getting creative. Seasoned homeowners can use a reverse mortgage to tap into the equity they’ve built up in their home and use it to share the wealth with their children or grandchildren who need assistance with a down payment on a property of their own.

A reverse mortgage is a powerful financial tool that allows homeowners 62 years or older to eliminate their monthly mortgage payment while receiving cash in the form of a lump sum, line of credit or a monthly distribution.

Unlike a regular cash out refinance, borrowers do not need to make monthly payments on the proceeds they give to their children. Reverse mortgages do not need to be repaid like a monthly home loan allowing the funds to be given as a gift not a loan.

Meanwhile, conventional conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.75 percent, 15-year rates are near 4.25 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: Reverse Mortgage, homeowners, Housing Market, Mortgage rates, Mortgage Payments