Housing Market News With a Local Angle
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The temperature is rising and so are U.S. mortgage rates. This summer, the average rate for a 30-year fixed home loan rose into 4% territory for the first time since November of last year. The million-dollar question is, how long and how high will they climb? Here’s what home buyers need to know.
More lenders are offering interest-only home loans in 2015. But they’re still as risky as ever. These mortgage products have serious downsides that most borrowers don’t even think about, partly because lenders tend to downplay them in their marketing literature. Here’s what you need to know about them.
It appears as though the FHA loan-to-value (LTV) ratio limits for 2016 will be the same as this year, at least for a regular purchase loan. HUD recently released their new Single Family Housing Policy Handbook, which takes effect in September 2015. The maximum LTV for most home buyers will continue to be 96.5%.
Mortgage rates jumped last week, but they probably won’t rise much higher for a while. Home prices, on the other hand, appear to be rising steadily in most parts of the country. On the supply side, there are more homes listed for sale these days, and that’s good for buyers. You can learn more about current real estate conditions in our Summer 2015 Housing Market Update.
According to a recent prediction, home prices in Washington, D.C. are expected to rise more slowly over the next year or so (compared to the last 12 months). This is largely the result of inventory gains. In short, there are more homes available these days, and it’s taking some of the steam out of house value appreciation.
Over the last couple of years, home buyers in the U.S. have faced a severe lack of inventory. But a recent report by Realtor.com suggests that more homes are coming onto the market, which could make things easier for those in the market to buy. But you still need to bring your ‘A’ game.
Approximately 10,000 homeowners in the Phoenix metro area are eligible for the HARP refinancing program, and they could save $2,400 per year (on average). This is according to a recent report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the popular program.
New York City has the highest homeowner association (HOA) fees out of the 100 largest metro area in the U.S. Several California cities also appeared in the top ten. This is according to a recent ranking by the economists at Trulia.
According to a recent report, San Francisco home prices rose 10.3% in March 2015 compared to the same month a year ago. That was the biggest annual gain of any city included in the report, and one of the largest in the entire U.S. This comes on the heels of a similar study that showed houses are selling quickly in the city.
How much do real estate agents in the U.S. earn each year, on average? According to PayScale, a company that claims to have the largest database of salary profiles, the average annual income is around $44,000. But some earn much more than this, particularly those who work in high-priced housing markets like San Francisco and New York City.