Earlier this month, we reported the top five reasons why your home could be spending too much time on the market. The first and most common reason was listing a home price significantly more expensive than its worth. Now, with homeowners better than ever at predicting home prices, it’s even more important to list an accurate home price to make a speedy sale.
Last month, employment gains were stronger than expected. In fact, with an increase of 222,000 hires in June experts now say the economy is at full employment. According to Zillow, this sudden jump may be due to the high number of recent graduates.
Since the Federal Housing Administration first accepted 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in 1954, this loan option has remained a staple for homebuyers throughout the country. While it has proven to be an affordable mortgage for most, as monthly payments remain low over a longer period of time, it has not proven to be the best option for all. So is a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage right for you? Here are the questions you should ask yourself:
Two weeks ago, the Fed outlined its plan to reduce holdings in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Typically, this would mean the Fed is simply shrinking its balance sheet; however, this time the new monetary policy is much more complex. In addition to reducing its holdings, the Fed plans to raise interest rates.
According to the latest Housing Opportunities and Market Experience Survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homeowners agree that it’s a great time to sell a house. More specifically, 71 percent of respondents agree that it’s a good time to sell, which is a significant increase from last quarter’s 69 percent and last year’s 61 percent.
Each year, Eustis Mortgage awards the top mortgage producers with a seat on the President’s Council. The rankings are based on their total yearly mortgage volume, which determines whether a mortgage producer will be recognized as a member.
The nation’s state of economic expansion has reached its ninth consecutive year. According to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s June 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook, this year’s economy is expected to continue growing at an annual rate of 2 percent. Although last quarter hovered around a growth rate of 1.2 percent, the second quarter is looking at a rate of 2.9 percent to round out the first half of the year.
Mortgage rates are low, which means refinancing is quickly becoming one of the most popular mortgage applications submitted to lenders. For homeowners throughout the country, refinancing to a lower rate can be a smart, cost-effective option. If you decide a refinance is right for you, then it’s important to get the best rate from your lender. Here are today’s best strategies on how to refinance to the best rate possible:
Ben Carson, the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, recently made the statement that homeownership remains the principal way to build wealth. Owning a home is an exciting and smart decision. Before you say yes to your dream home, however, make sure that you aren’t spending more money than you need to. Be aware of these three common mortgage mix-ups and how to avoid them.