Posts Tagged: ‘Housing Market’

Mortgage Rates Surge after Donald Trump’s Election Win

November 25, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said that the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan rose to 4.03 percent, which is the highest rate since July 2015. It is up from 3.94 percent the previous week. Rates on 15-year home loans also rose to 3.25 percent, up from 3.14 percent last week, which is the highest rate since January.

Long-term mortgage rates have been increasing each week since Donald Trump was elected as President on November 8th. Experts believe that investors are fearful of the president-elect’s plan to cut taxes and spend massively on roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure could provoke inflation. As a result, investors demand higher long-term rates and pay lower prices for bonds.

The anticipation of economic stimulus has also caused a surge in stock prices. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 19,000 for the first time.

However, rising mortgage rates pose a threat to the housing market and the economy. In the past, lower mortgage rates have fueled the real estate market by causing an increase in home sales. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales rose two percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million, which was the highest rate since February 2007.

Real estate experts believe that mortgage rates will continue to rise until there is more understanding of where the economy and housing policies are headed during Trump’s presidency.

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How the Government Shutdown Could Hurt Housing Market Recovery

October 7, 2013 Posted by kingcade

The improvement in the housing market has been a driving factor for economic recovery. However, the recent government shutdown could impact this. Existing home sales increased 1.7% to an annual rate of 5.48 million units in August, the highest level since February 2007, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The housing market’s path to recovery has not been an easy one. It seems before the housing bubble burst, anyone with a pulse could qualify for a mortgage loan. One of the biggest problems the housing market has faced is extremely stringent lending requirements, which are expected to be compounded by the current government shutdown.
Banks remain risk adverse to issuing new loans in the wake of a financial crisis. In a tight credit market, potential buyers are expected to have a high credit score and put down at least 20% down payment.

To show proof of income, sellers are often asked to provide IRS Form 4506, but the majority of the Internal Revenue Service has been dark since Tuesday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on funding the government. There is also a strict IRS loan verification process. If buyers do not meet specific requirements, most mortgage loans cannot be authorized. David Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association and a former FHA commissioner, said if the shutdown extends beyond Monday that is when the delays in the mortgage process will really begin. Another hurdle, Stevens points out is that many lenders have to go through the FHA to get a mortgage approved and are unable to verify Social Security numbers because that system is also down- another obstacle for buyers trying to secure a loan.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Foreclosures are Returning to Pre-Recession Levels

April 26, 2013 Posted by kingcade

The foreclosure filing rate has been dropping to levels not seen since before the housing market crashed in 2008. These include notices of default, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. During the first quarter, the levels fell 23 percent from 2012. This is the lowest level since the second quarter of 2007. During March, the banks repossessed fewer than 44,000 homes, compared with September 2010 when the banks repossessed 100,000. RealtyTrac Vice President, Daren Blomquist said he expects to be back to normal foreclosure levels by 2014.

Foreclosure rates have been declining for the past couple of years because homeowners have been seeking alternatives such as filing for bankruptcy or a short sale. Government programs such as the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) have also helped homeowners avoid foreclosure. The $25 billion settlement deal between federal officials and the five largest mortgage lenders have also pushed the banks to agree to help struggling homeowners. As a result, the largest percentage of the foreclosure activity in the country is occurring in areas that are suffering severe economic problems and no longer in mid to upper-class neighborhoods. Many Americans who are now dealing with foreclosure are those who have recently been laid off or filed for divorce from their spouse.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.

3 Reasons the Housing Market Recovery Might Not Last

April 23, 2013 Posted by kingcade

The housing market has made a big comeback this year! Home prices have increased approximately 8 percent and interest rates have hit record-lows. However, some experts worry that the housing market will crash just as quickly as it has surged.

Below are three main reasons industry experts worry the recovery might not last.

1. Investors are leading the housing market recovery. Investors have been taking advantage of low interest rates by buying up a huge portion of the real estate inventory. However, when prices begin to rise, economists believe that investors will likely pull back. Many believe an investor-driven boom led to the original housing bubble.

2. The economic recovery is not strong enough, yet. There are many factors within the economy that can still hurt the housing market, such as employment. After gaining some momentum during 2012, the job market has been showing signs of weakness in recent months. Once the job market picks up, the housing market should gain some strength.

3. Government cuts will hurt homeowners. The housing market recovery will be greatly affected by the $85 billion worth government spending cuts. The cuts include unpaid days off for federal workers, cuts in unemployment compensation and decreased military spending. All of which will lead to job and income losses.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.

Credit Card Delinquencies Reach 18-Year Low

April 16, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Credit card users are using some of the best bill paying practices in nearly two decades. In the fourth quarter of 2012, delinquencies on bank-issued credit cards sank to 2.47%. This is the lowest level of delinquencies since 1994, according to an American Bankers Association report. It was significantly down from the previous quarter, which was 2.75%. The record high was set in 2009 at 5.01%. According to ABA Chief Economist James Chessen, credit card delinquencies fell throughout most of 2012.

In addition to consumers being more careful about paying their bills on time, banks are also being more conservative when approving people for credit cards. Banks are taking steps to ensure the consumer has the capacity to repay their debts. Delinquencies in three real estate related categories also fell in the fourth quarter: home equity loans, home equity lines of credit and property improvement loans. These declines reflect another sign of the housing market recovery. Auto loan delinquencies arranged through third parties, such as car dealers, also dropped in the fourth quarter to 1.85%, down from 2.08% in the previous quarter. However, credit card delinquencies on mobile homes and boats both increased at the end of 2012. Student loan 90-day delinquencies also increased during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 11.7%, up from 8.69% at the end of the first quarter of the year.

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