Posts Tagged: ‘Real Estate Market’

New Home Sales Surge to Seven-Month High in February

March 30, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Last month, new single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high. The hike suggests the housing market recovery is stable despite the challenges of high prices, increased mortgage rates and tight inventories. According to the Commerce Department, new home sales increased 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units last month, the highest level since July of last year.

New home sales were up 12.8 percent when compared to February of last year. Economists believe the hike in sales is partially due to the unseasonably warm weather across most of the country. In the Northeast region, new single-family homes dropped 21.4 percent. However, in the Midwest, sales were up 30.8 percent and in the South sales were up 3.6 percent.

Fortunately, high mortgage rates have not had a negative impact on home sales this year, largely due to a tightening labor market that is improving employment opportunities for young adults. The market is also benefitting from a shortage of properties for sale in most areas.

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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.

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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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.

Mortgage Interest Rates Fall to Historic Lows

October 8, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The nation’s average 30-year fixed rate dropped this week to the record low 3.49 percent set in late July. Last week, it had been at 3.55 percent. The mortgage rate has remained below 4 percent for all but one week in 2012, according to Freddie Mac. Last year at this time, the average rate was at 4.09 percent. This week, average interest rates on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages fell to a new low of 2.77 percent. It had been at 2.85 percent last week, Freddie Mac said. Last year at this time the average rate was at 3.29 percent.

During 2012 the rate has remained below 4 percent all but one week, according to Freddie Mac. An economist from Freddie Mac, Frank Nothaft attributes the new low rates to the the Federal Reserve’s announcement of a new bond purchase plan, which will likely aid in the ongoing housing recovery.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Big Banks Face Foreclosure to HOAs in South Florida

September 19, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Since the housing market crash, South Florida has experienced a string of ‘foreclosure waves.’ This is where foreclosure filings skyrocket, forcing a large number of delinquent homeowners out of their homes. After a foreclosure is final, the bank is granted ownership of the property. Ownership means the bank is legally responsible for the full amount of maintenance fees and partial fees during the foreclosure proceedings.

As a result of the foreclosure waves, a new trend has developed where lenders are opting not to pay their HOA fees. As a result, Homeowners Associations’ have been forced to increase maintenance fees and cut back on security, in some cases. Homeowners who have faithfully paid their bills throughout the recession are now suffering the consequences. Some of the HOA residents in South Florida are paying up to a 25 percent increase in HOA fees due to the banks’ delinquencies.

It appears that oftentimes lenders are remaining intentionally delinquent on their fees until the house is sold. After the house is off the market, lenders use the money from the sale to pay off the accumulated HOA fees. The rate of HOA foreclosure suits against lenders has recently increased and the trend is expected to continue throughout the rest of this year.

Banks and HOAs have been at odds for some time over who is responsible for the maintenance fees. Some banks claim they are not liable for the fees because they are only the ‘trustee’ for the legal owner. Homeowners Associations’ claim the banks are making their own rules.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/realestate/fl-hoa-foreclose-banks-20120810,0,5206219.story?page=1

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Facing Foreclosure? Rent your Home from the Bank

August 31, 2012 Posted by kingcade

CitiMortgage announced a plan to release a pilot program to help underwater homeowners stay in their homes. The ‘mortgage giant’ partnered with Carrington Mortgage Services LLC and together came up with a Home Rental Program where underwater homeowners could essentially rent their home from the bank as an alternative to foreclosure. The bank has already sold a reported $158 million in mortgages to Carrington to start the program. Bank of America released a similar successful program earlier this year.

The trial program will be offered to 500 homeowners from six states that have the most distressed housing markets: Arizona, California, Texas, Florida, Nevada and Georgia. Rent will vary from market to market, based on local rates.

Eligibility for the program requires homeowners:

• Be ineligible for loan modifications, but ability to make monthly payments
• Have a loan in the pilot portfolio serviced by Carrington
• Occupy the property
• Are underwater on mortgage
• Be delinquent for at least 120 days

CitiMortgage’s hope for the program is to not only aid individual families, but also jumpstart the recovery of the housing market by reducing the amount of vacant homes in neighborhoods. CitiMortgage’s CEO Sanjiv Das said that in order for the economy to recover, homes must be occupied. The Home Rental Program will assist in “neighborhood revitalization and stabilization efforts.”

To read more on this story visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-57490022/facing-foreclosure-rent-your-home-from-the-bank/

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.