How Do Homes Impact Health?

  1. Indoor air pollution is 4 – 5 times worse than outdoor air and sometimes even greater.
  2. We spend 90% of our time indoors.
  3. 15% of homeowners may be allergic to elements in their own homes.
  4. Prevalence of asthma has double since 1976.

Indoor air pollution has been described by EPA and Congress as America’s number one environmental health problem. Air pollutants can and do cause allergies, sick building syndrome, bacterial infections and spread viruses to name a few. The American College of Allergists state that 50% of all illnesses are caused by polluted indoor air.  NEXT: How does our air inside the house get polluted?

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¿Cómo nuestra Casa puede afectar la salud?

 

  1. La contaminación atmosférica del interior de nuestra casa es de 4 a 5 veces mas altas que el aire ambiental de acuerdo a las épocas.
  2. Pasamos el 90% de nuestro tiempo en ambientes cerrados.
  3. El 15% de dueños de una casas pueden ser alérgicos a elementos en sus propias casas.
  4. El predominio del asma se ha duplicado debido a la contaminación atmosférica interior de nuestras casas desde 1976.

La contaminación del aire en interiores ha sido descrita por la EPA ( La Agencia de Protección Ambiental) y el Congreso como el problema de salud ambiental número uno en los Estados Unidos. Los agentes contaminadores del aire no solamente pueden pero resultan en alergias crónicas, sino también en infecciones bacterianas y viruses por mencionar algunos.

El Colegio Americano de especialistas en Alergias (American College of Allergists) expone que el 50% de todas las enfermedades son causadas por el aire contaminado de los ambientes cerrados.

Próximo: ¿Cómo el aire de nuestra casa se alcanza a contaminar?

 

Tienes un Préstamo HELOC? Informate!

Presta Atención si tienes un Préstamo HELOC a punto de reajustarse! Informarte de como puedes balancear esta linea de crédito HELOC para que no te afecte drásticamente en tus finanzas. Hay opciones y alternativas que puedes aplicar aun si tu balance hipotecario es superior al valor actual de tu propiedad!

Como siempre analiza tus finanzas, mantente informado de los opciones y programas que más te benefician y no te olvides de buscar ayuda professional. Preguntas??? Llámame 714-963-7462.  Sandy Flores…Liderando el camino a tu Casa Propia! www.sandyflores.com Sígueme en Twitter @SandyFloresRE

¿Ya Refinanciaste?   Hasta ahora esta ha sido la mejor semana!

¿Ya Refinanciaste? Hasta ahora esta ha sido la mejor semana!

 ¿Ya Refinanciaste?

¿Ya Refinanciaste?

Las bajísimas tasas de interés precipitaron el incremento drástico en las refinanciaciones en la semana que acaba de concluir de Octubre 17.  Según la Asociación de  Bancos Hipotecarios – MBA (Mortgage Bankers Association’s) el nuevo índice de refinanciaciones dió un salto gigantesco  del 23 por ciento comparado con la semana anterior.

El índice de refinanciación  es  la medida semanal que la asociación de  Bancos Hipotecarios y  la Asociación Nacional de la industria de  finanzas de las propiedades inmobiliarias utilizan para las estadísticas del sector  hipotecario.
Este es el aumento más grande del  índice  que va  en este año, sobrepasando de lejos un aumento del 11 por ciento  que fue en Enero,  llevando el índice de refinanciamientos a su nivel más alto desde Noviembre del 2013.  Con un alto crecimiento del empleo y las bajas tasas de interés se espera  que continúe  en aumento la compra de casas y refinanciamientos.

La Asociación de Bancos Hipotecarios revelo así mismo un estimado en las originaciones de Préstamos  para el 2014 a $1.11 trillones de $1.01 trillones,  que en el 2013 fue de $1.85 trillones a  $1.76 trillones, según los datos más recientes reflejados por el Acta de la Ley de Divulgación de Préstamos Hipotecarios – HMDA – Home Mortgage Disclosure.

Homeownership at Best!

Homeownership at Best!

Federal Housing Finance Agency has been working towards a plan to open what many we see as underwriting standards that are too restrictive.

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their regulator and lenders are close to an agreement that could greatly expand mortgage credit while helping lenders protect themselves from charges of making bad loans, according to people familiar with the matter.

Homeownership getting better!

Homeownership Gets Better!

If the agreement is completed, lenders may be more willing to lend to borrowers with lower credit scores and smaller down payments.

Now that lenders are starting to remove some of the credit overlays, it is time to improve the growth of homeownership in the country

We expect FHFA to report the steps to further move and clarify lender liability and support the return of the 97% LTV product at the GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recouped tens of billions of dollars in penalties from lenders in recent years over claims that the lenders made underwriting mistakes on loans they sold to the mortgage giants.

However, Lenders have blamed those penalties for tight credit conditions and for prompting them to make loans only to borrowers with near-pristine credit.

We hope these initiatives will have a meaningful impact on the mortgage market, and we can see positive changes in the direction of the mortgages industry after years of tightening credit issues.

Next Tuesday will see the existing home sales report for September, on Thursday the FHFA purchase-only house price index for August, and Friday the new home sales report.

 

HELOCs the next home credit product?

HELOCs the next home credit product?

HELOCs the next thing home credit product?

HELOCs the next thing home credit product?

Highest level of home equity loans since June 2009. A total of 797,865 home equity lines of credit were originated nationwide, up 20.6% from a year ago and the highest level since the 12 months ending June 2009, according to RealtyTrac.

The report also shows HELOC originations accounted for 15.4% of all loan originations nationwide during the first eight months of 2014, the highest percentage since 2008.

“This recent rise in HELOC originations indicates that an increasing number of homeowners are gaining confidence in the strength of the housing recovery and, more importantly, have regained much of their home equity lost during the housing crisis,” said Daren Blomquist.

Among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas with HELOC data available, 49 posted year-over-year increases in HELOC originations in the 12 months ending in June 2014.

Metro areas with the biggest year-over-year increase in HELOC originations were Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California (87.7% increase), Las Vegas (85.1% increase), Cincinnati (81.0% increase), Sacramento (65.1% increase), and Phoenix (60.1% increase).

Mortgage Rates Drop After Fed Minutes

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Mortgage Rates Drop After Fed Minutes

Mortgage Rates put on quite the show today after Fed minutes announcement, resulting in the lowest rates we have seen since June 2013.

Today’s improvement was all about the Fed. Investors who trade securities that dictate mortgages, were concerned about last month’s Fed Announcement that could it justify a higher move in rates.  That speculation contributed to the increases in rates seen in the first half of September.

After the 2pm release today, bonds-including the mortgage-backed-securities that dictate mortgage rates-moved to their best levels of the year.  After beginning of this morning in a more conservative stance, most lenders released new rates sheets reflecting the market improvements.

Fannie Mae sets new rates effective October 14

Fannie Mae sets new rates effective October 14

Fannie Mae is set to raise the benchmark interest rate for its Standard Modification program. Fannie Mae will raise its required interest rate for standard modifications from 4.375% to 4.5%.  The rate was lowered from 4.5% to 4.375% on Sept. 15, but will now rise again in one week. Fannie Mae announced the change on Tuesday in an email sent to its servicers.

When the program began in Jan. 2012, Fannie’s benchmark interest rate was 4.625%. Fannie lowered the interest rate to 4.25% in Sept. 2012, before dropping it to 4% on Dec. 1, 2012.

“Fannie Mae Standard Modification interest rate is not determined on a preset schedule,” Fannie said in the note to its servicers. “The interest rate is subject to periodic adjustments based on an evaluation of prevailing market conditions.”

Fannie also noted that any loan modification requests that were approved at the previous rate are not eligible to be resubmitted for approval under the new modification rule

NOW is the time…Rates don’t wait!

If you have higher mortgage payments, now is the time to change it!  In recent years we have seen many changes in our national economy. We have seen cuts in interest rates given by the Federal Reserve cuts not seen for many years. imagesCA68GG1H

One situation that influenced home foreclosures for many homeowners were the high interest rates they were granted. These mortgage loans  were presented for a large number of months as a fixed payments and later converted into variable rates, causing a drastic financial instability in many homeowners facing now a new higher mortgage payment.

The HARP Refinance Program gives the Homeowners that have not been behind in the last 12 months, and can prove income under the new conditions and repayment capacity; the opportunity to refinance with low current interest rates. This means that you can refinance even if the actual mortgage balance is higher than the value of your property on the market today.  The HARP and FHA programs are the only programs that allow you to refinance under these terms.

Compare and discuss your options and determine if refinancing NOW is financially right for you. The essence of refinancing is to find the best fit and financial balance  for you and your family. Remember, an informed decision is the best guarantee!

Home sales show encouraging stats

Home sales show encouraging stats

Existing home sales, excluding distressed sales, are the most encouraging stats at the moment. These, according to Trulia and the National Association of Realtors, were 80 percent back to normal in August.

home-salesTrulia’s Bubble Watch also showed that prices were 3.4 percent undervalued in the third quarter, which is a marked improvement over the 13.5 percent undervaluation at the worst of the housing bust. That means prices are three-fourths of the way back to normal.

Delinquency and foreclosure rates also were much improved. According to Trulia and Black Knight, the national delinquency and foreclosure rate was 74 percent back to normal in August, the same as one quarter ago and up from 56 percent one year ago. The decline in defaults and foreclosures has helped stabilize the financial system and hard-hit neighborhoods.