Housing affordability is up nationwide due to low-interest rates and home prices as National Homeownership Month begins in June, according to a recent release from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
In addition to lower prices and interest rates, low-down payment programs offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is also helping creditworthy borrowers who cannot afford a large down payment for a mortgage. These programs offer down payments as low as 3 percent for eligible first-time homebuyers.
Homeownership is the key of building wealth, since it is often a primary source of net worth and a step toward accumulating long-term personal financial assets. It is not only limited to financial freedom but also building stronger communities and personal achievement.
An increase in credit access was reported in April according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Credit Availability Index (MCAI).
The Index increased 0.5 percent month-over-month to 122.0 in April. The increase was driven by new offerings of FHA’s 203K home improvement program, new VA offerings, and new jumbo products.
The MCAI and its four components are designed to show relative credit risk/availability based on information about borrower eligibility and underwriting criteria gathered for over 95 lenders and investors and combined with data from Ellie Mae’s All Regs Market Clarity product.
Because of the risk on default and loss of the loan. Lenders require private mortgage insurance known as PMI on mortgages with down payments less than 20% from the purchase price.
If lenders paid for mortgage insurance and passed on the cost to borrowers as a higher interest rate, they might have bumped up against those ceilings. If the borrower paid the premium, this potential roadblock is avoided.
Generally, the larger the loan amount, the more risky it is to the lender. Private mortgage insurance is protection for the lender against a borrower defaulting on the loan. If the borrower can’t pay back the loan, the lender has a way to get its money back.