A new HOME mobile app that educates future homeowners about the steps and responsibilities of buying and owning a home was launched by Fannie Mae, to provide educational resources to reduce barriers to homeownership.
The app offers useful tools to help homebuyers to:
- Figure out what they can afford,
- Understand their mortgage payments,
- Save for a down payment, and,
- Learn how much they can save in interest by making extra mortgage payments.
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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.
It is official! Both government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced their individual 97% loan-to-value products, in the government’s latest attempt to expand the credit eligibility for first-time homeowners.
Back in October, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability
These new lending guidelines were released today by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and will enable creditworthy borrowers who can afford a mortgage, but lack the resources to pay a substantial down payment plus closing costs, to get a mortgage with only 3% down.
Fannie’s My Community Mortgage product with a 3% down payment will be available now through desktop under writing tool starting the weekend of December 13, 2014. Fannie defines a first-time buyer as someone who hasn’t had primary residence in the last three years.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’ underwriting systems includes as well compensating factors to evaluate a borrower’s creditworthiness who can afford a house payment.
These products come at the right time as top housing economists predict 2015 to be a significant year for the housing market.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac launched their new mortgage guidelines that went into effect last December 1st, now requiring a much lower down payment. From the previous 5% to 3% in what lenders hope will be a good kick start from a sluggish housing market that we have seen lately.
Now the brain trust at WalletHub has released its 2014 Mortgage Insurance Report to help low-down-payment home buyers save up to $12,000 on their decision between a Federal Housing Administration loan and private mortgage insurance.
On the other hand FHA premiums, unlike private mortgage insurance, continue to be assessed throughout the life of a loan, even if the loan to value ratio drops below 80%. This creates a huge cost disparities over time, between private mortgage and the FHA option.
New mortgage guidelines are expected to significantly increase the availability of more new purchases.