Home Ownership: Up or Down?

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Home Ownership Rate in the United States increased to 63.50 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from  62.90 percent in the second quarter of 2016 which it was the same as in 1965, when the US Census started tracking the metric.  Home Ownership Rate refers to the percentage of homes that are occupied by the owner.

What factors drive Home Ownership rate?

There are several factors that will drive Home Ownership Rate, here are just some of those:

• Income growth

• Higher rents and housing costs

• Constrained credit

• Loss of confidence in wealth through Home Ownership

Nevertheless, owning a home is a financially savvy move because builds wealth over time,  and in general makes “cents”, and indeed there is no place like Home.

 

 

 

 

 

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How student loan debt is impacting the housing market?

By, Sandy Flores Broker

Student loan debt is playing its biggest role in the mortgage process yet, and it doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon. chart-copy

New data from NeighborWorks America’s fourth annual housing survey found that nearly one-third (30%) of Americans know someone who has delayed the purchase of a home because of student loan debt, up from 28% in 2015 and just 24% in 2014.

The data also cited that more than half (53%) of potential home buyers with student loan debt said the debt was somewhat or very much an obstacle to buying a home, down slightly from 57% in 2015, but above the 49% rate in 2014.

As a whole, to help put this perspective, borrowers are carrying the highest level of non-mortgage debt in a decade.

The National Association of Realtors recently released a survey with similar findings as NeighborWorks America, nothing that about 50% of Millennials, and about two-thirds of Millennial non-homeowners who have student debt, are uncomfortable taking on a mortgage. What’s more, this group was less likely to believe they could even qualify for a mortgage.

 

Are we there yet?

Price-Income_Featured-f084f5One of the leading on-line real estate destinations, Homes.com®, has released its latest Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for the next 200 largest markets. Among the nation’s top 300 markets, 166 or 55 percent have now achieved full price recovery 24 more than the 142 markets reported in June.

By July, 50 of the nation’s 100 largest markets experienced a complete price recovery, one more than the prior month. Additionally, 116 out of 200 midsize markets saw a complete price recovery, 23 more than reported in June.

July saw 16 of the top 100 markets post a decline in their 3-month averages. The long-term view remains robust though, with all 100 markets continuing to post year-over-year gains.

 

Pending Existing Home Sales dropped Unexpectedly

sold-sale-sign-over-clouds-grass-house-14063253The index of pending home sales fell 1.8 percent, the first drop this year, after a revised 0.6 percent increase in May, according to the National Association of Realtors figures shown last Wednesday in Washington.

The Commerce Department figures showed last week that Purchases of new U.S. homes fell also 6.8 percent to a 482,000 annualized pace in June, the weakest since November.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

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Real Estate Market Trends

 We are now seeing a changing trend in the Real Estate Market.  Rising rental prices are encouraging the millennial’s generation  to experience a nudge toward homeownership, and reports showed that First-time buyers are now at the front line of buying a home.  The Zillow Housing Confidence Index also said that about 5.2 million renters are expected to purchase a house this year, up from 4.2 million a year ago. Where job growth is strong, the millennial who were once renting  are ready and willing to buy.

The United States has about 75 million millennials — people born from 1980 and 1995 — and expected this year to surpass the baby boom generation according to a report released by the Pew Research Center.  Buying a home can be terrifying, and even though this is a big step,  many of us have taken it and enjoyed the comfort and security that homeownership has provided for our loved ones and ourselves.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462
Leading your way Home!

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Welcome HOME APP!

apps-student-smartphone-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.

If you are a First Time Buyer,  Call me Sandy Flores (714)963-7462!

Let’s make the Dream of Homeownership a reality!

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Housing affordability Keeps on Going!

Homeownership closer than ever!

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.

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What Homeownership means?

What Homeownership means?

 Homeownership means you no longer pay monthly rent for the roof over your head. When you leave, you can sell it to recoup the purchase price and earn any profit that you may have accumulated through your appreciation in value.

But don’t kid yourself. Homeownership comes with a slew of disadvantages, responsibilities, and downright headaches. So before going any further, consider whether your lifestyle and finances make home buying a smart move for you.

Except in a roaring real estate market, it usually doesn’t make sense to buy a home you’ll stay for less than three or four years, because the cost of the process of buying and selling your property means that you could lose money  from your equity.   On the other hand, you will not pay capital gain taxes if you’re in the property for at least of 2 years.

One key question is whether it costs more, on average, to rent or own in your area. The rule of thumb is that if you pay 33% in rent than you would for owning  including the monthly mortgage, property taxes, and any homeowner’s fees,  then it’s smarter to own a home then renting it.

As always, get your finances in order before committing to buy a home, and stay informed of all the options, alternatives and programs that will fit your needs.

Get help, and call a Realtor…Call me  714-963-7462.   Leading your way home!

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Is home remodeling worth the investment?

Is home remodeling worth the investment?

painting a homeMore Renovations are not Necessarily Better. Before you begin any major projects, it’s important to assess your home’s value and the neighborhood it’s in. Determine what it will be the approximate return on the investment (ROI) based on the current market value or how long you plan on staying in the house.

Be sure that your home renovations will add to the value of your home, but also aware that getting too extravagant may not bring the ROI you’re expecting.

The value of remodeling projects depends on several factors. First, take in consideration how old is the structure of the building, as well as, the general condition and the real need for the home-remodeling project.

The appearance of a house on the outside is what gives an initial and lasting impression.   Keep the exterior paint in good condition with no flakes or chips and roof should be clear of damaged shingles.

If paint on window shutters or trim is chipped, a new coat will refresh them and give your house a whole new look. These are inexpensive investments that are worth the cost.

Bath and kitchen areas are the most important rooms within a home. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can cost thousands of dollars but in many cases all they need is some sprucing up with paint or new floor material.

If the kitchen cabinets are in good condition, do not replace them with a complete kitchen remodeling job. They can be sanded and painted or stained for a lot less money. Replacing the knobs and handles will do the job as well giving them a whole new look and won’t cost a great deal of money.

Replacing an antiquated bathroom vanity and an old toilet is not very expensive and is not considered a major bathroom remodeling job. New bathroom fixtures from bathroom designer warehouses at cut-rate prices are also good options. Updating an old sink is as well inexpensive remodeling task. All these home-remodeling projects are worth the investment.

Be aware, that you don’t want to do work that makes your house worth $800,000. when the average market in your area is only $500,000.

Certain home renovations are a win-win situation, providing enjoyment to you, the homeowner, and then making your home more marketable, and worth more, in the future. Other renovations, however, can set you back thousands with no guarantee of future payoff on the Return of the Investment (ROI).

Don’t exceed the ceiling for the value of the homes in your neighborhood, or you won’t get your money back. Remodeling can cost a pretty penny, however it can provide significant returns when it comes time to sell your home, if you do it right!

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Mortgage Rates plummeted today after Fed’s announcement

While the average improvement of 0.10% might not look like much at face value, it’s the biggest Finding-a-refinance-rate-for-your-homeone-day drop we’ve had in 2015, and in a league with very few other players historically.

With today’s improvement, the most prevalently-quoted conventional 30yr fixed loan for top tier borrowers falls back to 3.75%.   Some lenders will remain at 3.875% today, but many feel that  those lenders held back from passing on the full effect of the market movement not an uncommon occurrence after a volatile swing like today’s.