Buyers Seek Bigger Mortgages As Home Prices Continue to Rise

Buyers Seek Bigger Mortgages As Home Prices Continue to Rise

Buyers Seek Bigger Mortgages as Home Prices Continue to Rise: Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in home prices forcing home buyers to borrow more to keep up. The average size of a loan purchase rose to $411,400 last week, according to Mortgage Bankers Association, the highest since February. The average loan for a new home surpassed $377,000 last month, a record high.

Home prices are climbing at their fastest pace in more than 15 years. And while low mortgage rates are helping to offset some of those higher prices  – mortgage rates are predicted to head up soon. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3% this week, up from 2.94% the week prior, according to Freddie Mac.

Rising house prices put pressure on loan sizes 

“We’ve seen very red-hot house-price appreciation across the country—double digits nationally,” says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. “That puts pressure on loan sizes because, to purchase a home at a higher price, you’re going to need to borrow more money.” 

The MBA’s head of forecasting, Joel Kan, said the increase is partly due to the kinds of homes people are buying. The pandemic has led many newly remote workers to seek bigger houses in the suburbs, with more outdoor space. “These homeowners, typically, are still gainfully employed, might be higher-income, etc.,” Kan said. “They might be able to afford a little bit more.”

However, to get these larger mortgages, borrowers will need stellar credit to qualify.  The median credit score for new mortgages was 788 in the first quarter of this year, up from 773 during the same period last year. 

Supply shortages are constraining purchase activity

Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 4% last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Volume was just 2% higher than the same week one year ago when the housing market was just starting to come back after the pandemic shut it down. 

Joel Kan, an MBA economist stated that “A decline in purchase applications was seen for both conventional and government loans. “There continues to be strong demand for buying a home, but persistent supply shortages are constraining purchase activity, and building material shortages and higher costs are making it more difficult to increase supply.”

The majority of Americans believe now is a good time to buy a home

Despite a surge in home prices, a majority of Americans believe now is a good time to buy a home, according to a new survey from Gallup. Some 53% of Americans believe it is a good time to buy, Gallup reported, citing the results of a survey of nearly 1,000 U.S. adults conducted in April.

Last year, only 50% of people felt this way, marking a record low since Gallup began tracking Americans’ sentiment on the housing market in the 1970s. At the time, people were responding to the sudden slowdown in real-estate transactions as the economy shut down at the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

Demographic shifts and the pandemic-fueled move to remote working caused demand among home buyers to rise. As people rushed into the market and quickly bought up properties, the inventory of available homes for sale has dropped to a record low in recent months.

Americans believe home prices are going to increase over the next year

To an extent, this inventory supply gap is a reflection of years of under-building following the Great Recession. The Gallup survey also found that 71% of Americans believe home prices are going to increase over the next year in their local market.

Expectations of rising home prices were essentially the same across the U.S., regardless of whether the survey respondents lived in a major city, suburb, or rural area. 

Nevertheless, Americans continue to prefer homeownership to other long-term investments. Gallup found that 41% of people believe real estate is the best long-term investment, up from 35% last year.  

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An Uptick in Mortgage Forbearances For The First Time in 3 Weeks

An Uptick in Mortgage Forbearances For The First Time in 3 Weeks

An Uptick in Mortgage Forbearances For The First Time in 3 Weeks – According to Black Knight, the latest data from their McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker indicated that the number of homeowners currently in forbearance plans increased this week after seeing three consecutive weeks of declines. In the past week, the number of active forbearance plans rose by 79,000, canceling out roughly half of the improvement seen since the peak on May 22.

As of Tuesday, 4.68 million homeowners were in forbearance plans, allowing them to delay their mortgage payments for at least three months. This represents 8.8% of all active mortgages, up from 8.7% last week. In the previous week, the number of borrowers in forbearance plans fell by 57,000. Forbearance plan increases were seen every day for the past five business days stated the report.

When entering forbearance, your mortgage payments are suspended until the end of the forbearance period. Those payments can be remitted either in repayment plans, loan modifications, or when the home is sold or the mortgage refinanced. The CARES Act, which was signed into law in March, allows borrowers to miss monthly payments for at least three months and potentially up to a year.

Mortgage bailout numbers were expected to improve as the economy reopened and with the slowing of job losses. However, the uptick in recent mortgage forbearance plans shows that homeowners are still struggling as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in several states.

Active Forbearance Plans

According to the report by Black Knight, 6.9% of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in forbearance, up from 6.8% last week. That’s a total of 1.93 million mortgages with $405 billion in unpaid principal. Although the numbers rose across all types of loans, they were sharpest for FHA/VA loans.  

FHA offers low down payment loans to borrowers with lower credit scores are particularly popular among first-time homebuyers. The number of forbearances for FHA backed home loans was 14.7%, up from 14.3%. The share of forbearances of VA loans was 7.5%, up from 7.3%. Together, FHA and VA loans represent $258 billion of unpaid principal, said Black Night.  

The number of private-market mortgages in forbearance was 9.6%. That’s a total of 1.5 million private-market mortgages in forbearance, up from 9.5% the previous week according to the report. Private-market mortgages are not backed by a government agency or a GSE (privately owned, but receive support from the Federal Government). The unpaid principal balance for those mortgages is $361 billion.

At today’s level, mortgage lenders may need to advance up to $3.5 billion/month to holders of government-backed mortgage securities on COVID-19-related forbearances. That’s in addition to the $1.4 billion in T&I payments (the balance in an escrow account used to pay for property taxes and insurance) they must make on behalf of borrowers.

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Good News For The Economy On The Home Buying Front – May 27, 2020

Good News For The Economy On The Home Buying Front – May 27, 2020

Good News for The Economy on The Home Buying Front – May 27, 2020: Demand for housing was strong at the start of 2020 but pulled back sharply at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The unexpectedly quick recovery, however, has surprised many forecasters. Home prices have remained the same, and given the lack of supply, they are not likely to fall in any significant way. 

States are beginning to reopen and buyers are rushing into the new home market, as the supply of existing homes keeps falling to new record lows. Some analysts also believe there is now an exodus from urban downtowns, where people have been forced to shelter in place in small spaces, to more suburban markets where they can get more space and even a backyard.

A Rise in Mortgage Applications

As buyers are resuming their home search, mortgage applications have seen a rise for the sixth straight week. New data from the MBA’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey shows mortgage applications ticking up 2.7 percent for the week ending May 22 compared to the previous week.  

Buyers were also helped by near-record-low mortgage rates. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of $510,400 or less increased to 3.42% from 3.41%. Points, including the origination fee, remained unchanged at 0.33 for loans with a 20% down payment.

“The purchase loan amount has increased steadily in recent weeks and is now at its highest level since mid-March,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.

The gain mirrors an unexpectedly strong sales pace just reported for new construction homes in April – forecasted to fall 22% but instead rose nearly 1% for the month, according to the U.S. Census.  

Mortgage Refinancing Down 

Despite mortgage rates hovering near MBA’s all-time survey low, refinance activity was essentially flat but still 176 percent higher than this time last year. Conventional refinance applications increased 2 percent, while government refinancing was down almost 7 percent.

  • FHA share of total applications decreased to 11.2 percent from 11.5 percent the week prior.  
  • VA share of total applications decreased to 12.4 percent from 13.4 percent the week prior.
  • USDA share of total applications decreased to 0.6 percent from 0.7 percent the week prior.

Adding refinances and purchase applications together, total mortgage application volume was up 2.7% for the week ending May 22.

 Mortgage Forbearance Requests Are Leveling Off

Forbearance requests by homeowners nearly leveled off in the first half of May. Given job losses and record unemployment, many servicers were fearful that requests to skip mortgage payments would hit 20% to 30%.

“Servicers were relieved when the pace of forbearance requests fell to 93,000 borrowers in the third week of May, compared with 1.4 million requests in the first week of April,” according to Black Knight, a mortgage analytics firm.

“What has brought back confidence the most may be the slowing of forbearance activity just shy of 10%,” said Tom Millon, CEO of Computershare Loan Services, a third-party mortgage provider that services more than $100 billion in loans globally. “Forbearance activity is mimicking the coronavirus curve, and the curve is flattening and forbearances are flattening.”

One of the big challenges as the U.S. reopens the economy is consumers’ lack of willingness to plunge back into public life. According to PYMNTS’ ongoing survey of 10,000 consumers, many consumers will require a vaccine in order to alleviate fears of catching COVID-19 – making it difficult for the economy to recover in the months ahead.   

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From first-time homebuyers to multi-million dollar investors, Tom continually strives to provide top quality service for his clients. With access to the most up-to-date MLS listings for Oakland county MI properties, Tom is able to match your lifestyle needs with the perfect home.

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Tom also partners with the most talented home stagers to ensure that your home is thoughtfully staged to showcase its features and amenities. With over 25 years of local real estate experience, Tom will protect your interests, advocate for you, and go above and beyond your expectations to ensure a smooth and successful transaction.

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in Farmington Hills or Oakland County MI, please give Tom a call today at 248-790-5594 or you can get in touch here.

Tom Gilliam, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Classic
29630 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills 48334
Call: 248-790-5594
Office: 248-737-6800
Email: Tom @ Homes2MoveYou.com
License #314578

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