Fed Pauses Recent Hikes, Good News For Mortgage Rates

The Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates steady at its June meeting this week. This was the first time since March 2022 that the Fed has not raised rates. The move bodes well for the housing market and home buyers in search of rate stability or a potential signal for decline coming soon. The [...]

2023-06-15T13:34:15-04:00June 15th, 2023|Categories: Market Update|

Celebrating the Benefits of Homeownership

Each year in June, we recognize National Homeownership Month.   This is a special observance in our industry, a time when we celebrate the pride, joy, and countless benefits of owning a home. Homeownership represents a significant milestone and a cornerstone of the American Dream. In this article, we will delve into the advantages of homeownership, [...]

2023-06-15T13:49:54-04:00June 1st, 2023|Categories: Homeownership|

LLPA Fee Reversal Announced by FHFA

Back in January, the FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency) shared news about a series of changes to LLPA (loan-level pricing adjustment) fees. These changes included a revamped LLPA matrix that differentiated pricing by loan purpose and a whopping 81 grids for purchase loans, limited cash-out refi loans, and cash-out refinance loans. The proposed move has [...]

2023-05-12T09:17:56-04:00May 11th, 2023|Categories: Market Update|

Despite the rate volatility, mortgage demand is up this week

The Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index reported a 6.5% increase in the total application volume for last week compared to the previous week. Although the rates were higher, there was a 7% increase in mortgage applications to purchase a home for the week, but it remained 38% lower than the same week in the [...]

2023-03-16T22:25:26-04:00March 16th, 2023|Categories: Market Update|

2023 Housing Market Looking Stronger

The 2023 housing market continues to look stronger with 65% more real estate listings in January compared to last year, according to realtor.com. Although home prices are still up year over year, they have lowered from the pandemic peak, making it a more reasonable time for homebuyers to jump into the market. Mortgage rates are [...]

2023-03-16T19:43:08-04:00February 17th, 2023|Categories: Market Update|

2023 Forecast: Continued Optimism for Housing Market

The housing market in 2023 continues to look better for home buyers who have been waiting to get back in the game due to the rate volatility last year. According to many experts, this could be the year of relief and opportunities for those looking to purchase a home. Gone are the days of fierce [...]

2023-01-18T09:40:26-05:00January 18th, 2023|Categories: Market Update|

Sellers Offering Concessions Again…Buydowns Helping Buyers

A recent Redfin report revealed exciting news for homebuyers: a record 41.9% of home sellers offered concessions in Q4 of 2022! This means that more and more sellers are offering incentives such as money for repairs and mortgage-rate buydowns to help buyers make the purchase. This is the highest increase in any three-month period since July [...]

2023-01-18T09:46:55-05:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Market Update|

Potential Opportunity in the Real Estate Market in 2023?

Last year, the real estate market was so competitive that buyers had to pay above asking prices and negotiate hard to get favorable terms. Today's housing market is much more favorable for buyers, with more room for negotiation and discounts. This sets the stage for a great opportunity! Inflation is starting to ease, [...]

2023-01-18T07:43:30-05:00January 4th, 2023|Categories: Market Update|

5 Reasons to Use a Mortgage Professional

Professional: A person engaged or qualified in a profession.   A mortgage professional is someone who has the experience and local community contact that is necessary to help guide you through one of the biggest financial purchases and decisions of your entire life! The big question here is what can a mortgage professional do for me [...]

2023-02-21T07:40:12-05:00March 15th, 2022|Categories: Mortgage, Mortgage Sense, Residential, Uncategorized|
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