St Louis Real Estate Market Update VIDEO – November 2019 – Low-Interest Rates And Consistent Sales Trends

The St Louis real estate market trends remain steady and consistent! The St Louis home sales and price trends give me an optimistic outlook for next year.  Low-interest rates continue to offset some of the cost of the increases in home prices that have occurred. Find out more, as well as get information on some of St Louis’s best resources for home buyers and sellers in our just-released market update video.

In our MORE, REALTORS, 5 Minute St Louis Real Estate Market Update video below, you can quickly and easily get the latest information on home prices, home sales, trends and more for the entire St Louis area!  

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Falling Interest Rates Make St Louis Homes Even More Affordable

Mortgage interest rates have been falling since last Thursday when the referendum passed for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union.  As the chart below shows, interest rates on a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage today averaged 3.44%, a new 52-week low and a decline of nearly 3/4 of 1 percent from a year ago when they were 4.20%.  The payment on a $160,000 home loan at today’s rates would be $713 (principal and interest), a decline of nearly 9 percent from a year ago when the payment on the same loan amount would have been $782.
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Mortgage Delinquency Rate Falls To Lowest Level In 5 Years

The mortgage delinquency rate for homeowners 60 days or more delinquent on their mortgages fell below 4 percent during the last quarter of 2013, the first time the delinquency rate has been below 4% since 2008, according to TransUnion.  According to the report, every state in the U.S. saw a decline in mortgage delinquency rates from to the 4th quarter of 2012 to the 4th quarter of 2013 with only two, New Jersey and New York, not seeing a double digit decline. See the info graphic below for more info. Continue reading “Mortgage Delinquency Rate Falls To Lowest Level In 5 Years

Mortgage Interest Rates Hit Record Low

St Louis Interest RatesMortgage interest rates keep falling and this week the interest rate on a 15 year fixed-rate mortgage hit a new record low of 2.8 percent, according to a weekly national survey conducted by Bankrate.com.  Interest rates on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.57 percent this week, a four month low.

As the Bankrate report below for St. Louis shows, St. Louis interest rates are even better: Continue reading “Mortgage Interest Rates Hit Record Low

How to avoid being the victim of a loan modification scam

dennis-norman-st-louis-real-estateAccording to a recent report by the Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network (LMSPN), a national anti-scam effort comprised of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF), and NeighborWorks America, there have been more than 30,000 loan modification scams reported in the past three years. According to the group, the scammers are becoming “increasingly aggressive online, using targeted web advertisements to reach homeowners who are searching for mortgage relief over the Internet.” The group cautions that homeowners should be aware that no one other than your present lender can guarantee any form of mortgage relief.

Below are six (6) warning signs to look for that may indicate you are dealing with a loan modification scammer: Continue reading “How to avoid being the victim of a loan modification scam

Interest Rate Change; St. Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

FHA Interest Rate  Change:  MHDC’s Cash Assistance  Loan  (CAL)  is now 4%! (APR 4.93)

MHDC is raising mortgage interest rates offered to  first-time homebuyers.  First-time  home buyers receive a forgivable 3% cash assistance loan for down payment and  closing costs.
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The Number of Homeowners With Negative Equity Continues to Decline

dennis-norman-realtorRising home prices helped 100,000 homeowners in the U.S. crawl out of a negative equity position during the 3rd quarter of 2012, according to a report just released by CoreLogic®.  During the first nine months of 2012, there were a total of 1.4 million homeowners that found themselves moving from a negative equity position on their homes to a positive equity position.  In spite of this vast improvement, twenty two percent of homeowners in the U.S. with a mortgage owe more on their homes than they are currently worth. Continue reading “The Number of Homeowners With Negative Equity Continues to Decline

FHA Loans May Become A Lot More Costly Soon

So…you are looking to buy a home in 2013 and are considering using a FHA mortgage for financing…don’t delay, because that FHA mortgage could end up costing more very soon.

HR 4264 or The Fiscal Solvency Act of 2012 is a bill that has overwhelmingly passed the House and is on its way to the Senate.  This bill among other things grants FHA the power to raise its mortgage insurance premiums to as high as 2.05% annually — nearly twice the 1.20% rate most FHA-Insured homeowners pay today.

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Streamline Your FHA Mortgage; St Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has lowered mortgage insurance premiums on Streamline Refinance transactions. It will now be it easier for borrowers to take advantage of record low interest rates and save money each month.  Under this program, up-front mortgage insurance premiums will be reduced to 0.01 percent of the total loan amount for borrowers with FHA loans made before June 1, 2009. In addition, the annual MIP will be cut to 0.55 percent.  This streamlined refinance program is available to borrowers who are current on their FHA mortgage and may qualify even if they owe more than their homes are worth…no appraisal required.

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St Louis Mortgage Delinquency Rate Declined Over Ten Percent In Past Year

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-During the third quarter of 2012, 3.71 percent of St Louis homeowners with a mortgage were 60+ days delinquent on their mortgage, a slight decline from the prior quarter when the rate was 3.88 percent and a decline of over 10 percent from a year ago when the St Louis mortgage delinquency rate was 4.13 percent, according to TransUnion.  This marks the third consecutive quarter the St Louis mortgage delinquency rate has declined.

St. Louis mortgage delinquency rates are significantly below the national delinquency rate which was 5.41 percent in the third quarter of this year.  Additionally, the St Louis mortgage delinquency rates are falling faster than the national average as the national mortgage delinquency rate was down just shy of 8 percent in the past year, well behind St Louis’ ten percent decline.

 

 

Survey shows thirty-two percent of Americans say it’s ok to strategically default on a mortgage

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtor-Strategic defaults are something I’ve written about several times over the past few years and is something that there are very strong feelings within the industry at opposite ends of the spectrum on in terms of whether they are OK to do or not. A strategic default is essentially when someone that has the ability to pay their mortgage but, usually because they are “underwater” (meaning they owe more than the property is worth), choose to “walk away” and allow the home to go into foreclosure. Almost one-third (32 percent) of Americans think there is nothing wrong with doing a strategic default, according to survey results just released by ID Analytics. Continue reading “Survey shows thirty-two percent of Americans say it’s ok to strategically default on a mortgage

Things You Should Know Before You Repair Your Credit; St. Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

Make Sure You Get Your “Real” Scores!

Most banks and lenders use scores calculated by FICO (also known as Fair Isaac) and derived from your reports with the major national credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Be careful, the credit scores sold at popular credit report monitoring websites are NOT the same scores that lenders use!

A quick guide for using seller concessions when buying a home; St. Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

What are sellers’ concessions?

A seller concession can be any negotiation where the seller, builder, developer, salesperson or any interested party gives a credit to the borrower at closing.   The seller concession can help lower or eliminate the amount of money a borrower is required to bring to the closing table.  Continue reading “A quick guide for using seller concessions when buying a home; St. Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

FHA Financing is Great Alternative; St. Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

FHA remains to be a great alternative for buyers with limited resources for a down payment and closing costs or past credit problems. Underwriting guidelines are more lenient than conventional guidelines. Continue reading “FHA Financing is Great Alternative; St. Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

Should you consider a strategic default if you are underwater on your mortgage?

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Over one in four homeowners in the U.S. with a mortgage are “underwatermeaning they owe more on their homes than they are currently worth and, according to data just released from a survey by Zillow, 75 percent of them are underwater by 40 percent or more meaning it will most likely be many years until they even have the hope of seeing equity in their home again. Nonetheless, this has not deterred the majority of these underwater homeowners from “staying the course” as 59 percent said would not consider a strategic default in order to get out from under their home. Continue reading “Should you consider a strategic default if you are underwater on your mortgage?

What to do about a low appraisal?;  St. Louis Mortgage rate update

The sale price for a house is $200,000, but the appraisal comes back at $190,000. Should the borrower still try to purchase this property or just leave it be? This is not unusual circumstance common in today’s real estate market; appraisals are coming in conservatively.

What action should the borrower take when there is a mismatch between the seller’s asking price and the home’s appraised value? Remember, the maximum loan amount is based upon the lower of the sale price or the appraised value, whichever is less. Continue reading “What to do about a low appraisal?;  St. Louis Mortgage rate update

Mortgage Delinquencies Fall to Three-Year Low

The percentage of first-lien mortgages that were current and performing at the end of the first quarter of 2012 increased to the highest levels in three years, according to a report published today by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Continue reading “Mortgage Delinquencies Fall to Three-Year Low

Mortgage delinquencies increase for second-consecutive month

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The mortgage delinquency rate (the percentage of home loans 30 or more days past due) increased in May 1.1 percent from the month before according to the latest “First Watch Report” from Lenders Processing Services (LPS). While it’s a modest increase, this marks the second consecutive month we’ve seen an increase in mortgage delinquency rates reversing the downward trend for the 9 months prior which is not good. Since delinquent mortgages are the precursor to forelcosures and foreclosures have wreaked havoc on home prices, this is something we definitely want to keep an eye on. Continue reading “Mortgage delinquencies increase for second-consecutive month

Mortgage defaults fall to lowest level in 5 years

According to a report just released by S&P Experian, the first mortgage default rate fell by more than a quarter of a percent (26 basis points) in May compared to April and is the lowest rate since May 2007. The second mortgage rate also fell during the month, by 5 basis points, and is at a seven year low.

Mortgage defaults and delinquencies are the pre-cursor to foreclosures and foreclosures are the enemy of home prices so this is good news and a trend that, if it continues, should point the way to a housing recovery.

Despite Home Value Gains, Underwater Homeowners Owe $1.2 Trillion More than Homes’ Worth

But Negative Equity is a Paper Loss for Most, As 90% of Underwater Homeowners Pay Mortgage on Time

Nearly one-third (31.4 percent) of U.S. homeowners with mortgages – or 15.7 million – were underwater on their mortgage in the first quarter of 2012, despite rising home values, according to the first quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report[1]. Collectively, underwater homeowners owed $1.2 trillion more than their homes were worth. Negative equity rose slightly from 31.1 percent in the fourth quarter, and declined from 32.4 percent one year ago.

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Mortgage delinquencies increase in April;   first increase in nine months

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The mortgage delinquency rate (the percentage of home loans 30 or more days past due) increased in April 0.4 percent from the month before according to the latest “First Watch Report” from Lenders Processing Services (LPS). While this is a modest increase, it temporarily reverses the trend we have seen for the past 9 months of declining mortgage delinquency rates. The mortgage delinquency rate in April, at 7.12 percent of all loans, is down 10.6 percent from a year ago however. The foreclosure rate for April was 4.14 percent, the same as the month before as well as the year before so, at least the foreclosure rate is remaining flat and not increasing. Continue reading “Mortgage delinquencies increase in April;   first increase in nine months

How to protect yourself from mortgage fraud

dennis-norman-st-louis-realtorThe collapse of the real estate market, along with a down economy has created a fertile environment for fraudsters to attempt to advantage of the many desperate homeowners that are out there. Their methods vary from foreclosure “rescue” schemes, mortgage assistance scams and other scams that generally offer to lower your payments or debt, prevent foreclosure, etc. Below is a list of tips the Department of Justice published this week to help consumers prevent themselves from becoming a victim of fraudsters. Continue reading “How to protect yourself from mortgage fraud

Mortgage loan delinquencies drop to lowest rate since 2009

st-louis-realtor-mortgage-delinquency-rateMore good news on the housing market! The national mortgage delinquency rate (borrowers that are 60 or more days past due) declined for the first 3 months of 2012, coming in at 5.78 percent according to a report issued by TransUnion. This is after increases in the delinquency rate in the prior 2 quarters and is the lowest rate since the 1st quarter of 2009. Continue reading “Mortgage loan delinquencies drop to lowest rate since 2009

St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update; Why Refinance?

With interest rates at all time lows, it is worth the few minutes to do a mortgage check up and determine if a refinance would be beneficial to your situation. Since there are many reasons a homeowner may choose to refinance, we’ll take a look at the few most common reasons to consider a refinance. Continue reading “St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update; Why Refinance?

St Louis Mortgage Rate Update; Cash-To-Close must be Seasoned and come from the Proper Source

Whatever funds the borrower intends to use to close a transaction has to be sourced and seasoned. Providing proper asset documentation and the actual source of the funds is a critical element of the approval and closing process. There’s nothing worse in a real estate purchase than making it all the way through the hoops and hurdles of the approval process just to have a loan fall apart due to the borrower not using an acceptable source of funds in order to close. In other words, “Mattress Money” is no longer a legitimate source. Continue reading “St Louis Mortgage Rate Update; Cash-To-Close must be Seasoned and come from the Proper Source

St Louis Mortgage Rate Update; What is Private Mortage Insurance (PMI)?

Mortgage Insurance, also know as Private Mortgage Insurance, is required by lenders on conventional home loans if the borrower is financing more than 80% Loan-To-Value.

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) allows borrowers to purchase a property by qualifying for conventional financing with a lower down payment. Private Mortgage Insurance protects your lender against non-payment should you default on your loan. It’s important to understand that the primary and only real purpose for mortgage insurance is to protect your lender—not you. Continue reading “St Louis Mortgage Rate Update; What is Private Mortage Insurance (PMI)?

Survey shows banks expect strategic defaults to increase in 2012

st-louis-realtor-dennis-norman-strategic-defaultFICO, a provider of analytics and decision management technology to the banking industry, today announced results from its latest quarterly survey of bank risk professionals which showed that almost half (46 percent) expect the volume of strategic defaults in 2012 to surpass 2011 levels as a result of more than 25 percent of U.S. homeowners owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

“After five years of a brutal housing market, many people now view their homes more objectively and with less sentimentality,” said Dr. Andrew Jennings, chief analytics officer at FICO and head of FICO Labs. “Regardless of legal or ethical issues around strategic defaults, lenders must account for this risk when they evaluate mortgage applications in declining markets. Many homeowners who find themselves upside down on mortgages in the future are likely to consider strategic default as an acceptable exit strategy.” Continue reading “Survey shows banks expect strategic defaults to increase in 2012

St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update; It’s not over till it’s over

How can a fully approved loan get denied for funding after the borrower has signed loan docs?

And then it happens.  The underwriter runs a new credit report just before closing and it turns out the prospective borrower had run up a credit card balance, buys new furniture/appliances etc. and now the new debt kills the loan.

If you are serious about buying or refinancing a home, be conscientious about your obligations and credit.   The following is a quick rundown of issues that come up at the last minute and either delay or kill a closing. Continue reading “St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update; It’s not over till it’s over

Lending Tree says FHA’s change in guidelines may increase mortgage rates

Texas, Washington and New York Have Lowest Interest Rates in the Country

st-louis-realtor-dennis-norman-fha-increases-ratesAccording to the LendingTree Monthly Mortgage Review, average mortgage rates inched up in March, with more borrowers than ever taking advantage of low Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan rates which averaged just 3.85 percent on a 30 year loan, almost 1/2 of one percent less than a conventional mortgage. However, according to the report, this may change soon as a result of the FHA adjusting its loan program guidelines and insurance premium structure which will cause the cost of a loan for future FHA borrowers to most likely increase. Continue reading “Lending Tree says FHA’s change in guidelines may increase mortgage rates

St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update; What Appraisers Look For When Determining a Home’s Value?

The primary indicator of value for residential real estate is comparable sales.  The appraiser researches the market to gather information pertaining to sales, listings, pending sales that are similar to the subject property, and verfies this information is correct. The appraiser actually already has a good idea of the property’s value by the time they have scheduled an appointment to stop by the property.

Since the appraisal provides half the weight in any credit decision involving the security of real estate, the appraisal should be done by a qualified, licensed appraiser whom is familiar with your neighborhood, and the type of home you are buying, selling or refinancing. Continue reading “St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update; What Appraisers Look For When Determining a Home’s Value?