Posts Tagged ‘equity’

Homeowner Equity On the Rise

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Laura Lam

Homeowner equity increased significantly in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Q1 2017 home equity analysis from CoreLogic.  Homeowners with a mortgage, about 63% of all homeowners, saw their equity increase by 11.2% for a total of $766.4 billion since the first quarter last year. The average homeowner gained about $13,400 in equity over the last year. The total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity decreased 3% from the fourth quarter to 3.1 million homes, or 6.1% of all mortgaged properties. This is a drop of 24% from 4.1 million homes in the first quarter last year….

Majority of Homes Priced Below Pre-Recession Peak

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Laura Lam

While many reports show that home prices in many markets surpassed their previous peak, Trulia’s new study shows this is just the average, and more homes than not have yet to recover their full value lost in the recession.  When it comes to individual homes, the U.S. housing market has yet to recover, according to the study. It shows just 34.2% of homes reached values surpassing their pre-recession peak. While a full 98% of homes in Denver and San Francisco surpassed their pre-recession peaks, this is not the case across other metros in the U.S. In Las Vegas and Tucson, Arizona,…

Younger Homeowners Opt for HELOCs

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Laura Lam

As interest rates increase, hovering higher than rates last year, buyers have little incentive to refinance their mortgages.  But as refis drop, a whole new loan type rises to take its place – home equity lines of credit (HELOC). While mortgage rates may be high, so are home prices, creating a wealth of new equity for homeowners. Thus, the increase in HELOCs, according to a recent CNBC article by Diana Olick.  More than any other generation, Millennials are utilizing this cash-out mortgage loan.  According to the article, “The last time interest rates rose as much as they have over the…

Home Equity Loans on the Rise

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Laura Lam

Mortgage lenders, along with borrowers, are starting to welcome home equity lines of credit back into the market after the loan product began to disappear in the wake of the financial crisis.  Given their growing prominence in the market, a new report from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin provides a current pulse on the health of the product by looking at delinquencies.  The report looked at both closed-end loans and open-end loans, since home equity loans fall into both categories. Bankrate explains that there are two types of home equity loans: term, or closed-end loans, and lines of credit, open-end loans.  A home equity…

Tappable Equity Hits 10-Year High

Posted on April 05, 2017 by Laura Lam

An annual home price appreciation of 5.5% during 2016 helped to increase the number of mortgage holders with tappable equity to 39.5 million, according to new data from Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS). More than two-thirds of the tappable equity level belongs to borrowers with current interest rates below today’s 30-year interest rate. Tappable equity – defined as the amount of lendable equity available to a borrower before hitting a combined loan-to-value ratio of 80% – reached the $4.7 trillion mark last year. An equity growth of $570 billion throughout 2016 pushed the total equity level to its highest level since…

Most Markets Hit Record Housing Prices in 2016

Posted on March 02, 2017 by Laura Lam

The fourth quarter of 2016 saw the best quarterly sales pace of the year – but also pushed housing inventory to record lows, and many markets to home prices with record highs, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  Home prices in over half of measured markets either hit or surpassed their previous peak level, according to the report. The median existing single-family home price increased in 89% of measured markets. While 158 of metro areas saw gains from the fourth quarter of 2015, the remaining 20 metros recorded lower home prices than the year…

Underwater Home Loans Sink to New Low

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Laura Lam

At the end of the year, 2016 held 1 million less seriously underwater properties than the year before, according to the Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Equity and Underwater Report from ATTOM Data Solutions, a fused property database.  Rising home prices and low inventory prices caused home buyers to struggle, however current homeowners reaped the benefits of the increased equity. At the end of 2016, 5.4 million properties were seriously underwater, the combined loan amount secured by the property was at least 25% higher than the property’s estimated market value, according to the report. “Since home prices bottomed out nationwide in the first…

FHA to Increase Loan Limits for 2017

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Laura Lam

The Federal Housing Administration will increase its national loan limit “floor” to $275,665 in 2017 from $271,050. This limit is set at 65% of the national conforming loan limit, which the Federal Housing Finance Agency said would expand to $424,100.  The agency also said that its loan limit “ceiling” in high-cost areas would rise to $636,150 from $625,500. The ceiling figure is 150% of the national conforming loan limit. The loan limit “floor” applies to areas where 115% of the median home price is less than 65% of the national conforming loan limit. Wherever the loan limit is higher than…

Making Gains: Rising Values Help Underwater Homeowners

Posted on October 07, 2016 by Laura Lam

About 548,000 U.S. homeowners regained equity in the second quarter, bringing the percentage of homes with positive equity to 92.9% of all mortgaged properties, or approximately 47.2 million homes, according to CoreLogic.  Nationwide, home equity increased by $646 billion, or 9.9%, from the end of the second quarter of 2015 to the end of the second quarter of 2016. Although about 3.6 million homes – or 7.1% of all homes with a mortgage – remained in negative equity, this was, nevertheless, a decrease of 13.2% compared with 4.2 million homes, or 8.2%, in the first quarter and a decrease of…

It's Getting Cheaper To Buy A Home

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Saldutti

Earlier this year, the Federal Housing Administration began reducing mortgage insurance premiums on its loans by an average of $900 a year. While the FHA loans typically come with low down payment requirements, they often have higher monthly payments as a result of the mortgage insurance that (unlike conventional loans) continues for the life of the loan, even when 20% equity is reached. Now it appears the mortgage insurance premium reduction is having the desired effect.  Data from RealtyTrac shows that FHA loans were used in 23% of all financed purchases in the second quarter of 2015, up from 19% in the second quarter of…