Posts Tagged ‘homeowner’

Home Flipping Volume Rises to 9-Year High

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q1 2017 U.S. Home Flipping Report revealed that 43,615 single family homes and condos were flipped during Q1 2017, which was an 8% decrease from the previous quarter and a 6% decrease from a year ago. Home flips in Q1 2017 accounted for 6.7% of all single family home and condo sales during the quarter, up from 5.8% in the previous quarter and unchanged from a year ago. A home flip is defined as a property that is sold in an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period.  One-third (33.3%) of all single family…

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….

New Home Sales Less Than Half of Historical Norms

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

The current level makes up 88.3% of the 50-year average, according to a report from Trulia. However, new home sales are unable to keep up with the rate of total sales.  How many new home sales do we need for the market to look normal?  According to Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin, if we compare the share of new home sales to total sales, that share needs to more than double.  “In April, new home sales made up about 11.9% of all home sales, which is less than half of the historical average of 23.6%,” McLaughlin said. However other experts explain…

The Top 10 Careers for First-Time Home Buyers

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Laura Lam

Although home prices continue to rise, one degree stands above the rest as being the best for those who wish to buy at home closer to the start of their career.  Of the top 26 degrees that would allow graduates to purchase a home in four years, 22 of them involve engineering, according to a recent study from  The top degree enables buyers to purchase a home within 2.5 years of graduation. “When it comes to homeownership, degrees in engineering really pay off,” Senior Economist Joe Kirchner said. “It shows just how powerful a high starting salary can…

Millions of Homes Still ‘Seriously Underwater’

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Laura Lam

Since the housing recovery began a few years ago, millions of homeowners have gotten their heads back above water due to rising home prices.  That said, there are still millions who are still underwater. In its latest report, ATTOM Data Solutions found nearly 5.5 million homes in the “seriously underwater” category at the end of the first quarter. Homes in that grouping have mortgages that are at least 25% more than the homes’ current value.  The report says the number of homes seriously underwater actually rose from the number at the end of the fourth quarter, suggesting a worsening of…

Fannie Mae Changes Affect Borrowers With Student Loans

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Laura Lam

Fannie Mae has recently outlined changes in the way lenders can qualify potential borrowers who have student loan debt.  The policy change is designed to make it easier for more consumers to qualify for mortgages, in part by excluding some non-mortgage debt for income-to-debt calculations.  These debts can be things like installment loans, student loans, and other monthly debts as defined in the company’s mortgage lending guide. According to the Fannie Mae web site, “If the lender obtains documentation that a non-mortgage debt has been satisfactorily paid by another party for the past 12 months, then the debt can be excluded from…

Home Sellers See Biggest Profits in a Decade

Posted on May 01, 2017 by Laura Lam

Homeowners who sold their property in the first quarter realized an average price gain of $44,000 since purchase, representing an average 24% return on the purchase price – the highest average price gain for home sellers in terms of both dollars and% returns since the third quarter of 2007. According to new statistics from ATTOM Data Solutions, homeowners who sold in the first quarter had their property for an average of 7.97 years, down slightly from a record-high average homeownership tenure of eight years in the fourth quarter of 2016 but still up from 7.68 years in the first quarter…

Housing Confidence Dips in March

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

Americans came down off their confidence high in March as fewer say now is a good time to buy a home, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index.  The index decreased 3.8 percentage points to 84.5 in March, down from February’s survey high. “Home purchase sentiment gave back some of the gains accumulated over the prior two months that sent the index to its survey high in February,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief economist. “Strong home price appreciation has turned into a double-edged sword for the housing market as it boosted the net share…

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…

Continued Good News For Housing

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Laura Lam

After several years of job gains combined with the hope that the best is yet to come in 2017, consumer confidence surged, according to the new consumer report from the National Association of Realtors.  In the first quarter of 2017, NAR’s quarterly Housing Opportunities and Market Experience survey found that the number of households that believe the economy is improving soared to its highest share in the survey’s 5-quarter history – 62%. This is up from 54% in the fourth quarter and 48% in March 2016. While this surge in confidence is not exactly unexpected, it is encouraging news for the…