A new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed a national recovery in the housing marketing in the fourth quarter of 2012, however regional statistics varied. From the summary, housing production was up in 2012 with a 24% increase in new single family home construction over 2011 and there was a 19.9% increase in new single family homes sold. On top of this great news for the housing markets, even better news for buyers was also included in the report: a record low 3.66% average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages.
In a recent report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, both the sales of home in Richmond and Virginia Beach as well as the prices of homes are on the rise. Here is an excerpt from the report:
According to CoreLogic, Inc., during the 12 months ending September 2012 (the most recent data available), new and existing home sales in the Virginia Beach and Richmond metropolitan areas increased 8 and 3 percent, to 21,450 and 15,650 homes, respectively. Average home sales prices increased 1 percent each in the Virginia Beach and Richmond metropolitan areas, to $220,200 and $210,100, respectively.
This is great news for the housing market as it shows stabilization in the region. However, if you are considering buying a home, now is a great time because prices haven’t risen dramatically – yet. Many forecasters are calling for this recovery to be slow, but when trying to build equity in a home, buying at the bottom of the market will give you the biggest opportunity.
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Big changes are expected in the Federal House Administration pending congressional action this week. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal outlines potential losses amounting to billions of dollars as a result of the housing bust that experienced in 2007. Here is an excerpt from the article:
The Federal Housing Administration, a significant backer of new mortgage lending over the past five years, is facing billions of dollars in potential losses, as many loans that it guaranteed during the recession have soured. The agency’s independent audit last fall showed that at its current pace, the FHA would exhaust its reserves and need $16 billion from the U.S. government to cover projected losses.
That would be a blow because, since its creation in 1934, the agency has never required Treasury assistance. The FHA doesn’t issue mortgages. Instead, it insures lenders against losses on loans that meet its standards, and charges fees to borrowers to cover any losses. The agency’s newly installed commissioner will testify before a congressional panel on Wednesday, but the FHA won’t say how much it may need until the White House releases its annual budget request in March.
This graphic from the article shows the shrink and boom of the FHA’s role before and after the bust, the number of defaults the agency has faced and the percentage of pas due loans in a year by year comparison.
Some of the changes expected as a result of congressional action are as follows:
FHA could require that lenders manually underwrite loans for borrowers who have a 620 credit score and debt-to-income ratio above 43%.
FHA would increase the down payment requirement to 5%, from 3.5%, for jumbo loans above $625,000.
A requirement that new FHA borrowers continue paying annual premiums for the life of the loan as opposed to keeping the policy until the balance reached 78% of the original purchase price.
We will have to wait and see how congress votes in the coming weeks, but changes could come as early as April. We will stay tuned to any updates and keep you apprised of future developments on this topic. If you are thinking of buying a home and are relying on FHA backing, you may choose to accelerate your plans to ensure that you get in under the current FHA rules.
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