Tag Archive: homeownership

Buyers Better Hurry: Rates Reach New Lows

For the sixth straight week, fixed mortgage rates inched down, reaching new lows for 2011. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.60 percent this week while the 15-year mortgage averaged 3.78 percent, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Home Builders reported this week that home affordability reached its highest level in 20 years, making the purchasing power for home buyers even better during this traditionally prime buying season.

Here’s a closer look at mortgage rates:

  • 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage: Averaging 4.60 percent this week, it was down slightly from last week’s 4.61 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.84 percent. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage hasn’t been under this week’s 4.60 percent average since early December 2010 when it fell to 4.46 percent.
  • 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage: Averaging 3.78 percent this week, it also was down from last week’s 3.80 percent average. Last year at this time, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.21 percent. It has not been under this week’s 3.78 percent average since late November 2010 when it fell to 3.77 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage: Averaging 3.41 percent this week, it was down from last week’s 3.48 percent average. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.97 percent.

Source: “Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue to Find New Lows,” Freddie Mac (May 26, 2011)

Interest rates continue to climb!

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Mortgage rates continued to sail higher for the fifth consecutive week, according to Freddie Mac, with the most popular mortgages inching further toward 5%.

Traditional 30-year fixed mortgages cost 4.83% on average, for the week ended on Thursday, with a discount of 0.7 point. Though still below year-ago levels, those rates jumped significantly from the previous week’s 4.61% rate and the 4.17% low hit in early November; 30-year fixed rates haven’t been this high in seven months.

Mortgage Rates by RateZip.com

 

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100% USDA Loans Are Available Again!

Funding for USDA 100% financing ran out a few months ago. But, it’s back!

It is official as of today….the rural housing mort­gage program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is back.  Yes, the same people that certify our beef at the grocery store offer a mortgage program. (more…)

Home Ownership Still The Core of The American Dream

A recent Fannie Mae study reveals that the majority of Americans still aspire to own a home – and for good reason. Owning a home is critical to financial stability and wealth building. A home serves as a forced savings account and provides a solid asset, as well as a place to live. Despite the recent market upheaval, the vast majority of Americans still consider home ownership to be important to the economy and preferable to renting. Since the end of World War II, promoting home ownership has been high on the list of the federal government’s priorities, and will continue to be so. (more…)

Ownership Costs Are Dropping Below Rental Costs!

The recent downturn in the housing market resulted in a drop in rental rates, but rents are back on the rise while the cost of home ownership has dropped.

As the chart below indicates, as average apartment rental rates have slightly decreased, the decline has been moderate in comparison to home values, which have declined nationwide by 30 to 40 percent since the peak of the housing boom. (more…)