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Conforming Loan Limits Increase – now $679,650 in high cost areas

Written by Clay on . Posted in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Homebuyers, Real Estate, Realtors, Renovation Loans, reverse mortgage, Uncategorized

Major Increase in Monterey; Sonoma;  Ventura and Yolo Counties in CA; Summit County in UT as well as King; Pierce and Snohomish Counties in Washington

Single family conforming loan limits increased to $453,100 across the nation and to $679,650 in certain high-cost areas. Several counties that previously were in between the base and high-cost limits saw significant increases based on rising property values in Signet Mortgage service areas. Monterey; San Diego; Sonoma; and Ventura Counties in California; Summit County in Utah and King; Pierce and Snohomish Counties in Washington will now have access to conforming loan limits reflecting the current market values. The new conforming limits will be effective for loans closed after January 1, 2018.

The new limits are helpful as conforming rates can be lower than jumbo rates and underwriting more consistent and flexible so a few more transactions will get done!

A purchase in the Bay Area up to $849,500 at 80% loan to value can be done with a conforming loan … Particularly relevant with this announcement is the average U.S. home prices have improved as this is the second increase in as many years after being unchanged since 2008.

Here is a link to the loan limits by county for Signet Mortgage service area (CA, WA, OR, ID, UT) and for the entire country.  Included on the right of the chart are the changes from 2017.

The press release from FHFA is here. Certain high-cost areas have the higher limits at 150% of the base at $636,150 (150 % of $424,100).  But many counties, such as Monterey, San Diego, Sonoma and Venture (CA) as well as Summit (UT), King (WA), Pierce (WA) and Snohomish (WA) saw significant bumps to its loan limits. Here are highlights of loan amounts and details for single family and up to 4 units and changes for those counties.



The changes do not impact FHA forward or reverse mortgages or VA loans for the moment. Those announcements should be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.

As a mortgage professional in business for over thirty years, I am here to consult with you and answer any questions you have about the strategic use of your mortgage. Let’s talk about your goals and perhaps ways that you can take advantage of these changes.  Call or email me – I am happy to help!

 
Conforming Loan Limits

Conforming Loan Limits Increase for First Time Since 2007

Written by Clay on . Posted in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Homebuyers, Real Estate, Realtors, Renovation Loans, reverse mortgage, Uncategorized

Major Increase in Monterey; San Diego; Sonoma; San Luis Obispo; Ventura and Yolo Counties as well as King; Pierce and Snohomish Counties in Washington Single family conforming loan limits increased to $424,100 across the nation and to $636,150 in certain high-cost areas. People who need a loan can find forbrukslån uten sikkerhet here. Several counties that previously were in between the base and high-cost limits saw significant increases based on rising property values in Signet Mortgage service areas. Monterey; San Diego; Sonoma; San Luis Obispo; Ventura and Yolo Counties in California as well as King; Pierce and Snohomish Counties in Washington will now have access to conforming loan limits reflecting the current market values. Speaking of loans, I know that you are familiar with “student aid bill of rights” which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2015 aiming to help students with their student loans. It is still active now, apply! According to knowledgefirstfinancialresp.ca/, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced these changes in a press release  today.  The new conforming limits will be effective for loans closed after January 1, 2017. The new limits are helpful as conforming rates generally are lower than jumbo rates and underwriting more consistent and flexible so a few more transactions will get done!   A purchase in the Bay Area up to $795,000 at 80% loan to value can be done with a conforming loan … Particularly relevant with this news announcement is the average U.S. home prices have edged slightly above pre-decline levels from 2007.  Data published in the third quarter Housing Price Index (HPI), reveal that housing prices are approximately 1.7 percent above the value for third quarter 2007. Here is a link to the loan limits by county for Signet Mortgage service area (CA, WA, OR, ID, UT) and for the entire country.  Included on the right of the chart are the changes from 2016.   The source document from FHFA is here. Certain high-cost areas have the higher limits at 150% of the base at $636,150 (150 % of $424,100).  But many counties, such as Monterey, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Summit (UT), Jefferson (WA), Pierce (WA) and Snohomish (WA) saw significant bumps to its loan limits. Here are highlights of loan amounts and details for single family and up to 4 units and changes for those counties. 2016-11-23_1206           The changes do not impact FHA forward or reverse mortgages or VA loans for the moment. Those announcements should be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.   With the 2008 economic stimulus plan FHA increased loan limits to $625,500 for reverse mortgages for one year and has extended this limit one year at a time since.  The $625k is due to expire this Dec 31. We should hear soon if it has been extended again or changed up or down. As Jonckers professional in business for over thirty years, I am here to consult with you and answer any questions you have about the strategic use of your mortgage. Let’s talk about your goals and perhaps ways that you can take advantage of these changes.  Call or email me – I am happy to help!     Clay-Selland Signet R3 280x120
Post Election Interest Rates Increase

Trump Thump: Mortgage Rates Jump 0.500% Post Election

Written by Clay on . Posted in FHA, Freddie Mac, Homebuyers, Presidential Election, Rate Updates, reverse mortgage

“Trump Thump” – Mortgage Rates Jump 0.500% or More Post Election

The election is now over and the dust has settled. As painful as it might be to accept, a trend described by others as the “Trump Thump” means we may now have to get used to 30-year fixed conforming loan rates at or above 4.0%.    

 

Prior to the election, pundits had clearly agreed on the idea that the markets “built in” the prospect of a Clinton victory, and – in the unlikely event that Trump won – this surprise victory would mean an improvement in the bond market because of the uncertainty Trump would bring to the table. Well, so much for that idea. 

 

Economic experts maintain that Trump’s economic policies will boost spending and business, as well as bring inflation (all of which leads to lower bond prices and higher mortgage rates). Interesting to me how quickly everything turned in the direction. Was there not enough time spent analyzing the impact of a Trump victory? Did this catch the markets unprepared?  

 
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Post Election Results on Mortgage Rates

According to a recent article by Money writer, Taylor Tepper, markets indicate there’s a 75% chance that the Fed raises short-term rates modestly when policy makers meet in mid-December. Here’s a more in-depth analysis on what President-elect Trump means for interest rates in Tepper’s article:  President Trump Interest Rates Federal Reserve. CNBC’s Diana Olick weighs in on the mortgage rate crisis: watch video. 10-year treasury yields have also spiked in the days since Trump’s election, and something to keep in mind with that is: Don’t panic. This sudden rise isn’t likely to continue, at least, not because of the Trump presidency. “Rates tend to move very sharply in short periods of time and very little in prolonged periods of time,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate. “It’s not something that I think continues.” So, my advice to those who are anxious about mortgage rates, know that this is a cycle… and as far as rates are concerned, nothing is on the horizon that would suggest waiting for an improvement in rates. Either way, expect volatility and a continuing upward trend in rates.  
Condo Communities

Condo Communities Can Look to Reverse Mortgages and FHA Loans once again …

Written by Clay on . Posted in Condo, Current Events, Fannie Mae, FHA, Freddie Mac, reverse mortgage

Condo Communities Can Look to Reverse Mortgages and FHA loans again Once Regulations are Adopted The most relevant provision of the changes will emulate the FHFA’s rules regarding the transfer fees for FHA mortgages including reverse mortgages.  In July 2015 FHA began refusing to approve condominiums in higher cost communities such as Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA because of the Golden Rain Foundation Membership transfer fees. For the moment reverse mortgages and FHA loans and Rossmoor are still not allowed, it is better to use the Cincinnati mortgage rates that are more helpful and reliable. Current homeowners and future homeowners in Rossmoor must await the close of the comment period November 30th and publication of a final rule.   There is no timeline for issuance of rules. HUD takes whatever time it needs to review comments, then when done publishes a final rule, generally for effect 0-30 days later. Passed unanimously in both the U.S. House and Senate, and signed into law by President Obama on July 29, 2016, H.R. 3700 resolves a number of uncertainties regarding FHA’s condo provisions. The mortgage industry is still awaiting the close of the comment period and publication of the final rule, but here is a look at the provisions as they stand:
  • Reduces the FHA condo owner occupancy ratio to 35%
  • Gives FHA the ability to substantially reduce burdens and streamline the condo re-certification process
  • Provides more flexibility for mixed use buildings.
  • Emulates the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) rules regarding private transfer fees for FHA condo lending.
  • Allows for approved lenders to directly endorse Rural Housing Service (RHS) loans and car loans. You must ask yourself first, What Is an Unsecured Loan?
  • Will streamline programs for federally-assisted housing programs
Condo Communities

Condo Communities to get Relief After Passage of HR 3700 Bill

For comprehensive details of the HR 3700 bill, click here. Condominium communities, like Rossmoor Senior Adult Community in Walnut Creek, CA are impacted. Soon, current homeowners and potential buyers of condos will once again have access to more flexible FHA financing opportunities including reverse mortgages. The changes will benefit more than just Rossmoor.  Lowering the owner occupancy requirement to 35% will be a big benefit as well meaning communities with high rental ownership will now be open to home buyers with FHA financing. It’s not just our brains that suffer from the heat either. When the mercury rises so do tempers. As an article on Today.com explains, while our brains are slowing down, our bodies are speeding up with increased heart rates and higher blood pressure. This is why you sould canvass air conditioning companies in CC TX for better air conditioning. All this leads to more aggressive behavior making a cool environment key to maintaining peace at home, work, and in public places. “Condominiums often represent an affordable option that’s just right for first-time and low-to-moderate income home buyers. Unfortunately, overly-burdensome restrictions on condo financing have for too long put that option out of reach for many creditworthy borrowers,” said Tom Salomone, President of NAR and broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. You’ve decided to buy or sell a house. Maybe you need a bigger home, or a smaller one. Maybe it’s your first home. Maybe you’re being relocated. Whatever the reason, selling or buying a home is a big decision and hiring a good real estate agent will make the process go more smoothly. Well, Lorin McLachlan can help you with the — you can visit her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/people/Lorin-McLachlan/100011270656226. I look forward to having this legislation signed into law so more options are opened up for all.  We will keep you updated on the progress as it happens on liberty silver rounds, I also ask myself who can get me the best loan at all times, and so far pickaloan is the only agency that seems to care.  Please contact us for a strategic look at your real estate financing needs.   I can be reached at www.signetmortgage.com.

Positive underwriting changes may make qualifying easier!

Written by Clay S. on . Posted in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Loan Modification

PendulumIt is easier to get approved for a mortgage these days … really!  Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made substantial changes that will help qualify more buyers – do I dare say that many of the changes introduced some common sense back in the underwriting??  Some highlights … You can Pay Off Credit Cards to Qualify One significant change involves credit card debt – accounts that are paid down at closing to help qualify no longer need to be closed.  That means a credit card that has been paid in full no longer counts against the applicants qualifying debt to income ratio.  That can make it easier to qualify. Quite often we have clients that were frustrated because there credit report indicated minimum payment on credit card balances that previously had to be considered in their debt to income calculations.  Even if the client could demonstrate that they always paid off the credit card monthly and did not carry a balance it got in the way of qualifying. A credit card paid in full no longer counts as debt. Loan to value increases for High Balance Areas More good news for conforming loans in high cost areas! Fannie Mae guidelines for loan to value are now the same for high balance areas as they have been for standard loan to value maximum. Clients wanting to finance a purchase or refinance a loan can now go up to 95% loan to value with  mortgage insurance for a $625,500 loan on a single-family property in high cost areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously the limit was more restrictive with loans exceeding $417,000. Non-occupant co-borrowers are now allowed by Fannie Mae Helping a family member by a home particularly in California can be done utilizing a non-occupant co-borrower, typically a parent. That option is now opened up for conforming loans and there is no restriction on the occupying clients’ debt to income ratios. This will open up opportunities for families wanting to help get their kids into a home. I already have two instances where these new guidelines were the difference between getting a loan and not. Contact me if there are not any deals that were “on the edge” and we will work like crazy to see if the new guidelines can put that client in the position they could get financing for their dream home! Clay Selland NMLS #183492 CalBRE #01398801 925-807-1500 x303  (fax 925-807-1505) clay@104.238.124.149

Loan Fee Increase to be Delayed – A Bit of Holiday Cheer!

Written by Clay on . Posted in events, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Homebuyers, Uncategorized

  Fannimgresie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranteed fee increase will not go into effect in April as previously announced.  Rep. Mel Watt, the incoming director of FHFA, said late last week that he would delay an increase in mortgage fees announced in early December.  In a prepared statement, Mr. Watt indicated the delay of the loan fee increases “until such time I have had the opportunity to evaluate fully the rationale for the plan.” The planned increases included a sharp rise in fees from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for borrowers who do not have at least 20% down payments and credit scores between 680 and 760. This is good news coming at a time when rates have already seen an increase after the Fed announcement to taper off the purchase of mortgage-backed securities. We will keep a sharp eye on these developments after Mr. Watt is sworn in early January.

FED Announcement Pushes Rates Up

Written by Clay S. on . Posted in Current Events, FHA, Freddie Mac, Rate Updates, Refinance

Rates are headed up now that the FED has announced they will begin to taper off their support of the treasury and mortgage backed securities market.  Positive economic data has been steady enough recently to cause the change.    This along with the increase in “G-Fees” that will hit rate sheets in January … will negatively impact rates going forward. The FED has used the purchase of mortgage-backed securities and treasuries to keep interest rates low. This has artificially propped up on prices and thus keeping Mortgage rates low for the last several years. While their taper of purchases is not huge, the signal it sends to the market is the FED support of the bond market will go away and rates will increase. Some good news is the non-Fannie/Freddie loan programs including jumbo loan programs and rates are becoming more significant and pricing is not all that different than the conventional lending ($417k – $625k) so that is a healthy trend looking forward. Overall rates up 1.0% – 1.25% from the historical lows and are right about where we were in September.   The chart below reflects the pricing of mortgage backed bonds over the last year  … lower bond pricing = higher yield, thus higher rates. dec16 Generally 30 year fixed conforming loan to $417,000 will be 4.625% (rate and APR) today with no origination or other charges.  Up to $625,500 will be 4.750% (rate and APR) … Please give me a call about your situation and then I can be more specific. clay signature black

More loan fees: More expensive mortgages

Written by Clay on . Posted in Current Events, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

FannieFreddie Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan guarantee fees are going up again, and the cost is simply passed along to borrowers. Rather than reflecting the actual cost of doing business for Fannie/Freddie – this change is a penalty and raises the cost of a Fannie/Freddie loan under a “plan” to encourage private capital to the mortgage marketplace. The guarantee fees, or G-fees, for conventional mortgages guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie will increase an average of 11 basis points, according to the FHFA. The fees, which in the past were charged to cover potential losses by Fannie and Freddie, are being raised as part of an ongoing effort to lure private capital back into the mortgage market. In January 2012 and again in September 2012 Congress slipped a 10bps increase in the G-Fees under the same guise. The funds from the January increase go to the general fund and not to Fannie or Freddie at all.  It was done to offset a payroll tax break, putting the extra costs on home borrowers and allowed Congress to avoid having to repeal the politically popular payroll tax cut.  A bit slight of hand, don’t you think? Here is the quote from FHFA … “The new pricing continues the gradual progression towards more market-based prices, closer to the pricing one might expect to see if mortgage credit risk was borne solely by private capital,” FHFA Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco said. “The price changes provide better protection of and return to taxpayers, who are providing the capital support that keeps these companies operating. These changes should encourage further return of private capital to the mortgage market.” The problem is when increased loan fees hike the prices of Fannie and Freddie loans, that expense gets passed on to the consumer and make mortgages more costly. The opinions expressed in this post are mine … if you could use assistance navigating your options for residential financing, please give me a call. clay signature black

Loan Limits are Here to Stay… for Now

Written by Clay on . Posted in Current Events, events, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The maximum conforming loan limits for conventional mortgages through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are staying the same, at least for the moment. fhfa The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced Tuesday that the maximum  loan limits for Fannie and Freddie will remain at $417,000 for most areas of the country and up to $625,500 in more expensive markets. After months of real estate industry angst and 66 House Members signing a letter protesting Acting FHFA Director Edward DeMarco’s stated plan to lower the loan limits. And if you don’t have time let professional property manager from pyramiscompany.com to take care of your real estate. FHFA could still lower the loan limits sometime next year but DeMarco said the agency would give at least six months’ notice before making any changes. This is a very big deal in the Bay Area and other high cost areas of California as the expanded conforming limits provide much needed access to lower cost conforming mortgages. Stay tuned – if Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), President Obama’s nominee to head the FHFA, is confirmed. Many observers think Watt would focus the agency on options for struggling homeowners, and be less inclined to lower conforming loan limits. Watt’s confirmation was blocked by Senate Republicans, but the recent change to remove the option of a filibuster means he now requires only 51 votes to be confirmed.

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac to allow retirement assets for qualifying income

Written by Clay S. on . Posted in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Retirement

Retirement assets to be considered in qualifying for conventional loans under new Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac policies. Should add flexibility for retired individuals wanting a conventional loan.

Fannie_MaeFreddie_Mac       One of the unfortunate outcomes of the economic crisis since 2008 has been perfectly well-qualified borrowers that cannot get a loan under the very strict underwriting guidelines we have all been living with the past five years. Finally, policy changes at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may help those with substantial retirement assets qualify for low rate conventional loans by including in income eligibility factors such as IRA, 401(k) and other retirement assets, to supplement existing fixed income such as Social Security. I can think of a number of clients over the past five years that have been frustrated at their inability to qualify for a Country Club Village and mortgages when they had hundreds of thousands, and sometimes over a million, dollars in their retirement funds. While Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can come out with new underwriting guidelines, it will be important to get investors on board to accept these new policies and provide the dollars necessary to fund these loans.  The early success of the HARP refinance program for borrowers with less than 20% equity in their homes was torpedoed by a lack of investor appetite for these riskier loans. I would not anticipate the same kinds of issues with this new program, however. This is an exciting change that would return some flexibility to those making a transition in retirement to a new home. If you would like to talk with a mortgage advisor who thinks long-term and strategically about your financial investments including your liabilities – please give me a call. clay signature black