The 40-Year Mortgage Is Looking More Inviting

By SCOTT KIMBLER The 40-year mortgage is popular again but financial experts warn they come with a lot of risks and potentially no payoffs. Needham Bank, with 14 locations in Massachusetts, promotes 40-year mortgages. “Owning a home has never been so easy,” is the term they use on their website. Before the crash of 2008, 40-year mortgages were a popular option. Today, the expenses of getting into a home are driving buyers to consider signing up for loans they won’t pay off until after they are 65 years old. Roy Black is an Economics Professor at the Emory University Goizueta School of Business and has been examining real estate finance for decades. It is his opinion that negotiating a 40-year…

Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Poised To Make A Comeback?

By SCOTT KIMBLER It is being reported that the typical homebuyer could save an estimated $15,582 over five years if they take out an adjustable-rate mortgage and some borrowers are wondering if the risks are worth the rewards. On Friday, Redfin published an article by Lily Katz and Taylor Marr which stated that demand for adjustable-rate mortgages is on the rise because they typically have lower interest rates than 30-year fixed loans. The Redfin analysis used the estimated monthly mortgage payment on a median asking price home during the four weeks ending May 12. The amount used for calculations was $410,700. The analysis found that the monthly payment for buyers who took out a 5/1 ARM was an estimated $2,164…

Retirees Affected By Inflation, High Housing Costs

By SCOTT KIMBLER With inflation at the highest rate in four decades, every facet of the economy is affected and that has put many people in the position of having to rethink their retirement plans. Professor Tom Smith of Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business says that people who are soon to retire and those just starting to plan for retirement can find themselves in quite a spot. “When you have these types of fluctuations, people have to reevaluate what they think retirement can purchase,” Smith said. “You’re going to be on a fixed income when you retire. You’ll either be on Social Security, drawing a pension, or whatever else. The higher the inflation is, the less buying power your…

U.S. Mortgage Markets Heat Up As Interest Rates and Prices Rise

By SCOTT KIMBLER Potential homebuyers are rushing to mortgage offices to make sure they get a loan before prices and interest rates go even higher. Mortgage rates jumped again to an average of 4.67%, up from last week’s 4.42%, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. At the same time, the spring selling season is looking promising for sellers. Home prices rose 1.84% in February and 19.6% year-over-year – the largest annual gains on record – according to Black Knight’s Monthly Mortgage Monitor Report. These numbers, along with an awkward supply and demand situation, are pushing some buyers who are in a position to do so to go ahead with their home purchase now.  Jerry Stover, sales manager with Homeowners Financial, said this has been…

Morning Roundup (1/3/2022)– Migration From Cities, Affordability Down In November

Good Morning! Today is Monday, January 3. We hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you the best in 2022!For today’s newsletter, we had Scott Kimbler look into the migration from U.S. metros to suburban and rural areas. Is It A Trend Or Here To Stay? Metros See Migration From Cities: Metros are seeing a migration away from urban areas, and those watching this trend say landlords shouldn’t hold their breath hoping a younger generation of renters will replace them. Affordability Reaches 13 Year Milestone: In Q4 2021, median-priced single-family homes were less affordable in 77% of U.S. counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, a 13-year high, the company found. New Record For Home Prices: The median home sale…

Is Migration Away From Urban Areas A Trend Or Here To Stay?

By SCOTT KIMBLER With Americans working from home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, some densely populated areas of the United States are losing residents as people move to the suburbs to escape city life, and those watching this trend say landlords shouldn’t hold their breath hoping a younger generation of renters will replace them. Elizabeth Rose of Mortgage 300 in Dallas, Texas, says there are a variety of reasons why people are moving out of big cities and isn’t sure if this migration to the suburbs and rural areas will continue after the pandemic ends. “We are seeing a trend in my area of people moving outward and there are a few factors driving this,” Rose said in…