Payments Surpass Cost-Burdened Threshold As Affordability Sinks To Lowest Point In 35 Years

Housing payments have surpassed the dreaded 30% cost-burdened threshold thanks to the 30-year fixed rate’s recent half-point jump. Black Knight reports that it now costs $2,103 to make the principal and interest (P&I) payment on an average-priced home with a 20% downpayment. That equates to 36.2% of the median household income and sinks affordability to its lowest level in more than 35 years. Payments as a percentage of income are now higher than the previous record of 34.1% in July 2006, and significantly up from the long-term average of 25.1%. The Department of Housing and Urban Development defines cost-burdened families as those “who pay more than 30% of their income for housing” and “may have difficulty affording necessities such as…

Affordability Hits 15-Year Low

Affordability is at a 15-year low, with mortgage payments up in 45 of the 50 largest U.S. metros, according to Zillow’s latest market report. Buying a typical U.S. home with interest rates of 5.78% would result in monthly payments of $2,127. That’s up 36% year to date, and 51% YOY. Those monthly payments would account for 28% of homeowners’ monthly income, inching closer to the 30% benchmark that means homeowners are cost-burdened. The report noted that since rates have risen above the April data it references, homeowners may already be at that 30% threshold. Rising interest rates and soaring home prices have pushed mortgages out of reach for many Americans, leading to diminishing demand that has economists worried that recession…

Opendoor Launches New Financing App

Opendoor has rolled out a new financing app in California that the company claims allows consumers to get pre-approved for a mortgage in under two minutes. The company announced the roll-out on its website, and the app went live Thursday, June 2. It is part of the company’s suit of products including Buy with Opendoor, Opendoor Backed Offers, and Opendoor Complete. “With this new financing app, Californians can better understand their loan options and the down payment they need to buy a home. They simply download the app and answer four short questions,” the release reads. “Our technology then identifies loan options that are available from over 1,000 programs based on the customer’s needs and criteria, such as the mortgage…

Prices Are Up In Distressed Neighborhoods Due To Soaring HPI And Low Inventory Elsewhere

Home prices rose in Q1 2022 for the majority of Opportunity Zones, with the pace of gains in half of all zones besting quarterly and annual increases across the nation, ATTOM reported. Opportunity Zones are areas targeted for economic improvement, defined in the Tax Act legislation as census tracts in or alongside low-income neighborhoods that meet specific criteria for redevelopment. ATTOM analyzed 5,092 zones in the U.S. that had at least five home sales in Q1 2022. The report found that median single-family home and condo prices increased in 55% of zones between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022. In 50%, prices rose by at least 20%, despite the fact that the pace of increases slowed in Q1. “Home price trends…

New Program Helps Buyers Get Energy-Efficient Appliances With Their Home Loan

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Guild Mortgage has partnered with The Home Depot to help buyers save on utility costs and manage multiple payments by bundling the cost of new energy-efficient appliances into their home loan. The GreenSmart Advantage program offers options to finance energy or water-efficient improvements up to 5% of a home’s appraised value by consolidating the costs into a mortgage. Refrigerators, dishwashers, smart thermostats, washing machines, and dryers are examples of what can be included. Primary FHA purchase transactions are eligible. A 3.5% down payment and a credit score above 580 are required to qualify. Mary Ann McGarry is CEO of Guild Mortgage, which is headquartered in San Diego. She said in a statement that the company is always…

New Home Sales Fall To Four-Month Low

New home sales fell to a four-month low in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 763,000, down 8.6%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The massive dropoff can be attributed to the rising cost of buying a home. Home price appreciation and increasing interest rates are pricing potential buyers out of the market. Between rates and prices, monthly mortgage payments are 19.5% higher than they were three months ago and 38% higher than a year ago. Meanwhile, some sellers are opting not to put their homes up for sale, exacerbating the stock shortage and driving up competition. The seasonally‐adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end…

Mortgage Rates Average 5.11%, Causing “Volatility In Demand”

Mortgage rates averaged 5.11% last week, up from 5%, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. Freddie’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) found that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.11%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 2.97%. “Mortgage rates increased for the seventh consecutive week, as Treasury yields continued to rise,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “While springtime is typically the busiest homebuying season, the upswing in rates has caused some volatility in demand. It continues to be a seller’s market, but buyers who remain interested in purchasing a home may find that competition has moderately softened.” Mortgage rates have grown from 3.51% at the beginning of March while home prices remain elevated. The combo has…

Morning Roundup (4/21/2022)– Monthly Payments Up, Home Sales Down

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, April 21. Russia test-launched a new intercontinental missile that it said could carry several nuclear warheads. The federal government charged 21 people in Medicare fraud schemes, including selling fake vaccine cards and test results. The Mortgage Note Reports “Plenty Of Fuel In The Tank”: Monthly mortgage payments on the typical U.S. home are 19.5% higher than they were three months ago, but demand just keeps growing. Existing Home Sales: Existing-home sales fell for the second straight month in March, down 2.7% from the prior month and 4.5% from a year ago.  And in other mortgage and housing news… Blend Layoffs: Mortgage tech company Blend has laid off 10% of its workforce. BOA Settlement: HUD signed a Conciliation Agreement with Bank of America to resolve…

Demand Keeping Market Hot Despite Rising Prices: “Plenty Of Fuel In The Tank”

Monthly mortgage payments are up by 19.5% from three months ago, and 38% YOY, according to Zillow’s March Real Estate Market Report. Annual home value growth set a new record for the 12th consecutive month. The typical home is now worth $337,560, up 20.6% YOY. At the same time, mortgage rates have grown from 3.51% at the beginning of March to breach the 5% mark at the end of the month. The combo has pushed monthly payments up 38% YOY on a home with a 30-year mortgage and 20% down payment. Despite this, Zillow reports that the pace and volume of sales picked up, “showing the depth of the pool of homebuyers willing and able to meet current asking prices.”…

Eco-Friendly Homes Sell For More Money And Faster Than Similar Homes

Homes with eco-conscious features can sell faster and for more money than similar homes without them, a new analysis from Zillow found. Zillow looked at environment-related features mentioned in listing descriptions for 3.1 million home sales in 2020 and 2021. The analysis found that homes featuring electric vehicle chargers and drought-resistant landscaping can sell nine days faster than similar homes.  Features that protect against climate-related disasters such as hurricane shutters can sell for as much as 2.4% more than expected. Energy-efficient features can also help homes sell for more money and sometimes faster, with listings that mention solar panels selling for 1.4% more and listings including smart sprinkler systems and smart lights selling up to six days faster than expected.…