Not Your Parents’ Mortgage: 2017 is the Time to Buy

The time for sitting on the sidelines is over.

With last year’s mortgage rates hitting historic lows and the Federal Reserve eyeing another rate hike later this year, prospective homebuyers have more reasons than ever to achieve their dreams of homeownership. But biding your time or using the wrong lender could cost you…big time.

Still unsure? Read on and see why low interest rates coupled with some of the best choices in mortgages are making 2017 a banner year for home-buying.

 

1) One Starbucks Drink Per Day = Down Payment

Most millennials think they need to put 20% down to buy a new home. Why? That’s how Mom and Dad did it in their day.

According to our 2017 Millennial housing outlook study, 70% of respondents say that saving for a down payment is the biggest obstacle to homeownership. But times have changed.

Today, you can buy or refinance a home for as little as 1% down—an average of about $2,000. Skip that daily Starbucks latte, and in 13 months, you’ll have a down payment. If you’re a renter, think about using your security deposit as a down payment.

 

2) Forget the One-Size-Fits-All Mortgage

When your parents shopped for their first mortgage, they probably went to their local bank. Today, TV tells you to go to a direct mega-lender. But did you know that there’s a better option?

An independent broker will shop your loan with multiple lenders to find the best rate that meets your needs. Big banks and mega-lenders only have one set of options—and getting you a mortgage is really only a part-time job in between selling other products like auto loans, CDs and checking accounts.

Unlike their bank counterparts, independent mortgage brokers can put in the time and legwork required to find the best options—including those same big-bank loans. In the end, more options means lower payments and extra money in your pocket. Use a website like FindAMortgageBroker.com / superiorml.com to connect with a broker near you.SML - PROGRAMS FOR CA AND NV

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Inventory is Key to 2017 Housing Market

The housing inventory, or lack of it, dominates Freddie Mac’s Outlook for April.  The company’s Economic and Housing Research team says the supply of for-sale houses, especially starter homes, is at its lowest level in over ten years.  This has real implications for home sales in 2017 and, unless inventories improve, they see a decline from last year when sales were the best in a decade.

Between December 2016 and February of this year homes available for sale averaged an estimated 3.6-month supply, based on the current rate of absorption.  This was the lowest supply since 2000.  Last year there were 1.17 million housing starts and Freddie Mac estimates there will be 1.36 million this year.  However, they also project a need for 1.7 million additional units just to meet the demand created by new household formation, second home demand, and to replace existing housing stock.

Average marketing time in February was 3.0 months, compared to a historical average of 5.3 months.  This alone, the economists say, is not a cause for concern if it can be explained by an efficient market.  However, the number of homes for sale, both new and existing is significantly below pre-crisis years.  The historic average for combined inventory is 2.527 million units; in February, the number was 1.801 million.

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Mortgage rates, which are an important factor in home buying, could also come into play. If inflation reaches its target rate and labor markets tighten further, mortgage rates will rise as projected. This will make it difficult for some homebuyers, who might not be able to afford the higher mortgage payments and therefore might be sidelined.

Freddie Mac sees other economic news falling in line with their projections.  The labor market is continuing to strengthen, as the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in March-the lowest rate in nearly a decade, and inflation has gradually been ticking up since the start of the year. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.1 percent in February and was at 2.7 percent year over year. Core-CPI (exclusive of food and energy components) increased 2.2 percent annually.

While full employment and rising inflation are signs of a strong economy, they also have the potential to push mortgage rates and house prices up. The higher rates and higher home prices (up 5.8 percent on an annual basis in January) create significant affordability concerns, which may continue to characterize the housing market for the rest of 2017.

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Americans are taking out the largest mortgages on record

Bigger homes, more expensive inventory, and lower down payments all add up.

For the past few years, the housing market has been unbalanced. Strong demand and lean supply keep pushing prices higher and higher.

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On Wednesday, a fresh piece of data confirmed that trend. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly purchase loan data showed that the average size of a home loan was the largest in the history of its survey, which goes back to 1990.

Higher prices have a few different effects on the market. Buyers have to make tradeoffs on the kinds of homes they can afford, or may be shut out of ownership altogether.

They may also adjust their borrowing. Larger mortgage sizes may reflect not just more expensive properties, but also more leveraged ones.

The 20% down payment is a relic: the median down payment in 2016 was 10%. For first-time buyers, it was 6%. First-timers and other buyers of less-expensive homes are more leveraged now than they were at the height of the housing bubble a decade ago.

Home loan sizes aren’t the only things that have changed in the years since MBA started its survey. Back at the start of the survey, the median mortgage size was only about 3.3 times the median annual income. It’s now over five times as big – though buyers get bigger homes and lower interest rates.

Mortgage loans and mortgage refinancing loans, types of personal loans, differ dramatically in loan amounts, duration and interest rates. Approval for these loans is not based solely on capacity of return also on the line of credit and/or credit history of the borrower.

Mortgage Loan Types

Mortgage loans can be either fixed or adjustable, with offered rates varying significantly from lender to lender and from one borrower to another. Adjustable rates are considered riskier because the payment can change significantly. In exchange for the risk associated, homeowner enjoy a much lower interest rate, sometimes lower than that of a 30 year fixed rate.

Two step mortgages, has the same interest rate for part of the mortgage and a different rate for the rest of the mortgage. The interest rate adjusts in accordance to the rates of the market. This may wither work to the advantage or disadvantage of the borrower. However this option likewise gives the borrower the opportunity to decide between a variable interest rate and a fixed interest rate at the adjustment date.

Balloon mortgages are much shorter return term and work like a fixed-rate mortgage. The monthly payments are usually lower because of a large payment at the end of the loan.

Regulations

All mortgage loan providers are regulated by federal and state entities and must follow and adhere to all laws in terms of lending and non-payment. It is important to understand the laws and regulations that apply to your loan and your lender before you take out a personal loan.

Important Information on Mortgage Loans

There are always risks when borrowing and there are consequences if the loan is not paid off. If the loan is not paid, you may be reported to a collection agency and face financial and credit score penalties.

Regardless of the length of the loan, all loans require repayment. Borrowers agree to pay back the loan in a particular amount of time and if borrowers are unable to do so they face legal implications.

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The Threat of Wire Fraud Is Real

Help buyers avoid falling victim to a growing real estate scam that dupes them into giving their purchase money to hackers.

Hackers are gaining access to e-mail accounts through captured passwords, and they’ll search inboxes for messages related to real estate transactions. Once they find a victim who’s in the process of buying a home, they’ll send a spoof e-mail that looks like it’s from their agent, title representative, or attorney, and it will say there are “new” wiring instructions, which includes a fraudulent account. The home buyer will then unwittingly wire funds directly into the hacker’s account.

“Once they send it, the money is gone,”. “Millions of dollars are lost on this.”

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Here are six tips for keeping the transaction secure:

1. Build a standard warning about wire scams into your e-mail signature or include a disclaimer at the bottom of your e-mails that says you will not discuss personal financial information over e-mail.

2. At the beginning of every transaction, tell clients what your communication practices are.

3. If you or your agents do engage in a wire transfer with a client, call them on the phone immediately prior to the transfer of funds so they know they’re sending money to the legitimate source.

4. You and your clients should avoid free Wi-Fi with no firewall to protect against hackers capturing an e-mail password or other sensitive information.

5. Always use strong passwords and change them regularly; advise your clients to do the same. It also wouldn’t hurt for your client to change their password before wire instructions are sent.

6. Brokers should consider employing a staff person who’s responsible for monitoring, updating, and implementing information security systems and procedures at your company.

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Second Best Month in 11 Years for Pending Home Sales

Pending home sales in February surprised everyone with an unexpected jump of 5.5 percent.  The National Association of Realtors® said its Pending Home Sales Index, which is a leading indicator based on signed home purchase contracts, rose to 112.3 in February from 106.4 in January.  The reading is 2.6 percent above a year earlier, and surpassed index readings for every month since May 2006 with the exception of last April.

Pending home sales in recent months have worried the housing industry, indicating that the spring market might be less successful than hoped.  Analysts had expected pending sales to recover from their 2.8 percent downturn in January, but they undershot the market in their estimates for February.  Those polled by Econoday had been looking for an increase ranging from 1.4 to 3.5 percent, with a consensus of 2.4 percent.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the level of contract activity in February is proof that, with spring on the doorstep, demand is rising “Buyers came back in force last month as a modest, seasonal uptick in listings were enough to fuel an increase in contract signings throughout the country,” he said. “The stock market’s continued rise and steady hiring in most markets is spurring significant interest in buying, as well as the expectation from some households that delaying their home search may mean paying higher interest rates later this year.”

Added Yun, “Last month being the warmest February in decades also played a role in kick-starting prospective buyers’ house hunt.”

Yun says the tight inventory will continue to play a role in the spring market.  He expects to see “continued ebbs and flows in activity as new supply struggles to replace listings that are going under contract at a very quick pace. This is especially the case at the lower- and mid-market price ranges, where choices are minimal and prices are being bid higher by multiple offers,” he said.

He continued, “The homes most buyers are in the market for are unfortunately the most difficult to find and ultimately buy. The country’s healthy labor market is translating to greater job security, but affordability is not improving because home prices in some areas are still outpacing incomes by three times or more because of tight supply. How much new and existing inventory there is on the market this spring will determine if sales can reach their full potential and finally start reversing the nation’s low homeownership rate.”

Existing-home sales are forecast to be around 5.57 million this year, an increase of 2.3 percent from 2016 (5.45 million). The national median existing-home price this year is expected to increase around 4 percent. In 2016, existing sales increased 3.8 percent and prices rose 5.1 percent.

Contract sales were up in every part of the country. The PHSI in the Northeast rose 3.4 percent to 102.1 in February, putting it 6.6 percent higher than a year earlier. In the Midwest, the index jumped 11.4 percent to 110.8, although it is still 0.6 percent lower than the previous February.

Pending home sales in the South climbed 4.3 percent to an index of 127.8, 4.2 percent above the same period in 2016.  The West’s number increased 3.1 percent in February to 97.5, 0.2 percent higher than a year ago.

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  • FHA LOANS – Taking FHA borrowers to a new level with industry-leading government rates and pricing
  • VA LOANS – A hero for our veteran borrowers. Whether you are purchasing a new home or refinancing
  • REFINANCE LOANS – Multiple options allowing you to refinance with aggressive pricing that help you lower your payment or cash-out
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Fully Digital Mortgage For Brokers

United Wholesale Mortgage unveils fully digital mortgage for brokers |

Mortgage brokers now have the ability to compete with Quicken Loans’ Rocket Mortgage and other digital mortgage options from large lenders, as United Wholesale Mortgage unveiled its own fully digital mortgage that brokers can offer to their borrowers.

The new offering is called BLINK, which stands for “borrower link,” and according to the United Wholesale, it allows mortgage brokers to be on an even playing field in the digital mortgage space.

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In a release, United Wholesale said that BLINK is an “all-digital, multi-functional loan portal that allows consumers and brokers to take an application no matter where they are.”

By using the system, borrowers have the capability to start the loan application process, pull their credit, e-sign documents, verify assets, and track the status of their loans – from anywhere, UWM said in the release.

Additionally, UWM said that BLINK allows each customer to use the system as much or as little as they’d like to.

“Borrowers can complete the mortgage process entirely on their own if they choose, or seek assistance from their mortgage broker at any time,” UWM said, “allowing the capability to co-browse screens with their clients in real-time to guide them through the process. Additionally, if a borrower wants to meet in person, they can still meet in person and complete the application online together.”

“With BLINK, new homebuyers or existing homeowners will be able to initiate the loan process from any mobile device, in the comfort of their home, on their own time,”

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Las Vegas High-rise Market Heats Up

After the Great Recession, Las Vegas high-rises were hard hit. But eight years after the crash, notable things are happening in Las Vegas’ niche high-rise market.

Prices have climbed with an eyebrow-raising $1,633-per-square-foot sale, move-up buyers and renovations. There are projections that demand for Strip high-rise homes may increase with the opening of T-Mobile Arena, the announcement of an NHL expansion franchise and talks could that lead to an NFL team in Las Vegas. Plus, unique opportunities exist to purchase top-level penthouses, gray shell penthouses, and even “a bulk” package of condos.

What has been happening in the high-rise market is consistent with other segments of Las Vegas’ real estate market in that it has been steadily rising. This leads to specific high-rise developments having smaller and smaller amounts of inventory for buyers.

About Mandarin Oriental – Las Vegas

The Residences of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas are the most sought after condos in town. Praised for its prime CityCenter location and five-star luxury services, the building’s 225 exclusive units offer owners ultimate privacy and the very finest amenities. All just steps away, the Mandarin Oriental provides access to the very best shopping, dinning, and Broadway-caliber entertainment.

World-class services and amenities include: around-the-clock security, concierge and valet, doorman, pet park, fitness center, spa, yoga studio, salon, business center, billiards, conference rooms and more. Dinning options include: Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, MOZen Bistro, Mandarin Bar, Tea Lounge, and the Pool Cafe.

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  • Loan amounts up to $2 million
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  • Eligible for primary and second homes
  • ARM and fixed-rate options available
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The only true Jumbo loan that is easy to close! Among the most competitive 30-year fixed rates in the industry, Superior Mortgage Lending offers incentives on all purchase transactions. From primary homes to investment properties, Superior provides jumbo loans with clear, hassle-free guidelines.

  • Eligible for primary, secondary and investment properties
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We offer a wide variety of Residential and Commercial Loans. Superior Mortgage Lending is your premiere team of mortgage professionals in Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas High Rise Life

When it comes to entertainment, Las Vegas is undeniably one of the world’s capitals. Known for delicious buffets, epic shows and big jackpots, Vegas is the place to have a good time. But did you also know that it great place to see mid century architecture?

The Residences At Mandarin Oriental

The history of Chinese fan can be dated to over 3,000 years ago, around the Shang Dynasty, which was used by the emperor’s honor guard as decoration and symbolic of noble class. Today, the Mandarin Oriental fan logo is recognized internationally and is respected within the tourism industry as one the world’s most highly recognized brands. Prestigiously located at the heart of Las Vegas strip, there is a quintessential charm The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas brings, with its oriental heritage and world-class service. For the globe-trotting connoisseur of fine living, it lives up to its expectation, for holding a AAA Five Diamond Award for its hotel. While, also holding a Triple Forbes Five Star Award for its hotel, spa, and restaurant Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas first opened its doors in December 2009 with near-360-degree panoramic views of the city. Designed with uttermost intent to create a sense of space and superiority, and a prime position; conveniently located at City Center with unsurpassed architectural design and only the finest of amenities at its non-gaming and smoke-free environment.

“Residents can take advantage of Mandarin Oriental’s renowned legendary services and amenities available exclusively for its residents. We offer a truly unique and exclusive lifestyle. Residents can get the best of both worlds…privacy of a home along with all the amenities you have of a Forbes triple five-star hotel.”

Luxury amenities include, but are not limited to: a dedicated team of full-time trained staff of concierge, private entrance, 24/7 valet, maintenance, housekeeping services, 24-hour in-residence dining and security, complimentary WIFI, fully-equipped business centre and boardroom offering state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, entertainment lounge, access to Owners Elite programme, notary service, pet sitting and many more to accommodate lifestyle needs. The hotel also has a 7,650 square-foot ballroom with full catering services available to host the most extravagant events.

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Home Prices & Values Las Vegas

The median home value in Las Vegas is $209,100. Las Vegas home values have gone up 9.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.3% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Las Vegas is $131, which is lower than the Las Vegas Metro average of $132. The median price of homes currently listed in Las Vegas is $247,000. The median rent price in Las Vegas is $1,250, which is lower than the Las Vegas median of $1,265. Looking for a home loan in Las Vegas? Superior has first time home buyers and mortgage refinance programs. Hundreds of mortgage options under one roof.

Neighborhoods in Las Vegas

NAME MEDIAN ZHVI
The Lakes $272,300
Buffalo $253,600
Desert Shores $242,900
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Rancho Charleston $152,100
Twin Lakes $139,600
West Las Vegas $118,300

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