Archives for August 2012

Mortgage Rates Resume Drop

By Mike Colpitts Mortgage borrowing rates resumed their drop after a month of solid increases, according to Freddie Mac. The fixed 30-year home loan averaged 3.59%, down from a week ago when it was 3.66%. Adjustable rate mortgages also dropped, giving those shopping for mortgages a break. Mortgage rates have seen their highest hike in more than a year over the past month after U.S. Treasuries rose as a result of economic unrest. Rates paid … [Read more...]

Foreclosures Sell 32% Under Rest of Market

By Mike Colpitts Foreclosures or bank owned homes sold at an average discount of 32% below similar homes in the same neighborhood during the second quarter of the year, according to RealtyTrac. The price was two percent lower than a year ago. Foreclosure sales accounted for 23% of all U.S. residential sales during the second quarter, a single 1% hike from the first quarter. There were 224,429 foreclosure related sales during the period, … [Read more...]

Overwhelming Majority Favor Homeownership

By Mike Colpitts An overwhelming majority favor homeownership over renting despite the housing downturn, according to a new study. The results were found as part of a Fannie Mae survey that asked a variety of questions revolving homeownership and the economy. An astonishing 85% of respondants said they favor homeownership over renting based on the fact that owning a home was “financially better” than renting. Home values in more than 100 … [Read more...]

Mortgages Slow Despite Rate Drop

By Ryan Jackson A drop in mortgage rates did little to slow another decline in mortgage applications for the second straight week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Home loan applications fell as interest borrowing rates on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage decreased to an average of 3.80% on fully executed mortgages. The drop in rates was the first in more than a month after borrowing rates have seen an upward trend since hitting … [Read more...]

Overwhelming Majority Favor Homeownership

By Mike Colpitts An overwhelming majority favor homeownership over renting despite the housing downturn, according to a new study. The results were found as part of a Fannie Mae survey that asked a variety of questions revolving homeownership and the economy. An astonishing 85% of respondants said they favor homeownership over renting based on the fact that owning a home was “financially better” than renting. Home values in more than 100 … [Read more...]

Cash Home Sales Slowly Decline

By Mike Colpitts Cash home sales, which hit record highs as bargain hunting investors plunked down greenbacks to reach feverish levels have declined as the inventory of lower priced foreclosures evaporates in many U.S. regions. The drop in cash sales follows a steady decline in bank owned properties, despite government slowdowns determining how many homes and other residential properties will be sold-off at a discount in bulk to investment … [Read more...]

Isaac Poses $36 Billion in Storm Damage

By Mike Colpitts As it roars toward the Gulf Coast to make landfall forecast to turn into a hurricane, tropical storm Isaac poses more than $36 billion in financial losses to the Gulf Coast, according to a real estate research firm. An estimated 269,081 homes and other residential properties in just seven major metropolitan areas along the Gulf Coast could be at risk from the powerful storm, an analysis from CoreLogic showed. “The current … [Read more...]

Interest Deduction & Short Sale Amnesty Likely

By Mike Colpitts Amnesty on federal taxes for short sales and continuing the mortgage interest deduction are among a package of laws expected to be approved by Congress effecting more than 30-million U.S. homeowners before the end of the year. House majority leader Harry-Reid (D-NV) is being pushed by a group of senators to bring the legislation to a vote before Congress adjourns for the year. Unless lawmakers approve an extension of the … [Read more...]

First Time Home Buyers Edge Higher

By Mike Colpitts First time home buyers made up more than one out of three home purchases in July to compose the highest number of buyers in months, according to the National Association of Realtors. The slim hike in first time buyers, however, is still below any sort of normal pace on an historic basis. Firs time buyers accounted for 34% of home purchases, up from 32% in June as first timers took advantage of record low mortgage rates. The … [Read more...]

Top 10 Real Estate College Towns

Investors and parents shopping for rentals for college students might realize a sharp increase in rents when students go off to college this fall. Rents on homes and apartments rose an average of 4% in the U.S. in the last year, and higher rents are expected. Realtor.com released its second annual round-up of the top 10 college towns to consider investing in real estate. Topping the list are Boston, Massachusetts and Washington D.C., which … [Read more...]