The recent plunge in mortgage rates may help the market for home loans surge to a 14-year high, according to recent housing forecasts. In the past month, mortgage rates have posted their biggest drop in a decade, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.08 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage market survey.
The rate decline has enticed more home buyers to enter the market, prompting mortgage demand to reach its highest level since the fall of 2016. Mortgage applications jumped 18.6 percent last week as borrowers rushed to lock in lower financing costs. Mark Watson, director of forecasting for mortgage advisory firm iEmergent, predicts $1.2 trillion in home lending this year, which would be the best year since 2005. “We think the lower mortgage rates will create a huge push, partly from millennial buyers,” Watson told HousingWire. “That is going to support strong growth in home sales over the next several years.”
iEmergent projects a 3.9 percent increase in total home loan volume this year. That’s more optimistic than other forecasters, such as Freddie Mac, which is predicting a 1.5 percent increase in total mortgage lending for 2019, and the Mortgage Bankers Association, which predicts a 1 percent gain.
But the threat of higher mortgage rates is diminishing. The Federal Reserve announced at its January meeting that due to a slowing economy, it does not plan to raise its short-term key interest rates again this year. Therefore, mortgage rates will likely stay low for a while, which will bode well for the housing market, Watson says. “The benefits of the decline in mortgage rates that we’ve seen this year will continue to unfold over the next few months due to the lag from changes in mortgage rates to market sentiment and ultimately home sales,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.
Listed for just $105,000 this large 2 story home has lots of charcter. Home is located in Cedarville, New Jersey in Cumberland County on a quiet street. Home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Kitchen has all new kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Large front porch, spacious family room and separate dining room. Rear sunroom, detached 2 car garage, walk up attic, full basement. Roof, vinyl siding and well are less than one year old. Seller to install new septic system prior to closing.
Detached Garage, Driveway Parking plus 2-Car Garage, 2 Detached Garage Spaces, Garage – Front Entry, 2 Car. 200+ Amp electric service, Heating: Radiator – Oil, Hot Water: Electric. Call today to shedule your tour and ask about listing # 82. Stacy Schnell ~ Realtor Associate / Direct: 856-364-0772
According to fresh findings from realtor.com®, there’s been an improvement in inventory nationwide—but what does that mean for this spring?
Compared to Feb. 2018, there were 6 percent more homes on the market this year, equaling 73,000 more listings, according to the Feb. 2019 realtor.com report. Inventory in the largest markets opened up substantially, with the biggest leaps in the West: 125 percent more in San Jose year-over-year; 85 percent more in Seattle; and 53 percent more in San Francisco.
For homes in the $750,000 or more range, inventory picked up 11 percent year-over-year. The same couldn’t be said for the $200,000 or less segment, with 7 percent fewer listings on the market.
The imbalance is an issue for millennials and others in the starter tier, who’ll have less options in their search this spring.
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Featuring 4 bedrooma and 3 Baths. This 2 story home is situated on quiet lot on cul-de-sac street in Millville,New Jersey. Completely updated kitchen has wood countertops, new stainless steel appliances, backsplash, freshly painted cabinets, breakfast nook, pantry closet, ceiling fan and double sink with garbage disposal. Kitchen opens up to dining area with a floor to ceiling stone wood burning fireplace and ceiling fan. Separate laundry room and family room off kitchen. Spacious and remodeled foyer entry with exposed wood walls and new flooring. Large master bedroom has cathedral ceilings, ceiling fan and a walk-in closet. Master bath has a double vanity, stall shower, soaking tub and tile flooring. Other features include a partially finished basement, insulated windows, natural gas heat with humidifier, central air, concrete driveway, rear deck, city water and sewer and a large rear yard with two sheds. Solar panels are leased and offer a great savings on your electric bill. Rieck Avenue elementary school. Convenient access to Routes 49, 47 and 55. This listing is presented by The Scott Sheppard Team. Call today for a tour or more information and ask about property #90. Or for more information about homes for sale in Cumberland County. Ask about our new $0 down FHA loans! Stacy Schnell ~ Realtor Associate Cell: 856-364-0772
Listed for just $148,000. This bungalow features a completely upgraded kitchen, maple cabinets with soft-close drawers, granite countertops, tile backsplash, tile flooring and recessed lighting. Kitchen opens to dining room and living room with bamboo floors. Living room has a gas fireplace and ceiling fan. Full basement with bilco doors, walk up attic with attic fan. Roof 6 years old, replacement windows, security system, covered front porch, rear maintenance free deck, fenced yard, driveway parking with carport in rear of home, shed. Natural gas heat and hot water, central air condenser 1 year old, public water and sewer, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. Easily accesible to Routes 49 and 55. This property is presented by The Scott Sheppard Team. Give us a call to schedule your private tour today! Ask about home # 89. Stacy Schnell ~ Realtor Associate Cell: 856-364-0772
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This home is situated on quiet dead end street in north Vineland with a mailing address of Newfield, New Jersey. Home is only 6 years old. Home features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Eat-in kitchen with oak cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Spacious living room with ceiling fan. Master bedroom has a walk-in closet. Large rear deck and 6′ vinyl fenced yard. Second floor laundry, security system, natural gas heat and hot water, concrete driveway, shed. Convenient access to Routes 47 and 55. Four years remaining on structural homeowners warranty.
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Well appointed professional office building centrally located in the City of Vineland. Conveniently located across the street from City Hall and the Post Office and one block away from downtown Vineland. UEZ Zone. Off street parking. Easily accessible from Routes 55, 40 & 555. South Jersey real estate located in Cumberland County. #southjerseyrealestate #commercialopportunity
So much potential on this 12.43 +/- farm situated in East Vineland, which is located in Southern New Jersey. Three road frontages, level topography. Perfect for horse farm. 60 x 90 pole barn with riding rink and a 36 x 60 horse barn with nine 10 x 12 stalls. Convenient access to Route 55, 47, 552 and 49. Property consists of 11.94 acres Q Farm of total 12.43 acres. Buyer responsible for any rollback taxes. Other Structures: Barn, Horse Stable, Other, Pole Barn, Riding Ring, Storage Barn/Shed. Call today with your questions!