Mortgage News – First Time Home Buyer

First-Time Homebuyers Get a Break With Lower Mortgage Rates

(TNS)—Economic gurus got one part of the mortgage forecast for 2019 correct. We’re certainly seeing a volatile year for rates.

What they didn’t see coming: Mortgage rates tumbled in March, the biggest one-week fall in a decade. Now—instead of seeing mortgage rates edge closer to 5.25 percent, as some had predicted we’d see in 2019—we’re looking at an average 30-year rate near 4 percent.

The rate drop comes just in time for the spring home-buying season and will make monthly payments less expensive.

“This drop in rates is going to give the housing market a boost,” says Bill Banfield, executive vice president of Capital Markets for Quicken Loans. “It could help to make people come back into the market and consider buying a home.”

Mortgage rates have fallen by a full percentage point since late 2018. Going back four months or so, most forecasts weren’t expecting mortgage rates to drop as low as 4 percent for borrowers, Banfield says.

“This is a surprise to a lot of people,” Banfield says.

The average 30-year rate was 4.1 percent as of late March, the lowest rate since Jan. 2018, according to Bankrate.com data. But rates started to rebound a bit upward in early April. The average 30-year rate went back to 4.29 percent as of April 3, according to Bankrate.com.

By contrast, the average mortgage rate was 5.1 percent as recently as mid-November, which was a seven-year high, according to Bankrate.com. The average was hovering around 4.75 percent as 2018 drew to a close.

We’re talking about some real money here for homebuyers. Take a $200,000 mortgage. The mortgage payment for principal and interest would drop by about $120 a month if your rate is 4.1 percent instead of 5.1 percent on a 30-year mortgage, according to Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com. For the mortgage alone, the payment would be about $966 month at the 4.1 percent rate. It’s sort of like getting more than one month free each year.

For a homebuyer who was priced out of the market last spring, the lower rates could help get them back in the game.

Being able to lock in a 30-year fixed rate near, or even below, 4 percent helps put some “wind in the sails of home buyers from an affordability standpoint,” McBride says.

The 30-year fixed rate mortgage remains the dominant loan for middle-class borrowers, particularly first-time home buyers.

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Very well kept home in Vineland Hills. Great starter home or looking to downsize? Home has newer windows. New carpet & new vinyl flooring. Newer Thermopride heater, newer central air system. Built on room has lots of outside storage or can be used as a nice porch. Ceiling fans throughout. Sale subject to park approval. Priced to sell, owner says make an offer.

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Recent Plunge in Mortgage Rates

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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.

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Home for Sale in Cedarville New Jersey

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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

 

 

 

 

Market News

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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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Move-in ready two story home

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

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Move-in ready bungalow on quiet street

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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Well Maintained Two Story

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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