What the Experts Are Saying About the Current Housing Market

Blog posted On November 23, 2021

To buy or not to buy? Many hopeful homeowners are wondering. While some signs in the housing market might push you toward, “it’s the perfect time to buy,” others might make you feel, “maybe I should wait.” Home prices are rising, but mortgage rates are trending at generally low levels. So, what do you do? Some people decide to trust their gut, but we decided to trust the experts. Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s senior vice president and chief economist, weighed in on the market and whether it’s the right time to buy.


More Americans Are Taking Advantage of Their Home Equity

Blog posted On November 16, 2021

As property values continue to rise, homeowners continue to gain more equity. According to Federal Reserve data, U.S. home equity reached a record high of $23.6 trillion in the second quarter of 2021. That’s nearly double the amount of home equity from the 2006 housing boom.

But what does this really mean for homeowners?


Home Sales Profits Reach Another Record High

Blog posted On November 09, 2021

Last week, property database ATTOM released its U.S. Home Sales Report for Q3 of 2021. The results of the report revealed that median-priced single-family homes had the highest profit margin in 10 years. It also showed that returns on sales rose at the fastest quarterly pace in seven years and fastest annual pace in over a decade.


Housing Starts Data Shows Positive Signs for the Market

Blog posted On October 26, 2021

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that housing starts and building permits saw respective declines of 1.6% and 7.7% in September. Typically, this data would have negative connotations for buyers and builders alike. A slowdown in housing starts can suggest a slowdown in construction – which is the last thing the real estate industry would need right now. Home prices are already soaring, and if housing construction slows, this could put even more upward pressure on prices. Luckily, the month-over-month construction data is only telling a small part of the overall story. The long-term data shows a much more positive trend.


Breaking Down the Fed’s Minutes: What’s Next and What Does it Mean for You?

Blog posted On October 19, 2021

Last Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released its minutes from the September meeting. Not surprisingly, the minutes showed a collective opinion from Committee members that tapering asset purchases would be appropriate given the economy’s progress. Somewhat surprisingly, the Fed changed its take on inflation and now believes it could remain elevated throughout next year. It previously thought that inflation was temporary. Almost all Fed members saw substantial progress toward maximum employment. Both inflation and maximum employment were two benchmarks that the Fed was using to determine when a taper would be appropriate. Many members thought that tapering could begin as soon as next month. But what does this actually mean for you and how does it affect mortgage rates?


Increased Conforming Loan Limits Now Available

Blog posted On October 15, 2021

As home values continue to rise, we’re making it easier for you to purchase the home of your dreams. As of 10/13/21, we have increased our conforming loan limits to make buying a home more accessible to more home buyers. 


What to Do Before the Next Federal Reserve Meeting

Blog posted On October 12, 2021

The next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting will take place on Nov. 2-3, 2021. And this one could be big. FOMC meetings were relatively mundane for about a year and a half. The benchmark interest rate remained near zero, asset purchases stayed strong, and the Federal Reserve was “committed to using [its] full range of tools to support the economy,” said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Now, the economy is in a much better place, and many economists believe that the Federal Reserve is about to shake things up.


3 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Buy a Home

Blog posted On October 05, 2021

The best week to buy a home is here. According to’s Best Time to Buy Report, the week of Oct. 3 – Oct. 9 is the most optimal time of year to buy. The report analyzed data from the Top 50 Largest Metro Areas across the country and determined the best week to purchase a home for each. Though some areas hit their peak in the beginning of the year, most of the markets will hit their “home buying sweet spot” between Sept. 12 and Oct. 17. This time was ranked the best because you’ll likely see more homes on the market, less competition, and lower sales prices.


Despite High Home Prices, Buyers are Still in a Good Financial Position

Blog posted On September 28, 2021

Home prices have been skyrocketing over the past year. In July, the Case-Shiller home price index reported a 19.7% annual gain – shattering its previous record. In August, the median existing home sales price was up 15% annually. Still, home buyers have not been deterred. Home buyer demand, although not as hot as it was peak pandemic, is still soaring. Despite record-high prices, home buyers aren’t paying for more home than they can handle.


Home Prices and Home Buyer Competition are Cooling Off

Blog posted On September 21, 2021

If you’ve been sitting on the home buying sidelines, now might be your chance to jump in. According to real estate brokerage Redfin, both median home prices and pending home sales were down in early September – signaling a potential opportunity for some buyers to save money and still make the winning offer.


Tappable Home Equity Reaches All-Time High: Here’s How to Take Advantage

Blog posted On September 14, 2021

Last week the Data & Analytics division of Black Knight released its latest Mortgage Monitor Report – revealing a record-breaking amount of tappable home equity. Tappable home equity is the amount of money that homeowners can cash-out while keeping their remaining equity at or above 20%. According to the data analytics company, homeowners have an astounding $9.1 trillion in tappable home equity. What does this mean for you?


Housing Market Heat to Continue this Fall

Blog posted On August 31, 2021

In a normal housing market, home sales would begin to slow down around the beginning of Fall. However, the world has been far from normal over the past 18 months. When the pandemic began, many experts believed that the housing market would suffer. But it turned out to be an economic life raft for the U.S. – thriving with eager buyers and owners looking to take advantage of record-low rates. Since then, home sales have been consistently soaring despite seasonal changes. Almost two years later, many people are wondering, when will it end?


Mortgage Trends That Will Define Housing During the End of 2021

Blog posted On August 24, 2021

Throughout real estate history, mortgage trends have commonly corresponded with the overall trends in the housing market. If mortgage rates are improving, then it’s likely that the real estate industry is doing the same. For the remainder of 2021, there are three key trends that will have an impact on the industry – inventory issues, fluctuating interest rates, and increased technological advances.


Fannie Mae Eases Underwriting Calculation

Blog posted On August 17, 2021

On Wednesday, August 11th, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that positive rental payment history will be accounted for during Fannie Mae’s underwriting process. Not only will on-time rental payments help potential homeowners but missed rental payments will no longer prevent them from getting a mortgage. The change is effective immediately and should help current renters have greater access to homeownership.


Out-of-Town Buyers are Headed Back to the Cities

Blog posted On August 10, 2021

After a year-long drought, home buyers are flooding big cities once again. When COVID-19 sent the nation into lockdown last year, many buyers fled crowded urban areas in search of larger homes, bigger yards, and more space. Now, with increasing vaccination rates and reopening offices, people are returning to metropolitan hubs – and bringing steep home offers with them. Many out-of-town buyers are offering much more than the asking price on homes, which is putting pressure on local buyers.


Available Housing Inventory Starts to Increase

Blog posted On August 03, 2021

Last week, the Commerce Department released their report on new home sales in June. Though the level of completed new homes sales was lower than expected, the level of new homes on the market increased to a pandemic high. Earlier this month, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) revealed that the level of existing home sales increased in June after four straight months of declines. The cause? More available homes for sale. With continued inventory gains, home buyers could be seeing less competition and lower home prices over the next several months.


How Biden’s Neighborhood Homes Proposal Could Help Real Estate Investors

Blog posted On July 27, 2021

At the end of May, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge introduced details of President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal dubbed the “American Jobs Plan.” A large part of this plan is the proposed $318 billion dedicated to housing investments. Additionally, the Biden Administration proposed a new federal tax credit, the Neighborhood Homes Tax Credit, designed to encourage construction and rehabilitation of homes in underserved communities. The primary goal of this act would likely to increase homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income buyers in underserved communities. However, there would also be another large incentive be for inventors.


Sales of Vacation Homes Soar

Blog posted On July 20, 2021

After spending 15 months inside, people are itching to get out. They’re also itching to spend some of the money they’ve been saving for the past year. Consequently, the sale of vacation homes has seen a noticeable increase during the first four months of 2021. 


What the Fed is Saying About Surging Home Prices

Blog posted On July 13, 2021

Last week, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released their June meeting minutes. While the large focus of the meeting was inflation, asset purchases, and interest rates, the Committee also had its eye on the climbing home prices. Over the past year, home prices have seen their highest appreciation in over 30 years – up nearly 15% in April. Home buyer demand has been soaring while inventory has remained near record lows – causing a steep increase in prices. Meanwhile, the Fed hasn’t budged.


Good News Ahead for Buyers After a Surge in New Listings

Blog posted On July 06, 2021

Over the past year, home inventory has dropped to record low levels. Historically low mortgage rates have driven eager home buyers into the market, but with hesitant home sellers and overpriced home building materials, the supply of homes has not risen alongside buyer demand. Consequently, buyers have faced increased purchasing competition, higher sales prices, and fewer options to choose from. However, more supply is on the horizon.


What Lies Ahead for the FHFA?

Blog posted On June 29, 2021

Last week was a busy week for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). On Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided that the structure of the Agency was unconstitutional. By Thursday morning, Biden had appointed a new director. Sandra Thompson, FHFA’s deputy director of the division of housing mission and goals, will replace Mark Calabria as director of the FHFA. So, what exactly happened and what’s coming next?


What is Inflation, How Does it Affect Interest Rates, and Why Does it Matter?

Blog posted On June 15, 2021

Over the next two days, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will hold their fourth meeting of the year to discuss interest rates and their Summary of Economic Projections. The central bank has kept the benchmark interest rate near zero since they made an emergency rate cut last March. But with the economy continuing to gain strength, many experts are wondering when the Fed will begin tapering asset purchases and raising rates again.


Is the Housing Market Headed Toward a Crash?

Blog posted On June 01, 2021

It’s no secret that the housing market is still red hot. Supply is low, demand is high, and home values are soaring to some of their highest levels since 1999. The market has been getting hotter and hotter over the past year, leaving many people wondering, “are we headed to a crash?”


Biden’s Impact on Housing in His First 100 Days

Blog posted On May 11, 2021

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 100 days into President Biden’s term. A couple of weeks ago, he gave his first address to Congress with updates on his progress so far and plans to come. Here are some of the ways he has impacted the housing industry over the past 100 days.


4 Ways the Housing Market Could Change After the Pandemic

Blog posted On April 20, 2021

The housing market saw notable shifts when coronavirus initially broke out last year. Mortgage rates dropped, home prices surged, and an increasing number of buyers fled the cities into suburban areas. Now, as the economy is gaining strength, we will likely see the housing market shift again – specifically in these four ways.


New Home Buyers are Taking Charge of the Current Market

Blog posted On April 13, 2021

Last year, the number of first-time home buyers hit its lowest level in over 30 years. The coronavirus pandemic likely played a large role in the decline, but outside of that, the market had other challenges for first-time buyers as well. Low inventory, high demand, and rising mortgage rates are all making it harder for new buyers to break into the homeowner’s club. Consequently, first-time buyers are having to pave more creative paths to homeownership – paths that may differ from their parents and grandparents.


HUD Holds FHA Premiums Steady, Home Buyers Still Win

Blog posted On April 06, 2021

Last week, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that there would be no cuts to FHA mortgage insurance premiums (MIPs). Most of the housing industry had hoped for a 0.25% reduction, but for now the benchmark annual MIP rate will remain at 0.85%. 


More First-Time Home Buyers Choose Conventional Over FHA Loans

Blog posted On March 30, 2021

The FHA Loan has been a cost-effective staple for first-time home buyers since its creation in the 1930s. With low down payments and lenient credit requirements, the FHA Loan has helped millions of home buyers over the years. However, recent data by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has shown a sharp decrease in the number of buyers who are financing their first homes with the FHA Loan. Over the past 1-2 years, more first-time buyers have been choosing the conventional financing route – but why? When might a conventional loan be a better option for first-time buyers? 


How Housing Has Changed in a Year & Where it’s Headed Next

Blog posted On March 23, 2021

Unexpected is an understatement when describing this past year. A global pandemic, a struggling economy, and so much more led to a 2020 that we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. And in the midst of it all, the housing market took a turn that hardly anyone expected – breaking records, surging demand, and a much-needed hand that helped keep the economy going through unprecedented times. Now, many of us are wondering: what’s next?


How the American Rescue Plan Will Impact Housing

Blog posted On March 16, 2021

Last week, Congress approved a $1.9 trillion relief package known as the American Rescue Plan. President Biden signed the plan on Friday, which means the sixth coronavirus relief measure should be disbursed very soon – giving many Americans a $1,400 direct payment and millions of others assistance with unemployment benefits, small business loans, vaccine investment, and community support. 


How Millennials are Shaping the Current Housing Market

Blog posted On March 09, 2021

For decades, Millennials have sat on the sidelines and delayed milestones like homeownership. Two years ago, Millennials – people born between 1981 and 1996 – officially became the largest generation in America, totaling at 72.1 million people. Last year, they became the largest home buying population in America, making up 38% of all buyers. And today, they’re driving the housing boom – with existing sales up 24% annually.


3 Reasons You Should Refinance Now

Blog posted On February 23, 2021

Mortgage rates have trended near historic lows for almost a year now, with the number of new home purchases and refinances surging in response. At the end of last month, the number of refinance application submissions were up 59% year-over-year, hitting their highest level since March 2020. Thousands of homeowners have already refinanced their mortgage to take advantage of low rates, but if you haven’t yet, here are three factors to consider before you make your mortgage move.


A Deeper Look at President Biden’s Proposed Tax Credit

Blog posted On February 09, 2021

Last month, Joe Biden celebrated his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States. Now it’s down to business. One of the proposed changes that the Biden Administration mentioned in their campaign was a $15,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. According to real estate experts, if this credit is passed by Congress, it could be a positive change for the industry.


HUD Announces That the FHA is Backing DACA Mortgages

Blog posted On February 02, 2021

Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) declared that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) would begin backing mortgages for immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This announcement marks the first time that DACA status recipients would be eligible for FHA loans, provided that they meet all other FHA requirements.