Monday, January 25, 2021 / by Steve Mohseni
As we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time at home throughout the health crisis, some are wondering if they should move to improve their mental health and well-being. This is no surprise since the U.S. Census Bureau reported an increase in the percentage of adults with symptoms of anxiety and depression in a recent Household Pulse Survey.
There’s logic behind the idea that making a move could improve someone’s quality of life. When people change their scenery, they often feel happier. Catherine Hartley, an Assistant Professor at New York University’s Department of Psychology and co-author of a study on how new experiences impact happiness, mentioned.
“Our results suggest that people feel happier when they have more variety in their daily routines—when they go to novel places and have a wider a ...
Thursday, January 14, 2021 / by Steve Mohseni
The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows.
According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand across the country is incredibly strong. That’s not the case, however, on the supply side. Seller traffic is simply not keeping up. Here’s a breakdown by state:As the maps show, buyer traffic is high, but seller traffic is low. With so few homes for sale right now, record-low inventory is creating a mismatch between supply and demand.
NAR also just reported that the actual number of homes currently for sale stands at 1.28 million, down 22% from one year ago (1.64 million). Additionally, inventory is at an all-time low with 2.3 months supply ...
Friday, February 21, 2020 / by Steve Mohseni
Interest Rates Over Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
With interest rates hovering at near historic lows, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been, and how much they’ve changed over time.
According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates are currently hovering near a five-decade low.
The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment is significant. An increase of just $20 dollars in your monthly payment can add up to $240 per year or $7,200 over the life of your loan. Maybe it’s time to lock in now while rates are still low.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / by Steve Mohseni
The least amount in a down payment is an attractive option when people are thinking of buying a home. A common reason is to have cash available for furnishing the new home and possible unexpected expenses.
Some people don't have any options because they only have enough for a minimum down payment and the closing costs. For those fortunate buyers who do have extra money available, let's look at why you'd want to do such a thing.
Most loans in excess of 80% loan to value require mortgage insurance to protect the lenders for the upper portion of the loan if the home were to go into foreclosure. FHA requires an up-front premium of 1.75% of the amount borrowed plus a monthly amount of .85% on the balance. FHA mortgage insurance premium must be paid for the life of the loan.
Mortgage insurance on conventional loans varies depending on the borrowers' credit and the amount of down payment being made. Unlike FHA, when the unpaid balance reaches 78% of ...