Last week’s scheduled economic reporting included readings from the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee, news on changing FHA home loan requirements for borrowers with student loans, and reporting on job openings. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
There are two broad categories of mortgages. The first is government mortgages, which include USDA, FHA, and VA loans. These loans are backed and insured by the United States government. The other category is conventional mortgages. These are mortgages that are insured by private lenders, such as banks and credit unions. What are the differences between these two loan options?
Because mortgage rates are still hovering near record lows, many homeowners are considering refinancing to a lower interest rate. This is a great way for homeowners to shorten the term of the loan, reduce the size of their monthly payments, and access cash for a home improvement project. On the other hand, there are some situations where it might be too soon to refinance an existing mortgage. What are a few factors to consider?
When a homeowner makes the decision to upgrade flooring in one area of the home or throughout the entire space, there are numerous materials that may be considered. While each material option has its unique benefits and advantages, many are drawn to hardwood flooring as an option.
Last week’s economic reports included readings from S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices and data on pending home sales. Readings on job growth and und unemployment were also released along with weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims.
Homeowners who are thinking about listing their home for sale in the coming weeks or months may be focused on improving their home to help it sell more quickly, but there also may be a focus on adding value to the home in the process. In fact, these are a few simple and easy projects that can typically be completed over the course of a weekend; that can add value and desirability to the home.
Now is a great time to take out a new home loan because mortgage rates continue to hover near historic lows. As a result, many homeowners are refinancing to a lower rate. This is also the perfect time to move because homeowners can take out a new home loan with a lower interest rate. Mortgage rates will not remain at historic lows forever and have already begun to rise slowly this year. Homeowners should sell now and take out a new home loan before they rise too much.
Completing a loan application is among the first steps mortgage applicants take when applying for a loan, and it is easy to overlook the importance of providing accurate information at this stage in the process. It is best to take time complete the loan application as accurately as possible as it is a legal requirement and because of the other negative consequences.
Before you let a potential buyer see your home, take the following steps to ensure a great showing. These surprising secrets of successful home staging will help.
Last week’s economic reports included readings on sales of new and previously-owned homes. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
New Home Sales Fall in May
New home sales dropped to their lowest reading in a year in May with 769,000 new single-family homes sold on a seasonally adjusted annual basis. May’s reading was 5.90 percent lower than April’s reading of 817,000 sales but was 9.20 percent higher year-over-year.