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Mortgage Rates Pummeled By Regulatory Drama
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 22:35:13 GMT - At face value, the bonds that underlie the mortgage market didn't sustain too much damage today. If there was nothing else to inspire lender rate changes, we might not be too much worse vs yesterday. Unfortunately, there is an absolutely massive source of motivation that unexpectedly burst on the scene last night. If you're not already up to speed on it, READ THIS . As far as today is concerned, rates got torched . This is no surprise. Regulators just instantly doubled to fees they charge to provide guarantees for the mortgage market. Lenders will be forced to pay those fees on all loans that are already locked. Consumers will foot the bill for everything else. Strikingly, the pull-back from lenders is much bigger than the 0.5 points imposed by the GSEs because of the way the announcement was
Mortgage Rates Move Higher Again, And They Might Not Be Done
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:43:33 GMT - Mortgage rates jumped yesterday at the fastest pace in more than 2 months. While that isn't necessarily the end of the world when a 30yr fixed can still be had in the high 2% range, it wasn't fun for those with loans in process. Today wasn't great either. While the pace of upward movement slowed considerably, rates moved higher yet again today, bringing the average lender to the worst levels in almost exactly a month. While there's never any way to know where rates will be at any given point in the future, we do know that this week represents a clear break from the trend seen during the previous 2 months. From early June through early August, mortgage rates moved lower at an incredibly calm and consistent pace, hitting multiple record lows in the process. Yesterday was the first major push
Biggest Jump in 2 Months For Mortgage Rates
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:28:16 GMT - With most lenders still easily able to quote a 30yr fixed under 3% , mortgage rates are very low in outright terms. But relative to the recent trend and the general level of volatility, today was a bit rough. Rates rose as fast as they've risen since early June, ultimately hitting the highest levels in more than 2 weeks. Some prospective borrowers will now be looking at an eighth of a point (0.125%) increase versus yesterday's rates. That comes out to roughly $20/month on a $300k mortgage. Others will experience the shift in the form of higher upfront costs (or a lower lender credit). Either way, today is noticeably more expensive than yesterday. The bigger question is whether this rate spike is a sign of things to come or merely a normal market correction that got a bit carried away. At some
The Rate Also Rises
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 22:27:54 GMT - Years from now when scientists examine mortgage rates in July 2020, they'd be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that rates only ever move lower. As we've learned in the first week of August, rates also rise. To be fair, there were a few days in July where more than a few lenders moved slightly higher in rate, but it really wasn't until this week that we arguably saw a shift in the broader trend--or at least warning signs about a potential shift. What does that mean, exactly? It might not mean much at all, depending on where we go from here. Over longer time horizons, it's entirely possible that rates return to recent record lows. This week's upward movement serves as more of a warning about complacency and about being ready to lock if you happen to have a loan in process. In that regard
Buying a Second Home

Buying a Second Home

Does it Make Sense to Buy a Second Home?

It may sound sweeter than it actually is.

Owning a second home may sound like something only the wildly rich do, but that isn't always so. Sometimes people buy a new house when they haven't had success selling the first. Other homeowners might like the idea of buying a second home to fix up and sell at a fat profit – or to rent out.

For the right individual, two homes may be a great plan. But for the wrong homeowner, plenty can go awry. If you're thinking of getting a second mortgage for practical or profitable reasons, now is a good time to have second thoughts, because... 

1. You need to have plenty of money. You don't have to belong to the 1 percent to pull this off, but for a bank to allow you to purchase a second home without plans to sell the first, you can't be just getting by, hoping a second house will fix your financial picture.
 
"Underwriters will want to know you have significant reserves – potentially a buffer worth six months of payments on both properties – before approving the loan," says Brian Seibert president of Michigan First Mortgage in Waterford, Michigan.
 
And while every lender will be different, as a general rule, you'll need to pay a higher down payment for a second home than you would a first.

2. You shouldn't have too much debt. You're taking on more debt when you buy a second home – something lenders take into account.

In most cases, the debt ratio can be 36 percent to 42 percent. That means, of course, that your debt – including mortgages, credit card debt, car loans and student loans – shouldn't exceed that 36 to 42 percent.

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Of course, if you're planning to offset some of that debt by bringing in monthly rental income from your second home, mention that to your lender, Markowitz says.

Renting out a home certainly lowers the risk of being rejected by a mortgage lender ... the general rule of thumb is to provide as much reassurance as possible.

3. You have to spend money to make money. It isn't just that you'll need a hefty down payment. Your monthly mortgage may well be higher than it would be if you just had one home.

Investors are viewed by banks as riskier customers; they are often subjected to higher interest rates. To avoid financing issues, many investors use cash financing or existing lines of credit to purchase investments."

You are also going to be maintaining two homes. You thought it was hard to make sure the bushes were trimmed for one house? Now, you get to double the fun.

Most people grossly underestimate the carrying costs of the investment in real estate. It's more than just taxes and insurance. Consider this scenario: Eventually – assuming you are hanging onto the second house and not selling it soon – you'll have two roofs to replace, two homes to paint and twice as many appliances, such as hot water heaters and refrigerators, to purchase, she says.

If you're spending money and losing money on the house but are truly looking at the property as a long-term investment, it may not matter to you to do that for a while, Duffy says. Some homeowners "are happy to take a loss on a property in the short term, and build up equity for a future period, such as retirement."

4. The buyers and renters may not come. Just because you have grand plans of renting out or selling a second home doesn't mean things will work out that way. If you're investing money into fixing up a property, that takes time – time that translates into money, Duffy says.

"Every day that an investment property sits empty means a loss in profitability to an investor," she says. "All repairs and renovations must be completed quickly in order to have the fastest turnaround ... Even with quality contractors, investors typically spend a significant amount of time working on houses, selecting paints and flooring, purchasing appliances or attending to the other details required to transform a home."

Even if you bought a fixer-upper that's all fixed up, you have to hope a renter or seller signs on the dotted line as soon as possible. And then, if you're renting the place, you have to hope your tenant sticks around.

"Personally, I don't recommend that my clients rely on sources of income that could suddenly stop. You have to be comfortable that if the property is not rented out, you'll still be on solid footing," says Kurt Fillmore, president of Wealth Trac Financial Group in Southfield, Michigan. (And back to the having-plenty-of-money point – Fillmore recommends having six months of emergency funds to cover the mortgages of both houses, in case something goes wrong.)

5. All of this is harder than it looks. Even if you sell or rent out a second home fairly quickly, you could have plenty go wrong later.            

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Real estate, even on a small scale, should be seen as another job or career. While it may be the right fit for some, it's not for everyone.         

It gets even harder if you're trying to flip houses and are solely thinking of them as investments. You should "understand the tax implications of short-term gains and non-primary-residence sales.

Buying a second house unless you are a real estate developer: "I would warn the average person not to get involved unless they have a unique expertise."

 

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