Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

  • By Eddie Yandle
  • 01 Dec, 2016

Some homes qualify for special financing in South Carolina

There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the mortgage market is still much tighter than it was prior to the housing boom and bust experienced between 2003 - 2006.

The   Housing Financing Policy Center at the Urban Institute   just   released data   revealing two reasons for the current exceptionally high credit standards:

  1. Additional restrictions lenders put on borrowing because of concerns that they will be forced to repurchase failed loans from the government-sponsored enterprises or Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
  2. The concern about potential litigation for imperfect loans.

What has been the result of these concerns?

6.3 Million Less Mortgages

The Policy Center report went on to say:

“It was so hard to get a mortgage in 2015 that lenders failed to make about 1.1 million mortgages that they would have made if reasonable lending standards had been in place. From 2009 to 2014, lenders failed to make about 5.2 million mortgages thanks to overly tight credit. In total, lenders would have issued 6.3 million additional mortgages between 2009 and 2015 if lending standards had been more reasonable.”

In an   interview with DSNews , Laurie Goodman and Alanna McCargo of   the Policy Center   further explained:

“Our Housing Credit Availability Index (HCAI)* measures the probability that mortgage borrowers will become delinquent on that mortgage for 90 or more days, which we refer to as the default risk. This measure indicates that the probability of default rose from 12 percent in 2001 to a peak of 16.5 percent at the end of 2005/beginning of 2006, before declining to the current level of 5 percent. Stated differently, lenders are currently taking less than half the credit risk they were taking in 2001, a period of reasonable credit standards.”

The cost to the economy if we’re writing fewer loans…

Goodman and McCargo put it best:

“…fewer households will become homeowners at exactly the point in the economic cycle when it is most advantageous to do so… [They] will continue to miss this wealth-building opportunity. The median family wealth for homeowners is $195,400, with their home the most valuable asset for most; the median family wealth for renters is $5,400…   Fewer potential homebuyers means the housing market will continue to recover more slowly. At the same time, fewer buyers create a strain on other benefits to the economy which homebuying brings such as spending on home goods and an increase in construction jobs.”

Bottom Line

The housing market boom and bust caused many mortgage providers and lenders to tighten their lending standards in an effort not to repeat the recent past. This paired with many homebuyers disqualifying themselves before they even apply for a loan, due to the fear of rejection, has led to many households not yet becoming homeowners.

*The HCAI measures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to default—that is, go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date. A lower HCAI indicates that lenders are unwilling to tolerate defaults and are imposing tighter lending standards, making it harder to get a loan. A higher HCAI indicates that lenders are willing to tolerate defaults and are taking more risks, making it easier to get a loan.


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Lexington County Schools are known being one of the top, if not the best, school districts in the state of South Carolina with consistently high test scores.

The area of Lexington is growing rapidly as a suburb of Columbia, SC. The town has a friendly atmosphere and many locally owned businesses which create a sense of escape from the busy city life. For recreational activities, Lake Murray is just minutes away and provides a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing and hiking are just a few fun things to do on the 649 miles of shoreline around this 50,000 acre lake.

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By Eddie Yandle 13 Sep, 2017

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index   reports  that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.0% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey  shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have hovered around 4%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac  and the National Association of Realtors  are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage  

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage  – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’  that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It's Time to Move on With Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If purchasing a home for you and your family is the right thing for you to do this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

By Eddie Yandle 13 Sep, 2017
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By Eddie Yandle 23 Aug, 2017

We previously informed  you about a study conducted by  TransUnion titled, “The Bubble, the Burst and Now – What Happened to the Consumer?”   The study revealed that 1.5 million homeowners who were negatively impacted by the housing crisis could re-enter the housing market between 2016-2019.

Recently , HousingWire  analyzed data from the US Bankruptcy Courts  and revealed that 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear off their credit reports over the next five years and that this could “ possibly send a flood of more homebuyers into the housing market.

The chart below shows the total number of bankruptcies filed by year in the US over the last 10 years. The light blue bars represent over 3.3 million people who have already waited the 7 years necessary for their reports to no longer include their bankruptcies.

By Eddie Yandle 18 Aug, 2017
As the countdown begins to the historic total solar eclipse on Monday, Richland County is welcoming the expected thousands of visitors to the area with signs displayed at multiple entry points into the County. The signs announce, “Home of the Longest Total Solar Eclipse on the East Coast” with the Richland County eclipse hashtag #RCtotaleclipse. Richland County Public Works crews affixed the eight signs along main roadways into the County, including Two Notch, Broad River, Monticello, Garners Ferry, Winnsboro, McCords Ferry and Percival roads as well as Wilson Boulevard.

Five Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Monday Read more- Courtesy of Richland weekly review
 
Visitors from around the world will descend upon Richland County and join residents Monday to watch a total solar eclipse darken the sky for more than two minutes. Here are several important tips to keep in mind for the historic day:
  • Richland County Government offices will be open for business 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Stay protected from mosquitoes. Birds infected with West Nile virus were recently discovered in Richland County. When outdoors, apply mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.
  • Glasses on. Glasses off. Glasses on. Wear solar glasses before totality, take them off during totality and put them back on after totality. It is only safe to take off solar glasses during the moment of totality when the sun is blocked by the moon.
  • Visit rcgov.us  and tune in to RCTV (Spectrum Ch. 1302, Spectrum Ch. 2 in some parts of the County or AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99) for information about the eclipse. Follow Richland County on Facebook  and Twitter  (@RichlandSC) for eclipse news and updates.
  • Richland County EMS crews will carry extra bottles of water to hand out.



By Eddie Yandle 18 Aug, 2017
It's important to protect yourself from mosquitoes while outdoors! Click above for important reminders about reducing your exposure to mosquito bites. Courtesy of Richland Weekly Review
By Eddie Yandle 10 Aug, 2017
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You can enjoy a nice afternoon picnic with your family in any of our convenient parks. Or, you can join all of the residents of Woodcreek Farms, as each Spring and Fall the developers of Woodcreek Farms holds a Party in the Park for all residents at the Park at the Village, with events and activities for kids of all ages, delicious seasonal food and a fun band for the entire family to enjoy.

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By Eddie Yandle 10 Aug, 2017
If you find the right home and don’t go for it, you’ll regret it. It’s scary thinking about a 30-year mortgage (or a 30-year anything!), but sometimes you’ve got to leave your comfort zone behind.
By Eddie Yandle 10 Aug, 2017
The total driving distance from Columbia, SC to Myrtle Beach, SC is 154 miles or 248 kilometers.

Myrtle Beach, a city and vacation resort on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, is the hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of beaches. It’s also known for its celebrity-designed golf courses. Along its beachfront boardwalk are arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, as well as the old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park and the SkyWheel, one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels.
By Eddie Yandle 03 Jul, 2017
COLUMBIA FIREFLIES:   Catch the Fireflies at Spirit Communications Park from Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3, as they square off against the Rome Braves. Will there be fireworks? Heck yeah – Friday, Saturday and Monday nights.   1640 Freed St.

LEXINGTON BLOWFISH:   Baseball and fireworks on Saturday, July 1 (USC alumni); Monday, July 3 (Martinsville Mustangs); and Tuesday, July 4 (Florence Redwolves). On the Fourth, there’s a dog parade, too. Fireworks follow the games at the Lexington County baseball stadium.   474 Ball Park Road, Lexington.

BORN IN THE USA 4-MILER AND 4-MILE TEAM RELAY:   It starts at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. It’s a flat and fast course that takes you past lakes and a golf course, starting at Trenholm Road and Forest Drive.   Register:   www.strictlyrunning.com

ICEHOUSE AMPHITHEATER:   The 246th Army Band will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3, before a fireworks display.   107 W. Main St., Lexington.

SALUDA SHOALS PARK:   The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra’s Star-Spangled Symphonic Salute is 8 p.m. Monday, July 3.   5605 Bush River Road. $5 per car.

LEXINGTON COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL:   There’s something oh so American about a day that includes a peach recipe contest, a car show, a peach parade, live music and, obviously, fireworks. The festival starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Gilbert Community Park with fireworks at 10 p.m.   110 Rikard Circle, Gilbert.

"Star Spangled Symphonic Salute" Concert | Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra

Saluda Shoals Park!
Patriotic concert at Saluda Shoals Park! Broadway songs, patriotic music and sing-a-longs. Bring picnic blanket or chair. Children's activities. 7pm. More   here.

246 Army Band | Icehouse Amphitheater

Monday, July 3, 2017  
The 246th Army Band will take the stage at 7pm and play great patriotic music. Food and beverages for sale - lawn chairs are welcome. Fireworks display for the finale. More   here.


Uncle Sam Jam | Mount Pleasant Pier

Tuesday, July 4, 2017  
Dance to live beach music at the Mount Pleasant Pier! At the foot of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, the Pier is a great spot to watch the fireworks displays! Live Carolina beach and party music from Recollections. More   here.



By Eddie Yandle 08 Jun, 2017

To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving economy, the question wasn’t   if they would increase   but instead   how much they would increase . Some thought we could see rates hit 5-5.5% by the end of the year.

However, the exact opposite has happened. Instead of higher rates as we head into the middle of 2017, we now have the lowest rates of the year (as reported by   Freddie Mac ). Here is a graph of mortgage rate movement since the beginning of the year:

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