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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Dawson’s Park is also extremely affordable. This neighborhood is USDA Rural Housing approved, which means that homeowners can receive 100% financing through USDA with low interest rates and a minimal, if any at all, down payment! Find our list of Mortgage Specialists HERE

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 03 Jul, 2017
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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.

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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

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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:

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs


According to a recent   survey   conducted by   Genworth Financial Inc.   at the   Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary Market Conference , 69% of mortgage professionals say that first-time buyers still believe a 20% down payment is necessary to buy in today’s market.

Nearly 40% of mortgage industry professionals surveyed believe that a lack of knowledge about the home-buying process is keeping potential buyers on the sidelines. Saving for a down payment is often cited as a huge barrier for first-time homebuyers to make the leap into homeownership.

If homeowners believe that they need a 20% down payment to enter the market, they also believe that they will have to wait years (in some markets) to come up with the necessary funds to buy their dream homes.

The greatest source of confusion cited in the survey results centered around down payments. The results are broken down in the chart below:


By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

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As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at  all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 01 Jun, 2017


The Villas is about easy, MAINTENANCE-FREE LIVING! Take your weekends back and spend time doing what matters most. Built by one of Columbia's finest home builders, EXECUTIVE CONSTRUCTION HOMES. All brick luxury homes in a gated community surrounded by walking trails, tennis, golf, restaurants and shopping. Stop by the model today for a preview!

See all of our locations and RSVP for Food and Drinks and Tour Times Here!

Plan books featuring all of the homes and Featured Communities on the TOUR will be available for free at all Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations during the Tour of Homes, at all of the Featured Communities, specially-marked Free Times racks throughout Columbia, and in digital format on our website. Once you get the book, plan your route and go see some new homes. Get more information at www. BIAof-CentralSC.com .

By Eddie Yandle 16 May, 2017
Executive Construction Homes is excited about participating in this year’s Tour of Homes hosted by the BIA of Central South Carolina! As Columbia’s largest open house event, we are excited to show new home buyers the sleek style and luxury our homes offer. The Tour features all new homes for sale, and Executive Construction Homes is showcasing four new homes in communities around Columbia, SC.

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

As you tour their lovely neighborhoods and homes, remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at   all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations   - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!


By Eddie Yandle 16 May, 2017

Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home?


Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.

Zillow   recently   reported   that:

“With Rents continuing to climb and interest rates staying low, many renters find themselves gazing over the homeownership fence and wondering if the grass really is greener. Leaving aside, for the moment, the difficulties of saving for a down payment, let’s focus on the monthly expenses of owning a home: it turns out that   renters currently paying the median rent in many markets could afford to buy a higher-quality property   than the typical (read: median-valued) home   without increasing their monthly expenses.”

What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting?

1. The   latest   Rent Vs. Buy Report   from   Trulia   pointed out the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership:

  • Mortgage payments can be fixed while rents go up.
  • Equity in your home can be a financial resource later.
  • You can build wealth without paying capital gain.
  • A mortgage can act as a forced savings account
  • Overall, homeowners can enjoy greater wealth growth than renters.

2. Studies   have shown that a homeowner’s net worth is 45x greater than that of a renter.

3. Just a few months ago, we explained   that a family buying an average priced home at the beginning of 2017 could build more than $42,000 in family wealth over the next five years.

4. Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of taxes and home repairs, but every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs are already baked into the   rent payment  along with a profit margin!!

Bottom Line

Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting.


By Eddie Yandle 16 May, 2017

The choice between renting and buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make. With home prices are rising across the country, people are shying away from buying options. However, buying a home is still 37.7% cheaper than renting on a national level. The decision to rent vs. buy will be dependent on the area you are deciding to live in.

 

A Peak at the Current Market  

It has only become slightly cheaper to buy vs rent because of the rising home prices. Home prices have increased by 5.9 % since last year compared to an increase of 3.5% for rents. However, mortgage rates have dropped from 3.9% to 3.7% in the past year, which still gives home buying an advantage. By using a mortgage calculator , you can determine the best financial option for you, and if your mortgage rate would be above or below industry average to better.

 

Living in Columbia

It is more cost effective to rent vs. buy in the top 100 metros across the country, but some cities obviously see higher monetary benefits than the rest. Columbia rounded out the top 10 metros with the largest financial advantage of homeownership. As of 2016, the median home value in Columbia, SC is $124,733.00 and renting averages come to $1,125.00 per month. These prices indicate that it is 50.6% cheaper to buy a home versus renting in Columbia.

 

The top ten metros with the largest financial advantage of home ownership include:

1.    Miami, FL

2.    West Palm Beach, FL

3.    Houston, TX

4.    Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.    Charleston, SC

6.    Baton Rouge, LA

7.    New Orleans, LA

8.    Syracuse, NY

9.    Philadelphia, PA

10.Columbia, SC

 

Factors That Influence Price in Columbia

The city continues to see steady growth since the recession, which indicates a slow increase in home prices. When looking at Columbia home buying trends , there are various factors that affect the price in Columbia, some of which include home size and location. Given the demographic of Columbia, single-family homes and condominiums tend to sell the quickest in the city. Additionally, school districts will play a major role in neighborhood popularity, which can also affect home prices.

 

Don’t Wait to Buy  

Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned vet in the industry, now is the time to buy Columbia real estate . Take advantage of the lower mortgage rates now before they increase, making it harder to purchase a home.  


By Eddie Yandle 16 May, 2017

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