FHA Foreclosure Waiting Period now getting shorter.

lawnmowerFHA Trims Waiting Period for Borrowers Who Experienced Foreclosure
The FHA is reducing the amount of time a borrower must wait in order to receive an FHA-insured mortgage, according to a new mortgagee letter from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Currently set at three years, the FHA now allows eligible borrowers to receive an FHA-insured loan in as little as one year. Eligible borrowers include those who experienced unemployment or other severe reduction in income and were unable to make their monthly payments, and ultimately lost their homes to a pre-foreclosure sale, deed-in-lieu, or foreclosure.

FHA is allowing for the consideration of borrowers who have experienced an economic event and can document that:

  • Certain credit impairments were the result of a loss of employment or a significant loss of Household Income beyond the borrower’s control;
  • The borrower has demonstrated full recovery from the event; and,
  • The borrower has completed housing counseling.

The guidance in the mortgagee letter is applicable to purchase money mortgages in all FHA programs, with the exception of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages.

Borrowers who may be otherwise ineligible for an FHA-insured mortgage due to FHA’s waiting period for bankruptcies, foreclosures, deeds-in-lieu, and short sales, as well as delinquencies and/or indications of derogatory credit, including collections and judgments, may be eligible for an FHA-insured mortgage if the borrower:

  • Can document that the delinquencies and/or indications of derogatory credit are the result of an economic event as defined in the mortgagee letter,
  • Has completed satisfactory housing counseling, as described in this ML, and
  • Meets all other HUD requirements.

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Is Housing Inventory getting better?

inventoryHousing inventory crunch seems to be easing up
Source: The LA Times

A new report from Realtor.com indicates that the number of listings rose 1.4 percent from June, which is the fifth consecutive monthly rise. In comparison with last year, the number of homes listed for sale has started to increase in some markets.  Read the full story

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Does Owning a Home make your Kid Smarter?

buying_a_home_benefits_childrenAccording to the California Association of Realtors, the average child of a homeowner is more likely to achieve a higher level of education and, thereby, a higher level of earnings.  Click on the image to read all the facts.

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Should you Overprice or Underprice Your Home for Sale?

anchorShould Home Sellers Overprice or Underprice Real-Estate Listings?
Source: The Wall Street Journal

When setting an asking price, there are two major strategic approaches: overpricing when inventory is low to get higher initial offers, or pricing homes below nearby properties to instigate a bidding war in a market with pent-up demand. But what’s the best method? New research on a behavioral trait called “anchoring” sheds some light on the power of price.  Read the full story

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Rising Home Prices; who suffers the most?

housing affordabilityThe percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California dropped to 36 percent in the second quarter of 2013, down from 44 percent in first-quarter 2013 and from 51 percent in second-quarter 2012, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI).  The second quarter 2013 figure fell below 40 percent for the first time since the third quarter of 2008.

Nearly all regions of the state experienced sharp quarter-over-quarter declines in housing affordability, with Bay Area and coastal regions recording the greatest decreases in the index due to significantly higher home prices.

At an index of 71 percent, Madera County was the most affordable county of the state, while San Francisco and San Mateo counties tied for the least affordable at 17 percent.
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Are Schools that important to Buyers in choosing a Home?

school for kidsRealtor.com announced the results of its Back to School survey, which looks at the impact school boundaries have on buyers looking to purchase a home within two years. Realtor.com® found that three out of five home buyers surveyed said school boundaries will impact their home purchasing decision.

A majority of home buyers who said school boundaries will have an impact are willing to pay 1 percent to 10 percent above budget to live within school boundaries.  Of those surveyed, 91 percent said school boundaries are “important” or “somewhat important,” while only 7.43 percent said school boundaries are “unimportant” or “very unimportant.”

Home buyers who said school boundaries will have an impact on their decision also indicated that they would give up several amenities to live within school boundaries of choice:

  • 62 percent would do without a pool or spa
  • 51 percent would give up accessibility to shopping
  • 44 percent would pass on a bonus room
  • 42 percent would offer up nearby parks and trails

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