What Happens if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac go away?

waving goodbyeDissolving Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac may hurt borrowers
Source: The LA Times

What will the proposed elimination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mean for consumers? In the absence of a government guarantee, experts contend that mortgage rates are likely to rise, and the widespread availability of 30-year mortgages would be jeopardized. Economists at Moody’s Analytics estimate the average mortgage borrower would see interest rates increase by one-half to three-quarters of a percentage point.
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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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Do you ask Mom and Dad for the cash to buy that home?

parent loanAsking Mom and Dad for Cash to buy that Home

Source: Wall Street Journal

Loans from family members could go the extra mile in making a down payment, but financial experts say parental help is most useful when it comes as a gift rather than a loan during the mortgage application process. A family loan may not be viewed favorably by a lender and could lead to disqualification for a mortgage since the loan is considered unsecured debt.  Read the full story.

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Are you Millennial Positive on the Housing Market?

millennialsMillennials are increasingly optimistic about residential real estate, according to the most-recent Consumer Outlook Survey by Prudential Real Estate. A full 80 percent of respondents ages 25-34 said their perception of the housing market is “favorable” or “somewhat favorable,” representing a 9 percentage point increase from the Q1 study.

Among all respondents, the national survey also found that confidence in real estate and home values jumped sharply, reaching 83 percent in Q2 compared with 77 percent in Q1.Confidence is highest in both South and West regions at 84 percent.

Among all respondents, 70 percent said that finding the right home and community is crucial to family happiness. Millennials were even more emphatic about the emotional side of homeownership: 93 percent favor a home for “more space for my family,” while only 75 percent view it as “financial security to borrow against.”
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Watch out for this Mortgage Scam

scam alertPutting borrowers into higher-rate mortgages still occurs, U.S. says

Source: The Los Angeles Times

A lawsuit filed recently by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicates that “upselling” remains a pressing concern due to hidden, backroom ploys. “Upselling” leads mortgage applicants into higher-cost terms that increase the lender’s profits, and this abusive practice was banned by the Federal Reserve Board in 2011. Read the full story

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How do I compete with the All-Cash buyer?

cash buyerHomebuyers are facing competition from all-cash buyers on top of rising home prices and low inventory. Such cash buyers include foreign investors and baby boomers with sufficient equity. Tips to compete with these buyers include getting pre-approved, making a competitive bid, considering properties that might be overpriced, and freeing up additional cash.
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