Friday, September 06, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
Everybody Calm Down! This Is NOT 2008
Last week realtor.com released the results of a survey that produced three major revelations:
53% of home purchasers (first-time and repeat buyers) currently in the market believe a recession will occur this year or next.
57% believe the next recession will be as bad or worse than 2008.
55% said they would cancel plans to move if a recession occurred.
Since we are currently experiencing the longest-ever economic expansion in American history, there is reason to believe a recession could occur in the not-too-distant future. And, it does make sense that buyers and sellers remember the horrors of 2008 when they hear the word “recession.”
Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research at the real estate consulting firm Meyers Research, addressed this point in a recent interview:
“With people having PTSD from the last time, they&rs ...
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
How to Judge the Impact of the Next Economic Slowdown on Housing
We’ve experienced economic growth for almost a decade, which is the longest recovery in the nation’s history. Experts know a recession can’t be too far off, but when will this economic slowdown actually occur?
Pulsenomics just released a special report revealing that nearly 6 out of 10 of the 90 economists, investment strategists, and market analysts surveyed believe the next recession will occur by the end of next year. Here’s the breakdown:
9% believe a recession will occur this year
50% believe it will occur in 2020
35% believe it will occur in 2021
6% believe it will occur after 2021
When asked what would trigger the next recession, the three most common responses by those surveyed were:
Stock Market Correction
How might the recession impact real estate?
Challenges in the housing and mortgage markets were major triggers of ...
Thursday, August 01, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
Fed cuts interest rates: What it means for the housing market
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time since the recession. Will mortgage rates dip further?
PATRICK KEARNSStaff Writer
JULY 31, 2019
The U.S. Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it would cut interest rates for the first time since a recession hit the U.S. economy in 2008. Real estate economists are split on the immediate impact it will have on mortgage rates and the housing market.
The Fed is cutting interest rates 25 basis points from between 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent to between 2 percent and 2.25 percent. It had previously signaled it would not hike rates at all in 2019 – after four rate hikes in 2018 – but it became more apparent in recent weeks that it would actually cut rates this time.
“Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability,” the Federal Open Market Committee sa ...
Monday, June 24, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
What is PMI?
Freddie Mac defines PMI as:
“An insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It's a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%.
Once you've built equity of 20% in your home, you can cancel your PMI and remove that expense from your mortgage payment.”
As the borrower, you pay the monthly premiums for the insurance policy, and the lender is the beneficiary. Freddie Mac goes on to explain that:
“The cost ...
Monday, May 27, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
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