Fannie Mae wants to give you money

 Loan Programs, Residential Mortgage  Comments Off on Fannie Mae wants to give you money
Sep 182015
 

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By G. Steven Bray

If you’re a 1st-time homebuyer, Fannie Mae wants to give you money – that is, if you buy a HomePath home. Fannie uses its HomePath program to dispose of properties it has recovered through foreclosure. Fannie will give qualified 1st-time homebuyers up to 3% of the purchase price to pay for closing costs.

In order to qualify, homebuyers must not have owned a home in the last 3 years (which Fannie defines as a 1st-time homebuyer) and plan to live in the home. Additionally, homebuyers must complete on a homebuyer education course. The 4-1/2 hour course is completely online and covers the complexities and responsibilities of homeownership.

If you want to take advantage of the assistance, keep in mind you must complete the course before you make an offer on a HomePath home. The course costs $75, but Fannie will reimburse the fee at closing.

Click here for the course sign-up and additional program information.

Could fewer cash sales be good 1st-time homebuyers?

 Investment, Real Estate Market, Residential Mortgage  Comments Off on Could fewer cash sales be good 1st-time homebuyers?
Sep 162015
 

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By G. Steven Bray

Based on the most recent data from Corelogic, cash sales of homes fell for the 29th consecutive month in May to 31.9% of total sales, which represents the lowest share since 2008. The percentage of cash sales peaked in Jan 2011 at 46.5%. Prior to the housing crisis, cash sales averaged about 25% of the market.

While this statistic may reflect a healing housing market on a national level, it’s interesting to view the data on a more local level. Cash sales still represent almost half of all sales in FL, GA, NY, and NJ. Given that the strengthening dollar is dissuading cash sales to foreign buyers, it’s likely these elevated percentages still indicate distress in these markets. In TX, the share of cash sales has dropped to 28%.

One positive takeaway from declining cash sales is it may indicate less competition from investors for a tight housing inventory. Given that investors tend to purchase lower-priced homes, this may open up more inventory for first-time homebuyers.