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Affordable down payments available in certain regions

Individuals interested in buying a new house can have access to lower down payment options by applying for a U.S. home mortgage in more economical regions. 

Affordable down payments revealed through RealtyTrac's recent report. In a number of regions of the country, lower down payment options are available. According to data released by RealtyTrac, a real estate information company, interested buyers can find a home with a down payment below 20% in certain areas.

A down payment on a home located in regions with the lowest median home sales price averaged $8,239. This represented 12% of the total value of the house. RealtyTrac recognized a strong starting lineup of affordable residential options for first-time homebuyers. The top six counties for first-time buyers and their respective average down payment percentages were:

Low-priced housing markets offer more to younger buyers. Individuals looking to purchase their first houses might fare better in a local market that does not require as high a down payment and that has homes that are more affordable.

"This analysis shows that first-time homebuyers have a better shot at buying a home in low-priced markets, not just because of the lower price point but because on average, buyers are putting down just 12% in those markets compared to 24% in high-priced markets," said RealtyTrac's vice president, Daren Blomquist.

Inman noted that borrowers who put down higher down payments in certain regions do this so they do not have to pay for private mortgage insurance and because the homes are more expensive. 

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2014 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate or calculate your payment today.


Housing market expected to bloom in the spring

Experts anticipate that the housing market will blossom this spring. Between strong job growth and Freddie Mac's March 2015 U.S. Economic and Housing Outlook, real estate might hit a home run during the upcoming warmer months.

Freddie Mac anticipates 2015 to be a robust year for home sales. The government-backed enterprise believes the housing market will strengthen significantly this year. A large portion of yearly home sales occur during the warm months and this spring is expected to be particularly successful. 

"This month kicks off the spring homebuying season," said Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac's deputy chief economist. "Between now and the end of June, we'll see about 40 percent of all home sales for the year."

The success of the housing market is largely dependent on the volume of real estate activity that occurs between March and August. Kiefer also noted that this season can serve as an indicator of how the market will fare for the rest of the year.

"Overall, we're feeling good about housing, and we expect this year to be the best year for home sales and new home construction since 2007 when we saw total home sales about 5.8 million for the year," stated Kiefer.

A variety of factors will likely contribute to a stronger season for real estate. Homeownership might become more appealing due to increasingly expensive rental rates, improved accessibility to home loans and continual impressive job growth. 

Rising lease prices will likely turn renters into buyers. Experts believe that the increasing cost of rental units will drive more individuals to apply for conventional home mortgages in lieu of signing another lease. Without a clear answer for when the rates of rent will plateau, more people might find homeownership to be an affordable option more conducive to their current financial situations than continuing to pay rental fees.

In conjunction with more lenient lending standards for qualified prospective homeowners and low down payment options, more people may decide to purchase residential real estate in 2015. Additionally, an improving economic situation may contribute to individuals becoming more comfortable with investing in a new home. 

Strong job growth continues into 2015. While mortgage rates remain historically low, they have risen alongside an improving employment situation. Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey indicated that the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is continuing to climb in conjunction with steadier job growth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll jumped 295,000 positions in February. In addition, the national percentage of individuals who were unemployed fell to 5.5%. In fact, the number of unemployed people has decreased 1.2 percentage points over the course of a year.

Industries that saw the most substantial growth included:

The food and beverage services industry saw the most substantial increase, with a total of 59,000 jobs added during February.

Also, construction employment added 29,000 jobs, and specialty trade contractor positions increased by 27,000. This may be largely due to the anticipation of more first-time homebuyers entering the housing market in upcoming years.

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2014 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate or calculate your payment today.


Home equity improves for 1.2 million homeowners

More individuals who were impacted by the real estate crisis in 2008 have regained equity in their homes. According to the Fourth Quarter 2014 Equity Report from CoreLogic, a leading financial, property, and consumer information and analytics company, more than 1 million people who own homes saw their equity go up again after being underwater in 2014.

CoreLogic's report indicated an impressive number of borrowers regained equity in 2014. The data indicated that the national equity share climbed to 89%. However, number of homeowners now have positive equity on their houses. However, some properties remain underwater.

"Negative equity continued to be a serious issue for the housing market and the U.S. economy at the end of 2014, with 5.4 million homeowners still 'underwater,'" said CoreLogic President and CEO Anand Nallathambi. "We expect the situation to improve over the course of 2015. We project that the CoreLogic home price index will rise 5% in 2015, which will lift about 1 million homeowners out of negative equity."

While underwater homes persist, progress among some homes is a good sign of a strengthening housing market. Based on CoreLogic's Home Equity Report from the fourth quarter of 2013, the results of the latest edition revealed notable progress in the volume of underwater homes. In 2013, 13.3% of homes had negative equity. The new report indicated that this statistic dropped 2.5 percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Different regions have varying equity situations. While the share of properties with negative equity across the nation sits at 10.8%, certain areas of the country have varying portions of local homes that are underwater compared to the national figure. The top five states with mortgaged homes underwater included: 

  1. Nevada
  2. Florida
  3. Arizona
  4. Illinois
  5. Rhode Island

The top five states containing properties with mortgages that had positive equity included:

  1. Texas
  2. Alaska
  3. Montana
  4. Hawaii
  5. North Dakota

In addition, the total value of the home seemed to impact whether the property had a positive equity position. A total of 94% of houses valued at more than $200,000 had positive equity, while only 84% homes worth less than $200,000 were above water.

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2014 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate, or calculate your payment today.