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The New Hot Housing Market: Vacation Homes

Source: National Association of REALTORS®
Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, April 02, 2015

It’s a good time to have a vacation real estate niche. Vacation home sales jumped to a record high in 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2015 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. Vacation home sales climbed to an estimated 1.13 million last year, the highest since NAR began its survey in 2003.

Sales of vacation homes rose 57 percent compared to the 717,000 tally in 2013. Vacation sales in 2014 nearly doubled the combined total of the previous two years.

“Affluent households have greatly benefited from strong growth in the stock market in recent years, and the steady rise in home prices has likely given them reassurance that real estate remains an attractive long-term investments,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Furthermore, last year’s impressive increase also reflects long-term growth in the numbers of baby boomers moving closer to retirement and buying second homes to convert into their primary home in a few years.”

Vacation home sales comprised 21 percent of all transactions in 2014 – the highest market share since NAR began conducting its survey.

As vacation home sales soared, investment purchases dropped for the fourth consecutive year, the report showed. Investment home sales in 2014 fell 7.4 percent to an estimated 10.2 million in 2014 compared to 1.10 million in 2013. The market share of investment sales dropped to 19 percent in 2014 from 20 percent in 2013.

“Despite strong rental demand in many markets, investment property sales have declined four consecutive years to their lowest share since 2010 as rising home prices and fewer distressed properties coming onto the market have further reduced the number of bargains available to turn into profitable rentals,” Yun says.

Here are some additional findings from the report:

Sales prices: The median sales price of vacation and investment homes dropped last year. The median vacation home price was $150,000, an 11 percent drop from $168,700 in 2013. The median sales price of an investment home was $125,000, down 3.8 percent from a year ago when it was $130,000.

All-cash transactions: The share of vacation buyers who paid in all-cash dropped to 30 percent in 2014 compared to 38 percent in 2013. Investment buyers who paid all-cash in their transactions dropped to 41 percent in 2014 compared to 46 percent in 2013. For those buyers who did finance their purchase with a mortgage, 48 percent of vacation buyers and 41 percent of investment buyers financed less than 70 percent of the purchase price.

Distressed properties: Forty-five percent of vacation homes and 44 percent of investment homes purchased last year were distressed properties – either a foreclosure or short sale.

Vacation buyer profile: The average vacation home buyer last year had a median household income of $94,380 – higher than in 2013 when the median income was $85,600. Vacation home buyers also tended to buy a property that was a median distance of 200 miles away, and plan to own their property for a median of six years. Forty percent of vacation buyers bought a home in a beach area, 19 percent purchased in the country, and 17 percent purchased a vacation home in the mountains.

Investment buyer profile: The average investment home buyer in 2014 had a median household income of $87,680 – less than $111,400 in 2013. The median distance of the investment property was 24 miles from their primary residence. Investment buyers purchased property for a variety of reasons, including for rental income (37 percent), because of low prices and the buyer found a good deal (17 percent) and for potential price appreciation (15 percent). Investment buyers plan to hold onto the property for a median of five years. The South was the the most popular choice for investment properties. The majority of investment buyers (37 percent) purchased a property in the South last year, followed by 26 percent in the West, 20 percent in the Midwest, and 17 percent in the Northeast.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

Isn’t it time you thought about purchasing your next home?

Fannie Mae Offers Closing Cost Aid to First Time Home buyers

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced a new program that allows first-time home buyers of its properties to receive up to 3 percent of the purchase price in closing cost assistance. On a $150,000 priced home, for example, buyers could receive up to $4,500 in closing cost savings.

Fannie Mae’s HomePath Ready Buyer Program requires eligible buyers to complete an online home buyer education course as well as purchase a HomePath property – the branding that Fannie Mae uses for the foreclosed properties it owns.
“Purchasing your first home can be an overwhelming process,” says Jay Ryan, vice president of REO Sales at Fannie Mae. “We developed the HomePath Ready Buyer program to provide first-time home buyers with the knowledge to make informed decisions as they navigate the complexities of the home buying process. Closing cost assistance provides a cushion many first-time buyers need to more confidently face the financial responsibilities of home ownership.”
The education course buyers are required to take covers the responsibilities of owning a home and the home buying process. The course includes nine, 30-minute sessions and is offered exclusively online.

To be eligible for the program, buyers must:
• Complete the online HomePath Ready Buyer training course on and receive the Certificate of Completion.
• Must be a first-time homebuyer (who has not owned a property in the past three years) and who has plans to reside in the property as the primary residence. Auction, pool and investor sales are not eligible.
• Make their request for closing cost assistance at the initial offer, submitted on or after April 14, 2015.

Visit the Fannie Mae website for additional information about the HomePath Ready Buyer Program.
Source: “Fannie Mae Launches HomePath Ready Buyer Education Program for First-Time Home Buyers,” Fannie Mae (April 14, 2015)

Lenders Forecast Rosy Spring for Mortgages

Fannie Mae survey shows improved economy, loosening credit standards fueling optimism

Mortgage lenders expect increased demand and profit margins as we head into spring, according to Fannie Mae’s first-quarter 2015 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey.

According to the survey, released today, an improved economy and relaxed credit standards are fueling optimism among lenders as the first quarter comes to an end.

After gradually trending down throughout 2014, lenders’ purchase mortgage demand expectations for all types of loans (GSE eligible, non-GSE eligible and government loans) increased this quarter across institution sizes and types (mortgage banks, depository institutions and credit unions), although there might be seasonal influences, the survey found.

For GSE-eligible purchase loans, 71 percent of lenders surveyed said they expect purchase mortgage demand to rise in the next three months, compared with 59 percent reported during the same quarter last year. Additionally, 41 percent of lenders reported increased profit margin expectations, up from 21 percent during the same quarter in 2014.

Results also showed that the credit tightening observed last year has continued to trend down gradually moving into 2015. Across all loan types, lenders said credit is easing, and mortgage banks were more likely than depository institutions to agree with this sentiment.

Senior mortgage executives indicated they are more optimistic about the overall economy, but more pessimistic about consumers’ ability to get a mortgage today.

“The first-quarter results mirror a similar trend among American households,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “These results are consistent with our view that an improving economy, strengthening employment and increasing consumer confidence should support a modest housing expansion in 2015, after an uneven and disappointing year for housing activity in 2014.”
An improving economy, strengthening employment and increasing consumer confidence should support a modest housing expansion in 2015.” – Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae

Lenders’ profit margin outlook has improved significantly from last year, particularly for larger lenders.

The survey was conducted between Feb. 4 and Feb. 16 by Fannie Mae and Penn Schoen Berland.

Article provided by Amy Swinderman with Select Mortgage in Inman News

2014 Real Estate Year End Review for Coachella Valley

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