Which States Have the Most Underwater Homes?

2012's second quarter saw another drop in the number of homes experiencing negative equity. CoreLogic published a press release on September 12th, which reported that, "600,000 more borrowers are now above water, for a total of 1.3 million. While that it is truly good news, the U.S. is hardly out of the woods with respect to the housing crisis. While the current total is down 23.7 percent, there are still 2.3 million borrowers in near negative equity. What that means is that they have less than five percent equity in their home.

The most troubled borrowers are in NV. Of all mortgaged properties in the Silver State, 59 percent of them are in a negative equity situation. Following in second place is FL, with 43 percent of its mortgages underwater (find which areas in Florida are appreciating the fastest). Rounding out the top five states with the highest numbers of negative equity borrowers are AZ with 40 percent, GA with 36 percent, and MI with 33 percent. CoreLogic's report noted that these five states are responsible for 34.1 percent of the nation's total number of underwater mortgages.

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It was revealed that most of the underwater mortgages exist in the low end of the market, or homes valued at less than $200,00.00. It was acknowledged that most of these borrowers are continuing to pay their mortgages. In fact, the report showed that among those borrowers, 84.9 percent were current at the close of 2012's second quarter.

Analysts at CoreLogic maintain that if home prices continue to rise, borrowers could soon escape their negative equity situations.

Source: http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/asset_upload_file448_16434.pdf

Mortgage Rates Fall to Record Lows Following Federal Reserve Board's Announcement

Fixed mortgage rates fell once again to new record lows according to Freddie Mac's most recent mortgage market survey. According to Freddie's statistics, the 30 year fixed rate average dipped to 3.49% with .6 pts which was down from 3.55% last week. The 15 year fixed rate average also moved lower going from 2.85% down to 2.77% with .6 pts. The 5 year treasury indexed ARM moved in the opposite direction going up from 2.72% to 2.76% with .6 pts.

"Following the Federal Reserve's announcement of a new bond purchase plan, yields on mortgage-backed securities fell bringing average fixed mortgage rates to their all-time record lows which should aid in the ongoing housing recovery", commented Frank Nothaft of Freddie Mac. He continued, "New construction on one-family homes rebounded in August, rising by 5.5 percent to the fastest pace since April 2010. In addition, existing home sales increased by 7.8 percent in August to its strongest pace since May 2010."

Here's a snapshot of how things were looking on ForTheBestRate.com this morning (9:30 am EST - I used Los Angeles, California for the sample, 740+ credit, non cash-out refi - rates are subject to change, contact the various lenders and brokers for the most up-to-the-minute pricing):

30 Year Home Loan Pricing with No Points:
AmericanInterbanc.com: 3.289% APR, 3.250% Note Rate, $799 Fees in APR
IHL Direct: 3.352% APR, 3.250% Note Rate, $2,100 Fees in APR
AimLoan.com:  3.347% APR, 3.250% Note Rate, $1,995 Fees in APR 

20 Year Home Loan Pricing with No Points:
AimLoan.com: 3.261 APR, 3.125% Note Rate, $1,995 Fees in APR
AmericanInterbanc.com: 3.249% APR, 3.125% Note Rate, $999 Fees in APR
IHL Direct:  3.394% APR, 3.250% Note Rate, $936 Fees in APR 

15 Year Home Loan Pricing with No Points:
LenderFi: 2.794% APR, 2.625% Note Rate, $1,110 Fees in APR
AmericanInterbanc.com: 2.694% APR, 2.625% Note Rate, $799 Fees in APR
AimLoan.com:  2.798% APR, 2.625% Note Rate, $1,995 Fees in APR

10 Year Home Loan Pricing with No Points:Mortgage Capital Associates: 2.745% APR, 2.625% Note Rate, $950 Fees in APR
AmericanInterbanc.com: 2.751% APR, 2.625% Note Rate, $999 Fees in APR

For more information on today's mortgage rates, APRs, and closing costs, visit the rate table comparison shopping platform on ForTheBestRate.com.

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Nat Criss is one of the publishers for ForTheBestRate.com. 

30 Year Mortgage Rates Drop Below 3.5% Before Rising Above Record Lows

Average mortgage rates hit yet another record low the week of July 26th, but have since inched above the record setting levels. According to reports from mortgage financing company, Freddie Mac, mortgage rates for the week ending Thursday, July 26 dipped to 3.49 percent (0.7 points) for a conforming 30 year fixed rate loan on average. Rates for the previous week were 3.53 percent (0.7 percent), and for the week ending August 2nd they were a slightly higher 3.55 percent (0.7 points.)

Compared with a year ago, mortgage rates are a full point lower. Last year's average rate for a conforming 30 year fixed rate loan was 4.55 percent.

Rates on the increasingly popular 15 year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.8% (0.7 points), down from 2.83% (0.6 points) the previous week and significantly lower than the 3.66% rate a year ago. 15 year rates also edged up on average the week of August 2nd, returning to the 2.83% (0.6 points) level reached 2 weeks earlier. These short term mortgage types are a popular choice for homeowners who wish to pay off their mortgage debt in half the time it takes for a traditional 30 year loan.

So if you're shopping around for a mortgage on your new home or looking at refinancing, don't be surprised to see some super competitive rates out there. Don't be afraid to shop around either, as the first low rate you come across may not necessarily be the best.


Wall Street Journal http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2012/07/26/here-we-go-again-mortgage-rate-drops-hits-3-49/

Freddie Mac

Are older Americans at greater risk of foreclosure?

According to a recent report by AARP, millions of older Americans are facing the risk of losing their homes.

More than 3 million borrowers over the age of 50 are at risk, according to the report, with more than 1.5 million homeowners (age 50 or older) having already lost their homes since the beginning of the housing crisis. The report also showed that another 3.5 million owners are underwater in their mortgages, owing more than their homes are worth.

So why is this happening? There appears to be an underlying problem with greater debt. According to the report, older Americans are "carrying more mortgage debt than ever before." When it comes to the actual amount of debt these older homeowners have accumulated, the numbers don't look good.

According to the Federal Reserve, families with mortgages held by someone 75 or older jumped to 24.2% in 2010, versus only 6.3% in 1989. Over the same time period, the amount of debt mortgage holders carried shot up to a median of $52,000, versus only $11,800 in '89. Part of this, of course, has to do with the inevitable rising of prices over time. However, such a dramatic jump seems to be a cause for concern among housing experts.

A recent article on CNN Money explained that many older homeowners were burdened by subprime loans or lured by cash out refinances that they didn't work out in their favor. (Cash out refinances refer to taking out a loan for more than the mortgage is worth and using the difference to make repairs, pay bills or consolidate debt).

While cash out refis don't necessarily lead to foreclosure, and in some cases can be quite beneficial, experts warn that very careful consideration should be taken before signing on the dotted line. Financial mistakes or poor refinancing choices certainly happen within all age groups, but it is usually more difficult for elderly homeowners to bounce back from a financial crisis.


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Mortgage Rate Resources

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Mortgage News Daily
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Federal Reserve Board Mortgage Comparison Calculator
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