As 2016 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect and look ahead to what 2017 may bring. The Trump Administration’s plans to cut taxes and prioritize spending on infrastructure have already started to impact the housing market and mortgage marketplace. Many of the trends we’re already seeing at the end of this year are expected to continue to affect home financing in 2017. Let’s take a look:
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 10 years since the housing market took a turn for the worse. At the time it seemed chaotic, but it’s now clear what happened. The market was correcting and as a result, we saw a sharp downturn in home prices between 2007 and 2011. Things improved slowly over the next few years until recently, when prices starting rising much more rapidly. That has caused many buyers and sellers to assume that we must be heading toward another housing bubble.
There is no escaping it; debates, primaries and non-stop political rhetoric across all media channels. It’s 2016 and it’s an election year. And if you’re considering buying a home sometime in the next year, you may be curious about historical interest rate trends during the months before and after we’ve elected a new president.
As the one year anniversary of the Qualified Mortgage (QM) loan guidelines approaches, the time is right to reflect upon the impact and the uncertainty of QM vs. non-QM loans. We have spent the past year working with QM loans and developing smart solutions beyond QM to serve more borrowers. The non-QM terminology lends itself to the perception that a loan and/or borrower is somehow inferior to one who is “qualified.” As a result, there is skepticism, uncertainty and fear associated with “non-QM,” which is misguided.
We asked our Chief Credit Officer, Gary Scoma, to break it down for us.
FICO is the most widely used credit score. The three major credit repositories, Equifax, Experian and Transunion, work with FICO to develop their scores. But, when it comes to mortgages, FICO is the only credit score that is considered. So, when FICO recently announced it was changing its scoring system, the resulting headlines caused some confusion and debate. Will FICO’s decision to recalculate credit ratings be a boon for the mortgage industry? Some say the changes will not impact consumer credit in any meaningful way. So, what’s the real story here?
For successful real estate agents, a certain portion of their referral business comes from the financial advisors with whom they have built trusted relationships. Financial professionals call on agents first when they have clients who need help with real estate, and there are three key reasons why they want agents to work with RPM:
I have said before that I believe the transition in mortgage finance will include short-term pain, mid-term adjustments, and a new era in lending. Now that the Great Recession is behind us and recovery is underway, it is time to recognize and support a very important constituency that has been left out of our economic recovery – self-employed and retired (SE&R) consumers. RPM is leading the way to a new era with our recent release of the Tailored Line of borrowing solutions. The program offers common sense loans for qualified buyers in more segments of the community. It is my sincere belief that within the next few years many other lenders will agree with RPM’s stance that SE&R communities are alive and vibrant. Serving them, as well as other uniquely qualified buyers, with secure loans, is vital to the strength of our economy and our country.
We all know that in the long run, owning a home is typically a sound investment. But, with home prices rising does it make sense to buy now? I started contemplating this question after a recent conversation with a friend. She and her husband purchased their three bedroom, two bathroom home in 2005, then sold it by short sale in 2010. They moved into a more spacious four bedroom, three bathroom rental in a nearby town. It had everything they wanted; lots of living space, a great school district, fantastic neighborhood, and an awesome location close to the city’s downtown.
Social Business = The Borrower’s Opportunity to Review Resumes
It’s impossible to ignore the impact that social business has on consumer habits, namely the rankings for services, sellers, and products. The concept of online ratings has quickly spread throughout various industries in our digitally driven society. But, what about real estate and loan services? As a consumer, where do you turn to evaluate a team of professionals to assist in what is likely the biggest financial decision of your life? How will you find someone you trust, with the knowledge required?