According to a recent survey conducted by Fannie Mae; the number of Americans dropped sharply in December (after an increase in November). Several news outlets blamed “higher rates” but the fact is rates were lower in December (compared to November and October). And others blamed higher purchase prices as the cause when in fact home values in many areas has pulled back a bit compared to previous months.
So what’s the cause?
Possibly a combination of a slowing economy and the recent/sudden pull back in stocks. When ever there is a significant decline in stocks people generally feel less excited about spending money. Generally speaking; wages have not risen in a long time (once you factor inflation). In addition to that homes are still somewhat expensive considering the rise in values over the last 2-4 years. And in the last 5-6 weeks you’ve seen your 401k just decline by 20%. Throw in the fact you just spent a ton of money on Christmas presents so it’s not entirely surprising to read that some people simply were not interested in buying a home in December.
TransUnion Thinks Rates Will Go Higher
The giant credit bureau is out with a report saying they believe mortgage rates will hit 5% by the end of 2019. One news outlet is suggesting an old strategy of “paying points” will come back. For one; it never went away. Two it works with some loan scenarios and doesn’t work with others. While I do not think we’re going back to mid 3% range on a 30 year fixed mortgage rate I also don’t think we’ll see mortgage rates push to 5% or higher in 2019. Unless incomes rise and home values fall; 5% or higher in mortgage rates will have a significant impact on the US economy. Simply put; people can’t afford 5% or higher mortgage rates when you add in the student loans, car loans and other expenses. Predictions are difficult at best so we’ll have to see what happens. But for now we’re much closer to 4.00% then we are to 5.00%.
Lawsuit Against Homebuilder Lennar
The homebuilding giant Lennar Homes has a mortgage division and according to a former employee they violated federal law by making loans to unqualified buyers. Back in December the Justice Department reached a $13.2 million settlement with their mortgage division to settle claims that they violated the False Claims Act (FHA mortgage loans). In court documents the whistle blower claims that in several cases the loan originator, the appraiser and the loan processor all were related, non verified reserves were allegedly added to loan application and debts were omitted as well. If true this would be a major issue for the company.
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