February 2018 Mortgage Newsletter

February 2018 Mortgage Newsletter
Mortgage Rate Increase Alert
During the month of January, rates increased a full .25%. That does not happen very often. Last time it happened was immediately after the Presidential election in 2017. There is so much positive momentum for the economy, many economists are predicting Mortgage Interest rates will increase both in the short and medium term. Although I do agree that rates will increase, I don’t foresee a steep increase. It’s been many years since rates have been over 5.0%. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
Here are some interesting statistics from the National Association of Realtors:
30 Year Fixed Rates
2016 3.6%
2017 4.0%
2018 4.6%
That’s an increase of 1% in a period of 2 years. The above are national averages as reported by NAR. Our rates have been considerably less. Our current rates as of January 1st are:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 4.0% APR
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 3.5% APR
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.625%
There is more commentary regarding the recent tax changes. In expensive Real Estate Markets such as New Jersey, there will be an effect on prices. There will be a direct effect on the higher end market. Sales of Lower price ranged homes will continue to be well balanced since there is not much new supply.
The New Jersey Association of Realtors has published final numbers for 2017. Here are some numbers for New Jersey and a snapshot of Central Jersey:

New Jersey 2016 2017 % Change
Closed Sales 106,385 115,991 +9.0%
Days on Market 80 7.1 -11.3%
Median Sales Price $280,000 $280,000 0%
New Listings 176,621 178,756 1.2%
Closed sales are up a whopping 9%! It’s absolutely remarkable that median prices are the same considering the supply of New Listings is relatively flat and days on market are down. If the New Listings remain constant and closed sales continue, it will be interesting to see if Median Sales Prices increase.

Here is Central New Jersey:

Central New Jersey 2016 2017 % Change
Closed Sales 2,816 2,890 +2.6%
Days on Market 73 67 -8.2%
Median Sales Price $449,228 $455,000 +1.3%
New Listings 4,760 4,657 -2.2%
The above illustrates that Central Jersey is a reflection of the state statistics.

Free Upcoming Seminars
Last month we hosted an Investment Seminar for the first time ever. In addition to new comers, it was great to see some of our past clients attend the seminar. We are committed to hosting both the Home Buyer and Investment seminars on the 3rd Saturday of each month except for November and December. Attendees will receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon and lots of valuable information. This month both seminars will be on February 17th. For the Home Buyer Seminars, you can register at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com. The registration for the investment seminar can be done at www.NJRealEstateSeminars.com There are many very interesting topics including at the investment seminar:

Little Known Websites where you can find good deals.
All about Short Sales, Tax Sales, Foreclosures, Estate Sales, Distressed Sales and REOs.
How to use Retirement Funds to purchase Real Estate without paying penalties.
Flipping VS Holding
Title Issues as they relate to Foreclosures and Tax Sales
Investment Clubs
Real Estate Syndication
At the Homebuyer Seminar speakers provide valuable tools that assist in the Home Buying Process. Topics include Title Insurance, Pitfalls to avoid, how to get the best interest rates, all about Credit reports and much more. A free Home buyer workbook is provided to all attendees along with the $1,000 closing cost coupon. Reserve your spot today while there is availability.

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January Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates and Politics

Happy New Year! I am excited to announce that we are now licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida. We have excellent rates particularly for second home owners in Florida. Please consider mentioning this to your family and friends if they have a mortgage need.

The new Tax laws will have an impact on housing and mortgages. The threshold of mortgage balance has been lowered for the interest deduction. Consult your tax professional to see how the new Tax laws will impact you.

There is concern by many that inflation could be a problem. If so, that could push home mortgage rates up. The fed has stated that interest rates will be increased this year and there are those that are predicting as many as 3 rate increases. Interestingly consumer confidence in 2017 was very high regarding the job market and overall economy.

After many years of the same loan limits, FannieMae, Freddie Mac and HUD have made increases:

New 2018 Conforming Loan Limits Table

Units Contiguous States Alaska and Hawaii
General High-Cost General High-Cost
1 $453,100 $679,650 $679,650 $1,019,475
2 $580,150 $870,225 $870,225 $1,305,325
3 $701,250 $1,051,875 $1,051,875 $1,577,800
4 $871,450 $1,307,175 $1,307,175 $1,960,750

The above increased loan limits can have a positive effect on Real Estate Values.

Although we have been able to keep our rates at 3.75% for a 30 year fixed, the short term trend is for rates to go up. Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.75% APR
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 3.0% APR
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.25%

Upcoming Seminars

  • For the first time ever, we will be sponsoring a Real Estate Investment Seminar. They will be taking place after our Home Buyer Seminar the 3rd Saturday of every month. Attendees will receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon and lots of valuable information. This month both seminars will be on the 20th of January at the Holiday Inn in Somerset on Davidson Avenue. On February 17th, the seminars will be held in Princeton at the Homewood Suites. For the Home Buyer Seminars, you can register at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com. The registration for the investment seminar can be done at www.NJRealEstateSeminars.com There are many very interesting topics including:
  • Little Known Websites where you can find good deals.
  • All about Short Sales, Tax Sales, Foreclosures, Estate Sales, Distressed Sales and REOs.
  • How to use Retirement Funds to purchase Real Estate without paying penalties.
  • Flipping VS Holding
  • Title Issues as they relate to Foreclosures and Tax Sales
  • Investment Clubs
  • Real Estate Syndication

Next month’s newsletter will include the 2017 year in review as we will get year end data from New Jersey Association of Realtors. Please Feel free to reach out to us for more information. We hope to see you at one of our seminars!

September Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates

There is talk the Fed will stop purchasing bonds with the proceeds it receives from bonds previously purchased. The interesting thing is that there are some that feel that interest rates would decline if the Fed stopped purchasing bonds. That seems to be counter intuitive. Chris Wood, Chief Strategist for CLSA LTD. Hong Kong recently wrote, “It should be remembered that on those occasions when the Fed stopped or slowed quanto easing in the post-2008 era, the bond market rallied even though the Fed was buying fewer bonds.” It remains to be seen what would happen if the Fed stops buying bonds. The Fed has stated they would announce their intentions prior to taking any action.

We have some new programs for first time Home Buyers and moderate income households. With as little as 3% down, there is no PMI. This is a great program since there is no upfront MIP of 1.75% as is the case with FHA. Please call to confirm eligibility.

For the first time in several months, our rates have dropped below 3.75% for the 30 Year Fixed. Most of our rates are down a full 1/8.

Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.625%
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 2.875%
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.125%

Our rates continue to be as much as .25% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are currently approaching a 12 month low.

Real Estate Market

The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released the final stats for the month of July. As we the summer ends and we move into the fall season, let’s take a look at some numbers for Single Family Homes in the state of New Jersey year to date and how these numbers compare to 2016.

2016 2017 Percent Change
New Listings 115,497   115,488 0.0%
Closed Sales  65,520    73,329 +11.9%
Average Sales Price $354,080 $359,897 +1.9%
% of List Price 96.5% 97.3% + 0.8 %
Days on Market  82  73 -11.0%

The 2 numbers that caught my attention are the number of closed sales increasing by 11.9% and the days on market. Clearly this shows a strong demand. With prices relatively flat and the inventory flat, it seems like a well balanced market. Perhaps shifting somewhat towards the sellers. That being said, it’s a great time to purchase a home, particularly with the talk of interest rates possibly going up.

Soon we will be announcing our next Home Buyer Seminar. For upcoming dates, call me or visit www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com All attendees will receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon, a home buying workbook and free lunch. There are many speakers including a Title Insurance Attorney, Credit Reporting specialist, Foreclosure expert, short sales expert and myself. Be sure to check out video of previous seminars on the website. We would love to see you there. Feel free to invite your family and friends. Its not just for first time home buyers. Many participants that have previously purchased homes in the past find it helpful and recommend it to others that have already purchased a home and looking to purchase another in the future.

August Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates

During a recent interview with Bloomberg, Former Fed Chair, Alan Greenspan mentioned that there is a bubble in Bond Markets. If he is right, there could be a rapid increase in rates. Greenspan has been talking about the bond bubble for the past couple years. Billionaire value investor Howard Marks is encouraging investors to seek safer investments even though the S & P has increased 10% Year To Date.

As the Trump administration continues its course, there are those that feel America’s status as a World Economic Leader are at risk. Hopefully this will not have a negative impact on the housing market and interest rates.

There are many new innovative mortgage programs that are available to borrowers in all categories. We have a very nice program for those that are looking to purchase a home and need renovation money. Almost like an acquisition and construction loan. So you can buy a home that needs some TLC.
Rates continue to hover around 4%. This is the 3rd consecutive month that we are reporting exactly the same rate. I can’t remember the last time that happened. It doesn’t get any more stable than that. It will be interesting to see if that continues once the summer is over.

Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.75%
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 3.0%
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.25%

Our rates continue to be as much as .25% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are currently approaching a 9 month low. That being said, its still a GREAT time to be purchasing property.

Real Estate Market

The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released the final stats for the month of June. As we pass the half way point of the year, let’s take a look at some numbers for Single Family Homes in the state of New Jersey year to date and how these numbers compare to 2016.

2016 2017 Percent Change
New Listings 100,435   100,161 -0.3%
Closed Sales   56,233    63,204 +12.4%
Median Sales Price $348,236 $356,555 +2.4%
% of List Price 96.4% 97.2% + 0.8 %
Days on Market  85  76 -10.6%

The 2 numbers that caught my attention are the number of closed sales increasing by 12.4% and the days on market. Clearly this shows a strong demand. With prices relatively flat and the inventory flat, it seems like a well balanced market. Perhaps shifting somewhat towards the sellers. That being said, it’s a great time to purchase a home, particularly with the talk of the bond bubble that can drive up interest rates quickly.

On July 22nd, we had another successful Free Home Buyer Seminar at the Somerset Holiday Inn on Davidson Avenue. We are skipping August and will schedule one in September. For those that have not attended or those that need a refresher, check www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com for upcoming dates. All attendees will receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon, a home buying workbook and free lunch. There are many speakers including a Title Insurance Attorney, Credit Reporting specialist, Foreclosure expert, short sales expert and myself. Be sure to check out video of previous seminars on the website. We would love to see you there. Feel free to invite your family and friends. Its not just for first time home buyers. Many participants that have previously purchased homes in the past find it helpful and recommend it to others that have already purchased a home and looking to purchase another in the future.

July Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates

The Federal Open Market Committee (the Fed) that determines the discount rate will met on June 13th- 14th and raised the discount rate to 1.25%. The next meeting will be July 25th-26th. The forecast is for a minimum of one more rate increase this year. Everyone will be looking for hints from Yellen for future Fed action.

As the Trump administration continues its course, there still seems to be some apprehension on the economic front, particularly with foreign policy and how this can affect the international economic climate.

There are many new innovative mortgage programs that are available to borrowers in all categories. For low to moderate income households with income under $100K (not so low), there are no PMI programs available in many lender targeted areas. These are great programs particularly for those that have little or no down payment. For Jumbo loan borrowers, we can offer a no PMI program for down payments as low as 10%. Please feel free to call me regarding these wonderful programs.
Rates are hovering around 4%. Considering that rates approached 4.5%, rates at 4% are good news for the housing market. There was chatter about rates going to 5% and beyond. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen and rates continue to stay stable.

Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.75%
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 3.0%
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.25%

Our rates continue to be as much as .25% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are currently approaching a 6 month low. That being said, its still a GREAT time to be purchasing property.
Real Estate Market

The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released the final stats for the month of May. Let’s take a look at some numbers for Single Family Homes in the state of New Jersey year to date as we approach the half way point of the year and how these numbers compare to 2016.

2016 2017 Percent Change
New Listings  83,467   82,836 -0.8%
Closed Sales  36,512 41,074 +12.7%
Median Sales Price $263,000 $265,000  +.8%
% of List Price 96.2%  97.0% + 0.8 %
Days on Market 89 79 -11.2%

It looks like we are seeing a “shift” in the market and it is moving towards a seller’s market. There is a lack of inventory as the number of closed sales has a marked improvement of 12.7%. This is a good time for sellers to put their house on the market and buyers that are on the fence to purchase a home before prices rise.

In June we had another standing room only Home Buyer Seminar in Central Jersey. On July 22nd, we will be having another seminar at the Holiday Inn in Somerset. All attendees will receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon, a home buying workbook and free lunch. There were many speakers including a Title Insurance Attorney, Credit Reporting specialist, Foreclosure expert, short sales expert and myself. You can find more information and registration information for future seminars at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com. Be sure to check out video of previous seminars. We would love to see you there. Feel free to invite your family and friends. Its not just for first time home buyers. Many participants that have previously purchased homes in the past find it helpful and recommend it to others that have already purchased a home and looking to purchase another in the future.

April Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates

The Federal Open Market Committee (the Fed) that determines the discount rate met this week. In accordance with forecasts, there was no increase in the discount rate. Rates are expected to rise later this year, perhaps as early as June. The committee continues to reinvest in agency mortgage backed securities. This has a positive impact on Mortgage rates.

As the Trump administration completes its first 100 days, there still seems to be some apprehension on the economic front, particularly with foreign policy and how this can affect the international economic climate.

There are many new innovative mortgage programs that are available to borrowers in all categories. For low to moderate income households with income under $100K (not so low), there are no PMI programs available in many lender targeted areas. These are great programs particularly for those that have little or no down payment. For Jumbo loan borrowers, we can offer a no PMI program for down payments as low as.
Rates are back down to the 4% range. Considering that rates approached 4.5%, that’s good news for the housing market. There was chatter about rates going to 5% and beyond. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen and rates stay stable.

Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.75%
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 3.0%
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.25%

Our rates continue to be as much as .25% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are currently approaching a 6 month low. That being said, its still a GREAT time to be purchasing property.

Real Estate Market

The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released the final stats for the first quarter. Let’s take a look at some numbers for Single Family Homes in the state of New Jersey year to date through the first quarter of 2017 and how these numbers compare to 2016.

2016 2017 Percent Change
New Listings 46,741    46,322 0.9%
Closed Sales  19,323  21,871 +13.2%
Median Sales Price $255,000 $258,000 +1.2%
% of List Price    95.9% 96.6% + 0.7 %
Days on Market 95 85 -10.5%

The two numbers that jump out are Closed sales and Days on market. Closed sales are up over 13% from the first quarter of last year. That is a HUGE jump. Considering that new listings are nearly flat, this could be an indication of higher prices in the future. The days on market number change is also in double digits. That is also a possible indicator of higher prices in the future. That being said, these are only first quarter numbers. This could be spike in the market from pent up demand resulting from buyers sitting on the fence waiting to see results from the election. In any case, it is still a very healthy balanced market and a good time to buy or sell. A “win-win” for all.

In June we are having another Home Buyer Seminar in Central Jersey. We will be announcing the venue shortly. All attendees will receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon, a home buying workbook and free lunch. There were many speakers including a Title Insurance Attorney, Credit Reporting specialist, Foreclosure expert, short sales expert and myself. You can find more information and registration information for future seminars at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com. Be sure to check out video of previous seminars. We would love to see you there. Feel free to invite your family and friends. Its not just for first time home buyers. Many participants that have previously purchased homes in the past find it helpful and recommend it to others that have already purchased a home and looking to purchase another in the future.

November Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates
Being in the Mortgage industry for over 20 years, it still amazes me how unpredictable mortgage interest rates can be. At the end of 2015, the fed increased the discount rate and it had no effect on mortgage interest rates. You would think with republicans receiving a mandate in the recent elections, the mortgage rates would be flat or lower. Well guess what happened? Rates have gone up and are now near 2 year highs crossing 4%. It will be very interesting to see if mortgage rates will continue to rise after Trump takes office. It is my opinion that the Real Estate Market is still kind of flat in most markets and if anything, there is room for rates to go back down again

In my last newsletter I had mentioned the comeback of mortgage programs such as no PMI loans and the 80-10-10 program for those putting down 10%. We now have a no income verification program for Self employed borrowers. Need to have good income and bank proof of funds is required. The mortgage market seems to be loosening up and that’s good news for all.

On November 19th, we had a standing room only Free Home Buyer Seminar at the Holiday Inn on Davidson Avenue in Somerset. All attendees received a $1,000 closing cost coupon, a home buying workbook and free lunch. There were many speakers including a Title Insurance Attorney, Credit Reporting specialist, Foreclosure expert, short sales expert and myself. There is another one scheduled at the same venue in January. You can find more information and registration at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com. We would love to see you there. Feel free to invite your family and friends. Its not just for first time home buyers. Many participants that have previously purchased homes in the past find it helpful and recommend it to others that have already purchased a home and looking to purchase another in the future.

As I mentioned, rates have crossed 4.25% for many lenders. We are still under 4%

Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.875%
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 3.125%
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.25%

Our rates continue to be as much as .375% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are currently are approaching 2 year highs. That being said, its still a GREAT time to be purchasing property.

Real Estate Market
The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released statistics for the Month of October. As we approach the of the end of the year, we have some solid data to consider although I am anxious to see what happens after Trump takes office. Let’s take a look at some year to date numbers for Single Family Homes in Central Jersey and how these numbers compare to last year.

YTD 9-2015 YTD 9-2016 Percent Change
New Listings 4,037 4,059 +0.5%
Closed Sales 2,058 2,136 +3.8%
Median Sales Price $469,450 $468,500 – 0.2%
% of List Price 91.1% 97.1% + 0.0 %
Days on Market 71 71 – 0.0 %

The stats above suggest that it’s pretty much a flat or balanced market. Perhaps a good time for both buyers and sellers.

Jun Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates
Good news! Mortgage rates continue to be steady around 3.375% with no points for a 30 year fixed rate. Although pricing has increased and we touched 3.25% for the first time this year, rates are still steady. The Fed will meet in July and it will be interesting to see what they do with rates. Jobless claims dropped to a 43 year low. Keep in mind, even if the Fed increases rates, mortgage rates can stay the same.
Many programs that disappeared are back in play. No PMI loans and 80-10-10 loans are back. These buyer friendly programs are good for the housing market.
Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.375%
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 2.5%
FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.125%
Our rates continue to be as much as .375% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are currently at 3 year lows, a GREAT time to be buying.
Real Estate Market
The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released statistics for the Month of May. As we approach the middle of the year, we have some solid data to consider. Let’s take a look at some year to date numbers for Single Family Homes in Central Jersey and how these numbers compare to last year.

YTD 5- 2015 YTD 5-2016 Percent Change
New Listings 2,334 2,399 +2.8 %
Closed Sales 784 874 + 11.5 %
Median Sales Price $415,850 $426,250 + 2.5 %
% of List Price 96.6% 96.8% + .2 %
Days on Market 88 84 – 4.5 %

The stats above suggest that it is a seller’s market. With interest rates near all time lows, it is also a buyer’s market. Taking both into consideration….. The market is balanced well. It’s a good time for both buyers and sellers.

May Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates
Contrary to projections, Mortgage rates have declined after the Fed increased the interest rate. In my last Newsletter, I mentioned that it was a strong possibility that mortgage interest rates would not increase. Although I strongly feel that interest rates will continue to be steady for the short term, they can go up at anytime there is a sharp increase in indicators such as inflation and or if there is a positive shift in key economies around the globe. In fact, it seems the US is committed to maintaining a balanced global economy.
For those that have adjustable rate mortgages indexed to Libor or Prime, you should consider refinancing into a fixed rate mortgage or into a longer termed ARM then you currently have. The Libor is up significantly and projections are that the prime will increase by ½ to ¾ by the end of the year.
Currently our rates for Home Buyers are as follows: Conventional 30 Year Fixed 3.375% Conventional 15 Year Fixed 2.5% FHA 30 Year Fixed 3.125%
Our rates continue to be as much as .375% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are currently at 3 year lows, a GREAT time to be buying.
Recently it was another standing room only Home Buyer Seminar at the Hilton in Princeton. We had an amazing group of speakers including a Title Insurance Attorney, a Credit Reporting Expert, Real Estate professionals and myself. I particularly enjoyed the session regarding Dual agency and the importance of a buyer having a representative in the transaction, not an agent that represents both Buyer and seller. Visit www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com for upcoming seminars. All attendees receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon.
For those that are looking to purchase property that needs work, we have several favorable programs that will allow you to purchase a property and we can provide additional $ for remodeling.
Real Estate Market
The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released statistics for the Month of April. As we approach June, let’s take a look at some year to date numbers for Single Family Homes in Central Jersey and how these numbers compare to last year.

YTD 4-2015 YTD 4-2016 Percent Change
New Listings 1,795 1,854 +5.0 %
Closed Sales 549 657 + 19.7 %
Median Sales Price $410,000 $415,000 1.2 %
% of List Price 96.3% 96.6% + .3 %
Days on Market 98 91 + .3 %

We did not see a proportional increase in median sales price even with a gaudy 19.7% increase in closed sales. This is even more puzzling with interest rates being as low as they are.
The market is balanced well. It’s a good time for both buyers and sellers.

April Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates
Mortgage rates have not increased after the Fed raised the discount rate in January. The Fed did not increase rates in the subsequent March meeting and there are mixed reports whether the Fed will increase rates in the April meeting. Although there was a slight increase in Unemployment, the economic climate in the US is stable to positive. Unfortunately that is not the case overseas and that seems to be a major cause of apprehension for the policy makers in the US.
Even if the Feds increase rates, I don’t foresee a major spike in mortgage rates anytime soon. With interest rates near 3 year lows and the robust spring market, it is a seller’s market in most of New Jersey. Bidding wars are not uncommon and it is a source of frustration for many buyers as well as Real Estate agents.
Sellers should get their house on the market as soon as possible to take advantage of a favorable seller’s market. Buyers should move quickly and aggressively with their offers. Be sure to submit a pre-qualification letter with the offer.
For those that are existing home owners and considering moving to a new home, consider renting your existing home instead of selling it especially if you have a low fixed rate mortgage. The rental market is robust and mortgage rates are near all time lows. Borrowing at the current low rates can be advantageous for those considering renting their current residence. Discuss the pros and cons with your Real Estate agent and let me know if you would like to discuss options with me.
We are sponsoring a Blood Drive on May 7th at our office. All Donors that attend and their family members will be treated to a Barbeque and there will be lots of give aways. Please register on our site at www.MontMtg.com We hope to see you there!
We are hosting another Free Home Buyer Seminar on April 23rd at the Hilton in Princeton. All attendees receive a $1,000 closing cost coupon and there is lots of valuable information. The seminar routinely fills up quickly so register soon at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com Speakers including a Title Insurance Attorney, a Credit Reporting Expert, Real Estate professionals and myself.
Currently our 30 year fixed is 3.375% and interest rates for super conforming are at 3.5%. Our rates continue to be as much as .25% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are near all time lows, a GREAT time to be buying.
Real Estate Market
The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released statistics for the Month of February. As we approach May, let’s take a look at some year to date numbers for the state of New Jersey and how these numbers compare to last year.

YTD 2015 YTD 2016 Percent Change
New Listings 12,572 12,562 -0.1 %
Pending Sales 5,676 6,360 +15.7%
Closed Sales 5,176 6,001 +15.9%
Median Sales Price $270,000 $270,000 0.0%
Avg Sales Price $350,328 $350,605 +0.1%
% of List Price 95.5% 96.0% +.5%
Days on Market 94 94 0.0%

Although it’s too early in the year to looking for trends, its nice to know that stats are flat compared to last year and the trend is toward a positive market.
Looks like we are in the midst of healthy Real Estate Market! That’s good for Buyers, Sellers and all parties associated with a Real Estate transaction.

January Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates
Happy New Year! After several years of near zero interest rates, the Fed finally pulled the trigger and raised rates. Although it did not have an effect on Mortgage interest rates, it will affect rates indexed to prime such as home equity lines of credit and commercial lines of credit. Markets project the Fed will continue to raise the rates during the course of this year another percent or so.
The Fed has been purchasing approximately $25 Billion dollars per month Mortgage backed securities (MBS). They are using funds that have been coming back from MBS they purchased in the past and they have been reinvesting it right back into buying more MBS. This has stabilized mortgage rates. Otherwise we would see a huge increase in interest rates.
Even if the Fed increases the rates another percent, I would be very surprised to see mortgage rates over 5%. Oil prices continue to be low, gold is off its high and inflation is not at the Fed target of 2%.
Currently our 30 year fixed is 3.75% and interest rates for super conforming are at 3.875%. We continue to be as much as .375% below the rates of our competitors. Rates are still extremely attractive for home buyers.
The new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) that was put in play by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in October continues to be problematic in Real Estate transactions. Closings have been delayed as lenders are getting acclimated to changes. Fortunately we have adapted our processing and have been able to integrate it into our work flow.
You can register for our next Home Buyer Seminar at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com Be sure to see the testimonial video of the last seminar on the homepage. The seminars are helpful whether you are a first time homebuyer or a seasoned real estate buyer. There is a $1,000 closing cost coupon for all those that attend.
Real Estate Market
The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released statistics for the Month of November. As we get close to the end of the year, lets take a look at some year to date numbers for the state of New Jersey.

YTD 2014 YTD 2015 Percent Change
New Listings 146,153 155,851 6.6%
Pending Sales 73,436 84,932 15.7%
Closed Sales 69,518 78,273 12.6%
Median Sales Price $281,000 $285,000 1.4%
Avg Sales Price $363,964 $365,902 0.5%
% of List Price 95.9% 96.3% .4%
Days on Market 85 84 -1.2%

The number that jumps out is the increase in closed transactions. With a big number of 12.6%, you would think that there would be a significant increase in average sales price. That’s not the case. Although a bigger increase in sales price would be nice, this is a sign of a healthy market that is in balance. If demand continues like this, an increase in sales price is inevitable. Another sign of a healthy market is the pending sales number. This shows that there is a strong pipeline of transactions going into 2016.
Looks like it’s a good time to be a buyer or seller. Just in case there is an increase in interest rates and demand remains steady, buyers should buy their homes soon.
Looking forward to a healthy Market in 2016!

November Market Newsletter

Mortgage Rates
After touching a low of 3.5%, mortgage rates are now approaching 4%. Although the Fed didn’t raise rates at the October meeting, the market is anticipating an increase in rates at the next meeting which will be in December. Yesterday at a capital hill testimony, Fed Chair Yellen basically confirmed a rate hike is forthcoming in December. She received push back from California Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman suggested the Fed should wait until Spring. His amusing statement, “God’s plan is that things rise in the spring. And so if you want to be good with the Almighty, you might want to delay until May.” Lobbying against a rate hike include organizations such as Fed Up, a coalition of community groups organized by the Center for Popular Democracy in Washington.
The Fed is using definitive language regarding a rate hike. Now the discussion includes the amount of the rate hike. The consensus is an increase of .25%. Since this is widely anticipated, most likely the markets will have adjusted and it will not have a steep impact on markets.
October 3rd was the date the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) was put in play by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). During the next few weeks, we will see how this has affected the life cycle of a Real Estate transaction. Joe Kozoh, Team Leader of Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty states, “There might be a bump due to the learning curve. Anything that makes the transaction more transparent for the consumer is a good thing.”
Montgomery Mortgage rates are always competitive and continue to be .125% to .25% lower than the average market interest rates. The Home Buyer seminar was a big success last month. You can get more information and register for the next one at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com Be sure to see the testimonial video of the last seminar on the homepage. The seminars are helpful whether you are a first time homebuyer or you are a seasoned real estate buyer. There is a $1,000 closing cost coupon for all those that attend.
Real Estate Market
The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released statistics for the Month of September. The New Jersey Real Estate Market in September remained stable. Here are some interesting numbers:

September 2014 September 2015 Percent Change
New Listings 14,559 14,953 2.7%
Pending Sales 7,256 8,114 11.8%
Closed Sales 7,625 8,531 11.9%
Median Sales Price $279,000 $287,500 3.0%
Avg Sales Price $361,156 $368,266 2.0%
% of List Price 95.8% 96.2% .4%
Days on Market 83 81 -2.4%
Homes For Sale 70,860 64,179 -9.4%
Months Supply 10.2 8.1 -20.6

Look at the sharp decline in inventory and the months supply. Combined with interest rates as low as they are, there should be a larger increase in the sales price. Certainly the low inflation numbers are one of the reasons the Fed has not increased rates. It seems that Home prices are set to increase. This is a good time to purchase a home, since home prices and interest rates are on the rise.
We have much to be thankful for. Enjoy the upcoming festive holiday season and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!

October Market Newsletter

Mortgage Rates
At the much anticipated meeting middle of September, the Fed decided not to increase the discount rate. This was expected outcome by most of the forecasters. So the market did not move much. Our 30 year fixed rate is hovering at 3.625% and it has been relatively stable. The next fed meeting will be at the end of this month. There is no meeting in November.
Mortgage lenders are bracing for new disclosure documents required by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Although there is some apprehension, I feel it is always good for a consumer if they have as much information as possible, presented in a simple manner so that they can make an informed decision. October 3rd was the date the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) is applicable.
Keep in mind that we do have programs that will allow you to purchase a home and renovate it. So if you find a property that needs a little work, don’t be afraid to acquire it especially if you are getting a good deal. Obviously these loans do require more paperwork such as construction cost estimates from licensed and insured contractors.
Montgomery Mortgage rates are always competitive and continue to be .125% to .25% lower than the average market interest rates. We will be sponsoring a Home Buyer Seminar at the end of this month in Princeton. You can get more information and register at www.HomeBuyer-Seminar.com Be sure to see the testimonial video. The seminars are helpful whether you are first time homebuyer or you are a seasoned real estate buyer.
Real Estate Market
The New Jersey Association of Realtors recently released statistics for the Month of July. The New Jersey Real Estate Market in July was HOT! Check out these numbers:

August 2014 August 2015 Percent Change
New Listings 13,279 13,791 3.9%
Pending Sales 7,518 8,722 16%
Closed Sales 8,611 9,423 9.4%
Median Sales Price $308,000 $310,000 0.6%
Avg Sales Price $392,871 $387,987 -1.2%
% of List Price 96.4% 96.7% .3%
Days on Market 76 74 -2.6%
Homes For Sale 71,042 64,273 -9.5%
Months Supply 10.4 8.1 -19.2

With the number of sales up sharply, its surprising to that there is a slight decline in the average sales price. All of the other numbers are in line with a very stable market. New Jersey housing numbers do not justify the raising of interest rates. It will be interesting to see what the Fed does at the meeting at the end of this month.
I do have access to many other statistics I can provide to you. For example, I can provide you with statistics of a specific type of property ie condo, townhouse, Adult Community, etc. or I can provide statistics of specific towns. Please let me know if you would like to see a specific report and I will send it to you promptly.

September Mortgage Newsletter

Mortgage Rates

Just when I thought rates were going to cross 4% and head to 4.5%, they are back down to 3.625%. It’s a great time to lock in a rate as the consensus is that the Fed will be raising rates soon. With unemployment at 5.3 nearly 50% of its recent peak a few years ago and the US economy doing well, the pundits are all predicting the Fed will hike rates as soon as this month.
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