November 2018 Mortgage Newsletter

November Mortgage
Rates On The Rise
During the last 2 months, we have seen a significant increase in interest rates.
Although rates have recently come down a little, it did go up to 4.875%. That’s
an increase of .625% in 2 months. I can’t remember the last time that
happened. In the immediate future, I don’t see rates going above 5%.
As rates climb, I am getting more inquiries regarding Adjustable Rate
Mortgages. Everyone’s situation is different and be sure to consider all
possibilities associated with an ARM. Usually when an ARM adjusts, there is a
cap of 2% per adjustment and a lifetime cap of 5%. In case the rate goes up,
you should have an exit strategy. Hopefully the rates will go down before the
adjustment, so you can refinance. Otherwise you can pay down the mortgage
with assets. There is also the option of temporarily buying down the rate. For
those that are unfamiliar with this option, please call me and we can discuss
this as well as other options that might be a consideration.
For self-employed borrowers, there are new mortgage programs that have
alternatives to traditional documentation requirements. If your business has a
history of deposits in the bank account that can be documented for a period of
1 year or so, this may be sufficient as income verification. Although this sounds
complicated, it really isn’t. If you are self-employed, be sure to check out your
As I mentioned earlier, rates have been on the rise. We have seen a sharp
increase in Mortgage Rates in the last 2 months. Interestingly our 7 Year ARM
and 10 Year ARM rates have not increased. Here are our rates. Here are our
current rates:
Conventional 30 Year Fixed 4.625%APR
Conventional 15 Year Fixed 4.0%APR
FHA 30 Year Fixed 4.25%
10 Year ARM 4.25%
7 Year ARM 4.125%
The New Jersey Association of Realtors released its report for Real Estate
activity in the state of New Jersey for the Month of August. Here are some year
to date (YTD) numbers:
New Jersey YTD 2017 YTD 2018 % Change
New Listings 146,325 147,358 +0.7%
Pending Sales 92,095 92,438 +0.4%
Closed Sales 88,001 87,818 -0.2%
Median Sales Price $281,000 $293,000 +4.3%
Average Sales Price $361,310 $370,676 +2.6%
Days on Market 71 64 -9.9%
Affordability Index 156 140 -10.3%
The affordability number is the only one that really sticks out. Other than that,
it’s still a very well-balanced market. A win-win for buyer and seller.
Vibha Singh
NMLS ID 66034
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