Market Update June 2020 – Covid 19 Housing Stats

New Hampshire Housing Market Update June 2020
Housing numbers have yet to be released for May, but one thing is certain, the competition is tough for buyers. With a shorter supply of inventory homes are receiving multiple offers driving the prices up. It is safe to say we are in a sellers market. Is now the time to sell?

My biggest concern is the whopping 9% of all active mortgages in forbearance. These are set to start expiring in November and December of this year, with some possibly being extended to 12 months. These forbearances will have a big 6 month payment due all at once, we could see a flood of homes hit the market if these can’t be paid, driving prices back down and shifting the market into a buyers market.

Does rout signal rebound? April pending sales were worse than analysts expected, down more than 16% nationwide, with every region experiencing sharp drop-offs. However, amid these dismal numbers, applications for purchase mortgages have risen every week since April 17, signaling a possible rebound. – Mortgage News Daily

Purchases rising: Purchase mortgage applications rose for the sixth straight week, increasing 2.7% percent on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ended May 22. The Mortgage Bankers Association Refinance Index decreased 0.2%. but remained 176% higher than the same week one year ago. – MND

Forbearances trickle: New forbearance plans for homeowners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have slowed to a trickle. Only 7,000 new plans were put in place during the week ended May 26. The total number of plans is now 4.76 million, or 9% of all active mortgages, representing more than $1 trillion in unpaid principal balances.
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Delinquencies surge: Mortgage delinquencies nearly doubled from 3.06% in March to 6.45% in April. That’s the largest single-month increase ever recorded, nearly three times the prior record from late 2008, For context, it took more than 18 months before the first 1.6 million homeowners became delinquent during the Great Recession. – MND

Has quarantine forced you to consider a split from your home?

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Has spending more time at home lately had you reconsidering your space? The quirks you lived with just a few months ago might not be so easy to dismiss when you’re stuck with them all day, every day. Here’s how to tell if your relationship with your house can recover or if it’s time to move on.

You have no appetite for a renovation
Your home might be a good candidate for a makeover, but if the thought of living in a dusty construction zone with contractors coming and going is unbearable to you, then it’s time to start over. There’s no shame in foregoing renovations for something move-in ready. After all, there will be plenty of eager DIYers happy to make you an offer.

You’re not crazy about your neighborhood
You know what they say: location, location, location. We’ll put up with a lot for our home to be in a nice spot, close to work and in a good school district. But maybe that spot doesn’t work for you anymore. Do schools still matter or are your kids older now? Are you working from home permanently and your commute is no longer a factor? When you’re no longer tied to a specific neighborhood, the possibilities are endless.

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It’s just too small
If the quarantine has made your small space feel even more crowded, or you need to make space for a new home office (or two), it might be time to upgrade.

It’s too old
We all love a heritage home. The architecture! The charm! The 100-year-old… everything. You may have been ready for the sweat equity when you moved in, but when paired with everyday life, ‘this old house’ can feel more like ‘this new nightmare.’

If the emotional and financial toll of living in a home that is just too much of a project is getting to you, consider shopping for a new one. A new construction home might not give you the same character, but you will get a house that’s brand new in every way and a warranty to boot.

The Mortgage Business Is Alive, Well, and Online
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With some segments of the economy tentatively reopening, many who are buying a home or refinancing an existing mortgage may be wondering how and where to get financing. The good news is, the loan process hasn’t changed much, and it can all be done online.

While some loan officers still prefer to meet their clients in person, more and more mortgage professionals are equipped to meet virtually and communicate by phone and video conference. Loan officers know many borrowers can’t take off work during the day in order to meet, so they tend to work on-demand, around their client’s schedules.

The rest can be done remotely as well. Clients can submit loan applications online, which are then reviewed at the mortgage office. The loan is then submitted to an online automated underwriting system, or AUS. The AUS then provides a list of all the items needed for a final approval.

Loan officers get their rates online. They order third party services like credit reports and appraisals online. For years, the mortgage industry has been moving toward a remote-ready model, so for many professionals in the sector this isn’t a ‘new’ normal. Just normal.

For those currently in the market for a loan, there’s no need to wait. The mortgage industry is alive and well. And online.

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