Our economy has come a long way since the 2007-09 recession: Wages are going up, unemployment sits at 4.4% (the lowest level since May 2007)—and we’re in the midst of the second-longest bull market ever.
What isn’t growing at an impressive pace? Americans’ confidence in the housing market.
Despite other positive economic indicators, rising home prices and uncertainty about the election left the ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index flat last summer. And while optimism briefly shot up postelection—particularly among millennials, according to the index—it’s dropped again: In March, the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index decreased 3.8% overall, with the percentage of Americans who think now’s a good time to buy falling 10%.
Credit risk transfer (CRT) or sharing is the process in which the government-sponsored enterprises bundle up the mortgages they buy from lenders and sell a portion of the risk to private investors. Instead of the GSEs shouldering the loan risk alone, selected investors help offset any potential risk from loan defaults. CRT began as a test in 2012 and is now quickly ramping up as investor interest and governmental oversight grows. Governmental oversight makes sense—we don’t want another 2007. But why are more investors becoming so interested in CRT?
Americans remained as confident in the U.S. housing market as they have been, but this cautious optimism may be on shaky ground. That, at least, is the conclusion of ValueInsured’s quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey, released Thursday.
The survey index ended Q1 at 67.7 out of 100, which was down less than 1 percentage point from Q4. According to the index, the so-called Trump bump “has plateaued after two interest rate increases in three months.”
Americans Still Value Homeownership and Want to Buy, According to ValueInsured’s Modern Homebuyer Survey
DALLAS, May 3, 2017 – Americans remain generally confident in the country’s housing market and the value of homeownership despite recent interest rate hikes, according to ValueInsured’s quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey.
The survey produced an overall ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index score of 67.7 on a hundred-point scale, down less than one percentage point from January. The index is the aggregate mean of seven multidimensional confidence measures collected through the survey.
Don’t believe the hype: contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of Generation Y, better known as millennials, want to own a home — and most actually do, new data suggests. That’s good news for boomerang parents whose twenty-something-aged offspring moved back home in recent years due to the economic downturn.
Loan officers see Mortgage +Plus℠ with down payment protection as key differentiator.
DALLAS, TX (PRWEB) APRIL 28, 2017
After a launching in January, First Heritage Mortgage’s new Mortgage +Plus℠ program is seeing significant growth heading into the Spring buying season. As the only mortgage company to offer loans with down payment protection in the Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina markets, First Heritage Mortgage remains focused on delivering positive, pro-homebuyer down payment protection solutions within its fast-paced mortgage service area.
“As home prices and competition across the Mid-Atlantic continue to heat up, we find that many potential borrowers are seeking greater confidence in the home buying process,” said Scott Kinne, Vice President, First Heritage Mortgage. “If home prices do become volatile, having peace of mind in knowing that their down payment can be protected is a game changer.”
Pacific Union Financial LLC today introduced PacificPlus, an innovative new mortgage program that protects a homebuyer’s down payment. PacificPlus has +Plus down payment protection by ValueInsured embedded directly into the mortgage loan, and is now available nationwide through Pacific Union Financial. Purchasing a home with PacificPlus gives the homebuyer a sense of safety and security that their down payment investment is protected should the home be sold in a declining real estate market.
According to a pair of new studies, Millennials’ disinterest in owning a home is a myth
By Erik J. Martin CTW Features
Don’t believe the hype. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of Generation Y, better known as Millennials, want to own a home, and most actually do, new data suggests. That’s good news for boomerang parents whose twentysomething-aged offspring moved back home in recent years due to the economic downturn.
By Rachel Williams - We sat down with industry veteran Joseph Melendez to learn how changing buyer demographics, technology, and the new administration are shaking things up. Melendez is the CEO of ValueInsured, a down payment protection provider based in Dallas. He has more than three decades in the insurance and financial services industry.
Thinking hard about buying a home? You’re likely keeping a close eye on mortgage rates, which in part determine how much home you can afford. After all, when rates go up, purchasing power goes down.
The good news is that mortgage rates remain close to historical lows. The not-so-good news is that many expect rates to be higher by the end of 2017. But it’s impossible to accurately predict rates. And a lot can change between now and the end of the year. Government policies, market conditions, world events and other issues can cause rates to rise or fall.
To get a better feel for where rates may be headed over the next nine months, I asked a group of industry experts to assess the current rate climate and chime in with their predictions.
Next Generation Home Mortgage Product Can Reimburse Homebuyers If They Need To Sell At A Loss In The Future
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 9, 2017 – First Heritage Mortgage today introduced Mortgage +Plus, an innovative mortgage product that protects a homebuyer’s down payment, available immediately on all applicable First Heritage mortgages. Mortgage +Plus will include +Plus down payment protection by ValueInsured embedded directly into buyers’ mortgages. With exclusivity in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, First Heritage Mortgage is the first mortgage lender to offer this protection to homebuyers in the region.
Despite higher mortgage rates and President Trump’s generally negative impact on the nation’s housing market, there are a few rays of sunlight filtering through for Chicago’s young first-time home buyers.
At this time last year, I predicted 2016 would be a good year to buy a home. It appears millions of Americans agreed with me. Total home sales were up 5% in the first half of 2016, and the total annual growth is expected to cap off at 4.7%. Most encouraging is the record 34% first-time homebuyers in Q3 2016, up from 29% in 2015.
For 2017, I predict a softening led by the imminent rates hikes – Fed supported or not. But there still could be opportunities for buyers and sellers alike.
DALLAS, Nov. 21, 2016 – ValueInsured, the only provider of down payment protection, submits a response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Single-Family Credit Risk Transfer Request for Input (RFI). The RFI was issued to “assist FHFA and the Enterprises in their ongoing analysis of font-end credit risk transfer transaction structures in which a portion of the credit risk is transferred prior to Enterprise acquisition of the underlying mortgage.”
In its submission, ValueInsured outlined why down payment protection could be one of the most effective and far-reaching credit risk transfer (CRT) solutions, citing:
Down payment protection (DPP) represents an additional up-front risk transfer mechanism not currently in use;
DPP is the only upfront risk transfer mechanism designed to modify borrower behavior so as to avoid defaults;
In contrast with other CRT mechanisms that only deal with default scenarios, DDP-related loans would be de-risked before getting onto the GSE’s balance sheets;
For the period just prior to and during the housing crisis (1999 through 2008), DPP covered transactions would have provided approx. $2.2 billion of coverage toward borrower down payments on loans that ultimately went into foreclosures, and an additional $37.24 billion to cover borrowers’ home equity losses;
DPP-related loans backed by major reinsurers represent an efficient use of capital that positively impacts the cost structure of residential mortgage loans.
Prices continue to go up but the selection keeps going down
By Mark Huffman as seen on
As we head into the end of the year with an economy that remains anemic, one factor economists are closely watching is the housing market.
After crashing in 2009, housing has recovered nicely, with prices rising nearly to pre-crash levels. But one of the biggest reasons for the price rally, especially lately, is that the supply of homes hasn't kept pace with demand.
So where does it go from here, and what does it mean for the economy? The latest ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index is not overly encouraging. While home prices are rising, confidence among consumers in the housing market is about the same as it has been all summer.
Many Millennials say they want to buy a home, however they are concerned with their ability to save for a down-payment, according to the Housing Confidence Index from ValueInsured, a provider of down payment protection for homebuyers.
Pessimistic about market volatility and resistant to being “tied down,” many millennials still aren’t quite ready to purchase a home, according to the latestValueInsured Housing Confidence Index, released Thursday.
Seventy-six percent of millennials who do not yet own a home say they would like to purchase a home, according to ValueInsured.
Millennials Worry More Than Others About Home Buying, According to ValueInsured's Quarterly Index
DALLAS, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite positive economic indicators like record wage growth and falling unemployment, housing confidence remained flat from June through September, according to the new ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index.
Housing confidence rose a mere 0.2 points from June through September to 68.9 on the hundred-point scale. That figure is up 1.9 points since March. A number of factors are likely to blame for the subdued confidence measure, according to Joe Melendez, CEO of ValueInsured.
There’s a stereotype that millennials are skeptical of homeownership because they saw their elders suffer after the 2008 economic meltdown. But millennials have more enthusiasm for homeownership than baby boomers have. That’s according to a survey commissioned by ValueInsured, a company that sells down payment protection.
Let’s say you don’t have a rich aunt who’s going to spot you the down payment for a home. And maybe you’ve tapped all the down payment savings hacks you can find. Still, your savings balance is so small you’ve got to squint to see it.
Can you crowdfund your down payment? Maybe get a grant? Here are some online resources to help you clear the biggest hurdle to homeownership...and how to protect your down payment.
Despite historically low interest rates and historically high housing prices, the true state of housing can be summed up in a one word: stagnant. It’s status quo. It’s a boring subject. Yet housing remains one of the largest economic drivers in our country accounting for over $1.2T in sales. It’s massive and massively important.
It might not be all low inventory and high prices. It seems Americans have a confidence problem when it comes to the housing market. They’re increasingly apprehensive to move forward, citing concerns over the economy and job security, according to the latest ValueInsured Modern Homebuyer Survey, a measure of confidence in the health of the housing market among more than 1,000 home owners and buyers.
Amid uncertainties around the global economy, national security and the national presidential campaign, Americans’ confidence in the housing market remains sturdy and, in fact, is on the rise, according to the latest ValueInsured Modern Homebuyer Survey.
The ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index was 68.7 points in June, up slightly from 67 points in March. This 1.7-point rise in confidence is consistent with improvements in the government’s June jobs report
According to ValueInsured’s newly released survey, confidence in the housing market is rising. ValueInsured reported that the ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index was 68.7 points last month, up from March's 67 points.
What is still causing homebuyers to feel anxious about purchasing their first home is the housing crisis of 2008. Of those surveyed, 63 percent of Americans and 72 percent of American Millennials said that the 2008 crisis impacted their decision in home buying. If both parties had more confidence in the housing market, more than half of those surveyed would buy or upgrade sooner, according to ValueInsured.
CONFIDENCE IN HOUSING MARKET 'STURDY' New index shows lingering post-crash anxiety but also growing confidence.
Amid uncertainties around the global economy, national security and the national presidential campaign, Americans' confidence in the housing market remains sturdy and, in fact, is on the rise, according to the latest ValueInsured Modern Home Buyer Survey.
The ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index was 68.7 points in June, up slightly from 67 points in March. This 1.7-point rise in confidence is consistent with improvements in the government's June jobs report.
Survey: housing market still suffers from 2008 hangover Economic worries now 'the new normal'
The housing market appears healthy. Despite tight inventories, sales keep rising and so do prices. The market appears to have come a long way since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, when homes prices imploded.
But a new survey suggests the market is still suffering a hangover. The ValueInsured Modern Homebuyer Survey found there is still some nervousness influencing home buying decisions today, a condition it declares as “the new normal.” In particular, it affects Millennials.