Monthly Archives: April 2011

New! Houston Zip Code Map – Houston, Texas

Click here for a new zip code map for Houston, Texas. Houston Zip Codes: 77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77014, 77015, 77016, 77017, 77018, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77022, 77023, 77024, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77028, 77029, 77030, 77031, 77032, 77033, 77034, 77035, 77036, 77037, 77038, 77039, 77040, 77041, 77042, 77043, 77044, 77045, 77046, 77047, 77048, 77049, 77050, 77051, 77052, 77053, 77054, 77055, 77056, 77057, 77058, 77059, 77060, 77061, 77062, 77063, 77064, 77065, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77071, 77072, 77073, 77074, 77075, 77076, 77077, 77078, 77079, 77080, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77084, 77085, 77086, 77087, 77088, 77089, 77090, 77091, 77092, 77093, 77094, 77095, 77096, 77097, 77098, 77099, 77201, 77202, 77203, 77204, 77205, 77206, 77207, 77208, 77209, 77210, 77212, 77213, 77215, 77216, 77217, 77218, 77219, 77220, 77221, 77222, 77223, 77224, 77225, 77226, 77227, 77228, 77229, 77230, 77231, 77233, 77234, 77235, 77236, 77237, 77238, 77240, 77241, 77242, 77243, 77244, 77245, 77248, 77249, 77251, 77252, 77253, 77254, 77255, 77256, 77257, 77258, 77259, 77261, 77262, 77263, 77265, 77266, 77267, 77268, 77269, 77270, 77271, 77272, 77273, 77274, 77275, 77277, 77279, 77280, 77281, 77282, 77284, 77287, 77288, 77289, 77290, 77291, 77292, 77293, 77297, 77298, 77299.
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Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of April 25, 2011

The housing recovery isn’t yet a success, but last week gave us a few good reasons to keep plugging along. First came March Housing Starts, bursting UP 7.2% to a 549,000 unit annual rate. February starts were also revised UP 6.9%. Then we found out new Building Permits surged 11.2% in March to a 594,000 annual rate and were revised UP 3.3% for February. Starts and permits are still down over 13% from a year ago, as residential construction has dropped to only 2.3% of GDP, its lowest level on record. But economists say it won’t go much lower, and that’s what these latest numbers are signaling. Continue reading

New FHA Annual (monthly) MIP Increases

These changes were effective April 18, 2011 ?(for case numbers assigned on or after this date). The Upfront Mortgage Insurance remains at 1.00%. The Annual Insurance Premium will increase from .90% to 1.15% for LTV’s greater than 95% on 30 yr loans. The Annual Insurance Premium will increase from .85% to 1.10% for LTV’s less than or equal to 95% on 30 yr loans. The Annual Insurance Premium will increase from .25% to .50% for LTV’s greater than 90% on 15 yr loans. The Annual Insurance Premium will increase from 0% to .25% for LTV’s less than or equal to 90% on 15 yr loans. In other words: on a $100,000 FHA 30 year fixed this equals a $21 higher monthly payment for homebuyers.
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Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of April 18, 2011

Optimists received some encouragement from data aggregator CoreLogic, who reported that home prices fell again in February, but the price drops appeared mostly with distressed sales–short sales and bank-owned homes, otherwise known as REO properties. Excluding these, the CoreLogic index was essentially flat, down just 0.1% versus a year ago. Their Chief Economist commented, “When you remove distressed properties from the equation, we’re seeing a significantly reduced pace of depreciation and greater stability in many markets.” During the month, 6 out of 10 of the country’s biggest markets saw home price APPRECIATION in non-distressed sales. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of April 11, 2011

Those of us who think we can participate in a housing market recovery sooner rather than later just got welcome support from some industry experts. As reported by Fortune on CNNMoney.com, “After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset class in America is housing.” Research firm Metrostudy, which tracks new-home inventories for 65% of the U.S. market, reports that the steep drop in construction over the last few years has reversed the supply glut, with starts now well below closings. The firm believes the low inventory should eventually lead to higher prices. Continue reading

How will my mortgage be impacted if the government runs out of funding at midnight on Friday?

Question: How will my mortgage be impacted if the government runs out of funding at midnight on Friday? Answer: Essential military, Homeland Security, Boarder Patrol, Air Traffic Control, Federal Prisons, and the Post Service, which is self-funded, will continue to operate as normal. However, approximately 800,000 Federal employees would be furloughed, shutting down FHA, VA, and USDA just to name a few. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of April 4, 2011

Patience has certainly been needed to weather the ups and downs of the current U.S. housing market. But as we await strong recovery, we can take heart in positive signs when they show up. Last week we had the report that Pending Home Sales were up 2.1% in February. This measure of contracts on existing homes indicates sales should rebound in March following February’s drop. Continue reading