Home construction numbers fall again?

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Home construction falls again

U.S. home construction dropped for the second month in a row. The change was largely due to the decline in new home construction, which fell 1.5% in July. Again, homebuyers are backing off because of high interest rates, low inventories and near-record home prices.

We’re likely to see the slowdown in home construction continue until early next year. Builders are already having to offer discounts to move the new homes they have built. They’re not about to keep building if the demand isn’t there. This, in turn, could pull down home prices overall. If you’re a home buyer, this looks like a positive sign. 

Mortgage rates jump above 6%

Just when we thought rates were starting to moderate, they jump again. This time the 30-year fixed increased to 6.23%*, one of the biggest moves over the past month. This might be a short-lived volatile response to the economic uncertainty currently swirling around Wall Street. Or the move up is in anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s meeting later this month when they’re expected to raise rates another 75-basis points.

If rates do drop back into the 5% range in the near future, definitely lock in. While mortgage rates seem high, they’re still historically low compared to 1981 when they topped out at 18.39%.

First-time homebuyers guide: part 11

Today, we’re all used to banking, bill paying and even ordering groceries online. It’s hard to image what isn’t online, right? Add to that list the digital mortgage. If you’re a homebuyer, it’s the way to go. And it sure beats the old way of dealing with physical forms, paystubs, bank statements and tax returns. Not to mention the time you save and the headaches you avoid. From application to closing, today’s modern lenders help borrowers manage almost the entire process online.

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The pre-approval process is lightning fast, and can be completed
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  1. Tax Returns
  2. Copies of W-2s (or 1099s for independent contractors,
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  3. A payroll stub
  4. A bank statement
  5. Loan obligation info (student loans,
    auto loans and credit cards)

* National average rates as of 9/1 are not advertised rates from Guaranteed Rate and are used for informational purposes only.

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