Posted on April 18th, 2008 in Mr Mortgage's Personal Opinions/Research
Just got off the phone with three of my top contacts at three of the nations leading mortgage lenders/banks. These programs are not selling at all. The volumes are very low. Banks are highly disappointed. The difference between a standard Fannie/Freddie (Agency) is roughly 75 to 100bps depending on the lender. Agency 30-yr fixed are roughly 6.25% with no points and Agency Jumbos are roughly 7 to 7.25%. Mortgage rates have gone up about .375% in the past few days.
For refi’s, nobody wants out of their 5/1 ARM, ALT-A interest only or Pay Option ARM into a 30-yr fixed at 7.25% where their payments increase substantially. Also, in over 50% of cases appraisal are not coming in at value. For example, the loan application is taken with an estimate of $600k and the loan is an 80% loan-to-value (LTV). When appraisal comes in, the value is actually $500k making the loan a 100% LTV and there are no programs available. This is happening on a vast amount the $417k conforming loans as well.
For the purchase money folk, rates are also too high for current property values. Plus, a down payment required is 10%+. Debt to income ratios have tightened, further reducing buying power. A household wanting to take advantage of a $700k Agency loan at 7.25% must earn about $175k per year at current rates. And that only buys a $770k home, which is low to moderate in most areas in CA. Surely not the first-pick neighborhood of some earning $175k per year. That same person could have purchase a $1.5 million home with little to no down payment nine short months ago..
In a nutshell, the new Fannie/Freddie jumbo programs are already a bust. They offer nothing to most people other than the few with perfect credit, who have a large down payment and make tons of money. That wipes out the vast majority of the buyers in CA. All while inventories of home for sale and foreclosures soar. Slowly over time, home values will gravitate towards the most readily available financing, which is Agency conforming $417k. This is just another example of how far CA Real Estate has yet to fall. -Best, Mr Mortgage
ADDITION TO ABOVE…a) a $720k loan at 7% on a 30-yr fixed is a principal and interest payment of $4,825 PLUS taxes and insurance of another $1,000 for nearly $6k a month. With a 40% debt-to-icnome ratio and reasonable other debt, the household income would have to be in very high $100k’s per year to reasonably qualify. b)10% down is the minumum but rates are higher with that LTV and good luck finding a second mortgage to 90% so LPMI is the only option, which adds even more to the rate c) credit score must be over 700 to qualify for the best rates. d) in region deemed ‘declining or soft’, LTV’s may be even lower requiring more equity for a refi or more cash down for a purchase.