Posts Tagged ‘residential housing’

Home Equity Loan Delinquencies Spiral as Values Contract

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Residences as ATMs Home equity loan delinquencies reached a record high of 3.52 percent during the first quarter of 2009, according to the American Bankers Association.  That contrasts with the 3.03 percent reported during the fourth quarter of 2008.  Late payments on loans climbed to a record 1.89 percent.

Home equity loans also are partly to blame for the current credit crisis.  Cheap credit set off a housing boom in the early 2000s.  Fast-rising house prices spurred homeowners to take out home equity loans – in effect, using their residences as ATMs – to pay for improvements, new cars and a list of discretionary purchases.

The U.S. residential real estate market lost $2.4 trillion in value last year, according to First American CoreLogic.  The Mortgage Bankers Association notes that seasonally adjusted numbers of mortgage delinquencies increased by 7.88 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, the highest recorded numbers since 1972.

Want Affordable Housing? Here’s Where to Find It

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Despite all the doom-and-gloom reports on the residential real estate market, there are some bright spots.  In several markets, housing has become surprisingly affordable to families earning a median household income of $61,500.  And there’s more good news.  Mortgage rates are again nearing the record lows of a few years ago; and family incomes jumped an average of a $2,500 between 2007 and 2008.

What are some of the markets most strongly impacted by this trend?

Indianapolis, IN – The largest affordable cities – Indianapolis, for example — tend to be in the Midwest.  More than 90 percent of all Indianapolis households have sufficient incomes to buy a median-priced $125,000 home.  During the first quarter of 2008, Indy ranked as the most affordable major U.S. housing market for the 11th consecutive quarter.

Stockton, CA: — The average single-family home price fell 35 percent to $230,800 in the first quarter of 2008, compared with $357,800 just two years previously.

Kokomo, IN: — Among smaller metro markets, Kokomo ranked well in terms of housing affordability during 2008’s first quarter.  A median-priced home in Kokomo is about $147,000.

Grand Rapids, MI: — Approximately 88.7 percent of homes sold were affordable, a 4.2 percent change from 2007.  A median-priced house in Grand Rapids is currently $132,100.

Youngstown, OH: — In this small city with a population of 82,000, the median sales price dropped 13.5 percent to $67,700 in just one year.