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Something new is stirring in the ordinarily hidebound world of residential mortgage offerings: a new way of approaching the financing of home purchases. If successful, it might well shift the way some Rehoboth Beach mortgage contracts are written.
The experiment is known as the "Wealth Building Home Loan," and it addresses a home-ownership problem that has been talked about for a long time, with little being done to solve it. The issue in question is how to unburden new homeowners from spending years in a situation that bears more resemblance, financially, to renting than to owning— especially during the first 3 to 5 years. For low- and moderate-income mortgagees, that’s the difference between sinking into more debt and actually building wealth. After all, every dollar that goes toward interest is lost, while dollars that pay down principal are investments.
According to Edward Pinto, one of the authors of the WBHL, often during the opening years of a 30-year loan, "68% goes to pay interest." In the new program, 77% of monthly payments go to pay off principal—with the result that in a short time, new homeowners have a much larger equity stake in their homes. And, it is hoped, a sizeable increase in pride of ownership: "a stake in the game."
It sounds good, but you might be wondering how this could be possible. Is this just a ‘pie in the sky,’ feel-good idea that will never see daylight in the real world? Apparently not. The pilot program is being put into action by some serious players: the American Enterprise Institute (if that sounds like a conservative outfit, it is) and administered by the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (if that sounds like a liberal outfit, ditto). And it’s being funded by Bank of America and Citi Mortgage—neither of which would be likely to bankroll some fly-by-night scheme.
The mechanics of this kind of mortgage work out like this. First, it’s based on a 15-year term, which of course speeds the rate at which equity builds; and second, it’s a mortgage that carries a very low interest rate. Something for nothing? Not quite: the concept is to
· change the underwriting standards to tilt away from credit history and toward recent payment history and residual income, thought to lower lender risk
· eliminate the down payment altogether, instead allocating that initial cash toward "points": buy-downs of the mortgage’s interest rate to .5%, (or even 0%)!
It boils down to an approach that could be a win-win. Borrowers (even those who suffered credit black marks during the economic downturn) could be newly eligible for a home loan, and because lenders pocket the interest rate buy-down amount, a proposition they might find acceptable.
Should Rehoboth Beach mortgage applicants expect this deal to be available next week? Not likely: it’s in the pilot phase. But if it seems to work out, it could be a shot in the arm for homeowners who can manage a slightly higher monthly payment. If you would like to chat about today’s home loan availability (or any other current Rehoboth Beach real estate doings), I hope you’ll give me a call!
It’s the kind of “problem” many would like to have: a buyer has just made an offer on your home — and you hadn’t even listed it for sale!
Turns out, it’s not all that uncommon for “house-stalkers” (or their determined agents) to slip notes into owner’s mailboxes or just knock on the door and ask to buy the house. It’s a house-hunting strategy that has worked for all kinds of buyers who are unimpressed by the homes they find on the market.
For anyone up in the air about selling your home in Delaware, here are some questions that can lead to a rational decision:
Were you planning to sell in the future?
If so, how far into the future? 20 years? If that’s the case, unless it’s an astounding offer, better stay put. But if you were considering selling your area Delaware home within the coming 5 years, seriously entertain the offer! Making the most of unexpected happenstances is a calling card of successful people from time immemorial.
Is the return on your investment substantial?
Except in a financial emergencies, selling your home in Delaware is never a good idea unless you are getting a solid return on your initial investment. (Not just the initial price: include renovations, additions and your own sweat equity). If the offer qualifies on this dimension, it’s time to engage a professional home appraiser to give you an expert view of what your property is really worth in the current market.
Are you ready to move?
We all have emotional connections to our homes, especially after we’ve invested much effort into shaping its look and feel. Part of your decision that’s as important as the financial side comes with considering where you would live after the sale. Gauge whether your excitement over a new house, neighborhood and even a new city outweigh the feelings you have for your current home.
If opportunity comes knocking at your door, it never hurts to consider! And if you are thinking of selling your home in town in any case, give me a call to go over the numbers!
Call/text 302-228-7871 or email me, Russell Stucki, REALTOR ® of Beach Real Estate Market to provide detailed information on Delaware homes for sale, investment and commercial properties, luxury and waterfront homes, condos/townhomes, new construction, lots and land, farms and equestrian properties located in but not limited to Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville, Delaware.