Negative Equity is still a problem

An update to a blog I posted weeks ago. Seeing this report you can tell that we still have an issue in the housing market.

According to a new report just out by Zillow Negative equity is down over 13 percent nationwide, but is still a nagging problem choking real growth and limiting new inventory, especially here in Central Florida.

The report states that six million homeowners were underwater in the last quarter of 2015. That number is still a problem, it is a lot lower than the peak 16 million underwater homeowners that we had in the beginning of 2012, and the 8 million of the underwater homeowners from last year.

Zillow made reference the reason the U.S. housing market is moving at a snail’s pace is due to the millions of underwater homeowners who have resurfaced over the past year. Those homeowners have led to a $75 billion decline in negative equity. But while the market has improved from just two years ago, there are still 820,000 homeowners who owe more than twice as much on their mortgages as their homes are worth. Meaning they are upside down.

“Some owners are so far underwater that positive equity may be several years away, leaving them stuck in their homes unable to sell,” the report stated.

Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, said that the effects of this nagging negative equity on the overall housing market could be subtle but serious.

“Over time, negative equity can act as an anchor on a housing market, preventing underwater homeowners from listing their homes and reentering the market,” Gudell said. “It is more prevalent in less expensive areas that are affordable to first-time buyers. Without these homes available, many potential buyers are sidelined and unable to take advantage of mortgage rates that remain near historic lows.” #ThatShortSaleGuy  #SellMyOverMortgagedHome  #ShortSaleMyHome

March Market News Bites

• Existing home sales for February will fall between a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.23 and 5.58 million sales.

• This sales number is down 1.3 percent month-over-month. • However, it is up 10.4 percent year-over-year.

• The Market Composite Index, which measures loan application volume, decreased 4.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis week-over-week.

• On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 7 percent week-over-week.

• The Refinance Index decreased 7 percent week-over-week, and the refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to its lowest level since January 2016 — 58.6 percent of total applications — from 61.0 percent the previous week.

• 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates for the Past 6 Months bounced like Tigger between 3.9% to todays 3.67%, the high was 4.01% on Dec 31, 2015.

• Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted rate of $831.4 billion.

• This is 0.5 percent above the revised December estimate of $827.3 billion.

• Residential construction was $433.2 billion in January, the same month-over-month as December.

• Home prices rose 1.3 percent month-over-month.

• Home prices rose 6.9 percent year-over-year.

• This is the 47th month of consecutive year-over-year increase, but the returns are no longer double-digit.

• Only two states are still showing decreasing home values, Louisiana and Mississippi.

• Default mortgages are still growing in many areas, like Florida, and are still a concern.

Thanks to Corelogic, US Census, BankRate and other news outlets.

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 Paul Antonelli

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Fannie and Freddie earnings

fannie-freddieIn Sept of 2008, the government took over Fannie and Freddie after investing $116 billion and $71.5 billion in them respectively.

In exchange, the government initially took a 10% dividend on bailout monies and since 2012, against stockholders wishes, has been taking all profits.

In 2015, Fannie earned $10.3 billion, Freddie $5.5 billion, dividend rates of 8.9% and 7.7% respectively, significantly less than the 10% dividend, rendering common stock in both worthless.

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 Paul Antonelli

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Way Too BIG To Fail

In 2006, the four biggest banks (J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup) collectively had $5.2 trillion in assets, 44% of all US bank assets.

Today, those same four banks hold $8 trillion in assets or 51% of all assets.

Moreover, only Wells Fargo is valued above book!

This dismal situation suggests the biggest banks are generally poorly managed, have lousy growth prospects or, gulp, both.

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 Paul Antonelli

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Homeowners really don’t know their homes value

Just under 50% of homeowners with a mortgage (about 66% of all homeowners) in the U.S. expect their equity will increase in 2016, even though about 60% say equity in their homes already increased during the last three years of the housing recovery, according to research conducted for loanDepot.

Of those expecting a change in their equity, about 85% expect it to rise as much as 10%. Many of the experts are already reporting that we should see between a 1% to 2.5% increase this year.

More than half, 58%, are expecting their equity to increase between 1% and 5%. The other 27% are expecting an increase between six and 10%. About 3% expect the equity to fall, and 27% say they expect it to remain the same.

Although about 57% of homeowners believe their home’s value appreciated in the past three year. Even so, loanDepot studies show about 80% of them underestimate how much their home value has increased during the housing recovery.

The Standard & Poor’s Case Shiller 20-city index shows home values rose twice as much as one in every four homeowners believed.

“Homeowners who bought during the housing boom are regaining equity many thought was lost forever, yet too many are not aware of the equity they have gained or they are unclear about how to determine changes in their equity,” loanDepot chief financial officer Bryan Sullivan said.

“People who bought after the housing boom when prices were low are realizing homeownership can be a great investment and an asset that they can now leverage through equity to realize many dreams,” he said. “Whether they choose to leverage their home equity now or reserve it for future needs, millions of homeowners have choices today not available just a few years ago.”

loanDepot studies have shown that timing has an impact on how homeowners feel about their equity. Those who have bought homes after 2009 are generally more cautious, but more optimistic.

Zestimate Accuracy

Nationally, the Zestimate has a median error rate of 7.9%, which means half of the Zestimates in an area are closer than the error percentage and half are farther off. For example, in Seattle, Zestimates for half of the homes are within 6.6% of the selling price, and half are off by more than 6.6%.

To improve Zestimate accuracy, we allow homeowners to edit their home facts and then we incorporate this information into our Zestimate calculations. So if you obtain an MLS account and input all the sales from the last 60 days that happened in your neighborhood, that may improve your chance of getting a closer value to your own.

Be aware that in some areas, we might not be able to produce a Zestimate at all, but we do have some basic information on the homes. The tables below show you where we have Zestimates and other home information.

Lets take Orlando, FL –  875.5K homes on zillow – 803.0K have the zestimate – only 37.1% of those come with in 5% of the real value – only 61.9% come with in 10% –  and 83.0% make it with in 20% of a homes REAL Market value.  And this is taken right from the zillow web page What is a zestimate.

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Paul Antonelli

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Broker / Owner of NextHome Antonelli Realty
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Painting Tricks Update Your Homes Look

When it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add design, color, and texture to the walls, but you don’t want it jarring to the eyes. Here are a few painting techniques you can try on your home walls.

Tissue Paper Texture

One easy way to add texture to walls is to use tissue paper, formerly known as Faux painting. You apply with tissue paper to the walls and the desired effect stays there until you want something new.

Crumple up a piece of tissue paper into a tight ball and then open it up and smooth it out and remove. Small textured lines will appear on the paper do this as often as you like across the wall.

Sponge Color-on-Color Technique

Natural sponges create a unique look on painted walls. If you use two versions of the same color, satin and semi-gloss, then it creates a subtle look that isn’t shocking to the eyes. The color is the same but the shine is different.

Paint your wall with the satin color paint. Let it dry completely. Dip the top of the natural sponge in the semi-gloss paint. Dab the sponge to the wall over and over. It’s OK to overlap the paint in areas and you aren’t going to completely cover the wall.

Once dry, the satin paint will show from beneath the semi-gloss paint creating a neat shine effect.

Taped Stripes

You don’t want bold multi-color stripes on your wall because it will stand out too much. Subtle stripes create a beautiful effect.

Choose two colors that sit side-by-side on the color spectrum. Or, choose two similar colors from different companies. Paint companies tend to have slight differences in colors.

Paint the walls your first color choice. Let it dry completely. Tape the walls using painters tape to make stripes. Make them horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. Make them wide or thin. It’s up to you. Paint the walls again with the second color choice. Paint right over the tape. When you remove the tape, the first color will show.

These simple and subtle paint techniques will make your walls beautiful. This is especially useful if you plan to sell your home and want to increase its value. Talk with us for more information on simple ways to make your home more inviting to potential buyers.

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Paul Antonelli

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US Dollar Value is Up

stack-of-moneyWith the Bank of Japan recently joining the European Central Bank and central banks in Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland in imposing negative interest rates, close to 30% of sovereign bonds now offer negative yields.

As a result, banks in those nations and investors everywhere are plowing into US Treasuries to improve returns and avoid fees.

This process is boosting the value of the US dollar and driving down US yields. 

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