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Boston Home Loan Rates Tick Down A Bit

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates moving lower for the third consecutive week.

News Facts

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.09 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending Jan. 19, 2017, down from last week when it averaged 4.12 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.81 percent.

15-year FRM this week averaged 3.34 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.37 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.10 percent.

5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.21 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.23 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.91 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

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FHA Reduces Monthly Insurance Rates | What Does That Mean For Home Buyers?

January 13, 2017 By Chris Graves, Mortgage Broker

The beginning of the new year comes with some BIG news for first time home buyers. FHA announced reduced monthly mortgage insurance rates for FHA loans starting January 27, 2017. This will reduce monthly payments for FHA buyers or allow them to qualify for a higher priced home. Here’s what you need to know about this change.
New Reduced Monthly Mortgage Insurance Rates for FHA Loans

The mortgage insurance rate on FHA loans is based on a the purchase price, down payment amount, and term. Most FHA buyers obtain a 30 year loan for under $625,500 and make a down payment of less than 5%. In this case, the monthly MI rate drops from 0.085% to 0.06% per month. On a $400,000 loan, this results in a $100 per month savings. Buyers making a down payment of 5% or more will see rates drop from 0.08% to 0.055%.

For loan amounts above $625,500, the savings is even greater. Loans with 5% down payment will drop from 0.1% to 0.06%. Lower down payment loans will change from 0.105% to 0.06%. On a $700,000 loan, this results in a $315-$420 per month savings.
Effective Date of Reduced Monthly MI Rates

In the past, FHA home loan changes were dependent upon the date that a case number was issued. This is not the case with the reduced monthly mortgage insurance rates for FHA loans starting January 27, 2017. All loans disbursed on or after that date will receive the new lower rate. The date that funds are disbursed is not always the same as the closing date. Contact your lender for details. If you have a loan scheduled to close this month, it may be worthwhile to look into altering the closing date in order to receive the new reduced monthly mortgage insurance rates.

Want to learn more? Need to get pre-approved? Learn more about Chris Graves Mortgage Services @ http://chrisgravesmortgageexpert.com

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Tenant screening can be one of the most important aspects to owning rental property. The more due diligence you preform in this area will only lead to a more stress free future when managing your property. So first, what are some qualities that make up a great tenant?

Qualities:
Ability to afford rent – not just the rent, but look for the applicant’s income from their job to be at LEAST 3x the monthly rent.
Stability of housing – look for renters that have lived somewhere for more than a few months at a time. Finding those who have rented for at least a year are most desirable.
Cleanliness – it would be best to desire someone that will appreciate the quality of apartment you are providing them and know that they are going to take care of the unit as you would. A neat trick that you can do is to take a peak inside the applicant’s car. This can often times be a good indicator as to how people treat their own possessions.
Pays rent on time – this one could be argued both ways, (opportunity to collect a late fee) but the issue here is the tenants are more likely to stop paying altogether in the long run. Ultimately this just creates more stress than is worth your time.

Here are a few things that you should be looking for in each applicant and if they do not meet these standards, should lead to a denial.

What I would call “absolutes.”
Income greater than 3x monthly rent
Good references
No evictions EVER
Clean background

As a reminder, never discriminate against race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or handicap as these are all protected classes according to Fair Housing Laws. You should also check up on State and Local Fair Housing Laws to further ensure you have doing everything within your legal right.

To truly succeed in being a landlord, treat it like a business. And this is one of the most important parts of your business. Do your due diligence, be consistent in your screening and always, always stay true to your screening guidelines.

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Roslindale Real Estate Is on FIRE! Here’s What’s Selling…

Are you in the market to buy, rent or sell property in Roslindale? Before you make a move, understanding the local market condition can make all the difference. We’ve outlined below exactly what’s happening with Single Family, Multifamily, and condos in the area. All these number reflect what’s taken place over the last 6 months. 

Single Family Listings

Total Homes SOLD: 72

Average Living Area by Square Feet:   1,897.04

Average Listing Price:    $488,750

Average DOM (Days on Market): 40.15                                 

Average Sales Price:  $491,923   

Condominium Listings

Total Condos SOLD: 97

Average Living Area by Square Feet:   1,196.04

Average Listing Price:    $372,240

Average DOM (Days on Market): 25.15                                 

Average Sales Price:  $374,938

Multifamily Listings

Total Multifamily Buildings SOLD: 26

Average Living Area by Square Feet:   2,808.04

Average Listing Price:    $583,240

Average DOM (Days on Market): 65.15                                 

Average Sales Price:  $588,327  

Would you like to get your own FREE Sales and Rental Market Report catered to your specific area(s)? Just send a quick email to Contact@MandrellCo.com to receive your monthly report.  We can provide you similar data for any town or city in the commonwealth.

Please call us directly at 617-297-8641,  for custom reports or questions about the data provided.

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REDUCTION IN FHA MONTHLY MORTGAGE INSURANCE!

I hope all is well!  I wanted to let you know that FHA has recently announced that as of January 26, 2015, the monthly mortgage insurance on FHA loans is being decreased from 1.35% to .85% on loan to values between 95.01% – 96.50% and from 1.30% to .80% on loan to values at 95% or less.

On a $100,000 loan, for example, this reduction in monthly mortgage insurance will reduce the monthly mortgage insurance payment from $135/mo to only $85/mo.

On a $400,000 loan, for example, this reduction in monthly mortgage insurance will reduce the monthly mortgage insurance payment from $450/mo to $283.33/mo.

Not only will buyer that need to use FHA loans be able to save more money monthly but they will also be able to afford a much higher purchase price due to monthly MI reduction!

Please let us know if you have any current FHA mortgages that you would considering refinancing and we can connect you with our mortgage specialist! Of course if you’re considering making a home purchase, give us a call and we can make the connection.  The FHA 30 Year Fixed rates are as low as 3.125%. Other than FHA he also has access to conventional & mass housing loans with as little as 3% down with NO PMI!.

Here’s to a prosperous 2015!

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Are you a current or aspiring landlord in Massachusetts? No matter the years you have in the rental business, fully understanding your local market is one the most important things you can do to ensure your long-term success.  Receiving regular market updates will help you determine when’s it time to buy and when it’s time to sell. It will also allow you to see what your units rent for in comparison to your neighbors. Should you be increasing your rents?

Here are Quincy’s multifamily sales and rental market statistics for the last 6 months.  

Total Multi-Family Listings SOLD: 66

Average Living Area by Square Feet:  2,543.61  

Average Listing Price: $526,589

Average DOM (Days on Market): 53.89

Average Sales Price: $516,286

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom Units: $1,358

Average Rent for 2 Bedroom Units: $1,737

Average Rent for 3 Bedroom Units: $2,330

Average Rent for 4 Bedroom Units: $2,265

Want to get a FREE Sales and Rental Market Report for your specific area(s)? Just send a quick email (or complete the contact form below) to Contact@MandrellCo.com to receive your monthly report. In the title put the words “FREE Boston Sales Statistics” and in the body, add the up to 3 areas you’d like to receive data for. Your name and email will be added to the next monthly reporting cycle. It’s that simple to stay up to date and ahead of the curve!  

Please call us directly at 617-297-8641, for custom reports or questions above the data provided.

 

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Are you attending a University here in Boston? Will you need off campus housing? If so, give us a call us. Our company assists many undergraduate and graduate students in finding apartments while they are studying here in the city. We have a ton of resources at our disposal and are contacted by landlords all over the city looking for good tenants for their apartments.

Here are the top 5 things every student should know about renting here in Boston:

  1. Plan to start your search as early as possible. Boston rentals do not stay vacant very long so to land a great apartment you need to be proactive! Try to get ahead of the student rush and line something up a couple months in advance. This will be your best possible opportunity to get something close to your campus.
  2. Make sure you fully understand the cost of the apartment your plan to rent. When you move into an apartment, a landlord can charge you the first month’s rent, the last month’s rent, and a security deposit. In addition to what the landlord charges, you may also be charged a Realtor fee if you enlist the services of this professional. This fee can be up to a maximum of the equivalent of one month’s rent. For example, if you rented an apartment for $1000, you could be charged a maximum of $4000 to move in. 1st, last & security from the landlord and a full month’s rent from the real estate agent you hired.
  3. Make sure your roommates know the rules and plan to stay as long as you do. If one of your roommates moves out, you may still be responsible for paying his portion of the rent until you find a new one. When you sign a lease with a roommate, you are both committing to the term of that lease. If one individual does not hold up to this agreement you are both liable.
  4. You have probably invested more in personal property than you realize. Renter’s insurance is a good idea and can be surprisingly affordable. Don’t assume that your landlord’s or your parents’ insurance will cover your belongings.
  5. Before entering into a rental agreement, check out the condition of the apartment. If you can’t, have a friend do it for you. You do not want to be charged for damages that existed when you moved in! In most cases the landlord will do an “initial walkthrough” with you so you both can determine if there are items that need to be addressed prior to move in.

Still have questions? Need help starting your apartment search? Call us at 617-297-8641 or email Lloyd@MandrellCo.com.

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