Mortgage Terms Moving Against Buyers

Interest rates and down payment amounts are both trending upwards, according to recent articles on the current state of home mortgages, potentially reducing the purchasing power of buyers. After bottoming out around 4.25% last fall, mortgage rates for 30-year fixed-rate loans have recently moved above 5% for the first time in about a year. Commentators observe that rising rates will cause some buyers to rethink the advantages of home ownership, but generally conclude that they

$8,000 First Time Buyer Tax Credit Change

In keeping up with the latest news, there was been a significant change in one of the current Administration’s tax credit programs. Yesterday, the Secretary of HUD announced that FHA is going to permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment when obtaining a government insured mortgage. This is a change in the way that the program had been setup when it arrived as part of