As the housing market in the United States continues its gradual recovery, 2013 kicked off with lower mortgage interest rates and and some interesting trends for jumbo loans. Current home mortgage rates are as low as they were for most of the 2012 holiday season, and jumbo loans are enjoying increased demand.
Wall Street investors welcomed the New Year with optimism thanks to the eleventh hour resolution by Congress on the fiscal cliff. The financial exchanges experience some volatility, but trading of mortgage-backed securities did not affect current home mortgage rates. The average for the benchmark 30-year fixed conventional mortgage held on to 3.125 percent, and its 15-year fixed counterpart is at 2.375 percent.
Current home mortgage rates for jumbo loans are 3.25 percent for the 30-year fixed and 2.7 percent for the 15-year fixed product. The jumbo 5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) is at an all-time low of 2.375 percent. Even as demand for jumbo mortgages continues in 2013, rates are expected to remain low through January of 2013.
The Year of the Jumbo
Regulators at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) did not change the conforming loan limits for 2013. Jumbo loans begin at $417,000 in most of the country, although in places like the San Francisco Bay Area they start at $625,500. The highest loan limits are in Alaska and Hawaii. The jumbo loan market is poised to make a big comeback in 2013, particularly in high-end housing markets.
Home prices are bouncing back from their lows experienced from 2008 to 2011. Many real estate analysts agree that 2012 was the year of the housing bottom in terms of pricing. With home prices on the upswing and rates comparable to those of conventional home loans, a renewed interest in jumbo mortgages is expected to bring some normalcy to the real estate market.
Further evidence of 2013 as the year of the jumbo loan bonanza is a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that deals with the burgeoning trend of paying for discount points upfront when shopping for jumbo mortgages. Borrowers with comfortable cash reserves can negotiate the payment of discount points and bring cash to the closing table. This is a financial strategy that can potentially save mortgage borrowers from paying tens of thousands of dollars over a 30-year fixed term. In some cases, mortgage applicants can pay down just a fraction of a point.
Smart Jumbo Loan Plans
Jumbo mortgages are not solely for the rich and famous. First-time home buyers looking for a modest 3/2 in certain California markets may need to apply for a jumbo loan due to increased housing demand. Mortgage brokers in the Golden State are seeing savvy jumbo applicants purchase duplexes to draw rental income from the additional unit and cover their monthly mortgage payments.
Purchasing a house can be extremely thrilling, however when you are tackling multiple offers, it is tremendously important to keep cool head and not let your feelings — or your competitive nature — overshadow your good judgment because there are a lot of unscrupulous maneuvers a homeowner can implement when confronted with potential purchasers attempting to outbid each other for their home. Real estate professionals are also susceptible to taking advantage of both the purchasers and sellers to boost their commissions higher and closure rates more impactful. Without a doubt there are accepted rules of engagement that deal with such scenarios, however they are not always respected — so all involved has to stay focused and alert for signs of foul play.
To curtail unfair tactics that arise in the bidding procedures, some provinces literally make it illegal for sellers to list any price that they do not plan to agree to simply to escalate a bidding war. There are specific regulations involving multiple offers that involve non-disclosure of details while demanding that any alterations to the bidding procedure must be discussed with all parties before implementing. However in the search to finagle a higher bid, often times critical facts are intentionally revealed or even misrepresented to influence the potential bidders.
Ideally, when buyers find themselves up against multiple offers, they will present an agreement that has as few terms and conditions as feasible and gives a fair amount for the home with the hopes it will entice the homeowner. It is generally hard for prospective purchasers to resist the urge to make excessive offers in the heat of the moment, a behavior that can be exploited by unscrupulous sellers and agents who could send back a perfectly good offer to see if it can be sweetened.
Bargaining strategies frequently incorporate an agreement between the seller and their agent not to disclose multiple offers, and purchasers in these circumstances are not even alerted that there is competition for their offer. Most sellers, however, are very keen on letting all purchasers know that they are anticipating other offers, but it then becomes their duty to make sure no sensitive facts leak out and that the process remains fair for all parties. This does not stop some realtors from communicating with their colleagues by making it public that bidding has started on one of their listings.
Another tactic sometimes used by unscrupulous sellers is deceiving potential purchasers, and also their realtors, by entertaining offers they have no desire of considering just to panic the other purchasers and starting a bidding war. A few homeowners even begin with a very low price in hopes of creating massive interest that will generate bids so high they actually go over the value of the property. However such schemes may backfire when word gets out among the real estate industry that a seller is influencing a bidding war because they will refrain from bringing their buyers to look at the property.
A blind man knows when the sun is shining, and even a casual observer can spot a poorly operated condominium association. A lax set of rules and regulations, perceptually poor upkeep, higher than usual percentage of rentals, restrictive pet policies, and an overall lack of cache all can negatively effect an association and may be harmful to the resale value of any given condominium within the association.
The status quo of any existing association can be difficult to overturn, but often is the first step necessary in the process of making-over a condo association. Often, new board members, rules and regulations, and budgets need to be reviewed and implemented. Money must be spent for capital improvements on an ongoing basis. Condominium buildings are like cars, fine clothes, and offspring- they all need constant upkeep for optimal performance It would be reasonable to assume that Mr.Condo Neglect has the direct phone number to Mr. Lower Resale Values- and probably has him on speed-dial.
In addition, a new outside management company can be a breath of fresh air for an existing condominium association. A new set of eyes on the management of expenses, reviewing the cost of various amenities, actively pursuing delinquent accounts, and getting new bids on big ticket items like the master insurance policy can help strengthen the effectiveness of many condo associations.
Upgrading common elements is always essential to maintaining or recapturing the cache of any given condominium building. Curb appeal, and the impressions made by some of the common elements of any give condo association do indeed set a tone, and reflect upon a buyers perception. Often times, buyers have made up their mind as to whether or not they are interested in a condominium unit, prior to even stepping foot in that unit. In many cases, you can indeed judge a book by its cover. Old for Old Sake can indeed be a strong attraction to many buyers (think Pre-War Condos), but that old had better be in tip top shape, and those decisions are made by the condo board.
A lax condominium board that doesnt enforce rules, regulations, or have a system in place to limit the ratio of tenants to owners can indeed wreak havoc on the values of condos within that association. And from time to time, that association needs to review policies that best fits the needs and goals of condo owners. Condominium associations do indeed play a role in the value of its units, and many perspective buyers will take a good hard look at how any given association is operating in order to assess the value, or lack thereof for the condo being considered.
Like everything else, house plans have also evolved with the times. Gone are the days when building construction plans included labyrinthine corridors, domes, and arches and carved pillars. When thick walls were the necessary support to erect anything beyond the ground floor and filigree work over the verandah was considered indispensable.
Factors behind modern housing
There are several factors that have driven the change to a modern system of architecture. The first of course, is the impact of modernity as a cultural movement. This movement, which has its founts in rebellion against the traditional during the later half of the nineteenth century, affected everything from poetry and literature to architecture and building construction plans.
The shift to a modern system of architecture is best captured by Ayn Rands famous book The Fountainhead. The book lays down the salient features of modern architecture though its emphasis on underlying construction plans of the building rather than the superstructure. The impact of modernity in this sense is essentially the impact of and ideology; peoples perception of how modern house plans should be made, changed.
But at the same time, much of this change was made practically possible by technological innovations. Stronger materials made thinner walls possible. The use of steel beams made arches redundant as supporting structures. The development of glass that was tough and hard to break led to its widespread use in construction; and so on.
Modern house plans take advantage of this innovation to save space and create clean uncluttered spaces.
To these two, let me add a third factor that led to the adoption of modern techniques in house plans: the modern lifestyle.
Just as industrial revolution made black suits fashionable, similarly, fast paced, high stress, modern lifestyles have resulted in minimal, no frills building construction plans, the use of soft and soothing colors in the interiors, and the use of simple geometric shapes in modern house plans.
The impact on design
If you look at some of the iconic modern structures, their common features would become clear.
(a) An emphasis on simple geometrical shapes in building construction plans.
(b) The materials used are all man made, they do not occur freely in nature. For example steel is an amalgam of iron, carbon, tin and some other materials.
Plastic, cement, and Glass, all processed also finds wide usage in modern house plans.
(c) Efficient space utilization is a key feature of modern architecture. Modern house plans leverage special materials to free more and more space which would have otherwise gone into creating supporting structures.
Modern architecture has for a long time been considered the art of building mere boxes. It is only now that building construction plans have evolved to give attention to the aesthetic aspects of building construction as well.
Having an own property or land in Delhi NCR is like a dream, the rates of properties are rising as sky-scrapping. But still the demand and the requirement of property in Delhi NCR is not less. Delhi (Capital of India) is having its own reputation in market in terms of its properties. This city remains all time favorite place for each and every one who wants to establish their business. Delhi is divided into North, East, South, West and Central regions. The most expensive and posh regions in Delhi are Central and south for both commercial and residential sectors. There are different types of housing arrangements including small flats, small plots meant for individual houses or residential plots, big kothis, and multi-storied housing complexes as well as modern apartments.
Highly demanded property in Delhi is Residential plots or lands. Many people are investing their hard money in buying commercial and residential plots. Different size of plots is available and cost of those plots varies accordingly. People who have invested here in this city have gained tremendously business wise as well. Premium in residential areas such as Defense Colony, Vasant Vihar and Greater Kailash has been a significant number of transactions. As a result, there is very little stock waiting to be sold. Property value starts from Rs. 1.5 crore onward for simple 2/3 BHK Apartment. Even many people are purchasing the residential plots or lands in Delhi. Due to high demand of property many big real state builders are moving towards Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida.
Mainly Gurgaon has emerged as one of the developed cities in the NCR region. Gurgaon is one of the fastest growing real estate sectors in the country. It offers residential plots, commercial and residential properties. In past few years, Gurgaon property price has been on the increase. It gives you an idea about that the price of plots is around Rs. 4,500 per square foot.
To get residential plots or lands in a best price, go to the various free online classified websites who gives the full information regarding the plots with best price and location or to know more about residential plots in Delhi NCR visit Khojle.