What’s the Cost of FHA Financing A Home?

loan_application_clip_art_24699FHA Loans are used to help more people buy homes.  More specifically, they are easier to qualify for.  They are available to borrowers with credit scores as low as 580 and only require a minimum 3.5% down payment (can be higher for lower credit scores) for buyers that are short on cash. FHA requires that the property be in good condition and are generally defined as follows:

  • Health and safety issues
  • Protecting the security of the property, and
  • Structural soundness of the property.

Although FHA-insured mortgages come at a higher cost than a conventional mortgage, this expense could be worthwhile for those who want to own a home and can’t qualify for a conventional mortgage.  FHA loans are insured by paying FHA mortgage insurance.  Unlike conventional loans that allow the seller to contribute 3% of the purchase price towards the buyers closing costs (should cover most, if not all, of the buyer’s closing costs), FHA buyers can ask up to 6% in closing costs.  The main reason for the higher closing cost is the FHA Mortgage Insurance, which is an upfront premium of 1.75% of the loan amount (Could be paid with seller paid closing costs).  In addition, the borrower is going to pay an annual premium (typically ranges between 0.45% and 1.05% of the loan depending on the loan amount).

FHA Loan Example

Here is a real world example of $234,000 home purchase that I recently sold with a FHA Loan:

Loan Payment
Here are the following costs associated with the FHA loan:
  • The upfront premium of 1.75% of the loan amount (in this case, the amount is $229,761) is $3,951.68.
  • The monthly FHA-insurance premium is $158.83 per month, or $1,905.96 annually (or 0.83% of the loan amount).

In this case, the closing costs were $12,367.45 or about 5.29% of the purchase price. Although the seller provided a seller  credit for a portion of the closing costs, the purchaser still had to come out-of-pocket for closing costs (i.e. escrows for both homeowner’s insurance and property taxes, HOA assessments, etc.).   It should be noted that the borrower applied the 3.5% minimum down payment (or $8,190) and prepaid the for the appraisal.

In the Real Estate Market?

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not? Let me save you money!!!  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida 33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

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How Much Home Can You Afford?

cropped-img_41401.jpgAs a general rule, most future homeowners can afford to mortgage a property even if it costs between 2 and 2.5 times the gross of their income. Under this particular formula, a person that is earning $100,000 each year can afford a mortgage up to $250,000. However, a borrower should evaluate their finances and how much they are will to pay monthly when making the decision.  Knowing the mortgage size and approximately monthly payment that can be handled also helps the borrower narrow down the playing field so that precious time is not wasted in touring homes that are out of the price range.

Debt-To-Income Ratios and Down Payment

There are several ratios that lenders consider when determining how much money a person can borrow for a mortgage. It’s a good idea to know what factors lenders consider when determining how much mortgage that borrower can get.  There are three main factors, which are briefly described as follows:

  • The percentage of yearly gross income that is dedicated to making the mortgage each month is called the Front-end Ratio (mortgage payment, which are: interest, principal, insurance, and taxes). Generally these items should not exceed 28% of the borrower’s gross income, but some lenders allow the borrower to exceed 30% and some even allow 40%.
  • The debt-to-income ratio, which is also called the “Back-End Ratio” measures what percentage of income is required to cover debts (mortgage payment and such debts as child support, car payments, other loans, and credit cards). The debt-to-income ratio should not exceed 36% of the gross income. In some areas that have higher home prices, it is hard to stay within 36% with lenders allowing the debt-to-income ratio to go as high as 45%, which could increase the interest rate.
  • Most lenders require a down payment of around 20% of the price of the home. This minimizes the need for property mortgage insurance (PMI) requirements, which increases the mortgage payment.

The down payment also has an impact on the monthly mortgage payment and on the front-end and back-end of the loan. More expensive homes can be purchased with larger down payments.

Other Considerations

Just because you can afford a home based on these factors does not mean you should finance the maximum loan amount.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • What is your life style?  In other words, do you have an active life style that requires a lot of your resources (or money)?
  • How long are you going to stay in the home or if you are expected to increase your income can determine if a fixed or variable rate loan is appropriate.  A variable rate mortgage would start at a lower rate than a fixed rate mortgage.  The downside is the potential of increases in interest rates over time.

Pre-qualification Vs. Pre-approval

Ideally, a potential home buyer would talk to a lender to get either a pre-qualification or a pre-approval letter.  These are two different types of letters, which are defined as follows:

  • Pre-Qualification Letter are typically less intensive than a pre-approval letter and involves a brief conversation without document support.
  • Pre-Approval Letter is much more detailed and requires a  review loan requested documents (i.e. financial statements, credit reports, etc.) as well as proof of a down payment.

Conclusions

The Tampa Bay MSA area experienced large growth in residential housing during the residential “boom” period of the early to mid 2000’s. Since the beginning of 2013, the market has shown increases in both pricing and sales figures.  These figures continue to show improvement.  However, Hillsborough County is becoming more built out with less vacant land available for development.  Since most people will not buy homes with cash, I hope this helps you getting your new home with a mortgage and realize the dream of home ownership.

In the Real Estate Market?

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not? Let me save you money!!!  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida 33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

 

2017 Real Estate Market Update

National and Regional Single Family Market

According to NAR, existing single family homes sales have increased with projected annual sales of 5,810,000 units in November 2017 annually 2017 versus 5,600,000 units in November 2016.  Statistics in the South have increased slightly with annual sales in November 2017 of 2,340,000 versus 2,250,000 in November 2016.

Nat Existing Sales

As of November 2017, there was a 3.4 month supply of inventory available, which was down 9.7% from the previous year, nationwide.

National Sales Prices of Existing Homes

Meanwhile, the median nationwide existing single family home price was $248,000 in November 2017, which is up 5.8% from a year ago.  The median price in the South was $216,200, which was up 4.8% from the previous year.

The average nationwide existing single family home price was $289,900 in November 2017, reflecting a 4.8% increase from a year ago.  The average price in the South was up 3.1% from the previous year.

Florida Single Family Market

We relied on the data prepared by the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) to provide an overall health of the Florida single family market.  This data is as follows:

As can be seen in the following charts, sales of single family homes at its height (in recent years) increased in 2015, compared with 2014 numbers.  Sales in Second Quarter 2017 were 79,888 compared to 71,723 in Second Quarter 2016.  This represents a 3.7% increase. Recently, sales of single family homes have decreased slightly to only 67,811, but remain higher than the First Quarter of 2017 and Forth Quarter of 2016.

STATE OF FLORIDA HISTORICAL CLOSED SALES FIGURES

Fl Closed Sales

Although there was a slight decrease in the number of sales, pricing has increased in Third Quarter of 2017, up 6.7% from the same time period in 2016.

STATE OF FLORIDA MEDIAN SALES PRICE FIGURES

FL Med Sales Price 2

Per FAR figures, the overall median sales price continues to increase.  However, the last two quarters have remained the same at $240,000.

Tampa Bay Single Family Market

The following data from the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA (includes Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties) was prepared by the Florida Association of  Realtors (FAR).  As can be seen in the following charts, median sales price of single family homes have increased in 2016 over 2015 to a high in the Third Quarter of 2017.

TAMPA AREA CLOSED SALES FIGURES

Tampa Closed Sales 

As can be seen in the above exhibit, sales volume dipped slightly to 12,198 single family homes from the Second Quarter of 2017.

TAMPA AREA MEDIAN SALES PRICE FIGURES

Tampa Median Sales 2

Pricing of homes has stabilized with a median sales price in the Third Quarter of 2017 of $225,000, representing a 9.8% increase from Third Quarter of 2016.

CONCLUSION

The Tampa Bay MSA area experienced large growth in residential housing during the residential “boom” period of the early to mid 2000’s. Since the beginning of 2013, the market has shown increases in both pricing and sales figures.  These figures continue to show improvement.  However, Hillsborough County is becoming more built out with less vacant land available for development.

In the Real Estate Market?

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not? Let me save you money!!!  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida 33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Valrico Florida Residental Sales By the Numbers

I get alot of questions about when to buy or is the market too high?  Well I wanted to show you some of the numbers in one of my favorite bedroom communities in eastern Hillsborough County (Florida), which is Valrico (zip codes 33594, 33595, and 33596). Valrico is just east of the better known Brandon community and features some of the best schools in area.

Valrico

Income Statistics

We have reviewed income statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary File 1 and Esri forecasts for 2017.  Based on these figures in the exhibit below, the Valrico market is very affluent market compared to both Hillsborough County as well as the state of Florida.

2017 Income Comparison

Home Price Trends

Did you know that historically in most communities in Hillsborough County that the price range under $100,000 is the most popular according to MLS Statistics?  The second price range is between $150,000 and $300,000.  As the sales price increases, the number of sales decrease.

Valrico Sales by Number of Sales

As you can see by the below exhibit, Valrico’s historical price trend has remain steady over the past several years.  As of July 2017, the median sales price in Valrico was $232,500.  Based on this MLS Data, there is no reason to suggest a housing bubble or market peak in the near future.

Valrico Historical Sales Price Trend

Rental Rate Comparison

The Valrico residential rental market is also as strong as the residential sales market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and 2010-2014 American Community Survey, Valrico’s median contract rent is above both Hillsborough County asa well as the state of Florida.

Median Rent

How Much House Can You Afford Instead of Renting?

There are several financing options for home buyers (i.e. conventional, FHA, VA, etc.) and there is a difference changing the term (length of the loan).  Accoding to Rateplug, here is a rough estimate of what a $200,000 house payment would be:

Sample Lender

*FHA loans allow for a 3.5% Down Payment. ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgages) loan payment & interest rates will change during term.

Real estate taxes assume the property has a homestead.

Ins./HOA Dues = Home Owners Insurance/Dues (can vary)

APR = Annual Percentage Rate. ARM Rates may increase after consummation.

PMI = Private Mortgage Insurance

Conclusion

There is no evidence of a market bubble in the near term as we are growing at a sustainable rate.  So the time to buy is now.  Especially considering the cost of renting versus buying.  We did not even address the benefits of writing off interest and real estate taxes on your income taxes!!!  Stop throwing money out the window and let me sell you a home today.

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Tampa Bay Residential Real Estate Firms

kwKeller Williams Realty has three of the top 10 residential real estate firms in Tampa Bay Market ranked by Gross Sales Volume Closed in 2016.  The Tampa Bay market comprises Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties.   This list was supplied by individual companies through questionnaires.  Two of the Keller Williams’ offices exceeded the average number of listings and closings.  In fact, one office was ranked first in both closings and listings.  However, Keller Williams Realty lagged the average sales price with these firms focusing on selling higher end condominiums and water front properties versus Keller Williams focus on middle class purchasers.  The following exhibit displays the results of this survey:

Tampa Bay Residential

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

La Collina Spec Home in Brandon Florida

cropped-image1.pngLa Collina is located at the northeastern quadrant of Lithia Pinecrest and Lumsden Roads in Brandon, Florida.  This location is located in one of the best areas of Brandon including, but not limited to a wide variety of shopping, parks, and restaurants.  Amenities include a clubhouse, playground, a pavilion with a resort style swimming pool, cabanas, trails, and a dog park.  There is an annual CDD fee of $1,303.09 and HOA fees of $306 per month with a $500 capital contribution.  The community features a variety of single family homes with six floor plans:

  • Pricing from $282,990s to $306,990s
  • Square footage from 2,074 to 2,775
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 4
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 2

This area is known is for some of the better schools in Hillsborough County.  Currently, the schools include the following:

  • Brooker Elementary School
  • Burns Middle School
  • Bloomingdale High School

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that a potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Shopping for a large production or custom home builder can be a daunting task.  Start by defining what architectural styles appeal to you and then seek out the builders in your area who offer those styles.  Due diligence is essential.  Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical” upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

 The builder representative and your real estate agent

A builder representative’s ultimate goal is to sell you a home.  His or her role is to provide a wide range of information to help you in your decision-making, from building restrictions, roads and easements to inspections, warranties, rebates and upgrades.  A real estate agent knowledgeable in new home construction will be able to help you wade through all the data and point out the downsides and upsides of each line item.  Your agent also can look out for your interests in reviewing the builder’s contract, which often contains more legal jargon than consumer friendly language.

There is one spec home available (the Georgia) within the La Collina.  This 2,074 square foot, 3 bedroom home features a designer kitchen with an abundance of counter and cabinet space.  It looks out to the open space of the family and dining room for a great open feel.  The bedrooms are on the second floor and large, with the master suite over 20 feet wide with a huge closet and luxury master bath with garden tub. The laundry room is on the second floor for your convenience.

Georgia Elevation

Georgia 1st Flr

Georgia 2nd

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Waterset Townhomes in Apollo Beach, Florida

Waterset TownhomesWaterset Townhomes are very affordable townhomes with reasonable maintenance fees  in eastern Hillsborough County, Apollo Beach, Florida.  This location is between the Interstate Corridor and Tampa Bay.  It is also conveniently located to restaurants and shopping as well as Tampa’s business district and Gulf Coast beaches.  Some of the property highlights include:

  • Pricing from $194,490s – $233,990s
  • Square footage from 1,756 to 2,185
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 4
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 3
  • Amenities include  a resort-style pool, splash park, playground, picnic area, cafe, outdoor fitness station, and a fitness center.
  • CDDs are only $80.46 per month with low HOAs at only $6.08 per month.
  • The Townhome maintenance fee is only $179.00 per month.

Per Lennar, the Schools for this subdivision include:

  • Inez Doby Elementary School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • East Bay High School

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that any potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical”upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

There are several “spec” homes available.  Home builders in the Tampa Bay Residential Market have completed homes available with some real savings like discounts off the original sales price and generous closing costs available to potential home buyers in communities like Riverview and Dover, Florida.  Sales prices onSpec” (speculation) are often the best places to get the best deals.  These homes are built by builders without an intended purchaser in mind (Hence the builder is speculating that they will find a builder to buy the home).  There are two spec townhomes available (Ironwood and Princewood models).  The following is the Ironwood Model:

Ironwood

Ironwood 1st Flr

Ironwood 2nd Flr

The following is the Princewood Model:

Princewood

Princewood 1st Flr

Princewood 2nd Flr

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link