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Fixed-Rate Mortgages Dip but Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Rise

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending May 19:

30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 5.25%, with an average 0.9 point, dropping from last week’s 5.30% average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3%.

15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.43%, with an average 0.9 point, falling from last week’s 4.48% average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.29%.

Sellers With Record Profits May See a Tax Bill

Many home sellers are making a profit on their sale. But if that profit is high enough, they may be on the hook for capital gains taxes.

Capital gains taxes kick in when profits exceed $250,000 for single sellers or $500,000 for married couples who file together.

As home prices have soared, longtime homeowners may be more likely to see a tax bill.

Many rules affect the rate. For example, sellers must own and use the home as their primary residence for two of the five years preceding the sale, but those two years don’t have to be consecutive.

Solutions for "America’s Housing Shortage"?

The nation faces a shortage of 5.5 million homes, a gap so large it would take more than a decade to close, even if new-home construction accelerates, according to research from the National Association of REALTORS®.

The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a plan that calls for legislative and administrative actions to try to close America’s housing shortfall within five years.

Renters Facing Bidding Wars

Bidding wars have grown common in home sales, but now they’re part of the process of renting an apartment as well. As demand outstrips supply, renters are trying to outbid others to get the property they want.

Some tenants will offer over the listed price to get their application ahead in the stack. Property owners may even return to applicants and ask them to submit their “highest and best offer” in such cases. Some owners are specifying in ads for their rental units that prospects should be ready for a bidding war and should submit their very highest offer.

Mortgage Rates Reach Highest Levels Since 2009

“Mortgage rates resumed their climb this week as the 30-year fixed reached its highest point since 2009,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “While housing affordability and inflationary pressures pose challenges for potential buyers, house price growth will continue but is expected to decelerate in the coming months.”

Freddie Mac reported the following national averages for the week ending May 5:

Misperceptions Persist Over VA Loans

Mortgage loans backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs can help make homeownership more attainable for military families with its offers of zero-down-payment loans. But many vets or service members may not know what’s required to use one or how they work, a new study shows.

A new study of 1,000 active-duty service members and veterans by the Navy Federal Credit Union found that nearly all respondents were aware of what a VA loan is, but many respondents did show some confusion about their use. Some of that confusion included:

Homeowners Undeterred By Rising Costs for Remodeling

Forty-year-high inflation and supply chain challenges aren’t ruining homeowners’ plans to spruce up their homes, finds a new survey from Nationwide of 1,000 homeowners. Seventy-one percent of homeowners who have upcoming house projects say they expect to proceed with them despite higher costs, delayed timelines, and the limited availability of materials.

Home Loan Interest Rates Average 5.10% This Week

But it is one week before the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates further, Nadia Evangelou, National Association of REALTORS® senior economist and director of forecasting, says on the association’s blog. The Fed’s key rate does not have a direct impact on mortgage rates but it does often influence them.

Borrowers may be getting nervous about how high rates could go. Higher rates already are forcing them to increase their budgets. Current buyers need to spend about $25,000 more to buy a comparable home this year than a year ago, Evangelou says.

Multiple Offers Remain Prevalent This Spring

Home sellers are still fetching multiple offers on their properties and buyers continue to face competition, even as the housing market has shown some signs of slowing.

REALTORS® reported an average of nearly five offers on each home that sold in March, according to the March REALTORS® Confidence Index survey.

On average, half of buyers made two offers before being successful in their purchase by the third try, the survey shows.

Mortgage Rates Rise for Seventh Straight Week

With higher rates and home prices, house hunters need to earn about $25,000 extra if they want to buy the typical home now compared to a year earlier, Nadia Evangelou, senior economist and director of forecasting at the National Association of REALTORS®, writes for the association’s blog. Existing-home sales are dropping as a result.

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