COMMENTARY/JOHN NINFO: Great news in some housing markets – Monroe County Post

31August 2020

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As soon as once again in the week of Aug. 3, the home loan rates of interest hit lowest levels. The 30-year fixed rate dropped to 2.88%, down from 3.60% a year ago, and the 15-year rate fell to 2.44%, down from 2.51% a year ago. Routine readers have heard me state these 2 things typically: First, with those rates, if you qualify and can afford it, this can be a fun time to acquire a house, and, 2nd, if you do, think hard and long about making a few financial sacrifices, and going for that 15-year home loan, or one that is less than thirty years. You can conserve a lot of interest, and put those savings to excellent usage for you and your family. Likewise, it may be a good time to refinance a current home loan.

These beneficial home loan rates are in part accountable for some excellent news in some residential realty markets, which is something that we predicted in this column. As reported by NPR, the National Association of Realtors just recently revealed that from May to June, simply as the COVID -19 crisis was bearing down on the United States and millions of individuals were losing their jobs, pending house sales rose more than 16%, the greatest rise on record for that duration.

In addition to the beneficial home loan rates, the other driving aspect, that we prepared for, is the a great deal of white-collar professionals who have the ability to work from house, and expect that capability will continue. As an outcome, they no longer need to live in that city near the office to minimize their commute time, so they now can live in other locations, for instance locations better to family and more budget-friendly. Remarkably, according to the NPR report, the traffic to listings that are in towns with populations of less than 50,000 individuals is up 87%, and that there is a clear migration of individuals out of big cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco to smaller cities. It is likewise interesting that many individuals trying to find a house are asking about space for a home office and a house fitness center– yet another thing that we predicted, a boost in the sales of house exercise devices and more house health clubs. If you are like me, you know a lot of individuals who have purchased house exercise devices and/or a bicycle, are routinely running and/or strolling outside, and are wondering if they will ever return to that fitness center.

Plainly, this information is interesting, however only if you keep in mind that there are many Americans who are harming economically in many ways, and that there are numerous Americans who can not work from house, however need to still be where the jobs are.

On a various topic, however associated to the concern of whether you can qualify for that beneficial home loan or refinance, is the new FICO scores that were to enter into impact this summer season. They are FICO 10 and FICO 10T, which may replace FICO 9 eventually, however, as has actually shown, loan provider can be slow to alter.

Again, according to, if you have a credit report of 680 or greater, and you continue to make on-time payments, and utilize less than 30% of your offered credit each month, your rating might increase by 20 points. On the other hand, for those with less than a rating of 680, if you miss out on payments and spend near to your availability each month, your rating might stop by 20 points. In both cases, it has actually been estimated that the modifications might affect 40 million consumers.

Something the new FICO 10 scoring system will do is to punish consumers who get loans to combine their credit card financial obligation, and after that go right back to spending too much with their charge card. Yes, individuals in fact do that, and I saw it all the time when I was a Personal bankruptcy Judge. Makes you shake your head! Something the FICO 10T scoring system will do is to look at your financial obligation levels over the previous 2 years. If you are gradually minimizing your financial obligation, your rating increases, however it lowers, if you are gradually increasing your financial obligation.

Remember, your credit report can affect your capability to get a loan, however likewise the rate of interest you will pay on the loan, as well as other things like your house and automobile insurance coverage premiums, so do whatever you need to in order to have excellent ones. Pay on time, keep your utilization rate low, and do not obtain more credit than you really require.

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On a final topic, as we know, on March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law providing broad relief for federal trainee loan debtors. It attended to the suspension of payments, a short-lived 0% rate of interest, and the suspension of any wage garnishments through Sept. 30. There have been some unintended problems with reports to the credit reporting agency, took tax refunds, slow-to-remove wage garnishments, and concerns about being in excellent standing in loan forgiveness programs that require payments, as the federal government and servicers worked to implement the provisions, however it has actually provided much needed short-term relief for some debtors. By the President’s current Executive Order, these advantages will continue through Dec. 31, 2020.

If you have trainee loan financial obligation, still have a job, and think you’ll be able to economically make it through this pandemic, keep making the trainee loan payments, and, if you can, pay even more, because with this relief, it all goes directly to pay off the principal.

Next time, we will look at the Greenlight debit card for kids and other apps that are marketed as ways to teach your kids about money.

Stay Safe!

John Ninfo is a retired personal bankruptcy judge and the creator of the National CARE Financial Literacy Program. Find his previous weekly columns at or at

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