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Fannie and Freddie Homes: $2billion+ Carrying Costs Per Year

by Anthony Litz
Foreclosure sign, Fannie Mae,

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now own about 25% of all foreclosures in the United States. It is being reported their maintenance and and carrying costs are now over $2 billion (aka $2,000,000,000.00) annually!

"Fannie and Freddie, which buy mortgages from lenders and package them into securities to sell to investors, own or guarantee half of all U.S. mortgages. Together, they have more than twice as many foreclosed homes now as they did this time last year, with a combined value of $24 billion."

With so many homes in their foreclosure inventory to maintain, the costs buildup fast. Fannie Mae, for example, pays up to $400 for an initial cleaning of a foreclosed property and up to $125 to have the grass cut two times month. Frequently the homes have so much "trash" left behind from the previous owner, there are additional costs during the initial cleaning. Another cost included with almost all foreclosures is a locksmith to re-key the property.

Freddie Mac currently has 82% more homes in their inventory than last year and the numbers seem to be on the rise with many foreclosure companies. So more than likely Freddie and Fannie's holding costs will continue to increase for some time.

Currently we are seeing more than half our foreclosure inventory in the Pitt County area being put "on hold and unable to market status" until officials have investigated whether the foreclosure documents were properly executed.  This recent development is entering the second month, causing increasing losses from this inventory that is not selling. Mean while costs are adding up as all of these "on hold" homes still have utilities turned on and require normal maintenance.

"The longer foreclosed homes stay on their books, the larger taxpayers' expenses will be. "Taxpayers are covering their losses. We are the ultimate deep pocket," says Lawrence White, a New York University economics professor."


For more information about current real estate topics including foreclosures or for assistance searching for real estate located in the Pitt County/Greenville, NC area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

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Student Rentals: Still A Great Investment!

by Anthony Litz

Over 19 million people are currently attending or enrolled at colleges and universities in the united states.  Many of these students attend schools away from home and need a place to live, which makes this investment niche thrive!  Experts say this market will flourish until at least 2018, when the last baby-boomer's children enter college.

ecu student housing rental investment Today's students look for homes with the most amenities, such as appliance-filled kitchens, furnished units and washer/dryers. Not often thought of, many students look for fenced-in backyards for their privacy or dogs.  Almost always a rental with a fenced yard rents faster.

Investors can look forward to rental incomes that are sometimes 10-20% greater than with normal tenants.  But on the other hand, time and money put into managing these kind of properties also increases by about 10%, according to an expert that owns over 50 rental homes across the United States.  In Greenville, NC the East Carolina University student properties are almost always occupied with renters, but these type of homes do have more turn over due to a young lifestyle and roommates that come and go.  Single-families stay at rental houses longer than students typically.

Pitt County and ECU offer a lot of opportunity for investors and landlords!  We enjoy a growing student population that will soon have a major increase with the new Dental School, which starts their first class in August of 2011.  "East Carolina University is the academic home to over 27,000 students and is a constituent member of The University of North Carolina", according to their website. There are always good potential rentals in our market for sale, including quite a few single family homes, duplexes and an apartment building from time-to-time.

Would you like more tips? Want a free list of potential university rental properties to look at?  Please call or email us, we are happy to help whether you are a seasoned or new investor!


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New Trend? Interest Rates Increase -2nd Week In A Row.

by Anthony Litz

Not too long ago mortgage rates reached an all time low, and are still the best that any buyer could hope for.  But a new trend is emerging; 30-year fixed interest rates have increased for the second week in a row according to national averages with Freddie Mac.  This comes after around 10 weeks of decline.

9-17-2010 30-year mortgage rates increase

We may have hit the bottom.  If you are "on the fence" waiting for the house buying market to get even sweeter, it may be time to make a move.

Of course rates are going to vary on a case-by-case basis depending on an individual’s credit history and what programs a lender can offer. Rates are negotiable and competitive.  Shop and compare a couple lenders' quotes to get the best rate and combination of fees. Call The Pistol Tingen Team at 252-321-6161 or send us an email if you would like some lender recommendations along with their phone numbers.  We are a wealth of information; please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or for advice.

Mortgage Rates Reach Lowest Level of 2010

by Madeleine Tingen

Today Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.93 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending May 13, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 5.00 percent. At this time last year, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.86 percent. The 30-year FRM has not been lower since the week ending December 10, 2009, when it averaged 4.81 percent.

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 4.30 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.36 percent. One year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.52 percent. The 15-year FRM has not been lower since the week ending December 3, 2009 when it averaged 4.27 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.95 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.97 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.82 percent. The 5-year ARM has not been lower since Freddie Mac started tracking the 5-year ARM in January of 2005.

The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 4.02 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.07 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.71 percent. The 1-year ARM has not been lower since the week ending November 4, 2004, when it averaged 4.00 percent.

Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist, announced that interest rates on fixed-rate mortgage have declined for the 5th straight week.
The National Association of Realtors noted that the median house prices are recovering in more local areas in the latest quarter.

For the most current information on mortgage rates and real estate in the Pitt County/Greenville, NC area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Freddie Mac Will Soon Cease Purchases of Interest Only Mortgages

by Madeleine Tingen

Freddie Mac announced Thursday, February 25 that on or about September 1, 2010, the company will cease purchasing and securitizing "interest only" mortgages--including Freddie Mac Initial Interest fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages.

Interest only mortgages, including Freddie Mac initial interest mortgages, provide for interest-only payments for a specified period of time beginning with the first monthly payment after the note date, and principal and interest payments on a fully amortizing basis for the remainder of the mortgage term.

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets.  Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

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