1000 Dollars Can Make It Or Brake It

Dated: 09/07/2014

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In all the wrangling over credit, construction and confidence in this housing recovery, the real cost of owning a new home could come down to about the same amount as the cost of a new washing machine. One industry group claims just $1,000 makes all the difference. "Each $1,000 increase in the cost of a new median-priced home price forces 206,000 prospective buyers out of the marketplace," reads the first line of a new report from the National Association of Home Builders. "It all adds up. A thousand dollars means an additional monthly cost, based on someone's income. That may make the difference between owning and renting," said Robert Dietz, a tax and market analyst at the NAHB. In all the wrangling over credit, construction and confidence in this housing recovery, the real cost of owning a new home could come down to about the same amount as the cost of a new washing machine.  NAHB researchers based their findings on the number of households that would not qualify for a mortgage (factoring income, debt, interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance) based on that price increase to a median-priced home. They varied state to state, with a low of 313 borrowers not qualifying in Wyoming, to a high of 18,250 in Texas. That said, the $1,000 figure is striking evidence of just how many Americans teeter on the edge of homeownership.  Nationwide, home prices, including distressed sales, rose 7.5 percent in June 2014 compared with June 2013, according to a report released Tuesday by CoreLogic, a data company. This is a moderation in the double-digit price gains seen last year, but still represents 28 straight months of year-over-year appreciation.  Supply issues are easing somewhat and should continue to moderate price gains, but other issues in the mortgage market are also keeping the price of home ownership higher. While builders complain of construction regulations, mortgage lenders argue they are being handcuffed by a still backward-looking housing finance system. This puts everyone at a disadvantage. Lenders don't know how to help credit-worthy consumers become successful borrowers, and consumers don't know what they need to do or have to become successful borrowers."They need to have $1,000 extra, according to the builders, but that is just one small part of a far more complicated housing recovery. Home buyers need good credit, sufficient down payments, proof of solid employment…or cold hard cash. by: Diana Olick
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Michael Krivacs

I grew up in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island and graduated from The American University with a BS in Business Administration. While in college I met my wife Holly. After school I worked as a Wage ....

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