FHFA just announced the new (higher) loan limits for 2018. You can see each county's new loan limit here but this is the summary for Southern California:
San Diego County $649.750
Ventura County $672.750
Orange and Los Angeles Counties $679.850
Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties $453,100
FHFA sets loan limits for Fannie and Freddie backed conventional loans but, over the past few years, FHA and VA has followed their lead. We expect the VA and FHA loan limits to be the same as the FHFA loan limits.
What does that mean?
It means more buyers can afford more homes and that's good news for you. If FHA and VA follows (we think they will), fundings could be tricky in the next 60 days. If you have clients who are banking on that higher loan limit, you should call us at 858-777-9751 before you enter escrow so we can determine a strategy so they can get a loan for the higher amount.
Multigenerational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents. We know how to provide the best financing options for multigenerational buyers. Our years of experience and background in financial planning helps us match multigenrational households up to the most cost effective finaicng programs; especially when the older generation is trying to preserve and grow assets for retirement.
According to an article by Realtor.com, “Nearly 1 in 5 Americans is now living in a multigenerational household – a household with two or more adult generations, or grandparents living with grandchildren – a level that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 1950.”
Another report that proves this point is the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers which states that 13% of home buyers purchased multigenerational homes last year. The top 3 reasons for purchasing this type of home were:
To take care of aging parents (22%, up from 19% last year)
Cost savings (17%)
Children over the age of 18 moving back home (16%, up from 14% last year)
This shift can be attributed to several social changes over the decades. Growing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. population helps explain some of the rise in multigenerational living; Additionally, women are a bit more likely to live in multigenerational conditions than are their male counterparts (12% vs. 10%, respectively). Last but not least, basic economics.
Valerie Sheets of Lennar Homes brings to light the fact that home prices have been skyrocketing in recent years. She says that, “As home prices increase, more families tend to opt for living together.”
Multigenerational households are making a comeback. While it is a shift from the more common nuclear home, these households might be the answer that many families are looking for as home prices continue to rise in response to a lack of housing inventory.
Speak with Debra or me and find out why we are the best financing consultants for your multigenerational buyers. I can be reached at 858-777-9751