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Home equity rates 2020 review and forecast

The year 2020 has been packed full of health and financial challenges for many Americans. Yet for home equity borrowers, there’s been some good news too. Interest rates are low, and the Federal Reserve has indicated that they’re likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.



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In many situations, leveraging the equity in your home can be a smart strategy. Home equity loans can help you accomplish big-ticket goals like paying for a child’s education, making major home improvements and consolidating higher-interest debt. Better yet, when you borrow against your home equity, you may be able to reach these goals at a low interest cost and without pulling money out of savings.

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Home equity rates in 2020: Initial predictions vs. reality

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How to Refinance Your Mortgage: Rates & Fees

Interest rates continue to hover near historical lows, so it’s not too late to lock in a lower mortgage payment for potentially the next decade or more. But a mortgage refinance isn’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. You’ll need to consider a number of variables, and it’s important to understand the terms lenders use in a refinance and how the process works.

So before you start down the mortgage refinance path, take a look at our guide on how to refinance your mortgage and learn all the ins and outs — it’ll help you decide if a refinance makes sense for you.

Refinancing is the process of paying off your existing mortgage with the funds from a new mortgage. While most people refinance to take advantage of a lower interest rate on a new loan, other reasons to refinance include switching mortgage companies, changing the terms of your loan

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Home Prices Skyrocketing Because Of Low Mortgage Rates, Not Because COVID-19 Increased Demand For Large Homes

Home prices are skyrocketing in most U.S. markets despite COVID- 19, a recession and a shockingly high unemployment rate.

Many analysts are speculating that part of the boom in house prices is caused by COVID-19 – that some people are concerned about COVID-19 contagion and don’t want to live any more in tight, multi-family buildings so they’re buying single-family homes in the suburbs. Another theory along the same lines is that because working from home has skyrocketed, some people want more space so they’re buying larger single-family homes, especially if their kids are home all day, too. This seems to be happening in metro New York City but what about places that weren’t hit as hard by COVID-19 and aren’t as dense as New York City?

Certainly the lower mortgage interest rates are a huge part of the current home price

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Home equity surges as demand soars and mortgage rates hover near lows

After a brief stall in home sales at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, homebuyers came rushing back in — so fast that prices never even took a hit. In fact, the gains in prices accelerated quickly, causing home equity to soar even more.  

Home equity for homeowners with a mortgage rose 6.6% annually in the second quarter, according to CoreLogic. Collectively, that adds up to a gain of $620 billion, or $9,800 per home.

Home values have continued to rise and are now up 5.1% annually, according to Zillow. Price gains accelerated in 48 of the 50 largest metropolitan housing markets across the country.

The reason is twofold: Demand is outpacing supply by a lot, and mortgage rates are sitting near record lows. The latter gives buyers more purchasing power.

The total supply of homes for sale was just over 29% lower annually for the week ending Sept. 12,

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Low Rates to Aid KB Home (KBH) Q3 Earnings Amid Coronavirus?

KB Home KBH is slated to report third-quarter fiscal 2020 (ended Aug 31, 2020) results on Sep 22, after market close.

In the last reported quarter, its earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3.5%, after surpassing the same in each of the prior 17 quarters. Revenues also missed the consensus mark in the fiscal second quarter by 14.8%. On a year-over-year basis, its bottom line increased while top line declined on lower deliveries and average selling price (ASP).

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For the quarter to be reported, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has increased 4.3% over the past 60 days to 48 cents per share. The estimate indicates a 34.3% decrease from the year-ago earnings of 73 cents per share. The consensus estimate for revenues is pegged at $895.8 million, suggesting a decline of 22.8% from the prior-year quarter.

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Quicken Loans: Mortgage Rates Review 2020



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Quicken Loans: Pros and Cons

PROS

Generally speaking, there are three main areas where Quicken excels: variety of mortgage products, customer satisfaction, and online service. Quicken is also first in the country in mortgage originations by volume, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Quicken’s wide variety of loan products include conventional fixed-rate mortgages, government-backed VA, FHA, and USDA loans, and refinancing. In terms of customer sentiment, J.D. Power has ranked Quicken highest in mortgage origination satisfaction for 10 consecutive years. Finally, Quicken’s simple mortgage application process can be completed with any of their representatives over the phone or through its Rocket Mortgage online service.

CONS

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Quicken will fall short for potential borrowers who prefer face-to-face interactions. The company does not have physical branches, so customers will need to complete mortgage processes online or over the phone. Further, although Quicken Loans does offer

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Loan Growth to Aid Bank OZK’s (OZK) Top Line Amid Low Rates

Bank OZK OZK remains well-poised for top-line growth, supported by steadily improving loans along with its strategic growth initiatives. Moreover, given a solid balance sheet position, the company will likely continue to enhance shareholder value through efficient capital deployment activities.

However, pressure on margins remains a major near-term concern for Bank OZK. Continuously increasing operating expenses and the company’s exposure toward risky loans are other major headwinds.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has been unchanged over the past 30 days. As a result, the company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Over the past six months, shares of Bank OZK have gained 12.7% compared with a rise of 3.1% of the industry it belongs to.

Looking at fundamentals, though the company’s revenues declined in 2019 and the first half of 2020, the same witnessed a CAGR of 22.8% over the last six years (2014-2019), mainly driven

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Will Low Mortgage Rates Aid Lennar’s (LEN) Q3 Earnings?

Lennar Corporation LEN is slated to report results for third-quarter fiscal 2020 (ended Aug 31) after the closing bell on Sep 14.

In the last reported quarter, the company’s earnings topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 27.9% but revenues missed the same by 0.03%. Notably, this Miami-based homebuilder surpassed earnings expectations in nine of the trailing 10 quarters.

On a year-over-year basis, earnings grew 27%. The results mainly benefited from effective cost control and focus on making its homebuilding platform more efficient, which in turn resulted in higher operating leverage. However, revenues decreased 5% due to lower average sales price or ASP of homes delivered.

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Lennar Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

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Home buyers gain no ground despite record low rates | Business

North Texas home prices were still on a tear last month as the median price of a Dallas-Fort Worth home rose 8.6%. The average price of a North Texas home was up 11.2% compared to August 2019. Within the City of Denton, prices were more muted as the unusual jump in luxury home sales skewing the July numbers disappeared. As a result, the median price of Denton home was up only 1.9% year-over-year. The average price of a Denton home rose 3% to $296,801.

The big monthly drop in average Denton home prices brings them closer to trend, but still elevated considering the backdrop of the economy and the employment sector. The numbers for Denton County in August show median home prices jumping 6.3%, with average prices up 7.4% compared to a year ago. Sales of Denton County homes rose 10%, while pending sales (contracts) for Denton County homes rose

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Here Are Today’s Best Mortgage & Refinance Rates for September 10, 2020

Borrowers with 700 credit scores were quoted an average rate of 3.433% to secure a 30-year fixed-rate purchase mortgage on Wednesday, according to Money’s survey of over 8,000 lenders across the United States. At this credit score, roughly the national average, the average rate for a 30-year refinance was 4.366%. Our rates include discount points and are for borrowers putting 20% down.



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Borrowers in Washington, D.C. were quoted the lowest mortgage rates on Wednesday—at 3.258%. Those in Georgia saw the highest average rate at 3.678%. Nationwide, borrowers with the highest credit scores, 740 and above, were quoted rates averaging 3.088%, while those with credit of 640 or below were given rates of 4.892%—a 1.804 percentage point spread.

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