July 16, 2024

Real estate market changes
Real estate market changes

The criteria for FICO scores  have gone up. Two years ago, a 620 to 660 score would have been acceptable, but in the last 18 months, lenders have started imposing premiums on scores in that range. Today, buyers must score between 720 or above to get the best interest rates.

Conventional loans require 5 to 10 percent down on amounts up to $417,000, and 15 percent down for loans up to $749,000. Money for jumbo loans is still relatively scarce. Loans with down payments under 20 percent require mortgage insurance.

If a buyer is seeking financing for a condo, lenders now want to know the amount of homeowners’ association reserves, whether there are vacancies in the building, and the percentage of renters versus owner occupants. In addition to an association’s master hazard policy, some lenders now require homeowners to have insurance policies covering the interior of their units.

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9 thoughts on “Real Estate Market Changes

  1. Yes Absolutely…Today, buyers must score between 720 or above to get the best interest rates, neither buyer cannot able to get loan from any of the investment company.

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