The stimulus bill that President Trump signed into law last Friday contains protections for American home owners, tenants, multi housing owners and some for future home owners.
Many of the articles I have read about the stimulus points to the bill trying to stave off a repeat of the massive housing crisis of 2008, where at the height of it all 2.23% of all housing had foreclosure filings in 2010. In 2019 foreclosures had hit a 15 year low at just .36% of all US housing units with foreclosure filings.
Mortgage Loan Forbearance and Foreclosure Protection
Current home owners with a government backed loan can request loan forbearance during this designated disaster period - Which began March 13th - A mortgage forbearance agreement is an agreement made between a mortgage lender and delinquent borrower in which the lender agrees not to exercise its legal right to foreclose on a mortgage and the borrower agrees to a mortgage plan that will, over a certain time period, bring the borrower current on his or her payments. Federally backed loans include: Federal Housing Authority ( FHA ), Department of Veterans (VA), Department of Agriculture (USDA) or purchased/securitized by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The servicer cannot request any proof beyond the borrow’s attestation to a financial hardship caused by COVID-19. The servicer of any Federally backed loan also cannot initiate the foreclosure process for not less than a 60-day period beginning on March 18.
Protections for Multi-Family Property Owners
the protections extended to single family home owners are also being extended to owners of multi-family properties. Unlike single family home owners, multi-family building owners will need to document the financial hardships they are facing and request a forbearance for up to 30 days. That can be extended for two additional 30 day periods. If a building owner is receiving a forbearance the bill has tenant protections built in. No tenant can be evicted for non payment of rent or have an eviction initiated, as well as, no late fees or charges can be assessed for late payment of rents.
Increased Tenant Protections
Property owners who participate in any housing programs covered by various acts- including the low-income housing tax credit program, National Housing Act, Homeless Assistance Act, National Affordable Housing Act, rural housing voucher program and others - for the next 120 days, may not initiate eviction proceedings to retake possession of a property for nonpayment of rent or charge late fees for late payment of rent.
The Fair Credit and Reporting Act was amended by the stimulus, designed at not allowing tanking credit scores of millions of Americans suddenly finding themselves out of work due to the Corona Virus. If a borrower and a lender have come to an agreement of deferring payments, partial payments, forbearance, modifying a loan or using any other relief- and the consumer makes the agreed upon payments or is not required to make a payment, then the account reported to credit agencies must be reported as current.
For More Information the actual bill is linked below
The thought of writing a real estate blog has lingered with me for sometime. If you know me, you know that I love to create. Writing is one of those creations I love and if I could marry that with real estate, which I also love, PERFECT! I decided to name this blog Market Pulse because there really is a pulse to real estate. It can race, it can rest, it can dive, and It can stop. ( let's not hope for that last one ) If you are interested in the market, locally and nationally. I hope that you would look to this as a resource and find it valuable. Disclaimer, I am new at this. So, maybe you can muster a little grace to start.
The creation of this blog comes out of working from home thanks to the Corona Virus, or Covid-19. I wanted to still provide to my clients, friends and family a service. I am still doing my normal real estate tasks, and working on the current deals that I have, as well as helping new buyers and sellers. That is a serious blessing of this career, I can do it almost anywhere.
Lets get down to business then. Today I spent time on both Oregon Association of Realtors website, oregonrealtors.org, as well as the National Association of Realtors website, realtors.org., reading about measures these two associations have been taking during this unprecedented time. Researching articles on how we as realtors can protect our clients, how these real estate organizations are working with legislatures to help home owners, landlords, tenants and housing. I also looked into what realtors across the nation are feeling as far as what is going on in the market nationwide. NAR conducted a flash survey of 72,734 members that respresent both residential and commercial real estate around the country as to how the virus has effected their markets. I have attached the findings in a pdf below, but I will hit some of the highlights of the residential survey here.
Mortgage Rate Change
The majority of sellers have decided not to make a change in their home listing. However, from March 9 to March 16 there was an increase in members who cited that sellers removed the home from the market and refinanced.
On March 9, 78 percent of members cited there was no change in buyer interest due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, on March 16, this declined to 45 percent. In areas where there are presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19, this share is 41 percent. Among all residential members, 48 percent of members cited there was a decrease in buyers.
The majority of members reported there has been no change in the number of homes on the market due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, in the latest iteration of the survey, 28 percent of members did report that there has been a decline in homes on the market. In areas where there are confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cases, 32 percent saw a decline in homes on the market.
The majority of members reported there was no change in sellers removing homes from the market due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, removing homes from the market has increased from three percent on March 9 to 16 percent on the March 16 survey. In areas where there were cases of COVID-19, 20 percent of members reported homes were removed from the market.
The majority of sellers are changing how their home is viewed while the home remains on the home selling market. About 60 percent of home sellers nationwide have made changes including stopping open houses, requiring buyer hand washing or hand sanitizer to be used, or asking buyers to remove shoes or wear footies. In areas where COVID-19 was present, 65 percent of sellers have adopted these or other changes.
*information credit: NAR Flash Survey: Economic Pulse March 16-17, 2020,shorturl.at/fhpMX
What have I been seeing in Baker County? Well I have not conducted a survey of the other realtors in the county. I can only speak for myself. I have had one buyer withdraw out of concern of the economy. I am still seeing interest in selling. And there are still people moving to the area that are looking to buy. I have considered doing some video walk-throughs of my current listings so that buyers can virtually walk through a property to keep both them and my sellers safe. It is a time of uncertainty but with some creative solutions buying and selling are still happening, and people still need housing. I am cautiously hopeful, and I encourage you to reach out if you have questions or concerns about your current real estate needs. As an agent, I am not just here when you are ready to buy or ready to sell. I am a resource, a valuable asset to home owners and potential home owners. I work this industry day in and day out, I should be a local and national expert. Do I know everything, absolutely not! I do, however, have resources!
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