Back from an Amazing SCUBA Trip
I’m back from a much-needed break in the action after taking a sabbatical from new business that lasted from April 1 – June 19 of this year. During that time, I was able to SCUBA dive three of the holy grail sites for large, pelagic animals like Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, and Whale Sharks. Those sites included the Revillagigedo Archipelago which is southwest of the tip of Baja, Mexico, as well as Cocos Island which is west of Costa Rica, and finally the Galapagos Islands. If you’re on Facebook, you can see a compilation video on my personal Facebook page.
Four New Loan Processors!
The last year and half had taken quite a mental and physical toll on myself and my loan processor, Althea Huber. She needed to take a similar break to mine and has been off and recuperating since the middle of June until the beginning of August. I now have four loan processors that I am employing to share the workload to prevent burnout. I am going to need multiple loan processors for the foreseeable future since mortgage rates have not increased and are recently back to the historically low levels we experienced from September 2020 through February 2021.
Supreme Court Decision Re FHFA
The recent 6/23/2021 Supreme Court decision in Collins v. Yellen has found the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) unconstitutional, allowing for the removal of its director, Mark Calabria. The FHFA manages the largest mortgage investors in the US, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. During Calabria’s tenure as director of the FHFA, he instituted, in September 2020, a 50-basis points fee increase on all refinance mortgage loans going to Fannie and Freddie. On a $500,000 mortgage, that one-time cost increase is $2500. His goal was to increase profits during a historic refinance boom to take Fannie and Freddie private, with himself at the head of the new private entity. Calabria seemingly didn’t care that this refinance volume was the result of the historic rate drop helped by the Federal Reserve to help consumers maintain their finances during a 100-year pandemic. Thankfully, Calabria resigned his position with the FHFA within hours of the ruling and the FHFA removed the fee hike on 7/16/2021.
Refinance Rates Drop Again
This lowering of the fees on mortgage refinances has caused another drop in mortgage rates and as of 7/19/2021 rates are back at the lowest levels last seen February 2021. Naturally, my phone and e-mail have been blowing up again with more refinance requests than can be handled all at once. This run on rates may not go for the same amount of time because inflation has been on a rapid rise in recent months, which will force the Fed’s hand when it comes to increasing their target interest rate to help fight the rising inflation. For any of you out there who didn’t capture the low rate environment from 2020 to the beginning of 2021, this may be the last opportunity. For some of you who refinanced before September 2020 or after February 2021, there may be another opportunity to improve your mortgage. Feel free to reach out if you need a quick rate check but please be patient with me as I try and help my clients navigate the next session of mortgage refinance madness.
Housing Bubble Continues to Expand
Lower mortgage rates will also continue to impact home buying with frenzied home buyers struggling to get into a property using a mortgage with historically low rates, while inventory levels continue to be at historically low levels. Until mortgage rates rise again, the housing bubble will continue to expand while the entire industry struggles to keep up with the massive refinance volume. Expect delays at every step of the mortgage process, yet again.
In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a few more pictures from my SCUBA diving adventures.
Viral (Vic) Joshi
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