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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced the maximum conforming loan limits for 2019. After not increasing the limits for 10 years, this will be the third increase in three years! Economists speculate that with home prices still on the rise there was a need for the increase for the third straight year. The increase from $453,100 to $484,350 in 2019 is a 6.9% increase from last year’s.
Additionally, loan limits will also increase in “high cost areas” where 115% of the local median home value exceeds the baseline loan limit.
The new loan limits are as follow:
Maximum Loan Amount for 2019
|Units||Contiguous States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico||
Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
(also in designated high cost areas)
A more detailed county breakdown can be found here:
For a more details and how this increase can assist you in buying or refinance a home, call your Loan Originator today!
Product requirements effective 1/1/19 • Product availability & requirements subject to change.
We at Homestead Funding Corp. are wishing you a spook-tacular Halloween! Below is a fun filled recipe to get you into the Halloween Spirit. Halloween Mummy Dogs make a great Halloween party snack for you and your family to enjoy!
- (1) 8 oz. package crescent rolls or crescent roll dough
- 8 hot dogs
- MustardPreheat oven to 375oF
- Preheat oven to 375oF
- Roll out crescent roll dough & press at any seams to seal.
- Slice dough into thin strips, about 1”wide.
- Wrap dough strips around hot dogs, leaving room near the top for the mummy’s face.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes.
- Dip a toothpick in mustard and use it to add eyes & serve.
There has been a positive change in recent months in the housing market. Homeowners are experiencing an increase in the amount of equity they have in their homes. According to a new CoreLogic report*†, there has been an increase in home equity of over 12% since last year, amounting to over $980 billion in value nationally.
There has been a 20% decrease in negative equity (when a homeowner owes more on their mortgage than their house is worth) over the last year. While negative equity has been on the decline since 2012, this recent dip has pushed the percent of underwater homeowners to less than 10%. This combined with increased property values has resulted in homeowners across the country seeing an average increase in their home equity of $16,200.
What do these numbers mean for you?
Having positive equity allows you to take advantage of the equity you already have in your home. The more equity you have, the more you can leverage. To access your equity, you can apply for a cash-out refinance.** Cash-out refinances are a great way to achieve your financial goals.
Here are just a few ways you can use the money from a cash-out refinance:
- Make home improvements
- Buy an investment property or second home
- Pay off debts like credit card balances or student loans
- Increase your savings or invest in the market***
- Send a child to college
Contact your Loan Originator to review your refinance options.
*CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Insights - Q2 2018
†Information referenced in the report includes properties with mortgages only.
**Option may not be available in all states
***Please consult your financial advisor
Halloween is only a few weeks away! Do you have children who still need costumes? Or maybe you just got a last-minute invite to a Halloween party? Don’t worry, we’ve got some great costumes that you can put together in a flash.
Cereal Killer – If you like word play, this costume is for you. Buy several small boxes of cereal. Cut small holes in the boxes and glue a plastic knife in each hole. Then glue the boxes onto a t-shirt. You can add fake blood to make it even more over the top.
Bubble Bath – You can make a splash with some balloons, shower cap and loofah. Blow up white or clear balloons and safety pin them to a white t-shirt. Put on the shower cap and carry the loofah.
Costume Not Found – This one is great for the tech crowd. Write the words “Error 404: Costume Not Found” on an old t-shirt. Voila! An easy and clever costume.
Back to Basics – Traditional Halloween costumes are a great option! You can cut eye holes into an old sheet to be a ghost, get a witch hat, or use heavy-duty toilet paper to create a mummy costume.
Smartie Pants – An old pair of pants and a bag of Smarties candies are all you need for this costume. Glue packages of candy all over the pants and you’re good to go! Don’t you feel smarter already?
Formal Apology – Break out the fancy clothes for this one. Wear a suit or cocktail dress and make a sign that reads, “I’m sorry.” The more extravagant the clothes, the better.
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces uncooked shrimp (peeled and deveined)
½ teaspoon salt, divided
1 medium shallot, diced
¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
3 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons butter, diced
Lemon slices (to serve)
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and season with half the salt. Cook the shrimp until it turns pink and is slightly undercooked (about 3-4 minutes). Remove the shrimp from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside for later. Add the shallot to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Then add the broth, wine, lemon juice, pepper, and the remaining salt. Simmer for 5 minutes. Put the shrimp back into the skillet to finish cooking. Cook for 1 minute, or until the shrimp is completely cooked. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley, capers, and butter. Serve immediately (once butter has melted) over the pasta of your choice, rice, or zoodles and top with lemon slices.