This housing market, on its face, isn’t built on the same creaky foundations of the subprime crisis.
Consider these statistics from Fannie Mae FNMA,
the US government-backed buyer of home mortgages. The weighted average FICO credit score in the first quarter for a single-family home was a stellar 748. The origination loan to value was 71%, and there were just 4% of homes with a loan to value above 95%. The percentage of buyers with a debt-to-income ratio above 43% –typically the point where lenders get skittish – was 29%.
That is not like the period that led to the 2007-08 financial crisis, in which many home loans were underpinned by no income, no job, no assets, or NINJA mortgages, as they were referred to by some.
That said, house prices have surged and the aforementioned data may not properly factor that.
An anonymous blogger named SoldAtTheTop went through house prices in Boston, as an example. The blogger calculated home values as if they continued on the trend from the eight years before 2019. What the author found is if prices reverted to a more normal trend, the average loan to value on a sample of jumbo loans that were tracked surges to 92 % from about 70%. Jumbo mortgages are too large to be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and last year, securitizations of them rose to a 14-year high, according to CoreLogic.
“The loophole in the lending standards for this cycle appears to have been that home appraisals were either unable to accurately account for the outlandish price appreciation occurring in the market or were simply roundly ignored given the fact that borrowers came to the table with 20% – 30% down-payments and had good credit histories, ”the author writes.
“I suspect that my small sample is clearly demonstrating something important about the housing market dynamics this cycle, namely that there is real, yet to be fully realized, systemic risk coming from the prime lending market particularly for the performance of privately funded jumbo loans, ”Said the blogger.
Granted, the fact that prices are overcooked relative to history doesn’t mean they’ll immediately lose value. The first casualty of the rise in mortgage rates has been housing transactions, not prices.
According to CoreLogic, house prices in May were still up 20% year-over-year, while pending home sales dropped 14% year-over-year. However, the forecasting firm Capital Economics says US house prices will start falling soon, by about 5%. Even then, a decline in prices doesn’t immediately spell doom for jumbo mortgage owners, so long as the US labor market stays strong and owners can keep making their monthly payments.
The minutes from the last Federal Open Market Committee meeting are due at 2 pm Eastern, as investors try to discern how far the central bank will try to hike interest rates. There’s also the ISM services index and job openings data, both due at 10 am
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