Checking The Pulse Of The Kansas City Real Estate Market

Mortgage industry consultant Brian Chappelle estimates that FORTY PERCENT of home buyers would fall out of the market-place if FHA raises the minimum down payment requirement from 3.5% to 5%. I just don’t see how we can afford to implement these types of drastic changes with a real estate market – and economy – already on edge. The lack of buyer demand is already harming property values across the country and imagine what would happen if 40% of home buyers disappeared due to sweeping FHA mortgage changes.

Increasing the minimum down payment from 3.5% to 5% on a $200,000 Johnson County Kansas home, would increase the home buyer’s down payment from $7,000 to $10,000. That’s a very significant THREE THOUSAND dollars and anyone thinking the potential FHA changes would be insignificant should think again.  $3,000 is guaranteed to run many home buyers we’re working with right now out of buying home. That will mean less demand for area home sellers and we all know what that means — lower sales prices.  These changes are very likely to happen though as we work to lessen the government’s involvement in the housing market. I hope there’s someone with a good head on their shoulders suggesting they SLOWLY (incrementally?) implement these types of changes. If not, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. 

Posted by Jason Brown

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