With the stock market tanking, we have finally seen some relief in rates, but not as much as you would think. Rates have improved over the last week by .125%, which is a nice relief. We are still definitely in a “step up” on rates. And if the stock market wasn’t tanking so much today, rates would probably have moved even high, as GDP came out this morning and was HOT @ 3.5%, a pretty huge number.
A GDP data of 3.5%, even with all of the tariffs and issue with China, is a pretty amazing number, and should of sent people flying from bonds and into stocks. But there is some weakness in key stocks, like Amazon and other Tech stocks. Potentially showing some weakness in the economy.
Basically, the news today balanced each other out and rates are improving. But most investors are thinking this is temporary dip in rates as the GDP number is showing inflation, and inflation is bad for mortgage rates.
We are still in a locking bias.
Have you heard of a CLUE report, do you as a Realtor have experience with a CLUE report? If not, your time is coming!
CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange, basically a database across the US of all homeowner’s claims filed.
When a new homeowner applies for a new home insurance policy, their insurance agent will pull a CLUE report.
A CLUE report provides an insurance agent with:
-Any Claim Number
-Insurance Company that filed the Claim
-Dates of the Claim
-Type of Loss
-How much the loss was for
-If the claim was approved or denied
-If it was Weather Related, Fire, Theft, Vandalism, Water, Hurricane, Tornado
How does a CLUE affect YOU? As a Realtor, not directly but… lets go over both sides:
-Listing Agent, a CLUE report can tell you if the house has had any claims against it that maybe the sellers did not know about or conveniently “forgot” about. That way in your listing, you can be aware of any flood damage to the kitchen, or fire damage when the Christmas Tree caught fire.
-Buyer’s Agent, this is a little more important, because when you buyers apply for hazard insurance, and the home they are purchasing is on the CLUE report, it could cause their home insurance to double or even triple (as I just found out on one). Which then causes their Monthly PITI payment to go higher, and if you had clients that were on the fence post for qualifying for the mortgage anyways, this could cause an underwriting issue.
Also, if the seller were unaware or didn’t disclose, say hail damage on the roof, the buyer’s insurance may not cover the roof.
How do you prepare for this, knowledge!
A homeowner can request 1 free CLUE report per year from LexisNexis, the link is here:
Give it a try on your home, and tell me what you find?
FYI, homes are only on the CLUE report for 7 years.
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