Maybe you’re buying your first home in Michigan, or perhaps you’re relocating to Michigan from another state. Either way, it’s important that you educate yourself on Michigan home loans before shopping for a home and mortgage. This article explains what you’ll need to know before buying a home in Michigan:
In 2005, Michigan was the only state in the nation to report declining job-growth rates for consecutive years. Additionally, the personal income growth of Michigan residents is amongst the lowest in the nation, and rates of bankruptcies and foreclosures are above the national average. In 2004, downtown Detroit commercial office vacancies were the highest in the nation.
Weak employment conditions and slow population growth in Michigan have had an effect on the housing market. The rate of home appreciation in Michigan is well below the national average. Additionally, the price of homes in Michigan varies widely between zip codes. For example, in Detroit, Michigan, the median price of a home in the summer of 2005 was $160,000; however, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the median price of a home was $225,000.
Michigan laws require that refinance transactions on sub-prime loans have a $10,000 minimum loan amount. Additionally, Michigan laws prohibit mortgage companies from requiring a borrower to work exclusively with them after an application has been submitted. Borrowers in Michigan are encouraged to sign a right of refusal so that they can choose another lender should problems arise with their first choice.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is responsible for all home-buying assistance in the state of Michigan. MSHDA offers low-interest rate loans and down payment assistance to Michigan residents who qualify for the program under state income requirements and purchase limits.