November 18th, 2011 12:27 PM by Arturo Torres
The real estate market took a beating and many people suffered severely but many buyers today still want to have the American Dream and own their own home.
The problem is mortgages are hard to get and people are underemployed, but there is a solution that's making housing a family affair.
USA Today reported that family mortgages are growing in popularity. The chief executive, Timothy Burke of National Family Mortgage, calls the family mortgage "an opportunity to create a win-win".
Burke's company sets up and services intrafamily loans. The idea is that in a time when parents of grown children are looking to earn greater interest on their investment money and simultaneously their grown children are looking to buy a house at a lower interest rate, an intrafamily loan could help both sides.
According to USA Today, more than 12 million in loans has been financed to help families through National Family Mortgage. Those intrafamily loans range from an $18,500 down payment to a refinancing for $1.17 million.
For many parents the stock market is a big risk. So the opportunity to invest in their child's mortgage is a creative solution for both parent and child. In some cases, loans are so difficult to get that even if buyers have 20% down, they can still be rejected. Additionally, some buyers are losing out to cash buyers.
The intrafamily loans are giving some buyers a competitive advantage by allowing them to make an all-cash offer, especially on homes like foreclosures where the market is competitive.
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), last year, 9% of first-time homebuyers who made a down payment had received a loan from either a friend or relative. Also in 2010, nearly 30%, of those surveyed for NAR's annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, reported that they received a gift from a friend or relative.
If you're planning to use the intrafamily mortgage, be sure to meet with experts to help guide you through the process. As more parents help their grown kids get into housing, the American dream stays alive for them. NAR found, in the same study, that without the help, buying a home would be very difficult–nearly 36% of first-time homebuyers needed help with a downpayment.
Fueling the interest of parents' involvement in an intrafamily loan are a few powerful factors including: the desire to help family members, the incentive to receive a higher interest return, the increasingly affordable homes, and the concern for their children's economic future.
The intrafamily mortgage may be the next best solution to what has not usually been seen in America but is certainly more popular in other cultures, multi-generational housing. However, if families can't combine and live together the intrafamily loan still offers the grown child and the parents an opportunity to help each other in tough economic times.