The latest report from the California Association of Realtors, shows that closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 420,100 units in January 2017. That is an impressive up of 2.1% from the 411,430 level in December 2016, and up 4.4% when compared with home sales in January last year of a revised 402,220.
California home sales start 2017 on a strong note
According to the CAR report, the median price of an existing, single-family detached California home fell 3.8% from a revised $508,870 in December to $489,580 in January. That also marked the first time in since March 2016 that California’s median sales price fell below half a million dollars. But as CAR’s report notes, the decline from December to January is smaller than normal, which indicates health… Read more at HousingWire
The index rate, plummeted a full month to 3 months in March from 4 months in February. And added to that perspective, the index stood at 3.6 months in March 2016. Meanwhile, the median price of an existing, single-family detached California home increased to more than $500,000 in March, rising to $517,020.
Despite adverse conditions, California home-buying season off to a good start
While low housing inventory and slow wage growth are par for the course in California, the state pushed past those roadblocks to record a strong start to the year, according to the California Association of Realtors’ latest report, which collects data from more than 90 local Realtor associations and MLSs statewide. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of… Read more at HousingWire
How NIMBYs drive up housing prices in California
Carson Bruno explains how NIMBYs are making California’s affordable housing crisis even worse by blocking much needed, high-density urban development projects… Watch here
When mortgage rates move a quarter percent in any direction, that is a big deal. But waiting in the background are fees for homeowners associations or HOA dues. It’s advised to never ever overlook them. HOA dues are an expense that can sink many loan applications and can create some personal financial isssues. This is very true for first-time home buyers and those with marginal finances.
Are HOA Dues Making Real Estate Unaffordable?
With HOAs, the situation is not so simple. Some 68 million people live in communities governed by homeowner associations, a form of community government created by developers as they build-out their projects. Designed to help manage anywhere from a few homes to thousands of properties, HOA dues and… Read more at The Mortgage Reports
A couple of hundred dollars in a transaction typically dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars might not seem like a big deal. But for Stan Hrincevich, a resident of Highlands Ranch, the scenario is an injustice that bilks Colorado homeowners out of millions of dollars.
Highlands Ranch resident crusading against HOA transfer fees
You are about to sell your house in a local planned community. All the paperwork is ready. You notice a single line item charging you $350, labeled as a transfer fee for “unreimbursed expenses” incurred — usually by your homeowners association’s property management company — during the transfer of the home to a new owner. You don’t get a receipt and you cannot finalize sale of your home if you don’t pay it… Read more at The Denver Post
Credit Reporting HOA Dues “A Better Way”: How to Safely Credit Report HOA Dues.
Some firms offer to report HOA dues as a monthly trade line; which is how credit card payments are reported. So you’d have to report every homeowner, every month — whether they pay their dues on time, or not. Reporting every homeowner, every month, can be a great burden on your Board… Watch here
President-elect Donald Trump is making waves in the real estate market as his election affects not only the stock markets, which reached record highs late last week, but also caused mortgage rates to shoot up.
According to data provided by Zillow, the 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate spiked in the aftermath of Trump’s election, rising from 3.38% on Tuesday to 3.8% on Monday morning. So what does that mean for the real estate market in New York? At first, many buyers began canceling their views and delaying contracts, according to an article by Ronda Kaysen for The New York Times. As it turns out, it didn’t take long for this uneasiness to subside.
But even a few days can make a difference. By the end of the week, potential buyers were rescheduling appointments they had canceled on Wednesday, Mr. Kliegerman [president of Halstead Property Development Marketing] said. Others who had spent the summer cautiously eyeing apartments were finally signing contracts, relieved that the election was over. “The phone has been ringing a lot this week,” Mr. Debbas [partner at the boutique law firm Romer Debbas] said. “People are realizing that the world’s not ending.”
Mortgage rates are drastically going up after the U.S. election of President Donald Trump, then leveled off in the weeks that followed. However, while mortgage rates leveled off, they are still steadily going up. Data from Bankrate shows 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia all experienced an increase in mortgage rates from last week. The only state to break that increasing trend was Missouri, which remained steady from the previous week at 3.98 percent.
Here are the top 10 states with the highest mortgages rates
Mortgage rates are actually creating a pattern all their own, as they have not been following the 10-year Treasury yield, Freddie Mac’s weekly survey pointed out. And as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage sees its rates increase, consumers move toward alternative mortgage options such as adjustable-rate mortgages, Ellie Mae’s most recent Origination Insight Report shows… Read more at HousingWire.com
If you are looking and planning to purchase a new home in the near future, right now is the perfect time to make it happen, with interest rates still near historic lows. Interest rates are not uniformly low all across the country, though. Some U.S. states have relatively high average rates. But even though you live in those states, there is little reason for you to worry about.
10 States With the Highest Mortgage Rates
For context, mortgage rates for 30-year loans hit a nearly three-year high of 4.32% in December, and were recently around 4.27%. The Fed has begun raising interest rates and some experts are suggesting that mortgage rates could exceed 6% by 2020. So which states offer the worst interest rates these days? Well… Read more at The Motley Fool
Current Mortgage Rates & Trumponomics
What are the current mortgage rates and how are they being affected with the new President elect Donald Trump? Since the election a new term has been invented called Trumponomics. Trumponomics is all ready affecting our economy and the current interest rates. How high will these mortgage rates rise? In this video… Watch here
After trending down for most of the week, the 10-year Treasury yield rose following the release of the CPI report. In contrast, the 30-year mortgage rate fell three basis points to 4.09%, the 3rd straight week of falling down.
Mortgage Rates Lower for Third Consecutive Week
Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage… Read more at FreddieMac.com
The average 30-year rate fell another 8 basis points (0.08 percent) to 4.12 percent this week according to Freddie Mac, in its weekly survey of more than 100 lenders nationwide. Rates dropped from a 33-month high set the last week of December. This is a first change of protocol for today’s mortgage rate shopper.
Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Pull Back From 33-Month High
Mortgage rates tend to run up quickly then fall in response to an overreaction in the marketplace. The Mortgage Reports predicted falling rates in January due to this phenomenon, and it appears the forecast was correct. As a home buyer or… Read more at The Mortgage Reports
It was the first time since 2014 that rates started a year above 4%. It was the first run through since 2014 that rates began a year over 4%.Rates for home advances slid in the primary week of the year, the principal week to score a diminishing since the… Watch here
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is quite the place to be nowadays, especially if you have problems with how the federal government functions. Fresh off handing down a significant ruling in the fight for the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals just dealt a huge body blow to the investors who claimed that the government’s decision to sweep all the profits from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae into the government’s coffers was not only illegal, but unnecessary as well.
Court rejects hedge funds claims in Fannie, Freddie profit sweep
The issue at hand is the so-called “Third Amendment sweep,” in which the federal government modified its conservatorship agreement with Fannie and Freddie to direct all profits from the government-sponsored enterprises to the Department of the Treasury. The government claimed at the time that the previous version of the conservatorship agreement, which required Fannie and Freddie to send a quarterly dividend to the Treasury… Read more at HousingWire.com
An individual purchased a stock with an understanding that the rules affecting loss and profit won’t change without warning. The United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes otherwise. On the 21st of February, the court ruled 2 to 1 that investors in shares of secondary residential mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, as managed by the New York hedge fund, Perry Capital LLC has no right whatsoever to realize their accrued profits.
Ruling in Perry Capital Appeal Shackles Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Shareholders
National Legal and Policy Center on many occasions has analyzed the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financial crisis and the various proposed remedies for it. The problem has its roots in the implicit, and misguided, idea that homeownership is a right and that housing policy must promote that right at whatever risk to the public. For decades, these publicly-traded companies, for better or worse, have played a central role in… Read more at National Legal and Policy Center
Does Trump have a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conflict?
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains how Trump might have a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conflict of interest. When she asks Kellyanne Conway whether Americans need to know more about… Watch here
Purchasing your first home is hardly simple for anyone, but exploring and learning the whole process can be particularly very challenging for young and single home buyers, who only have their sole income to rely on to pay all the expenses.
Single Homebuyer: You Can Be Young, Free, And A Homeowner
Buy a home on your own when you’re a widow or widower, or are divorced or separated, and nobody raises an eyebrow. But choose to be a single homebuyer when you’re young and unencumbered, and you’re an object of curiosity. Not in a bad way, you understand. It’s just your friends are likely to see you differently — as if you’d announced you don’t own a smart phone. Others will admire and… Read more at The Mortgage Reports
Fewer young singles are purchasing homes, thanks to compressed finances and tougher lending standards. Before you go ahead and take the plunge in buying a home, be smart and consider whether you’ll be able to handle the bills and expenses on your own.
Becoming a Homeowner At a Young Age
Is it possible to own a home right out of college? Well, it depends on your situation. It is true that a single young person will have a much harder time owning a home than a young couple with two incomes, but do not be discouraged by that. Homeownership is the American dream, and I think that everyone should be working towards owning a piece of property, or mayb even two, three, or ten pieces of property. The fact is that real estate is a… Read more at Money Crashers
Today’s millennials demands larger, much expensive homes than other previous generations, with an average price of $217,000 for 1,800 sq.ft. Much more pricey than baby boomer homes and just 11% less expensive than Gen X homes. 54% buy homes with shared amenities, such as a clubhouse with a community gym or swimming pool. These preferences make the suburbs the more economical choice for young home buyers.
Tips For The Millennial Homebuyer
The Millennial homebuyer, a consumer 18 to 34 years old, makes up 42 percent of the homebuyers today. This generation is making a huge impact on the housing business. It also faces unique challenges when buying a home. As a Millennial, you grew up during the Great Recession (December 2007 – June 2009). There’s a good chance you were touched by high unemployment, student loan debt and tight credit standards. Don’t let these challenges cause you to… Read more at The Mortgage Reports
The times of the renting and urban-dwelling millennial are fading. The young millennials’ impact is substantial and are increasingly shaping the way home buyers shop for their new homes. Home buyers under 36 years old make up half of the current housing market.
A look at millennial homebuyers
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are the youngest group of buyers today. However, this market segment, ages 18-34, has to deal with some obstacles that were not a factor for previous generations. So, what are the top issues facing this group of prospective buyers and how they can overcome them?… Read more at Lansing State Journal
The first mortgage default report is out for the year, and so far, rates have only increased slightly. The report comes off the heels of a low default rate environment in 2016, which is likely to be tested in 2017 as interest rates start to rise.
Mortgage defaults slightly rise, but no need to be concerned
Consumer credit default rates on mortgages and auto loans remain low and stable. The first mortgage default rate increased to .72 in January, compared to .71 in December, and .86 in January of last year. Similarly, the second mortgage default increased to .48, compared to .41 in December, and… Read more at HousingWire.com
From December of 2016 to January 2017, the index level for first mortgages has increased from 0.71% to only 0.72%. Second mortgages saw a similarly slight increase from 0.41 percent to 0.48 percent. Likewise, mortgage delinquency has shown signs of being stable. Delinquency rate went down by 7.3% last year, but remained unchanged in the last two quarters.
Mortgage Defaults are Holding Steady
In addition to mortgage defaults, the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices also covered bank card defaults. As of January, bank cards saw an increase in defaults, up to 3.21 percent, the highest level since July 2013. At the same time, results from the report show that mortgage delinquency has not shown significant change… Read more at DSNews.com
Mortgage rates rise following Trump’s win
Diana Olick reports on how Trump’s presidential win is affecting mortgage rates… Watch here
Private housing starts off decreased at 2.6 percent month-over-month to 1.25 million in January 2017. This is up from December 2016’s revised estimate of 1.28 million. Yearly, this is up 10.5 percent from the January 2016’s 1.13 million.
Housing starts begin year slightly lower
The news comes after last year posted the best year for housing starts since 2007. “For the year as a whole, housing starts of 1.17 million units were the strongest since 2007 as home builders try to keep up with rising demand,” Nationwide Chief Economist David Berson said about the December housing starts report. Meanwhile, single-family housing starts in January came in at a rate of 823,000, which this is… Read more at HousingWire.com
US housing starts off choppy in recent months, but the little increase in building permits is a good sign of what’s in store in 2017. The slight drop in single-family permits isn’t particularly encouraging, but the slight drop indicates a decent number of construction projects are coming up.
Housing Starts Drop in January, Keeping Inventories Tight
The report was generally considered to be underwhelming for a real estate sector that in many parts of the country is short on available homes. With interest rates still low and mortgages relatively affordable, demand for housing in much of the country outstrips the supply of available homes for sale. This has restricted home sales in recent months and has led to price increases that are believed to be… Read more at USNews.com
U.S. home sales drop as supply tumbles to 17-year low January 24, 2017
U.S. home sales drop as supply tumbles to 17-year low January 24, 2017 U.S. home resales fell more than expected in December as the supply of houses on the market dropped to levels last seen in 1999, but the housing market recovery remained intact against the backdrop of a tightening labor market. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales decreased 2.8 percent to a… Watch more