California housing market defies tight inventory as sales and median price propel higher

California housing market defies tight inventory as sales and median price propel higher

By Sandy Flores,

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 427,630 in August on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up 1.5 percent from July and 1.3 percent from August 2016.
– August’s statewide median home price was $565,330, up 2.9 percent from July and 7.2 percent from August 2016. 

– At the regional level, the San Francisco Bay Area, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles metro area all registered year-to-year sales increases of 6.5 percent, 8.2 percent, and 4.4 percent, respectively.

California’s housing market defied gravity as existing home sales and median home price registered increases on both a monthly and an annual basis in August, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.  Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California remained above the 400,000 benchmark for the 17th consecutive month and totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 427,630 units in August, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. 

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Keeping UP with 2016 mortgage market

A survey of 200 mortgage lending professionals showed that nearly two in three  mortgage lending professionals expect mortgage purchase production to increase, according to Lenders One Mortgage Barometer.

The overall anticipated increase for 2016 is set at 11%. In addition, 87% of mortgage professionals believe the mortgage purchase market will be somewhat to extremely active.

The survey was conducted online to a random 200 mortgage lenders, and independent research was also conducted by Market Intel Group in January, where it showed that 79% of millennials, are now reaching the peak age for home buying

Lenders One is a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, correspondent lenders.

Pending Existing Home Sales dropped Unexpectedly

sold-sale-sign-over-clouds-grass-house-14063253The index of pending home sales fell 1.8 percent, the first drop this year, after a revised 0.6 percent increase in May, according to the National Association of Realtors figures shown last Wednesday in Washington.

The Commerce Department figures showed last week that Purchases of new U.S. homes fell also 6.8 percent to a 482,000 annualized pace in June, the weakest since November.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

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Getting your home ready to Sell!

reduced2Getting your home ready to sell can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. However, you need to look at your home from the perspective of a potential buyer.

Here are some tips that can help you on getting your home ready for sell boosting its curb appeal:

  • Add color to you landscape by either replacing flower beds or potted flowers, along with fresh sod.
  • Replace light fixtures and plumbing fixtures that will give your home a modern touch for a minimal investment.
  • Remove window treatments, unless they are current and high-end. That cuts the risk of turning off would-be buyers who don’t share your taste, and uncovered windows that will let more light into the rooms.
  • If you’re using your dining or a bedroom as an office for example, turn it back to their original use.
  • Replace dirty or worn carpet, you’re better off removing the carpet if there are hardwood floors underneath.
  • Uncluttered your house by packing away items that you will not use on an every day basis is a must. You want the new family to envision themselves living in the home.
  • A deep cleaning before you put your home on the market is a must, so everything shines.
  • Repaint all rooms in neutral colors. A fresh coat of paint also makes the house look newer and more modern.

Focus on low cost improvements! This will enhance your house’s curb appeal, and get your house ready to Sell!

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

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What Homeownership means?

What Homeownership means?

 Homeownership means you no longer pay monthly rent for the roof over your head. When you leave, you can sell it to recoup the purchase price and earn any profit that you may have accumulated through your appreciation in value.

But don’t kid yourself. Homeownership comes with a slew of disadvantages, responsibilities, and downright headaches. So before going any further, consider whether your lifestyle and finances make home buying a smart move for you.

Except in a roaring real estate market, it usually doesn’t make sense to buy a home you’ll stay for less than three or four years, because the cost of the process of buying and selling your property means that you could lose money  from your equity.   On the other hand, you will not pay capital gain taxes if you’re in the property for at least of 2 years.

One key question is whether it costs more, on average, to rent or own in your area. The rule of thumb is that if you pay 33% in rent than you would for owning  including the monthly mortgage, property taxes, and any homeowner’s fees,  then it’s smarter to own a home then renting it.

As always, get your finances in order before committing to buy a home, and stay informed of all the options, alternatives and programs that will fit your needs.

Get help, and call a Realtor…Call me  714-963-7462.   Leading your way home!

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1.2 Million Borrowers Nationwide Regained Equity in 2014

1.2 Million Borrowers Nationwide Regained Equity in 2014

 

On today’s new analysis released by CoreLogic, leading global property information, analytics and data Price-Income_Featured-f084f5services provider, reported that 1.2 million borrowers regained equity in 2014. Nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by $656 billion in Q4 2014. Borrowers with near negative equity are considered at risk of moving into negative equity if home prices fall. In contrast, if home prices rose by as little as 5 percent, an additional 1 million homeowners now in negative equity would regain equity. The calculations are not based on sampling, but rather on the full data set to avoid potential adverse selection due to sampling, and only data for mortgages residential properties that have a current estimated value is included.

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New homes sales see biggest monthly jump!

New homes sales see biggest monthly jump!

Sales of new single family houses in August 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, up from July’s printing of 427,000, the fastest rate in six years and the biggest monthly jump since January 1992.

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The biggest gains and by far the reason for the big increase were new home sales in the West, one of the two largest housing markets, along with the South.

New home sales in the West were up 50% over July.

The South saw an 8% increase. The South is by far the largest region for new home sales, outdistancing all other regions combined.

The median sales price of new houses sold in August 2014 was $275,600; the average sales price was $347,900.

Jumbo Loans Cheaper and Easier to Get!

Jumbo Loans Cheaper and Easier to Get!

bigstock-Resort-collage-made-of-Cyprus--14454446Wealthy home buyers are paying lower average rates on high dollar loans, and in some cases, they don’t even have to worry about a large down payment or mortgage insurance.

For months, lenders of jumbo mortgages have been charging interest rates that are lower  than what average borrowers pay. Jumbo loans are mortgages that above $417,000 or $625,000 or more in high-priced markets.

Many lenders also have requiring as little as 10 percent, which is about half the normal rate, waiving the private mortgage insurance, and even lowered their credit standards for jumbo loan originations.

Luxury homes are selling faster than last year, according to data through July from Realtor.com.   The median age of listings ranged from 80 days  for homes listed at $1 million or more.