Just in – Expanded HARP Refinance program for California Underwater Mortgages

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) just announced that it is expanding it's HARP Refinance program for California and rest of the country for borrowers who are underwater on their mortgages. The plan, targeted at borrowers who hold loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is the latest government effort to deal with a problem at the center of the economy's weak recovery -- a crippled housing market. Here are the highlights of the program: More than 125% LTV allowed. So if you owe more than 125% of the current house value, you…continue reading →

Breaking News : $729,750 Loan Amount for Conforming and FHA is Coming Back

Rejoice California Homebuyers and Home Owners - The $729,750 Loan Amount Limit for Conforming and FHA Loans could be coming back. These loan amounts were rolled back to $625,500 few weeks back. Bloomberg reported - The U.S. Senate adopted a measure that would raise the maximum size of a home loan backed by mortgage companies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration to $729,750. Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, offered the increase as an amendment to a spending bill today. The measure was approved less than a month after…continue reading →

After a Free Fall, California Mortgage Rates Rise for 6 Consecutive Days

After falling below 4% for a 30 Year Fixed (the lowest on record), California Mortgage rates have started to climb up. For 6 days in a row Mortgage Backed Securities have gone down in value, thus increasing the Mortgage Rates. Last week Freddie Mac released it's weekly survey quoting the 30 Year Fixed National Average rate at 3.94% with 0.8 points and usual closing costs. However, in the latest Mortgage Bankers Association Data released this morning, the 30 Year Fixed loans for Conforming Mortgages (loan amounts under $417k) is being quoted at 4.25%…continue reading →

FHA Loan without Mortgage Insurance – Yes! It’s Possible.

Yes it is possible to get a California FHA Loan without paying for the annual Mortgage Insurance (MI). While you will still pay the Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium of 1.75%, the annual Mortgage Insurance Premium can be completely waived in one scenario. **This is changing starting June 3, 2013. Get the details on this blog post published on February 23, 2013.** FHA recently issued a Mortgagee Letter that confirms that the Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium will not be charged if a loan meets these 2 criteria: The Loan is a 15 Year Fixed…continue reading →

Bye Bye $729,750! Welcome Back $625,500 (Sigh!)

Bay Area Conforming and FHA Loan Limit goes down These loan amounts over $417,000 are known by several names like - Loan Limits for High Cost Areas, Super Conforming Loans, High Balance Loans or Conforming Jumbo loans. They are going down from the current $729,750 to $625,500. For the current loan limit of $729,750 the loan has to be closed by September 30, 2011 so no lender is accepting new applications anymore with that limit. The table below shows new loan limits for Conforming loans by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. For…continue reading →

Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements for California Residents

REQUIREMENT OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR IN HOMES In May of 2010, the State of California enacted a law requiring home owners to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Although the bill was signed into law in 2010, California residents must have carbon monoxide detectors in their homes as of July 1, 2011 this timeline applies only to all residential units (SFR, Condo, PUD, Manuf., 2-4 Units) that have appliances that burn fossil fuels or homes that have attached garages or fireplaces. According to the Senate bill, the detector must sound an audible…continue reading →

San Jose Mortgage Rates Hit The Lowest Levels in 50 Years

San Jose Mortgage Rates - 30 Year Fixed, 15 Year Fixed and 5 Year ARM hit the Lowest Levels Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey┬« (PMMS), showing San Jose mortgage rates, fixed and adjustable, reaching all-time record lows. This providing further incentive for those homeowners looking to refinance or to those renters looking to buy in the Bay Area and rest of California. The 30-year fixed averaged 4.15 percent, breaking the previous record low of 4.17 percent set November 11, 2010. Last week 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM)…continue reading →

Santa Clara County Real Estate Market Report – July 2011

Should I buy a home now? It funny, back in 2006 and 2007 almost no one was asking that question. Instead, they were asking, How much home can I buy?Wrong question at the wrong time. Fast forward to today and buyers should be asking how much home can I buy and not should I buy a home now. Yes, I know, a real estate agent will always say yes when asked if its a good time to buy a home.But, today market offers an unprecedented opportunity. Let me explain. First, take Santa Clara…continue reading →

Bay Area Conforming and FHA Jumbo Loan Limits are Going Down

Bay Area Conforming and FHA Mortgage Jumbo Loan Limits are Going Down in less than 4 weeks. Watch the Video below that talks about the FHA and Conforming Jumbo Loan Amounts going down to $625,000 and how will that impact Mortgage Financing for Home Purchase/refinance and Real Estate Prices in the area. Be sure to contact me at 408.615.0655 should you need more information.continue reading →

National Home Values – What the Media won’t tell you

The real estate market still faces many challenges. High unemployment, foreclosures and other distress sales are keeping negative pressure on prices. This of course is good news if you are looking to buy as low rates and lower prices have brought affordability to record levels. How Affordable? - Since 1963, it has cost an average of approximately 43% of 'per capita' or individual income to finance the cost of a median priced home (20% down payment and prevailing 30 year fixed rate mortgage). Right now, it's only about half of that cost at…continue reading →