Everything you wanted to know about FHA condominium approval

In this blog post I will try to answer all FAQs related to FHA condominium project approval. Beginning this year, FHA made some major changes to the Condominium process. I have done a lot of speaking on this topic and have written several blog posts. In this post, I am trying to get the most frequently asked questions and answers to those questions in one post: Where can I go to find if the FHA project is already approved? Go to FHA Condominium page to check if a project is approved with FHA.…continue reading →

California approves tax break for people in Foreclosure, Short Sales

As reported by LA Times the measure, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, would waive California state taxes on mortgage debt that has been forgiven in a foreclosure or short sale. So far, the amount waived has been considered taxable income under California law. The measure passed Thursday would eliminate that tax when a bank agrees to accept less than what is owed on a home. Schwarzenegger said "I will sign the measure when it reaches my desk. I want to give homeowners and businesses the relief they need.…continue reading →

What happens to mortgage rates; now that FED stopped buying it?

Mortgage rates were hammered last week after Fed officially stopped buying mortgage backed securities. Fannie Mae 30 year (4.5%) mortgage bond opened the week at 100.44, was down 97 bps for the week as it closed at 99.47 (see chart below). The mortgage rates for most of the programs had jumped up by .25%. These are ominous signs. If last week was any indication this is not going to be a slow rise in interest rates as a lot of experts had predicted. From what we have seen so far we are definitely…continue reading →

Government announces principal reduction plans for underwater borrowers

The Government said last week it would offer principal reductions for borrowers who are underwater (owe more than their homes are worth.) The FHA plan is targeted at investors who currently own these underwater mortgages (see Negative Equity Share Chart below - source American Core Logic). Under the plan, the 1st mortgage holders would write down the principal of a first mortgage at least 10%. The loans would then be refinanced into FHA-insured mortgages as long as the loan to property value ratio is 97.75%. For borrowers with second mortgages, total mortgage debt…continue reading →

San Jose Mortgage Rates & Economy Weekly Update

Mortgage Rates update for San Jose and rest of California. The week that was: A bad one for the rate markets. Mortgage rates increased 12 basis points while the 10 yr note jumped 16 basis points. The chart below would tell you how volatile the mortgage rates were on Thursday and Friday. After weeks of being contained in a narrow choppy range the rate markets broke out to the upside in terms of yield. After nine months of very strong demand for US debt, investors are not as willing to buy unless US…continue reading →

It’s official – CA $10,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit has been extended

On March 25, 2010 Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 183 which provides $200 million for home buyer tax credits. The $200 million will be divided between first-time homebuyers and “move up homebuyers. The following a summary of the legislation: The Tax Credit: Eligible purchasers may qualify for a credit against their state income taxes in an amount equal to the lesser of 5% of the purchase price or $10,000. The credit will be applied over a three-year period. The credit may only be applied to the purchase of one qualified property. Property Eligibility:…continue reading →

$10,000 California First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit may be extended

As reported in my blog posted on Jan 14th the California governor is considering to extend the $10,000 First-Time Home buyer Tax Credit that expired last year. Here is the link to that blog post that gives you all the details - CA Proposes extension of $10,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Download our FREE eBook "How to Buy Your First Home in the Bay Area - A Step-by-step guide to the Home ownership" by entering your information in the form below. Get the eBook NOW First Name: Last Name: Email: State: AL…continue reading →

Stimulus Deadlines Threaten Rates and Affordability; Act NOW!

The great author and speaker Og Mandino once said, "I will act now. I will act now. I will act now." This is great advice for prospective homebuyers over the next 45 days, as two key government programs that have kept home ownership more affordable than ever wind down to their completion. First, the Federal Reserve's Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) purchase program will come to an end on March 31, just two weeks away! Without this program home loan rates could have been at least 1.00% higher...and potentially even higher...over the last year.…continue reading →

Overview of the Appraisal Process On A California Mortgage

One of the most critical parts of getting a California mortgage is Appraisal. The purpose of an appraisal is to confirm the sales price for the lender. What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is a professional estimate of the value of the property that you are planning to purchase. The person who does the appraisal is called an appraiser. Why do we need appraisal? Lenders always require a home appraisal before they will issue a mortgage. They do this to protect their investment: if the actual market value of the property is lower…continue reading →