Is Mortgage Insurance (MI) Tax Deductible and other FAQs about MI

Is Mortgage Insurance (MI, also called Private Mortgage Insurance PMI) tax deductible in California? We will address this question and some other FAQs about Mortgage insurance in this post? Q. What is mortgage insurance (MI) tax deductibility and how does it work? A. The law provides for an itemized deduction on federal tax returns for the cost of private mortgage insurance paid by eligible borrowers. Prior to 2007, borrowers could not deduct the cost of their mortgage insurance payments. Now the law has been extended through 2011. (Update - Jan 2nd, 2013 -…continue reading →

What is causing the spike in California Mortgage Rates?

California mortgage rates have gone up every single week for last 5 weeks - now up ~.75%. (Get the mortgage rate update in this post). It all started with Fed announcing Quantitative Easing 2. The big question is why so sudden and why so steep! There are several possible reasons: Markets are increasingly more optimistic that 2011 economic growth will be stronger than what had been expected. Expectations until a couple of weeks ago were for GDP growth in 2011 to be 3.0%, now the consensus is for growth to be at 4.0%…continue reading →

California Mortgage Pre-approvals from one month back are worth nothing

It's time to revisit the pre-approval amount that you qualified for your mortgage application, if that was done more than 2 weeks back.  The biggest reason - the mortgage rates have spiked by ~.75% in just over 4 weeks. Last week Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which found that both fixed- and short-term mortgage rates continued to rise.  This was the fifth week in a row where fixed-rate mortgage rates were up. 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.83 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending…continue reading →

California Mortgage Rates rise for the 4th straight week – Now up .50%

California Mortgage Rates rise for the 4th straight week - Now up .50% Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which found that once again, both fixed- and Adjustable mortgage rates rose this week. This was the fourth week in a row where fixed-rate mortgage rates were up. 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.61 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 9, 2010, up from last week when it averaged 4.46 percent.15-year Fixed Rate Mortgage this week averaged 3.96 percent with an average 0.7…continue reading →

2011 FHA maximum Loan Limits announced for Bay Area Mortgages

The maximum FHA loan limits for most Bay Area counties (the ceiling) by property size for fiscal year 2011 are as follows: One-Unit $ 729,750 Two-Unit $ 934,200 Three-Unit $ 1,129,250 Four-Unit $ 1,403,400 Properties located in the counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Benito and Santa Cruz are eligible for these maximum loan amounts. Most Single Family homes, Townhomes and Condominiums are considered 1 unit properties. These limits are in effect from January 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011. These limits apply to mortgages…continue reading →

California Mortgage Rates jump to their highest levels since August

Last week I was asked several times about Mortgage Rates, The Trends and my Predictions of where it was moving. All this I guess was triggered by the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which found that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) and the 15-year (FRM) rose dramatically last week, as did the 5-year ARM. Per Freddie Mac California 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.39 percent with an average 0.9 point for the week ending November 18, 2010, up from last week when it averaged 4.17 percent. California 15-year Fixed Rate Mortgage this…continue reading →

Common Documents Required For A Mortgage Pre-Approval

Even though many mortgage lenders are still quoting quick 10 minute pre-qualification over the phone or online, a true mortgage approval that holds any weight is one that has been issued by an underwriter who has had an opportunity to review all of the necessary documents. With a constant stream of new lending guidelines, volatile mortgage rates and tightening regulation from Washington, very few real estate agents will show new homes to a First-time-buyer without at least a pre-qualification letter. A Pre-Approval Letter will help you in three ways: It lets you know…continue reading →

How will Fed’s Quantitative Easing impact San Jose Mortgage Rates

How will Fed's Quantitative Easing impact San Jose Mortgage Rates for Refinance and Home Purchase? But before we get into how will this impact home loan rates for San Jose and SF Bay Area home owners, lets find out what does Quantitative Easing means! Wikipedia defines Quantitative Easing as - "Quantitative easing (QE) is a monetary policy used by some central banks to increase the supply of money by increasing the excess reserves of the banking system, generally through buying of the central government's own bonds to stabilize or raise their prices and thereby lower long-term interest rates. This policy is usually invoked when the normal methods to control the money supply have failed, i.e the bank interest rate, discount rate and/or interbank interest rate are either at, or close to, zero. It has been termed the electronic equivalent of simply printing legal tender." (more…)

Home Buyer Seminar for First Time Buyers, Trade up Buyers and Investors in San Jose, CA

Home Buyer Seminar for First Time Home Buyers, Trade up Buyers and Investors in San Jose, CA. As part of Home Ownership Workshop (HOW) series, Arcus Lending is presenting a live *free* seminar for Home Buyers in San Jose. With the drop in home prices over the last few years, and record low interest rates, 2/3 of Bay Area residents can now afford to buy the median priced home. This creates a unique opportunity for: First time home buyers - Low down payment loans, Record low interest rates and discounted property prices create…continue reading →

What’s ahead for Interest Rate for San Jose Mortgages

What lies ahead for Mortgage Rates for San Jose Refinance and Home Purchase? And the dangers of following Media when it comes to Mortgage Rates for your Home Loan. Last week on 10/14 after Freddie Mac released its weekly survey of Fixed and ARM mortgage rates, media was abuzz with the news that interest rates have fallen to a level not seen since 1951. The very next day however, Mortgage Bonds went down 43 basis points causing the rates to worsen multiple times in a single day. That's the risk of following the…continue reading →