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$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 →

9 Benefits of Home-Ownership

Home ownership is the greatest American Dream, is it not? Even in this era of record foreclosures, the percentage of U.S. households that now own, rather than rent, is an all time high. It's not a surprise given several benefits of homeownership. Rent vs. Buy No Matter what you are currently paying for rent, your total cash outlay over a period of several years will probably add up to a much higher total than you may have realized. Compare a renter who pays $1800/month with 5% increase in rent every year and a…continue reading →

Fixed Rate vs Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)

Whether you are buying a new home or planning to refinance, you may be asking the question - ARM vs Fixed mortgage rate - which one is better? When you are trying to make a decision on whether to take an Adjustable Rate Mortgage or a Fixed, you should consider two factors: How long you plan to stay in the property? What is the difference in the interest rate between an ARM & a Fixed? Let me elaborate this: Rates on ARMs are usually lower than fixed rate loans. But the rates are…continue reading →

Documents needed for San Jose First-Time Home Buyer Mortgage Pre-Approval

As a San Jose First-Time Home Buyer you should get a mortgage pre-approval done before you start looking for a house. Pre-approval helps you in 3 ways: It lets you know how much mortgage you can qualify for. This will help you search for homes in the same price range It gives you an estimate of what your total housing payment would be, and If you like a house and would like to make an offer; a "Pre-approval" letter makes your offer stronger. You start the process by completing a loan application. You…continue reading →

San Jose Mortgage Rate Weekly Update

Weekly update on San Jose Mortgage Rates and economy news. The Week That Was: Freddie Mac in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.97 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending March 4, 2010. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.15 percent. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.11 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.16 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.08 percent. Jan personal income was less than expected,…continue reading →

A Video on How Mortgage Interest Rates Move

If you have kept an eye on the mortgage rates recently, you'll know that they have been very volatile. Sometimes, they go up and down several times a day. Have you ever wondered what makes mortgage rates go up and down? Watch this clip which explains the dynamic between bonds and mortgage rates - in simple terms. (Video created by Dustin Hughes and Nick Mallory, www.edgevolution.com and www.thelendingjournal.com) I subscribe to live bond market movements and tweet about it. If you would like to be updated about live mortgage rates follow me on…continue reading →

CalHFA Allocates $700 Million to Assist Homeowners

The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) today announced that it will develop innovative initiatives to use nearly $700 million in new federal funding to help California's neediest homeowners struggling with mortgages payments remain in their homes. In addition to California, the funds will support efforts in Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Nevada. All five states have seen average home prices decline by 20 percent or more. In the early 2007, California's median home price was $484,000 before dropping to a low of $221,000 in April 2009 - a drop of more than 50%. Since…continue reading →

San Jose Real Estate & Mortgage Rates Report 2/21/10

Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates, Real Estate Trends and top Economy news. The week that was: Freddie Mac in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.93 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 18, 2010. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.12 percent this week, with an average 0.5 point. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing home sales rose in 48 states and the District of Columbia between the third and fourth quarters of 2009; 32…continue reading →