San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 11/08/09

The Week that was: After the dust settled interest rates ended the week about unchanged from the previous week; the stock market gained on continued better data from manufacturing and services sectors (DJIA +311). Two events marked the week:
  1. The FOMC policy statement on Wednesday and Friday's employment report. The Fed in the statement at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting reiterated there is no concern on the Fed's part that inflation has any chance in the immediate future, and that the Fed will allow interest rates (the Fed funds rate) to remain low for "an extended" period of time. The statement was no different than what the Fed has been saying in past three FOMC meetings.
  2. Friday's employment report for Oct revealed more jobs lost than was expected, -190K; it however, was offset with revisions to Sept and Aug non-farm jobs that added back a total of 91K from the original releases. The unemployment rate jumped substantially more than economists were expecting, to 10.2% frm 9.8% in Sept; a sizeable increase.
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San Jose Conforming & FHA Loan Limits extended through 2010

President Obama signed the congressional resolution extending through 2010 the current conforming loan limits of $417,000 for most areas in the U.S. and $729,750 for high-cost areas, including San Jose. The counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco & Contra Costa in the Bay Area will have the maximum loan amount at $729,750.Yesterday actions extends the higher conforming loan limits for Fannie, Freddie, and FHA loans through 2010. The floor for FHA is $271,050; the floor for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits is $417,000. "Home sales have shown…continue reading →

New Home Buyer Credit for San Jose Buyers

The $8000 first time home buyer credit has been extended and expanded for San Jose and rest of the Bay Area buyers. President Obama has signed a bill that extends the tax credit for first-time homebuyers (FTHBs) into the first half of 2010. This program had been scheduled to expire on November 30, 2009. In addition to extending the tax credit of up to $8,000 through June 30, 2010, the extension measure also opens up opportunities for others who are not buying a home for the first time. So Who Gets What? The…continue reading →

Government’s role in Housing, How far will it go?

This year Government has announced a ton of programs to prop up the Housing Market. Some of the major programs have been geared towards Foreclosure Prevention by launching 125% refinance program and incentivising Loan Servicers for modifying loans for struggling home owners. The Higher Conforming Loan Limits up to $729,750 would also be extended through 2010. Of course, all this has come with increased regulation. My focus on this blog is to talk about 3 actions that has had the most impact: Action #1 Buying Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) The Government earlier this…continue reading →

95% LTV in Bay Area Now Available on Conventional Loans

Borrowers in San Jose and rest of California may now get 95% Loan on Conventional Mortgages. The increased Loan to Value Ratio (LTV) is available on following programs: Freddie's Home Possible (Fixed Rate only) FNMA MyCommunity (Fixed Rate, 5 yr ARM and 7 yr ARM) The Loan must meet the following criteria: Must be a First Time Home Buyer Purchase Transaction only 680 Minimum Score Requirement 1 unit property only (SFR and PUDs. Condos maxed at 90% LTV) 2 months PITI reserves required after loan closing Full appraisal required 3% Seller Concessions maximum…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 11/01/2009

The week that was: A good week for the interest rate markets. Mortgage interest rates declined about 10 basis points. Treasury once again successfully sold $123B of notes in four auctions. Consumer confidence measured by The Conference Board declined more than expected, implying consumers may not be as convinced of a recovery as the equity markets. Personal spending in Sept declined, new home sales were expected to be up slightly in Sept but declined 3.6%. Finally the stock market ended the week on what looks like the beginning of the long over-due correction…continue reading →

Fannie Mae HomePath for Bay Area – No Appraisal or MI Required

Homepath was created to facilitate the purchase of the bulk of REO properties currently serviced/guaranteed by FNMA (Fannie Mae). Highlights: As little as 3% down allowed for owner occupied! As little as 10% down for non owner occupied and 2nd Homes! No Mortgage Insurance! No Appraisal Needed - Value determined by Sales Price You may qualify even if your credit is less than perfect Loan Amounts up to $801,950 allowed Loan Term Available : 30 Year Fixed Transaction Purpose : Purchase Only Borrower Eligibility First Time Homebuyers allowed Non-Perm Resident Aliens not allowed…continue reading →

Senate close to extending First Time Home Buyer Credit

There has been a lot of buzz in the media over last couple of days about extension of First Time Buyer Credit. National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Association of Realtors (NAR), have been working with the Government for sometime now to extend the credit. Without the extension, the credit is set to expire on Nov 30, 2009. There have been lot of proposals including not only extending the credit but expanding it to cover all kinds of buyers (and not just the First Timers)…continue reading →

Delay in FHA Condominium changes for Bay Area

On 10/21 FHA via it's mortgagee letter announced delay in FHA condominium changes. This is what the letter mentioned: Implementation of FHA new policy guidance for condominium project approval and condo unit financing will be delayed until December 7th 2009.  The new guidance, to be issued within the next two weeks, will:  1) offer additional leniencies to address the difficult market conditions and 2) augment some portions of FHA Mortgagee Letter 2009-19, providing additional information and clarification. Until the new guidance takes effect on December 7th, 2009 lenders may continue to use the…continue reading →