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 →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 10/25/2009

The week that was: Existing-home sales bounced back strongly in September with first-time buyers driving much of the activity, marking five gains in the past six months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops jumped 9.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.57 million units in September from a level of 5.10 million in August, and are 9.2 percent higher than the 5.10 million-unit pace in September 2008. Sales activity is at the highest level in over two years, since it hit…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 10/18/2009

The week that was: By the end of the week mortgage rates and treasury rates were basically unchanged. Now looking for mortgage rates to hold between 5.00% and 5.37% for the near term, that said, the technicals are now slightly bearish. Estimates for Loan Volume for 2010 & 2011 - The MBA is out with their revised estimates for loan volume next year and the next; the estimates have been revised lower. In 2010 the new estimate is $1.556T frm $1.62T previously thought; in 2011 to $1.482T frm $1.608T. Economy News - Weekly…continue reading →

FHA is changing guidelines for Condo in Bay Area

If you are planning to buy a Condo in San Jose or other parts of the Bay Area and planning to get an FHA loan keep reading. FHA has made some major changes to their condo guidelines and they go into effect as of Nov 2nd, 2009. Some of the highlights:
  • Currently lots of condominium projects in the bay area is approved by FHA. However, any project approved prior to October 1, 2008 loses it's pre-approval and must re-apply.To find a list of approved projects, visit the HUD linkhttps://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/condlook.cfm. Make sure under approval method pick the option - "HRAP/DELRAP". Thats the new HUD review and approval process.
  • Spot approvals, where a project could be approved for an FHA loan even if the entire project was not approved by FHA, is not allowed anymore. And though some lenders will have the authority to do so, because of the enormous liability attached most likely they would refrain from doing it. Which means all project approvals will have to go to FHA directly.
That being the case, lets find out what are the FHA requirements for approving a condo project:
  1. No more than 30% of the units can have FHA financing
  2. >50% of the units must be owner-occupied.
  3. No single entity may own more than 10% of the units in a project
  4. No more than 15% of owners can be delinquent on their HOA dues.Also, no pending litigation against the HOA, it's officers or directors is allowed.
  5. The HOA must also provide evidence of the project's appropriate hazard, liability and flood insurance.
  6. For new constructions, at least 50% of the units in the project must have been sold.
  7. But in my opinion the deal breaker could be this condition - A current reserve study must be performed to assure the HOA has adequate funds available for the funding of capital expenditure and maintenance. With so many HOAs running into capital reserve issues recently, this condition alone could be the #1 reason why a lot of projects may not get approved.
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San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 10/11/2009

The week that was: Everything was ticking along fine in the bond and mortgage markets until Thursday afternoon when the 30 yr bond auction results saw much less demand than was expected. The first time in a few weeks the markets were slapped down on the belief there was no end in sight for demand of US treasuries. Mortgages however held their ground on Thursday but Friday the mortgage market was slammed hard, as always following the lead of the treasury markets; mortgage prices fell 29/32 by the end of the day Friday; the yield on mortgages spiked back over 5.00%. Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey® reported 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.87 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending October 8, 2009, down from last week when it averaged 4.94 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.94 percent. The last time the 30-year FRM was lower was the week ending May 21, 2009, when it averaged 4.82 percent. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.35 percent this week, with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.42 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.90 percent. The 5-year ARM has not been lower since Freddie Mac started tracking it in 2005. (more…)

New changes to Conforming Loans for San Jose

Fannie Mae will change underwriting guidelines for conforming loans for San Jose and rest of the Bay Area. They are doing this to reduce their overall risk. Some of the changes announced recently and going into effect on the weekend of December 12, 2009 further tightens some of the guidelines. Here are the highlights: Credit Score: All Fannie Mae loans whether underwritten electronically or manually will now require a 620 credit score minimum. There are very few exceptions. Mortgage Insurance coverage: Borrowers loan-to-value exceed 80 percent of the property value now have a…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 10/4/2009

The week that was: A volatile but good week for the rate markets. Mortgage rates fell to their lowest levels since last April. Treasuries continue in demand from foreign central banks and domestic investors; likely some of the buying is associated with new concerns that the economy isn't on the fast track of recovery as markets were expecting recently. Economic data flowing last week were generally worse than estimates, shaking the confidence that the V shaped economic bottom may be more a W shaped recovery. Unemployment nationwide rose to 9.8 percent in September from 9.7 percent the previous month. That's a 26-year high. Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey® reported that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.94 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending October 1, 2009, down from last week when it averaged 5.04 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.10 percent. The last time the 30-year FRM was below 5 percent was the week ending May 28, 2009, when it averaged 4.91 percent. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.42 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.51 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 6.00 percent. Note that these rates are for conforming loan amount up to $417,000. Loan amounts higher than that typically have higher interest rates. (more…)