CalHFA 5% Down Payment for San Jose First Time Home Buyers

California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) recently launched it's new program called Cal 30 - Conventional for First Time Home Buyers in San Jose, the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of the state. This conventional first mortgage features a fixed interest rate, fully amortized loan over a 30-year term. It has a maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) of 95%. Below are some of the other highlights of the program: Maximum Loan Amount -The loan amount is limited to the maximum Fannie Mae conforming loan limits. Currently, this is $417,000. Fannie Mae high balance loan…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 08/09/2009

The week that was Job losses were a lot less than expected; still 247K jobs lost with no real insight as the when it will finally flatten. The unemployment rate, expected to be up to. 9.7% fell to 9.4%, down 0.1% from June. Weekly jobless claims on Thursday fell by 38K to 550K filings for unemployment. Both series were double blows to the gut for the rate markets, and manna for the stock market. The week that will be The stock market is seen as a gorge that has to have some digestion,…continue reading →

FHA Streamline Refinance for Bay Area Residents

How to get FHA to FHA refinance with no Appraisal, Income or Credit verification If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or rest of California state and if you currently have an FHA loan, you may be eligible for an FHA streamline refinance. This can help you lower your mortgage payment and mortgage rate. It could also help you move into a 30 year fixed loan from an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM). And unlike a typical refinance, an FHA Streamline Loan doesn't require Appraisal, Income or Credit verification. This is arguably the easiest loan process out there. So how do you qualify for and what are the requirements for an FHA Streamline Refinance?
  • Your current mortgage must be an FHA Loan. Else your options are limited to going through a standard refinance which requires Income, Asset, Credit verificationn and also an appraisal.
  • Maximum Loan Amount is based on the lower of:
  1. Original Principal Balance, or
  2. The sum of existing mortgage balance (FHA Insured), Closing Cost, Pre-Paids to establish the impound account minus any up front mortgage insurance premium refund

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 08/02/2009

The week that was Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey┬« (PMMS┬«) for 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.25 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending July 30, 2009, upfrom last week when it averaged 5.20 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.52 percent. Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 4.75 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up slightly from last week when it averaged 4.74 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 6.07 percent. Note that these rates are for loan amount…continue reading →

New Truth in Lending Requirement will Clog the Pipeline

Beginning on Thursday, July 30, 2009, the Truth in Lending Act requirements regarding initial and final disclosures to borrowers, the timing of when fees can be charged and when closings may occur will become effective. These new regulations lengthen the time needed to close loans in order to ensure that borrowers have enough time to consider their options and feel comfortable moving forward with a loan. The factors that may impact the closing date of a loan include: Closing may not occur until 7 business days after initial disclosures are sent to the…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 07/26/2009

The week that was Mortgage Loan Limits Extended: The House Appropriations Committee has approved an extension of the $729,750 loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) through September 2010. The committee also increased the lending and guarantee authority of FHA and Ginnie Mae, as requested by the Obama Administration. The Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill authorizes FHA to insure $400B in single-family loans during fiscal year 2010, up from $315B in the current 2009 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Mortgage Rates mostly unchanged:…continue reading →

Buying a Condo in Bay Area – It won’t be easy getting a mortgage!

A lot of surge in current real estate market in San Jose & rest of San Francisco Bay Area is being driven by First Time HomeBuyers. Some sources estimate that they now account for 50% of the market. A lot of First Time HomeBuyers end up buying condominiums since it fits into their budget. In this market of low property prices, you may be able to buy a condo for almost the same mortgage payment as the rent that you are paying. However, in last few months Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac have…continue reading →

June 09 Home Sales Trend in Bay Area

Starting this month I will be writing about the monthly Home Sales/Real Estate trends in Bay Area. Look out for this update between 15th and 20th of every month. The update will be for month before. Data Quick reported that Home Sales in the Bay Area jumped to their highest levels in 3 years. The median price paid for a home also increased month-to-month for 3rd month in a row.A total of 8,644 new and resale houses and condos sold across the nine-county Bay Area in June. That was up 16.1 percent from 7,447 in May and up 20.4 percent from 7,178 in June 2008, according to San Diego-based MDA Data Quick. The table below breaks down the numbers: (more…)

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 7/19/2009

Starting today, I will be writing a weekly mortgage market commentary to take a quick look back on what happened last week and a preview of the coming week. Look out for this post every Sunday or Monday. The week that was: Freddie Mac released it's results of weekly Mortgage market survey on July 16th. The 30 year fixed rate mortgage rates averaged 5.14% with 0.7 points, down from last week when it averaged 5.20% Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.26 percent. Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage rates (ARMs) averaged 4.83 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, up slightly from last week when it averaged 4.82 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.80 percent. Note that this is for conforming loan amounts below $417,000. (more…)

FHA Loan Requirements in San Jose & Bay Area

If you are a First Time HomeBuyer in San Jose or the rest of San Francisco Bay Area, you would have most likely heard of FHA loans. But like most of the other potential First Time HomeBuyer I meet and advise, you may not be sure whether you qualify for FHA mortgage or not. Below I have mentioned some of the major requirements that you should know of: Maximum Loan Amount - Varies by county. For Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco counties it is $729.750. This loan amount…continue reading →