Santa Clara County Real Estate Market Report – March 2011

Real Estate Prices and Sales Bounce Back in March in Santa Clara County Sales of single-family, re-sale homes continued to gain ground last month in Santa Clara County, rising 52.1% from February, and up 11.8% year-over-year.The median price for single-family, re-sale homes in Santa Clara County was up 7.1% from February, but down 5.4% year-over-year. This is the fifth month in a row the median price has been lower than the year before. The average price was up 14% from February and posted a 3.8% year-over-year gain. The rise in the average price…continue reading →

Bay Area Real Estate Market Report for February 2011

Bay Area home's median sale price fell below the year-ago level for the fifth consecutive month while the sales volume remained virtually unchanged from a year ago. The share of homes sold to investors and Cash Buyers continued to be at record levels. A point to note is that January and February are usually the slow months and may or may not provide any accurate indication for the rest of the year. A total of 4,991 new and resale houses and condos sold in the nine-county Bay Area last month. That was up…continue reading →

Santa Clara County Real Estate Market Report – February 2011

In this post you will find the snapshot of the Santa Clara County Real Estate Market including Median Price, Homes for Sale and Inventory for February, 2011. Home Sales in Santa Clara County were up in February: Sales of single-family, re-sale homes continued to gain ground last month, rising 3.3% year-over-year. The 633 sales were the largest number of sales in February since 2007. The median price for single-family, re-sales homes in Santa Clara County was off 3.6% from last February. This is the fourth month in a row the median price has…continue reading →

San Mateo County Real Estate Market Report for February 2011

In this post you will find the Real Estate Market Report for San Mateo County. The report includes Sales, Median Price, Available Homes for Sale for Single Family and Condos. San Mateo County Home Sales were up in February 2011 compared to one year ago. Sales of single-family, re-sale homes rose for the third month in a row in February. Home sales were up 1.5% compared to February 2010. The median price for single-family, re-sales homes in San Mateo County fell, year-over-year, for the fifth month in a row. The median price was…continue reading →

Can I purchase a new home if my spouse does a Short Sale?

Short sales, in most cases, are one of the most economical solutions for all parties involved when a borrower can no longer afford their home. The bank typically incurs a smaller financial loss than would result from an ultimate foreclosure or continued delinquency on the mortgage payments. Borrowers may be able to soften the overall damage to their credit, and potentially settle future deficiency judgments. The big question on hand is.......What is life like after a short sale?? If you're married and your spouse has recently had a short sale, you may still…continue reading →

Benefits and Drawbacks of a short sale on a California Home

There are many benefits to a Short Sale versus a Foreclosure for a California homeowner, but there also many drawbacks to a short sale that need to be considered before deciding on the best course of action. A short sale is a great option for California┬áhome owners who need to sell their home and owe more than their property is worth, but a short sale is not for everybody. Benefits of a Short Sale A short sale will not drop the FICO score as much as a foreclosure. It is estimated a foreclosure…continue reading →

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure – What you need to know to make an informed decision

Whether you should do a short sale or let the home go to foreclosure depends on several factors. While for some homeowners, it is easier to throw up your hands and let the bank take your home, that might not be the wisest thing to do. Short Sale Benefits Here are a few benefits for doing a short sale that may not have occurred to you: You may sleep better at night knowing who is buying your home. You will spare yourself the social stigma of the "F" word, foreclosure. Contrary to popular…continue reading →

California approves tax break for people in Foreclosure, Short Sales

As reported by LA Times the measure, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, would waive California state taxes on mortgage debt that has been forgiven in a foreclosure or short sale. So far, the amount waived has been considered taxable income under California law. The measure passed Thursday would eliminate that tax when a bank agrees to accept less than what is owed on a home. Schwarzenegger said "I will sign the measure when it reaches my desk. I want to give homeowners and businesses the relief they need.…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 →

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 →

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