Mortgage Rates go up sharply for Bay Area Homes

In last 3 weeks, 30 year fixed mortgage rates have gone up 34 basis points for San Francisco (SF) Bay Area homes. In the latest results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® Freddie Mac reported 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.05 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 24, 2009. The 15-year […]

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FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages for California Homes

FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM) helps California homebuyers or homeowners save money on utility bills. This is done by enabling them to finance the cost of adding energy efficiency features to their house as part of their FHA insured loan. EEMs recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher […]

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FHA delays HVCC for Bay Area Home Loans

FHA delays HVCC for San Francisco (SF) Bay Area Home Loans until February 15, 2010. FHA announced today that the enactment of Appraiser Independence has been delayed. This was originally planned for a January 1, 2010 implementation. On the lines of HVCC, the FHA policy prohibits mortgage brokers and commission-based lender staff from the ordering […]

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San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 12/20/2009

The week that was: The statement from the last FOMC meeting wasnt much of a change. The fed stuck to keeping the rates low for “extended period”. But how “extended” is “extended” – now that’s anybody’s guess! Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.94 percent with an average […]

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Had a Short Sale – Do I now qualify for an FHA Loan in California?

Short sale is increasingly becoming a common option to sell a house in San Francisco (SF) Bay area and rest of California. A short sale is a transaction where a seller sells the property for less that what was owed. If you went through a short sale you could have this question – Do I […]

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Holiday decorating 9-1-1

How to create a Chic, Easy, and Cheap holiday table setting in no time! So the big holiday countdown is on! It’s nine days before Christmas.  No matter what holiday you celebrate, chances are you will be hosting or attending some type of seasonal gathering. For those of you brave enough to be hosting the […]

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San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 12/13/2009

The Week that was: The bond and mortgage markets were choppy, swinging on weak Treasury auctions (the 10 yr and 30 yr). Not much in the way of economic measurements but what there was were better than what had been expected. Retails in Nov were better than markets were looking for, the U. of Michigan […]

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Seller Rent Back on a Bay Area Purchase

In home purchase transactions in San Jose and rest of the Bay Area, there are many times when the buyer and the seller are simply unable to agree upon a specified closing date. The Real Estate Agent involved can negotiate a ‘rent back’ period that is agreeable to both parties. This means the transaction technically […]

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San Jose Weekly Mortgage Commentary 12/6/09

The week that was Oct existing and new home sales were much better than economists thought, the manufacturing sector better than thought, and auto sales stronger. The Nov employment report on Friday really shook things up; job losses only 11K with the unemployment rate lower, to 10.0% frm 10.2% in Oct and Sept. Interest rates […]

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2010 FHA Loan Limits for San Jose & Bay Area

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced single-family loan limits for San Jose. These loan limits are effective for loans with credit approval issued on or after January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. One-Unit $ 729,750 Two-Unit $ 934,200 Three-Unit $ 1,129,250 Four-Unit $ 1,403,400 These loan limits are also available for the counties of […]

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