Who pays for what in a Santa Clara County Home Purchase

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Santa Clara County, you should be aware of what fees is paid by which party. Note that the fees I have listed below vary by county to county and is negotiable by contract. These are not an all inclusive list, but I have tried to include […]

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San Jose Mortgage Rate & Market Commentary

San Jose Mortgage Rate & Market commentary. Check out how the 30 year fixed mortgage rate and 5 year ARM rates did last week and how they are expected to fare this week. The week that was: Last week Freddie Mac in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.07 percent […]

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Everything you wanted to know about FHA condominium approval

In this blog post I will try to answer all FAQs related to FHA condominium project approval. Beginning this year, FHA made some major changes to the Condominium process. I have done a lot of speaking on this topic and have written several blog posts. In this post, I am trying to get the most […]

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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 […]

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What happens to mortgage rates; now that FED stopped buying it?

Mortgage rates were hammered last week after Fed officially stopped buying mortgage backed securities. Fannie Mae 30 year (4.5%) mortgage bond opened the week at 100.44, was down 97 bps for the week as it closed at 99.47 (see chart below). The mortgage rates for most of the programs had jumped up by .25%. These […]

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Government announces principal reduction plans for underwater borrowers

The Government said last week it would offer principal reductions for borrowers who are underwater (owe more than their homes are worth.) The FHA plan is targeted at investors who currently own these underwater mortgages (see Negative Equity Share Chart below – source American Core Logic). Under the plan, the 1st mortgage holders would write […]

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San Jose Mortgage Rates & Economy Weekly Update

Mortgage Rates update for San Jose and rest of California. The week that was: A bad one for the rate markets. Mortgage rates increased 12 basis points while the 10 yr note jumped 16 basis points. The chart below would tell you how volatile the mortgage rates were on Thursday and Friday. After weeks of […]

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It’s official – CA $10,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit has been extended

On March 25, 2010 Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 183 which provides $200 million for home buyer tax credits. The $200 million will be divided between first-time homebuyers and “move up homebuyers. The following a summary of the legislation: The Tax Credit: Eligible purchasers may qualify for a credit against their state income taxes in […]

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How to claim your $8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

Here’s how you can claim your $8000 First Time Home Buyer Credit. The video that I created also talks about how a repeat buyer can claim the $6500 Home Buyer Credit. If you have any questions about Home Buyer Tax Credit watch this Video blog or contact me at shashank@arcuslending.com.

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$10,000 California First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit may be extended

As reported in my blog posted on Jan 14th the California governor is considering to extend the $10,000 First-Time Home buyer Tax Credit that expired last year. Here is the link to that blog post that gives you all the details – CA Proposes extension of $10,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Download our FREE […]

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