San Jose Mortgages Rates & Market Commentary 02/08/10

Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates and Market Commentary. The Week That Was: Freddie Mac in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.01 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 4, 2010, up from last week when it averaged 4.98 percent. The 5-year […]

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Bay Area mortgage rates for 5 Year ARM sinks below 4%

The Mortgage Rates for a 5 Year adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) sank to 4% (and lower in some cases)* yesterday for Bay Area homes. Freddie Mac average rates released on yesterday reported 5 Year ARM at 4.27% at 0.6 points. But the rate improvements later in the day has opened up great opportunities for home […]

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New FHA Loan guidelines for San Jose Condominiums

Some major changes went into effect today for FHA loans on San Jose & rest of the Bay Area Condominiums. I. Elimination of Spot LoanĀ Approval Process If a condo project was not approved by FHA, a “spot approval” was allowed just for financing one unit. This process has been eliminated as of today. Now […]

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San Jose Mortgage Rate & Market Commentary 02/01/10

Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates and Market commentary. The Week that was: Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.98 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending January 28, 2010, down slightly from last week when it averaged 4.99 percent. The […]

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Bay Area Mortgage Rates set to go up because of Fed actions

The Fed’s statement today does not augur well for Bay Area Mortgage Rates. The Fed’s policy-setting committee stuck to a plan to end its purchases of mortgage securities by the end of March. Background – The program to purchase agency mortgage-backed securities (agency MBS) was announced by the Federal Reserve on November 25, 2008. On […]

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San Jose Mortgage Rates & Market Commentary 1/24/10

Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates and Market commentary. The week that was: Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.99 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending January 21, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 5.06 percent. The 5-year adjustable-rate […]

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Changes to FHA Down Payment, Credit Score and Seller Contribution requirements

FHA announced a series of changes to their Down Payment, Credit Score, Seller Contribution and Mortgage Insurance guidelines. Credit Score/DownPayment Guideline Change : New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify for FHA’s 3.5% down payment program. New borrowers with less than a 580 FICO score will […]

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Increase in FHA Mortgage Insurance for Bay Area Home Loans

FHA today increased it’s upfront mortgage insurance premium requirements for Bay Area FHA Home Loans. Upfront Mortgage Insurance is the money that FHA collects at the time of closing a mortgage to insure the loan against default. Currently, this premium is 1.75% for most purchase and refinance transactions. However, effective April 5, 2010, FHA will […]

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San Jose Mortgage Rate & Market Commentary 1/18/10

Weekly dose of economy and mortgage market news that affects mortgage rates for San Jose Home buyers and Home owners. The Week that was: Economic data last week confirmed once again that inflation fears are way overblown; Dec CPI up just 0.1%. Factory use and industrial production improved again as the economy is bottoming, at […]

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FHA waives 90-day flipping rule for Bay Area mortgages

Great news for First Time Home Buyers – FHA is eliminating the 90 day flipping rule for mortgages on San Francisco (SF) Bay Area homes. With certain exceptions, FHA currently prohibits insuring a mortgage on a home owned by the seller for less than 90 days. Currently such homes are mostly bought by investors with […]

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