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 →
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 →
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 →
Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates, Real Estate Trends and top Economy news. The week that was: Freddie Mac in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.93 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 18, 2010. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.12 percent this week, with an average 0.5 point. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing home sales rose in 48 states and the District of Columbia between the third and fourth quarters of 2009; 32…continue reading →
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 mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.27 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.32 percent. Note that these averages are for conforming loan amounts $417,000 and lower.
- Wall Street Journal reported that California's inventory of unsold, previously owned homes shrank to a five-year low in December, in another sign that the state may be coming out of its worst housing slump in decades. The supply of unsold single-family homes dropped to 3.8 months from 5.6 months a year ago and 16.6 months in January 2008. The inventory levels are now at their lowest level since 2005, resulting in frenzied sales with multiple offers in some cities. In Santa Clara County, inventory has dropped to 50 days from 243 a year ago.
- One of the most surprising developments last week was the way the Senate is back-peddling the confirmation of Ben Bernanke for his second term. Greenspan, Paul Volker, Warren Buffett, most former Fed officials; and last but not least, investors want Bernanke confirmed but now its populist movement for weak minded politicians that are increasingly worried they too may be tossed on the unemployed rolls in Nov that has weakened Bernanke support.
Your weekly dose of economy and mortgage market news that affects mortgage rates for San Jose Home Home owners and buyers. The Week that was: Another bad week for the bond and mortgage markets. The 10 yr treasury note and mortgage rates have now increased 60 basis points in the past three weeks. Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.14 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 31, 2009, up from last week when it averaged 5.05 percent. The 5-year…continue reading →
Affordability Index has been dropping in Santa Clara county. California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) measures First-time Buyer Housing Affordability Index (FTB-HAI) on a quarterly basis. This measures the percentage of households that can afford to purchase an entry-level home in California. The higher the index, more affordable it is for a first time buyer to buy a home. Before getting into the numbers, lets first quickly understand how it is calculated. The measurement is based on three main factors: Median Price of existing Single-Family homes (based on C.A.R.'s monthly existing home sales survey)…continue reading →
Home sales jumped in October, rising far more than expected as First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit offset fears about joblessness. Sales of existing homes increased by 10.1% to a 6.10 million annual rate from 5.54 million in September, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) said Monday. Total housing inventory at the end of October fell 3.7 percent to 3.57 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 7.0-month supply at the current sales pace, down from an 8.0-month supply in September. The supply of homes on the market is now at…continue reading →
Data Quick reported that Bay Area home sales bucked the seasonal norm and fell last month from July, though they remained higher than a year ago for the 12th consecutive month. The region overall median sale price also declined as a greater portion of sales occurred in more lower priced areas. A total of 7,518 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the nine-county Bay Area last month. That was down 14.3 percent from 8,771 in July and up 4.0 percent from 7,232 in August 2008, according to MDA DataQuick of…continue reading →
Sales hit 4 year high, Median price up Data Quick reported that Bay Area home sales rose last month to the highest level for a July in four years as deals above $500,000 continued to accelerate. The median sale price climbed above the prior month for the fourth consecutive month. San Jose Mercury News reported The median price of houses sold in Santa Clara County in July shot to $540,000 in July, the first time home prices have topped the half-million-dollar mark since this past fall, in a sign that buyers are purchasing…continue reading →