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Home prices continue slow climb

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Aug 11, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

The pace of home sales in the U.S. has remained largely flat for the better part of 2019 but that hasn’t kept prices from continuing their upward journey. While the rate at which prices are climbing has slowed, single-family home prices nationwide remain at an all-time high. According to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index and HPI Forecast for June 2019, home prices in the U.S. are 3.4 percent higher than they were during the same month last year.

Prices also increased on a monthly basis, rising by 0.4 percent from May to June. CoreLogic predicts that the cost of a home will continue to rise as well. Experts anticipate another 5.2 percent increase over the next year.

Increases in home prices in the lower-end of the market are especially challenging for first-time buyers, however, mortgage rate near historic lows could help make monthly mortgage payments more affordable.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, home prices, CoreLogic, single family homes, Mortgage rates, June Home Prices

Home sales fall more than expected

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Jul 27, 2019 @ 05:07 AM

Sales of previously owned homes in the U.S. decline last month, marking the sixteenth consecutive month of year-over-year declines. High home prices and low inventory continues to keep potential home buyers on the sidelines. The 1.7 percent monthly drop in home sales in June is far greater than the 0.6 percent decline predicted by economists in a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

Although the rate at which home prices are rising has slowed over the past year, the median home price in the U.S. remains 4.3 percent higher than the same month in 2018. Prices for existing single-family homes have climbed every month for the past 88 months.

Driving prices higher is the short-supply of homes on the market. Inventory levels were at 4.4 months nationally. Experts cite 6 months as a healthy supply.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.00 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, home prices, Mortgage rates, median home price, Low Inventory

Calif. home prices reach new peak

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Jun 22, 2019 @ 07:06 AM

The median home price in California reached another peak in May according to the California Association of Realtors. This marks the second consecutive month in which home prices in the Golden State reached a new high. Prices reached a new-all time high in May - beating the record the prior month – as the median home price climbed to $611,190. This is up 1.4 percent from April’s $602,920 and 1.7 percent higher than the $600,860 median in May 2018.

In San Diego, the median sold price of existing single-family homes was $650,000, up on both a monthly and yearly basis.

Home sales in May also improved over April as the summer home buying season kicked into high gear. But the affordability crunch brought on by the record-high home prices were reflected in year-over-year sales which were down 0.6 percent from May 2018.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, California, California Association of Realtors, Single Family Home, Mortgage rates, California Housing Market, San Diego Housing Market, Existing Homes, San Diego Home Prices, California Home Prices, California Median Home Price, Golden State

Condo and townhome sales surge in San Diego

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Jun 16, 2019 @ 07:06 AM

San Diego County saw closed sales of condominiums and townhomes shoot up seven percent from April to May according to the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. This unusually large increase comes as the sales pace for single-family homes remained relatively unchanged.

Attached property sales climbed 7.3 percent in total from 983 in April to 1,055 in May. The price of a townhome or condominium grew 3.3 percent to a median price of $434,000 as of last month.

Meanwhile, single-family home sales in San Diego were flat, increasing 0.7 percent on a month-over-month basis and price rose just 1.2 percent. Compared to last year, sales of single-family homes are down 7.1 percent in the region.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, San Diego County, San Diego, Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, single family homes, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, condo, San Diego Home Sales, San Diego Housing, Property Sales

Housing market shifting in favor of buyers

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Jun 8, 2019 @ 08:06 AM

After years of record low inventory levels, an influx of homes on the market is helping solidify speculation made by experts that 2019 may be the year the housing market finally shifts in favor of buyers. As mortgage rates decline, homeowners are seeing an opportunity to move and listing their home for sale.

“The U.S. housing market has largely favored sellers over the last several years as a result of the record-breaking low inventory and red-hot demand that led to intense competition and fast-rising home prices,” said Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “Slowing sales and growing inventories have caused supply to increase in many markets across the country.”

With more homes expected to be listed for sale this summer, the prevalence of bidding wars that have been seen in previous years is likely to be lessened.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent..

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, Housing Market, National Association of Realtors, Mortgage rates, Realtor.com, U.S. Housing Market, National Housing Market

Calif. home sales enter spring in slump

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, May 29, 2019 @ 17:05 PM

Home sales in California failed to enter the spring home buying season with any momentum as buyer demand continues to be met with affordability challenges. The California Association of Realtors reported that closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in the state were 4.8 percent lower in April than they were last year.

“Weak buyer demand, largely prompted by elevated home prices, is playing a role in the softening housing market,” said C.A.R. President Jared Martin. “However, with low interest rates, cooling competition and an increase in homes to choose from, buyers can take advantage of a more balanced housing market.”

The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of home sales was 396,760. This is what would be the total number of homes sold during 2019 if sales maintained their current pace throughout the year. Last month’s sales figures are the ninth consecutive month under 400,000.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, California Association of Realtors, California Home Sales, Affordability, Affordability Challenges, Low Interest Rates

San Diego home sales down as prices continue to rise

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, May 4, 2019 @ 08:05 AM

Home sales in San Diego County fell for the eleventh consecutive month in March according to new data from real estate tracker CoreLogic. High purchase prices are being attributed to the sluggish sales. Although prices have moderated since last year, March’s median home price was up 0.9 percent compared to the same period in 2018.

There were a total of 3,224 closed escrow sales in San Diego County during the month, down 8.6 percent on a year-over-year basis.

In recent months, high home prices have been countered by lower mortgages rates which have been in the slide since early this year. Currently, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, San Diego County, CoreLogic, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, median home price, San Diego Home Sales, San Diego Median Home Price, Closed Escrow Sales

San Diego home sellers cutting prices

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Mar 30, 2019 @ 06:03 AM

San Diego County was one of only three major metropolitan markets in the U.S. to see an annual decrease in seller gains, down 5 percent from January 2018. This is according to an analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions. Real estate website Trulia is also reporting that San Diego had the second-most home price reductions in the nation so far in 2019.

While price reductions are not uncommon when market conditions lean towards buyers such as during the winter and when mortgage rates drop, San Diego hasn’t had so many cutbacks in home prices in nearly five years. Twenty percent of homes for sale in the County had a price reduction in February, the most of any California city.

Discounts off the initial list price suggest that the market is responding, albeit slowly, to the affordability crunch buyers in the region have been experiencing. Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, San Diego, Trulia, Mortgage rates, home price appreciation, San Diego Housing Market, San Diego Homeowner, ATTOM Data Solutions

Dirt lots being sold before homes are built

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 06:03 AM

The volume of homes being sold before they have even been built is increasing exponentially according to a new report. Data from the Commerce Department showed that more than 34 percent of newly built homes sold in 2018 was either before or while the property was under construction.

This comes as welcome news to homebuilders as it indicates a continued strong demand for new homes. Builders were challenged last year with flat sales and rising material costs causing big builder stocks to lose 20 percent on average.

Demand for new housing is expected to move higher as mortgage rates remain low. Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, Housing Market, new homes, U.S. Department of Commerce, Mortgage rates

San Diego homes seeing cuts in sales-prices

Posted by Darius Aram on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 @ 06:03 AM

More San Diego homes are selling for a discount according to a new report. In fact, research from real estate website Trulia shows that San Diego County had the second-most home price reductions in the nation so far this year.

Data reveals that approximately one-in-five homes in San Diego saw a cutback from its original list price in the first several weeks of 2019 – the highest amount since 2014. Economists are saying that the increase in sales prices are an indication of a slow shift towards a buyers market.

The number of homes for sale in the region has also increased over the past year. There were 6,362 homes for sale in San Diego as of February, up from 4,636 during the same month last year.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.25 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.75 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.25 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: home sales, San Diego, Trulia, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market