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Chinese homebuying in Calif. slows

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 05:10 AM

The California Association of Realtors reports that Chinese international homebuyers accounted for 40 percent of all foreign homebuyers in California last year. That buying trend appears to be waning in 2019.

The 2019 share of Chinese international home purchases in California appears to be half of what it was in 2017 according to the NAR. Tariffs imposed on the Chinese by the Trump Administration has caused uncertainty about the Chinese economy and weakened the currency, likely prompting the decline in home purchases in the state.

In addition, rising home prices have decreased profit margins for international investors overall, particularly in California.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.75 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.25 percent.

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Topics: California, National Association of Realtors, Mortgage rates, California Housing Market, Chinese Buyers, Foreign Homebuyers

Home remodels that pay off in many ways

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 @ 05:10 AM

Some homeowners invest in a renovation of their kitchen or bathroom because they hope that it will pay off when they sell their home, adding value and appeal. But in a new report from The National Association of Realtors, the benefits of a home remodeling project can pay homeowners back in ways that aren’t monetary at all.

NAR’s 2019 Remodeling Impact Report showed that in addition to potentially raising the resale value of a home, the job and sense of accomplishment for homeowners adds further incentive to taking on a remodeling project. In fact, 74 percent of owner-respondents to a survey state that they ultimately have a greater desire to be in their home after completing a project and 65 percent report feeling increased enjoyment in their home.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.75 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.25 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: Deferring Social Security, National Association of Realtors, Mortgage rates, home remodel, Remodel

Six-figure salary needed to afford local homes

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Oct 5, 2019 @ 08:10 AM

Using information from the National Association of Realtors, mortgage data provider HSH.com put forth a study that shows how much one needs to earn in order to afford a median home in a given region. On a national level, a household needs to take in $61,123 per year to afford a home but this varies drastically when looking at markets along the coast.

In San Jose, the most expensive metropolitan area to a buy a home in, an income of $254,.836 per annum is needed to keep your monthly mortgage payment from swallowing your paycheck. San Francisco requires a salary of $198,978 per year, while San Diegans need to take in $127,292.

The study calculated the annual before-tax income required to cover the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments against standard mortgage-to-debt earnings ratios.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.75 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.25 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: San Diego, National Association of Realtors, Affordability

Pending home sales rebound in May

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Jul 1, 2019 @ 05:07 AM

The National Association of Realtors reported last week that after a setback in April, pending home sales bounced back in May, increasing 1.1 percent. The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index is a measure of newly signed contracts for home purchases.

The increase was not enough to push home sales back to 2018 levels, making May the seventeenth consecutive month of year-over-year declines. With mortgage rates remaining low ahead of the busy summer home-buying season, some speculate that the slowing sales pace could reverse course.

“Rates of 4 percent, and in some cases even lower create extremely attractive conditions for consumers,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Job creation and a rise in inventory will nonetheless drive more buyers to enter the market.”

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 purchase, National Association of Realtors, Mortgage rates, home purchases, Pending Home Sales

Home price growth slows in April

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 @ 06:06 AM

The rate at which home prices in the U.S. continued to decline in April, the latest in a series of indicators that conditions are slowly changing to a buyers’ market. Average home prices rose 3.5 percent in April compared to the same month last year, down from 3.7 percent in March and 3.9 percent in February. This latest data comes from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index.

Market experts are describing the slowdown as a moderation after years of rapid acceleration in home values that priced out many would-be home buyers. The effect of the more moderate price growth coupled with low mortgage rates was seen last month in a uptick in existing home sales as reported by the National Association of Realtors.

It is expected that buyers will continue to enjoy more modest price increases and low mortgage rates for the foreseeable future.

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 prices, National Association of Realtors, Mortgage rates, S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller, Price Increases

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

Pending home sales retreat for 16th consecutive month

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Jun 1, 2019 @ 08:06 AM

Even with falling mortgage rates in recent weeks, pending home sales, which are a measure of signed contracts to purchase existing homes, dropped 1.5 percent in April, compared to March. On a year-over-year basis contract signings fell by two percent – the sixteenth consecutive month of annual declines.

The decline in pending home sales, according to data from the National Association of Realtors, is not indictive of the health of the overall housing market and points to other, more positive trends.

“Though the latest monthly figure shows a mild decline in contract signings, mortgage applications and consumer confidence have been steadily rising,” said NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “It’s inevitable for sales to turn higher in a few months.”

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.00 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: Housing Market, National Association of Realtors, Mortgage applications, NAR, Mortgage rates, Pending Home Sales, Existing Homes, Signed Contracts

Apps for a stress-free moving day

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 05:05 AM

As excited as you are to finally get the keys to your new home, the dark cloud of needing to move is hanging over your head. It’s the feeling many people get that comes from the headache and stress of packing all your belongings and moving them to a new place. This is when technology can come to the rescue.

Realtor.com compiled a list of helpful smartphone apps that can help those who are moving save money, time and take the stress out of relocating. Sortly is an app that allows movers to compartmentalize every inch of their home and create a simple moving checklist which can be sent directly to your moving company. Speaking of which, Unpakt can take the guess work out of finding the right moving company and Dolly can help you find a team to help you unpack.

With this kind of digital help, it can help minimize the feeling of panic when moving day arrives and replace it with excitement.

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: National Association of Realtors, Mortgage rates, Realtor.com, Smartphone, Apps, Moving

Prepping your home for a spring sale

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Mar 12, 2019 @ 05:03 AM

Clutter doesn’t sell. This is the simple advice offered by staging professionals to those who are listing their home for sale this spring. Open closets, stacks of boxes and trying to hide things in the garage are all things that make it more difficult for house hunters to imagine moving in. According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly half of all buyers’ agents believe that staging has an effect on most buyers’ views of a property.

A poll of home buyers showed that 77 percent say a home that was carefully staged and looked like a family is living there made it easier to visualize it as their future home. Most found the living room to have the greatest effect, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen.

In addition to increase the speed at which offers are received, one-third of buyers' agents state that staging a home increased the dollar value offered by as much as five percent. With the spring home buying season just around the corner, sellers may want to look around their home and consider the buyers’ perspective.

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: National Association of Realtors, Mortgage rates, home buyers, Home Sellers

Home sales retreat but could spring back

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 @ 09:02 AM

Home sales fell in January on both a monthly and yearly basis but a recent decline in home prices and mortgage rates could equate to an active spring home buying season. Sales of existing homes dropped 1.2 percent last month from December according to the National Association of Realtors. This is the third consecutive month of declining sales and 8.5 percent lower than January 2018.

During the same month, the median sale price of a previously owned home increased 2.8 percent. While this is the 83rd month in a row of a year-over-year gains, it is the slowest annual increase since February 2012. Simply, although home prices are increasing, they are doing so at a slower pace.

Less dramatic increases in home prices, combined with lower mortgage rates is likely to spur home buying as the weather warms up in the coming months. 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: National Association of Realtors, existing home sales, mortgage rat