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San Diego home building plummets

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Jun 18, 2019 @ 05:06 AM

A significant decline in the number of apartments being built in San Diego has dragged down new dwelling construction in the County a whopping 58 percent during the first few months of 2019. The Real Estate Research Council of Southern California reported last week that San Diego experienced the biggest drop in new construction permits among all Southern California counties.

Multi-unit dwelling permits declined the most, with a 70 percent drop on a year-over-year basis. This is a reversal of the past couple of years when apartment building outnumbered single-family construction.

San Diego had been making significant strides over the last several months in increasing home inventory levels which have been critically low. These latest figures are a setback to that momentum.

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

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Topics: San Diego County, San Diego, Southern California, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, Construction Permits, San Diego Housing, New Construction Permits, home inventory

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.

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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

San Diego home prices holding steady

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 06:05 AM

Home prices in the San Diego metropolitan area held relatively steady in April on a year-over-year basis according to new figures released this week by CoreLogic. Although this is a rebound from last month when the Southern California region saw its first yearly drop in prices since 2012, San Diego home price gains remain the lowest in the nation.

"The slowdown in price growth and sales over the past year suggests that despite a healthy economy, the cost of homeownership has outpaced incomes for many,” said Andrew LePage, research analyst for CoreLogic.

Today, 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.

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Topics: San Diego County, home prices, San Diego, CoreLogic, homeownership, Mortgage rates, San Diego Home Prices

Underwater homes still exist

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 14:05 PM

While home values have risen rather steadily for the last several years, there remains a notable number of American homeowners who are still underwater. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, more than five million homes were seriously underwater as of the first quarter of 2019. For a home to be considered seriously underwater, the balance of the mortgage is at least 25 percent more than what the home is worth.

San Diegans on the other hand are on the opposite end of the spectrum with one of the lowest underwater rates in the nation. Approximately 40 percent of property owners in San Diego are equity rich, meaning the value of the home is more than 50 percent of its mortgage. This is consistent with the rest of California where 43 percent of homeowners are equity rich.

Higher levels of equity combined with low mortgage rates have led to a surge in refinances as of late. 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.

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Topics: San Diego County, San Diego, homeowners, home values, Mortgage rates, Underwater, ATTOM Data Solutions, Q1 2019, Underwater Homes, Equity Rich

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.

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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

U.S. homeownership rate dips

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, May 1, 2019 @ 06:05 AM

Sluggish increases in the homeownership rate in the U.S. has been one of the long-lingering effects of the Great Recession and new data suggests that the road to recovery is still a long one. Information from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the homeownership rate fell from 64.8 percent at the end of 2018 to 64.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019. This is the first quarterly decline in more than two years.

The share of Americans who own a home briefly dipped to its lowest rate since 1965 in 2016. The rate has been slowly climbing to its historic average of 65 percent ever since. These latest figures are a setback as a result of first-time buyers finding starter homes beyond affordable.

The homeownership rate in San Diego peaked in 2006 when 63 percent of San Diegans owned their home. As of late, that number is closer to 55 percent.

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: San Diego County, San Diego, homeownership, Mortgage rates, Homeownership Rate, U.S. Census Bureau, Q1 2019

Homeowners perception of home values off the mark

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 06:04 AM

Homeowners’ view of their home value was not in alignment with appraisers during the month of March. According to the National Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index, the gap between a homeowner’s perception of their home value and that of a professional appraiser widened significantly last month. The gap grew by 25 percent compared to February.

San Diego’s data painted a different picture, however. Residents within the County actually underestimate their home values by about 0.93 percent. This is a wider gap than the one seen in January when San Diego homeowners undershot their values by 0.86 percent.

The variance between the national average and San Diego suggests that home values in the region continue to climb at a rate greater than what homeowners anticipate.

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: San Diego County, San Diego, homeowners, home values, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, Appraisers, Home Appraisal, Quicken Loans

Housing affordability issues affecting more Americans

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Mar 31, 2019 @ 09:03 AM

Home prices are currently less affordable than the historic average in 71 percent of U.S. housing markets. This unsurprising yet concerning revelation comes from ATTOM Data Solutions Q1 2019 U.S. Home Affordability Report. The report analyzed 473 U.S. counties and found that the median home price in 335 were not affordable for the average wage earner.

The report determined affordability for average wage earners by calculating the percent of monthly take-home income needed to pay for a mortgage, property taxes and insurance on a median-priced home assuming a three percent down payment.

San Diego County was among several other California markets deemed the most unaffordable, including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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: San Diego County, Mortgage rates, home affordability, Housing Affordability, California Housing Market, median home price, ATTOM Data Solutions, Affordability

Foreclosure filings at lowest levels since 2005

Posted by The Aramco Group on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

The number of Americans whose properties are at some point in the foreclosure process has fallen to a 13-year low according to new data. Homeowners with default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions is down 6 percent as of Q3 compared to Q2 and down 8 percent from last year. This latest information comes from ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q3 2018 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

In total there were 177,146 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings last quarter. This represents a 36 percent decrease from the pre-recession average of 278,912. Counter to the national trend, there were some major metropolitan markets where foreclosure starts increased including in San Diego. There were 744 filings in San Diego, up four percent from last year.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.75 percent, 15-year rates are near 4.25 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: San Diego County, San Diego, foreclosure, Mortgage rates, Default Notices, Foreclosure Filings

Home affordability at 10 year low

Posted by The Aramco Group on Sat, Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Home prices in U.S. may not be climbing as fast as they were at the beginning of the year, but new data shows that Americans are still feeling the affordability crunch. ATTOM Data Solutions released its Q3 2018 U.S. Home Affordability Report last week which showed that home prices in the third quarter were at the least affordable level since 2008.

“Rising mortgage rates have pushed home prices to the least affordable level we’ve seen in 10 years, both nationally and at the local level,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM. “Close to one-third of the U.S. population now lives in counties where buying a median-priced home requires at least $100,000 in annual income.”

In San Diego County the annual income needed is higher than the national average at $160,745 based on the current median home price in the region of $570,000.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.75 percent, 15-year rates are near 4.25 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.15 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 County, home prices, San Diego, home affordability, median price