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The spending habits of San Diego households

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 @ 05:10 AM

The spending habits of San Diego households

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that households in the San Diego-Carlsbad metropolitan area spent an average of $79,672 per year in 2017-2018. This includes all major living expenses including housing, healthcare, food and transportation. In comparison, the national average spending amount was $60,580.

In general, San Diego-area households spent their money in ways that aligned with the rest of the nation with a couple of notable differences. Housing is the largest expense for residents in the region at $28,591 per year. This accounts of 35.9 percent of a San Diego household’s budget, compared to a U.S. average of 33 percent.

Residents of San Diego also tend to spend more on dining out. Nationwide, households spend 43.6 percent of their food budget on eating away from home. San Diegans spend 47.4 percent.

Meanwhile, 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 County, San Diego, Mortgage rates, households, Household Spending, Household Budget, National Average Spending, Housing Expenditure, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

San Diego property tax bills break record

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Oct 2, 2019 @ 05:10 AM

San Diego’s Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced this week that his office would be mailing out this month over one million property tax bills. This marks the first that the number of bills going to local property owners has reached the 7-figure mark.

“Despite the need for more housing that we hear about on a regular basis, I see this record-high parcel number as a positive sign,” McAllister said. “It means new units are coming on the market.”

The County is expected to take in approximately $6.9 billion in revenue from the tax bills. This is an increase of $482 million over last year. The first installment of payments is due on November 1.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.75 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: San Diego County, San Diego, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, San Diego Housing, San Diego County Assessors Office, San Diego Tax Bills, San Diego Property Taxes

74 percent of U.S. housing market unaffordable for average wage earners

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 @ 06:09 AM

A cooling off the housing market has not translated to more affordable homes for the average household in the U.S. ATTOM Data Solutions reported last week in its Q3 2019 U.S. Home Affordability Report that homes in 371 of 498 U.S. counties analyzed are simply too expensive for average wage earners.

The most unaffordable markets in the nation included Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. These same regions topped the list in the previous quarter as well.

Affordability was determined by calculating the amount of income needed make monthly house payments on a median-priced home, assuming a 3 percent down payment and a 28 percent debt-to-income ratio and compared it to weekly income data in each region.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.75 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: San Diego County, San Diego, Wages, Mortgage rates, home affordability, ATTOM Data Solutions, Affordability, households, Unaffordable Markets

Pleasant weather comes with a premium

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 @ 05:09 AM

Paying for sunshine is one way to look at it. In an analysis of federal weather data, Zillow estimated the number of “pleasant days” per year for every city in the U.S. The result of the analysis confirm the conventional wisdom: regions with the best weather also tend to be more expensive places to live. California dominated the top of the list with coastal towns ranking at the top.

Ventura was recorded to have over 300 pleasant days per year, followed by San Diego at 276 and Santa Barbara at 266. These housing markets also have a median home price that is more than double the national median.

Of course, weather isn’t the only factor determining home prices. The notoriously rainy Seattle and the harsh winters of New York - both places with pricey homes - were not greatly impacted by their less-than-pleasant climates.

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: San Diego County, San Diego, California, Mortgage rates, California Housing Market, California Weather, Weather, Climate, Susnshine, Coastal California

Foreclosures see uptick last month

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Sep 16, 2019 @ 05:09 AM

The number of foreclosure filings in the U.S. increased four percent from July to August with the addition of 53,007 properties nationwide. That equates to approximately one in every 2,554 properties. Despite last month’s increase, overall filings remain 24 percent lower than they were a year ago.

This latest information comes from ATTOM Data Solutions.

There were 11,493 homes repossessed by lenders in August, up four percent from the previous month but 47 percent less than the same period last year. This is a reversal of the previous 10 months of declines.

San Diego saw 230 foreclosure starts last month, down 19 percent year-over-year.

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: San Diego County, San Diego, foreclosures, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, Foreclosure Filings, Foreclosure Starts, Repossessed Homes, San Diego Foreclosures

New home sales increase in July

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 05:09 AM

Sales for newly built homes outpaced sales for existing homes in Southern California in July according to a new report. New home sales were 13 percent higher during the month than they were at the same time last year according to CoreLogic. In comparison, existing home sales increased just three percent during the same period. In total, 1,719 newly built homes were purchased across Southern California in July.

The demand for new homes doesn’t appear to have dwindled since last year despite prices rising. The price for a new home in San Diego County rose 21 percent over overall home prices in the region since last summer.

The median price tag for a newly constructed home in San Diego as of July: $701,250.

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: San Diego County, Housing Market, Southern California, existing home sales, new homes, new home sales, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, Existing Homes, San Diego Median Home Price

San Diego senior population expected to double by 2030

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 08:09 AM

There were approximately 375,000 senior citizens living in San Diego County as of 2015, according to San Diego Magazine – a figure that is expected to double to 724,000 over the next 12 years. While this is hardly surprising given San Diego’s status as one of the top places to retire, it presents challenges for those living on a fixed income.

San Diego is one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation with average home prices topping well over $500,000. Yet, social security income for a single retiree in San Diego is less than $20,000 per year.

Fortunately, those looking to relocate to San Diego in their golden years may find benefit in a H4P or HECM for Purchase. H4P is a type of home loan that is insured by the FHA and provides those 62 or older an opportunity to combine their down payment with loan proceeds from a reverse mortgage. Most appealing is that the loan requires no monthly mortgage payment.

Today, conventional 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: Reverse Mortgage, San Diego County, senior citizen, Retirement, Seniors, Reverse Mortgage for Purchase, Mortgage rates, HECM for Purchase, San Diego Housing Market, San Diego Housing, Fixed Income, H4P

San Diego home still selling for a premium

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Aug 31, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

A decade removed from the Great Recession, the housing market in the U.S. appears to be normalizing. One indicator of this is that the share of homes selling above their original list price is dropping. Bidding wars over the limited number of homes for sale caused prices to soar well-above list prices for much of the last several years. But a new report from CoreLogic shows that the share of homes selling at or above list price has returned to early 2000 levels.

The peak was reached in Q2 2018 when 43 percent of all home sold in the U.S. went for more than asking. This is triple the level during the peak of the recession in early 2008. While this has dropped to 39.2 percent nationally as of this summer, San Diego stands apart.

The greater San Diego market remained just below the all-time high with 41 percent of homes selling at or above the list price. The region joins other hot markets like San Francisco (83 percent) that have bucked the national trend.

Meanwhile, 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, San Diego County, Housing Market, CoreLogic, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, San Diego Home Sales, U.S. Housing Market

San Diego home prices counter national trend

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Aug 30, 2019 @ 07:08 AM

While home price growth is slowing down across the U.S., San Diego continues to defy the odds. The rate of home price appreciation in the region grew for the fifth consecutive month in June. This data is according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index.

San Diego home prices grew 0.7 percent, faster than the national average of 0.6 percent. Local home prices have increased 1.3 percent over the past year.

A cooling of the housing market is being experienced nationwide as high price tags for available homes were beyond the average homebuyers budget. While this is true in San Diego as well, demand to purchase a home in America’s Finest City continues to drive prices higher.

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: San Diego County, home prices, Housing Market, homebuyers, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller, San Diego Home Prices, Americas Finest City, U.S. Housing Market, Home Price Index

San Diego housing market appears to be cooling off

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 @ 05:07 AM

It may be summer in America’s Finest City but that’s not keeping the housing market sizzling. Home price growth in San Diego has begun to level off compared to the steep price increases seen last summer.

Median home prices in San Diego are still climbing but over the past twelve months it has been a quite modest 1.9 percent increase, according to Zillow. The online real estate site expects the tepid growth to continue through next year.

With home prices leveling off and mortgage rates at their lowest levels in over a year, demand for housing in San Diego is expected to remain strong through 2020.

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: San Diego County, home prices, San Diego, Zillow, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, median home price, San Diego Home Prices, Americas Finest City, San Diego Median Home Price, San Diego Housing