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A uniquely California problem: too many mansions

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Jun 7, 2019 @ 16:06 PM

Southern California is known for its streets lined with palm trees, beaches and glitz and glam. This includes homes that are so large, they can only be described as mega-mansions. However, a recent report from The Wall Street Journal shows that there is a growing inventory of these palatial homes and not enough buyers.

In Los Angeles alone, there are currently 50 ultra high-end homes under construction and are expected to cost anywhere from $35.5 million to $500 million. And in typical Hollywood fashion, real estate agents are ditching open houses and instead inviting potential buyers to lavish themed parties to check out these grand estates.

The influx in mega-mansions began several years ago where there was increasing interest from foreign buyers for such homes, but builders are seeing that domestic demand is far less, leaving them with a surplus of superfluous properties.

Meanwhile, 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: California, Mortgage rates, Housing Inventory, California Housing Market, Southern California Housing Market, Mega Mansions, SoCal

Where California’s new homes are being built

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, May 21, 2019 @ 05:05 AM

There is an ongoing housing shortage in California that experts by-and-large have collectively labeled a crisis. Builders appear to be working to address this shortage but continue to fall short of meeting demand.

Southern California appears to be bringing new homes online at a much faster rate than the north. Los Angeles had 3,0002 single-family properties and a whopping 12,828 multi-family dwellings completed last year. Other SoCal cities with a high volume of new single-family homes include Irvine (1,945), San Diego (940) and Menifee (883). In Northern California, the state capital led the pack. Sacramento had 1,654 new single-family homes built in 2018.

The California Department of Finance reports that the total number of new residences built last year was about 97,000. To compare in 2006 there 200,000.

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: new homes, Mortgage rates, California Housing Market, San Diego Housing Market, housing shortage, Southern California Housing Market, California Department of Finance, California Housing Shortage

San Diego housing plans could be a game changer

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 @ 05:02 AM

Southern California is not generally known to be pedestrian friendly but law makers in San Diego are looking to change that. Rather than focusing on suburban communities, the City Council is greenlighting plans for more dense urban dwellings that are in close proximity to businesses, making it possible for residents to walk to work.

In his State of the City address in January, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed an aggressive increase in apartment and condominium construction. His agenda is in alignment with plans put forth by California Governor Gavin Newsom who is pushing for localities to remove development restrictions that limit high density housing construction.

Height limits and parking requirements would be lifted on new construction but current city rules that require 10 percent of a project be reserved for low-income families would remain in place.

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: Construction, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, Southern California Housing Market