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Buying a home requires more than just funds from your home loan. Here are some tips that will help you cover other costs.
Yes, now is the perfect time to buy a home! Of course, a home purchase comes with costs you may incur above the price of the home. Insurance, escrow and title fees, are just a few of the “closing costs” as part of the purchase process.
Then of course, is your down payment. Whether you’re going with a traditional fixed-rate mortgage with 20 percent down, or taking advantage of a loan with a lower down payment (Some loans are available with as little as 3 percent down), you still need to come up with that cash. So where does that cash come from? Here are a few suggestions.
Save it up!
Yes, here’s doing it the old fashioned, but tried and true way. When it comes to buying a home, it’s best to make your financial plan that gives you enough time to make sure your money is in order. This includes debt management and budgeting, so that you have the best opportunity to qualify for a low interest rate. While you’re making this plan, include a way to save some of that cash and put it away for your home purchase costs. Continue reading Where Will You Get Your Home Buying Money From?→
Median Single Family Home Prices Rise 6% In One Month
Good news for Santa Clarita homeowners! Recent statistics released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors showed the median price of a single family home in the SCV rose to $520,000 in March; up a little more than 6 percent from February’s median price of $490,000.
That’s a $30,000 increase in equity in one month!
Are you starting to see why it’s better to own than to rent your home?
Now to be clear, home equity doesn’t jump this much every single month, but year over year, real estate in the Santa Clarita Valley has averaged an increase of over 6 percent since 1998 (The first full year the Southland Regional Association of Realtors provided public statistics). This includes the short term declines in the real estate market during the darkest years of the recent recession between 2008-2011. Continue reading Santa Clarita Home Prices Jump To Over $500K→
Rates have remained low for the past several years, but when should they be raised? And just what IS the Federal Reserve, anyway?
We talk a lot about interest rates, and for obvious reasons. Unless you are paying cash for a home, then they play prominently in just how much home
you can afford.
Yes, rates have risen and fallen over the past few years, and today we’re not talking about interest as it pertains to the value of loans that are bought and sold on the stock market (Which can also affect rates); we’re instead talking about the Federal Reserve.
What is the Federal Reserve?
Established in 1913, the Federal Reserve acts as the nation’s bank. They set financial policies and terms that banks and lending institutions follow, and also loan money to those banks at a base interest rate that is below what the consumer would pay. The following video provides a brief and easy to understand explanation of how the Federal Reserve works.
Will interest rates go up?
Good question. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has more than hinted that it’s possible rates could rise sometime this year. If the Fed does raise the base interest rate, it will definitely affect a buyer’s loan limit or their mortgage payment amount. The best thing to do if you’re on the fence about buying a home is to lock in your rate now.
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Home prices hold fairly steady going into 2015 in the Santa Clarita Valley.
New statistics out from the Southland Regional Association of Realtors showed home prices holding steady as we move head on into 2015.
January showed single family homes dropping in median price by $15,000, which is not uncommon for this time of year as sales slow down slightly after the holidays. What’s interesting is that condominiums in the Santa Clarita Valley increased in January by $15,000 over December 2014. The last time the SCV saw condo prices jump (rather than fall) in January was in 2006.
This interesting rise in condo prices could be attributed to a few factors:
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) guideline changes for first time home buyers.
January sees highest number of loan applications since 2008.
With mortgage rates holding at below 4 percent for the past few months, it’s no wonder home buyers are seeing the opportunities available to them in the form of greater purchasing power.
According to the Mortgage Banker’s Association, nationwide mortgage applications were up 49 percent as of the week ending January 9th 2015, which is the largest increase since 2008. What’s interesting about this phenomenon is that it flies in the face of predictions made by some financial analysts who predicted mortgage rates would rise.
So why have mortgage rates remained low despite predictions?
We’ve seen the foundations of not just an economic recovery, but a true rebound in the past 12 months. Nationally, unemployment rates have dropped, while the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) surpassed expectations in the latter part of 2014. Stocks have been strong, as have Mortgage-Backed Securities. Strong investment in the stock side of real estate has helped maintain low rates as well. Consumer confidence has also soared in the wake of lower gasoline prices, putting more money into peoples’ pockets. Continue reading Low Rates Spur Huge Jump In Mortgage Applications→
The potential risks of canceling a home purchase contract.
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial decisions many of us will make in our lifetime. So it’s understandable that for some, the stress of
such a decision may feel overwhelming. In some cases, buyers can catch a plain old case of “cold feet,” while others may realize that their “dream home” isn’t so dreamy after all.
In other cases, situations may arise during the escrow process that could require the buyer to rethink their decision, or cause them to not be able to purchase a home at all. When any of these situations arise, we do our best to assess what’s best for the buyer as to how to proceed.
So what are the rules regarding canceling a purchase contract AFTER the seller has accepted the offer and escrow has opened?
When a buyer decides to make an offer, as REALTORS we use a purchase contract from the California Association of Realtors called an RPA-CA. As the offer is being written, we’re explaining every detail so that the buyer completely understands what will happen during the purchase process. At the bottom of each page of the contract, the buyer(s) initial their acknowledgement. Continue reading I’ve Changed My Mind. Can I Cancel My Home Purchase?→
Do I buy? Sell? Do Realtors work at all during the season?
There is a misconception out there that the real estate market shuts down between Thanksgiving and the New Year. That agents decide to “take the rest of the year off”, and not bother to market for new business, or even tend to their current clients.
While this may be true for some agents, it most certainly isn’t true for Team Avalos. We are working hard through the season to insure our clients needs are met, and still meeting with, and working with, both home buyers and sellers.
Which begs the question: Is this a good time to do some real estate business? Are sellers showing their homes this time of year? The answer is a resounding YES! Right now, buyers have such great opportunities to get into the home they want based on less competition from other buyers who may decide to wait until “after the holidays.” Also, interest rates have taken another down turn, giving you incredible purchasing power to get into the home of your dreams.
So what about selling my home? Why shouldn’t I just wait until the new year to list my home?
Low interest rates continue to spur home sales in the SCV.
Single family home prices remained unchanged last month from August, holding steady at a median price of $490,000 according to data released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors.
This comes as good news for sellers at a time when the market begins to shift and slow as the summer season comes to a close. Condominiums did take a slight dip last month, but dropped only $5,000 in median price overall.
Median equity in single family homes has risen $57,100 since January, with condos rising $30,000 over the course of this year. Considering your investment options, where else can you increase your overall wealth by this much in only 9 months?
Will mortgage rates remain low?
A few weeks back, rates dipped below 4 percent for the first time since the spring of 2013. This spurred a lot of not only buying activity, but a mini “refi boom” for homeowners looking to refinance their mortgage to a lower rate. They have ticked up a few 10ths of a percent, and are currently holding just over 4 percent, but even still, these are incredible rates, considering the historical average (Taken over the past 40 years) hovers right around 8 percent. The big question is, of course, will the STAY low? Continue reading Santa Clarita Home Prices Hold Steady Through September→
More requests from buyers leave agents scrambling to find homes for sale.
Santa Clarita has seen a decent summer as far as real estate goes. Prices and interest rates have remained steady, and we have seen an increase month over month in listings and sales, as well as inventory for sale.
Lately however, it seems there is a late summer surge with regard to buyers looking for homes and, for the first time in quite a while, some real estate agents are scrambling to find homes that will satisfy their buyers’ needs.
So what might be causing this end of summer buying spree?
Interest rates are still holding in the low 4 percent range for qualified buyers, and even low for certain types of loans such as 15 year fixed and FHA loans. It’s a great opportunity for buyers to flex their purchasing power and get into a home before the end of the year. Continue reading Is Santa Clarita Seeing a Mini Real Estate Surge?→
Low interest rates and more homes for sale in the SCV are giving buyers more options this year.
Data released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors for the month of July show some interesting trends that are creating more opportunities for buyers, while still benefiting sellers as well.
The median price of single family homes dropped by nearly $14,000 from June, and condo prices dropped by $5000. That being said, sellers should take note that price fluctuations typically happen when the market heats up. We have also seen an increase in the number of escrows opened, and closed, during July…more good news for sellers. A total of 500 homes were listed for sale last month, with 415 escrows opened, and 373 escrows closing. Single family home prices are up by $35,000 from July of last year.
We’re still asking the question: “Why rent, when you can own?”
A lot of you who are still renting do so because you may think your choices and options are limited when it comes to buying a home. Pricing and financing are always two big concerns that keep potential home buyers on the fence, but with interest rates still incredibly low, your purchasing power is at its best. As far as financing goes, there are several options that can create opportunities to get into a home with low money (or in some cases, no money) down. Continue reading Is Santa Clarita Shifting To a Buyer’s Market?→
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