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New FHA Guidelines Aim To Give Recession Victims Another Chance At Home Ownership

Federal Housing Authority changes wait time for bankruptcy filers and short sellers from two years to one.

As the real estate market recovers, many previous homeowners who were either forced to give up their homes due to foreclosure or short sale, and/or filed for bankruptcyFHA changes guidelines for home buyers as a result of the economic issues surrounding the “Great Recession.” In many cases, those issues were temporary and many who had previously been affected by the negative economic impact of a few years ago have since rebounded. However, the minimum wait time for any former homeowner who fell victim to the conditions described above has been at least 24 months to be approved for a loan backed by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA).

Recently the FHA sent a letter to mortgage lenders regarding changes they have made to help put former home owners back into the real estate market by announcing that, under certain conditions, they will back mortgages that will reduce the wait time from 24 months to one year. These conditions include:

  • Buyer must prove that an economic hardship was suffered beyond their control, such as experiencing job loss or a negative financial impact that was a result of the conditions brought on by the recession. These hardships must be documented in writing.
  • Buyer must also prove that they have since recovered economically and are able to qualify for a home loan. Lender may review credit scores and information that may qualify the buyer as a candidate for a mortgage. Also, the buyer must be able to show that they had excellent credit PRIOR to the events that created their negative economic situation.
  • Qualifying factors for loan approval include buyer proving cash reserves, loan-to-value ratio at or below 90%, and debt-to-income ratios.
  • Buyer must agree to HUD approved home buyer counseling. Continue reading New FHA Guidelines Aim To Give Recession Victims Another Chance At Home Ownership

Santa Clarita Housing Prices Close To Pre-Recession Levels

Real estate recovery netting higher yields for SCV home prices not seen since early 2008.

With another indication that the real estate recovery is in full swing, housing information for June 2013 shows prices for single family homes in the Santa Clarita Valley Team Avalos Real Estateaveraging at $430,000. This is roughly the same sale price average as homes sold in the fall of 2008, just before the onset of the Great Recession that led to falling housing prices and a rise in mortgage foreclosures. Average Santa Clarita Valley condominium prices averaged $263,000 in June.

As mentioned in a previous article, we’ve seen housing prices jump overall in Southern California by nearly 30 percent between June of 2012 and June of 2013.

Santa Clarita foreclosure sales way down compared to last year.

According to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors (SRAR), standard sale homes (Homes for sale that are not facing foreclosure or any other economic threat) have risen over 30 percent since June of 2012. We’ve seen an increase to just over 69 percent for standard sales, compared to 32 and a half percent in June of last year. This is due in large part to the recovery of equity in homes that may have been “upside down” (Where the home value is less than the value of the loan) as a result of the recession. Continue reading Santa Clarita Housing Prices Close To Pre-Recession Levels

Southern California Home Prices Jump Over 28% In June

Housing prices in the Southland rise to a new year-over-year record.

RealtyTrac, the company that collects and reports nationwide statistics and trends for the real estate industry, recently reported that housing prices in Southern California Housing prices take a sharp turn upward in Southern Californiajumped 28.3% in June 2013 over June of last year. According to RealtyTrac, this is the largest jump in housing prices since they began generating data in 1989. This includes double digit jumps for the Santa Clarita housing market as well.

Los Angeles County had the largest price jump at 30.8 percent year-over-year, with Riverside County a close second at 30.4 percent. Locally, Santa Clarita housing prices have seen an 18% rise.

The real estate market has returned, but will it last?

We’ve seen a tremendous turnaround in the real estate market in the past few years, dramatically so from the dark days following the economic issues that sparked the so-called “Great Recession” back in 2008. Interest rates remained steady, and even dropped to historic lows thanks in part to the Federal Reserve guaranteeing mortgage backed securities to the tune of $85 billion per month. With the economic rebound came more qualified home buyers who were ready to take advantage of the low mortgage rates. This, coupled with “boomerang buyers” (Home buyers who may have left the market a few years earlier due to short sale or other methods of avoiding foreclosure), have led to a buying surge. Of course, lower than normal housing inventory for sale sparked what turned into a seller’s market, which has helped spur the dramatic rise in home prices. Continue reading Southern California Home Prices Jump Over 28% In June

Rising Mortgage Rates Affect Re-fi’s, But Not Home Sales

While mortgage rates are back on the rise, they are still phenomenally low for home buyers.

After years of continually dropping to historic lows, mortgage interest rates are slowly on the rise. That being said, as of this posting they are still hovering below 4 percent.Team Avalos Real Estate

While rates are rising, it’s important to note that home sales, as well as prices, are also still on the rise.

Santa Clarita has experienced an 11 percent jump in home prices for both single family residences and condominiums in the past year, and overall the market has improved into the double digits across the country as well. Most people know and understand a lot about trends in real estate sales, such as supply and demand, economic conditions that drive prices down and/or up, and indicators for growth and expansion, but how is it that interest rates have remained so low during the so-called “Great Recession,” and what are some of the factors driving them upward again?

Mortgage Backed Securities and the Federal Government

We saw many bad things happen in 2007 and 2008 with the fall of banks and lending institutions deemed “too large to fail.” So much so, that by the Fall of 2008, the Federal Government stepped in to buy up Mortgage Backed Securities to the tune of $85 billion per month. Mortgage Backed Securities (Also known as MBS) are loans bundled into packages and sold as stock options whereby money is based on the principal and interest payments on the packaged loans. That’s the definition in its simplest form, however MBS can be much more complicated than that based on the offerings and desires of the investor. Since November of 2008, government backed MBS have helped keep interest rates low since the Fed will guarantee a return on the investment.  Continue reading Rising Mortgage Rates Affect Re-fi’s, But Not Home Sales

How Santa Clarita’s Unemployment Rate Drop Affects The SCV Real Estate Market

Santa Clarita unemployment rate drops .4% in April while housing prices continue to rise.

According to the State of California’s Employment Development Department, Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.7% during the month of April 2013, down .4%Santa Clarita Unemployment Rate Drops from the previous month. Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate is 3.6% less than the rate for Los Angeles County, which has a 9.3% overall unemployment rate. The statewide unemployment rate dropped to 9% in April 2013, down .4% from the previous month.

Santa Clarita remains on firm economic ground.

According to city sources, Santa Clarita fared much better than surrounding communities in the wake of the so-called Great Recession, which hit businesses and homeowners alike beginning in late 2007, with much of its impact felt for several years thereafter. While many of Santa Clarita residents did feels the recession’s effects, the city remained on solid economic footing throughout.

Fortunately, the Santa Clarita Valley housing market has bounced back along with the employment numbers. Many homeowners are seeing growth in equity in their properties, and home sellers are experiencing multiple offers and selling their homes at or above listing price in many cases.  Continue reading How Santa Clarita’s Unemployment Rate Drop Affects The SCV Real Estate Market

Home Buyers: What Do You REALLY Know About Your Home Mortgage Loan?

Educating yourself about your loan options during the home buying process Home mortgage loan myths: How much do you know about your home loan?can save you money and frustration.

A recent Zillow survey showed some interesting statistics about what home buyers actually know (Or don’t know) about obtaining a home mortgage loan. Out of 1,000 current and prospective homeowners, it was discovered that:

  • 34 percent don’t know what the term “APR” means
  • 31 percent don’t believe it is possible to obtain a home mortgage loan with less than 5% as a down payment
  • One in four believe that they must close escrow using the same lender who originally pre-approved them for their home loan

Let’s clarify these home mortgage myths, shall we?

What does APR stand for? Continue reading Home Buyers: What Do You REALLY Know About Your Home Mortgage Loan?

Santa Clarita Valley Home Prices Rise While Unemployment Drops

February Real Estate Sales Figures For The Santa Clarita Valley Show An Increase In Property Value For Single Family Homes

According to figures from the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Southland Regional Association of Realtors, the Santa Clarita Valley showedSanta Clarita Valley Real Estate Sales an average increase of 5% in single family home values during the month of February.

Median prices for single family homes rose to $379,000 in February from an average of $360,000 in January of this year. Condominium prices also rose slightly in February to an average of $220,000 from January 2013’s high of $206,700.

March Figures Show Agua Dulce At Top Of Pricing Index For Housing

The Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported housing sales figures for the month of March 2013. Valencia had the highest number of new listings at 90 and a median list price of $489,000; followed by Canyon Country with 82 new listings with $400,000 as its price median which is the lowest in the Santa Clarita Valley. Total figures for all of the Santa Clarita Valley for the month of March are as follows: Continue reading Santa Clarita Valley Home Prices Rise While Unemployment Drops

Unlicensed “Agent” Commits Over 100 Counts of Real Estate Fraud

Why it is ALWAYS Important To Hire a Licensed, Professional Real Estate Agent

Even in what’s being called a real estate recovery, there are many distressed homeowners out there who may still be experiencing financial hardship or foreclosure of their Los Angeles County Sheriffhome by their mortgage lender.  Recently, a Van Nuys woman was indicted on a 36 count felony charge that includes grand theft and the recording of false and fraudulent documents while defrauding over 100 distressed homeowners.

Anna Moskovyan, 36, of Van Nuys used public records to target properties scheduled for tax lien sales by the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector’s office. She would then forge grant deeds at the County office to transfer ownership from the rightful property owner(s) to herself. She would then file claims to receive the excess proceeds from the tax sale of the property, and pocket the profits.

Moskovyan would also record dozens of phony mechanic’s liens against the title of the property for contractor work that was never performed. She would then charge financial institutions to “clear” the liens.  Continue reading Unlicensed “Agent” Commits Over 100 Counts of Real Estate Fraud