Category Archives: Mortgage

Money Monday: Interest rate impact

As interest rates increase, it affects home buyers’ monthly payments, as well as the amount of income needed to qualify to buy a home.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. 

California Real Estate Market Update

Last year in Q3, there were slightly lower home prices. That and the steady mortgage rates helped a few more Californians to purchase a home.

  • The median price of a Californian home in Q3 2017 was $550,990.
  • The median price for a condo or townhome in California was $449,720.
  • The minimum annual income needed to qualify for the purchase of a median-priced single-family home was $111,260.
  • The minimum annual income needed to afford the monthly mortgage payments on a median-priced condo or townhome was $90,810.

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Should you upgrade from a smaller to a larger home?

Buying a house instead of renting is, depending where in the country you live, often more cost-effective. But upgrading from a smaller home to a larger home and mortgage? Probably not.

small house to mansion

“There are solid reasons to upgrade your home. For many, it was always the plan. You buy a starter home, and upgrade to a larger one once your family expands. Or your income expands, and you finally move into your dream home. Regardless of your reason, the typical first step is determining what you can afford. A standard rule for lenders is that your monthly housing payment (principal, interest, taxes and insurance) should not take up more than 28% of your income before taxes. A quick and dirty way to check how much you can afford is through calculators like myFico calculator.

“Lenders asses your monthly income, debt, credit score and a variety of other factors to determine how much you can “afford”. However, they don’t look at how your expenses will grow after upgrading to a bigger and better house. (“Forbes.com, “Upgrading to a bigger home? Beware of 6 expenses that will increase.”)

Read Forbes’ article on the 6 things that will increase with a larger place here.

Money Monday: The predicted 2018 housing market

Home buyers aren’t going to catch much of a break this year. According to CNN, that is. Here’s a brief blurb from their recent article ‘Is 2018 the year to buy a house?‘”

real estate market update for July 2017Sellers will remain in the driver’s seat as buyers continue to face affordability issues thanks to low housing supply.

“The challenges for buyers in the market haven’t changed that much from last year” said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of mortgage website HSH.com.

What’s more, home loans are expected to get more expensive as the year progresses.

Here’s what home buyers and sellers can expect from the housing market this year”:

Homes will remain in tight supply

Home prices will slow

Loans will get more expensive

Read CNN’s article in its entirety here: “Is 2018 the year to buy a house?

Closing Chaos Infographic

In escrow? Hopefully you don’t experience these closing frustrations.

While the majority of home sales close on time, there are some that are delayed or cancelled altogether for various reasons.

Here are the top 5 reasons for a delayed closing:

  1. Issues in obtaining financing
  2. Issues with the home inspection
  3. Issues with appraisal
  4. Issues related to title or deed
  5. Issues with sorting out the deal’s contingencies

Closing Chaos infographic CAR.org

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: New Year, New Financial Resolutions

It’s the start of 2018, and a great time to make financial resolutions!

Need to save more? Check out my posts on saving (here), with topics on easy ways to save, changing your spending impulses, and saving for a house down payment, just to name a few.

If you’re delving into the life stage of buying a house, find all sorts of real estate financial tips and advice here.

For advice on spending money responsibility, click here.

Check out all of my Money Monday posts!

Photo from Pictures of Money

California Real Estate: Housing Affordability in the 3rd Quarter

The latest on the California real estate market.

Take a look at the infographic below to see the percentage of households who can afford to buy a median-priced home.

Real estate affordability in California

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Top three financial priorities

“Emergency funds, retirement, debt payoff, college costs – overwhelming is an understatement when it comes to how we should prioritize our savings. We know we should be saving, but where and how much?”

personal finance

According to Forbes, saving for your kids’ college funds shouldn’t be in the top-three priorities. What are the three things you should tackle before other financial needs and wants?

  1. Emergency savings
  2. Putting away for retirement
  3. Paying off debt

Then, you can begin to focus on other financial things, such as college funds and early mortgage payoff.

Read up on all of Forbes’ suggestions here: “The Top Three Priorities For Savings.”