Tag Archives: buying a home

First-Time Home Buyers Have Increased

For the first time in three years, the percentage of home buyers in the real estate market has increased.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Improved Affordability in California

Compared to this time last year, homes are slightly more affordable in California

  • The median price for a single-family home in California in 2016’s Q3 was $515,940.
  • 31% of households could afford to purchase a median-priced home — compared to 29% of households a year ago.
  • Least-affordable counties include: San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin.
  • Most-affordable counties include: San Bernardino, Kings, and Kern.

CAR improved real estate affordability in California

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Money Monday: Good news for home buyers

Incomes are finally rising faster than home prices.

Photo from Pictures of Money

Photo from Pictures of Money

“For the first time since 2011, incomes rose faster than home prices in the U.S., according to a new report from Zillow.

“The median home price climbed to $188,100 in August, a 5% increase from the same time a year ago.

“And last week, the Census Bureau reported that median household income increased to $56,516 in 2015, up 5.2% from 2014.”

CNN. “Here’s some good news for house hunters.”  http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/22/real_estate/incomes-rise-faster-than-home-values

Read more of this article at CNN here.

Money Monday: Shopping for Interest Rates

While interest rates have remained at low levels, many analysts are predicting that mortgage rates will be heading upward. With this in mind smart homeowners are rushing to lock in the low rates. The following tips will help interested homebuyers in shopping for the best rate.

mortgage rates and property taxes

How to shop: If you simply call up and ask a lender for interest rates the lender can tell you almost anything. One lender might offer a floating rate, while the next would offer you a forty day rate. Instead, before you call up you need to know two things: how many points you want to pay and how long you want to lock in the rate. You also want to call all the lenders on the same day. This way you will get a common basis of comparison for the different quotes.

Getting a reliable quote: Beware of lenders who promise unreasonable low rates. This does not mean that lenders are unreliable; however there is an incentive for the lender to fudge the quote in order to gain your business (the bait). Then when you go in to fill out the paper work the lender will change the rate on you (the switch).

How to Really Shop for a Lender: The best way is to get a referral, then shop other lenders. Do it properly, telling the lenders how much you are willing to pay in points and how long you want to lock in the rate. Make all your calls on the same day. Tell the lender you have filled out an application and that you will fax it in, so the rate has to be something he can deliver.

Homebuyer Challenges

Potential homebuyers can face challenges to buying a home.

What difficulties to they face?

  • Saving for a down payment (need help on saving/not spending as much? Check out my Money Monday posts!)
  • Lack of houses for sale (real estate inventory)
  • Difficulty getting financing and credit
  • Personal debt (I have some tips in my past Money Monday posts!)

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This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at CAR.org.

Money Monday: Renters’ Dilemma

It can be tough to go from the role of renter to owner.

With good reason, for many. According to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, 46% of consumers are renting because they can’t buy. And 62% of renters have debt that makes buying a home difficult; because of: student loans, auto loans and credit cards.

But homeownership is still highly valued. Renters, on average, rate the value of being a homeowner at 6.8 stars out of 10.

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This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: http://www.car.org/aboutus/onecoolthing/renters/

Money Monday: Renters have affordability challenges when buying a home

Renters value homeownership but face affordability challenges when it comes to buying a home, C.A.R. survey finds.

upside-downCurrent renters value homeownership and want to buy a home, but many are encountering affordability and financial obstacles that prevent them from buying, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2016 Renter Survey. Making sense of the story:

  • Nearly half of renters (48 percent) plan to buy a home in the future, with 10 percent saying that they plan to buy within a year.
  • For those not planning to buy, an improvement in finances, lower housing prices, and saving enough for a down payment would motivate them to buy now.
  • Of the 28 percent of renters who don’t plan to buy in the future, 50 percent said they can’t afford to buy, 20 percent will not buy because they prefer to rent, 19 percent said they can’t qualify for a mortgage, and 15 percent lack a down payment.
  • Job uncertainty (9 percent), economic uncertainty (12 percent), and housing market uncertainty (6 percent) were among other reasons renters cited for not buying a home.
    Homeownership remains important to renters, with nearly half (45 percent) rating it 8 or higher in importance on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being extremely important. The average was 6.8.
  • Nearly all renters (95 percent) see advantages to homeownership; freedom to do what you want with your home, building equity, and having permanence and stability were the top benefits mentioned by renters.
  • One of the surprising findings of this survey is that more than one in four millennial renters said they plan to purchase a home that will accommodate their parents, and about one in five millennials indicated they plan to pool funds with family members to buy a home.

Read the full story from KPCC: www.scpr.org/news/2016/06/08/61459/homeownership-is-valued-but-remains-expensive-and/

Money Monday: Millennials under pressure

Millennials have multiple financial stresses

Why do millennials have more financial challenges than baby boomers? Several reasons:

  • Home prices have increased
  • It’s pricey raising a child
  • Median household incomes have decreased
  • More have student debt

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This infographic is from CAR.org.