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Money Monday: Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?

Time to Think About Refinancing Your Mortgage?

Source: NY Times

refinancing your homeDue to shifts in global bond markets, the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.49 percent Monday, which is down from 4.2 percent a year ago and 3.9 percent at the start of 2016. As a result, now may a good time to check the rate on your home mortgage, because borrowers could save money by refinancing. For that, American homeowners can thank British voters, central banks in Europe and Japan, and a global economy that just can’t get out of first gear. Furthermore, mortgage rates could fall further in the weeks ahead as banks start to pass more of the savings from low rates in the bond market through to customers.

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Steady Real Estate Recovery Predicted

Economists see steady growth but remain mixed on their outlook for the health of different segments of the U.S. economy.

urban real estate prices, most live in suburbsInvestments by businesses and government, as well as international trade activity, will grow at a faster rate than previously forecast, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics. However, consumer spending and investments in homes will be lower than previously predicted because of Americans’ lagging wage growth and trouble obtaining loans.

The predictions come in a quarterly survey of 46 forecasters that was conducted between Aug. 25 and Sept. 9.

Following an unusually high degree of volatility in the first half of the year, the group expects the pace of economic growth to steady, with gross domestic production forecast to grow at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 3 percent in the third and fourth quarters of 2014 and throughout 2015.

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Fannie Mae: Housing is “on a sustained growth path”

While impending fiscal cuts at the federal level will likely put a damper on economic growth in the first half of this year, home-price growth and an increase in homebuilding suggest housing is “on a sustained growth path,” according to a monthly economic outlook released by Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.

The lowest number of homes for sale since December 1994, a rising share of short sales compared to foreclosures, and fewer distressed properties overall have helped push up home prices from a bottom reached in early 2012, Fannie Mae said.

“One of the key developments for the housing market last year was the general consensus that home prices, on a national basis, bottomed earlier in the year and continued to build momentum, exhibiting robust year-over-year gains unseen since the housing boom,” the report said. Continue reading

San Diego foreclosures at 6-year low

San Diego County closed out 2012 with foreclosures at their lowest level in six years, says a report released Wednesday from local real estate information company DataQuick.

foreclosuresThe consistent drop in the number of people losing their homes to bank repossessions appears to be a product of an economy on the mend, increasing home values and government-led deals with major banks that promise borrowers alternatives to foreclosure, DataQuick officials said.

December foreclosures plummeted to 355, the lowest level since December 2006, when 288 were recorded. December’s total is nearly 18 percent lower than November’s and half of December 2011’s.

Default notices, the first official filing in the foreclosure process, totaled 878. That’s up 7.2 percent from November but down nearly 30 percent from the same month a year ago…

Read the rest of this article by U-T San Diego here: “San Diego foreclosures at 6-year low”.

Pending Home Sales at Highest Level Since March 2007

“The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) jumped 5.2 percent in October to 104.8, its highest level since March 2007, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Thursday. Economists had expected a smaller increase to 100.5.

 The September index was revised up to 99.6 from the originally reported 99.5.

On Wednesday, the Census Bureau and HUD reported jointly new home sales—the equivalent of the PHSI—had declined an ever-so-slight 0.37 percent in October. Both reports measure contracts for the purchase of a home.

The PHSI and new home sales report usually move in the same direction…”

Read the rest of DSNews.com’s article here: “Pending Home Sales at Highest Level Since March 2007”.

Foreclosures fall in San Diego County

Foreclosures plummet in San Diego County

“More San Diego County homeowners turned to short sales to avert foreclosure in the second quarter as the local market continued to gain momentum. Those were key factors that pushed down distress to lower-than-normal levels, based on a report from DataQuick on Monday.

The number of San Diegans who received default notices, the first step in the formal foreclosure process, fell 1.4 percent in the second quarter of this year (April to June) to 4,099 compared to the same period in 2011. This marks the lowest level of mortgage defaults seen in a single quarter in more than five years. In the first quarter of 2007 3,931 default notices were filed.

Foreclosure levels also have plunged. San Diego County recorded 1,391 in the second quarter, down 25.3 percent from the previous quarter and down nearly 50 percent from a year ago. The past quarter was the lowest one for foreclosures since the first quarter of 2007, when the county recorded 1,182 trustee deeds, which signal a foreclosure.

“Obviously the economy has been on the mend, however slowly,” said DataQuick President John Walsh. “But because housing is widely seen by economists as the biggest drag on growth, some interesting alternatives to the foreclosure process are being discussed, such as the use of eminent domain to buy and restructure mortgages. Needless to say, we’re all watching closely.”

Walsh is referring to a controversial plan from San Bernardino County and its two biggest cities — Ontario and Fontana — to seize mortgages that are underwater through eminent domain. The effort is meant to curb future foreclosures.

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San Diego foreclosures remain at 4-year low

The Union Tribune San Diego had a great article on the state of San Diego county foreclosures–they’re currently at a 4-year low! Read the article below:

The number of San Diego County foreclosures in March stayed at its lowest point in more than four years, essentially mirroring the downward trend seen statewide, based on Tuesday’s DataQuick foreclosure report. An improving picture in the distressed market could be attributed to some pick-up in the national economy and increasing number of homeowners who short-sell their homes instead of letting them fall into foreclosure.

A little more than 500 homes fell into foreclosure last month, the lowest it’s been since November 2007, when the county recorded 478. The March total is 21 percent lower than the previous month’s and more than half of what it was a year ago.

Statewide, foreclosures in the first quarter of 2012 fell to their lowest level since the third quarter of 2007, when 24,209 trustee deeds were filed. They peaked at 79,511 in 2008’s third quarter.

Local and statewide numbers for default notices, the official start of the formal foreclosure process, were mixed in March, DataQuick numbers show.

San Diego County recorded 1,500, 17.4 percent bump from February but an 18.3 percent drop from a year ago.

The number of default…

Read the rest of this article by U~T San Diego’s Lily Leung here: “San Diego foreclosures remain at 4-year low“.

NAR: 2012 home sales will be strongest in past 5 years

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is predicting existing-home sales will jump 7 to 10 percent in 2012 to the highest level in five years, based on an “uneven but higher sales pattern” so far this year.

Pending home sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent from January to February, which was up 9.2 percent from the same time a year ago, NAR said in releasing its latest Pending Home Sales Index.

NAR also reported a similar trend for existing-home sales, which were down 0.9 percent from January to February, but up 8.8 percent from a year ago.

The pending sales data released today provides a glimpse into more recent trends, because it tracks homes that were under contract in February — deals that will in most cases be finalized within one or two months.

NAR said 31 percent of REALTORS® experienced contract failures in February, in some cases because buyers’ mortgage applications were rejected or because appraisals came in below the negotiated price.

In the Northeast, NAR’s index slipped a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent from January but was up 18.4 percent from a year ago.

The Midwest saw a month-over-month gain of 6.5 percent and a 19 percent gain from a year ago.

Pending home sales fell 3 percent in the South from January to February, but were up 7.8 percent from a year ago.

In the West, the index declined 2.6 percent from January to February and was 1.8 percent below the index rating in February 2011.

In its latest economic forecast, NAR predicts existing-home sales will total 4.65 million in 2012, up 9.1 percent from last year. That forecast assumes that the U.S. economy will grow at a 2.3 percent annual rate and add 2.7 million jobs this year.