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Home Equity

Homeowners are tapping into equity

Because of the rising home prices, homeowners are cashing into their home equity.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

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/

Housing Becoming Less Affordable

Real estate prices and interest rates are on the rise.

Both rising interest rates and higher-priced homes the first part of 2015 are lessening home affordability for would-be homebuyers.

  • Only 30% of potential homebuyers can afford the average-priced, single-family residence
  • The median price of a single-family home is $485,100
  • To qualify for a home loan to buy such a home, the average annual income needed is $96,160
  • The median-priced home requires a monthly payment of $2,404 (which includes taxes and insurance on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan)

PricesontheUptickInfographic from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego home sales best in 7 years

“SD home sales best in 7 years

November’s median was $358,000, up 13.7% from year ago

San Diego County housing prices rose 13.7 percent over the last year to $358,000 as sales soared to their best November in seven years, DataQuick reported Wednesday.

It was the highest overall price since July 2008 as the market was skidding down and close to the $357,000 posted in March 2003 as prices were rocketing up…

…Sales for November totaled 3,371, down 6.9 percent from October, a typical seasonal dropoff. But that was 22.4 percent higher than a year ago and the highest for any November since the local market peaked in November 2005. At that time, there were 4,232 sales and prices stood at an all-time median high of $517,500.

In brief, overall prices were 30.8 percent off the November 2005 peak but have risen 27.9 percent since the January 2009 low of $280,000.

For 19 southwestern Riverside County neighborhoods near the San Diego County line, the overall median stood at $243,000, up 3.6 percent from October and 10.5 percent from November 2011. The sales count was 1,139, up 12.7 percent from year-ago levels.

DataQuick attributed the increases in prices and sales to a greater demand for higher-priced homes and reduction in low-cost foreclosure properties…”

Read this article by the San Diego Union Tribune in full here: SD home sales best in 7 years”.