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Prices have fallen again!!!

Although home sales have increased, the prices have decreased in 118 markets across the country.  Prices have declined approx. 7.5% in March from a year ago.  This is the eighth straight month of declining prices.  So what’s keeping the sales going?  I believe that the low interest rates and affordable prices are keeping sales alive. 

San Francisco is showing signs of recovery along with San Mateo county.  With gas prices continuing to rise, many buyers are moving back to big cities where they don’t have to use their car.  This may be one reason why San Francisco has been experiencing a brisk recovery.        

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How are we doing???

If our government continues to ignore our budget problems that we have today, we will be in the same credit classification as Greece.  Once we loose our credibility, things will be more expensive.  Something has to be done.  

Although our budget is operating at a 60 % deficit, home sales have increased and is on track to out perform last year.  This increase is fueled by homes being more affordable, historically low interest rates, and lower unemployment, according to Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist.  April did show signs of  our economy improving but the housing industry is still fragile

Even though we have an increase in sales, the values of the homes have dropped 3% in the first quarter of 2011, which makes this decline the largest since 2008. 

With all this going on, it’s still a great time to make that investment in the “Great American Dream”.     

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REO inventory All-Time High

Bank owned inventory nationally grew to a record high of 2.2 million in March and foreclosures starts increased by 33% month over month.  This may sound bad but foreclosure sales have increased and delinquencies are down by 11% which is the lowest since 2008. 

Pending sales have increased which is a good sign that the demand is strong and the inventory will decrease hopefully faster then any increase.  The U.S. is expected to add  at least 750,000 new households in 2011 which is a healthy demand.  A lot of these new homeowners are a result of lower home prices that are cheaper to buy then to rent, low interest rates, and more confidence in the recovery of the economy. 

“The good news is that recent home buyers are staying well within budget, leading to exceptionally low loan default rates among home buyers over the past two years,” Yun added.

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Increase in pending sales in San Francisco

In the coming months San Francisco will experience an increase in closed sales because the number of pending sales has increased by 8.9% which represents 2.6 months of the current supply of homes.  If supplies continue to decrease and demand stays strong, maybe a seller’s market might be on the horizon.

The market will change if employment increases and interest rates stays affordable.  However, if more distressed homes come on the market, we may not see a market shift for a long time or we may see a double dip in prices.

3rd month of increased home sales

With January increase of home sales, it could be a sign that things maybe turning around.  Property sales increased 2.7%, nationally, and represents the first time in 7 months that sales were higher then a year ago.  23% of the sales were by investors and there was an increase of all cash purchases representing the highest level ever.  

Even though we are having economic problems, it is still a great time to purchase a property.  Interest rates are still pretty low and there are plenty of inventory.  This will change, but when?  Why not get something now and grow with your investment.  If you are ready, here are 5 affordable areas and 5 very expensive areas.  No matter where you go, the prices are definitely less then the were in 2007. 

Sales in San Francisco has been steady and returning to a healthy pace.  Sales rose by 20.7% from a year ago, January 2010. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to realize your dream of owning your own home.  You might be surprised to know that it could be cheaper or as much as your rent.     

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Home sales rebound in 49 states

During the 4th quarter of 2010,  over half of the metropolitan areas have experienced price gains from a year ago, but the rest of the areas did not.  NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun is encouraged by the trend and says the sales in the last quarter of 2010 has absorbed much of the inventory including distress properties.  This could be a good sign that we may be recovering.  With the continued improvement of the market and more jobs become available, the market will be back to normal. 

Interest rates have been a big factor in sustaining the sales of homes.  Last year we have seen interest rates at its all time low, but the rates have been inching up.  This is a reaction to the housing recovery that we might be experiencing.  We may never see rates lower then 5% in the future.  In my 30 years of working in this industry, I thought I would never see interest rates lower than 6%, but it did happen.  If you’re planning to finance a purchase or refinancing an existing property, you may want to do it now before the rates go sky high.

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The best time ever to buy a home

Have you been thinking about when it may be the best time to purchase a property? Well, here’s 5 reasons why you might want to make that big step now. Don’t forget, real estate has cycles. We are now in a buyer’s cycle and it’s the best time to take advantage of the market place. Remember, not too long ago, the last seller’s market? Do you remember when prices went through the roof and properties were selling like hot cakes? Does multiple offers to buy a home and  bidding over the asking price sound familiar? Well, it’s better now. If you can get into a property today, you’ll be able to ride the wave of the next seller’s market.

So how are you going to get the money to take advantage of the opportunity? Unless you have lots of cash to make that purchase, you should see your banker or loan agent to see how much you can borrow. If you need to scrape up some money for a down payment, here’s 7 ways that may help. Good Luck!

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Foreclosures are down

According to Realty Trac, “A total of 340,740 California properties received a foreclosure filing in the first half of 2010, the nation’s highest total but down 15 percent from the previous six months and down nearly 13 percent from the first six months of 2009.”

It is encouraging to know that the foreclosures are on a decline, however is the real estate market going to survive the next wave of REOs? I think it will as long as the interest rates stay at today’s levels, unemployment declines, and the demand for housing remains strong.

The San Francisco market is a great example. Although the hardest hit areas in San Francisco, are in the lower and medium priced homes, the home sales have increased and spurred on the sales of the more expensive areas of the city. It is expected to continue for the rest of the 2010.

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Did you know FHA loans are assumable?

FHA loans have been around for a long time, however, it is more popular these days then ever before. Borrowers can qualify for a loan with as little as 3.5% of the sales price.  Here are some things to know about these types of  loans. With the way the economy is today, these programs can help you.

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