July home sales climb to highest level in nearly three years

Sales 2015-08Sustained job and income growth gave home buyers the confidence in July to jump into the California housing market, pushing home sales to their highest level in nearly three years.

Home sales remained above the 400,000 mark in July for the fourth consecutive month and rose to highest level since October 2012. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 449,530 units in July. The July figure was up 2.7 percent from the revised 437,680 level in June and 12.7 percent compared with home sales in July 2014 of a revised 398,980. The year-to-year change was the highest since July 2009 and significantly higher than the 6-month average increase of 6 percent observed from January 2015-June 2015.

The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home dipped 0.3 percent in July to $488,260 from $489,640 in June.  July’s median price was 5.4 percent higher than the revised $463,330 recorded in July 2014. The median sales price is the point at which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less; it is influenced by the types of homes selling as well as a general change in values.

Median Price 2015-08

The July Unsold Inventory Index was unchanged from June, remaining at 3.3 months, but down from 3.8 months in July 2014. The index indicates the number of months needed to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. A six- to seven-month supply is considered typical in a normal market.

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Home sales Surge in March-April

The spring selling season gets off to a sunny start in March with the sale pace reaching an 18-month high. Also, NAR President Chris Polychron urges the Senate Banking Committee to take action on overly tight mortgage credit. Other stories: Hard-hit buyers are returning to the market seven years after the downturn and the Rural Housing Service joins NAR to talk about the advantages of Sec. 502 direct loans for households that otherwise wouldn’t be able to get mortgage financing.

Is this a good market for buyers? Should I buy now or wait till spring of 2010?

Great news for buyers:  The Mortgage Protection Program has been extended through 2010.

To continue to provide first-time home buyers with peace of mind when purchasing their first home, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Housing Affordability Fund has extended the Mortgage Protection Program (MPP) through December 2010.

Through the C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund’s MPP, first-time home buyers who lose their jobs due to layoffs may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 per month, for six months, to help make their mortgage payments. A qualified co-buyer also can participate in the program, and receive a monthly benefit of $750 per month for up to six months.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE MORTGAGE PROTECTION PROGRAM APPLICANTS MUST:
Be a first-time home buyer – someone who has not owned property in the last three years
(includes co-buyer).
Open escrow April 2, 2009, or later, and close on or before December 31, 2010
(purchase agreement cannot be dated before April 2, 2009)

Use a California REALTOR® in the transaction
Purchase the property in California
Be a W-2 employee (cannot be self-employed)

Housing affordability reaches 70.1 in third quarter.

Housing affordability stood at 70.1 percent nationwide in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released last week.

That means more than 70% of all households in the country can afford to purchase a home. When you consider that so many families are settled in homes they purchased years ago at much lower prices, the percentage of people being able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership is even higher.

Low Interest Rates.

Interest rates have been historically low all year. Average conventional mortgage rates have hovered between 5 and 6 percent through most of 2009 and are currently below 5 percent. Interest rates can have even more impact on the actual cost of homeownership than sales prices.

Extension of first–time home buyers’ tax credit.

First time home buyer $8000 tax credit has been extended till April 30, 2010. Homebuyers who are in transactions of that date can close escrow on or before July 1, 2010 to get the tax credit. So far an estimated 1.5 million buyers who purchased homes in 2009 are expected to claim the credit and the numbers are growing because of the extension.

New Tax credit for existing homeowners.

Homeowners that have lived in their home for 5 out of the last 8 years can get a tax credit of $6,500 when they buy another home as long as it is going to be a primary residence. In other words the buyers do not have to be first time home buyers. This means, current homeowners who want a home that is larger or smaller or in a different location may be eligible for this tax credit.

Extension of higher conforming loan limits.

Congress has agreed to extend the conforming loan limit from $417,000 to $729,750 through 2010. As you probably know jumbo rates are expensive and more difficult to obtain.

If these are not enough reasons for any buyer to seriously consider buying a house NOW, I wonder what is. Please call Meena Gujral (California Realtor) at 510-279-9580 if you are looking to buy a home in Fremont, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Dublin, or anywhere in the Alameda County or go to my website at http://www.helpusellachievers.com

Here is a link to my Five Canyons Homes blog- Five Canyons Homes.

Meena Gujral

Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty

40083 Mission Blvd, Fremont, Ca. 94539

510-279-9580

September Home Sales in Castro Valley, California

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Housing Market in Castro Valley, Ca.

As per the Bay East Association of Realtors, Days on Market (DOM) for the Castro Valley area year-to-date is around 84. The median attached home price in Castro Valley for September was $505,000. As of the last day of September there were 107 active homes in  Castro Valley. At current selling rates this means there is approximately 2 months of inventory in Castro Valley remaining.

  Active Pending Sold Months Supply
Aug 08 190 36 42 4.5
Sep 08 184 40 33 4.4
Oct 08 174 43 32 4.2
Nov 08 162 25 29 4.5
Dec 08 157 22 32 4.8
Jan 09 152 39 18 4.7
Feb 09 151 30 25 5.2
Mar 09 137 50 25 3.9
Apr 09 125 46 31 3.0
May 09 111 48 34 2.6
Jun 09 102 53 29 2.1 
Jul 09 108 49 45 2.2
Aug 09 100 52 44 2.0
Sep 09 107 48 38 2.1

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