WHEN IS IT TIME TO REFINANCE AGAIN
Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey reveals that the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 3.84%, down from 3.88% the previous week. Last year at this time, the rate was 4.71%.
Much depends on the individual borrower’s situation. Naturally, you must have the income to qualify for a new loan and you must be able to verify that income to the lender’s satisfaction. You must also have sufficient equity in your home to meet the lender’s guidelines. Most conventional loans limit the loan amount to 75% of the home’s present market value.
Note one exception is the HARP-2 loan program that will allow specific homeowners to borrow up to 125% of the current market value of their home. The guidelines limit those who may qualify to a small number of homeowners.
One important question to ask is, exactly how long do I plan on living in my present home? If you plan to sell in a year or two, a refinance is not likely to pencil out. It will take some time to recover the costs associated with a refinance.
Another factor in the equation will be your present interest rate. Those paying six or seven percent will have greater financial motivation than those who just refinanced last year at less than five percent. The delta (difference) between your present monthly payment and the proposed refinance payment will determine how much or how little you may save and how long it will take to recover refinance costs.
The formula is simple. Determine the proposed monthly payment on your new loan see how much lower it will be than your present payment. Divide that number into the cost of your refinance and you will have the payback period. Therefore, if your current payment is $ 1700 per month and the proposed payment will be $ 1600, the delta is $100.
If the refinance will cost you $ 3000, your payback period will be 30 months, or five years. The savings after that five- year period are your gain for the refinance.
It will probably be more difficult to learn what your refinance costs will be than anything else in this exercise. Find a local loan consultant with whom you feel comfortable dealing and enlist their assistance. They will have to know about your financial situation in order to give you accurate information.
It may be time to refinance your El Dorado Hills real estate!
THIS MONTH IN REAL ESTATE-May 2012
This is one in a series of brief videos designed to provide buyers and sellers information about the sale and purchase of real estate. The data provided helps people better understand the market place and the process of buying or selling. The tips are offered so that you can leverage your position in that purchase process. Knowledge is power, or at least a tool with which to increase your chances of success.
If you are thinking of buying or selling in our area, we will be happy to assist. Just call (916) 337-0658, text or e-mail us at Mike@BuyYourVilla.com.
BANK OWNED (FORECLOSURE/REO) HOME SALES DATA FOR EL DORADO HILLS, CA – MARCH 2012
This is the latest monthly report of our more than four-year study of bank owned (foreclosure/REO) home sales in El Dorado Hills, CA. This report covers March 2012.
The average days on market increased from 42 in February to 47 in March. Three of the homes had been on the market for over 100 days. In addition, 43% of the homes that sold had been on the market for two weeks or less, confirming that well priced homes in good condition sell quickly.
The 14 bank owned (Foreclosure/REO) homes that sold represent only 20% of ALL homes sold in El Dorado Hills this month. The lower inventory level of bank owned homes is the reason.
The available inventory of bank owned homes in El Dorado Hills dropped to a 1.1-month supply in March, down from a 1.6-month supply in February. There have been two spikes in bank owned home inventory in the past fifteen months. The inventory level exceeded a two-month supply in February of 2011 and January of 2012. The inventory for ALL homes available dropped to a 2.2-month supply in March, down from a 3.2-month supply the previous month. Pundits advise us that a 6-month supply is a neutral market, so we are still looking at a strong seller’s market for ALL homes in El Dorado Hills, both bank owned and non-bank owned.
The average cost-per-square-foot for Bank Owned homes jumped to $ 139 in March, up from $ 124 the previous month. The average cost-per-square-foot for ALL homes sold in El Dorado Hills in March was $ 153, up three dollars from February.
The overall sales price for bank owned homes was 100.4% of the final asking price and 96.1% of the original asking price. Sixty-Five Percent of the buyers paid the full asking price or more in March for their bank owned home, a slightly larger segment than normal.
When based on the cost-per-square-foot for ALL homes sold, bank owned homebuyers paid 9% less in March. That is a $ 14 pre-square-foot savings. When applied to a 2500 square foot home, that represents a savings of $ 35,000, a substantial sum.
If you have any questions about purchasing any home in El Dorado Hills, an El Dorado Hills Bank Owned Home, or a Bank Owned Home anywhere in the area, feel free to give us a call (916) 337-0658.
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BANK OWNED (Foreclosure/REO) HOME SALES DATA FOR FOLSOM, CA – MARCH 2012
This is the latest monthly report of our more than four-year study of bank owned (Foreclosure/REO) home sales in Folsom, CA. This report covers March of 2012.
The average days-on-market decreased from 42 the previous month to 36 in March. None of the homes had been on the market for over 100 days, and 50% of the homes that sold were on the market for two weeks or less. Well prices homes in good condition are selling quickly.
The 10 Bank Owned (Foreclosure/REO) homes that sold represent only 14% of all homes sold in Folsom this month. The very low bank owned home inventory is the reason this segment or market is so low.
The available inventory of bank owned homes in Folsom increased to a 1.2-month supply, up from a .8-month supply the previous month. That inventory level has not exceeded a two-month supply for over a year. The inventory for bank owned homes in Folsom peaked at a 2.8-month supply in January 2011, and has not reached that level since. The available inventory for ALL homes available dropped to a 1.1-month supply, down from a 1.5-month supply the previous month. We have not had an inventory of more than a three-month supply since February of 2011. Pundits tell us that a 6-month supply is neutral market, so Folsom remains a strong seller’s market for both bank owned homes and all other homes on the market. The Folsom market reflects what is happening in the rest of California and the western US. Inventory levels are very low. This factor is going to have an impact on housing prices in the very near future.
The average cost-per-square-foot for bank owned homes was $ 144 in March, down from $ 147 in February. The average cost-per-square-foot for ALL homes sold in Folsom in March was $ 154, up from $ 151 the previous month. It has been moving within a narrow range for the past year.
The overall sales price for REO homes was 99.6% of the final asking price and 98.8% of the original asking price. In addition, 60% of the buyers paid the asking price, or more, for their Folsom bank owned Foreclosure/REO) home in March.
Based on the cost-per-square-foot, bank owned homebuyers saved ten dollars per foot on their bank owned home compared to the cost for all homes sold in Folsom this month. When applied to a 2,500 square foot home, that represents a savings of $ 25,000: a tidy sum
Given the overall data, it is obvious that homeowners who do not have to sell are keeping their homes, rather than accepting current market value offers.
If you have any questions about purchasing a home in Folsom, a Folsom Foreclosure, or an REO anywhere in the area, feel free to give us a call (916) 337-0658.
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California Home Prices UP, How About El Dorado Hills?
Although the number of California homes that sold in March declined, the median home price broke a 16-month trend of declining prices. In fact, the median price of existing single-family detached homes JUMPED 9.2% to $ 291,080 from the February number of $ 266,660. It was also up 1.6% from the March 2011 figure.
Select this link to view the complete report from the California Association of Realtors:
While information about national and statewide trends is interesting, local data is more important to local buyers and sellers. In this post, we will discuss that local housing market in El Dorado Hills, California.
EL DORADO HILLS, CA HOME SALES DATA – MAR 2012
The purpose of this post is to provide those interested in the El Dorado Hills, CA housing market data about that market. This report covers March 2012, and the fourteen previous months.
The first chart lists the cost-per-square-foot for all homes sold in El Dorado Hills by month. Although there is a slight fluctuation from month to month, the viewer can see that there is no downward trend. When we look at year-over-year prices, March of 2011, was only one-dollar higher than it was in March of this year. We submit that the market is bumping along at the much-touted “bottom.” Those potential buyers who decided to remain on the fence, “until prices hit bottom” no longer have a reason to wait. In fact, they may have missed the boat completely. The challenge now will be to find a home to buy.
The second chart shows the level of inventory, (the number of homes for sale divided by the number of homes sold each month). Pundits tell us that a six-month inventory is a neutral market.
Therefore, we can see that the El Dorado Hills market is, and has been for some time, a seller’s market. We had a buyer’s market in January and February of 2011, but the current inventory is half what it was last year. In fact, we have been bumping along in the two to four month range for the past year.
The media is finally coming to the realization that the housing market has changed. The housing shortage is the new line they use to grab viewers.
Over a year ago, we posted an article warning about the pending housing shortage. Obviously, we were right. All you have to do is ask those actively looking for a home.
It is going to get worse. The demand will result in price increases and with those increases; more homeowners will put their homes on the market. Unfortunately, without any new home construction in the past five years or more, we will still be short of inventory.
If you would like to see this data for other cities and towns in our area, feel free to contact us at (916)337-0658 or e-mail Mike@BuyYourVilla.com.
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