The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California dropped to 36 percent in the second quarter of 2013, down from 44 percent in first-quarter 2013 and from 51 percent in second-quarter 2012, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). The second quarter 2013 figure fell below 40 percent for the first time since the third quarter of 2008.
Nearly all regions of the state experienced sharp quarter-over-quarter declines in housing affordability, with Bay Area and coastal regions recording the greatest decreases in the index due to significantly higher home prices.
At an index of 71 percent, Madera County was the most affordable county of the state, while San Francisco and San Mateo counties tied for the least affordable at 17 percent.
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Realtor.com announced the results of its Back to School survey, which looks at the impact school boundaries have on buyers looking to purchase a home within two years. Realtor.com® found that three out of five home buyers surveyed said school boundaries will impact their home purchasing decision.
A majority of home buyers who said school boundaries will have an impact are willing to pay 1 percent to 10 percent above budget to live within school boundaries. Of those surveyed, 91 percent said school boundaries are “important” or “somewhat important,” while only 7.43 percent said school boundaries are “unimportant” or “very unimportant.”
Home buyers who said school boundaries will have an impact on their decision also indicated that they would give up several amenities to live within school boundaries of choice:
- 62 percent would do without a pool or spa
- 51 percent would give up accessibility to shopping
- 44 percent would pass on a bonus room
- 42 percent would offer up nearby parks and trails
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Asking Mom and Dad for Cash to buy that Home
Source: Wall Street Journal
Loans from family members could go the extra mile in making a down payment, but financial experts say parental help is most useful when it comes as a gift rather than a loan during the mortgage application process. A family loan may not be viewed favorably by a lender and could lead to disqualification for a mortgage since the loan is considered unsecured debt. Read the full story.
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Home shoppers advised to stay patient amid overheated housing market
Source: The LA Times
It’s a seller’s market, so experts are advising home buyers that patience will pay off at a time when the inventory of available homes for sale is low. Experts contend that in six months to a year from now, the inventory of unsold homes should improve markedly, and it should be easier to qualify for financing.
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Millennials are increasingly optimistic about residential real estate, according to the most-recent Consumer Outlook Survey by Prudential Real Estate. A full 80 percent of respondents ages 25-34 said their perception of the housing market is “favorable” or “somewhat favorable,” representing a 9 percentage point increase from the Q1 study.
Among all respondents, the national survey also found that confidence in real estate and home values jumped sharply, reaching 83 percent in Q2 compared with 77 percent in Q1.Confidence is highest in both South and West regions at 84 percent.
Among all respondents, 70 percent said that finding the right home and community is crucial to family happiness. Millennials were even more emphatic about the emotional side of homeownership: 93 percent favor a home for “more space for my family,” while only 75 percent view it as “financial security to borrow against.”
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7 Things That Worry Buyers Most about the Buying/Selling Process
Source: Chicago Agent Magazine
Tight supplies, rising rates and bidding wars have characterized market conditions for many buyers looking to secure the property of their dreams. A new survey conducted by Trulia and Harris Interactive shows that 41 percent of respondents are concerned that mortgage interest rates will rise before they are ready to buy. Finding a suitable home and qualifying for a mortgage were other major concerns. Read the full story
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Putting borrowers into higher-rate mortgages still occurs, U.S. says
Source: The Los Angeles Times
A lawsuit filed recently by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicates that “upselling” remains a pressing concern due to hidden, backroom ploys. “Upselling” leads mortgage applicants into higher-cost terms that increase the lender’s profits, and this abusive practice was banned by the Federal Reserve Board in 2011. Read the full story
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