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Conforming loan limits change would impact California housing - 06/30/11 01:22 PM
More than 30,000 California families will face higher down payments, higher mortgage rates, and stricter loan qualification requirements if conforming loan limits on mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac are reduced beginning October 1, 2011, according to analysis by C.A.R. Barring congressional action, the maximum FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac conforming loan limit will decline to $625,500 beginning Oct. 1, 2011, from the current $729,750 limit, though the majority of counties will fall far below the $625,500 maximum. The conforming loan limit determines the maximum size of a mortgage that FHA, Fannie (2 comments)
Nearly 27% of All Home Mortgage Loan Applications Were Denied in 2010 - 06/29/11 10:52 AM
A The Wall Street Journal article a few days ago reported that 26.7 percent of all home mortgage applications were denied in 2010 by the 10 largest mortgage lenders. I have heard constant stories about how difficult it is to get a home loan but this is the first hard number I have seen on how large the percentage actually was. One denial pointed out in the article was too close to home and probably is so to many of you who read my blog: The article also highlights the plight of a Colorado real estate agent, who has an 800+ credit score, no debt (0 comments)
California pending home sales rise in May on monthly and annual basis - 06/28/11 11:12 AM
California pending home sales rose in May, posting the first year-over-year increase in 18 months, C.A.R. reported Tuesday. C.A.R.'s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) was 118.3 in May, up 1.6 percent from April's revised index of 116.4, based on contracts signed in May. The index also was up 12 percent from May 2010. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, providing information on the future direction of the market. The total share of all distressed property types sold statewide was unchanged in May from April's 48 percent, but up from 46 percent in May 2010. Non-distressed sales (0 comments)
Existing-home sales decline nationwide in May - 06/27/11 09:39 AM
Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, fell 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 million in May from a downwardly revised 5 million in April, according to NAR. Sales also are 15.3 percent below the 5.68 million pace recorded in May 2010 when sales surged to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credit. "Temporary factors held back the market in May, as implied from prior data on contract signings," said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. "Spiking gasoline prices along with widespread severe weather hurt house shopping in April, leading (1 comments)
Yountville Weekly Real Estate Update June 25, 2011 - 06/26/11 11:04 AM
Stats for last 7 days new listing 0, price reduced 0, sale pending 0, sold 0 Median prices, average days on market current for sale 21 med price $640,000; avg days on market 220 current sale pendings 2 med price $411,475; avg days on market 123 sold in last 6 months 11 med price $575,000; avg days on market 177 Facts, numbers, square footage from BAREIS and/or Napa County Realist tax records, accuracy is not guaranteed New Listings none Price Reductions none Sale Pendings none Solds none Thank you for reading this post. If I can ever be of help in finding you the perfect property here in the Napa Valley, please email me at Curtis@NapaValleyAddress.com. Your Broker Extraordinaire, selling Napa Valley (0 comments)
Testing your website to determine if what you are doing is getting you the results you desire - 06/22/11 12:44 PM
Here is a reprint of an article from REALTORMag newsletter I receive by Michael Russer, his web site http://www.onlinedominance.com/, on testing your website to determine if what you are doing is getting you the results you desire. Hope it helps. Increase Web Site Profitability With Testing Think it's too expensive and time-consuming to test different versions of your site? Think again. Learn how you can optimize your Web site to generate new business. When you build a Web site, you hope it will effectively engage visitors so they pick you over your competitors. Perhaps you include several unique offers on your site (0 comments)
Foreclosure activity slows in May, except in California - 06/21/11 01:20 PM
Foreclosure filing activity was down in May 2011, with fewer foreclosure filings in all states except California, where there was an increase in Notice of Trustee Sale filings, which may lead to more foreclosure sales in future months. Activity on the courthouse steps was mixed, with California the only state to have increases in foreclosure sales both "Back to Bank" and "Sold to Third Party." After an increase in foreclosure cancellations across the board in April 2011, there was a reversal of this trend in May, with cancellations declining significantly in California, Nevada, and Washington. Cancellations moderately declined in Arizona, but (0 comments)
For Dog Owners, Napa Valley's Best Dog Friendly Wineries - 06/20/11 10:43 AM
Another great post from a blog I recently found called 7x7SF which has several sections you can look at, one being Napa. The below is their story by Ian White called Napa Valley's Best Dog-Friendly Wineries. Though not a winery, both the Vintage Inn and Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville allow dogs. So if you want to pamper that pooch, stay there and then take them to one of the wineries below. Just make certain they don't over do it and ask for a second taste of the bone dry Sauvignon blanc. OUCH!!!! These days you can bring your pup just about anywhere, and (3 comments)
Yountville Weekly Real Estate Update June 18, 2011 - 06/18/11 02:45 PM
Stats for last 7 days new listing 1, price reduced 1, sale pending 1, sold 0 Median prices, average days on market current for sale 21 med price $640,000; avg days on market 213 current sale pendings 2 med price $411,475; avg days on market 116 sold in last 6 months 11 med price $575,000; avg days on market 177 Facts, numbers, square footage from BAREIS and/or Napa County Realist tax records, accuracy is not guaranteed New Listings 23 Forrester Ln, $599,000, 2 br 2 ba, 1,069 sf Price Reductions 6702 Washington St, $500,000, 3 br 2 ba, 1,247 sf Sale Pendings 228 Vista Ct, $465,000, 2 br 2 ba, 1,154 sf Solds none Thank you for reading this post. If I (1 comments)
Napa County 2010 Increase in Property Value Assessments the Smallest Margin of Growth at Just .58% - 06/17/11 01:40 PM
Napa County cities see smallest of gain in 2010 in year over year increase in assessed values for all properties here, just .058%. Here is a list of how several different cities/areas fared: Napa City -.80% Unicorporrated areas of Napa County +.47% American Canyon +2.27% Calistoga -3.82% St. Helena -.27% Yountville +.84% Here some excerpts from an article in the Napa Register by James Noonan, Napa defies trend, sees assessments increase: Napa was one of only nine California counties to record an increase in property value assessments last year, eking out growth in an area where nearly all others continued to (0 comments)
California home sales, median home price decline in May - 06/16/11 10:54 AM
A weak economy and stringent financing conditions contributed to a slowdown in California home sales and median price during May, C.A.R. reported today. Home sales in May declined 5.8 percent from April and 14.4 percent from the previous year. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 471,840 units in May. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2011 if sales maintained the May pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. The statewide median (0 comments)
Napa Valley Cities of St. Helena, Calistoga and Town of Yountville Are Shrinking in Size and Have Higher Vacancy Rates According to 2010 Census Data - 06/14/11 10:42 AM
The newly released 2010 Census statistics shows the upper Napa Valley Cities and Town of Yountville are slowly becoming smaller. Though this is true for St. Helena and Calistoga, Yountville's number is a bit misleading for the Census does count the members of The Veteran's Home here in its statistics and its population is approximately 1,000 down from a high of 1,500. Given there are fewer people, the Upvalley school districts enrollment also fell slightly. The vacancy rates did increase in all areas of the Upvalley but again this is a bit misleading given the number of second homes that are here. (2 comments)
Some Good Moving Company Tips to Avoid Common Scams - 06/13/11 12:14 PM
Each year, about 15 million American households move, with the majority changing households between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Unfortunately, this same time period also is peak season for moving company scams. To avoid falling victim to common scams, experts in the moving industry recommend consumers do the following: Go with a company that has a well-known and recognized name Get a referral from friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues Ask for an in-home estimate, to ensure accuracy of the estimate Don't always go with the lowest price Do not pay up-front fees Conduct research on the government website protectyourmove.gov to find (2 comments)
Short Sale Resources - 06/12/11 02:46 PM
The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) has gradually been providing resources to its members regarding short sales. Hopefully you are not one who needs information about short sales but unfortunately they are many who do. For anyone who needs help, here a couple very useful resources which might help when going through this awful process. The first and best site I have seen is the web site , Short Sales California, which contains many short sales articles, tips, news items, and more for members and consumers. The second is this HOMEOWNER BEWARE page about Foreclosure Rescue Scams. There are many out (0 comments)
Yountville Weekly Real Estate Update June 11, 2011 - 06/11/11 10:30 AM
Stats for last 7 days new listing 1, price reduced 0, sale pending 0, sold 1 Median prices, average days on market current for sale 21 med price $669,000; avg days on market 213 current sale pendings 2 med price $411,475; avg days on market 109 sold in last 6 months 10 med price $615,500; avg days on market 192 Facts, numbers, square footage from BAREIS and/or Napa County Realist tax records, accuracy is not guaranteed New Listings 1954 Oak Cir, $815,000, 4 br 2.5 ba, 3,100 sf Price Reductions none Sale Pendings none Solds 6523 Vista Dr, $822,619, 4 br 3 ba, 3,100 sf Thank you for reading this post. If I can ever be of help in finding you the (0 comments)
Are you getting your money’s worth with appraisals? - 06/10/11 01:27 PM
From the Los Angles Times Despite Federal Reserve regulations that took effect April 1 requiring lenders to pay appraisers fair fees, many appraisers say they are still offered $200 to $250 by lenders for work billed to consumers at $450 or more. MAKING SENSE OF THE STORY Last year's Dodd-Frank financial reform law mandated that appraisers receive fees that are "customary and reasonable" for their local market areas, yet the Appraisal Institute says that is not happening. While a portion of the difference between what consumers are billed and appraisers are paid goes to the management companies that connect lenders with (2 comments)
Auction Napa Valley Ends With Raindrops of Sparkling Wine - 06/05/11 01:31 PM
If the rain was enough, as this years 31st Napa Valley Wine Auction, now called Auction Napa Valley, passed raising $100 million for charity yesterday, several participants starting shooting sparkling wine into the air. Though the final count raised is not is, the event raised more than $7.3 million. The highest bid went to two bidders who paid $300,000 each for the top selling lot. Here is some details from the Napa Valley Registers article today, Soggy but happy, Auction Napa Valley bidders raise $7.3 million: The top-selling lot was a joint project from Chiarello Family Vineyards and Staglin Family Vineyards. (2 comments)
Yountville Weekly Real Estate Update June 4, 2011 - 06/04/11 10:37 AM
Stats for last 7 days new listing 1, price reduced 1, sale pending 0, sold 2 Median prices, average days on market current for sale 20 med price $669,500; avg days on market 217 current sale pendings 2 med price $411,475; avg days on market 102 sold in last 6 months 10 med price $570,000; avg days on market 209 Facts, numbers, square footage from BAREIS and/or Napa County Realist tax records, accuracy is not guaranteed New Listings 1903 Colombard Way, $599,000, 3 br 2 ba, 1,300 sf Price Reductions 6600 Yount St #35, $579,000, 3 br 2 ba, 1,422 sf Sale Pendings none Solds 12 Foxglove Ln, $300,040, 2 br 1 ba, 984 sf (affordable housing) 6526 Vista Dr, $817,000, 4 (2 comments)
Yountville Tidbits from the Heart of the Napa Valley - 06/03/11 12:34 PM
Every once in awhile, I write a blog about little known past facts about Yountville, were I live and work. I have been here for nearly 35 years and find it fascinating how much history this small Town has. Here again are a few tidbits for your fancy. The California Veterans Home chose Yountville over several other sites before it opened here in 1884. Before the Veteran's Home was built, Yountville's population was only 150. When the Vintage 1870, now V Marketplace, was first built, wine grapes brought $126 per acre, compared to $9 per acre for wheat and $14 for (0 comments)
Been to the Napa Valley Lately and Wondered What to Do After Dark? - 06/02/11 10:23 AM
Being single, no not a statement just a matter of fact, I often struggle to find fun things to do in the Napa Valley after dark. When I first came here in the mid 1907's, there was a lot of venues where you could go and hear music, dance. Then for some unknown reason, almost every one of these disappeared in the in the mid 1980's and stayed dark until recently. It seems the rebirth of downtown Napa has sparked a revival of a Night Life especially in the area of the ongoing flood control project near Main and 1st Street. (2 comments)
June 1, 2011 Continued Tracking of Napa Valley Distressed Properties in the $800,000 to $2M Range, now 3 of 78 - 06/01/11 11:28 AM
This is the continued tracking, started in July 2009, of the number of distressed sales (in foreclosure, a short sale or a bank owned property) for homes priced from $800,000 to $2,000,000 in the up valley region of the Napa Valley. By up valley I mean the Cities of St. Helena, Calistoga, Angwin, Deer Park, Oakville, Rutherford and the Town of Yountville and only those listed in BAREIS, my MLS. Today there are 3 distressed sales of 78 active listings in this price range with 3 of these are in escrow, compared to 6 of 67 on May 1 st. All of these 3 distressed sales are country properties, the 2 not sold are in (0 comments)
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