cardiff ca real estate: North San Diego County HomeDexTM February 2010 Summary Report - 04/01/10 02:12 AM
Single-Family Attached Homes

The North San Diego County median-priced single-family attached (SFA) home increased 6.67 percent to $240,000 in February 2010 from $225,000 in January 2010, following two months of price declines. The Non-North San Diego County SFA home median price rose from $200,000 in January 2010 to $205,750 in February 2010.1
 
North San Diego County SFA median prices increased 32.6 percent year-over from $181,000 in February 2009, the seventh month of year-over price increases (five of which exceeded 13 percent) following 24 months of year-over declines.
 
The county-wide SFA home median price increased 1.9 percent to $215,000 … (0 comments)

cardiff ca real estate: FAQ CALIFORNIA Homebuyer Tax Credit - 03/30/10 05:51 AM
The state Legislature approved and Gov. Schwarzenegger signed into law in March a homebuyer tax credit for California. Here’s what you need to know about the program.
How much is the tax credit? The homebuyer tax credit is for up to $10,000 or 5 percent of the purchase price – whichever is less – for the purchase of a newly constructed, previously unoccupied home. There is also a tax credit of up to $10,000 for the purchase of an existing home by a first-time homebuyer.
How much money is available in funding for the program? There is a $200 million allocation … (2 comments)

cardiff ca real estate: Obama administration revises anti-foreclosure strategy - 03/29/10 01:58 AM
The Obama administration’s newest foreclosure-prevention efforts, expands on the government's marquee foreclosure prevention program, Making Home Affordable. That program was originally expected to reach as many as 4 million borrowers, but it is not on track to help so many.
To reach its goal, the administration is adding tools to help lenders reach struggling borrowers who have lost their jobs or who are "underwater" because home values have plunged and they now owe more than their homes are worth.
 Administration officials said the new efforts are not designed to help all troubled borrowers, but rather those who stand the best chance … (4 comments)

cardiff ca real estate: MBS Program Nears End - 03/25/10 09:06 PM
In early 2009, the Fed embarked on a $1.25 trillion mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchase program to help keep mortgage rates low and stimulate the economy. The amount purchased varied from week to week, reaching a peak of $33.2 billion in the week of March 25, 2009. The Fed has been gradually reducing the size of its purchases at a pace consistent with a March 31 conclusion of the program, and the most recent weekly purchases have been down to around $10 billion.
 
As the date nears, the big question is what will happen when the MBS purchase program ends. This … (2 comments)

cardiff ca real estate: HUD clarifies the application of realty add-on fees - 03/23/10 03:13 AM
I just read an article in The Washington Post which reminded me of a conversation I had with some agents in my office about a month ago. I know we have all been seeing extra fees popping up in Shortsales. Does it matter whether a real estate agent charges you a flat commission rate -- say 6 percent -- or quotes you a flat rate but adds hundreds of dollars labeled an "admin" or administrative fee?
Helen R. Kanovsky, general counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, clarified the government's position on controversial add-on fees in a recent letter to industry … (2 comments)

cardiff ca real estate: Are We On The Road To Recovery? Some Housing Experts Say Yes - 03/21/10 05:44 PM
Some of the nation’s top economists believe the housing market has turned and better days are on the way for the housing industry.
  Increases in jobs, credit, and affordable homes will overcome impediments such as rising interest rates, and the expiration of the Federal stimulus program to push the housing market toward recovery, says Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist for Barclays Capital.
  “I would bet even odds that we’re at a bottom and that we’re going to see improvement in the coming months,” says Karl Case, co-creator of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index and a professor of economics at Wellesley College.
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cardiff ca real estate: New Fed Statement Has Some Positive News - 03/18/10 09:49 AM
Fed Statement Summary: Fed says household spending is increasing at moderate rate, labor market stabilizing and inflation likely to be subdued for some time. The Fed is leaving rates unchanged at 0.25 and said will keep them exceptionally low for an extended period. keep in mind I am referring to the fed funds rate here which is the interest rate at which private depository institutions (mostly banks) lend balances (federal funds) at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions, usually overnight 
 

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cardiff ca real estate: Casino's Aren't The Only Place To Lose Your Money In Las Vegas - 03/16/10 08:03 AM
The average home in the USA has appreciated +1.7% (in aggregate, not per year) over the last 5 years (i.e., 2005-09). Homes in Wyoming have performed the best, gaining +26.7% on average. Homes in Nevada have fared the worst, losing 40.4% of their value (source: Federal Housing Finance Agency).

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cardiff ca real estate: Time Is Running Out On First Time Buyer/HomeOwner Upgrade Tax Credits - 03/12/10 12:11 AM
The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the federally-supported tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time homebuyers purchasing a principal residence. It also authorizes a tax credit of up to $6,500 for qualified repeat or move-up homebuyers.The new tax credit expires April 30, 2010 (buyers must be under contract by April 30, 2010, and close on or before June 30, 2010). That means homebuyers should act now. With an estimated cost of $10.8 billion over 10 years (estimated by the Joint Committee on Taxation), it is not likely that the credit will be extended beyond … (0 comments)

cardiff ca real estate: New Program Will Pay Homeowners To “Shortsale” - 03/11/10 12:56 AM
 
In another sign of the times (crazy as they may be) on April 5, 2010, in an effort to end the foreclosure crisis, the Obama administration will start paying troubled homeowners to “Shortsale” their home. This latest program, which is still being fine tuned, will allow owners to sell for less than they owe and will give them a little cash to speed them on their way. Reports show more than five million households are behind on their mortgages and risk foreclosure. Only a small percentage of homeowners have been helped by the government’s $75 billion mortgage modification plan. The … (0 comments)

 
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