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Forecasts for a slow 2016 real estate season have been greatly exaggerated.

Late last year, some financial analysts worried that a rise in the base interest rates by the Federal Reserve would Santa Clarita Real Estate Market Updatetrigger a reversal of fortunes in the real estate industry. Rates would rise, loans would be harder to get, houses would begin to languish on the market, and home prices would drop.

However, that turned out to not happen…at all!

Interest rates, while bumping back and forth between a few fractions of a percentage point, are still holding below 4 percent, despite the quarter percent rise in the base rate the Federal Reserve implemented in December.  Continue reading

Home buyers are not waiting to see what happens with interest rates.

In what almost defies odds, despite the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise their base interest rate in December, home buyers are finding that their Santa Clarita Real Estatepurchasing power is at its peak with nearly historic low interest rates.

According to a recent study, home mortgage applications jumped by nearly 9 percent in January of 2016. Borrowers are clearly seeing the advantages of acting now, rather than sitting on the fence.

And why not? Home prices on average rose 10 and a half percent in 2015. This average includes both single family homes and condominiums sold in the Santa Clarita Valley. The median price of a single family home rose 8.1 percent, while condos rose on average 12.9 percent.

I think I’m ready to buy a house. What do I do first?

The best thing to do, of course, is to contact Montemayor & Associates, and we’ll get the ball rolling to find the right lender who can let you know what your qualifying home mortgage rate and amount may be. Yes, you should do this FIRST before you begin looking at homes.  Continue reading

Despite the Federal Reserve raising their interest rates, home loan prices are at an almost record low.

2016 is off to a pretty good start, real estate-wise. Single family home prices rose $38,000 on average last year, and we’re already off to a brisk start in Montemayor and AssociatesJanuary.

Interestingly enough, there was potential “doom and gloom” on the horizon as spelled out by some analysts late last year in light of the Federal Reserve’s decision to finally raise the rate they charge lenders to borrow money.

You’d think then, that mortgage rates would instantly rise as a result, right? Wrong!

In fact, 2016 has begun with home loan interest rates once again hovering near record lows. Having dropped below 4 percent, home owners, buyers, and sellers are taking advantage of what may be an “extended reprieve” from rising rates. Continue reading

Lots of economic indicators left “in the air” as we near the end of 2015 gives pause to speculation about the real estate market.

As we hurtle toward the final month of 2015, we’re seeing some interesting signs in the Santa Clarita real estate market. Interest rates, while still very First time home buyer questions.low, have inched just above 4 percent, and housing prices for both condos and single family homes have leveled off.

That being said, it’s not unusual for housing prices to dip slightly in the final quarter of the year, with the summer buying season behind us and the holidays just ahead. The question still remains, however: Have Santa Clarita home prices reached their peak?

To be clear, prices have only dipped slightly between September and October of this year. The median price of a single family home still holds firm at the half million dollar mark, and condos are averaging prices in the low $300,000’s. We’re nowhere near the peak we achieved in the Spring of 2006, when single family home prices averaged $643,000 before they began to fall at the outset of the recession which began a year later.  Continue reading

Mortgage rates will hold steady for the time being.

Slow economic growth over the summer has motivated the Federal Reserve to remain cautious, holding off on

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proposed rate hikes for now.

National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew slower than expected over the summer. As such, the Fed has made plans to raise the rate of money borrowed by lending institutions in an effort to stave off runaway inflation, based on higher economic projections that have yet to be met.

Good News For Home Buyers

Interest rates have held at under 4 percent for the bulk of past year. As of the date of this article, mortgage interest rates are as follows:

  • 30 year fixed-rate mortgage: 3.87%
  • 15 year fixed-rate mortgage: 3.15%
  • FHA 30 year fixed: 3.60%
  • Jumbo 30 year fixed: 3.67%
  • 5/1 fixed adjustable rate mortgage: 2.93%

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Scarcity of rents along with high demand puts landlords in the driver’s seat. Is it time to take control of your destiny?

A recent survey from rent.com showed that property managers will hike rent prices on average by 8 percent by the end of the year. The same survey Montemayor and Associatesshows available rentals at a 20 year low, and nowhere is this fact made more prevalent by what’s available for rent in the Santa Clarita Valley.

As of the date of this article, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service shows a total of 39 active rentals listed by real estate agents in the Santa Clarita Valley. These rentals make up available properties offered by owners that include single family homes and condominiums. It does not include privately managed or advertised properties outside the MLS.

According to the MLS reports, there are no single family homes available within the city of Santa Clarita that are under $2000. What does this mean? The answer is obvious. The number of available SCV rentals for sale is low, and prices are continually going up.  Continue reading

Single family home sales up nearly 16 percent from 2014.

Recent statistics provided by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors provided continued positive news for the Santa Clarita real estate Santa Clarita Real Estate Market Updatemarket.

The median price of single family homes in the SCV rang in at $523,000 in August, up 2.7 percent from the previous month, and nearly 7 percent from the previous year.

Condos fell only slightly in August, but are still strong year over year, with median equity increasing by 14 percent from August of 2014.

These numbers reflect continued positive growth in our economy, as well as interest rates still holding at historically low levels. We can also attribute the rise in prices to the still relatively low number of available homes for sale in the Santa Clarita Valley. There was a reported 675 active listings in the SCV at the end of August, which is about half of what would be considered a “balanced” market. Continue reading

The market may still be sizzling this summer, but are you losing money by asking too much?Santa Clarita Real Estate Market Update

The Santa Clarita real estate market has had a pretty good summer so far. Condos are up $15K from the previous month, and the median price of single family homes are holding steady at over $500,000.

Interest rates, despite fears of being raised by the Fed, are actually once again below 4 percent. Available homes for sale still falls slightly short of statistical averages (881 homes available for sale in July, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors). So why on earth should you still plan a sales strategy for your home if it’s just going to be gobbled up by scores of buyers? Continue reading

Rumors that The Federal Reserve may raise interest rates have not affected the market…yet.

For all this talk of the impending rise in mortgage interest rates, the first week of August ended on a good note with rates hovering just UNDER 4 Mortgage rate updatepercent (3.98 percent as of Friday, August 7th).

The market is in pretty good shape at the moment, with the recent jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics bolstering confidence along many financial lines. Of course, this confidence may eventually lead an increase in inflation; something the Federal Reserve would like to avoid.

So how do we curb inflation as the nation’s economy improves? Many signs point to raising the base rate at which banks borrow money. In essence, this move trips a proverbial “breaker switch” with businesses and financial institutions, causing them to rethink their decisions on raising prices on goods and services. That being said, even a slight push upward in Federal rates will have an impact on the real estate market, even if it’s only temporary. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has hinted that rates may rise as early as September.  Continue reading

There are plenty of benefits to paying cash for a home, but don’t overlook the opportunities that come with leverage.

As it is often said, a home purchase is one of the biggest decisions we make in our lifetime. It comes with many responsibilities, and many advantages.All cash home buyer

One advantage, of course, is the fact that over time, your investment will grow in value. It can be safely said that real estate is one of the safest long term investments one can make.

That being said, you have a few choices as to how you’ll make that investment work for you. You can either pay cash for your home (Provided you have that kind of cash on hand), or you can finance. So which one is better?

Pros Of Paying Cash For Your Home

  • The first, and most obvious, is that you won’t have a monthly mortgage payment
  • You own your home outright, and are given title, as soon as escrow closes
  • Escrow may close more quickly, as you have options to waive certain contingencies that are usually required when you obtain a mortgage loan

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