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Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Market Forecast!

2010 became the year of “less is more”. Consumers have focused on downsizing and minimizing their spending. While many economists are confident the worst is over, we must be prepared for a slow recovery. The turnaround in the economy will not depend on the changing trends of the consumer, but instead in the decisions made by our leaders. While the market had a snapshot recovery the middle of this year with increased sales prices, lower days on market, and high demand; the fourth quarter had a plummet in sales prices.

2011 will start with limited inventory of good distressed properties. Short sales continue to flood the market, though many banks have announced on several occasions that the first and second quarter of 2011 will bring an abundance of new foreclosure inventory. Still the high end market is at a stand still.

  Most people ask if now is the BEST time to buy or sell your home. Timing is different for everyone. If you are thinking of buying a home, or even downsizing, this year provides ample opportunity for you. The beginning of the first quarter will show slow recovering low price points, good interest rates, and eventually extensive inventory.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

First Time Homebuyers: Things you probably didn't know. . .

Dear First Time Homebuyers,

One of the most frequent questions that we are asked by our spehere of influence and previous clients is "How is the market?". The Answer: "It depends, are you looking to buy or sell". The real estate market is never the best time for every activity for every consumer. However, right now is a GREAT time for you to decide you want to buy your first house. Of the numerous first time homebuyers that we have worked with, the most common concerns are always a detering factor in one of our clients moving forward with purchasing a home. If you have your doubts, keep reading!

Myth: I just graduated college and do not have the job history to get approved.

Truth: Many graduates have purchased a home using an offer letter from a secure company and a copy of their most recent transcripts showing they completed classes, along with a copy of their diploma. You would need to show 30 DAYS of pay stubs, just one month. Of course this is pending decent credit and at least 3.5% down.

Myth: I have decent credit and a good job, but the amount of money that I would need for a downpayment seems unachievable.

Truth: With an FHA loan, you only need to put down 3.5%. With the median sales price for a single family in Santa Clara County for 2009 falling around $673,000 you would need about $24,000 for downpayment. In addition, the City of San Jose has a first time homebuyers program that allows a 3% interest rate fixed loan for $25K downpayment assistance with NO PRE-PAYMENT PENALTY.

While the market will not recover dramatically and prices will not increase overnight, most economists have projected that interest rates will be up nearly 1.5 points by the middle to end of 2011. In addition, the homebuyer tax credit expires in April. Low interest rates, declined prices and the homebuyer tax credit incentive provide great opportunities for you to take advantage of!

If you would like to further review the process of buying and home and the importance of seeking the guidance of a real estate agent, visit our website at

Monday, January 25, 2010

HUD 90 Day FHA flip rule waived! Effective Feb 1st!

The FHA commissioner recently explained that the challenges facing many homebuyers using FHA loans has been the lack of housing inventory available to FHA buyers. Waiving the 90 day FHA flip rule for one year will hopefully provide additional inventory for FHA buyers and help the market remain stable. Currently, FHA prohibited insuring a mortgage on a home that was owned by a seller for less than 90 days. This forced investors and developers to hold title for at elast three months prior to re-listing the home they had purchased. As of February 1st, FHA buyers may purchase a home resold by investors/developers who have held title less than 90 days. This will provide additional inventory for FHA buyers. In addition, this will drive invesotrs/developers to purchase and flip more homes during this year of the 90 day flip rule moratorium.

From the HUD website:

" In today's market, FHA research finds that acquiring, rehabilitating, and the reselling of these properties to prospective homeowners often takes less than 90 days. Prohibiting the use of FHA mortgage insurance for a subsequent resale within 90 days of acquisition adversely impacts the willingness of sellers to allow contracts from potential FHA buyers because they must consider holding costs and the risk of vandalism associated with allowing a property to sit vacant over a 90-day period of time."

Friday, January 22, 2010

The time to sell your house is now!

For those of you who may not have read the front page of the newspaper today, you missed the insight that supports Forbes recent claim that the first half of this year is going to be a hot market for buyers and sellers! The percent of home sales in Santa Clara County rose 44% at the end of the year. This is an impressive statistic considering the traditionally slow fourth quarter the Real Estate industry has experienced in previous years. In a recent article released in Forbes, professionals have projected the best time for homewoners to list their home for sale this year is in the first quarter. With the tax credit extension through April and expansion to repeat homebuyers, there is a high demand in the market for homes. In addition, the median home price in Santa Clara County rose 15% since December of last year, which makes a seller's decision to list their home now promising. While this doesn't mean any given home in Santa Clara County has earned a 15% increase in value, it does show a certain benefit, which stems from suplpy and demand, that has helped start the healing process in our market.

Many homeowners are fearful to sell their home now, as they feel the value of their home will greatly increase in 5-8 years as the market recovers. This will most likely be true. However, the other side homeowners must understand is that now is the prime time also for them to buy. Low interest rates, tax credit and prices make this a great time to buy too!

Contact The Rabello Group for a free market analysis of your home. Now could be the perfect time for you to sell your home!