Tracy Real Estate Trend

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2015 was a good year for real estate. Home prices increased modestly in some areas, more sharply in others. Tracy real estate market was very good in 2015. Predictions in the real estate industry are that the year 2016 will be even better, although, interest rates on home loans are on the rise.

Speaking of loans: Lenders offering a wide variety of different loan programs. The best news for first time buyers is that FHA loan limits in San Joaquin County have been adjusted upward, which is what we have been waiting for a long time.
The following statistical data is for December 1st to December 31, 2015:
As of January 3rd, 2016, 141 homes are actively listed in the Tracy, Mountain House and in Tracy Rural areas.
In December 2015, 103 homes have been sold. The average SOLD price in December was $426,230 and these homes have been on the market for an average of 43 days.

Listing price versus Sales Price in December was 98% – a slight seasonal decrease in sales price.

Looking back, 2015 was an overall good year for Tracy/Mountain House real estate market: Between January 1st and December 31st, altogether 1401 homes were sold. The average sales price for the year 2015 was $414,463

To compare these to the year 2014: Homes sold: 1167. Average sales price in 2014: $380,217
That is an average, year-to-year increase of home values by 9.1%…can we repeat this in 2016 please? That would be awesome!  Wishing you all a peaceful, healthy, prosperous 2016!

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Data have been collected and interpreted from MetroList Multiple Listing Service.
About Eva Bradley:
My home town is Tracy, Ca. I am serving the Central Valley Region – Lathrop, Manteca, Patterson, Stockton and Modesto since 1999.
ZIP Codes: 95376, 95377, 95398
Approximate Location Boundaries: Tracy, Mountain House, Rural Tracy
Location Characteristics: Tracy is located in the Central Valley, California and 26 Miles East of the Dublin-Livermore-Pleasanton corridor. Most of Tracy population are commuting to the Silicon Valley to work. Tracy is proud of low crime rates and excellent schools. Summers are hot, winters are foggy. Tracy is doing a great job in attracting big companies to open new facilities, like Amazon and FedEx, giving the opportunity for residents to find higher paying jobs here locally.

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About Eva Bradley:
My home town is Tracy, Ca. I am serving the Central Valley Region since 1999: Lathrop, Manteca, Patterson,Stockton and Modesto..

Real Estate Resolutions 2010

 

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  Sure you can lose weight, get in shape, launch a business or find a new job. But haven’t you also procrastinated long enough about buying a home?

How long has it been since you upgraded your home with a new roof, spiffed up landscaping or pulled some other home improvement?

And that post-World War II ranch home of yours could certainly use a few energy efficient do-overs.

Look to low mortgage interest rates, bargain home prices and other favorable market conditions to give you the resolve to consider home sweet home in your list of must-dos in the New Year.

  • Join the nearly 18 percent of Americans who say they’ve resolved to become a first-time homebuyer in 2010, according to a new Move.com survey. That’s both a smart move and a timely one. Mortgage rates are at record lows, prices are down and the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit has been extended until April 30, 2010. It’s also been expanded to include a $6,500 tax credit to move-up buyers. 
  • More than 15 percent of those who responded to the survey said saving money to purchase a new home is their top real estate resolution for the New Year. Resolve with them to learn the best way to budget, plan ahead and save money.
  • Nearly 40 percent say No. 1 on their list of resolutions is starting a home improvement project. Cheap home equity money should help them not only start, but also complete the job.
  • The Move.com survey also found 9.1 percent most wanted to fix their credit so they can buy a home next year. To get started all you need to do is take a look at your next credit card statement for a toll free number directing you to counseling help. That’s part of the new, but little-known mandated disclosure provisions in the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act).
  • Nearly 16 percent are wisely considering buying an investment property as their top resolution. They couldn’t have picked a better time in the last half decade. Another Move.com survey recently found more than 12 percent of homebuyers today plan to purchase a home as an investment, compared to less than half, only 5.6 percent, just seven months ago, thanks to more attractive investment conditions.
  • “If you anticipate inflationary conditions in the future, investment property could be a good bet to hedge against it,” said Nancy Osborne, chief operating officer of Erate.com, a Santa Clara, CA-based financial information publisher and interest rate tracker. 
                                                                                                            Written by Broderick Perkins

No matter from which side you are looking, in 2010 is going to be THE year to invest in real estate.

Again, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use the services of a local Realtor®, who looks out for your interest, when purchasing a property.

Related blog article: Credit Score – How it Affects Your Buying Power

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Credit Scores – Affecting Your Buying Power.

Scoring your Credit – How’s your FICO?

In today’s increasingly automated society, it should come as no surprise that when you apply for a mortgage, your ability to pay can be reduced to a single number. All the years you’ve been paying your mortgage, car payments, and credit card bills can be analyzed, sliced, diced, spindled and mutilated into a single indicator of whether you’re likely to meet your future obligations.

All three of the major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) use a slightly different system to arrive at a score. The best known is called the FICO score, based on a model developed by Fair Isaac and Company (hence the name) and used by Experian. Equifax’s model is called BEACON, while TransUnion uses EMPIRICA. While eac

h of the models considers a range of data available in your credit report, the primary factors are:

 

  • Credit History – How long have you had credit?
  • Credit Card Balances – How much do you owe on how many accounts?
  • Credit Inquiries – How many times have you had your credit checked?
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Each of these, and other items, are assigned a value and a weight. The results are added up and distilled into a single number. FICO scores range from 300 to 850, with higher being better. Typical home buyers likely find their scores falling between 600 and 850.

FICO scores are used for more than just determining whether or not you qualify for a mortgage. Higher scores indicate you are a better credit risk, and thus may qualify for a better mortgage rate.  That is why lenders won’t quote you a set interest rate for a home loan before they were able to check your credit scores.

What can you do about your FICO score? Unfortunately, not much. Since the score is based on a lifetime of credit history, it is difficult to make a significant change in the number with quick fixes. The most important thing is to know your FICO score and to ensure that your credit history is correct. Conveniently, Fair Isaac has created a web site (http://www.myfico.com/) that let’s you do just that. For a reasonable fee, you can quickly get your FICO score from all three reporting agencies, along with your credit report. Also available is some helpful information and tools that help you analyze what actions might have the greatest impact on your FICO score. Each of the credit services offers similar services on their web sites: http://www.equifax.com/, www.experian.com, and www.transunion.com.

Armed with this information, you will be a more informed consumer and better positioned to obtain the most favorable mortgage available to you.

Should you be in need of assistance to correct your credit issues, the best advise I can give you is to turn to any reputable loan officer, or consultant who is willing to hold your hand and help you every step of the way.  If you do not know where to turn, please contact me and I will supply you with a list of names and contact information.

Should you feel you are able to make credit score corrections on your own, attached here is a complete Credit Repair Kit that could be a great help to you.  

I would like add one more thing, if I may:  If you are thinking of purchasing a home and need to apply for a home loan, please stay away from spending on big puchases, like buying a car, furniture or pay for a cruise because this will influense your buying power in a negative way.

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Mortgage Shopping Tips

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The same care and consideration you give to finding the right house should be applied to your search for the right mortgage lender. For most home-buyers a major determining factor in selecting a lender is the cost of the mortgage loan.

Money Isn’t Everything

When considering lenders, factor in the level of service they will provide throughout the loan process. I’ll be glad to provide a list of lenders who have successfully helped clients in the past. I also suggest that you ask friends and family in the area for their recommendations.
 

But how do you determine the cost of a mortgage loan?

Shopping for a Mortgage Loan

While most buyers concentrate on interest rates, it is best to look at all the costs associated with a mortgage loan. Mortgage loans include the quoted interest rate, points and closing costs.

But how do you determine the cost of a mortgage loan?

Shopping for a Mortgage Loan

While most buyers concentrate on interest rates, it is best to look at all the costs associated with a mortgage loan. Mortgage loans include the quoted interest rate, points and closing costs.

More than Just Interest

A number of fees are associated with the mortgage loan, including:

  • Appraisal – A carefully documented opinion of value by a licensed, professional appraiser.
  • Credit Report – A detailed report of your credit, employment and residence history prepared by a credit bureau.
  • Principal – The amount owed on a mortgage which does not include interest or other fees.
  • Document Fees, Loan Fees and Processing Fees – Miscellaneous fees charged by the lender.
  • Discount Points – Points paid in addition to the loan origination fee to get a lower interest rate. (1 point = 1 percent of loan amount)
  • Origination Points – the total number of points paid by the borrower at closing. (1 point = 1 percent of loan amount)

Interest Rate – A percentage of a loan or mortgage value that is paid to the lender as compensation for loaning fund

Using the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) to Compare Mortgage Loans

The APR was designed to help borrowers understand the relative costs of a mortgage loan. The APR takes into account the various fees associated with the loan, which is why it is often higher than the interest rate. Understand that not all lenders calculate a loan’s APR in the same way. That is why this should be only one of the factors used in selecting the best mortgage for you.

Prepayment Penalty Mortgages (PPMs)

These loans restrict your right to prepay part or all of the principal in the loans early years. A prepayment fee is charged by the lender to the borrower who wishes to pay part or all of the loan ahead of the regular schedule. The advantage of a PPM is that they often have a lower interest rate than other mortgages.
 

Locking-in Interest Rates

Another factor to consider when selecting a lender is whether the lender will lock-in the mortgage’s interest rate and points. Click here to learn more about lock-in options.

Read here about “Mortgage Saving Tips

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It’s time! So get off the fence and buy a house.

TIMEThis is what you will hear from realtors in the following weeks, all over the country:  The time to buy a house is now! 

Interest rates are at historical low levels, home prices are very affordable; it just doesn’t get any better than this.  If you were waiting for the bottom, this is it!

Please read the article below; NAR (National Association of Realtors) finally has some good news to report on the housing front: 

Big gain on existing homes sales

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Market Update in Tracy, Ca.

Tracy Real Estate market is waiting for the “shadow inventory “, a release of some of the already foreclosed homes.  As of today, November 3rd, there are 189 active homes for sale in Tracy and surrounding areas.  That is a combined number of REO”s, “normal” and short sale listings. 

In Tracy and surrounding areas we have sold 139 homes in the Month of October.  These sold homes were an average of 43 days on the market before selling.  The average listing price was $236,718 and the average sales price was $243,393.  As we see multiple offers on many of the homes listed, the offers coming in were over the asking price

As most homes are selling for more than they were listed for, it seems that the appraisers have their hands full with appraising the homes for the value. This is mostly do to the fact that the appraisers’ evaluation is based on homes that have been sold recently in the same neighborhood.  Many deals fell through because the value could not be justified by the recent sales on record.  As a result, many buyers are asked to pay out of pocket to make up the difference. 

Those buyers, who have been qualified for an FHA loan, have little chance to a fair shot to get an acceptance on their offer.  Many buyers are coming in with cash at hand.  Others are frustrated with this market and giving up on buying all together.  In general, this is a buyers market, home prices are favorable, interest rates are still low, many people who are ready to buy homes…. but we don’t have enough homes to sell. Go figure.

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Please, ckeck out this monthly publication; it contains relevant information not only about mortgages and real estate in general, but good house keeping tips and other useful information as well. Please check out my October Newsletter.

If you have something in mind that could be included in the next month’s publication, please feel free to let me know about it.  I would be glad to insert it for you.