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Mortgage Musts

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Down Payment Dilemma

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Market Snapshot: San Mateo County Real Estate Report

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Here is an updated Market Report summarizing recent real estate activity along the coastside. Please keep in mind that the values represented are based on current, detailed information from the Regional Multiple Listing Service. If you need clarification on any of the figures or if you wish to take additional steps toward property ownership, please let us know. We are happy to help you. See the full report.

 

 

Third quarter housing affordability

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

For release:
November 1, 2018 

Flat home prices, stable interest rates lift California housing affordability, C.A.R. reports

  • Twenty-seven percent of California households could afford to purchase the $588,530 median-priced home in the third quarter of 2018, up from 26 percent in second-quarter 2018 and down from 28 percent a year ago.
  • A minimum annual income of $125,540 was needed to make monthly payments of $3,140, including principal, interest, and taxes on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at a 4.77 percent interest rate.
  • Thirty-five percent of home buyers were able to purchase the $479,390 median-priced condo or townhome. An annual income of $102,260 was required to make a monthly payment of $2,560.

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 1) – More Californians could afford to purchase a home in the third quarter as flat home prices and stable interest rates combined to improve California housing affordability, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. 

The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in third-quarter 2018 edged up to 27 percent from 26 percent in the second quarter of 2018 and was down from 28 percent in the third quarter a year ago, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). The index has been below 30 percent for five of the past eight quarters. California’s housing affordability index hit a peak of 56 percent in the first quarter of 2012. 

C.A.R.’s HAI measures the percentage of all households that can afford to purchase a median-priced, single-family home in California. C.A.R. also reports affordability indices for regions and select counties within the state. The index is considered the most fundamental measure of housing well-being for home buyers in the state. 

A minimum annual income of $125,540 was needed to qualify for the purchase of a $588,530 statewide median-priced, existing single-family home in the third quarter of 2018. The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, would be $3,140, assuming a 20 percent down payment and an effective composite interest rate of 4.77 percent. The effective composite interest rate in second-quarter 2018 was 4.7 percent and 4.16 percent in the third quarter of 2017.  

Conversely, housing affordability for condominiums and townhomes fell in third-quarter 2018 compared to the previous quarter with 35 percent of California households earning the minimum income to qualify for the purchase of a $479,390 median-priced condominium/townhome, down from 36 percent in the second quarter. An annual income of $102,260 was required to make monthly payments of $2,560.

Compared with California, more than half of the nation’s households (53 percent) could afford to purchase a $266,900 median-priced home, which required a minimum annual income of $56,930 to make monthly payments of $1,420. 

Key points from the third-quarter 2018 Housing Affordability report include:

  • Housing affordability improved from third-quarter 2017 in 10 tracked counties and declined in 33 counties. Affordability in five counties remained flat.
  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, affordability improved from a year ago in San Francisco and Marin counties, primarily due to higher wages. Affordability fell in six counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma). Affordability held steady in Santa Clara County.
  • In Southern California, affordability improved only in Ventura, and dropped in four counties (Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego) compared to a year ago. Affordability in Los Angeles County was unchanged.
  • In the Central Valley, Fresno and Madera counties saw an improvement in affordability from third-quarter 2017. Housing affordability decreased from a year ago in eight counties (Kings, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare). Affordability held steady only in Kern County.
  • In the Central Coast region, only Santa Barbara experienced a year-to-year improvement in affordability, while three counties (Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Cruz) posted a decline.
  • During the third quarter of 2018, the most affordable counties in California were Lassen (67 percent), Kern and Kings (51 percent), Tehama (49 percent) and Yuba (48 percent).
  • Mono (11 percent), Santa Cruz (12 percent), San Mateo (14 percent), San Francisco (15 percent), and Santa Clara (17 percent) counties were the least affordable areas in the state.

Housing Affordability slides (click link to open)


Affordability peak versus current 
Annual required income peak vs. current
Monthly PITI peak versus current

Affordability by region peak versus current
Housing affordability by county 

See C.A.R.’s historical housing affordability data.
See second-time buyer housing affordability data
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Six Reasons Why The Holidays Are A Good Time To List Your Home

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