CA $10,000 Tax Credit for San Jose First Time Buyers is almost over

This is not a good news for first time home buyers in San Francisco Bay Area and rest of the state. CA state tax credit of $10,000 for First Time Home Buyers has reached the $100 million limit. Background – In April this year California government made the $10,000 tax credit (or 5% of the […]

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Stated Income Jumbo Loans now available for Contra Costa, San Mateo & San Francisco counties

Great news for homeowners and buyers in Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Stated Income loans are now available for borrowers in these counties. This type of loan could specially be very useful for Self-Employed borrowers who find it difficult to document their “real” income via Tax Returns. Also, commissioned employees who have […]

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Low mortgage rates gone already for Bay Area?

And why you should rush to buy Low mortgage rates are Going..Going…Gone for Bay Area!! FNMA-30 4.5% coupon went down again today – by a whopping 100 bips. Over last couple of weeks mortgage backed securities have been in a free fall, pushing the mortgage rates up – substantially. According to Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate […]

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FHA allows $8000 tax credit for down payment in San Jose

But can you really use it? Not so fast…. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced today that the first time home buyer credit of $8000 can be used as down payment in San Jose & rest of the Bay Area. If you are a first time buyer with limited down payment and you are the type […]

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Potent combination of FHA Financing, Steep Home Price Declines & Low Mortgage Rates

According to DataQuick Bay Area home sales posted a year-over-year gain for the eighth consecutive month in April. Santa Clara county had 1606 sales in April 09 compared to 1440 in April 08 up 11.5%. Alameda county had 1457 sales in April 09 compared to 1240 in April 08, up 17.5%. The question is what […]

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Housing approaching a trough

In the summary of Fed’s late-April meeting released yesterday, there were some important pointers to the economy: Fed officials saw the economy contracting between 1.3% and 2% this year and the GDP was only expected to advance 2%-3% next year. The Unemployment rate is expected to end 2009 between 9.2% and 9.6%, higher than what […]

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Buying a foreclosed home in San Jose with an FHA Loan?

So are you planning to buy a foreclosed home in San Jose with an FHA Loan? Foreclosed properties can be sold by 2 entities: Directly by the Mortgagee (The bank that held the mortgage), or By entities that purchase foreclosed properties either singly or in bulk for resale FHA has a property flipping rule that […]

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4 Cs of Home Loans in Bay Area

If you are planning to get a Home Loan in Bay Area, you should be aware of the 4Cs of Lending. Capacity Lenders usually look for a minimum of 2 years of work history in the same line of work. Any employment gaps or extended time off must to be explained. If you had a […]

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Are Foreclosure Properties a Good Deal in Santa Clara?

DataQuick said 43 percent of all homes sold in Santa Clara County was in foreclosure upon sometime in the previous 12 months. The number for Alameda county is 46.2 percent. Evidently, most of the current sale is being driven by foreclosed properties; that also explains the falling median prices in these counties. But before jumping […]

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$10,000 California State HomeBuyer Credit

A recently passed law established a personal income tax credit for purchasers of a qualifying principal residence. The tax credit is capped at the lesser of $10,000 or 5 percent of the purchase price for the purchase of a principal residence that has never been occupied made between March 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010. […]

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