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One Fortunate Buyer in Sacramento CA

I just closed a deal that could not have gotten much better for the buyer.

1) She was paying $1700 in rent for a decent unit in Midtown (but, still a lot of money).  the buyer got into contract for $122,750 on a 1890’s Victorian home (just what she dreamed about!).  Here housing payments were going to be about $730/month.

2) We got into contract before April 30, 2010 as to qualify for the Federal Tax Credit of $8000.

3) We closed after May 1, 2010 so to qualify for the $10,000 Tax Credit from the State.

4) The appraisal came back at a value of $105,000, so the seller was compelled to come down to that price. Now her payments will drop below $650/month!

Let’s do the math… About $18,000 savings on the purchase price (with a lower deposit amount), $18,000 in tax incentives – that’s a nice, quick $36,000.

5) The home inspection came back very clean and the pest inspection had minor work needed.  A few bonuses:  We found out that the foundation was redone at some point in the last 10 years; The roof was only about 1-year-old; There is hardwood underneath the laminate overlay, which is part of the buyer’s dream too!

Congratulations Laila!  I look forward to champagne this afternoon.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

Do Governmental Housing Programs Work?

This is in reference specifically to the programs as of late that have tried to keep people in their homes through loan modification. This is a question I and many others have been asking and trying to figure out for some time now.

While I attempt to be eternally optimistic, numbers usually don’t lie (if they are presented honestly – ha ha).  Seriously though, I am an avid reader of anything Mish writes and he nailed it on the head here –

Statistical Nonsense On “Help”

For the 40% that end up defaulting anyway, how much money, time and mental energy did they waste in these programs? Assuming the other 60% keep their houses I have to ask “Who was it that was really helped? The bank or the home owner?”

I suggest in most instances if anyone was “helped” it was the lender. It is no favor to make someone a debt slave forever in these programs. Finally, one must look at other costs.

For example, how many people stopped paying their mortgages just to get “help”? Also note that the sooner housing prices bottom, the better off everyone will be. These programs harm price disclosure, help to keep prices elevated, and thus curtail genuine demand.

From these perspectives, HAMP and the entire gamut of “help” programs has done anything but help. Speaking of government help programs, please consider the Mission Statement of Fannie Mae.

We are a shareholder-owned company with a public mission. We exist to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market.

A quick check now shows the link I had with that mission statement has been redirected to About Fannie Mae

The link now states “Fannie Mae is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) chartered by Congress with a mission to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets.”

Fannie Mae clearly failed its mission to provide stability and affordability to housing. The truth is no government program ever provides stability or affordability. HAMP won’t either, and the truth should be easy to see.

You can find the full article here

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030


Have we hit bottom in the Sacramento CA housing Market?

This is a question I get asked frequently and one that I hear attempting to be answered.  “Have we hit the bottom of the housing market?  At times I have fallen prey to the common thinking that says, “How much worse can it get?  The market has dropped ____%, how much more can it go down?”  Then the conclusion… “We must be at the bottom.”  Anyone with their head in the game has thought/asked this.

However, after just doing a little research you will find that there are key economic forces in play that have to change (unemployment for one) before “the bottom” is reached AND our economy comes out of the recession in which we find ourselves.  Forecasters have been calling the bottom for the last 2 years or longer.  So have we hit bottom yet?

For an excellent read on some of these economic factors, check out this article, The Orwellian Recovery.  The author succinctly states,  “I don’t see how housing prices can recover at the same time inventories, mortgage rates, and unemployment rise.”

A colleague an I were discussing this topic over coffee today… what’s going to happen when the government backs off the stimulus and interest rates rise?

It’s a complicated and highly opinionated topic, what are your thoughts?

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

How walkable is Sacramento? Handy tool when buying Real Estate

There is a lot of talk around this issue of walkability, especially in Sacramento’s urban areas.  A friend of mine said to me the other day, “If I were to move, one of my criteria is that I have to be in walking distance to a bakery,” as donuts were the topic of our provocative conversation.  I am fortunate, there are several bakeries in walking distance from me (Freeport Bakery and Marie’s Donuts just to name a few).

You probably already know the answer to this question, but check out this website to walkscore.com and see where your neighborhood ranks.

For kicks I typed in my address (thinking our neighborhood is very walkable) and came up with a score of 69 out of 100 = “somewhat wakable.”  So I then typed in a  friend’s address who lives in Natomas… as imagined 43 out of 100 = “car-dependent.”  Our old home in Boulevard Park/Midtown gets 86 out of 100 = “very walkable.”

A fun and interesting website, especially in light of our changing cultural values when it comes to how we view our planet.  And, as fuel prices increase, cities become more dense, and as people realize their longing for community, this “walkability measure” will be even a larger factor when buying a home.

The Best Time to Buy/Invest in Sacramento Real Estate

1) Right now Sacramento consumer confidence is on the rise.

2) The interest rate is extremely low (about 5%, maybe lower).  And everyone predicts that it will not stay this low, and in fact may skyrocket (according to Obama, as we continue to borrow from other countries).  As the interest rates go up, even if the prices go down, this will take many potential buyers out of the market.

3) One report shows that the housing affordability index is the best it has been in 40 years.

Call me or write if you want to see the numbers OR discuss your scenario.

Home Loan Market Loosing Up? Sacramento and Beyond

Mortgage rates and house prices are down – which sounds great for buyers and refinancers. But a series of mortgage industry underwriting and appraisal changes taking effect this month is throwing hurdles in the way of borrowers and loan officers.

Read onthis article is from the SF Chronicle on 4/19/09