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Banks Tighten Standards For Real Estate Loans

The preliminary results of C.A.R.’s June 2012 Broker Confidence Survey indicate that bank lending standards have not eased recently. When asked how underwriting standards in May compared to the prior six months, the majority of brokers indicated that access to credit was harder for clients (39 percent) or unchanged (44 percent); only 17 percent of brokers claimed it was easier for their customers to access credit. (The final results will be released shortly.)

Underwriting Trends For Residential Real Estate

Underwriting Trends

Why The Stiffer Standards?

In a nutshell, James Carville said it best, it’s “the economy, stupid”. The state of the economy has always played a significant role in banking policy. While interpretations of economic outlook vary, as do the resulting banking policies, the fact that the health of the economy weighs heavily on banks does not vary. Other influencing factors included product performance and appetite for risk. More than half of commercial and retail loan products showed similar or higher levels of risk compared to last year. This risk is closely related to general weakness in the economy having a negative influence on commercial and residential real estate property values, making loan collateral more volatile for banks.

What The Future Holds

The underlying principle of capitalism, competition, is the force that will drive the market to loosen underwriting criteria. As lenders attempt to improve their earnings and meet loan demand, the OCC expects them to ease those standards somewhat, yet
remain prudent.

source: California Association of Realtors

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Home Sales on the Rise in the City of Brea Again!

Brea Local Market Update for June 2012

The market update is for June 2012 for the city of Brea, CA. Real estate statistics are taken June 2012 and comparing them how they were at the same time last year, June 2011.

New listings fell 20.7% for the month of June. There were only 28 new listings. On the flip side pending home sales, those in escrow, rose 43.5% from 23 in 2011 to 33 this year. Plus the uptrend continued from May 2012 at 105.9%. Actual closed sales, meaning buyer actually bought and now owns the home (property) rose 26.3%.

Home sales continue to grow as was the case in May 2012. Look for home sales to continue strong through the 3rd quarter and into the 4th quarter of 2012.

Also continueing the trend of May, inventory of homes for sale in the city of Brea and the suply of homes for sale in Brea are down again.

Comparing to last year, the Brea’s inventory of homes dropped 62% to only 35. The months supply of inventory, meaning how long will it take to sell these 35 homes is 1.6 months or about 7 weeks.

In a low inventory market, the trend usually is that home prices will increase as the supply is low. As long as the demand is strong this may be the case. Home sellers in Brea received an average of an extra 4.3% profit meaning that the seller received 4.3% more that what they originally put the house up for sale for. Say you listed your home at $500,000, you’d receive an offer at $521,500. Again, not too bad.

Same as last month, going into summer, Brea home sellers should be able to get a little more for their home. Don’t think you should price your home high now. No. Be competitive and downright aggressive in your price strategy and you will see the buyer traffic increase as well as the offers and ultimately the higher final sales price.

See the chart below for more details plus Brea condo and townhome information.

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Brea Market Update June 2012

Source: Provided by the Pacific West Association of REALTORS®

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Welcome to the City of Brea

Whether you’re visiting Brea on business or vacation, you are bound to discover many ways to may you stay worthwhile and enjoyable. In addition to being conveniently lo-cated near some of Southern California’s most popular tourist attractions, there is plenty to do and see right here in town.

Brea is known as North Orange County’s destination for dining and shopping. The City boasts a unique array of savory cuisine—whatever your taste or budget, Brea’s distinct mix of restaurants, offers something for everyone. The Brea Mall, Brea Marketplace, Brea Gateway Center, Downtown Brea, Union Plaza and East Imperial Center are some of the major shopping areas in Brea, along with the Imperial Highway and Brea Boule-vard retail corridors and a number of smaller neighborhood shopping centers.

Make sure to take some time for entertainment during your visit to Brea. Music, movies and comedy animate Brea’s nightlife. Brea Downtown is home to 22-movie screens, the world famous Improv comedy club and a lively mix of special events, including a weekly Farmer’s Market, annual Jazz Festival and seasonal holiday activities.

Brea…the City of Art, features nationally known Arts in Public Places sculpture collec-tion, the Curtis Theatre and Brea Art Gallery. Visitors can take a walk back in time and experience Brea’s rich history by touring the Brea Museum and Heritage Center and the Olinda Oil Museum and Trail.

Enjoy the outdoors at one of Brea’s two County regional parks, or 12 community parks. Get a tee time at one of two public golf courses. Before you finalize your plans, check to see if your trip coincides with one of Brea’s popular seasonal events.

Source: City of Brea Website

Homes Currently For Sale in the City of Brea

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Mortgage Rates at Record Lows July 6th 2012

EXTRA EXTRA – Mortgage Rates at Record Lows  for Friday July 6th, 2012

Record-low mortgage rates stuck around for another week, allowing home buyers and homeowners looking to refinance to lock-in super low financing. Both the 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages matched their all-time lows.

“Mortgage rates were virtually unchanged this week hovering at or near record lows and should further help to support a recovering housing market,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Here’s a closer look:

30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged a record low of 3.66 percent, with an average 0.7 point, holding steady at last week’s average. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.51 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged a record low of 2.94 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s 2.95 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.69 percent.

5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.79 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising slightly from last week’s 2.77 percent average. Last year this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.22 percent.

1-year ARMs: averaged 2.74 percent, with an average 0.4 point, holding the same as last week. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.97 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

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Brea Local Market Update for May 2012

This market update is for May 2012 for the city of Brea, CA. Real estate statistics are taken from May 2012 and comparing them how they were at the same time last year, May 2011.

New listings fell 10.7% for the month of May. There were only 25 new listings. On the flip side pending home sales, those in escrow, rise a whopping 105.9% from 17 in 2011 to 35 this year. Actual closed sales, meaning buyer actually bought and now owns the property rose 10%.

One thing to look out for in the coming months and you will see is that closed sales in the summer will rise as there is an uptick in pendings, escrows open.

Here is more interesting information. Inventory of homes for sale in Brea and the supply of homes in Brea are down, way down. Again comparing to last year, the Brea’s inventory of homes dropped 58.9% to only 37. The months supply of inventory, meaning how long will it take to sell these 37 homes is 1.7 months or about 7 weeks.

In a low inventory market, the trend usually is that home prices will increase as the supply is low. As long as the demand is strong this may be the case. Home sellers in Brea received an average of an extra 4.7% profit meaning that the seller received 4.7% more that what they originally put the house up for sale for. Say you listed your home at $500,000, you’d receive an offer at $523,500. Not too bad. 🙂

Going into summer, Brea home sellers should be able to get a little more for their home. Don’t think you should price your home high now. No. Be competitive and downright aggressive in your price strategy and you will see the buyer traffic increase as well as the offers and ultimately the higher final sales price.

See the chart below for more details plus Brea condo and townhome information.

Contact us if you’d like specific information on your home or property. We’d be happy to send you the information.

City of Brea Housing May 2012

Current as of June 5, 2012. Does not account for sale concessions and/or down payment assistance. Note: Activity for one month can sometimes look extreme due to small sample size. A Research Tool
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Welcome to the City of Brea

Whether you’re visiting Brea on business or vacation, you are bound to discover many ways to may you stay worthwhile and enjoyable. In addition to being conveniently lo-cated near some of Southern California’s most popular tourist attractions, there is plenty to do and see right here in town.

Brea is known as North Orange County’s destination for dining and shopping. The City boasts a unique array of savory cuisine—whatever your taste or budget, Brea’s distinct mix of restaurants, offers something for everyone. The Brea Mall, Brea Marketplace, Brea Gateway Center, Downtown Brea, Union Plaza and East Imperial Center are some of the major shopping areas in Brea, along with the Imperial Highway and Brea Boule-vard retail corridors and a number of smaller neighborhood shopping centers.

Make sure to take some time for entertainment during your visit to Brea. Music, movies and comedy animate Brea’s nightlife. Brea Downtown is home to 22-movie screens, the world famous Improv comedy club and a lively mix of special events, including a weekly Farmer’s Market, annual Jazz Festival and seasonal holiday activities.

Brea…the City of Art, features nationally known Arts in Public Places sculpture collec-tion, the Curtis Theatre and Brea Art Gallery. Visitors can take a walk back in time and experience Brea’s rich history by touring the Brea Museum and Heritage Center and the Olinda Oil Museum and Trail.

Enjoy the outdoors at one of Brea’s two County regional parks, or 12 community parks. Get a tee time at one of two public golf courses. Before you finalize your plans, check to see if your trip coincides with one of Brea’s popular seasonal events.

From the City of Brea Website

Homes Currently For Sale in the City of Brea

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Diamond Bar’s Housing Market – April 2012

Diamond Bar Housing Market 2012Diamond Bar home prices. They’re everyone’s favorite indicator, and the headlines focus almost exclusively on this one metric. But prices leave much to be desired. They tell nothing about the market’s balance – whether overly saturated or in a competitive bidding environment. Historically-low mortgage rates, rising rents and strong investor activity have helped nudge certain areas and segments into stable or even seller’s market territory. Prices are already rising in some cases but it’s far from universal. At first glance, April looked pretty good but there’s more to it than that.

For Diamond Bar, New Listings were up 40 percent for single family homes and an astonishing 250 percent for condos and townhomes. But before you get too excited, Pending Sales only 6, were flat, 0.0 percent change for single-family homes and up 33.3 percent for condo and townhouse properties.

The Average Sales Price was up 46.8 percent single family homes and down a slight 9.1 percent for condos and townhouse properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 24.4 percent for single-family units and up 36.4 percent for townhouse-condo units. The heavy decrease in the supply of inventory of homes is a big sign that we should be or are in a sellers market as there are less houses to choose from thus increasing the demand for homes. The side effort is almost always a surge in home values but the diamond bar market has continued sideways. Up and down each month to month. Prices are up 46.8 percent. 6 new escrows were opened in April continuing the flat trend from March. This is why new pending home sales, escrows opened, a flat 0.0%. All this in Diamond Bar. With single family homes going into escrow at 6, the rest of sellers have to wait another month to try to sell their home. Compared regionally, the average price in Eastern Los Angeles County has increased 3.1 percent overall.

When monitoring residential real estate activity, it is always important to keep tabs on the overall economy and job growth. Preliminary Q1-2012 GDP growth came in at 2.2 percent, which, while disappointing to some observers and slower than Q4-2011, still signals economic expansion and not contraction. Expedited bank processing and easing lending standards are also encouraging developments.

Let’s Take Closer Look into Diamond Bar’s Housing Market for April 2012

In the month of April, Diamond Bar’s housing market.

City of Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County

Housing Market for Diamond Bar

 

Metrics from the Pacific West Association of Realtors serving Orange County / Los Angeles County

Housing market home values are for the city of Diamond Bar, CA.  Zipcodes 91765

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Brea's Housing Market – April 2012

Home prices. They’re everyone’s favorite indicator, and the headlines focus almost exclusively on this one metric. But prices leave much to be desired. They tell nothing about the market’s balance – whether overly saturated or in a competitive bidding environment. Historically-low mortgage rates, rising rents and strong investor activity have helped nudge certain areas and segments into stable or even seller’s market territory. Prices are already rising in some cases but it’s far from universal. At first glance, April looked pretty good but there’s more to it than that.

New Listings were down 17.6 percent for single family homes and 33.3 percent for condos and townhomes. Pending Sales increased 66.7 percent for single-family homes and 66.7 percent for condo and townhouse properties.

The Average Sales Price were down 3.9 percent single family homes and down a big 16 percent for condos and townhouse properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 54.3 percent for single-family units and 70.5 percent for townhouse-condo units. The heavy decrease in the supply of inventory of homes is a big sign that we should be or are in a sellers market as there are less houses to choose from thus increasing the demand for homes. The side effort is almost always a surge in home values but the opposite has occured. Prices have continuously fallen downward, down 3.9 percent. Buyers have seen the small inventory and downward preasure on home prices so they have gobbled up as much as fast as they can. This is why new pending home sales, escrows opened, has shot up 66.7% All this in Brea. Compared regionally, the average price in Orange County has increased 3.1 percent overall.

When monitoring residential real estate activity, it is always important to keep tabs on the overall economy and job growth. Preliminary Q1-2012 GDP growth came in at 2.2 percent, which, while disappointing to some observers and slower than Q4-2011, still signals economic expansion and not contraction. Expedited bank processing and easing lending standards are also encouraging developments.

Let’s Take Closer Look into Brea’s Housing Market for April 2012

In the month of April, Brea’s housing market.

Brea, North Orange County

Brea's Housing Market is down.

Metrics from the Pacific West Association of Realtors serving Orange County

Housing market home values are for the city of Brea, CA.  Zipcodes 92821, 92822, 92823

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Available Homes for Sale in the City of Brea – Current

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Brea’s Housing Market – April 2012

Home prices. They’re everyone’s favorite indicator, and the headlines focus almost exclusively on this one metric. But prices leave much to be desired. They tell nothing about the market’s balance – whether overly saturated or in a competitive bidding environment. Historically-low mortgage rates, rising rents and strong investor activity have helped nudge certain areas and segments into stable or even seller’s market territory. Prices are already rising in some cases but it’s far from universal. At first glance, April looked pretty good but there’s more to it than that.

New Listings were down 17.6 percent for single family homes and 33.3 percent for condos and townhomes. Pending Sales increased 66.7 percent for single-family homes and 66.7 percent for condo and townhouse properties.

The Average Sales Price were down 3.9 percent single family homes and down a big 16 percent for condos and townhouse properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 54.3 percent for single-family units and 70.5 percent for townhouse-condo units. The heavy decrease in the supply of inventory of homes is a big sign that we should be or are in a sellers market as there are less houses to choose from thus increasing the demand for homes. The side effort is almost always a surge in home values but the opposite has occured. Prices have continuously fallen downward, down 3.9 percent. Buyers have seen the small inventory and downward preasure on home prices so they have gobbled up as much as fast as they can. This is why new pending home sales, escrows opened, has shot up 66.7% All this in Brea. Compared regionally, the average price in Orange County has increased 3.1 percent overall.

When monitoring residential real estate activity, it is always important to keep tabs on the overall economy and job growth. Preliminary Q1-2012 GDP growth came in at 2.2 percent, which, while disappointing to some observers and slower than Q4-2011, still signals economic expansion and not contraction. Expedited bank processing and easing lending standards are also encouraging developments.

Let’s Take Closer Look into Brea’s Housing Market for April 2012

In the month of April, Brea’s housing market.

Brea, North Orange County

Brea's Housing Market is down.

Metrics from the Pacific West Association of Realtors serving Orange County

Housing market home values are for the city of Brea, CA.  Zipcodes 92821, 92822, 92823

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