Mortgage Rates Dip Below 3%

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Incentive for Home Buyers . . National Mortgage Rates for the week Ending July 16.
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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.98% this week, the lowest rate in Freddie Mac’s records dating back to 1971.“The drop has led to increased home buyer demand and, these low rates have been capitalized into asset prices in support of the financial markets,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, the countervailing force for the economy has been the rise in new virus cases which has caused the economic recovery to stagnate, and this economic pause puts many temporary layoffs at risk of ossifying into permanent job losses.”

Freddie Mac reported the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending July 16:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.98%, with an average 0.7 point, falling from a 3.03% average last week. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 3.81%.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.48%, with an average 0.7 point, falling from last week’s 2.51% average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.23%.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.06%, with an average 0.3 point, rising slightly from last week’s 3.02% average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.48%.

Freddie Mac reports average commitment rates along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining a mortgage.

FEB. 2020 SANTA CLARA COUNTY STATS

By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®

The real estate market turned quickly and heated up with multiple offers late DEC 2019, JAN and FEB 2020. The market can turn on a dime, and has shown this again. Mortgage interest rates dipped below 3.5%, and the real estate inventory dwindled. With a low supply, and still high demand, with favorable mortgage rates, bidding wars returned! For example, 635 Yosemite Avenue, Mountain View 94041 was listed on 01/30/2020 for $2,448,000 and SOLD 27% “over-asking” to CLOSE at $3,100,000.

As of March 4, 2020, the Bay Area Real Estate currently has 997 ACTIVE Status units (Single Family, Condo and Townhomes available for sale) in the Santa Clara County. FEB 2020 recorded 806 Home SALES ranging from $359,000 (1062 Summershore Court, San Jose 95122) to $8,100,000 (28011 Elena Road, Los Altos Hills 94022), with 28 Average Days on Market DOM. The Average Close Price was $1,337,243 with 46% of the Sales selling between $800,000 – $1,400,000.

CONTACT: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®

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OCT. 2019 SANTA CLARA COUNTY STATS

By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®

The Bay Area Real Estate currently has 2,076 ACTIVE Single Family, Townhomes and Condos listings for Sale in the Santa Clara County. OCT 2019 recorded 1,022 SOLD listings ranging from $7,500,000 (25055 La Loma Drive, Los Altos Hills 94022) to $370,000 (2454 Balme Drive, San Jose 95122), with 35 Average DOM.

OCT SOLD Volume was 18% lower than July’s recordings. The Average Close Price was $1,340,213 with 33% of the Sales selling between $700,000 – $1,000,000. The number of Listings which did not complete a Sale and changed Status to Withdrawn, Expired or Canceled was 408.

Please contact Jeni for the current real estate market trend.

SELLER SLIP-UPS according to C.A.R.

Here is advice for Sellers, directly from the California Association of Realtors. SELLERS . . please let the Buyers view your home comfortably, so they can imagine themselves living there. It will greatly benefit your successful sale.

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SEPT. 2019 SANTA CLARA COUNTY STATS

By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®

The Silicon Valley Real Estate Market currently has 2,076 ACTIVE Single Family, Townhomes and Condos listings for Sale in the Santa Clara County. SEPT 2019 recorded 1,022 SOLD listings ranging from $7,500,000 (25055 La Loma Drive, Los Altos Hills 94022) to $370,000 (2454 Balme Drive, San Jose 95122), with 35 Average DOM.

Sept SOLD Volume was 18% lower than July’s recordings. The Average Close Price was $1,340,213 with 33% of the Sales selling between $700,000 – $1,000,000. The number of Listings which did not complete a Sale and changed Status to Withdrawn, Expired or Canceled was 408.

Downtown San Jose, CA SOFA District. Photo Courtesy Jeni Pfeiffer
Downtown San Jose, CA SOFA District. Photo Courtesy Jeni Pfeiffer

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July 2019 SANTA CLARA COUNTY STATS

By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®

The Bay Area Real Estate currently has 2,126 ACTIVE Status units (available for sale) in the Santa Clara County. July 2019 recorded 1,238 Single Family, Condo and Town Home SALES ranging from $11,080,000 (543 Seale Avenue, Palo Alto 94301) to $330,000 (247 N Capitol Avenue,#227, San Jose 95127) with 26 Average DOM. The average price was $1,385,492 with 50% of the Sales selling between $700,000 – $1,300,000. Properties priced 10 – 15% below the height of 2018 prices are now selling. Over-priced properties are lingering on the market. Low mortgage interest rates, currently in the 3% range, are favoring Buyers.

1031 Tax Deferred Exchange?

By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®

Do you have a rental property and wish to sell it without paying hefty capital gains tax? Are you considering purchasing property that would generate a higher net income? A 1031 Exchange is a powerful tax-deferment strategy used by some of the most financially successful investors. Why? As Bay Area real estate values have increased, many investors think that today is the optimal time to exchange properties for stronger cash flowing properties across the country. By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®Do you have a rental property and wish to sell it without paying hefty capital gains tax? Are you considering purchasing property that would generate a higher net income? A 1031 Exchange is a powerful tax-deferment strategy used by some of the most financially successful investors. Why? As Bay Area real estate values have increased, many investors think that today is the optimal time to exchange properties for stronger cash flowing properties across the country.

By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®Do you have a rental property and wish to sell it without paying hefty capital gains tax? Are you considering purchasing property that would generate a higher net income? A 1031 Exchange is a powerful tax-deferment strategy used by some of the most financially successful investors. Why? As Bay Area real estate values have increased, many investors think that today is the optimal time to exchange properties for stronger cash flowing properties across the country. By: Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor®Do you have a rental property and wish to sell it without paying hefty capital gains tax? Are you considering purchasing property that would generate a higher net income? A 1031 Exchange is a powerful tax-deferment strategy used by some of the most financially successful investors. Why? As Bay Area real estate values have increased, many investors think that today is the optimal time to exchange properties for stronger cash flowing properties across the country.

A 1031 Exchange allows an investor to “defer” paying capital gains taxes on an investment property when it is sold, as long another “like-kind property” is purchased with the profit gained by the sale of the first property. There are rules and timelines to follow, and working with an agent who is experienced and can connect you with resources outside of the Bay Area will provide successful investments. Contact me to learn how you can defer capital gains on the sale of an income property.