The title looks good, and is for some Florida cities, but Tampa is not in top ten. I think our prices rose dramatically last spring and then have been stable since then. I will give you an example of how they have risen. I bought a home at the beginning of 2012 for 252k and just sold it for 289k. If you are in the Tampa area and reading my blog, no worries that the Tampa area isn’t in the top 10….this time. To read article….see below

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 26, 2014 – A report from Black Knight Financial Services (formerly Lender Processing Services) finds that December home values in the U.S. are within 13.9 percent of the peak reached in 2006.

Black Knight’s Home Price Index (HPI) found nationally that home values rose 0.1 percent month-to-month (compared to November 2012 numbers) and 8.4 percent year-to-year. The high point for U.S. home prices was $270,000 in June 2006. In December, the HPI found a median of $232,000.

From Black Knight’s analysis, it appears most U.S. cities saw their biggest price spike last year, and their dramatic price increases have begun to slow to a more balanced level.

Florida, however, seems to buck that trend a bit, with home prices still climbing faster in comparison to other U.S. states and cities.

According to Black Knight, Florida prices rose 0.6 percent month-to-month in December, coming in second to top-ranking New York with a 0.7 percent rise.

However, Florida cities logged eight of the top 10 spots for “Biggest Movers” when comparing metro areas. Only two other U.S. cities even made the list.

Biggest metro area movers month-to-month

1. Miami: 1.2% month-to-month December price increase
2. Sarasota: 0.9%
3. Key West: 0.7%
4. Fort Walton Beach: 0.6%
5. Poughkeepsie, NY: 0.6%
6. Lakeland: 0.6%
7. Port St. Lucie: 0.6%
8. Tulsa, OK: 0.5%
9. Naples: 0.5%
10. Palm Bay: 0.5%

To calculate its HPI, Black Knight says it looks at repeat sales prices and its loan-level databases. It claims the numbers take REO and short-sale price discounts into consideration.

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CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES AT 4.22% AND ARE PREDICTED TO GO A BIT LOWER!

To All My Readers: Interest rates continue to be at an all time low due to our sluggish economy and feds reluctance to in any way put in danger the recovering housing market. While interest rates have ticked up a bit from last year, they are still at historically low levels. Just to give younger readers some perspective, when I graduated from college in the 1980’s the interest rate on a 30 year fixed mortgage was over 9%. Needless to say i had to buy a smaller house than I wanted to because of what the interest rate did to my monthly mortgage payment. If you are a young person my advice is to buy now before the rates tick up again, and buy bigger than what you think you need for additional room as your family grows. I had no one to advise me, and after I bought my first home my wife became pregnant and the house I just bought was already to small. Thus we had to go through the process all again, this time finding a bigger home until number 4 came along and then that home was too small as well! Set your sights on a 4 bedroom, 2 or 3 bath home and you should be okay. As always, feel free to call me Richard Kemper at 813-777-5332 with any of your real estate questions.        

Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.22%

 

Mortgage Rate Trend Index

Half the experts (50%) polled this week by Bankrate.com expect little rate change over the short term. However, only 8% foresee an increase; the remaining 42% predict additional decreases.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nov. 22, 2013 – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home buying affordable.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.22 percent from to 4.35 percent last week. The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage dipped to 3.27 percent from 3.35 percent.

Rates had spiked over the summer and reached a two-year high in July on speculation that the Federal Reserve would slow its bond purchases later this year. But the Fed held off in September and now appears poised to wait at least a few more months to see how the economy performs. The bond purchases are intended to keep long-term interest rates low.

Mortgage rates tend to follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. They have stabilized since September and remain low by historical standards.

Still, mortgage rates are nearly a full percentage point higher than in the spring. The uptick has contributed to a slowdown in home sales. The National Association of Realtors said sales of existing homes fell 3.2 percent in October, the second straight monthly decline.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country on Monday through Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.7 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also was steady at 0.7 point.

The average rate on a one-year adjustable-rate mortgage held at 2.61 percent. The fee was unchanged at 0.4 point.

The average rate on a five-year adjustable mortgage fell to 2.95 percent from 3.01 percent. The fee rose to 0.5 point from 0.4 point.

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IS THE MARKET COOLING? 11/18/13

I don’t believe there is any reason for alarm, but yes I have noticed the cooling off here in the Brandon, FL area. It is very interesting to look back and see what has happened. The market was soft going into spring, but then investor traffic drove prices up as inventory levels were low. The investor traffic has died down, but due to low inventory levels prices have not dropped. We will have to see what happens over the next few months.Read below for various reasons for slowing market.

Buying frenzy starting to cool?
NEW YORK – Nov. 18, 2013 – Bidding wars in recent months have fueled large gains in home values in some parts of the country. But bidding wars and the buying frenzy seen just a few months ago seem to be cooling at a time when housing affordability has been reduced due to higher mortgage rates and home prices.

“The bidding wars were creating a false market,” homebuyer Mike Imgarten told Bloomberg about his two-month house hunt in Sacramento, Calif., area. “Now is a good time to jump back in and see where we’re at.”

Inventories have risen in many markets, leaving homebuyers with more options. The National Association of Realtors® reported that inventory levels of unsold homes rose in September from a year earlier – the first time since 2011.

More homeowners are seeing the return of equity (more than 2.5 million homes saw positive equity return in the second quarter alone), which has prompted more people to list their properties.

“We are shifting from a frenzy to where buyers are taking a step back and being more analytical and unwilling to just make rash decisions,” says Ellen Haberle, an economist for the real estate brokerage, Redfin.

Home sales typically slow during this time of year, but some analysts say the seasonal drop-off has been higher than expected. They blame the increase in mortgage rates for a lot of that drop-off. Since May, mortgage rates have risen a full percentage point, which has led to an increase in borrowing costs that is holding some buyers back, housing experts say.

The government shutdown also has weakened consumer confidence, says Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at Arizona State University.

“The frenzy has died down,” says Selma Hepp, a senior economist for the California Association of Realtors. “The question in the summer of this year was, ‘is this sustainable, or is this a bubble again?’ Now the data is showing that we’re returning to more of a traditional market.”

Source: “Bid Wars Wane in U.S. Housing Markets on Supply Rise: Mortgages,” Bloomberg Businessweek (Nov. 14, 2013)

IF YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY YOU SHOULD READ THIS

I live in a community, Fishhawk Ranch located in Lithia, Fl, with a large military presence and I know they depend on their BAH allowance to help them out. Let’s hope something is done before 2015 as these people put their lives on the line to protect us and our country.

Military families fear housing allowance is at risk
WASHINGTON – Nov. 8, 2013 – Sequestration could mean a $20 billion loss of defense funding for fiscal 2014 and possibly include a reduction in the allowance military families receive to help them pay for shelter.

Many military households apply their housing allowance to home buying or renting. The amount of an allowance varies according to geographic location, rank and other factors; and it’s adjusted annually to reflect local housing costs.

The idea of lower military allowances has already been floated. This summer, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel planted the idea of “changing how the basic allowance for housing is calculated, so that individuals are asked to pay a little more of their own housing costs.”

However, no major housing allowance changes are expected for fiscal year 2014, though the numbers have not yet been announced. Still, industry representatives are bracing themselves and asking enlisted families to do the same.

Elysia Stobbe of Jacksonville, Fla.-based VanDyk Mortgage, for example, says she is encouraging military customers to think about how any changes could “affect their income and ability to pay their mortgage in the future.”

Paula Cino of the National Multi Housing Council, meanwhile, is hoping that the government will keep everyone abreast of its plans so that there are no unexpected surprises. “The sooner that we really understand what the potential changes can be, the better we can respond and mitigate any damage to the program moving forward,” she said.

Source: Wall Street Journal (11/07/13) Wotapka, Dawn

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MORE BANKS NOW OFFERING 5% DOWN CONVENTIONAL LOANS!

I still get comments from time to time from people who believe it is still really had to get a loan. If you are one of those people read on and you will be pleasantly surprised. If you need help finding a good lender in the Tampa area give me a call at 813-777-5332 and I will put you in touch with my broker. Richard Kemper RE/MAX Realty Unlimited

 

More banks offering loans for 5% down?

NEW YORK – Nov. 7, 2013 – For the last few years, buyers have been hard-pressed to land a mortgage if they didn’t have a 20 percent down payment, unless they turned to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) low down-payment loans.

But a growing number of banks now offer loans with just 5 percent down, CNNMoney reports. For example, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and TD Bank are among the lenders reportedly offering mortgages with down payments as low as 5 percent.

TD Bank is offering a “Right Step” loan product that allows borrowers to get a loan with a 5 percent down payment while also allowing borrowers to get up to 2 percent of the sales price as a gift from a relative or third party. In actuality, then, borrowers would only need to come up with a 3 percent downpayment themselves.

Banks offering 5 percent down payment loans, however, also require borrowers to buy private mortgage insurance (PMI). Borrowers must keep PMI until they build up 20 percent equity in the home.

Source: “Banks Offering Mortgages with Only 5% Down Payments,” CNNMoney (Nov. 5, 2013)

MORE NEWS ON NATIONAL AND FLORIDA SEPTEMBER 2013 HOME SALE

Great news all around the country……the complete article was a great read and made me feel positive about our Tampa area real estate market.

 

Florida’s housing market shows positive gains in Sept. 2013

NAR: Existing-home sales down, but prices rise in Sept.

WASHINGTON – Oct. 21, 2013 – After hitting the highest level in nearly four years, existing-home sales declined in September, but limited inventory conditions continued to pressure home prices in much of the country, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Read More

ORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 21, 2013 – More closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and the continued stabilization of the homes-for-sale inventory resulted into a sunny outlook for Florida’s housing market in September, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

“Throughout the year, we’ve seen Florida’s housing market strengthen, and that positive momentum continued in September,” says 2013 Florida Realtors President Dean Asher, broker-owner with Don Asher & Associates Inc. in Orlando. “Home values are rising, and many homeowners across the state see improving home equity. Those trends are helping to ease tight inventory levels in many areas as people who had been waiting on the sidelines decided to list their homes for sale.

“September marks 22 months in a row that the statewide median sales prices rose year-over-year for both single-family homes and for townhome-condo properties.”

Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 18,490 in September, up 18.8 percent compared to the year-ago figure, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. Closed sales typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written.

Meanwhile, pending sales – signed contracts not yet completed or closed – for existing single-family homes last month rose 10.5 percent over the previous September. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $170,000, up 17.2 percent from the previous year. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the national median sales price for existing single-family homes in August 2013 was $212,200, up 14.4 percent from the previous year. In California, the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in August was $441,330; in Massachusetts, it was $345,000; in Maryland, it was $272,895; and in New York, it was $242,000.

Looking at Florida’s year-to-year comparison for sales of townhouse-condos, a total of 8,279 units sold statewide last month, up 11.4 percent from September 2012. Meanwhile, pending sales for townhouse-condos last month increased 4.6 percent compared to the year-ago figure. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties was $130,000, up 23.5 percent over the previous year. NAR reported that the national median existing condo price in August 2013 was $211,700.

Inventory was at a 5.3-months’ supply in September for both single-family homes and for townhouse-condo properties, according to Florida Realtors.

“Not too long ago, the focus was on the strength and longevity of Florida’s housing market recovery, but we’ve moved into a slightly different stage of growth,” says Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. “Now, the focus turns to growth in different segments of the real estate market. For example, it is very difficult to find homes for sale priced under $200,000. Investors have taken whatever has come on the market in this range. However, despite this, inventory has definitely stabilized and appears to be on the verge of rising.

“More sellers are coming into the market — new listings are up — and investor demand appears to be cooling off a bit, as shown by the fact that cash sales as a percentage of all sales are falling.”

According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.49 percent in September 2013, up from the 3.47 percent average recorded during the same month a year earlier.

To see the full statewide housing activity reports, go to Florida Realtors Media Center athttp://media.floridarealtors.org/ and look under Latest Releases, or download the September 2013 data report PDFs under Market Data at: http://media.floridarealtors.org/market-data

IS TAMPA AREA REAL ESTATE STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT?

Below are some great statistics that include the Tampa area real estate market. There is a whole bunch of other great statistics as well so read on! If you are wondering why Tampa was in the top 3 for cash sales, but not even on the map for investor purchased properties is pretty simple. Lots of people come here to retire, so they sold their home up north and brought the cash to Florida and bought their homes with cash! The other thing this helps to confirm is that the investor traffic has slowed in the Tampa area as prices have risen in our area and the investors have moved on to other areas where real estate is a better deal. As always, feel free to give me a call regarding any of your Tampa area real estate needs. Call Richard Kemper at 813-777-5332.

 

45% of U.S. sales in August were cash purchases

IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 26, 2013 – U.S. residential properties, including single family homes and condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annualized pace of 5.6 million in August, up 2 percent month-to-month and 12 percent year-to-year, according to RealtyTrac’s August 2013 U.S. Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report.

The national median sales price in August was $175,000, up 3 percent from the previous month and up 6 percent from a year ago – the 17th consecutive month in which median home prices increased year-to-year.

The median price of a distressed residential property in August – one in foreclosure or bank owned – was $116,000, up 1 percent from the previous month, but down 3 percent from a year ago. Median distressed prices have now declined on an annual basis for six consecutive months.

“Seven years after the housing bubble burst, U.S. home prices are clearly on the rise again, up 23 percent from the bottom in March 2012, although still 26 below the peak of the housing price bubble in August 2006,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “This recovery in home prices and sale volume continues to be driven in large part by cash buyers and institutional investors, as evidenced by the increasing share of sales represented by those two categories in August.”

High-level report findings

• 45% of all residential sales in August were cash purchases, up from 39% in July and 30% year-to-year.

• Among metro areas with a population of 1 million or more, the highest percentage of all-cash sales were inMiami (69%), Detroit (68%), Las Vegas (66%), Jacksonville, Fla., (65%) and Tampa, Fla., (64%).

Institutional investors (purchasing 10 or more properties in the last 12 months) accounted for 10 percent of all sales in August, up from 9 percent in July and 9 percent in August 2012.

• Among metro areas with a population of 1 million or more, those with the highest percentage of institutional investor purchases were Memphis, Tenn. (31%), Jacksonville, Fla. (29%), Atlanta (22%), St. Louis (17%) and Detroit (17%).

Short sales accounted for 15 percent of all U.S. residential sales in August, up from 14 percent in July and 8 percent in August 2012. States with the biggest percentage of short sales were Nevada (34%), Florida (29%), Ohio (23%), Maryland (21%), Tennessee (20%) and Michigan (20%).

• Bank-owned homes made up 10 percent of all U.S. residential sales in August, up from 9 percent in July and 9 percent year-to-year. States with the biggest percentage of REO were Nevada (22%), Ohio (17%), Arizona (17%), Michigan (16%), Illinois (14%) and California (14%).

• Sales volume increased from the previous month in 39 of the 42 states tracked. It was up from a year ago in 37 states, including Texas, (up 31%), Illinois (29%), Pennsylvania (28%), Virginia (26%) and Florida (22%).

• Notable exceptions where sales volume decreased from a year ago included California (down 17%), Arizona (12%) and Nevada (6%).

• States with biggest annual increases in median prices include California (up 32%), Nevada (26%), Georgia (21%), Arizona (20%) and New York (19%).

• Among metro areas with a population of 1 million or more, those with the biggest annual increases in median prices included San Francisco (up 35%), Sacramento (35%), Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California (28%), Atlanta (28%), Los Angeles (26%), Las Vegas (26%) and Phoenix (25%).

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