Archive for February, 2012

The true picture of the California housing market – 114,000 foreclosures listed on the MLS but 257,000 foreclosures are active. Over 622,000 homes are in foreclosure or have missed at least one mortgage payment. 30 percent of California homeowners in negative equity. Net worth and income data for the state.


The down payment boogeyman – report finds requiring a 20 percent down payment would push out 60 percent of borrowers from qualified residential mortgages (QRMs). Those 29 to 34 acquired a mortgage for the first time in 1999 to 2001 at a 17 percent rate but that rate is now down to 9 percent.


A mirror in the real estate sun – Japan posts record trade deficit while real estate values go deep into the 1980s. US has decade long collapse in real estate values in spite of record low mortgage rates. The path of two lost decades in US real estate values is looking very similar to Japan.


A case scenario in renting versus buying in Culver City – Rent a home for $2,800 or buy it for $600,000? 12 listed foreclosures while shadow inventory is up to 144.


A $983 mortgage payment in Southern California is now typical? Buyers commit to lowest mortgage payment in January of 2012 since May of 1999. What does this say about the current makeup of real estate sales?


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