FHFA Announcing Increased Conforming Loan Limits For 2019

Today’s News Synopsis:

Fannie and Freddie getting higher loan limits.  The latest S & P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index showed prices increased 5.5%, down from 5.7% the previous year.  Apartment renters are paying more despite the size of the apartments getting smaller.

In The News:

Wall Street Journal – “Home-Price Gains Continue to Slow in September” (11-27-2018)

“Home-price gains slowed in September for the sixth consecutive month, another sign that rising mortgage rates are helping sap the momentum out of the housing market.”

Realtor.com “10 Cities Where Americans Are Deepest in Debt – but Still Buy Homes!” (11-27-2018)

“Debt is one of those ugly/inevitable facts of life that no one likes to discuss, right up there with death, weight gain, and new seasons of ‘Bachelor in Paradise.'”

ThinkRealty – “Report Reveals a New Haven for the Youngest U.S. Homeowners” (11-27-2018)

“While Florida is still the top locale for the oldest U.S. homeowners, a new state is attracting the nation’s youngest homeowners, according to a recent study by Lending Tree.”

CNBC – “Apartments are getting smaller – but renters are paying more” (11-27-2018)

“Apartments are getting smaller in much of the U.S., even as rents are rising.  The average size of newly built apartments in 2018 is 941 square feet, which is 5 percent smaller than it was a decade ago.”

Bloomberg “One of America’s Richest Suburbs Just Lost Its AAA Rating” (11-27-2018)

“New York’s Westchester County, home to the wealthy suburbs of Scarsdale and Bronxville, lost its AAA grade from S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings after drawing down its cash reserves to cover retroactive raises given to government employees.”

Forbes – “Repurposing 20th Century Garages For 21st Century Needs” (11-27-2018)

“Like many large cities across the country, Boston is known for a dearth of sites suitable for development. But it is dotted with a number of decades-old, underused parking garages.”

MarketWatch “Why the younger Gen Z has an edge over millennials in the housing market” (11-27-2018)

“Generation Z is a huge part of the U.S. economy. This is the generation that comes after millennials, born between 1995 and 2005. Although still quite young, Generation Z is already contributing up to $44 billion each year to the U.S. economy.”

Business Insider – “California REALTORS applaud FHFA for raising Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits” (11-27-2018)

“The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement to increase the 2019 conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to $484,350 on one-unit properties and a cap of $726,525 in high-cost areas.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Hesperia, California hard money loan closed. Real estate investor received loan for $270,000 on this single family property appraised for $402,000.

Hesperia Hard Money Loan


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Bruce Norris will be presenting his latest market timing report California Real Estate: On Borrowed Time on Saturday, January 26.


Looking Back:

What were real estate agents saying about Facebook’s rental listings?   New home sales increased drastically and were at their highest in ten years according to the Commerce Department.  Despite this, questions still remained about the health of the housing market.  The value of the median U.S. home was $12,500 more than the previous year.


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