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September MLS Statistics – SLO County

The good news:
– Inventory in SLO County decreased for the first time in months.
– The percentage of distressed homes decreased in August to 37% from 40% in July.

The not so good news:
– Inventory is still high.
– 37% of homes sold were distressed.
– August was a slow month. The number of homes sold per month continues to decrease.

Some graphs. All SLO County sold homes.

This graph is the total number of homes sold for each category; REO (bank/owned, Short Sale, and None (non-distressed).

This graph shows the mix of REO, Short Sale, and non-distressed homes sold. You can see that the foreclosure piece has decreased a bit from last month but REOs are at the same percentage.

This shows the residential inventory for SLO County with a decrease from Aug 1 to Sept 1.

I included the following graph to show the number of total home sales (distressed and non-distressed).

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New Paso Robles Business – Siegel’s Jewelry & Loan

Please help me welcome a new business to our community!

Siegel’s Jewelry & Loan
739 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Mon – Thurs 11 – 6pm Fri 11 – 8pm Sat 11 -5pm Closed Sunday

I asked Ken Siegel why he chose Paso Robles to open his business and to tell me a bit of what they offer.  Here’s his reply.

“Mainly a result of our cousin in Phoenix that said that Paso Robles is his favorite city and you have to visit. So while we were in Avila Beach on our 25th Anniversary getaway we decided to spend a day in Paso Robles.  Prior to our trip to Avila Beach I came across some beautiful jewelry showcases and safes at a recently closed jeweler in Menlo Park. At first the thought was to use the showcases for our store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but the cost was prohibitive. We saw the corner spot for rent while having a wonderful lunch at Estrella. During the next two days after talking with the building department, Captain of the police, store owners, and the chamber we made the deal to open our second location. We have had a very favorable response to many of the services and products that we carry.  The unique blend of Designer, Estate, Vintage Jewelry along with a large selection of beautiful contemporary and traditional Bridal Rings and loose diamonds at savings of 50-70% off the new retail price. Along with expert Jewelry Repair and Insurance Appraisals that will be 30-50% less than most in the area, we can provide quick and expert watch battery installation and band sizing.  Our custom design and bridal center will make any dream come true and at price that’ll put a smile on your face. Other services and options include : Buying, Trading, or consigning all of your gold, diamond jewelry, scrap gold, watches, sterling coins and flatware and other collectibles that may desire another home. We also can provide the added service of helping out people that need short term collateral loans.  As a fully license pawnbroker, we can provide loans from $10 to $100,000 on your valuables?”

Sounds good to me!  We wish Ken and his family success at his new Paso Robles store!!  Make sure to stop by and welcome Ken to the area.


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CCL Market Update

Mortgage Applications

Purchase applications for home mortgages fell a seasonally adjusted 6 percent in the week of November 11th, as mortgage rates sharp increases took a toll on application activity. The rise in rates had an even greater impact on refinancing where applications fell by 11 percent from the week prior. The weekly decline put the Purchase Index just 3 percent above the level a year ago, down 8 percentage points from the week prior.

Housing Market Index

The housing market index remained unchanged this month at a level of 63, far above the neutral level of 50. Current sales and future sales are at 69, but are being offset by lack of traffic which is only at a level of 47 and reflects cyclical lack of interest from first time buyers.  The West continues to lead the data at 76 while the Northeast trials at 47. Though mortgage rates are jumping they are not holding down optimism in the housing sector.

Consumer Price Index

Energy spike in October and housing costs continue to show lift, but other than that there are few factors of building pressure in the consumer price report. The headline CPI did rise a significant looking 0.4 percent in the month but reflects a 3.5 percent jump in energy and a 0.4 percent rise in housing. The core, which excludes both energy as well as food, inched only 0.1 percent higher with the closely watched yearly rate dipping 1 tenth to 2.1 percent.  Food costs were unchanged in the month and medical care which has previously been showing pressure was also unchanged.

Housing Starts

Housing starts surged 25.5 percent in October to a 1.323 million annualized rate. This is the best rate of the cycle, since August 2007 with the monthly percentage gain the strongest since 1982. The jump reflects a 10.7 percent rise to an 869,000 rate for the report’s key component, single family homes, following an 8.4 percent surge in September. And multi-family homes snapped back from September’s 39 percent decline, rising 69 percent in October to 454,000. There is less strength in permits which did rise 0.3 percent to a 1.229 million rate. Single family permits are up 2.7 percent in the data to offset a 3.3 percent dip for multi-family homes.

Jobless Claims

Initial claims were down 19,000 in the week of November 12th to a far lower than expected rate of 235,000. The week of November 12th was also the sample week for the monthly employment report and a comparison with the October sample week shows a very substantial 26,000 decrease in the headline level but a small increase in the 4-week average; the 4-week average at 253,500 for the latest reading vs. 252,000 in the October sample week. Continuing claims, in the lagging data for the week of November 5th are also substantially lower. Continuing claims are down 66,000 and below 20 million at 1.977 million. Readings throughout this report are at or near historic lows, indicating that employers are holding tightly to their employees.

Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates this week had their worst week in more than 3 years. A Republican victory for the presidency was supposed to usher in better mortgage rates; however, the opposite has happened. This week, Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of over 100 mortgage lenders revealed rates were way higher after the historic election cycle. The conventional 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased by 37 basis points from last week’s reading of 3.57% to a nationwide average of 3.94%. This marks the 17th worst week in history for rates with data going all the way back to 1971. It is also the biggest single week jump since June of 2013, when the Federal Reserve announced it would slow its purchases of mortgage backed securities. Lower demand on these bonds caused rates to spike.

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Mortgage Rates Rise on Quiet Week (+ USDA Fees set to increase)

Last week was quiet for economic news. Retail sales came in better than expected, though they weren’t particularly awe-inducing. Consumers spent 0.6% more in August than in July, which suggests that the disappointing employment report (as discussed last week) may indeed be a simple aberration.

Mortgage applications dipped during the holiday-shortened Labor Day week. Led by an 11% decline in refinance applications, the MBA measure of mortgage activity is now at the lowest level since the year 2000. Applications for home purchases fell 3.0%.

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The Federal Reserve’s stimulus activity (quantitative easing) helped mortgage rates find the lowest rates on record in 2012, which set off a refinance boom. As the market normalizes, we expected to see the dip in refinance, because many current owners already refinanced to a lower rate

There are more reasons to refinance beyond “lower rate, lower monthly payment”, including eliminating (or reducing) mortgage insurance, and taking cash out to consolidate debt and make home improvements.

This coming week will be a busier one. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets, and will release its quarterly projection of economic activity for the year. We expect to see the continuation of “tapering” (reduction of QE) and modest expectations for future growth. Data releases include consumer price index, jobless claims, housing starts, and industrial production.


Mortgage Rates Inch Higher

Mortgage rates inched higher last week. These days “no big news” tends to mean “slightly higher rates.” Recent volatility abroad has helped push rates down to an 18 month low, but a quiet week tends to release some of that downward pressure.

Below, we have included a graph with data from Freddie Mac’s weekly national mortgage rate survey.



USDA Mortgage Insurance Fee Set to Rise

The monthly mortgage insurance fee for the USDA loan will increase from 0.4% to 0.5% for home loans completed on and after October 1, 2014.

For a $400,000 home purchase, the fee bump would move the monthly mortgage insurance payment from $133.33 to $166.67.

Buyers who are in the process of completing a USDA loan will need a Conditional Approval from the Rural Development office by September 30, or will be be required to accept the additional fee… READ MORE


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New Listing! 3 Bedroom 2 Baths

This 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home features large living room with adjacent dining area. Expanded Kitchen area with ample room for storage. Desirable split floor plan with large Bedrooms. Huge back yard and nice patio area for entertaining. RV parking with swinging gate entry to back yard. Great location for schools, shopping, Hospital and 101 Freeway access.
Shea Hutchinson 805.260.6322

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New Listings Report

Hi Everyone!

We’re updating SLO County Homes with a new look and features.  One of our first updates is getting all the internal software to the latest versions.  In doing so this past weekend, the New Listing reports broke which we are working on fixing.  We should have the reports back working shortly.

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Specialty Mortgage Programs

The home purchase process is rarely simple. Every borrower is unique, and every loan is different. To meet the needs for every borrower that comes through our doors, we make sure to continually expand our loan program portfolio.

The Central Coast Lending guarantee is this. We will talk with you, look at your finances, clearly break down your options, and prescribe the best possible loan. We will pre qualify you, pre approve you, and put you in the best position to succeed in the competitive Central Coast real estate market.

If it looks like a home and smells like a home, we can lend on it. And in the rare instances when we cannot help, we will refer you to somebody who can. We strive to be the ultimate mortgage resource for the Central Coast Community.

Investment Properties

  • Complete conventional financing options.
  • Portfolio and Non-QM options:
    • Unlimited financed properties.
    • Up to $500,000 for the first unit, and up to $750,000 for units 2-4.
    • Qualify from property cash flow (not debt-to-income).

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The Self-Employed Borrower

  • Qualify for a mortgage with ONE YEAR of tax returns.
  • For the self-employed: qualify with just ONE YEAR of self-employment history.
  • Also beneficial for farmers, and rental property owners who have seen a recent increase in income.

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Jumbo Portfolio

  • 10% Down Payment! No Mortgage Insurance! Loan amounts up to $750,000.
  • Unlimited acreage.
  • Fixed and ARM options available.
  • Unique properties considered (unusual easements, outbuildings, exotic builds, etc)

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Hobby Farms

  • “Primary residence capable of some sustained agriculture production.”
  • Up to $1.5 million in financing!
  • Borrower must receive 60% of annual income from off-farm source.
  • Eligible for cash-out refinance.

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Farm and Ranch

  • Up to $30 million of financing!
  • Land, buildings, equipment, fixtures.
  • Agriculture zoned land.
  • Fixed or adjustable mortgage rate.
  • Facilities (dairies, feedlots, storage units) financing eligible!

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Miscellaneous Special Offers

  • Second liens and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs).
  • Qualify one year after negative credit event.
  • Non-occupant co-borrower.
  • Non-permitted additions.
  • Asset depletion for qualification.
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New Listing! 3 Bedroom 3 Baths!

Ask and ye shall receive! Single story with large backyard? Check. Three bedrooms plus an office? Check. Three car garage? Check. And oh yeah… walking distance to Ralph Dunlap Elementary School in the Orcutt School District. Say what?! This comfortable home with an open floor plan has so much to offer. Kitchen with adjacent mudroom. Large family room with fireplace insert that will heat the whole house. Vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting. Surround sound wiring with outside speakers. Spacious master suite. Bathrooms with double sinks. Large backyard with an assortment of fruit trees and attractive garden shed. New exterior paint. Block wall fencing. OWNED SOLAR (no lease payments!) Enjoy the amenities of Orcutt plus easy freeway access or HWY 1 to Vandenberg. Better run, not walk, and snatch this property while you can!
Gina Gluyas 805.310.7208

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