California pending home sales a mixed bag in September, C.A.R. reports
Central Valley and Bay Area regions move higher, Southern California records drop
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 22) – Pending home sales results varied across California in September, decreasing statewide and in Southern California, but increasing in the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. All regions recorded year-over-year improvements, though.
In a separate report, California REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.'s September Market Pulse Survey saw an increase in sales with multiple offers compared with August and an increase in all cash purchases. However, floor calls and open house traffic declined, reflecting seasonal factors as the market enters the end of the home-buying season. The Market Pulse Survey is a monthly online survey of more than 300 California REALTORS®, which measures data about their last closed transaction and sentiment about business activity in their market area for the previous month and the last year.
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By increasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund transportation programs, Congress would disturb the housing recovery. Now is not the time to raise the cost to purchase or refinance a home.
NAR strongly believes that taxing homeowners to pay for transportation programs places an unnecessary long-term burden on consumers and this action will disproportionately impact low and moderate income borrowers, as well as first-time homebuyers.
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C.A.R. Opposes Mortgage Tax
C.A.R. is opposing a provision in the Senate version of the long-term Transportation bill that creates a new tax on mortgages to pay for transportation infrastructure. While the U.S. Senate has already passed the bill, the House has not passed its version of the legislation.
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A portion of every conforming loan, (those backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) is a fee used to offset losses from bad loans and to pay for the administrative costs of running these companies. These are called guarantee fees (or g-fees). In 2011 Congress added on a tax of an additional 10 Basis Points, equal to .1% of the value of the loan, to the guarantee fee of every new loan to fund an extension of unemployment benefits. That "add on" tax was due to expire in 2021 and loans originated after that date would not be subject to the additional fee.