Good News for Landlords: Rents Still Rising – Bad News for Tenants

Good News for Landlords: Rents Still RisingΒ  –Β  Bad News for Tenants

The article below is both good and bad news.Β  For investors, whom have scooped up deals on the San Francisco Peninsula through the bust, they are raking in the gold with high rents.Β  For the rentals properties I service, it’s been amazing to see the increase in rent year over year.Β  But demand is there – and with few homes to buy – the rental market is booming.

For those who are renting, they cringe when they see a letter from their landlord in the mailbox.Β  Several clients of mine have emailed me this year concerned that their rent went up.Β  Some as little as $50 – other a more substantial jump.Β  These renters are the first time buyers of the future.Β  Skipping dinners out to stash away cash for down payments and closing costs.Β  And around here – where the median home price starts at $800,000 – we’re not talking pennies and dimes that need to be saved.

Right now the cheapest rental listed on the Multiple Listing Service is a 3 bedroom 1 bath home of about 1050 square feet in the Buri-Buri area of South San Francisco – asking rent is $3,000.Β  The most expensive rental is a dated but spacious 3 bedroom 4 bath home of close to 4000 square feet in Portal Valley asking for $9,500 a month.Β  The median rental listed today is a 3 bedroom 2 bath condo in Menlo Park listed at $4,250 a month.

Suddenly that $50 rent increase doesn’t sting as much.

But the word is out – the Bay Area is a wonderful place to live and we’re all paying for it now.Β  Enjoy this article below…

 

Good News for Landlords: Rents Still Rising

 

Average rental prices have ticked up nearly 4 percent nationwide, according to the latest TransUnion Rental Screen Solutions industry report of data collected from property managers in September 2012 and September 2013.

Rents were on the rise for all four of the classifications of rental properties that TransUnion analyzes: newer institutional properties; older institutional properties; older properties in less desirable areas; and older properties in less desirable areas that are in need of renovations/updating. The average rent of all four types of properties was $1,072 in 2013.

The largest rental increases were seen in properties that were in less desirable areas that need renovations, up 4.2 percent to an average of $693.

“The rental market continues to be strong as demand for rental units remains high while consumer credit risk slowly improves,” says Michael Doherty, senior vice president of TransUnion’s rental screening solutions group. “The combination of improving rental risk scores and continued demand for rental properties is particularly good news for property managers. … When the credit risk of the population improves, property managers may be more inclined to tighten their criteria to ensure they are getting the best possible resident. This is integral because a resident who ‘skips’ out on a lease can cost a property manager thousands of dollars in lost revenues.”

By: DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS

 

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Resources for Lower-Income Homebuyers – YEAH!!!!!!!!

Reading the paper this morning – it was refreshing to see information to help local want-to-be homeowners find some assistance. Β Enjoy this article I found in SF Chronicle. Β If you have questions – email me anytime at info@TheCatonTeam.com

Resources for lower-income homebuyers

Programs available to give low-income people a chance in difficult market

By Carolyn Said at SFΒ Chronicle

San Francisco — Wakeelah and Andre Davis “always wanted to own a home and had been saving up,” said Wakeelah, an AC Transit bus driver. Like many first-time home buyers, especially those of modest means, they were consistently outbid by investors who could pay all cash.

“I kind of gave up for awhile,” Wakeelah Davis said. Then she came across a Richmond two-bedroom. The online listing said it would only be sold to people who wanted to live in it. The listing asked, “Tired of being beat out by cash offers?

“That sparked my interest to come back and try,” she said. “I thought maybe I’ll have a chance.”

The ad had another unusual requirement: It asked prospective buyers to write a letter about themselves, their house-hunting quest and their ties to the community.

“I told them I was born and raised in Richmond and I love the area. I graduated from Kennedy High and that’s where my son wants to attend,” said Wakeelah, whose son Dre’onn, 13, is now in middle school.

Even though theirs wasn’t the highest offer, the Davis family was selected to buy the house.

The seller was a nonprofit with a mission to buy, renovate and resell foreclosed houses only to owner-occupants under the unwieldy name “Foreclosure Recovery and Asset Building Management Project.”

“We want to help low- to moderate-income families get into homeownership so they can increase their self-sufficiency,” said Nicole Taylor, CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, which provided seed money for the program as a project of Self-Help Community Development Corp. “The idea was that maybe we could help families turn around their lives by providing them with an opportunity to buy this key asset that can grow in value.”

The mission also includes boosting local communities.

“We seek families who have roots in the community so they can maintain their family ties and help neighborhoods by having more stable families,” said Paul Staley, vice president of Self-Help Community Development Corp.

Pilot program

In operation since 2010, the program has handled just 18 homes, mainly in Contra Costa County, although it’s branching into Oakland. Taylor sees it as a pilot program and hopes to find funds to expand.A variety of similar programs exist that buy, fix and resell foreclosures to homeowners. Some use funds from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which was set up to help communities hard-hit by foreclosures and blight but is winding down.

But all such programs “are just a drop in the bucket,” said Maria Benjamin, executive director of Community Housing Development Corp. of North Richmond, which provides financial education to prospective home buyers, including those in the Self-Help program. “They are few and far between; there just isn’t enough money.”

Besides the resold-foreclosures programs, there are a variety of resources for low- and moderate-income people seeking to buy homes (see box). Though not enough to meet demand, it behooves prospective home buyers to learn about them, experts said.

Some advocates say the government should be doing much more to encourage and support lower-income homeowners.

Sasha Werblin, economic equity director at Berkeley’s nonprofit Greenlining Institute, which tries to extend opportunities to people regardless of race or income, listed several policy areas where she hopes legislators and regulators will take action.

They include pushing banks to create “sustainable mortgage products that work for middle- and low-income borrowers,” she said, adding that it’s critically important that borrowers demonstrate income to pay back loans, to avoid a repeat of the subprime lending disaster. Another step would be a bank-backed pool of funds for down-payment assistance, she said. She’d also like to see lenders pay closer attention to borrowers’ payment history, giving credit for a history of on-time rent and utilities payments – something that current credit scoring systems don’t take into account.

“We’d like the administration to take a more comprehensive and proactive stance about homeownership for everyone,” she said.

Wish list for help

Sheri Powers, director of the homeownership center at Oakland’s Unity Council, works directly with prospective home buyers. Her wish list for government help includes a way to urge banks selling foreclosures to sell to owner-occupants rather than investors.

“If they are serious about stabilizing communities, giving preference to buyers who want to occupy homes would make a huge difference,” she said. “Right now, they just want to sell as fast as possible. If an investor has cash, they’ll just lap it up – even if it’s $20,000 or $30,000 lower” than financed offers that take longer to close.

Resources for home buyers

A variety of programs provide help for low- and moderate-income home buyers, ranging from advice to money. Each program has different criteria.

Counseling and education

Find an agency near you for home-buyer education workshops and information on financial-assistance programs.

Neighborworks agencies, www.nw.org/network/nwdata/homeownershipcenter.asp

— HUD counseling agencies, www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?&webListAction=search&searchstate=CA

Down payment and financial assistance

Most programs have income and/or geography requirements. Many large cities – including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Alameda, Hayward and San Leandro – offer programs. Do a Web search of your target city and “down payment assistance.”

— California Home Financing Agency (CalHFA), www.calhfa.ca.gov/homebuyer/programs/chdap.htm, provides a deferred-payment junior loan of up to 3 percent of the purchase price.

— Wells Fargo East Bay CityLift, www.unitycouncil.org/citylift-main-page-2/L. Down-payment grants of $20,000 are available for about 150 home buyers in nine participating East Bay cities.

— California State Teachers’ Retirement System, www.calstrs.com/home-loan-program. The retirement system is working to restart its down payment assistance program for teachers.

— CHF Platinum www.chfloan.org. Down payment assistance for low- and moderate-income borrowers in California; works only with FHA loans

— WISH (Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership), www.fhlbsf.com/community/grant/wish.aspx. Federal Home Loan Bank runs through participating banks. Provides 3-to-1 match for down payment funds. Must be used in conjunction with a local down payment assistance program, for instance from a city, county or employer.

— IDEA (Individual Development and Empowerment Account) www.fhlbsf.com/community/grant/idea-profile.aspx. A matching loan for households that participate in a home buyer education and savings management plan.

— Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC), www.calhfa.ca.gov/homeownership/programs/mcc.pdf. This federal program allows qualifying homeowners to deduct a larger portion of their interest payments from their tax bill. Lenders are willing to account for this in calculating borrowers’ income.

Low-down payment loans

FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and VA (Veterans Affairs) loans are two key sources for people with lower down payments. Counselors recommend a couple of other options for lower-income borrowers that do not require the extra cost of mortgage insurance.

Union Bank Economic Opportunity Mortgage, www.unionbank.com/EOM

— CitiBank HomeRun, www.citibank.com/citimortgage/employee/lowdown.htm

Homes for sale

Neighborhood Stabilization Program, hudnsphelp.info/index.cfm?do=viewGranteeAreaResults The federal NSP program, which gives money to local governments to buy, fix and resell foreclosures, is winding down. This site details local grant recipients, some of which may still have homes for sale.

— Freddie Mac lets home buyers subscribe to lists of its foreclosed homes for sale in their area, www.homebase.homesteps.com

— Fannie Mae has an online database of its foreclosures for sale, www.homepath.com

— Several Bay Area cities offer “below-market-rate” units for sale to lower-income homeowners. Search the city’s name and “below market rate.” San Francisco’s program is at http://sf-moh.org/index.aspx?page=299

— Homes from the self-help program are listed at East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation www.ebaldc.org/ and Community Housing Development Corporation www.chdcnr.com/

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