Orange County Real Estate Market Update 5/2/17

Homeownership in Los Angeles and Orange counties started 2017 at a 2-year high but still ranks among the nation’s worst. In the L.A.-O.C. region, ownership hit 50.1 percent in the first quarter, the third worst share in the U.S. Census Bureau’s quarterly tally of households living in a home they own in 75 large U.S. metro areas. L.A.-O.C. ranked last in ownership in all four quarters of 2016. However, the region’s latest result is an improvement compared with 48.4 percent in the fourth quarter and 49 percent a year ago.

Homeownership is on the rise across much of California as the rate hit 55.1 percent in the first quarter, highest since 2011’s second quarter. Nationally, the state was fourth lowest behind the District of Columbia, New York and Nevada.

Condo owners got some good news recently if they are considering selling. A new housing report shows the typical resale condominium – relatively affordable housing for moderate-income homebuyers – now fetches almost a half-million dollars. In March, the median price of an Orange County resale condo hit $475,000, or $5,000 more than the record set during the housing boom, housing data firm CoreLogic reported Tuesday.

Home loan rates have remained mostly flat over the last month. From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate broke the 4 percent barrier, rising 6 basis points and landing at 4.03 percent. The 15-year fixed also was up a bit, averaging 3.27 percent, 4 basis points worse than last week’s 3.23 percent.


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