This guy says there are 5-6 million people who were or could be homeowners but are on the sidelines – the buy vs. rent equation isn’t compelling enough.
She says these potential buyers don’t have the down payment and don’t know about FHA, but she might be guessing. Though FHA is very expensive and caps out at $546,250, it’s definitely a viable option in San Diego County. Of the 14,129 house sales this year, 1,459 of them (10%) have been financed via FHA.
Remember when we said that the market would be seasoned when we see more FHA and VA purchases…..the bidding wars would have died down, and buyers with more horsepower have passed on those deals? Here are the percentages of FHA+VA loans used to purchase SD houses:
2011 = 35%
2012 = 31%
2013 = 25% (FHA got tougher in June, 2013)
2014 = 25%
There are more VA loans than FHA this year (59% vs 41%).