Tired of building your landlord’s equity instead of your own?

Tired of building your landlord’s equity instead of your own?

By, Sandy Flores Broker

 

Making that leap from renting to owning a home comes with many strings attached both financially and emotionally. And even though home ownership comes with great responsibility, you might be surprised how achievable it can be.

You can make the Dream of Owning your Home a reality, absolutely!  If you are paying monthly rent is very likely you would be able to afford a mortgage payment. The most important factor is to know how much you can qualify for and if the mortgage rates and term for your payments will actually fit your budget comfortably.

There are so many options and programs that will help you as a First Time Home Buyer, with low or no-down payment. Check it out!

For more information call me. I am here to guide you over.

 

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Facing the possibility of Probate?

Facing the possibility of Probate?


By, Sandy Flores Broker, Certified Probate Realtor in California CPRES, with special skills in dealing with Probate Real Estate Sales.

A home is sold in probate court when someone dies intestate.  This means the person has died without bequeathing their property or stating what to do with the property now that the owner is no longer with us.  When this happens, the court system takes over and administers the property’s sale. The court wants to be certain the property is marketed and sold at the best possible price.  The good news for the heirs or other people involved in settling these matters is that the cost of a real estate probate sale is generally no different than the costs involved when selling a regular piece of real estate.

The short answer to, “How to sell during probate,” is to hire a top notch, experienced probate real estate specialist. A Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES), can help best to deal with probate real estate sales.

 

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New Tax Plan Would Slam California Housing Market, Are you Ready?

California’s biggest housing markets figure to be among the losers if a Republican-sponsored tax overhaul becomes law, according to two analyses of local market data.

Currently, a married couple can deduct interest on mortgages of up to $1,000,000; the GOP plan would cut that to $500,000.

Similarly, deductions of state and local property tax would be capped at $10,000. According to the Tax Foundation, the mortgage interest cap would hurt high-income taxpayers more than those in the middle- and lower-income brackets, because they likely own larger homes and have higher mortgage debt.

In some of the nation’s largest coastal cities, the impact could be significant.  In the San Jose, Calif., for example metropolitan area, 75% of new mortgage loans thus far in 2017 were for more than $500,000, according to an analysis by CoreLogic Inc., a housing data provider. The median home price there is more than $1 million, and even small starter homes can climb well above the proposed cap. In San Francisco metro area, 60% of new loans were for more than $500,000, while in Los Angeles and San Diego, the figures were 44% and 37%, respectively.

In addition to capping the mortgage interest deduction, the bill also limits the amount of property taxes that households can deduct to $10,000 annually. That also could hit parts of California hard, where some homeowners pay many times that.

Jeff Barnett, vice chairman of the National Association of Realtors’ large-firm real-estate services committee, said his area will be hit “very, very hard” if the tax bill passes. Even if corporate tax cuts help boost the economy, he doesn’t think that will be enough to compensate. “You’ve taken away so many incentives for housing, they can’t spend” the money from any extra economic growth, he said.

The Bay Area, Southern California and New York are the most often cited cities impacted by the mortgage-deduction cap. According to Zillow eliminating the state and local tax deduction and doubling the standard minimum deduction would result in homes valued at more than $800,000 worth taking itemizing the mortgage deduction.

The impact of the cap on the mortgage deduction could further nullify the number of future homeowners impacted by tax reform.  Zillow estimates that only 5% of homes would be valuable enough to take the mortgage deduction, and that’s before the newly announced cap.

 Also, caps on property taxes aren’t expected to go up for inflation over time. That means that as property taxes rise, it could hurt homeowners even more.

California housing market defies tight inventory as sales and median price propel higher

California housing market defies tight inventory as sales and median price propel higher

By Sandy Flores,

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 427,630 in August on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up 1.5 percent from July and 1.3 percent from August 2016.
– August’s statewide median home price was $565,330, up 2.9 percent from July and 7.2 percent from August 2016. 

– At the regional level, the San Francisco Bay Area, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles metro area all registered year-to-year sales increases of 6.5 percent, 8.2 percent, and 4.4 percent, respectively.

California’s housing market defied gravity as existing home sales and median home price registered increases on both a monthly and an annual basis in August, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.  Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California remained above the 400,000 benchmark for the 17th consecutive month and totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 427,630 units in August, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. 

Considering selling or buying a home?  Call us today  @ 714-963-7462.  What sets us apart- is not what we do, but how we do it. Our culture’s values encourage us to think differently, share ideas and create effective solutions that help our clients to accelerate their real estate success

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Amor por México!

Amor por México!

Peruana de nacimiento, mexicana de corazón es muy doloroso  pensar en los momentos tan terribles por los que están pasando nuestros hermanos de México.  Sé que no hay palabras que puedan aliviar el dolor y el sufrimiento que están viviendo hoy y poder aliviar toda la angustia que los aflige.  Pero si podemos dejarles saber que no están solos y que en estos momentos difíciles estamos unidos a ellos incondicionalmente más que nunca haciéndonos presente con todo lo que podamos ayudar.

Aquí comparto  estos enlaces de la Cruz Roja en México y  Amazon para que nos ayuden a ayudar a nuestros hermanos mexicanos, somos uno ahora.

https://cruzrojadonaciones.org/index.php

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Bendiciones, y Muchísimas Gracias!

Sandy Flores

Vives en California? Tu Casa y FEMA.

Vives en California? Tu Casa y FEMA.

By Sandy Flores

California es el estado más poblado de los Estados Unidos, ya que cuenta aproximadamente con más de 39 millones de habitantes   y es el tercer estado más grande en extensión territorial (después de Alaska y Texas).  La geografía de California se caracteriza por tener costas espectaculares, acantilados y playas impresionantes. También posee zonas montañosas, parques naturales que cuentan con las secuoyas más grandes del mundo y zonas desérticas.

No obstante, dado lo impredecible de la naturaleza, es importante tomar medidas para reducir riesgos, proteger tu hogar y mantener a tu familia segura.  Identificar los riesgos más comunes en tu área es lo más importante, para que puedas enfocar tus planes de preparación y las prioridades.  Así como también, un buen momento para revisar tus pólizas de seguro y confirmar la cobertura contra diversos eventos que pudieran ocurrir.

Recuerda que desastres naturales y otros eventos de tiempo severo como inundaciones, granizo, tormentas de invierno, terremoto pueden ocurrir en cualquier lugar por lo que es esencial estar preparados.

Algunas de las medidas básicas que considerar como,

  • Agua:  un galón (3,8 litros) de agua por persona por día durante, al menos, tres días para consumo e higiene.
  • Alimentos: un suministro de alimentos no perecederos para, al menos, tres días.
  • Una radio a pilas o a cuerda, y una radio meteorológica de la Oficina Nacional de Administración Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA, por sus siglas en inglés) y pilas de repuesto para ambas.
  • Linterna y pilas de repuesto.
  • Botiquín de primeros auxilios
  • Silbato para pedir ayuda
  • Mascara para polvo para ayudar a filtrar el aire contaminado y una lona plástica y cinta adhesiva para armar un refugio en el lugar.
  • Llave o tenazas para cortar los servicios públicos
  • Abrelatas manual para los alimentos
  • Mapas del lugar.
  • Teléfono celular y cargador, inversores de corriente o cargadores solares.

Para más información visita la dirección de internet:    https://www.ready.gov/es/mantengase-informado

Se estima que la destrucción causada por el huracán Harvey y huracán Irma está costando hasta la fecha entre $ 150 y $ 200 billones, según los reportes.

La Agencia Federal para la Gestión de Emergencias o FEMA es la agencia del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos que da respuesta a huracanes, terremotos, inundaciones y otros desastres naturales.

Según una encuesta realizada por FEMA en 2015,  el 60 por ciento de los estadounidenses no están preparados para estos desastres naturales de cualquier tipo. Y sólo el 39 por ciento tienen un plan de emergencia a pesar de que el 80 por ciento viven en condados que son vulnerables a condiciones climáticas extremas.

FEMA también maneja el Programa Nacional de Seguro contra Inundación que provee a propietarios de vivienda, inquilinos, y dueños de negocios una manera como protegerse financieramente de pérdidas causadas por catástrofes.

Plan de emergencia básico que ofrece FEMA:

  • Mantener un lazo de comunicación con el exterior es importante. Tenga un radio portátil con pilas y con pilas extras a la mano y asegúrate que tu familia sepa donde se guarda el radio.
  • Coloca los números de emergencia (ambulancia, policía, y bomberos) al lado del teléfono. Enséñele a los niños cómo llamar al 911 para obtener ayuda.
  • Enseña aquellos a miembros de familia que sean responsable como apagar los servicios básicos del hogar.
  • Identifica los puntos de encuentro fuera del vecindario para que tu familia pueda reunirse, y asegúrate que todos conozcan esos lugares.
  • Desarrolla un plan de comunicación ante emergencias. Selecciona un amigo o familiar en otro estado o ciudad para que sea el punto de contacto de toda la familia y asegúrate que tu familia tenga el número de esa persona.
  • Planifica y conoce bien las rutas de desalojo en caso de que tengas que abandonar tu vecindario.
  • Incluye también a tus mascotas en su plan por desastre.
  • Invierte en un radio económico de la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica, que trasmite los pronósticos del tiempo. Sintonice esta radio en la frecuencia específica para el área en que vives.

Para más información visita:  https://www.fema.gov/es

¿Pensando en Comprar o Vender tu Casa?  Elige a quien verdaderamente conoce el mercado inmobiliario. Soy tu agente de confianza en bienes raíces, y se que trabajando juntos podemos alcanzar más metas.   Sandy Flores, Broker/Realtor 714-963-7462.

When your furnace goes out…

When your furnace goes out…

By Sandy Flores

You’ll be left in the cold—but not if you know how to change its thermocouple. This is the part of the furnace that shuts off the gas if your pilot light goes out, preventing that gas from seeping into your home. (You know, the gas that can kill you if left to run amok.)

If the furnace won’t stay lit, there’s a good chance you have a faulty thermocouple. Learning how to replace or adjust yours can be the difference between a $10 trip to the hardware store, and a $90/hour visit from a technician. Most thermocouples are held in place by brackets, which can be gently unscrewed to insert the replacement thermocouple.

Keeping a spare thermocouple on hand during winter is especially smart, because furnace problems can be more inconvenient—and costly—during the peak times of the year.

When was the last time your home’ filters were replaced?

When was the last time your home’ filters were replaced?

Lots of appliances in your home have filters. In fact, any device that conducts air or water should have some sort of filter in place to remove impurities and particulates. Changing these filters routinely can save you money, and keep you safe, which is why it’s helpful to know when they’re due to be replaced. Furnace filters should be replaced every two to three months; HVAC, ice maker, and water dispenser filters must change at least once a year. But that varies based on the manufacturer, so be sure to check your maintenance manual and not let it slide.