How Do we improve the air quality in our Homes?

 Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of air pollution or to reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control for air quality is also a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.

Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate and serves as a simple form of air cleaners. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.

It is particularly important to take as many of these steps as possible while you are involved in short-term activities that can generate high levels of pollutants–for example, painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, sanding, model making and gluing.

However, remember that for most indoor air quality problems in the home, source control is the most effective solution.

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How does our air inside the house get polluted?

Green homeMuch can be said about proper ventilation, for if we don’t have enough fresh air entering the home, then pollutants can accumulate to levels which can pose immediate health problems and affect our comfort.

We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but the air in your house or office could also be polluted. Sources of indoor pollution include:

  • Mold and pollen
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Household products and pesticides
  • Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
  • Materials used in the building such as asbestos, formaldehyde and lead.

Usually indoor air quality problems only cause discomfort. Most people feel better as soon as they remove the source of the pollution.

Next: How Do we improve the air quality in our Homes?

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT! You found the right HOUSE.

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Buying your FIRST HOME it is a very emotional process for most of homebuyers. However, don’t allow your emotions to get the best of you! You may fall into a number of common and high costly home buyer’s mistakes.

It’s important to keep your emotions in check to make the best possible decision. Once you’ve fallen in love with a particular home, it maybe hard to go back. Avoid the temptation to get in over your head financially, or the disappointment of feeling like you’re settling for less than you deserve. Start your search at the low-end of your price range, and see what home will satisfy your priorities.

Even when you have a long list of must-haves, there are probably several homes out there that can meet your needs.   Be open-minded, so you don’t run away from good deals. However, don’t buy a fixer-upper that’s more than you can handle in terms of time, money or ability, and definitely out of your budget. If you have been looking for a while, and still not seeing anything you like, don’t get desperate by overbidding excessively to get into your new house.

In a HOT REAL ESTATE MARKET it may be necessary to pull the trigger very quickly if you find a home you REALLY like. However, you have to balance the need to make a quick decision in this kind of market, make sure the home will be right for you, without neglecting important steps like making sure the neighborhood is appealing to you, and it feels safe at night and during the day, investigating also possible noise issues like a nearby train, airports, among others. Taking the time to consider your decision will also give you a chance to research how much the property is really worth and offer a reasonably price for it!

HAPPY HOUSE HUNTING!

Sandy Flores   Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor
(714)963-7462

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Mes Nacional de la Vivienda!

La Casa Propia mas cerca que nunca!

La Casa Propia mas cerca que nunca!

La asequibilidad en la vivienda está incrementando    en todo el país debido a las bajas tasas de interés y precios de la vivienda, iniciándose en el mes de Junio   el mes Nacional de la Vivienda, esto es de acuerdo al reciente informe realizado por la Asociación Nacional de Constructores de Casas (NAHB).

En adición a los bajos precios y   tasas de interés, pago los programas ofrecidos por Fannie Mae y Freddie Mac  están también contribuyendo   a los prestatarios   que tienen bajos recursos y cuentan con muy poca cuota inicial para la compra de sus casas.

Estos programas ofrecen cuotas iniciales tan bajas como el 3 por ciento para primeros compradores.

El ser dueño de una vivienda no es solo clave para incrementar riqueza, ya que es considerada una fuente primaria de patrimonio neto pero también  un paso efectivo para acumular activos financieros personales a largo plazo.

No sólo brinda estabilidad  financiera sino también la construcción de comunidades más sólidas y logros personales y familiares.  El tiempo de comprar tu propiedad es HOY!

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Yes!  You can get top dollar for your home!

Yes! You can get top dollar for your home!

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In addition to the # 1 rule in Real Estate   “Location, Location, Location” there are some other suggestions you can benefit from, to get top dollar for your home!

The strategy varies by neighborhood and market conditions, but staging a house to appeal to the maximum number of buyers can make difference in how fast the home sells.

If you have a limited budget, here are some tips that can make your house to sell for a top dollar:

  • Add color to you landscape by either replacing flower beds or potted flowers, along with fresh sod.
  • Replacing light fixtures and plumbing fixtures will give your home a modern touch for a minimal investment.
  • Consider removing popcorn ceilings; however you need to be careful because popcorn ceilings of pre-1979 homes are likely to contain asbestos, and you need someone licensed to remove it.
  • Remove window treatments, unless they are current and high-end. That cuts the risk of turning off would-be buyers who don’t share your taste, and uncovered windows that will let more light into the rooms.
  • If you’re using your dining or a bedroom as an office for example, turn it back to their original painting a homeuse.
  • Replace dirty or worn carpet, you’re better off removing the carpet if there are hardwood floors underneath.
  • Uncluttered your house by packing away items that you will not use on an every day basis is a must. You want the new family to envision themselves living in the home.
  • A deep cleaning before you put your home on the market is a must, so everything shines.
  • Repaint all rooms in neutral colors. A fresh coat of paint also makes the house look newer and more modern.

With a few simple, low-cost tweaks, you can significantly enhance your house’s curb appeal. Focus on low cost improvements. Since every dollar counts, devote your time in renovations that’ll bring you a return.

56 Percent of 3.3 Million HELOCs Scheduled to Reset With Higher Payments

realestatehousemoneymi600-resize-600x338A total of 3,262,036 HELOCs with an estimated total balance of $158 billion that originated during the housing price bubble between 2005 and 2008 are still open and scheduled to reset between 2015 and 2018.

Realty Trac the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its first-ever U.S. HELOC Resetting Report, which found that 56 percent of the 3.3 million Home Equity Lines of Credit potentially resetting with higher, fully amortizing monthly payments from 2015 to 2018 are on properties that are seriously underwater.

With 645,872 HELOCs, California led the way among the states in terms of sheer volume of resetting HELOCs. A total of 423,706 (66 percent) of those resetting HELOCs in California are on homes that still seriously underwater

 

Why Borrowers Pay For Mortgage Insurance…

Why Borrowers Pay For Mortgage Insurance…

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Because of the risk on default and loss of the loan. Lenders require private mortgage insurance known as PMI on mortgages with down payments less than 20% from the purchase price.

If lenders paid for mortgage insurance and passed on the cost to borrowers as a higher interest rate, they might have bumped up against those ceilings. If the borrower paid the premium, this potential roadblock is avoided.

Generally, the larger the loan amount, the more risky it is to the lender. Private mortgage insurance is protection for the lender against a borrower defaulting on the loan. If the borrower can’t pay back the loan, the lender has a way to get its money back.

Murrieta Listing – Back on the Market!

Murrieta Listing – Back on the Market!

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Beautiful Home in a great community.  Open Floor plan with a large living room and dining area. Spacious family room with cozy fireplace. Lot of windows. Good 4 size bedrooms plus additional bonus room that can be used as studio, second family room  or , or even a 5th bedroom.  IMG_0478

Large and Open kitchen with lots of kitchen cabinets, center island and additional dining room area.  Backyard Is Private With Patio. Property is located On A Cul-De-Sac.  Close to Shopping centers, schools, parks and ez access to freeways.

Murrieta is a magnificent land blessed with verdant open spaces dotted with towering oak trees, sycamores, a valley of rich grasses and natural hot springs. The natural scenic beauty of the area and what is still by California standards reasonably priced housing continues to attract significant numbers of residents and businesses who are finding Murrieta a great place to grow. It’s a community with a past and vision for its future. One that welcomes challenges, takes risks, embraces opportunity.   Murrieta trailsguide

Click the following link to view the report:
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Opening Doors for Homebuyers!

Opening Doors for Homebuyers!

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is the first of six financial regulators to release the final version of the long-awaited qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule. The National Association of Realtors applauds this action because it will make possible to incorporate rules that include a broad definition for Qualified Mortgage standards implemented earlier this year.

Got your House?

Got your House?

Under the QRM rule, loans are generally considered qualified if the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio is 43 percent, among other things and there is not onerous down payment requirement, as regulators had originally proposed.

The NAR strongly opposed earlier versions of the rule that included 20 and 30 percent down payment requirements, which would have denied millions of Americans access to the lowest-cost and safest mortgages

For lenders, having these two rules in alignment provides the clarity they’ve long been asking for, widening and deepening loan eligibility and availability, which has been one of the main stumbling blocks to increased home sales.

Homebuyers will have now more credit availability reflecting an increase in home purchases, and refis. Way to go!

Homeownership at Best!

Homeownership at Best!

Federal Housing Finance Agency has been working towards a plan to open what many we see as underwriting standards that are too restrictive.

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their regulator and lenders are close to an agreement that could greatly expand mortgage credit while helping lenders protect themselves from charges of making bad loans, according to people familiar with the matter.

Homeownership getting better!

Homeownership Gets Better!

If the agreement is completed, lenders may be more willing to lend to borrowers with lower credit scores and smaller down payments.

Now that lenders are starting to remove some of the credit overlays, it is time to improve the growth of homeownership in the country

We expect FHFA to report the steps to further move and clarify lender liability and support the return of the 97% LTV product at the GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recouped tens of billions of dollars in penalties from lenders in recent years over claims that the lenders made underwriting mistakes on loans they sold to the mortgage giants.

However, Lenders have blamed those penalties for tight credit conditions and for prompting them to make loans only to borrowers with near-pristine credit.

We hope these initiatives will have a meaningful impact on the mortgage market, and we can see positive changes in the direction of the mortgages industry after years of tightening credit issues.

Next Tuesday will see the existing home sales report for September, on Thursday the FHFA purchase-only house price index for August, and Friday the new home sales report.