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.


Why Americans choosing to rent more?

REntingThe National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month, the fastest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.

However, despite the higher sales, more Americans are choosing to rent. The share of the U.S. population who owns homes so far this year has fallen to 63.4 percent, a 48-year low, according to the Census Bureau.




Welcome HOME APP!

apps-student-smartphone-A new HOME mobile app that educates future homeowners about the steps and responsibilities of buying and owning a home was launched by Fannie Mae, to provide educational resources to reduce barriers to homeownership.

The app offers useful tools to help homebuyers to:

  • Figure out what they can afford,
  • Understand their mortgage payments,
  • Save for a down payment, and,
  • Learn how much they can save in interest by making extra mortgage payments.

If you are a First Time Buyer,  Call me Sandy Flores (714)963-7462!

Let’s make the Dream of Homeownership a reality!



More financial opportunities for same-sex marriage when purchasing a home!

viewimageThe Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal nationwide will boost the mortgage demand as it provides gay and lesbian couples with more financing opportunities and stronger joint property rights.

The Supreme Court decision could spur not only more purchase lending, but also more refinancing, line of credit, among other helping to them to plan and build wealth.

Married same-sex couples also will have more access to the Department of Veterans Affairs mortgage program, said Gary Boyer, a mortgage loan officer at a brokerage in Portland, Ore.

“This has big implications as far as federal agencies. The VA, for example, has honored a same-sex spouse in states where marriage was legal, but did not honor same-sex spouses in states where it was not yet legal. Any veteran will now be able to have their same-sex spouse on the mortgage with them,” he said.       Congratulations!



Home ownership means you no longer pay monthly rent for the roof over your head. buying-a-home11When you leave, you can sell it to recoup the purchase price and earn any profit that you may have accumulated through your appreciation in value.

But don’t kid yourself. Home ownership comes with a slew of disadvantages, responsibilities, and downright headaches. So before going any further, consider whether your lifestyle and finances make home buying a smart move for you.

Except in a roaring real estate market, it usually doesn’t make sense to buy a home you’ll stay for less than three or four years, because the cost of the process of buying and selling your property means that you could lose money  from your equity.   On the other hand, you will not pay capital gain taxes if you’re in the property for at least of 2 years.

One key question is whether it costs more, on average, to rent or own in your area. The rule of thumb is that if you pay 33% in rent than you would for owning  including the monthly mortgage, property taxes, and any homeowner’s fees,  then it’s smarter to own a home then renting it.

As always, get your finances in order before committing to buy a home, and stay informed of all the options, alternatives and programs that will fit your needs.

Get help, and call a Realtor…Call me  714-963-7462.   Leading your way home!

New Mortgage guidelines in effect since December 1st !

New Mortgage guidelines in effect since December 1st !

WASHINGTON-MAY 23: Fannie Mae's mortgage portfolio shrank at 19%Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac launched their new mortgage guidelines that went into effect last December 1st, now requiring a much lower down payment. From the previous 5% to 3% in what lenders hope will be a good kick start from a sluggish housing market that we have seen lately.

Now the brain trust at WalletHub has released its 2014 Mortgage Insurance Report to help low-down-payment home buyers save up to $12,000 on their decision between a Federal Housing Administration loan and private mortgage insurance.

On the other hand FHA premiums, unlike private mortgage insurance, continue to be assessed throughout the life of a loan, even if the loan to value ratio drops below 80%. This creates a huge cost disparities over time, between private mortgage and the FHA option.

New mortgage guidelines are expected to significantly increase the availability of more new purchases.

Home sales show encouraging stats

Home sales show encouraging stats

Existing home sales, excluding distressed sales, are the most encouraging stats at the moment. These, according to Trulia and the National Association of Realtors, were 80 percent back to normal in August.

home-salesTrulia’s Bubble Watch also showed that prices were 3.4 percent undervalued in the third quarter, which is a marked improvement over the 13.5 percent undervaluation at the worst of the housing bust. That means prices are three-fourths of the way back to normal.

Delinquency and foreclosure rates also were much improved. According to Trulia and Black Knight, the national delinquency and foreclosure rate was 74 percent back to normal in August, the same as one quarter ago and up from 56 percent one year ago. The decline in defaults and foreclosures has helped stabilize the financial system and hard-hit neighborhoods.

Bouncing back from foreclosure!

After losing their homes in the foreclosure crisis, boomerang buyers are back!   Since the housing bubble burst, 4.8 million borrowers have lost their homes to foreclosure, and another 2.2 million gave them up in short sales, according to Realty Trac.

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How quickly someone can bounce back from a foreclosure or a short sale depends on the reasons for the past financial problems and on the person’s current credit score. A would-be borrower who had good credit history before a job loss, for instance, is more likely to qualify for a new mortgage than one who had bad credit and continues to demonstrate poor financial habits.

The FHA introduced a Back to Work loan program in 2013 to address the needs of individuals and families who lost their homes because of the housing crisis and recession. The program requires housing counseling before a new loan can be approved.

The borrowers need to be able to document the reason for the foreclosure or short sale and show that they’ve been responsible with their credit after they lost their home. A drop in credit score is okay as long as they can show they had good credit before the crisis.

The housing market right now

The housing market right now

Prices should stabilize this year.  Lender’s regulation, consumer confidence, investors tapering purchases, local economics, and rising home prices have forced participants to continually adjust to a market that has been anything but stable.

imagesCA9ELC9MGenerally speaking, we see price growth, which should help boost the confidence and purchase activity from buyers on the fence. Looking at home price trends by tier, it’s apparent the impact of investor activity has been concentrated in the low price tier segment.   There is a good price growth potential and could motivate enough buyers to sustain an overall rate of home price growth consistent with historical norms.

Credit and affordability issues remain. Mortgage rates have dropped across all loan types including FHA loans, USDA loans, VA loans, and conventional loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and 30-year rates are at their best levels of 2014.


Buying a Home Awaits You – Check it Out! (Spanish)

Buying a Home Awaits You – Check it Out! (Spanish)

Buying a Home Awaits You – Check it Out!