Buying your First Home?

There’s  nothing   quite like the thrill of Buying a Home…and knowing that you got the best possible Home Loan makes it even sweeter.  I am right here for you, and I will walk with you side by side through the entire process every step of the way.


First-Time Home Buyers: Sales Up at 4-Year High


There is a lot of upbeat news in the September 2016 existing home sales report released by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) on Thursday.

Sales rebounded sharply and the improvement was seen in all four regions.  More good news, NAR attributed part of that to increased participation from first-time home-buyers, a group that has worried the housing industry by its relative absence.

Total existing home sales during the month, including single-family homes, town homes, condos, and co-ops, rose 3.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million.  First-time buyers accounted for 34 percent of sales, the highest portion in more than four years.

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.




GREAT! You found the right HOUSE.


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!


Sandy Flores   Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor



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!



Are we on our way?

Pending-Home-Sales-IncreaseThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that pending home sales increased in April for the fourth consecutive month and reached their highest peak in nine years. The steady gains in contract activity each month this year highlight the fact that buyer demand is strong

“Homeowners looking to sell this spring appear to be in the driver’s seat, as there are more buyers competing for a limited number of homes available for sale,” Lawrence Yun chief economist from NAR.

“The housing market can handle interest rates well above 4 percent as long as inventory improves to slow price growth and underwriting standards ease to normal levels so that qualified buyers—especially first-time buyers—are able to obtain a mortgage,” Yun adds.

Realtors expect for total existing-home sales in 2015 to be around 5.24 million, an increase of 6.1 percent from 2014. The national median existing-home price for all of this year is expected to increase around 6.7 percent. In 2014, existing-home sales declined 2.9 percent and prices rose 5.7 percent.



Get ready, set, And Go!    My Community Mortgage Program is Back.

Get ready, set, And Go! My Community Mortgage Program is Back.

It is official!   wr-df-refinance-7Both government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced their individual 97% loan-to-value products, in the government’s latest attempt to expand the credit eligibility for first-time homeowners.

Back in October, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability

These new lending guidelines were released today by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and will enable creditworthy borrowers who can afford a mortgage, but lack the resources to pay a substantial down payment plus closing costs, to get a mortgage with only 3% down.

Fannie’s My Community Mortgage product with a 3% down payment will be available now through desktop under writing tool starting  the weekend of December 13, 2014. Fannie defines a first-time buyer as someone who hasn’t had primary residence in the last three years.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’ underwriting systems includes as well compensating factors to evaluate a borrower’s creditworthiness who can afford a house payment.

These products come at the right time as top housing economists predict 2015 to be a significant year for the housing market.

How much down payment do you really need to buy a house?

How much down payment do you really need to buy a house?

the-state-bank-of-vietnam-said-wednesday-it-has-changed-its-mind-about-a-proposed-ban-on-people-gifting-foreign-money-after-the-plan-evoked-fierce-criticiSaving for a down payment is an important step in becoming financially prepared for homeownership, and there are options and opportunities for financing a home purchase that will allow the borrower to come with little or No Down Payment. For most first-time home buyers, coming up with funds for a down payment is the biggest obstacle to homeownership.

In the mortgage industry, 20% down is considered the benchmark down payment for looking strong on paper as a home buyer. How strong you are on paper will determine how you could obtain a loan.

However, being this a general standard for financial strength does not mean a requirement to get a loan. Reality is that there are home loans that can be obtain with $0 Down Payment if you are eligible.

  1. FHA loans will allow you to apply for as low as a 3.5% down payment up to the maximum conforming loan limit in the county in which the property is located. Most lenders can lend up to $417,000 under FHA guidelines.
  2. Conventional 5% Down Payment is another option for first time homebuyers. This is an excellent alternative to the higher-priced FHA loan Mortgage Insurance that allows to get rid of PMI after accumulating 20% equity after a minimum of 24 months.
  3. $0. Down payment: 2 options that are available if you are eligible:  a. VA loans allow 100% financing all the way through the maximum  conforming loan limit in the county in which the property is located.  Veteran’s Affairs mortgage loans are available to veterans, current members of the military and their spouse.  b. USDA Loans allow 100% financing through the Rural Development United States Department of Agriculture. Property must be located within an area designated to be eligible for 100% financing.

There are also 10% down payment and 15% down payment loans. All 3 of these types of loans involve PMI. As time goes on, the push will be for a minimum 20% down payment. Remember with 20% down, there is no PMI. Conventional wisdom says you should put down as much as you feel comfortable putting down to buy a home. Generally, more is better than less. But don’t wipe out your savings account to do it. You will still need to have funds set aside for a rainy day and for things to buy after buying a home.

Jumbo loans are loans that usually can go as high as $750,000 with as little as 10% down.

However keep in mind that if you’re putting less than 20% down payment on a home, your monthly property taxes and fire insurance terms are most likely to be built into your monthly mortgage payment, and you’ll maybe have to pay for private mortgage insurance, as well.

Ultimately, the minimum down payment required will depend on the type of loan that you choose. Each mortgage loan type carries its own guidelines, and today underwriters closely scrutinize a borrower’s ability to repay the loan before giving you a loan.

Murrieta Listing – Back on the Market!

Murrieta Listing – Back on the Market!


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

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