Getting your home ready to Sell!

reduced2Getting your home ready to sell can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. However, you need to look at your home from the perspective of a potential buyer.

Here are some tips that can help you on getting your home ready for sell boosting its curb appeal:

  • Add color to you landscape by either replacing flower beds or potted flowers, along with fresh sod.
  • Replace light fixtures and plumbing fixtures that will give your home a modern touch for a minimal investment.
  • 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 use.
  • 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.

Focus on low cost improvements! This will enhance your house’s curb appeal, and get your house ready to Sell!

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

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What Homeownership means?

What Homeownership means?

 Homeownership means you no longer pay monthly rent for the roof over your head. When 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. Homeownership 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!

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ARE YOU READY TO OWN A HOME?

ARE YOU READY TO OWN A HOME?

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!

Fannie Mae sets new rates effective October 14

Fannie Mae sets new rates effective October 14

Fannie Mae is set to raise the benchmark interest rate for its Standard Modification program. Fannie Mae will raise its required interest rate for standard modifications from 4.375% to 4.5%.  The rate was lowered from 4.5% to 4.375% on Sept. 15, but will now rise again in one week. Fannie Mae announced the change on Tuesday in an email sent to its servicers.

When the program began in Jan. 2012, Fannie’s benchmark interest rate was 4.625%. Fannie lowered the interest rate to 4.25% in Sept. 2012, before dropping it to 4% on Dec. 1, 2012.

“Fannie Mae Standard Modification interest rate is not determined on a preset schedule,” Fannie said in the note to its servicers. “The interest rate is subject to periodic adjustments based on an evaluation of prevailing market conditions.”

Fannie also noted that any loan modification requests that were approved at the previous rate are not eligible to be resubmitted for approval under the new modification rule

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.

Your Home: Modern or Traditional?

Your Home: Modern or Traditional?

fantastic-modest-white-color-scheme-living-roomNothing is extra comfortable than coming back to our homes, full of heat and love after taking care of  stack of issues at work.

Decorating or redesigning our homes should not be thought as an expensive or complicated activity.

We have to make sure that the design Open Plan Livingwe choose will be sophisticated rather than unnecessary. Color, style and balance are not a neutral sort of thing. It affects us and how we see our surroundings.

The usage of appropriate color scheme and fabrics to emphasize and provide light for the rooms in our home play a very important role.     Balance is the most important part of home decorating, and it applies to colors as Luxury Home Kitchen.well. They have the power to affect        how we perceive things.

Room colors can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colors affect people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. So when it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely.

You do not have to worry too much about trends, as they come and go. Make your home beautiful by choosing Colors and styles that reflect your personality.  Have fun!

New homes sales see biggest monthly jump!

New homes sales see biggest monthly jump!

Sales of new single family houses in August 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, up from July’s printing of 427,000, the fastest rate in six years and the biggest monthly jump since January 1992.

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The biggest gains and by far the reason for the big increase were new home sales in the West, one of the two largest housing markets, along with the South.

New home sales in the West were up 50% over July.

The South saw an 8% increase. The South is by far the largest region for new home sales, outdistancing all other regions combined.

The median sales price of new houses sold in August 2014 was $275,600; the average sales price was $347,900.

Jumbo Loans Cheaper and Easier to Get!

Jumbo Loans Cheaper and Easier to Get!

bigstock-Resort-collage-made-of-Cyprus--14454446Wealthy home buyers are paying lower average rates on high dollar loans, and in some cases, they don’t even have to worry about a large down payment or mortgage insurance.

For months, lenders of jumbo mortgages have been charging interest rates that are lower  than what average borrowers pay. Jumbo loans are mortgages that above $417,000 or $625,000 or more in high-priced markets.

Many lenders also have requiring as little as 10 percent, which is about half the normal rate, waiving the private mortgage insurance, and even lowered their credit standards for jumbo loan originations.

Luxury homes are selling faster than last year, according to data through July from Realtor.com.   The median age of listings ranged from 80 days  for homes listed at $1 million or more.

Fact or Fiction: Tax relief for homeowners’ on debt forgiveness.

Fact or Fiction: Tax relief for homeowners’ on debt forgiveness.

Congress is now back from its summer vacation, so the burning financial question on thousands of homeowners’ minds right now is this: Are you finally going to help the consumers who are underwater on their mortgages and have already accepted a principal reduction by their lenders? 20131125_fact copy

Under current federal tax law, when the homeowners accept reductions in what they owe, the amount forgiven by the bank gets reported to the IRS, and the owner is hit with taxes as if it were ordinary income.

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was created to help distressed homeowners; that were faced with taxes after a Principal reduction; however this law has already expired Dec. 31, 2013.

If Congress does not extend the law retroactively thousands of underwater homeowners could be hit with tax burdens they may not be able to handle. We hope for the Best!

Fannie Mae reduces waiting period for distressed borrowers

Fannie Mae reduces waiting period for distressed borrowers

A recent report revising the waiting periods for distressed borrowers with a derogatory credit event such as a foreclosure, bankruptcy, short sale, or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on their credit history to obtain a new loan has been released by Fannie Mae. This revised statement reduces the waiting period up to two years for borrowers with a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on their record if there are extenuating circumstances that borrowers can prove. FannieMae

According to Fannie Mae, extenuating circumstances are defined as “nonrecurring events that are beyond the borrower’s control that result in a sudden, significant, and prolonged reduction in income or a catastrophic increase in financial obligations.”

If a borrower has a foreclosure on his or her credit record, the new minimum waiting period is seven years. Under extenuating circumstances, that period is shortened to three years with some additional requirements for up to seven years. For those with a bankruptcy the waiting period is four years but two years with extenuating circumstances from the discharge date.

Fannie Mae said in the report that it is “focused on helping lenders to provide access to mortgages for creditworthy borrowers while supporting sustainable homeownership” and that the new policy “provides opportunities for borrowers to obtain a loan to Fannie Mae’s maximum LTV (loan-to-value) sooner after the Pre-foreclosure, Short Sale or DIL.”