Category Archives: Homebuyers

Money Monday: How to avoid wire fraud

You have to be extra vigilant with your money nowadays. When buying real estate, don’t fall victim to wire fraud with these three steps:

  1. Pay attention to how wire instructions are sent (in other word — only accept instructions that are secure and encrypted).
  2. Before wiring funds, call to verify the wire instructions with the title company.
  3. Be careful of any changes — real instructions rarely change.

Wirefraud Money Monday - John Silva blog

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at

Who’s Buying Houses?

Last year, in 2017, here’s who buying real estate:

By far, the largest percentage of home buyers were married couples. Check out the other buyers below.

CAR infographic


Money Monday: Should you upgrade from a smaller to a larger home?

Buying a house instead of renting is, depending where in the country you live, often more cost-effective. But upgrading from a smaller home to a larger home and mortgage? Probably not.

small house to mansion

“There are solid reasons to upgrade your home. For many, it was always the plan. You buy a starter home, and upgrade to a larger one once your family expands. Or your income expands, and you finally move into your dream home. Regardless of your reason, the typical first step is determining what you can afford. A standard rule for lenders is that your monthly housing payment (principal, interest, taxes and insurance) should not take up more than 28% of your income before taxes. A quick and dirty way to check how much you can afford is through calculators like myFico calculator.

“Lenders asses your monthly income, debt, credit score and a variety of other factors to determine how much you can “afford”. However, they don’t look at how your expenses will grow after upgrading to a bigger and better house. (“, “Upgrading to a bigger home? Beware of 6 expenses that will increase.”)

Read Forbes’ article on the 6 things that will increase with a larger place here.

The Perfect Home – Infographic

The idea of the perfect home varies for each individual, but overall there are some strong desires within each generation.

  • Single-family homes in the suburban are a top priority to 55% of gen X-ers and baby boomers.
  • The home doesn’t matter as much as the location for millennials and the silent generation — they both desire walkable communities close to work.
  • 60% of families prefer larger homes and yards.
  • Homes with small yards and a walkable distance from amenities are high on the list for 55% of Americans

Positively Perfect home for the generations

Check out the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’ infographics here.

Money Monday: The predicted 2018 housing market

Home buyers aren’t going to catch much of a break this year. According to CNN, that is. Here’s a brief blurb from their recent article ‘Is 2018 the year to buy a house?‘”

real estate market update for July 2017Sellers will remain in the driver’s seat as buyers continue to face affordability issues thanks to low housing supply.

“The challenges for buyers in the market haven’t changed that much from last year” said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of mortgage website

What’s more, home loans are expected to get more expensive as the year progresses.

Here’s what home buyers and sellers can expect from the housing market this year”:

Homes will remain in tight supply

Home prices will slow

Loans will get more expensive

Read CNN’s article in its entirety here: “Is 2018 the year to buy a house?

Money Monday: New Year, New Financial Resolutions

It’s the start of 2018, and a great time to make financial resolutions!

Need to save more? Check out my posts on saving (here), with topics on easy ways to save, changing your spending impulses, and saving for a house down payment, just to name a few.

If you’re delving into the life stage of buying a house, find all sorts of real estate financial tips and advice here.

For advice on spending money responsibility, click here.

Check out all of my Money Monday posts!

Photo from Pictures of Money

Home Buyer Blunders

Don’t make these homebuying mistakes.

  1. Shopping outside of your budget
  2. Make too-low of offers
  3. Make big purchases during escrow
  4. Forget about closing costs

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Saving enough for a house down payment

“Saving up a down payment to buy your first house can seem a pretty daunting task. However, getting a down payment together is not as difficult as you may think — if you go about it the right way.”

Personal finance and money

There are a few steps you need to consider, from CNN:

  1. How much house can you afford? You typically need to keep it below 28% of your pre-tax monthly income.
  2. “Figure out how much you can set aside each month. That will also help you determine how long it will be before you’ll have the full down payment and can start house-shopping.”
  3. Invest it to speed up the process.
  4. Borrow from your 401(k).

Read the full article from CNN here: “How to save enough money for a down payment on a home.”