Category Archives: Homeowners

Money Monday: DIY remodeling

In an effort to save money, some homeowners take on DIY projects, instead of hiring a professional.

But is it worth it?

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Financially prepare for retirement by downsizing

“It makes financial sense to downsize your home as you prepare for retirement.”

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“The move to a smaller home is a lifestyle and financial change all parents should weigh after their offspring are off on their own, personal finance pros say.

“One of the first things freshly minted empty nesters should do is “revisit their housing situation,” says Dana Anspach, founder and CEO of Sensible Money, an investment advisory firm in Scottsdale, Arizona.” (Yahoo Finance. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/makes-financial-sense-downsize-home-110102643.html)

Read more at Yahoo here: “It makes financial sense to downsize your home as you prepare for retirement. Here’s why.”

Money Monday: More homebuyers are DIYing than hiring professionals

“Although the majority of homeowners prefer the trusty hands of a professional, data suggests that “do it yourself” remodeling projects are on the rise.

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“In fact, the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report indicates that 53% of home projects were completed by a professional, whereas 47% were completed by a homeowner.” (Housing Wire. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47836-nar-diy-projects-now-competing-with-renovation-professionals. 3 January 2019)

Read more here: NAR: DIY projects now competing with renovation professionals

Money Monday: Paying for surprise repairs

Nearly half of homeowners have had to make (and pay for) an unexpected repair within the first year of owning their home. Do you have money set aside for a repair?

  • 12% had to use savings to pay for the majority of the home repair and/or improvement
  • 13% had to go into debt for the repair or improvement
  • 20% had to make sacrifices in other areas of life in order to pay for them
  • 52% were able to easily pay for the repair or improvement without going into debt, making other sacrifices or using savings

Making and paying for surprise home repairs

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Summertime features raise home prices

Homes with amenities geared toward summer activities hold high buyer appeal.

And in Southern California, it’s a perfect place to have some of these features incorporated into your home. If you’re thinking of selling, it just might help you fetch top dollar for your home!

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS | Summertime house features infographic

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: First-time landlord tips

Renting out your home or another property can be nerve-wracking.

There’s a great article from Yahoo Finance on how to go about being a landlord. Here’s a handful of their tips, but click over to their article for all of the tips and details.

  • Make rent collection a priority.
  • Purchase and require insurance.
  • Screen all potential tenants.

Money Monday: Leasing your home

The new American dream: Leasing your house

Source: The Orange County Register

In Southern California, detached, single-family rentals increased 29 percent over the last decade — vs. a 13 percent increase in apartment units, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

Making sense of the story:

• The tally jumped to 736,400 rental houses in 2016, equal to one out of every four houses in the region. The increase matches trends elsewhere.

• California had a 27 percent gain to 1.8 million rental houses in the most recent decade. Across the nation, detached, single-family rentals jumped 30 percent to 12.5 million in 2016.

• Renters are moving into houses for space, for schools or for privacy, a recent survey by U.C.
Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation found. Landlords, on the other hand, range
from small investors to gigantic hedge funds but also include retirees hanging onto their old
houses because they’re in high demand.

• The change could be contributing to a nationwide shortage of homes for sale. It also has
numerous implications for family wealth and for policymakers, since there now are 7 million
more renters in American than a decade ago, and nearly 414,000 more in Southern California.

• The Terner Center study found that while 80 percent of single-family tenants want to buy a home in the next five years, more than 90 percent have financial obstacles to buying.

• Nearly 27 percent of single-family renters who had been homeowners had lost a home to foreclosure. Other factors include student and consumer debt, difficulties in qualifying for a mortgage, or not being able to save for a down payment.

Read the full story: www.ocregister.com/2018/06/29/the-new-american-dream-leasing-your-house

Money Monday: When to DIY or hire a professional

What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner

diy home improvement“After the thrill of buying a new home wears off, new owners can get overwhelmed thinking about all the new costs incurred.

“You may be tempted to outsource it all. But maybe you’re not made of money? Besides, there are things that are worth doing yourself.

“For homeowners embarking on something new, it may not be clear what to take care of or how, and when to try to do it yourself and when to call the pros.” Here are some guidelines from CNN:

What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner.