Category Archives: Homesellers

Money Monday: Vacant homes are costly

Listing your home for sale? Don’t move out beforehand!

Vacant homes tend to both sell for less money, and spend more time on the market.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Staged homes sell best and bring more money

Selling your home? Stage it first!

In this culture of picture-perfect everything, staging a home (and taking quality photos) is the best way to attract attention to your abode for sell.

Money Monday: Check your improvement ROI

Before you do any home improvement projects, check out the return of investment — regardless of whether you’re planning on selling or just want to enjoy it for the moment!

Infographic from CAR.org.

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.”

Must Read if You’re Now Thinking About Selling Your House

This quick read from House Logic has 4 major points when making the decision to sell your home or rental. Read it here:www.houselogic.com/sell/how-much-is-my-home-worth

Even though it is the holidays, wouldnt it make sense to get a leg up on the competition by starting now? Tailoring showings around your holiday schedule is easy when hiring me.

Call me for FREE analysis of your property today!

Thank you

John A Silva, Realtor.
619-890-3648

Money Monday: Should you sell your house with a Realtor or on your own?

Many homeowners decide to sell their home without hiring a Realtor. Does listing your home with a real estate agent or listing it as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) make more sense?

Well, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS believes that homesellers going the FSBO route will spend more time trying to make a sale, and end up with a lower selling price than if they had used a real estate agent — and they have some statistics to back them up.

Take a look at their infographic below, and if you are selling and would like a Realtor to do the job for you, give me a call! I’m here to help you get your home sold! John A Silva, (619) 890-3648

reasons to hire a Realtor

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Taxes on selling a house

Finding out more about the taxes on selling a house

Selling a home is a major life change.  No matter what your reason is for selling, selling the place you’ve called home is a big deal. One potentially confusing part of the process is figuring out the taxes on selling a house and how the sale will impact your finances for the years to come.

Read Yahoo’s guide on the taxes on selling a house for more information.

Baby Boomers Just May Cause the Next Housing Crisis?

Will the next housing crisis be because of baby boomers?

In today’s housing environment, there are surprising factors that baby boomers, born between 1946-1964, will be three times more likely to be carrying mortgage debt as of 2015 at age 60 years or older compared to 1980 according to U.S Census Bureau Data stats.

As of 2016, there were 74 million baby boomers alive and by 2030, when all baby boomers will be between 66-84 years old, there will be 60 million predicted to be alive. So with interest rates changing from 3.41% in 2016 to 4.62% recently for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages — and affordable housing being eliminated due to higher pricing (and that the new Millennial Generation is beginning to buy) — the next generation of seniors will have to be more creative with housing. One creative approach to housing is by living in helper units on their children’s properties in the future, such as granny flats or casitas — or buying a smaller home in another area. Downsizing or staying in their current home becomes the daunting task and question.

Maximizing your current home’s value by preparing is essential; do so with your building contractor, financial planner, accountant and Real Estate Agent.   I’m here to help recommend any of these people and more or get you a free analysis of your home’s value.  You can reach me at JohnASilvaRE@gmail.com or 619-890-3648.