Category Archives: Real Estate Advice & Tips

Money Monday: Financial documents every family should have

Financial documents are important when you’re on your own, but even more so when you have a family.

Here are four different documents you should probably have:

1. Beneficiary designations

2. A will

3. A Heath Care Proxy 

4. An Advance Medical Directive (living will)

Read the rest of Forbes’ article on this here: “4 Basic Financial Documents Every Family Should Have.”

Money Monday: Make smart purchase offers

When you write a purchase offer, the back-and-forth between you and the seller begins (typically with real estate agents advising both of you) — and when you are intentional about your number and why, the more successful you’re offer will be.

All-cash offers in today's real estate market

Following some guidelines from HouseLogic when choosing your purchase offer amount will help:

  1. Know your financial limits and stick well within them.
  2. Get familiar with the real estate lingo (an agent helps tremendously here!)
  3. Have your agent run the comps to see how the list price of the home compares and then take other aspects (like time on market, availability of other similar properties in the area, etc) into account.
  4. Figure out your down payment.
  5. Make an earnest money deposit if you’re truly serious about buying the house.

Read the remainder of HouseLogic’s tips here: “Make an Offer Like a Boss.

And give me a call for step-by-step real estate help as your Realtor when buying a house! John A Silva, (619) 890-3648

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.

An Online Resource for Veterans: Assisted Living, Support, and More Resources

Veterans injured in the line of duty may come back to find that it’s difficult to live in the home they left.

veterans with flag

While many homes can thankfully be remodeled to accommodate their needs, some veterans may need assisted living facilities or support services. One of the common challenges that comes up for veterans and those living with disabilities is finding proper care options.  

Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older. There are two basic ways for eligible veterans to receive assistance: obtain an assisted living benefit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or apply for residency in a veteran’s home. (Assisted Living Research.  www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans)

Assisted Living Research Institute has created a dedicated section on their site that provides comprehensive information on topics like: available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available from each state.

You can see the entire guide here: www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans

In San Diego County, the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista is a long-term care facility providing options for independent living and nursing care, and more. Additional information can be found here: www.calvet.ca.gov/VetHomes/Pages/Chula-Vista

Money Monday: Financing first for most home buyers

The smoother home-buying experience means getting financing figured out first.

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Mortgage hurdles

Many first-time buyers don’t realize that there’s many steps to getting a mortgage.

  1. Get pre-approved
  2. Have the home appraisal
  3. Keep your credit consistent
  4. Review the closing disclosure
  5. Go through underwriting

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Preparing for a recession

4 things you can do to be recession-ready

real estate market and recession

Thankfully, there are things that all of us can do to prepare for our country’s next recession, regardless of when it hits. Here are a few moves that’ll help you get ready.

1. Build an emergency fund

2. Diversify your investments

3. Get a side job

4. Lower your fixed living costs

And for more details, read Money CNN’s article on the topic: “4 things you can do to be recession-ready.”