Category Archives: Real Estate Advice & Tips

Money Monday: Financial plans, and why you need one

“You may hear the term “financial plan” and imagine thousands of dollars spent and hours in a stuffy broker office discussing the benefits of a┬ádiversified portfolio. Or maybe you think financial plans are only for those who, well, have finances. Not so and not so. Every adult needs a financial plan, no matter how much money you have (or don’t have) and how old you are.”

Think through your finances and set up a plan. Consider the following questions:

  1. What’s your current financial situation?
  2. Where do you financially want to be in the short-term, and also in the long-term?
  3. How can you get there?

Read up on Forbes’ advice here: “What Is A Financial Plan, And Why Every Adult Needs One“.

When Housing Inventory is Low, Finding a Home Will Take Some Time

Looking around? You’ll find your perfect home, it may just take awhile.

While it’s a sellers’ market out there, if you’re patient you should be able to find the home you want to live in — not just one you’re settling for.

This infographic is from CAR.org.

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 CAR.org.

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 HSH.com.

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?

Closing Chaos Infographic

In escrow? Hopefully you don’t experience these closing frustrations.

While the majority of home sales close on time, there are some that are delayed or cancelled altogether for various reasons.

Here are the top 5 reasons for a delayed closing:

  1. Issues in obtaining financing
  2. Issues with the home inspection
  3. Issues with appraisal
  4. Issues related to title or deed
  5. Issues with sorting out the deal’s contingencies

Closing Chaos infographic CAR.org

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: 5 money mistakes to avoid in the new year

New Year’s resolutions can take a lot of effort to put into action.

It can be easier, though. Just stop doing CNN’s suggested five financial things and you’ll have more savings, smarter spending habits and a secure identity in the next year.

Resolutions New Year

1. Stop saving your leftovers

2. Stop using painless payments

See more here.

 

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.