Tag Archives: buying a home

Money Monday: School districts when buying a home

“Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions a person can make during their lifetime…As back to school season approaches, a recent report from the National Association of Realtors highlights the different purchasing and selling habits of Americans, revealing that a significant share root their home purchasing decisions in school district quality.” Read more here at Housing Wire.

I’m curious — did you buy your home based on the school districts?

Money Monday: Understand credit score’s impact before buying a home

If you’re thinking of buying in the next few years, it pays to start thinking about — and building up — your credit score now.

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Because having a mortgage is, for many people, the largest loan they attain. Read all of Forbes’ advice here: “Ready To Buy A Home? Understand The Impact Of Your Credit Score First.”

Money Monday: Homeownership budgeting

Becoming a homeowner of course brings with it paying for various fees and services, but there are smaller fees that you may not be thinking about when penciling out how much you can spend on buying a home. Add into your budget fees for the following buyer fees:

  • Home inspection
  • Appraisal fee
  • Survey report
  • Title services
  • Application fees

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: How to not overpay for a house

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“No buyer wants to pay too much for a house…buyers should know when a property is overpriced and be equipped with strategies to avoid overpaying.” (CNN. “How to avoid overpaying for a home.” www.cnn.com/2019/01/11/success/overpaying-for-a-home)

CNN has practical tips here: “How to avoid overpaying for a home.”

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

Money Monday: Rejected home purchase offers

If you’ve been rejected after making a purchase offer on a home, you may have made the wrong financial offer.

There’s a few common reasons why a seller could have rejected your offer; here’s some monetary reasons:

  1. You offered too much. 
  2. You requested too much additional money toward closing. 
  3. Your financial picture raises questions. 

Rejected purchase offers in real estate

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: The differences between fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages

If you’ve never bought a home before, the whole process can seem a little confusing. One of the first things you have to figure out is whether you should get a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage. Most people choose the fixed-rate mortgage without even thinking about it, but there are situations where an adjustable-rate mortgage may be a better fit.

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Read CNN’s “Should I get a fixed- or adjustable-rate mortgage?” article to find out the differences between the two and to figure out what’s best for you personally when buying a home.

Single Women Outbuy Men in Homeownership

A rising real estate trend

There is a rising trend in residential real estate – in the single family homes sector. Builders of new homes are tailoring their design and subdivisions in order to gain single women homebuyers.

Nationwide last year, single women made up 18% of homebuyers, while single men only accounted for 7% of all home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors.  This category of single women included those: never married, widowed, and divorced. Spending for single women also is more than it is for single men, on average. Single women are now the second highest group of purchasers, behind married couples of all homes.

This trend is expected to increase over time. The evolution of real estate ownership, as well as the evolution of business leadership, will both increase for women in years to come.

See link for more details: realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2018/05/11/single-women-outbuy-men-in-homeownership

For more info on getting your best deal on your dream home, or for a free valuation of your home, please call me, John A Silva, now at 619-890-3648 — and as always, have a blessed day!