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Money Monday: Preparing to Buy a Home

Buying a home — it’s a big decision; one that you should prepare for in advance.

buyers and sellers real estate disclosures“One of the most important things a first-time homebuyer can do is prepare their budget for this big financial event.” (“How to Prepare Your Budget for Buying Your First Home”. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/prepare-budget-buying-first-home-123000854.html)

And there’s a few key ways that you can get your budget in order:

  1. Work on getting your credit score up
  2. Save for a down payment on a house
  3. Prepare for extra costs when buying

Read more on Yahoo’s financial advice on prepping your budget before buying here: “How to Prepare Your Budget for Buying Your First Home”.

Pets Influence Home Buying Decisions

The power of pets when buying real estate.

Care Your Pet

When home buyers have pets, that factors into their priorities for their future home. While the specific priorities differ from person to person, a massive 95% of consumers think that allowing animals within a housing community is important. Other preferences that consumers value include:

  • Nearby animal amenities (a walking path ranks at #1 at 54%; a nearby dog park or animal grooming also is included in the list).
  • Home features important to animal owners (not surprisingly, a fenced yard is vital to 91%, with a laminate floor coming in second as another priority for 66% of consumers).

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Ask Yourself These Questions Before Renting or Buying

Whether to buy or rent doesn’t necessarily have a clear-cut answer. But hopefully these questions will provide some guidance:

  1. What’s your top financial priority?
  2. What do you have savings for: down payment or first and last months’ rent?
  3. How long do you plan on living in the area?

There’s five more questions to ask yourself before you rent or buy; find them here on Yahoo: “8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding to Rent or Buy a House.”

First-Time Home Buyers Have Increased

For the first time in three years, the percentage of home buyers in the real estate market has increased.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Improved Affordability in California

Compared to this time last year, homes are slightly more affordable in California

  • The median price for a single-family home in California in 2016’s Q3 was $515,940.
  • 31% of households could afford to purchase a median-priced home — compared to 29% of households a year ago.
  • Least-affordable counties include: San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin.
  • Most-affordable counties include: San Bernardino, Kings, and Kern.

CAR improved real estate affordability in California

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Money Monday: Good news for home buyers

Incomes are finally rising faster than home prices.

Photo from Pictures of Money

Photo from Pictures of Money

“For the first time since 2011, incomes rose faster than home prices in the U.S., according to a new report from Zillow.

“The median home price climbed to $188,100 in August, a 5% increase from the same time a year ago.

“And last week, the Census Bureau reported that median household income increased to $56,516 in 2015, up 5.2% from 2014.”

CNN. “Here’s some good news for house hunters.”  http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/22/real_estate/incomes-rise-faster-than-home-values

Read more of this article at CNN here.

Money Monday: Shopping for Interest Rates

While interest rates have remained at low levels, many analysts are predicting that mortgage rates will be heading upward. With this in mind smart homeowners are rushing to lock in the low rates. The following tips will help interested homebuyers in shopping for the best rate.

mortgage rates and property taxes

How to shop: If you simply call up and ask a lender for interest rates the lender can tell you almost anything. One lender might offer a floating rate, while the next would offer you a forty day rate. Instead, before you call up you need to know two things: how many points you want to pay and how long you want to lock in the rate. You also want to call all the lenders on the same day. This way you will get a common basis of comparison for the different quotes.

Getting a reliable quote: Beware of lenders who promise unreasonable low rates. This does not mean that lenders are unreliable; however there is an incentive for the lender to fudge the quote in order to gain your business (the bait). Then when you go in to fill out the paper work the lender will change the rate on you (the switch).

How to Really Shop for a Lender: The best way is to get a referral, then shop other lenders. Do it properly, telling the lenders how much you are willing to pay in points and how long you want to lock in the rate. Make all your calls on the same day. Tell the lender you have filled out an application and that you will fax it in, so the rate has to be something he can deliver.

Homebuyer Challenges

Potential homebuyers can face challenges to buying a home.

What difficulties to they face?

  • Saving for a down payment (need help on saving/not spending as much? Check out my Money Monday posts!)
  • Lack of houses for sale (real estate inventory)
  • Difficulty getting financing and credit
  • Personal debt (I have some tips in my past Money Monday posts!)

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This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at CAR.org.