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Location, Location, Location…

When it come to real estate anyone can tell you that three of the most important factors in where you buy a home are location, location, location. This is one of those terms that we hear all the time and which becomes especially salient as we are searching for our dream home.

All too often buyers will be caught up in the excitement of the home buying process and make an offer on a home that seems too good to be true. unfortunately, many times it does turn out that the “perfect home for the reasonable price” is too good to be true.

The reason is simple – location. Buying a home in the wrong location is going to have a dramatic impact on how happy you are in your new home and also on the value of your home when you decide to sell.

For this reason it is important that you do your homework beforehand and pick out possible neighborhoods that suit your lifestyle. At the same time, keep an eye on that future date when you might put your new home back on the market and pick a neighborhood that is know for good schools and well maintained public facilities.

Once you have narrowed down the neighborhoods, visit the neighborhood and pick the best house available.

You’ll be happier in the end if you plan well in the beginning.

Investing in Real Estate

 

Real estate investment has it own risks and the decision to invest should be carefully considered.

real estate investingAs a landlord there are certain costs that you will need to cover, potential vacancy problems that may strain your ability to pay your mortgages, and liability issues. It is important that you speak with an expert before putting yourself in a situation where you can potential over-extend yourself.

With that in mind, I have included some of the basic property types and benefits associated with real estate investment.

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TOP TEN Legal Mistakes Buyers Make

In the complicated maze of trying to buy a home are the pratfalls and obstacles that can be so costly that you can regret ever buying a new home!
Call a Realtor(R) who is full time and has the track record to get the results you deserve.  The Department of Real Estate website will be able to tell you if there are any reprimands or suspension for any licensed agent or broker.

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Taxes, real estate, and marriage: ’till death do us part

Taxes, real estate, and marriage: ’till death do us part

In the aftermath of tax day, specifically personal taxes, some people have a sigh of relief while some people are devastated. We cannot all avoid some emotion for this day whether we filed early, at the last minute, or are prolonging the agony with an extension. I would say that if someone is experiencing agony, their taxes are usually always postponed and prolonged. Why is this?

In marriage, with the highest divorce rates ever, is it not the same result as in taxes by delaying the inevitable if there is a problem? The procrastination of not addressing a problem or not thinking it is a problem when the other spouse does, spells disaster.

In real estate, I also see similar scenarios: with most people waiting ’till the last minute, whether trying to keep their home with a bad loan that’s worth more than the actual house, while days or weeks away from a foreclosure. Or with false hopes of keeping the property and thinking that they will get the modification done or that better yet, a miracle will happen and their loan will go away! While all these positive results are possible, isn’t it also possible to win the lottery? Your answer of “yes” is correct, but unfortunately the answer of “unlikely” is also correct. Unrealistic expectations rarely add up.

Anyone who has married knows they take a vow of “’till death do us part”, while taxes literally follow you until death and could even lower your estate in the process after death.  In real estate, some people have the notion that they will not leave their home unless they are dead! My take on this is that many people just do not see the big picture. I ask the question again: Why is this?

Everyone knows that life and everything on this earth is not forever–taxes, real estate, marriage–but still want to hold onto everything in it. We are all guilty of this, and yet we all know the reality deep down inside. If everyone told their friend going through the rough bumps in life that they knew of someone right here that could advise them on their situation, and has the experience and record to back it up, wouldn’t that make a difference in that person’s life?

I work with attorneys and accountants, and am a seasoned real estate professional that will handle your situation as if it were my own. Won’t you call? I am here to help 24-hours a day, your Realtor in Action–call now, or better yet: “Just Do It!”

– John A. Silva

(619) 890-3648

Are ALL Real Estate Agents Equal?

In light of the fact that there has been some shocking news regarding a certain local real estate agent from San Diego, along with his wife and staff, being accused of duping over $15 million dollars from banks, investors and homeowners, I understand that many people question whether all real estate agents are the same, in acting dishonestly.

The normal response for people who personally know an agent of integrity, whom they even refer to all their family and friends, will say this is just an individual, and is not a general reflection of the masses. Yet I read and hear on social media websites that this categorizes all real estate agents as being dishonest, even those who have toiled for years and been ethical and forthright for their entire careers being cauterized. These are the individuals who need an education because of bad experiences, and I now challenge them to a call to action, to interview an individual agent like myself, while developing a relationship with the right real estate agent at their disposal whenever the need arises. A good real estate agent will have a grasp of the law at all times in the ever-changing, complicated world and real estate market we now have, then go to people to support them in the legal arena.

Are all real estate agents equal?My philosophy has always been that if you don’t ever get to speak with and do business with the real estate agent who is representing you, BEWARE! Many agents in the housing market have large teams of individuals, while the service and experience levels are severely low, due to new and inexperienced agents who look for high-profit opportunities, because of the low pay they earn. These mistakes lead to poor service, complaints to local association boards and the DRE; but more importantly, thousands of dollars in losses from the client’s pocket book. This may well be the case with this certain individual that is now in trouble.

I have seen another certain individual always advertising on local television, as another example of this type of representation, while the results produced have been average at best, according to many people I have helped and their friends giving feedback about them. As the old saying does: Don’t be duped by the fast-talking, nice-dressed and loveable smile.

While I am not here to condemn any individual, I feel my duty is to educate the public masses in the regard of how to hire the right agent to assist you in buying or selling your home. As another cliche goes, bigger is not better, but seeing the overall picture of their track record, years in the business and levels of hands-on experience are paramount, while being able to work directly with that individual on an ongoing basis is a must.

As in all crimes committed by people in authority; such as police officers, teachers, politicians, doctors, etc–there is that huge feeling of betrayal, while the important question of how did this happen by an individual held in high esteem in many circles of the community and their peers?

I hope that the blue-collar hardworking real estate agents like me will once again shine through this mess that the small minority of high-rollers create to most importantly the benefit of you, the client.

Call me today (at 619-890-3648) for an evaluation of your property or home search, and the right direction you deserve.

Guest Post: Managing your finances before homeownership to save your home from a foreclosure

Managing your finances before homeownership to save your home from a foreclosure

Are you planning to purchase a new home? If yes, you have to buck up your finances so that you don’t fall in trouble in the near future and then risk losing your home to a forced foreclosure. Managing your finances is the most important job that you have to do when you plan to take out a home mortgage loan from a bank. The mortgage loan entails your home as collateral so that when the borrower defaults to make the payments on time, the lender can foreclose the house and recuperate the money. How much house can I afford is the most important question a borrower should ask himself before taking the plunge. Here are some important steps that you should take in order to manage your finances once you plan to take out a home loan.

  • Stop all the unnecessary expenses: Whenever you contemplate buying a new house and forget paying further rent, you should stop making all the unnecessary expenses that you can do without. If you don’t read magazines, stop the monthly subscriptions to magazines. If you can cook well, stop dining out every weekend as this will save your dollars in the long run. You can even do without the cable connection at home. If you can build an emergency fund, you can easily take out a mortgage loan at an affordable rate.
  • Stop using your credit cards: Are you aware of the fact that the mortgage lender will check your DTI ratio or the debt-to-income ratio that is the ratio between the total monthly debt obligations with your monthly income. If you keep on purchasing things with your credit cards, you’ll drown in unsecured debt and thereby be forced to take out a home mortgage loan at an unaffordable interest rate. Therefore, stuff your wallet with cash so that you may stop buying things when you’re exhausted.
  • Save enough money: Yes, this is the ultimate secret that will take you to the path of a smooth mortgage loan approval. The mortgage loan underwriter will check the amount you’re paying down while taking out the loan amount. The more you pay down, the lower will be the rate offered to you. You should save enough money so that you can at least pay down 20% of the loan amount and avoid paying PMIs later on.
  • Keep track on your credit score: Don’t take any wrong step that can hit your credit score. Pull out a copy of your credit score time to time so that you know where you stand financially. Repair your credit as much as possible so as to grab the best mortgage loan at the most covetable cost.

When you’re dreaming of homeownership, make sure you follow the money tips mentioned above. By taking all the tips mentioned above, you can get the most appropriate loan in accordance with your affordability. Don’t forget to ask yourself “how much house can I afford” before taking out the loan.

Mortgage Reform, Refinance, Really?

My Thoughts on the Current Real Estate Market: Mortgage Reform, Refinance, Really?

With interest rates at the lowest rate in history, and foreclosures bursting through the ceiling still at this writing, I ask myself, why is this still happening?  How does the 1-in-4 upside-down homeowner out there, staring at their bank and scratching their head, get help to avoid walking away?

The empty promises, or the so-called “helping hand” being offered by the banks and the government, is still a joke to say the least. For the people who sold their home in recent years, they are in a position to buy or have already bought another home and recovered from that stress of “What do I do?” while taking advantage of the low interest rates and prices.

upside-downIt still is not too late to make that leap and start over–because the faster you do, the faster you will recover. Property values are not expected to go anywhere for at least two more years, and the laws for selling short sales that protect homeowners will expire at the end of this year. Laws allow a purchase after two years of selling a short sale. With a consultation with me and strategy, you could pay off most of your unsecured debt, while not paying your mortgage. This can only be done with someone who has had experience with this. I have done this with clients that have recouped while living in their home for over 3 years without paying a mortgage.

The latest reform laws are offering a glimmer of hope; however, when and how these guidelines are implemented by the banks and government is clear to not happen for awhile.  The state governments will have to also be on board. At this time, California is weighing the settlement being offered for unlawful foreclosure practices from five of the larger banks that have agreed to pay a settlement.

My opinion is that any settlement should accompany a mandate that the banks must reduce every upside-down property out there to fair market values, to allow the homeowner an opportunity to keep their home; granted that the home is not dilapidated to the point that the owner does not have the funds to repair the home or care for it after the refinance. This exclusion is warranted to the extent that a home that is in bad shape is only dropping or keeping the values low in the neighborhood and should be taken care of. In a perfect world, the banks would allow the homeowner funds after the refinance to repair the home–heck, let’s go for it all!

As always, my gratitude to you for reading my blog.  Please share your opinions or questions–I look forward to any questions I can answer or help I can give!

John A. Silva, Realtor

(619) 890-3648 | www.JohnASilva.com

Successful Short Sale Closing Testimonial of a Current Mortgage

Here is a rare closing of a short sale that recently closed that 99% of all real estate agents can not accomplish.  The owners stayed current on their payments and the lender granted an approved short sale on a property that was an investment property.

While this is rare due to the reality that all short sales are only done if the borrower is behind in payments or, if the borrower is current, the mortgage company requires the borrower to stop payments in order for them to look at a short sale for the borrower, there are valid qualified situations that the banks will process the short sale. I have the knowledge and experience for accomplishing this task.

Since I have been doing short sales for 20 years and in two down cycle markets, you or someone you know will benefit dramatically from this result.  The benefits are that the homeowners credit rating will have little to no effect based on the credit reporting agencies guidelines.

testimonial letter

 
“Dear John,

We appreciate very much your assistance–and your crucial role–in both finding and selling the condo property at 4415, 38th in San Diego.  The latter was especially difficult in the current housing market.

We have found you to be hard-working, honest and reliable, alert as to what is going on in the area, and responsive to any of our concerns.  We would certainly recommentd you to prospective buyers and/or sellers.

Please accept the enclosed as a token of our gratitude.
Sincerely, 

Barbara S. K. and John B. K.

P.S. –And thanks for working with Katie.”

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