Category Archives: First-time homebuyer

House Down Payment Options

Think you need 20% down to buy a home? Think again.

The time has come…you’re ready to do some adulting and buy a home, settle down, spend Saturdays at Home Depot, maybe even lay down some tile somewhere. But there’s just one problem, you’ve got to save a huge pile of cash for the down payment because, after all you are a first-time homebuyer in California.

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Spring Home Buying Season Heating Up and How to Win in a Bidding War

Despite the financial market churnings recently, I’m seeing and hearing from others I talk to in real estate that the home buying season is heating up…now. We’re seeing a high volume of buyer activity. I’ve been receiving lots of borrower inquiries and doing pre-qualifications. I don’t have any data to back this up quite yet,

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So.Cal Housing Market Report

As the summer peak homebuying season winds down, now may be a great time to consider buying a home, especially if you have been waiting on the sidelines during this super-busy summer season. Here’s an update on the housing market here in California and our outlook for fall. First, let me note that mortgage rates

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Q&A: How can I get a lower rate?

One of the questions I hear from clients most often is ‘how can I get a lower rate on my mortgage?’ It’s a great question and one of the most important ones to ask before you sign on for a long-term mortgage. The good news here is that there are numerous ways that you can

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Condo a great option

Buying a condo is even easier, and a great option

Oftentimes when attempting to buy a condo, we can have issues with the purchase if there are any litigation, lawsuits, or HOA issues that the property is involved with, until now. Because of changes in guidelines, we are now able to have some more leeway when it comes to getting a mortgage approved, as long

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Saving for a down payment in expensive So.Cal markets

How are you doing saving that down payment for your home purchase? A recent study posted by Zillow reported that saving for a down payment as the largest obstacle for renters wanting to buy a home. And here in Southern California, with high rents and high cost of living it’s even more difficult! So, although

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Rents continue to climb, is it time to buy?

So, as a renter, each year when you get ready to renew your lease do you shutter to see the increase that your landlord comes up with? Well, you’re not alone. Lots of renters out there are feeling the pinch as rents continue to rise according to a new report out by the U.S. Census

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