Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Some Fast Real Estate Facts

Calif. median home price: January 2015: 
  • California: $426,790
  • Calif. highest median home price by region/county January 2015: San Mateo, $1,012,500
  • Calif. lowest median home price by region/county January 2015: Del Norte, $152,260
Calif. Pending Home Sales Index:
January 2015: Increased 26.7 percent from 70.9 in December to 89.8 in January.

Calif. Traditional Housing Affordability Index: Fourth Quarter 2014: 30 percent (Source: C.A.R.)

Mortgage rates: Week ending 2/19/2015 (Source: Freddie Mac)
• 30-yr. fixed: 3.76% fees/points: 0.6%
• 15-yr. fixed: 3.05% fees/points: 0.6%
• 1-yr. adjustable: 2.45% Fees/points: 0.4%

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


An English Tudor I sold in Studio City
I spend most of days answering questions from my buyers and sellers. So I figured why not answer some of your real estate-related questions while I'm at it. Some of the more common questions buyers ask me are: Who pays your commission? It is customary for the seller's agent to pay the buyer's agent's commission here in southern California. Will I lose my deposit, if I change my mind? It's almost impossible for a buyer to lose their deposit in California, since the purchase agreement gives you a period of time to inspect the property and get your loan approved (contingency period). You have the right to cancel the agreement at any time during this period. If you continue on with the purchase, you then remove all of your contingencies.

Monday, February 23, 2015


I always advise my sellers to watch this video. If you're thinking of selling, please take a look at some safety tips when selling your home.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

How Much Money Do I Need To Put Down When I Buy A Home?

The number one question I get from home buyers: How much money do I need to put down when I buy a home? Well, according to a recent report by CNN Money:

"Borrowers who have steady income and good credit, but not much money in the bank, will find that it recently became easier to buy a home."

And the news gets better...

"It's one of the things that's inhibiting first-time homebuyers," said Rob Chrane, president of Down Payment Resource. "There are a lot more people who can qualify for a home that don't realize that they can."

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Real Estate Market Gearing Up For Spring Season

According to Shannon Christenot, my go-to mortgage broker with JMJ Financial:

"Consumers are getting excited about prime home shopping time getting ready to heat up. In fact, 67% of respondents to Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey in January said they feel that now is a good time to buy a house."

She should know. Shannon is on the front lines of the home-buying process. It doesn't get any more real than a buyer applying for a loan after an accepted offer.

Shannon also noted: