buyers information: Differences Between Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval - 11/29/19 07:13 AM
     There is a big difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval.  Pre-approval takes more work and time, but it is the way to go.  Michael Mannino  explains the difference well.  I actually have seen a buyer with a pre-qualification letter lose their deposit because the lender did not even check his job employment.  It turned out the buyer did have the job, did make plenty of money, but had a job title that was generally for part time employment.  It was a sad situation and my clients selling their home even felt bad.  Make sure your lender does the work up … (16 comments)

buyers information: Lincoln Village Home for Sale - 11/03/19 08:07 AM
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     This Lincoln Village home is now available.  It is 1,495 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.  It has a cute floor plan.  The living room features built in cabinets surrounding a central fireplace. The master bedroom is spacious.  There is a formal dining area, as well as, a nook at the end of a galley style kitchen that contains lots of cabinets.  A sun room is just past the kitchen which leads to a covered patio and a large backyard.
     
This home is close to great shopping at Lincoln Shopping Center.   Papapavlos, Payter's … (8 comments)

buyers information: A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro - 09/17/19 01:26 PM
Great information from Abby Stiller.  She has captured the core of what agents do.  I might add that agents have very good networks to make buying or selling a house easier.  It also helps to be fairly proficient at psychology.  :o)

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Hiring a real estate professional to help you buy your dream home or sell your current house is one of the most powerful decisions you can make. A real estate professional has the experience to help you confidently navigate through the entire process. Make sure you work with someone who knows the current market conditions and can … (5 comments)

buyers information: Early Fall Update for 95758, incuding Laguna West and Lakeside - 09/21/11 02:12 PM
Average Home Prices
4/11  $191,000 5/11  $198,000 6/11  $189,000 7/11  $206,000 8/11  $194,000 Price per Square foot
4/11-8/11 $104 to $109 up 4.8% (4 months) 8/10-8/11 $115 to $109 down 5.2% (12 months) As you can see, our market has been down over the last 12 months, but has risen some in the last four months.  We have also seen our inventory shrink from 2.8 months to 1.9 months in the last four months.  Inventory has been low for the last few months, especially in the $100,000-$200,000 price range.  It has made for a very competitive market for buyers.  It is common to have multiple offers … (0 comments)

buyers information: Creative Uses for Garage Door Openers! - 07/18/11 02:18 PM
     I was showing houses today and, believe it or not, I walked by this without even noticing the very creative use of a garage door opener the first time through.
 
     Now it maybe just a bit unsightly, but imagine yourself eating a Hungry Man TV Dinner when the doorbell rings.  Just press the opener button and yell, "Come on in!"  You have all the bases covered!  You may want to consider this the next time you have an old opener laying around.  Waste not, want not.
     It really was a pretty good way to start my Monday.
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buyers information: New Listing in Stockton, CA-$50,000 Cute Home - 12/04/10 05:30 AM

Welcome to 915 Bryan Ave. This home was remodeled in 2001. There are tile floors in the kitchen, nook, entry, bathroom and utility room. All the windows are double paned. The exterior features simple, but nice landscaping and a large, mature tree.  Parking, boat or RV access (small area) on East side of home (as you look at this picture, access is to the right of home).

There is also a large deck to enjoy in the front yard.  Looks like a great place to have a summer BBQ under that tall, mature shade tree.

If you would like to … (0 comments)

buyers information: New Elk Grove and Sacramento Keller Williams Stimulus Plan - 11/24/10 03:22 AM
     I just wanted to let you know that starting Dec. 4th, Keller Williams, in the Sacramento and Elk Grove region, is kicking off a new program.  It is the Keller Williams buyer stimulas plan.  Listing agents are asking sellers for a 2% sellers credit that buyers can use to pay down their interest rates on their new home loan.  Caleb, from Prospect Mortgage, estimates that this loan buy down will save a home buyer $20,959 over the life of a 30 year fixed rate loan.  It will save a buyer $58 per month and almost $700 a year.  Caleb also says that the lower interest rate helps a buyer to qualify for … (1 comments)

buyers information: Renovate, Repair, Upgrade Using an FHA Loan...Really? - 11/12/10 01:26 PM
     Have you ever been to a home you really wanted to buy only to be told that the house is not FHA compliant FHA will not allow loans on a home in that condition.  There could be many problems.  There could be decks without rails, trip hazards, exposed wiring, drainage issues, holes in the siding, visible dry rot or holes in the firewall.  That is just a partial list.  The list of possible problems is long and, in today's market, there are few sources of money to fix the damage.  It is true, when these issues are in place, a … (3 comments)

buyers information: Searching for Lisings in the Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton Area? - 11/03/10 10:02 AM
     I just added a really nice feature to my http://www.RaymondHenson.com website.  If you click on the search all listings button, it will allow you to find listings in the Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton region.  The new search also has a mapquest feature that shows were each listing is located.  Use it as often as you would like.  Do you need more information?  Do you have questions?  Are you out of town and need someone to view it or take more pictures for you?  Would you like to view the home?  Just give me a call or send me an email.
     If … (0 comments)

buyers information: South Land Park Home-Price Reduction and Open House Dates - 10/27/10 10:10 AM

This South Land Park Hills home is located just a short walk from the American River and is a short drive to downtown Sacramento.  There is very easy access to Intestate 5.  It is a 1721 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home.   Most of the house has refinished hardwood floors.  The family room/den has a brand new wood laminate floor that matches the existing hardwood floors very well. 
The interior of the house has recently been painted featuring cream colored walls, white ceilings and white trim.  There is a large utility room just off the kitchen.  The yard is … (1 comments)

buyers information: Old, Worn Cabinet Surfaces, What Do You Do??? - 09/20/10 06:45 PM
Kitchen upgrades
 
     I have been previewing a lot of homes with rough looking kitchens.  Many kitchens have old, worn, stained and lacquered cabinets.  I know these cabinets can look very bad and seem like they are going to be very expensive to fix.  I look at these cabinets as an opportunity.  There are numerous ‘fixes' for these worn finishes and some are quite inexpensive.
        A very inexpensive way to rejuvenate cabinet finishes is to use a product called Howard's Restore a Finish.  I learned about this product from an investor friend of mine.  He has been using this product for years … (4 comments)

buyers information: Wall Street Journal's 10 Reasons to Buy - 09/18/10 12:56 PM
     The Wall Street Journal just published a short, concise list of reasons that make this a very good time to buy a home.   I think it is such a good time to buy that I purchased a home earlier this year.  The interest rates were great.  I can remember my first loan in 1990.  The interest rate was about 11% and IT WAS A VARIABLE RATE LOAN.  That loan taught me two things.  One, stay away from variable interest rate loans and, tow, get ride of mortgage insurance as quickly as possible.  The interest rate on my loan early this year was 5.5%.  Today, buyers … (4 comments)

buyers information: FHA Mortgage Insurance Fees Set to Change, Part 2 - 09/12/10 10:10 AM
    I wrote about these upcoming Mortgage Insurance changes a few days ago and I found, in the Sunday Wall Street Journal, an article that talks about these changes too.  The article discusses the same loan amount that I did of $193,000.  The WSJ came up with different numbers than I did.  The WSJ says that buyers will save $2,400 dollars up front and the monthly costs will go from $88/month to $148 dollars/month.  That is not as bad as I reported.  The WSJ went on to talk about the additional cost over a ten year period, which would be more than $7,000.  … (0 comments)

buyers information: SAR $2,000 Grant for Older Homes - 09/02/10 06:13 AM
There is a new program that the Sacramento Association of Realtors just released.  Buyers can now receive a $2,000 grant to help with energy efficiency upgrades.  There are some qualifications:
Houses built in 1978 or earlier and must be owner occupied The homebuyer must do an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) The homebuyer must be represented by a SAR Member Realtor and the loan officer must be a SAR Afiiliate Member There must be a $4,000 minimum in energy efficiency upgrades (or max. allowed based on purchase price) The work must be done by SMUD approved contractors ECO Grant funds may be used … (0 comments)

 
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