Archive for the ‘First Time Home Buyers’ Category

  • No money down to buy your home!

    Want to know if you can put no money down to buy your home? While also learning a few fun facts about San Diego? Of course you do! When you think of San Diego, what comes to mind? Beaches and sunny 75 degrees all year round. While that is true, San Diego county also has 6,687 farms, more than any other county in the United States. 68% of those are between 1-9 acres and though the median size farm is just 4 acres, our county’s farmers rank number one in both California and the nation in the production value of nursery, floriculture and avocados. We are also rank as the second highest county with women who are the principal operator of the farm and number 3 in producing honey! Agriculture here covers 303,889 acres and is a key contributor to San Diego’s economy, along with defense, manufacturing, tourism and biotechnology. Our varied topography creates a wide fluctuation of microclimates that allows for nearly 30 different types of vegetation communities. This diversity allows for San Diego to grow over 200 different agricultural commodities from strawberries along the coast, apples in the mountain areas, to palm trees in the desert. *This information was made available by the County of San Diego, Department of Weights and Measures in their 2016 Annual Crop Report. With all that space we have in San Diego there are a

  • Thinking of buying a home on your own?

    Nov 20, 17 • Greg Kuchan • First Time Home Buyers, Home BuyersNo CommentsRead More »

    There are 140 different spaced to fill in information on a Residential Purchase Agreement, and that is not including all the spaces for your names and date. on an average I change 51 boxes. Where there are anywhere from 2 too 10 different acceptable options to fill in those boxes. So that means that an average RPA can have more than 66187782427598330000000000 different ways to properly fill out the form. AND that is just one of the many documents that make up your purchase agreement. To make that really large number easier to wrap our minds around. That is 66 septillion different ways to write the RPA, which is 66 with 24 zeros behind it. It is a really big number. Let me put present it to you in another way, in some states they require you to have a lawyer to help write the contract and to protect your interest. (Georgia, South Carolina & Massachusetts to name a few) So, do you think it is in your best interest to try and sell or buy your home on your own? When looking for an agent to work for, make sure they have systems and templates set up. Ask them how they will represent you, how they will make you stand out over the competition. If you are interested in finding out more of what you should be looking for

  • The Best Time to Buy or Sell a Home is

    The Best Time to Buy or Sell a Home depends on where you live.  But, here in San Diego, we don’t suffer pronounced slow down in the market like many other areas in the country.  And I have found that November is a great month to buy a home and get some good deals.  And if you are selling a home, you will be dealing with a lot of SERIOUS buyers. There are many homes on the market that didn’t sell during the summer months, either because they were priced to high, or they may need more renovation work than buyers wanted to take on.  With effective and skilled negotiations, these properties can be picked up for a great price. Please call me for more information, I would love to help you get a deal or sell your home. Craig Sutliff Real Estate Consultant & Mortgage Planner Email: Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com Cell: 619-857-

  • Homebuyers: Get Creative With Your Offers

    Reality check #1:  For most of us the road to home ownership starts with a personal budget and is followed by a conversation about what home loan options are available.  That conversation will determine a buyer’s purchase power which means to look at homes for sale before digging into the numbers is the very definition of putting the cart before the horse. While this advice is nothing new and most people do go about it in the right order what they find when they are ready to start looking at the available inventory is Reality check #2:  There aren’t many homes for sale in their price range and the competition for what is available is fierce. If you are a first-time homebuyer with a low down payment this can seem like a mountain too high to climb and leads many to assume it’s not possible.  The good news is that you are not alone and there are some great strategies that I see working every day to get our clients’ offers accepted. Here are a few of the basics every homebuyer should consider.  Getting your loan pre-approval is very important and a prerequisite at this point.  Meaning, any serious seller will not even consider an offer from a buyer who hasn’t done their due diligence to get their financial ducks in a row.  Buyers can also increase their ernest money

  • Looming Threat Posed by Air Conditioning Units

    There is a significant, Looming Threat Posed by Air Conditioning Units to home buyers, home sellers and any homeowner that owns an older central A/C unit.  And this threat can mean a BIG hit to your pocketbook! For more information, please call or email me, I am happy to help: Craig Sutliff, Real Estate Consultant & Mortgage Planner The GreenHouse Group Cell: 619-857-4954 Email:  Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com BRE Lic# 01735288 NMLS ID

  • New Guidelines = You Qualify for More Home

    New Guidelines = You Qualify for More Home

    Have you been pre-approved but not for enough to buy the home you want?  Well, new guidelines recently released mean you may qualify for a bigger loan than before. Of course, this isn’t’ appropriate for everyone.  But if you have been in a situation where you were hoping for just a little bit more purchase power, you might be in luck.  Recent changes are now letting borrowers qualify for larger loans (relative t their income) than before.  They’re doing this by expanding something called the DTI cap.  That’s basically the relationship between your income and your debts.  Standard expectations were previously set at 45% for conforming loans.  But they’re now pushing that upto 50%.  For example, depending on your income, that could be an increase of 50k or more! Two things to consider You still need to be comfortable with your payment.  So doing the math and affordability calculations with me is critical. Getting a FULL pre-approval (like we do here at the GHG) is vital to making this work. If you’d like to learn more about expanding your purchase power simply click here and shoot me an email.  Or you can call me directly for a quick chat. Jeremy Beck 858-863-0262 Co-Founder / Mortgage Planner

  • Is Renting Really Cheaper Than Owning a Home?

    by Anna Sobrevinas | 04 May 2017 | MPA Mortgage Professional America | www.mpamag.com The responsibility of owning a home can be intimidating for people who’ve only rented in the past, but new data from Zillow suggests renting can actually cost more. Zillow’s analysis found out that sans increasing monthly housing costs, a typical renter can buy a home almost 50% more expensive than the median valued home and still get to keep the same amount of monthly housing budget. The median US home value is $196,500, while the median rent in the country is $1,416 per month – an amount enough to pay for monthly housing expenses needed to own a $289,505 home. “The decision between buying and renting is a financial trade-off between saving more each month on a mortgage payment versus spending more on rent but taking advantage of the location and lifestyle amenities urban renting often offers,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Recent slowdowns in rent growth may take some of the edge off for renters saving to become homeowners. This is good news, since saving a down payment, qualifying for a loan and finding a home available at a manageable price remain hurdles for millions of aspiring buyers.” Renters in Cleveland can afford a $174,194 home while retaining monthly housing costs, which is representative of more than 80% of homes on the market now,

  • Have Student Loans? The Rules Have Changed

    I may have just missed the student loan debt explosion when I graduated with my undergrad degree in 1998.  While college was expensive to attend twenty years ago, we were all borrowing money to get an education, it was nothing compared to the amounts borrowed during the college financing boom of the last fifteen years. Nowadays young people are in record amounts of debt the moment they are handed a diploma which means starting off their earliest earning years with essentially a thirty year mortgage to pay back.  College ain’t what it used to be and many times all this borrowed money is for a degree that yields earning power guaranteed to tie up their income for the better part of their career. The student loan income-based repayment plans have been a help to many people.  These plans allow monthly payments to be calculated based upon a person’s income which give people a fighting chance to start paying back their loans and be able to eat as well.   This is a big deal for those just starting out but there are at least two challenges tied to this calculation.   First, the debt will take that much longer to pay off and second when you go to apply for a mortgage the bank approving your application will hit the person for up to 1% of the balance of the

  • Beware of Poor Home Flips! Lurking in the Kitchen

    Beware of Poor Home Flips!  Lurking in the Kitchen

  • House Flipping…The Good vs. The Bad!

    House Flipping…The Good vs. The Bad!  

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