Is Anyone Paying All Cash to Buy Homes in This Economy?

Cash buyers for real estate is on the rise, and it is because many of these buyers believe now is the time to buy and get a deal before the market starts to rise again.

Nationally, 28% of sales were all-cash transactions last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. The rate was 14% in October 2008, when the trade group began tracking the measure.

The jump in real-estate purchases made with cash is another sign of the revival of animal spirits in the U.S. economy.The percentage of buyers in Phoenix paying cash hit 42% in 2010, and 50% of transactions closed in Miami were for all cash.

One investor is purchasing three properties for all cash, and these are not the lower end priced properties. All three were over one million dollars. Apparently he believes the market has bottomed.

In many instances people making cash offers to buy a home, will get a better discount due to the fact loan qualifications is not an issue. As a Realtor, I also like working with buyers who make cash offers, as these properties will close faster, again because there are no lenders involved.

While the media constantly bombards us with how depressed the housing market and economy is, there is encouragement that there are many people who are doing quite well and have money to invest in real estate.

How Much Should I Offer On This House?

Offer for a HomeThis question comes up quite frequently when buyer’s are contemplating making an offer on a house. They want me to give them the optimum, ideal price to buy their dream home. When in actuality that is a decision they must make.

Now how do you determine the best price. Here are a couple of items to take into consideration:

1.      What are the similar homes selling for in the area.  If most of the homes offer very little variance on the price, at t Read the rest of this entry

Things I Can Do To Conserve Our Prescious Water Supply

Rather than contributing to the water shortage that we hear about there are several things we can do to conserve our water usage and at the same time save money. Saving money is always a good thing!

Here are some easy water conservation tips to follow:

  • Toilets use about 25% of the water used in an average household. Toilets installed before 1992 use between 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. The new and improved high efficiency models use approximately 1.5 gallons per flush.
    A plastic bottle or bag filled with pebbles and water placed in the toilet tank displaces the water, saving between 5 to 10 gallons of water per day.
  • Turn the water off while brushing your teeth
  • Turn the water off while shaving. Fill the sink with a little water to rinse your razor.

Eliminate Most of the Stress When Buying A Home – Get Pre-approved

Buying a home is one of the greatest investments you will ever make. The best — and least stressful — way to purchase a home is to be well educated throughout the process.

Before you even start looking for a house to buy, you need to review your financial situation. This will let you know how much of a down payment you can afford and how large a monthly mortgage payment you can handle.

Lenders will look at the ratio of how much you make to how much you owe. Most will require that your monthly housing costs remain under a certain percentage of your total monthly income and that your total debt (forecasted mortgage payment and recurring debts) is less than 40% of your monthly income. Read the rest of this entry

California New Law – No Deficiency Judgement on Short Sales

If I Have A Short Sale – Can The Lender Later Come After Me?

SB 931 which became Effective January 1, 2011, mimics the deficiency judgment ruling of foreclosures to apply to short sales.

This means in California, first trust deed mortgage holders, cannot go after those individuals who sold their homes on a short sale for the difference between the amount owed the lender and the amount the property sold for.

Just as with those individuals who lost their homes to foreclosure due to a hardship, some people decided to go the short sale route and avoid foreclosure in an effort to preserve their credit. Prior to the enactment of this bill lenders had the right to go after these individuals with a deficiency judgment.

Quite frankly, other than a bigger hit to someone’s credit whose home went into foreclosure, there was little incentive to short sell the home if the homeowner faced the possibility of having to pay the difference between the sales price and loan amount.

At this time there is no such protection if you have a second or third mortgage loan. Even though the lenders agree to sell short they still can seek a judgment against the borrower.

One caveat of SB931 – if there is any indication the borrower committed fraud short selling their property, the primary lender can go after the homeowner.

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