The topic of many water coolers today, and for that matter the last 5 years has been and still is real estate. The subject though has changed as of late to the question of, "Are we really headed for a double dip?"
Every market is different.
Are short sales good for Realtors and bad for homeowners?
Why go with a foreclosure where you have to spend upwards of $30,000 to update it when you can find a similar home placed on the market by an owner who is not under duress that already has the upgrades in plus has a swimming pool and is in move-in condition?
If you have a FHA insured loan - and virtually all first-time buyers who have purchased homes in Manteca during the last three years have them - you might just want to take advantage of the one-time ability to streamline your loan.
Foreclosure cancellations are at an all-time high in California.
Last week I started a two part article telling my personal short sale story. Like I stated last week, I thought I would share with you my story to let you know one major thing that a lot of Realtors fail to mention to their clients but they long to hear: "You're not alone!" "I have actually been there!" "You will make it through, I did!"
With all the news about interest rates and mansions selling for the price of shacks, many people are asking themselves, "Is now the time to sell our home?" The answer to that question depends heavily on your situation.
How do you determine when it is the best time to buy a home?
Our local real estate market and community owe a great deal of gratitude to the Builder Generation, a group of active adults who are doing more than their part to stabilize our local housing market. In a time where our seniors have been almost disregarded in our culture, it's good to live in a community that not only supports our seniors, but also places an emphasis on their importance.
If you close your eyes and think of the word "foreclosure", what are some images that come to mind? Some see outwardly expressed imagery such as six foot high weeds, dry and dead lawns, papers taped to windows, spider webs and other pictures that remind you of the opening scenes of an old black and white scary movie panning into the haunted mansion. The only problem is that haunted mansion is found all over our southern San Joaquin community.
When most people hear the phrase "loan modification" there are a multitude of images and emotions that flood the brain; skepticism, hope, desperation, lonely, gamble, fear and maybe even a "yeah right"! I have often said that it's easier to catch a Leprechaun at the end of a rainbow than receive a permanent loan modification.
The day of great deals are numbered.
By DENNIS WYATT
A Manzanita is a strong, resilient tree.
The United States is a country of renovators and remodelers, judging from the steady growth of home improvement projects across the nation in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year loan rate hitting its 52-week low.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, a trend that has reduced the late-payment rate on home loans to the lowest level in six years, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.
With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.
The appeal of Del Webb at Woodbridge goes beyond the obvious.
Moving up - vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode - was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.
Summer is here and this is the time when you want to be outside as much as possible, soak up the sun, eat amazing food and enjoy the company of family and friends. You'll also see more of your home's exterior on days like this than any other time of the year so this is also a great time to complete those outdoor projects. In fact, 60 percent of homeowners will accomplish a summer home improvement project this year according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.
Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad's domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved - or reviled - by all: the bathroom.
Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That's why it's key to make a positive first impression.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales declined in July compared to the same time last year as buyers struggled to find something they could afford in the tight market, a research firm said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching their lows for the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year.
Would a great study space ease your child's transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens - and all their friends - that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can help you create a kid-friendly space in your home.
No matter if you're an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur ... if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out - it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home: it's where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills, so why not take it from "make-do" to "magnificent?"