Tips for Getting the Most out of a Home Inspection

A proper home inspection is your best defense against buying a property that will be a home improvement nightmare. Your Real Estate Agent will recommend you hire a licensed and bonded home inspector when your offer is accepted so much in fact, you will have to sign a waiver form if you refuse to complete an inspection. They charge on average $400-$600, use these tips to get the most out of your home inspection.

1) Show Up

Make sure you are present for the home inspection and be prepared to ask questions and point out specific problems you’d like to check out further. This will be the first time your home inspector has been at the property, so your knowledge of potential issues is invaluable.

2) Use Someone You Trust

Doing your homework to find your own home inspector can really give you peace of mind. While your realtor probably has a few inspectors that he or she can recommend, you can still find your own. An impartial, third-party home inspector will be able to talk freely and frankly about potential issues. You may have to pay a little bit extra for a quality home inspector, but compared to the purchase price of a house, it’s well worth it. 

3) Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions

The reason you hired a home inspector is because this person has the necessary knowledge to evaluate whether or not this potential property has any issues that would make purchasing the home a bad decision. And you should respect your home inspector’s knowledge and time. However, if something doesn’t look right or you don’t understand what a home inspector is referring to, speak up. It’s better to ask a question now than have an issue arise after you’ve purchased the property. 

4) Get Pictures for Proof

Any home inspector worth using will bring a camera along on the inspection. The inspector will also be heading into places that you won’t want to go if you don’t have to (the roof, crawl space, under decks, the attic, etc.). Ask your inspector to photograph any potential issues that arise so you can see the issue for yourself and make sure you fully understand the problem.

Infrared and thermal cameras can give you and your inspector a look behind walls and floors that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to get without ripping out drywall or flooring. Because this technology is so accessible, your home inspector should use these pieces of equipment throughout the inspection (though some home inspectors may charge an additional fee for this service).

5) Pay Attention to the Roof

A home’s roof plays a huge role in keep the interior in good shape. It’s also one of the most expensive and labor-intensive parts of a house to replace. Try to find out when the roof was last replaced, the age of the shingles and weather or not any warranty exists. Make sure your home inspector actually goes up on the roof during the inspection (unless it’s physically unsafe to do so) ? there’s only so much you can see while standing on the ground. Keep eyes peeled for curling or missing shingles and pay special attention to anywhere there’s a chimney, vent or skylight to look for signs of water intrusion. You can also see signs of water issues in the attic if it’s accessible. 

6) Look for Cosmetic Fixes

Freshly-painted walls and new floors are often signs a homeowner cares about the home they’re selling. But sometimes these things can also be cosmetic cover-ups of underlying problems. Pay attention to any suspicious fixes — only part of a floor patched or repaired or only part of a wall is freshly painted ? and ask your inspector to take a closer look.

7) Test GFCIs

GFCI outlets are part of the building code in rooms where moisture is present (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc.). Your inspector will know how to test these outlets properly, and malfunctioning or non-working GFCI outlets could hint at bigger electrical problems. 

8) Look in the Attic

A well-functioning attic is crucial to protecting a home. If your home inspector can get into the attic without trampling insulation, you can often learn a lot about the home and any renovations or repairs. One very common inspection red flag is improper venting of bathroom fans into the attic (and not extending the vent all the way through the roof). If your bathroom fan is venting directly into the attic, all it’s doing is sending moisture and humid air into the attic where it cause mold, rot or worse. It’s also not up to code. If possible, have your inspector check for attic air leaks. While you can fix these attic air leaks, an attic with air leaks could have potential issues with insulation, moisture, mold or worse.

9) Give the Plumbing a Try

Losing water pressure or dealing with a slow drain can be indicators of larger plumbing issues. Make sure bathtubs and shower pans are leak-tested. And have the home inspector inspect the water main and shutoff points (very useful knowledge if/when you take ownership of the property).

10) Furnace and Water Heater

Beyond making sure the furnace and water heater work properly, you should find out how old each one is and the last time each received service. Replacing a furnace or water heater can be pricy, so if either one is in need of replacing soon, you need to keep that in mind while putting together your offer on the property. You can also get a feel for how the furnace is cared for by checking the furnace filter. A filter that’s in obvious need of changing can hint at other postponed or ignored maintenance.

11) Don’t Forget the Basement

An unfinished basement will give a lot of clues to the condition of the house and foundation. Look for cracks, signs of repairs and water issues. A crack in the slab or wall is not always a dealbreaker, but understanding why a crack appeared is important. Your home inspector will be able to tell you if anything needs further inspection from a structural engineer.


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HOME LOAN PRE-QUALIFYING

If you’re ready to make your dream of owning a home a reality, you’ve probably already heard that you should consider getting prequalified for a mortgage. Find out how much house you can borrow before you start looking. Home buyer workbook included.


One Step Closer to Homeownership:


Pre-Qualification FAQ

frequently asked questions:

Documents required for review:

• 2 year tax returns including W2’s 

• Bank statements for 2 months 

• Paystubs for 1 month

• Full Credit Report (We can provide with consent)

What is mortgage prequalification?

Mortgage pre-qualification is an evaluation by a lender that determines if you would qualify for a home loan. It also shows how much the lender would be willing to lend you. Getting pre-qualified is the first step towards getting a mortgage, but it does not guarantee a loan. Your pre-qualification letter should be submitted along with your offer to show sellers that you are a serious and qualified buyer.

How to get pre-qualified for a mortgage?

The lender will ask for some basic information about your financial history and will need to run a credit report. If you meet the lender’s guidelines for issuing a loan, he or she will issue you a pre-qualification letter, which states the home loan amount the lender is willing to let you borrow.

How long does it take to get prequalified for a mortgage?

Because it’s an informal, nonbinding evaluation, you can get pre-qualified in a day or two, sometimes less. Depending on the lender, pre-qualification can happen in person, over the phone or online.

Why should I get pre-qualified for a mortgage?

There are a number of reasons why it’s a good idea to get pre-qualified for a mortgage. A pre-qualification letter can help your offer stand out in a competitive market, and help show sellers that you’re a credible buyer who can act fast and secure the financing needed to purchase a new home. In some cases, sellers may require a pre-qualification letter from every prospective buyer who needs financing to purchase the home. Getting pre-qualified can also help you during your home search because it can tell you what you can comfortably afford to spend on a home.

What if I am turned down for my mortgage pre-qualification?

If you don’t qualify for a mortgage pre-qualification, there are some things that you can work on that may increase your chances: work to improve your credit score, fix any errors on your credit report, or create a plan to reduce debt and/or save for a larger down payment. In many cases, your lender can work with you and give you tips on how to improve your chances of getting your home loan pre-qualification.


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10 Home Buying Words You Should Know

Plan on buying a home soon? Here are 10 words you should know during the process:

  1. OFFER: An agreement between buyer to seller to purchase real estate. Also known as a sales contract.

2. CLOSING COST: Fees paid at the end of a transaction either by the seller, buyer, both, or lender. They include the taxes, insurance and other lender fees.

3. HOME INSPECTION: Examination of the property’s condition. Usually performed by a qualified home inspector of your choice.

4. APPRAISAL: Property and or land valuation completed by an appraiser who determines the market value, typically paid by the buyer when in escrow to purchase.

5. SIGNING: Typically occurs when you will be signing your loan documents for the home purchase. Scheduled by your lender near the end of the escrow period.

6. CONTINGENT: Occurring or existing only if (certain circumstances) are the case. For example your offer to purchase is valid if the appraisal, home inspection, and mortgage approval is approved.

7. EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT: An upfront deposit made to the seller showing the buyer’s good faith in a transaction. Typically held in an escrow account until the close of escrow. Initial deposit can be returned to the buyer if no contingencies have been completed.

8. TITLE: A bundle of rights in a piece of property. The title company will provide you with the preliminary title to review before accepting the property.

9. INSURANCE: Choose your home owners insurance and provide the information to your lender. Gather 3 or more quotes before choosing.

10. RECORDING: The day after signing your final loan documents, the loan will fund and the ownership of the property will be transferred to the buyer. This is the day you will receive your keys!


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10 Credit Tips

The Holy Grail of all credit scores: 850. On the widely used FICO credit score scale, approximately one in every 200 people achieves perfection.

The perks of having a perfect or even excellent credit score (think 740 or higher) are undeniable. It puts the ball completely in the corner of the consumer rather than the lender. You’ll often have lenders fighting for your business, and in nearly all instances, you’ll be offered the best interest rate by lenders, meaning you’ll have the lowest possible long-term mortgage and loan costs of any consumer.

Here are 10 credit tips I’ll share with you that should help in your pursuit of an 850 credit score.

  1. SET UP AS MANY AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS AS POSSIBLE.

Reduce the possibility of a late payment and eliminate the “I forgot” excuse that ensures that you’re never late on your bills.

Setup autopay so you never miss a payment, or bill pay reminders to receive notifications when your bills are due.

A history of on-time payments helps show lenders that you can manage credit responsibly. A payment that is late 30 days or more is often reported to the credit bureaus.

0 late payments for maximum credit points

2. DON’T CARRY A BALANCE IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO

If you can, pay your credit cards off each and every month. One of the greatest misconceptions is that you need to carry a balance on your credit cards to improve your credit score, which just isn’t true. As long as you’re paying your bill on time each month, even if that bill is paid off in its entirety every month, then you’re going to see a long-term positive benefit in your credit score. Now that you know you don’t have to leave a balance on your card, here’s how much you should be swiping:

3. USE LESS THAN 30% OF YOUR AVAILABLE CREDIT

If you use too much of your available credit, you may not have enough credit when you need it, but most importantly lenders will think you’re spread thin financially if you use every dime of your credit limit.

Use less than 30% of your available credit. If your credit card limit is $1,000 only use MAXIMUM $300 on that card. But keep in mind that using some available credit and paying it off immediately may be better than not using any credit at all.

Use up to 10% of credit limit for maximum credit points

4. DON’T CHECK YOUR CREDIT SCORE EACH MONTH

Another somewhat common misconception is that you need to stay on top of your credit score like a hawk. Having a few inquiries a year is normal, but people with too many inquiries within a short period could be seen as applying for multiple new credit lines, which is an indicator that someone could be financially overextended.

Your credit score can take a long time to adjust upward, limit your credit score checks to between two and four times annually. 

0 credit checks within 2 years for maximum credit points

5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO INCREASE YOUR CREDIT LIMIT

If you’re a compulsive spender, fear of increasing your credit limit would be justified. In all other cases, I’d suggest cardholders embrace the idea of higher credit limits. Yes, increasing your credit limit will likely involve your lender taking a hard look at your credit report, and it may result in a temporary loss of a few points on your credit score. But over the long term it could help lower your credit utilization rate, which will have a considerably more positive impact on your credit score as long as you remain responsible with your spending.

$50,000+ credit limit for maximum credit points

6. KEEP GOOD-STANDING ACCOUNTS OPEN AND USE THEM FROM TIME TO TIME

One of the bigger errors consumers make is closing good-standing credit accounts because they believe credit card companies will view the action as “responsible.” Some believe that by having fewer accounts, they’ll be demonstrating to lenders that they can responsibly manage their credit – but that is NOT the case. Keep your oldest credit account open and in good standing.

The age of your oldest credit account shows lenders how much experience you have handling credit. So don’t close old paid off accounts, not only will it not help, but it can damage your score.

25+ years old credit account for maximum credit points

7. ONLY OPEN ACCOUNTS WHEN IT MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE

Opening a credit account makes sense when it’s an exceptionally large purchase, such as a house or car, or when it’s a large purchase that would strain your checking or savings account. In other words, avoid opening multiple new credit accounts just to save 10% on that $29 shirt you want.

Only apply for credit when you NEED it, and once you open an account, make sure to manage it by paying your bill on time and only using as much as 30%.

Open no more than 2 accounts within 2 years for maximum credit points

8. KEEP CAR / HOME INQUIRIES WITHIN A SHORT TIME PERIOD

If you’re shopping around for credit accounts like a mortgage or an auto loan, try to keep your inquiries within a short time period. The Vantage Score 3.0 model counts all inquiries that appear in your credit file within a 14 day window as a single inquiry.

Run your credit once, ask them to give you a copy of your full report to use when shopping for loans.

9. BECOME AN AUTHORIZED USER

Simply put, an authorized user is someone who is granted access to another person’s credit-card account. Becoming an authorized user on a responsible person’s credit card can be a quick path to building credit without a credit check.

If you already have great credit established, adding a trustworthy authorized user to your card can help you earn more rewards more quickly, while helping someone else build his or her credit. But as you’ll see, mutual trust is key to an authorized user relationship.

 Be sure to investigate before making the decision to add or be added as an authorized user: https://wallethub.com/edu/authorized-user/24717/

10. FOCUS ON YOUR REVOLVING DEBTS FIRST

If you happen to carry a balance on your credit cards, it’s important for consumers to focus on paying off their revolving debts first.

Whether you realize it or not, FICO actually takes the types of debt you pay into account when calculating your score. These two types of debt are revolving and installment. Revolving debts typically have higher interest rates and your minimum payment is based on the amount you owe. Department store credit cards are a good example. Installment loans are fixed loans of a lengthy time period, such as a mortgage or car loan. Paying down your revolving debts first often means paying less in interest.


Hopefully these 10 tips will get you on your way to 740+. If you need unique help or have questions, feel free to schedule an appointment and we can get you on the free path to a good score. Simply fill out the form below.


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HOME BUYING CONSULTATION

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned real estate investor, buying a home is an exciting process. However, there’s also a lot to consider when you decide to buy. So before you begin your search for the perfect property, schedule your complimentary buyer consultation. If you still need to get pre-qualified please fill out the form here. Home Buying guide included.

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HOW TO BUY A HOUSE IN LA: 1- 4

PART 1 – THE MARKET
PART 3 – SHOPPING
PART 2 – THE LOAN
PART 4 – ESCROW PROCESS

BUYER FAQ

frequently asked questions:

What services are provided by a buyer’s representative?

– Helping you clarify your priorities.

– Suggesting sources of financing and other service professionals, such as inspectors and exterminators.

– Providing sources of accurate and lawful information on neighborhoods, schools, and communities.

– Selecting and arranging property showings.

– Evaluating particular properties.

– Explaining forms and agreements.

– Suggesting contract contingencies to protect you, rather than the seller.

– Assisting in the negotiations for a favorable price and terms.

– Keeping all information confidential that could weaken your bargaining position.

– Monitoring the entire purchase process, assisting with issues that arise through closing.

Will I pay more to be represented as a buyer?
In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. When a house is listed for sale, the seller’s contract spells out the commission rate that will be awarded to a buyer’s representative. This is known up front and typically covers all, or at least most, of your representative’s compensation.

How much house can I afford?
When evaluating how much you can afford for your home and mortgage, lenders usually use two rules of thumb:

1. Your maximum monthly mortgage payment should not exceed 28 percent of your gross (pre-tax) income.
2. Your maximum debt load, including your mortgage payment, should not exceed 30 percent of your gross income.

These ratios are typical of those required to secure a conventional mortgage. Lenders will be able to supply details about other types of mortgages, such as FHA or VA loans, which offer more flexible qualification standards. There are many types of mortgages and financial tools available that provide flexibility in interest rates, terms, and down payment requirements.

What’s the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved for a mortgage? 
Typically you will first pre-qualify for a mortgage, then get pre-approved before you have found the specific home you wish to purchase. What is the difference?

Pre-qualification: An informal determination by a lender or mortgage broker stating how much mortgage you can afford.

Pre-approval: A guarantee in writing by a lender to grant you a loan up to a specified amount.

What documents do I need to prepare for a Home Loan Pre-qualification? 

  • 2 year tax returns including W2’s
  • Bank statements for 2 months
  • Paystubs for 1 month
  • ID and social security card
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No Social Security Number required for Home Purchase!

We can now do Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) loans!

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Undocumented residents that couldn’t obtain a loan even though they were qualified financially can now purchase a home with a NEW loan program for residents with an ITIN.

What does that mean?

If someone does not have a SS number, frequently the company they work for will set them up with an ITIN so that they can be employed. The individual will then file their taxes under the ITIN.

Even though the ITIN shows that the person has been working and paying taxes, previously they would still not have been able to get a loan because of the requirement for a SS number.

Now, one of the programs I work with has waived the SS number requirement. If you have any friends or family that have been turned down because they don’t have a SS but have been filing taxes for 2 years with an ITIN we can get them a loan.

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10 Biggest Benefits of a VA loan!

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The VA loan: Better than FHA and conventional loans?

There is a “right program” for every mortgage borrower, but for many, the VA loan stands apart for its combination of low rates, aggressive underwriting, and secondary benefits.

Backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA loans are designed to help active-duty military personnel, veterans and certain other groups become homeowners at an affordable cost.

The VA loan asks for no down payment, requires no mortgage insurance, allows flexible guidelines for qualification among its many other advantages.

VA-FLYER

Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest benefits of a VA home loan.

1. No down payment on a VA loan

Most home loan programs require you to make at least a small down payment to buy a home. The VA home loan is an exception.

Rather than paying 5, 10, 20 percent or more of the home’s purchase price upfront in cash, with a VA loan you can finance up to 100 percent of the purchase price. The VA loan is a true no-money-down opportunity.

2. No mortgage insurance for VA loans

Typically, lenders require you to pay for mortgage insurance if you make a down payment that’s less than 20 percent. This insurance, which is known as private mortgage insurance (PMI) for a conventional loan and a mortgage insurance premium (MIP) for an FHA loan, protects the lender in the event that you default on your loan.

VA loans require neither a down payment nor mortgage insurance. That makes this a VA-backed mortgage very affordable upfront and over time.

3. VA loans have a government guarantee

There’s a reason why the VA loan comes with such favorable terms. The federal government guarantees that a portion of the loan will be repaid to the lender even if you’re unable to make monthly payments for whatever reason.

This guarantee encourages and enables lenders to offer VA loans with exceptionally attractive terms to borrowers that want them.

4. Your ability to shop and compare VA loans

VA loans are neither originated nor funded by the VA. Furthermore, mortgage rates for VA loans aren’t set by the VA itself. Instead, VA loans are offered by U.S. banks, savings-and-loans institutions, credit unions and mortgage lenders — each of which sets its own VA loan rates and fees.

This means you can shop around and compare loan offers and still choose the VA loan that works best for your budget.

5. VA loans don’t allow a prepayment penalty

A VA loan won’t restrict your right to sell your home if you decide you no longer want to own it. There’s no prepayment penalty or early-exit fee no matter within what time frame you decide to sell your home.

Furthermore, there are no restrictions regarding a refinance of your VA loan.

You can refinance your existing VA loan into another VA loan via the agency’s Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) program or switch into a non-VA loan at any time.

6. They come in many varieties

A VA loan can have a fixed rate or an adjustable rate. It can be used to buy a house, condo, new-built home, manufactured home, duplex or other types of properties.

Or, it can be used to refinance your existing mortgage, make repairs or improvements to your home, or make your home more energy efficient. The choices are yours. A VA-approved lender can help you decide.

7. It’s easier to qualify for VA loans

Like all mortgage types, VA loans require specific documentation, an acceptable credit history and sufficient income to make your monthly payments. But, as compared to other loan programs, VA loan guidelines tend to be more flexible. This is made possible because of the VA loan guaranty.

The Department of Veterans Affairs genuinely wants to make it easier for you to buy a home or refinance.

8. VA loan closing costs are lower

The VA limits the closing costs lenders can charge to VA loan applicants. This is another way that a VA loan can be more affordable than other types of loans. Money saved can be used for furniture, moving costs, home improvements or anything else.

9. The VA offers funding fee flexibility

VA loans require a “funding fee”, an upfront cost based on your loan amount, your type of eligible service, your down payment size plus other factors. Funding fees don’t need to be paid as cash, though. The VA allows it to be financed with the loan, so nothing is due at closing.

And, not all VA borrowers will pay it. VA funding fees are normally waived for veterans who receive VA disability compensation and for unmarried surviving spouses of veterans who died in service or as a result of a service-connected disability.

10. VA loans are assumable

Most VA loans are “assumable,” which means you can transfer your VA loan to a future home buyer if that person is also VA-eligible.

Assumable loans can be a huge benefit when you sell your home — especially in a rising mortgage rate environment. If your home loan has today’s low rate and market rates rise in the future, the assumption features of your VA become even more valuable.


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How To Improve Your Home Appraisal

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Many sellers find that they believe their home is worth more than the appraisal states it’s worth. People can be emotionally connected to their homes, so it can be difficult if an appraisal comes in lower than expected. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to increase the appraisal amount. In addition to making sure you have all the important features and upgrades of your home ready for the appraiser, follow these five tips to improve your home appraisal.

1.    Request that the lender sends a local appraiser. If your appraiser is unfamiliar with your area, there may be a chance the appraisal will come in at less than what the property is actually worth. If you can’t get a local appraiser, make sure you provide the appraiser detailed information about your neighborhood.

2.    Only make renovations that add the most value. Kitchen and bathroom upgrades and finished basements will generally increase your appraisal. If you’ve renovated any part of your home, make sure you document the renovation and costs with before and after photos and a spreadsheet of the detailed costs. Be prepared to show receipts if necessary.

3.    Clean up your yard. Having trimmed trees and shrubs, a well-maintained lawn, and flowers or flowerbeds can help improve the appraisal. Give your landscaping an update. Don’t neglect any part of your yard.

4.    Repair or replace outdated or broken appliances and/or light fixtures. It may not be cost effective to purchase all new appliances. However, if there is any appliance or light fixture that is not working properly, it could affect your home’s value negatively.

5.    Clean up clutter. Clutter is an eyesore, but it can also cost you money when getting an appraisal. Some experts claim a clean, clutter-free home can appraise for up to ten percent higher than a comparable home that is messy and full of clutter.


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So You Want to Buy a House?

Congratulations on beginning the journey of buying a
 NEW HOUSE!
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Patience and preparation are keys to homeownership in California, here are a few guidelines:

PREPARE

Here are the basic requirements:
1) Working minimum 2 years.
2) Taxes filed minimum 2 years.
3) Have a stable credit score (about 620, score varies with each bank).
4) Have money in the bank for the down payment and closing costs.
Down payment is about 3.5% of the price of the house (ex. House price: $450,000 down payment is $15,750). Closing costs range between $7,000-$10,000.

CONSULT

The best thing to do next is speak with a Mortgage Lender. They will need to review:
1) 2 years taxes
2) Pay-stubs for 2 months
3) Bank statement for 2 months
4) Social Security & ID
Let me know if you would like me to have a Mortgage Banker contact you 323-543-1881.

HOUSE HUNT

After a bank has “Pre- approved” or “Pre- qualified” you for an amount. You are in a better position to begin looking and making offers on homes.


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