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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. HOW CAN I BUY WITH $0 DOWN?

The most common $0 down program for Veterans is VA Loan requiring 620+ Credit, and the Calhfa Loan requiring 680+ credit score. There are various programs with $0 down, but will all still have fees to consider. Contact me to schedule a free pre qualifying appointment to see which loan is best for your needs.

2. HOW CAN I BUY WITH DACA?

The home buying guides for DACA are constantly changing, but you can currently use the CONVENTIONAL Loan. To maximize your qualification work towards a 740+ credit score, you can buy with as little as 3% down.

3. HOW CAN I BUY WITH AN ITIN?

The ITIN program requires 15-20% down, if you have the savings ready contact me to schedule an appointment to see if this program makes sense for your needs.

4. WHERE DO I START TO BUY A HOME?

The basic general requirements are 1) Two years of stable income & filing taxes [unless you just graduated with a degree and started working in the field you studied]. 2) A minimum credit score of 620+. 3) Savings in your bank account, at least 3.5% of the home price. Once you have those basics ready, contact me to start!


10 Curb Appeal Tips

In real estate, an attractive exterior can make or break a home sale. 

Why Curb Appeal Matters

First impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. What will they see? The home’s exterior – including the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk — should serve as a snapshot of what’s to come when potential buyers enter your home. Read on to learn 10 ways you can wow homebuyers from the curb.

1: Roof

Most homeowners don’t give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice. Is yours missing any shingles, or is it dingy and streaked? A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously.

2: Shiny, Happy Numbers

If your house numbers aren’t easy to see or if they’re dirty and dingy, replacing them carries a tremendous impact.

3: Wash

Budget-conscious homeowners will love this tip: Pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil-stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store for the day.

4. Trim

One of the most common curb appeal killers, and easiest fixes, is to simply give those tall and window-obscuring shrubs and bushes out front a nice flat-top trim. Letting prospective buyers see the full front of the house with windows and all will go a long way toward unloading your house quickly.

Regularly care for your lawn by mowing the grass, raking off leaves, and pulling weeds. Keep it well watered to prevent brown spots. As long as you keep up with it, lawn care won’t become a huge project. 

5. Plants

Except for the dead of winter, some types of annual plants are always in bloom. Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift. A few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds.

6. Paint

Paint is only about $25 per gallon, and painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home. Other inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox, a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.

7. Driveway

If your driveway is cracked or stained or has vegetation sprouting from it, you can upgrade it for curb appeal without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains (and kill the weeds), then dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones. If you need more room to move your car or park, add stone, brick, or pavers to the sides of the drive to widen it with a decorative border. Establishing a crisp, clear shift between paved and unpaved surfaces can help to set off a driveway and enhance a landscape.

8. Walkway

If the main walkway up to your house is a boring series of concrete slabs or is broken, cracked or otherwise rundown looking, you can easily create a new one for not much money. Cool flat flagstones can be attached to good, but bland, concrete or try laying out your own brand new walkway, just ask a home improvement store for tips.

9. Fix it up

Take care of any small repairs, like ripped screens, or burned out bulbs. Even tiny flaws can stand out against an otherwise picturesque exterior, so it’s worth taking a day to fix them. Walk around the outside of your house noting anything that requires a quick fix, and then get the tools you need and get to work.

10. Keep it simple

Whatever you’re planning on doing, don’t overdo it. Just keep it clean and tidy so that the whole place looks aesthetic and composed.

Giving your home a curb appeal boost can be done in just a day or weekend if you plan ahead and prioritize the projects that will really make a difference. Chances are, your home already has plenty of beautiful elements and it just needs some finishing touches to really look its best. Put some time and effort into it and you’ll be amazed by the results.


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Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell

Selling your home means making dozens (if not hundreds) of decisions, starting with whether to work with a real estate agent.

Even after commissions, statistics show that listing your home with a professional versus trying to sell by owner (FSBO) results in not only a faster sale but more money for the seller. Here is 6 additional benefits to listing with an Agent:

1. They understand fair market value and pricing strategy: When you work with an experienced, local agent, they should have a great handle on just what your home is worth in your area, and what kind of pricing will get buyers through the door. They can help you walk the tightrope of getting you as much money out of your house as possible, while still appealing to a wide range of buyers. 

2. They’re objective listing experts: Good real estate agents have a deep understanding of their local market and want to show your home in the best light. They also have relationships with photographers and home stagers, who can all work as a team to highlight the amenities that local buyers want. 

3. They have access to extensive market exposure: With access to the local MLS and online listing portals, social media presence, professional networks, connections with other agents, and name recognition, your real estate agent can get a lot of eyes on your listing and plenty of potential buyers in the front door. 

4. Buyer’s agents are more likely to show your listing to clients: Real estate agents are paid on commission, so some agents may not take the time to show your FSBO listing to their clients, since there’s no guaranteed commission. 

5. They’ll negotiate professionally: Experienced agents can spot serious buyers and guide you toward the strongest offers, which eliminates the burden of calls and negotiations with less motivated shoppers. Agents are extremely familiar with both the selling process and your local market, so they can recommend appropriate counteroffers. Bottom line: They’ll help you get as much money as possible. No wonder 82% of sellers surveyed by Zillow said they value their agent’s ability to lead contract negotiations. 

6. They know the paperwork: There’s a lot of documentation involved when you sell a home, and without an agent, the burden of making sure it’s complete and accurate falls on the seller (or an attorney you’ve hired to help). Seasoned real estate professionals are experts at the purchase and sale process, and all the legalese that comes with it.


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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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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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ADU (Additional Dwelling Units)

New State laws took effect that create new opportunities for accessory dwelling units (also known as ADUs, “backyard homes,” or “granny flats”). 

Need more living space for your family? Want to earn rental income? You can build an accessory dwelling unit on the residential or agriculturally zoned property that you own.

What is an ADU?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a residential unit that can be added to a lot with an existing single family home. ADUs can be detached (a separate building in​ ​a backyard), attached to or part of the primary residence, or a garage conversion.​ ​ADUs are independent rental units that have their own kitchens, bathrooms, living​ ​areas, and entrances.​ The ADU can be used as a rental, but cannot be sold separately from the primary or main single family residence. The existing residence must be a legally established structure.​

What is the law for ADUs in the City of Los Angeles?

The new state law (AB 2299) applies to LA and makes it easier
to build an ADU on a single family lot. The state law encourages the construction of accessory units because the City needs more housing. You can read the entire lawat the California Legislative Information website by searching California AB 2299.

​Contact your local building and safety department before hiring a contractor, each city may pass new laws that will affect ADU construction.

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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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All data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the RLS or Century 21. See Terms of Service for additional restrictions. © 2020. Century 21 Allstars. All material presented herein is intended for information purposes only. While, this information is believed to be correct, it is represented subject to errors, omissions, changes or withdrawal without notice. All property information, including, but not limited to square footage, room count, number of bedrooms and the school district in property listings are deemed reliable, but should be verified by your own attorney, architect or zoning expert. The number of bedrooms listed above is not a legal conclusion. Each person should consult with his/her own attorney, architect or zoning expert to make a determination as to the number of rooms in the unit that may be legally used as a bedroom. We are an equal housing opportunity provider. Consistent with applicable law, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful source of income, military status, sex, gender identity, age, disability, familial status (having children under age 18), or religion. Equal Housing Opportunity. 

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.

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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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Sold in Compton, CA!

Congratulations Elida & Raul!

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Raul & Elida listed their starter home for sale in 2015 with an agent, and after about 80 days, 1 offer that disappeared, and appointments after appointments, they decided to cancel the listing, and wait. Thankfully my friend Haydee referred Elida to me, we met, sat together and came up with a marketing and financial game plan in June. They listed their home for sale in 2015 for $325,000 and were unsuccessful. We were aiming to close at a $350,000 sales price considering the comparables, and the amount they wanted to net from the sale. After some preparations, and marketing, we had our first Open House and received over 20 offers on their home! We opened escrow and for unknown reasons, the buyer decided to cancel escrow. We were all frustrated, but sometimes in real estate… THINGS HAPPEN. Luckily we had a house that was HOT on the market and the buyers decided to cancel within their inspection period so not too much time was lost. One weekend later we opened escrow again with an additional $2000 in their offer, sometimes “bad” things happen for very good reasons.

We did encounter a few more hiccups with the city of Compton and their Pre sale requirements, but after the cities delays we aimed for $350,000 but CLOSED escrow with $370,000… A number we never discussed.

Of course when you’re selling something as important as a house, daily communication is key. After only a few months, I’ve grown to love the Perez and Jimenez family very much! Its a blessing to be able to assist and add quality people to your circle of friends.

BUT somehow, they always think of me when its supposed to be all about them!!!

Thank you Elida & Raul for choosing me, & for gifting me with Raider tickets!!! Yes!

Now my boyfriend and I get to celebrate with them in Oakland on my birthday weekend, because they are Raider fans also!

Ultimately, this is supposed to be more than just buying and selling… the experience should be something you’ll never forget, more than just hard work… its an accomplishment that deserves to feel special.

Congratulations on the sale of your starter home Elida & Raul! Details on the New Home Coming Soon!!!

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