Sold in Lakewood, CA!

Congratulations Shirley & Victor!

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I would like to Congratulate a beautiful family that I was blessed to meet and help with the purchase of their home.

I met them over a year ago at an open house in Downey!
They called me this year because they were ready to sell their first home and use the proceeds to buy their DREAM HOME!
We had their home in escrow, so we had to no time to waste, I think we saw 20 houses on one Saturday.
I remember walking into this Open house with them, standing in the backyard by the pool and them telling me, “This is the one.”
The house without a question had multiple offers, and we were going against some insanely strong buyers. We made an offer with the lowest money down, lowest deposit, and couldn’t buy unless we sold their house!
I was nervous about this war, but
I was sitting with my whole family the day they told me our offer was accepted, and they can vouch for me when I say I was jumping like I had won on “The Price Is Right” lol.
Today I was honored to give them the keys to not their first home, but ‘The One.” Thank you Axel Villatoro for simply killing it! You did miracles and we could have closed this in 2 weeks if it wasn’t for the second escrow attached. This was such a team effort! I wish them nothing but the best! Im blessed to be your whole families Realtor!
Help me congratulate the new residents of Lakewood, CA!


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Sold in Huntington Park!

CONGRATULATIONS HAYDEE & JASON 

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I’ve known Haydee since… I had to have been 12 years old. From then till now she’s always exuded laughter, joy, and till this day one of the nicest people I’ve ever known.
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I remember when she contacted me about buying a condo before she was engaged… and of course, I remember the big announcement. 
This all started as one small seed, asking me questions, where to go, what to do how to do it. And now they’re officially homeowners! Somehow, they’re thanking me for what Ive done to make sure that they get keys to their own home… BUT
I was the lucky one who witnessed one of my favorite couples holding hands, joking around, and sharing kisses in front of other potential homes… and yes, cry 😭. I don’t know how many times they’ve made me say “awe!” Lol. 

Haydee and Jason… I am so blessed to apart of this memory with you guys ❤️ I played a small role in your fairytale love story!! And nothing compares to that! Love you both with all my heart! And yes…. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! Wish you nothing but happiness in your new home together 🏠🙌❤️
#TeamJaydee #Homeowners #ForeverFriends #TrueLove #Congratulations

Huge Thank you Tom Ramirez !! You were a huge reason why this happened! Thank you for helping someone that means so much to me ❤️

Please think of me when you, your friends and family are thinking of buying or selling a home.


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Sold in Hemet, CA

SOLD!

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Congratulations to the Ramirez Family on the sale of their home in Hemet, CA!

I am blessed to have been introduced to the Ramirez family by a friend. There are many homes on the market in Hemet CA, and we needed a quick but top dollar sale! Im glad I could assist! 🙂


Please think of me when you, your friends and family are thinking of buying or selling a home.

Call / Text (323) 543-1881 For all of your Real Estate Questions.

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Sold in Garden Grove, CA!

Congratulations to the Bravo Family!

Sold their Townhouse in Garden Grove for $370,000!

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IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO SERVE THE BRAVO FAMILY DURING THE SELLING PROCESS.


Please think of me when you, your friends and family are thinking of buying or selling a home.

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Just Listed!

9335 Garfield st. Riverside CA

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DUPLEX!

5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,089 sq.ft. | 3,920 Lot

Great income producing opportunity! 3 Bedrooms 1 Bath in one unit, 2 bedrooms 1 bath in second unit. 2 Car Garage and accommodating driveway!

323-543-1881 To Schedule a Showing!

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY OCTOBER 29!

12:00- 4:00pm


Please think of me when you, your friends and family are thinking of buying or selling a home.

(323) 543-1881 for all of your Real Estate Questions.

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Desiree Estrada | CA Realtor®

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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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Just Listed in Garden Grove, CA!

13167 Wilson St. Garden Grove CA 92844

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3 bedroom 2.5 Bathroom Townhouse

Asking $389,900

1,340 sq.ft. Lot  |  Built 1980 | 2 Car garage | Central Heat & AC


Please share this listing with your friends and family who are thinking of buying or selling a home.

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Sold in Whittier, CA!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LOPEZ FAMILY!

New Residents of Whittier, CA.

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IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO SERVE YOUR FAMILY DURING THE BUYING PROCESS.

We seen many beautiful homes, but this was the one everyone in the Lopez Family fell in love with. There were multiple offers, and some above asking but I made sure their offer was accepted and we still received credit from the Seller for closing costs!

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Please think of me when you, your friends and family are thinking of buying or selling a home.

Call / Text (323) 543-1881 For all of your Real Estate Questions.

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10 Most Common Home Buyer Questions

10 Most Common Home Buyer Questions

 Knowing the answers to the 10 most common home buying questions can alleviate some of the stress that comes with buying real estate. 

1) What’s the first step of the home buying process?

Answer: The Mortgage Pre-Approval.

Unless you are paying cash for a house, you will need to get a mortgage. In order to know how much home you can afford, you will need to get pre-approved for a loan. This is the first-step in the home buying process.

2) How Long Does it Take To Buy a Home?

Answer: Around 30 days

The timeline for finding a house varies greatly from person to person. Once you find a house and have an accepted offer, it usually takes around 30 days to close.

3) What Does A REALTOR® Do?

Answer: Almost everything.

A REALTOR® is your most valuable asset when buying a home. They will walk you through every part of the home buying process. They will educate and inform you of all your options. They will represent you throughout the transaction and beyond.

There is a difference between a REALTOR® and a real estate agent; many people do not know this. A REALTOR® is regulated by the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics. A real estate agent does not. It is recommended that you work with a licensed REALTOR® to avoid potential problems.

4) How Much Do I Have To Pay a REALTOR® as a Homebuyer?

Answer: Nothing

In most cases, you do not have to pay your REALTOR® anything to help you purchase a home. The sellers pays their REALTOR® a fee, and then that listing agent pays the buyers agent for bringing the buyer and facilitating the transaction.

 

5) What’s Your Best Advice for First-Time Homebuyers?

Answer: Trust the Professionals.

Beware of advice from people who do not work in the industry. Real estate is a popular topic and almost everyone feels like they have some great insight to offer. In reality, the people who know best are the people that work in the business. Good REALTORS® have sold hundreds (maybe thousands) of properties. We know what to expect and what to look out for. Friends and relatives have only bought and sold a few homes, if any at all. Buying and selling a couple of homes does not make someone a well-rounded source of information. I’ve seen too many first-time buyers become persuaded by well-meaning friends and family, only to be disappointed later. Be confident in your decisions and trust the professionals.

6) What Kind of Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a Home?

Answer: 620+

A 620 credit score, or higher, is recommended. As you are probably aware, a higher credit score offers better lending terms. This is an ever evolving topic, however, as loan requirements are constantly changing. There are some lenders who will approve buyers with a 580 score, sometimes even lower. Your loan officer will be the best source to give you a current answer for today’s lending requirements.

7) Are There Special Home Buying Programs That I Should Know About?

Answer: Yes

There are some great home buying programs to research. The main ones would be VA loans, USDA loans, and FHA loans. Knowing the difference between these loan types is very important.

8) How Much Money Do I Need for a Downpayment?

Answer: It depends on your loan type. Usually 3% to 5% down.

The most common answer is 3% to 5% of the purchase price. FHA loans just dropped their requirement from 3.5% to 3.0%. There are also some conventional loans that only require 3% down. Veterans are usually eligible for a VA loan, which requires no money down. Properties in rural areas are usually eligible for a USDA loan, which also requires no money down.

9) What Other Fees Are There, Besides the Downpayment?

Answer: Mainly loan origination and closing costs.

The downpayment is usually the largest cost associated with buying a house. Lending fees are the second largest costs to homebuyers. Most lenders will charge between 2% to 4% of the loan amount for loan origination fees, depending on the loan type. Conventional loans usually have lower loan origination fees, but require more money down. Your loan officer will be able to help you determine how much you can expect to pay towards loan origination and closing costs.

10) When do I get the keys?

Answer: At Closing

Under normal circumstances, you will get the keys at the closing. A closing typically takes about an hour. In some cases, the lender will need time to fund the loan and you will need to pick up the keys after the loan has been funded. If you have a Friday evening closing and the loan cannot fund until Monday, you may not get the keys until Monday. Make sure to coordinate your closing to get the keys on the same day, if that is what you need.


Do you have a real estate question that you would like answered? Feel free to contact me directly, or leave a comment below for others to answer as well. Remember, a good REALTOR® is your best source of information when buying a home. Once you have a REALTOR® that you trust, start asking as many questions as possible. They will gladly inform and educate you through each step of the home buying process.

 

 


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