More Down Payment Assistance

Additional California Down Payment Assistance 10.14.14 by Jeff Johnson The California Housing Finance Agency launched a new program October 6th, 2014 that will provide an additional $6,500 in down payment assistance through its CalPLUS Conventional program. The change is part of the Agency’s ongoing efforts to make home purchasing more accessible for first-time homebuyers. CalHFA’s … Continued

Selling, Buying — At the Same Time

Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time 10.21.14 by Jeff Johnson Someone being transferred for work or making a major move for personal reasons may have to buy and sell a home at the same time—selling in one market and buying in another. The ideal scenario would be to sell in a sellers’ … Continued

Housing Market Getting to Normal

Housing Market Still Normalizing 11.19.14 by Jeff Johnson A recent survey of 100 real estate experts and economists by the real estate data website Zillow found that 40% of them believe that a more normal housing market is still three to five years away, based on current home price trends and home buyer activity. A … Continued

Home Ownership Tax Benefits

HomeOwnership Tax Benefits 03.11.15 by Jeff Johnson It’s tax season! And although owning real estate can make taxes more complex, many homeowners receive considerable tax benefits of homeownership — especially if they sold a home or relocated for a job in the previous year. Here’s a look at three ways homeownership can pay off at … Continued

Obtaining a Home Loan is Easier

  Getting Mortgages is Easier 03.27.15 by Jeff Johnson Many home buyers found it easier to obtain a mortgage in the first quarter of 2015, and it looks like that lender stance will hold into the second quarter, according to the inaugural Zillow Mortgage Access Index (ZMAI). New loan options are helping, and getting a … Continued

First Time Buyers Closing Cost Credits

Closing Costs Credit for First-Time Homebuyers 04.23.15 by Jeff Johnson Buying a home can be a daunting experience for any buyer, especially if it’s your first time. With some education, you can prepare yourself to make the best plan and decisions possible. And now a significant closing costs credit is being offered for first-time homebuyers … Continued

Easy Bathroom Updates

Easy Bathroom Updates 05.06.15 by Jeff Johnson It’s a fact. Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are always right up there at the top of the list of the best investments you can make in your house for resale value. But you can dramatically, quickly and inexpensively update a bathroom without an … Continued