Wednesday, June 20, 2018

May 2018 Home Sales



To summarize the article. Home Values are increasing so current home owners are holding on watching their equity grow. The interest rates are rising so now is a good time for people to buy.
key points....
The number of sales listings has dropped 6.1 percent over the past year to 1.85 million. That forced would-be buyers to act quickly and sign contracts on average in just 26 days. It also pushed up **home values** as the median sales price in May rose 4.9 percent from a year ago to $264,800.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Market Value


The Market Value of your property is determined by 
"What a buyer is willing to pay for it in today's market".



Friday, April 27, 2018

Buying a Home with the VA Loan


          Buying a Home is a process, it could be short or long. Key things to remember is that every home is not the same. Below is the simple version of the process but keep in mind there are some hiccups along the way but remember your working with a professional, I will make it a smooth sailing to home ownership.

 First step find a Realtor
    So that means "Call Me".
Byron Charles  ph: 240-308-4663

Get approved for a "Mortgage"
     The VA loan has some requirements, as long as you qualify it is one of the best loans out there.
Requirements: You must have satisfactory credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be eligible for a VA-guaranteed home loan. The home must be for your own personal occupancy.

Let the search begin
House Hunting time.

 Make an Offer
Thats right,cross your X's and O's, hopefully your offer will be accepted.

VA Appraisal
This is ordered from your Lender, an approved Appraiser from the VA Department is assigned to appraise the property. What does that mean? the VA is ensuring the property is worth the amount you are trying to buy the property for.

 Home Inspection
As beautiful as you future home may look, it's wise to and mandatory on some loans to have an inspection done. Trust me its worth it.

Termite Inspection
Through the VA Loan the Seller is mandated to perform a termite inspection.
Hopefully no wood eating critters are found.

Close, Close, Close
Be prepared to sign a lot of paperwork, but its all worth it, your signing the Deed to your Home.

 Congratulation your a Home Owner
Don't forget to invite me to the house warming. :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Tips for the Non-chalant investor

Tips for the Non-chalant investor:

1. While living in the property, upgrade the old outdated features.
2. Just like stocks monitor the going market value for your property and neighborhood.
If the market value increases substantially and your thinking about selling, let’s talk so I could consult  you on your options.
3. Location, Location, Location is a key word in Real Estate.

Everyone needs a place to live

Qoute of the day:
Everyone needs a place to live,
Search for a place to call your own.

Credit Repair

Credit Repair should be a “Free DIY”. 
Why? because any money should go towards the debt not someone else pockets. That in a nutshell is my personal opinion on the matter, not a fact. So on to the meat and potatoes I will will list some helpful tips to improve your credit score.
First off, What is credit? As define credit is the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future. 
1. Obtain your credit report to get a list of all your debt, current and past. The reason for this is to identify and dispute charges that may have been paid off or doesn’t exist anymore.
2. It takes time for your score to grow. Rank your debt in 2 ways, one based on amount and the next on interest rate. I highly recommend the lowest debt that is easiest to pay off in minimum time you should go ahead and pay off. Once the little guys are out of the way start paying towards the high interest. The reason why is because you want to get to the principal ASAP rather than wasting time and money on interest charges.
Key things- if the debt is close to 7yrs I wouldn’t recommend touching it since it’s on the verge of being dropped and considered a lost from the owner, but once again seek professional advice on this. 
3. Time to build. If you do not have a current credit card then get one, keep in mind the interest charge and benefits. The goal here is to keep or get your balance to no more than 33% every month. The reason why is because of the meaning of credit. Basically you are someone I could lend money to and in x amount of time you are capable of paying back your debt.

There are more tips and advice on increasing your score but these are just a few to help you on the way.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

REO Bank Owned Properties and Foreclosures


REO Bank Owned Properties and Foreclosures
are great options, if your interested in Real Estate Investment. 
Here are some key things to keep in mind if you choose this route. 

1. Potential of paying the entire Transfer and Documents fee.
2. Usually there is no information on the disclosures.
 3. The sale is usually As-Is. 
4. The properties are not usually in the best shape may need some work.

Aside from these key points to keep in mind,
A sale is to be made and the earning potential is great. 
   


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Economics on our "Taxes"

 
 
"Bar Stool Economics."
 
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
∙ The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
∙ The fifth would pay $1.
∙ The sixth would pay $3.
∙ The seventh would pay $7.
∙ The eighth would pay $12.
∙ The ninth would pay $18.
∙ The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
 
So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers", he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20". Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so:
 
∙ The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
∙ The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
∙ The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
∙ The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
∙ The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
∙ The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!" "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he received ten times more than I!" "That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking in a state with no taxes, or overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tips after purchasing your new "Home"

Tips after purchasing your new "Home"

1. Update and forward your mail with USPS
2. Change your Locks
3. Locate the source of your utilities such as the Breaker Box and Shutoff Valve

2018 looks very promising, enjoy you new home.