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Top Tips For Writing Purchase Offers – Buy A House And Write The Perfect Offer When You Buy Your Next Property!

In this post we reveal the Top 9 Tips for Writing Purchase Offers

So you’re ready to buy a house? First off, a BIG congratulations!BusinessSuccess5

Once you have your financing in order (or cash), the next step in buying property is writing up an offer.

Often times people don’t realize how important the offer contract can be when buying real estate. If you have a poorly constructed offer it can cost you getting the property you want, while at the same time a well written offer can get you the property you want at the price you want!

Try using following tips as a guide to creating a great offer:

1. Get the right Contract

This might seem basic, but there are several purchase contracts out there. Each state has its own rules and regulations and each contract is written differently. Realtor associations publish purchase contracts. If you are looking to buy in California, please contact our team and we will help you get set up with the correct forms.

Some example purchase contracts would be:
–New Construction Residential Purchase
–Agreement Notice of Default Purchase Agreement
–Residential Purchase Agreement
–Residential Income Property Purchase Agreement
–And many more

2. Determine what price you want to offer

Take a look at what comparable properties have sold for along with the current market conditions and come up with what you think is a fair offer price. TIP: Initially offer about 5-8% less than you expect to pay, this will give you some room to negotiate and possibly get an even better deal. Once you submit the offer be prepared to move quickly, in today’s market the good properties are being sold very quickly.

3. Put down a deposit

You will need to make a “good faith” deposit. This deposit will generally be cash, personal check, or cashier’s check. On average the deposit amount should be at least 1% of the sales price. This money (proof of funds or a copy of the check) will be submitted with your offer.

4. List your Financing Terms

Disclose the type of financing you hope to obtain(if you are not paying cash): Include the amount of money down and the type of loan (conventional, FHA, VA, contract of sale, assumption or other). Please remember that your deposit, when added to your down payment and financing should equal the total paid.

house with cash5. Include Contingencies

Contingencies are: Conditions or “safety valves” written into your Real Estate offers that protect they buyer from buying a house that is unsatisfactory (either structurally or financially)

Many contracts also carry provisions for contingencies as: Appraisal (California gives 17 days to complete all inspections) Loan Funding Physical/Home Inspections.

6. When do you take possession of the property?

Spell out the possession date. Is it on closing? A day after closing?

If possession will be prior to closing, enter into a rental agreement to protect all parties. If possession is more than two or three days after closing, execute a rental agreement to protect the buyer.

7. Negotiate Who Pays the Fees

Even though most contracts call for fees to be negotiable, some fees, depending on your state, are customarily paid by one party or the other. You can define who pays fees such as title, escrow, and county or city transfer taxes. In most cases the Seller will pay the fees.

8. Request Special Reports

If you are concerned with any part of the property, ask for a Special Report Upfront. Example Reports: Termite Report, Lead based paint report, and Mold inspections

9. Clearly State Expiration of Offer

Clarify when the offer will expire. You will want to give the seller enough time to make their decision, but not to take their sweet time.

If you would like more information or have questions on how to write up a perfect offer please contact me anytime!

Your friends and local real estate experts,

San Diego Realtors

Oliver, Sam, Sandro

The Home Team

Contact us today:

Oliver Graf – Direct: (760)237-8006
Sandro Natale – Direct: (949)290-2599
Sam Khorramian – Direct: (858)518-1533

Have a question? —>Contact or Email us direct <—

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How Does Short Sale and Foreclosure Affect My Credit Score?

How Does Short Sale and Foreclosure Affect My Credit Score?

Well, the Credit Impact for a Foreclosure vs Short Sale can be dramatically different.bigstock-The-house-in-human-hands-17017331

In a challenging market, many homeowners are faced with the decision to try a short sale or just let the property go to foreclosure.

Below are some points to think about when dealing with this subject.

If you have questions on whether missing mortgage payments and selling your property for less than the full amount you owe on it(short sale) will hurt your credit score, the answer is yes.

HOWEVER, that being said, the credit damage done by a short sale is significantly better than a Foreclosure or Deed in Lieu. In a short sale it does not show up on your credit report as long nor is the impact as severe as a foreclosure.

Take a look at some of the most common questions….

Question 1) When will I be able to buy another house? (Primary Residence)

Short Sale: Homeowner is eligible for re-purchasing in 2 years

Foreclosure: Homeowner is eligible for re-purchasing a primary residence in 5 years

Question 2) When will I be able to buy another property? (Investment Property)

Short Sale: Homeowner is eligible to purchase an investment property after 2 years

Foreclosure: Homeowner is eligible to purchase an investment property after 7 years

Question 3) On future loans will I have to disclose what happened with my house?

Short Sale: There is no disclosure required for a short sale

Foreclosure: On any future loan applications (1003 mortgage) when they ask, “have you ever had a property foreclosed upon…” you will have to mark YES, affecting what programs will be available to you and interest rate that you would qualify for.

Question 4) How will my Credit Score be affected?

Short Sale: Only late or missed payments on the mortgage will show up as derogatory items on the credit report. After the sale is completed the mortgage will report as paid or settled. Short Sales can affect your score differently depending on how many payments are missed, sometimes as little as 50 points. A short sale will have an affect on your score for approximately 18-24 months.

Foreclosure: The credit impact of a foreclosure is MAJOR and can reduce your credit score anywhere from 250-300 points and stays with you on your report for 7-10 years.

Question 5) How will my Credit History be affected?

Short Sale: Short sales are currently NOT reported in the credit history of a credit report. The loan is generally reported as “paid off, settled”

Foreclosure: A foreclosure will remain as public record on a homeowner’s credit history for 7-10 years, sometimes even longer.

For all the information on Fannie Mae’s guidelines, go to…https://www.efanniemae.com/sf/guides/ssg/annltrs/pdf/2008/0816.pdf

If you would like more Free information on Short Sales and foreclosures, please contact us anytime.

Your friends and local real estate experts,

San Diego Realtors

Oliver, Sam, Sandro

The Home Team

Contact us today:

Oliver Graf – Direct: (760)237-8006
Sandro Natale – Direct: (949)290-2599
Sam Khorramian – Direct: (858)518-1533

Have a question? —>Contact or Email us direct <—

Big Block Realty
Always working hard for you!
www.BigBlockRealty.com
CA DRE #01885775

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Short Sales- A better way to sell your home and avoid Foreclosure

Short Sales- A better way to sell your home and avoid Foreclosure!:

The effects from the last market can still be felt today.

Nearly 20% (9 million people) of homeowners across the US are “upside down” on their mortgages. Meaning, they owe more on their mortgage balance than their properties are actually worth.

Short Sales and Real Estate San DiegoSome people thank that they should just walk away and give up their home to foreclosure…

But Hold On!

There is light at the end of the tunnel…

There can be some big time benefits to doing a Short Sale rather than a foreclosure.

To the homeowner there is little difference because either way they will be a walking away from a depreciating asset

BUT the benefits of a Short Sale are in favor of the homeowner.

Let me explain,

Credit Impact: For starters Short Sales affect a person’s credit significantly less than a foreclosure (most of the time, please contact a professional to examine your case individually). Someone who “Short Sells” a property is more likely to qualify for a new mortgage in as little as 12-24 months, whereas a foreclosure and/or bankruptcy will haunt someone for up to 7 years. Depending on how many late payments (if any) are missed during a short sale, will determine how much your credit drops while a foreclosure will leave a massive mark.

Stress: On top of the credit impact most people never talk about the effect on homeowner’s moral when they are going through a foreclosure. It’s never a good feeling for someone that is just watching the bank take their their house away. With a Short Sale, the homeowner will have more time to make moving preparations and the lender will work with you to come up with a resolution.

Homeowner Help: In a Short Sale the homeowner is 100% involved in the process, making their own decisions with the help and guidance of a Short Sale Professional (contact us today for assistance). The Short Sale specialist will handle all communications with the lender, as well as market and sell the property with the help of an Real Estate Agent. This allows the homeowner a great alternative to foreclosure and is a very dignified way to sell a property!

If you, or someone you know is upside down on a property or facing foreclosure contact a Short Sale Specialist once they have missed at least one mortgage payment or decide you need to sell.

We would gladly help if you need any assistance.

Your friends and local real estate experts,

San Diego Realtors

Oliver, Sam, Sandro

The Home Team

Contact us today:

Oliver Graf – Direct: (760)237-8006
Sandro Natale – Direct: (949)290-2599
Sam Khorramian – Direct: (858)518-1533

Have a question? —>Contact or Email us direct <—

Big Block Realty
Always working hard for you!
www.BigBlockRealty.com
CA DRE #01885775

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Understanding The 3 Step California Real Estate Foreclosure Process

Understanding The 3 Step California Real Estate Foreclosure Process…

In this market, there are many challenges for homeowner that could cause them to fall behind on their mortgage payments. It could be anything from job loss to a death in the family.

man_question_markWhat ever the reason is, as you fall behind on the payments you have state regulated guidelines that the lender must follow before they can foreclose on the property.

In a recovering market another potential scenario is when a homeowner needs to sell but the value of the house is “upside-down”, the market value of the home is actually less than the amount owed on the mortgage. In this scenario you could try a short sale, however if unsuccessful the threat of foreclose becomes real.

Foreclosure is the proceeding in which a mortgage holder, bank or other secured creditor sells or repossesses a real property after the Homeowner has failed on the terms of their agreement (a mortgage or a deed of trust).

Whatever the reason, after consistently missing payments the lender will usually consider the loan in default and begin with the foreclosure process. The Lender will have the right to sell the property or even call the loan due.

In California short sale / foreclosures have 3 steps in the timeline towards the property being sold.

1. Notice of Default (NOD):
A Notice of Default is a public notice given to the homeowner. It could be posted on the window or door, or mailed. When a borrower is in default, or behind in mortgage payments, the lender will attempt to collect by any means necessary, including seizing the home. In California lenders usually do not file an NOD until the homeowner is at least 90 days behind in payments. At this point many homeowners will try a short sale to avoid the property going to foreclosure.

2. Notice of Trustee Sale (NOTS):
A Notice of Trustee Sale is a public notice, given to the homeowner and published in a newspaper communicating a date for auction. This is also generally posted on the door; it is generally at least 21 days before the sale takes place.

3. Auction:
An auction is a public place, usually a courthouse, where properties are auctioned to the highest bidder.

Contact us today if you have questions or would like some assistance.

Your friends and local real estate experts,

San Diego Realtors

Oliver, Sam, Sandro

The Home Team

Contact us today:

Oliver Graf – Direct: (760)237-8006
Sandro Natale – Direct: (949)290-2599
Sam Khorramian – Direct: (858)518-1533

Have a question? —>Contact or Email us direct <—

Big Block Realty
“Helping You Win In This Market”
www.BigBlockRealty.com
CA DRE #01885775

BUYING OR SELLING?: Don’t forget our Free Home Search Tool.
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