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How to Avoid the Most Deadly Lending Landmines…

June 5th, 2011 · No Comments

  Here are some tips I learned from a seasoned California mortgage banker who successfully funded over 100 loans during the tough 2010 real estate market. These tales from the trenches can prevent your deal from the shrapnel of a loan decline or last minute tighter “prior to document or funding” conditions:  Most conventional (up to […]

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VA Loans Offer Attractive Financing Terms

May 29th, 2011 · No Comments

 The Veteran’s Administration has modernized the current VA loan programs available to qualified veteran borrowers. These loans are very competitive and can offer an affordable financing alternative to prospective home buyers and people who want to refinance their existing mortgage.  Additionally, the current maximum VA loan limit is $1,000,000 which can be a great alternative to […]

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The Power and Benefits of “Buying Down” the Loan Interest Rate

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments

In most real estate markets throughout the country, sellers are trying to cope with a slower moving market burdened with an over supply of competing homes for sale and weak buyer demand. Many potential home buyers can no longer afford the prices of homes in high cost real estate markets like the San Francisco Bay […]

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Home Valuation: How To Find Out What Houses In ANY Neighborhood Are Really Selling For — And How Long It Takes…

April 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Have you ever talked with someone who tells you that they sold their house and “got what they wanted?” You remember that they were asking $429,000 so that must be what they sold for – or so you’d think. Or someone tells you that all the houses in your neighborhood have been selling for full […]

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Don’t Be Clueless About Your Home Owner Insurance

April 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Leaky roof? Stolen bike? Broken rain gutter? You may want to think twice before even calling your insurance company.  Many home insurers count inquiry calls – calls in which homeowners simply ask informally whether their policy will cover certain damages and are told that it won’t – as unpaid losses.  Most insurance companies file loss […]

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Sell Your Home:Choosing the Right Purchase Offer

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Most sellers would be delighted to receive multiple offers from prospective buyers. However, figuring out which offer to accept is not always as simple as you might think. Suppose you receive three purchase offers. One is for $495,000, your asking price. Another is for $10,000 more. And the highest offer is for $525,000 – $30,000 […]

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San Francisco Real Estate: KTVU Interview With Real Estate Consultant, Pete Sabine, and Ross McGowan – #2 in a series

February 15th, 2011 · 5 Comments

During this 4 minute interview,  Ross McGowan poses questions of Bay Area Real Estate Consultant, Pete Sabine.  Topics covered include: the Bay Area real estate market as compared to the national market,  jumbo loans and their limitations in the San Francisco Bay Area, the recent interest rate cut by the Fed and it’s probable impact […]

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Investment Property: Is your investment property keeping you from doing the things you love?

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Are you looking for an opportunity to defer capital gains tax and retire from managing your income property? Many income property owners are comfortable with real estate investments and have had good returns in the past, but they do not like the daily management headaches that accompany property management. If so, discover the benefits of […]

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Real Estate Tip: Mastering Your Next Move

February 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Spread moving day over several weeks to avoid the hassles of a last-minute scramble   5 Weeks Before The Move Take an objective look at what you own, and decide what can be left behind.  Extra weight  on the moving van costs more. Draw a floor plan of your new home, and consider where you’ll want to place […]

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Move Up Buyer: How to Buy Another Home Without Selling Your Current Home First

January 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Avoid the inconvenience and added expense of moving into a rental home in between selling your current home and buying another suitable property. Now move-up buyers can find relief with an affordable and flexible financing strategy. By obtaining an equity line of credit secured by your current home, you can position yourself to find the right […]

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