What Is Zillow Offers?

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Zillow Offers is a new program that has arrived in San Diego. This new program offers to help homeowners sell their home faster. While this may sound appealing to sellers, the downside is the price point. Zillow Offers may not pay what some sellers would like. Their offer comes in at market value and not typically higher. This may be good for sellers who are simply ready to move on from their current home for various reasons and are not too concerned with getting the highest offer. It’s also an opportunity for sellers who are not interested or cannot afford to make any renovations or changes to their home that would garner a higher offer. So while there are benefits to this program, it is not for everyone.

I spoke with some news outlets about this program. You can check out the articles here and here. Some San Diego realtors also offer their opinion on this program and it’s definitely worth the read.


Increase In San Diego Home Sales

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I recently spoke with 10News about the increase in home sales we have seen over the last few months. This is a nice change to the trend we had been seeing in San Diego. For the past year, home sales had been declining due to factors like rising home prices and high interest rates. With interest rates decreasing over the last few months, sales have been picking up. While this is a good change for home buyers borrowing to purchase a home, the factor that has not changed is home prices. For this reason many buyers are looking outside of San Diego county when deciding to purchase a home.

These are some of the topics discussed, for the full article click here.

More Buying Opportunity In San Diego

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I spoke with ABC10 News about the current state of the real estate market in San Diego. Activity is still slow and interest rates remain high, but this could become an opportunity for those looking to buy. I do think we will see an increase in activity in springtime, but I don’t expect prices to skyrocket. If you are looking to buy, give me a call to discuss financing options.

Read the full article here.

Rent Control In San Diego

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I spoke with ABC10 News about the rent control debate currently affecting San Diego.High rental costs in San Diego are prompting people to pursue rent controls to limit rental increases. I believe the long term solution is more supply of housing. The current supply has not met the demand in our city. Rent control would serve as a short term solution that may not be feasible and may not result in the needed changes. 

Watch the video here.


V.A. Homebuyers Often Turned Away

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Hundreds of thousands of veterans and active duty military call San Diego County home, but a group says they are facing big disadvantages when trying to buy a house here.

The San Diego Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals says more than 60 percent of listings in the county won’t accept offers with V.A. loans.

The federally backed loans don’t require a down payment or mortgage insurance. Those eligible in San Diego County can borrow up to about $650,000 without any cash down.

“We have served, and the V.A. loan is a guaranteed loan,” said Andre Hobbs, a San Diego realtor and veteran who heads the association.

Hobbs says the benefit is backfiring for some home seekers in San Diego’s ultra-competitive housing market. It’s because he says sellers are opting for offers instead that include cash down payment because of a misperception about V.A. applicants.

“They assume that this buyer is ready to walk,” Hobbs said. “He’s not motivated.”

Mark Goldman, a real-estate lecturer at San Diego State University, said there are some misconceptions about V.A. loans, such as that they are more complex. He added there are a few extra disclosures, but they aren’t cumbersome.

But V.A. buyers can also have an advantage if the current owner also served in the military.

“Luckily we may meet another veteran seller that understands, ‘hey, I’m willing to do that,'” Hobbs said.

Read More At ABC Channel 10 News

Qualifying for a mortgage could get a bit easier

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San Diego is in peak home-buying season, and the prices keep rising.

That can make it much harder for people to qualify for a mortgage. They have to show they can make the monthly payment — plus all of their current debt, including student loans, car payments and credit cards.

But starting this weekend, Fannie Mae will start backing mortgages with a 50 percent debt-to-income ratio, up from the current 45 percent. That can be big with a county median now $543,500, up about 10 percent from last year.

“If you want to buy a home and that home you wanted was a little bit beyond your capacity last month, it may be a little bit within your capacity this month,” said Mark Goldman, a loan officer and real estate lecturer at San Diego State University

Credit: ABC Channel 10 News
By: Jonathan Horn
Posted: 6:04 AM, Jul 28, 2017
Updated: 8:06 AM, Jul 28, 2017
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New Site Calculates Monthly Home Payments

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Article Originally Posted on ABC 10
By: Jonathan Horn

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – If you rent in San Diego, what you pay your landlord could be high enough to double as a mortgage payment.

Now, a new real estate website shows you just how far your monthly payment would go.

Zillow’s new website, Realestate.com, looks at all sorts of things that go into a monthly payment, such as your property tax estimate and homeowners insurance.

However, as San Diegans continue to look for homes, the question is: how accurate is it really?

At first, loan officer Mark Goldman was skeptical.

“Estimated should be bold, and underlined, and flashing,” said Goldman, of C-2 Financial.

He calculates complex mortgage payments every day using his trusted Excel spreadsheet. It includes property taxes, HOA fees, mortgage insurance and closing costs.

Realestate.com does the same with all those costs. It lets renters see how far their monthly landlord check could go to paying down a mortgage.

“I always ask the borrower what is a monthly payment for them, and a lot of times it’s unrealistic,” said Goldman.

That’s because your monthly payment goes up or down depending on how much cash you have for a down payment.

In a statement, Zillow Group says the website isn’t risky by emphasizing monthly payment. That’s because all homes start with a 30-year-fixed mortgage rate, so unlike a car loan, the payment can’t be lowered by extending the time to pay it back.

Goldman plugged in 10 percent for a $550,000 condo in North Park and adjusted the interest rate to 4.25 percent.

It would cost about $3,800 a month total.

Goldman plugged the same numbers into his Excel spreadsheet, and the result was very close.

“Based on this sample of one, I think this is a pretty reasonable estimate,” Goldman said.

Goldman said the website can’t tell all, but it does empower first-time homebuyers, and that’s a good start.


How will Trump’s tax reform impact San Diegans?

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Article by: Grecia Aguilar
Credit: ABC Channel 10 New San Diego

President Trump’s outline on tax reform could have a big impact on homeowners.
Owning a home comes at a hefty price living in San Diego
“Here in San Diego, with the median house price at $550,000,” said Mark Goldman, lecturer of real estate at San Diego State.
But homeowners get multiple benefits come tax time.
Namely, they can write off the interest they pay on their mortgages and also deduct their property tax.
President Trump’s tax reform proposal may eliminate the property tax deduction.
“Will it impact a family making $70,000 to $100,000 a year? Yes it will,” said Goldman.
He said President Trump’s plan also calls for doubling the standard deduction.
So, a married couple wouldn’t pay any taxes on the first $24,000 income they earn.
For individuals, it starts at $12,600.
That may render the mortgage interest tax write-off moot for some homeowners, because they could get more back by taking that standard deduction.
But Goldman said he doesn’t see that making home buying less attractive.
“Will it change property values? Will it change the activity in the market? Will it make my house go down in value? I don’t believe it will,” he said.
With peak home-buying season about to pick up, Goldman said it’s still a good time to buy a house.

“The market is very active right now, I don’t think that this proposal will reduce values so if you’re thinking of getting into the home-buying market this summer, get to it,” he said.

Read complete article on Channel 10 News website