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The new homes look so shiny and beautiful, don’t they!  Of course the newly built homes that you tour will feature upgraded features such as counters, flooring, and appliances, so the pricing can be surprisingly higher than you expect. If you are considering purchasing a brand new home from a new...
10/21/2014
Your Housing Payment Should be Maximum 1/3 of your Monthly IncomeFor a renter, that would be your rent payment plus your utilities.  When you become a homeowner, it will include your mortgage, taxes, and insurance, plus HOA fees if required in your new community.  Remember to put aside money for ...
10/12/2014
Once you start keeping track of entertainment, recreation, and extracurricular activities, you will be surprised how much of your budget gets eaten up in these categories.  Other hidden money pit drains include late fees, bank overdraft charges, payday loans, cell phone overages, traffic tickets,...
10/07/2014
Beverly Carter was a successful Realtor® because she worked hard.  Buyers and sellers depended on her for excellent client service.  She had a great reputation for professionalism among her industry colleagues.  The community recognized her giving and generous spirit.  She was like many of us Rea...
09/30/2014
It is up to YOU to research the neighborhoods.  School districts post their ratings online and police departments post their crime statistics online, so those are fairly simple to look up.  You can also discover demographic data by zip codes, such as: average household income; educational level; ...
09/28/2014
By Regina P. Brown, Chair of SDAR Membership & Education CommitteePssst!  Want a sneak peek at SDAR’s Awards of Excellence?  Which celebrity REALTORS® get to walk the red carpet and why?  Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes?  Let’s pull back the curtain and expose the rumors and MYTHS.  Li...
09/25/2014
Check out schools, services, and other statistics Besides driving around, you can ask co-workers or friends from church to recommend areas that they like.  Where do your friends live?  What do they like best about their community?  What are the downfalls of particular neighborhoods?  Start by res...
09/24/2014
Drive around neighborhoods where you would like to live.  You have to do a little footwork yourself.  This assignment is your family’s homework. The first thing we are going to do is to research the various neighborhoods in our price range.  Now, if you already live in a single-family house in a ...
09/12/2014
It’s time to get excited!  Let’s get ready to shop for houses.First, we are going to research neighborhoods to find out where we want to live, where the best schools are, and where our family wants to live.Second, we are going to interview lenders to find out about what type of mortgage loans are...
09/11/2014
Another source of mortgage lending is a non-profit organization.  Especially in metro areas, there are funding sources through HUD-approved counseling agencies.  Visit www.NACA.com to find out about a national non-profit agency called NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America) which is...
09/04/2014
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Top California Broker and Realtor Regina P. Brown writes articles and blogs about local real estate trends, houses for sale, and tips for home buyers.