First Time Buyer help

Zillow Offers: Not The American Dream

Posted on July 6, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership, Selling for top dollar, Selling your home fast |

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Zillow Offers provides sellers the opportunity to “skip the hassle and sell your home directly to Zillow.” Zillow Offers targets sellers who want to sell their property as fast as possible. The houses are sold quick and without the “hassle” of a traditional sell (no open houses, repairs are ‘taken care of’, you chose your move and closing date).

You might have seen Zillow advertised on billboards, commercials, or even on personalized yard signs. Zillow promises sellers an instant cash sale for their homes. It sounds great for sellers on a tight timeline, but what’s the catch?

Zillow Offers Are Below Market Value

While Zillow does provide a fast sale and near-instant cash to the seller, this comes at a cost. While your Zillow Offer is providing you instant cash by cutting out the hassle – you are paying for this convenience by selling your house lower than market value.

Zillow offers you a below market value Zestimate because they are taking on the responsibility of selling, fixing, and putting your home on the market. By selling your home for a lower market value, you are able to sell faster. However, Zillow is able to re-sell your home at the actual market value (after making repairs that were technically paid by you by selling the home for less).

What Your Zestimate Actually Costs You:

Zillow provides you with a Zestimate: the estimated market value. It is not an appraisal. After they provide the Zestimate they factor in information they receive from the seller (recent renovations, the current condition of the home, etc.), the opinion of a local real estate agent and fees. Zillow weighs whether renovations will be needed and the cost of holding and reselling the home. This is important to understand – while you do not have to make the necessary repairs and updates to your home, you are still paying to have those repairs completed (the cost is subtracted from your Zillow Offer).

While Zillow says they’ll take care of repairs these will often be priced above market value. This means you will be paying more for repairs than if you hired a contractor yourself. Additionally, you will not be benefiting from the equity that these repairs will bring to the cost of your home. Which means you are PAYING for the repairs by selling your home for less AND not earning anything from it.

Keep In Mind:

According to Zillow’s Offers page – once the Zillow Offer is confirmed, it may be adjusted when an in-person inspection is performed on the home. Just because you received the offer and it sounds appealing, this amount can still be adjusted.

Once Zillow purchases the home, they will make “necessary repairs and updates” and then put the home back on the market. By taking the burden of preparing your home to be listed off the seller – Zillow will earn the equity on your home (that you paid for).

It is important to note – you will still need an agent to determine an offer when using Zillow Offer. If a seller is represented by an agent and they accept a Zillow Offer, the agent still needs to be paid a commission by the seller based on the agreement between the seller and agent.

Sell Your Home Fast Without Losing Equity

Part of being a homeowner means you have invested in a property that will provide you with a return on your investment when you decide to sell. A fast sale should not compromise your investment and result in a below market value offer. We understand you want to sell your home fast – working with a real estate agent doesn’t mean that is an impossible ask.

Real estate agent commissions are between 5-6%, if you are listing your home for 10-15% less than market value you are spending MORE money. Real estate agents have resources to find you a buyer quickly.

If you are determined to move quickly, work with your real estate agent on setting a price that works for you and a buyer. Working with your real estate agent helps you receive better offers because your Agent is negotiating a deal on your behalf, one that will put money into your pocket! Real estate agents can sell your home quick without compromising your equity in the process.

 

If you have received your Zestimate and would like to compare the offer to market value, reach out to Angie today at: 949-338-7408. Comment below if you have a Zillow Offer Experience!

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Attention Graduates! Learn How To Start Saving For A Home Today!

Posted on June 29, 2019. Filed under: FHA loans, First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Orange County Real Estate |

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Congratulations grads! You did it! Graduating is an exciting time in your life! The inevitable question always lingers: “what’s next?” If you are considering home ownership, you are already a step ahead!

Rent or Own?

One of the misconceptions people have about owning a home is that it costs more than renting. The rent prices have been increasing over the last few years making the cost of renting the same as a mortgage payment (sometimes MORE). Home ownership is associated with more up-front costs than renting however you could potentially earn that money back. The value of your future home may increase over time providing you with a return on your investment. California has an extremely profitable housing market.

Here is an example: In 1998 you purchased a home in California for $200,000. Despite the up-front costs and the down payment, you made the leap into home ownership. Fast forward to 2019, your needs have changed and you want to sell your home. You sell your home for over $600,000 dollars! That is money in your pocket and money that goes right into your next down payment! You can read more about the perks of being a first time home buyer HERE and start planning for your future today!

How Will I Afford A Down Payment?

Many first time home buyers still believe a 20% down payment is required before you can get approved for a mortgage. That is how conventional mortgages were designed however there are more options for buyers today. FHA loans, VA loans, and USDA loans provide different rates and charge insurance differently. It is important to choose the loan that fits your downpayment needs. Read more about your mortgage lending options here.

Let’s talk savings. Your best change to get the property you desire in the time frame that works for you is to have a down payment saved so you are ready when you find your perfect home. After considering your options, you have decided what your target down payment is. You just graduated, you might feel like that amount of money is unattainable for you to earn within a reasonable timeframe but what if you didn’t have to wait that long? Crowdfunding could provide you with the down payment you need, in the time you need it.

Crowdfunding is exactly what is sounds like – it is the use of small amounts of money from a large amount of people to help you finance your first home. Your graduation party is approaching, and you’ve probably heard that your graduation gift is… MONEY! Some graduates might want to spend that money ASAP. What if you INSTEAD contributed that money towards a savings account for your first home? Check out this graph:

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If you invite 100 people to your graduation party and they gift you $100 dollars each, that is $10,000 going towards your down payment! Not ready to make the jump into home ownership yet? Throw that money into a savings account and earn money from interest! When you are ready, the money is yours for the taking.

How Can I Start?

When you are ready, you can reach out to Angie or the Vow2Save Team and they will help you make every step to purchasing your new home easy and exciting! Then you will be able to customize your very own website however you would like. Let your friends and family know that you have a goal of becoming a first time homeowner and direct them to donate on your website! As donations roll in, the meter on the website will grow. This encourages your friends and family to help you reach your goal.

Ready to start saving for your home? Check out Vow2Save and start planning your future today. By the time your wedding rolls around you can create a wedding registry that will fill your home with things you love!

Contact the Vow2Save team today 1 (949)-338-7408

 

 

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Assuming A Property After The Death Of A Relative

Posted on June 22, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership |

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Losing a relative can be a very difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss. As you are figuring out your next steps, you may have questions about handling existing mortgage affairs. It is important to remember that you have options and we are here to help you consider the best options for your situation. An assumable mortgage is a home loan that can be transferred from the original borrower to the subsequent homeowner.

Determine if you are permitted to assume the loan

Not all mortgages are assumable – you can check the language in your note and mortgage. Certain types of government-backed loans are easier to assume than conventional loans. Typically you must meet the qualifications of the government agency in order to assume the loan. If you are not sure if you qualify – check with the lender of the loan as well as a real estate professional and a lawyer to ensure you will assume the loan properly.

Lean on professionals to help you determine if you should assume the loan

There are many benefits when assuming a mortgage. When you assume the mortgage, you keep the interest rate that the original owner had on the loan. This could increase the marketability of the property especially in a market where interest rates might be rising. Assumptions typically take less time. If you were listed on the note or in the trust agreement, the process could take only 30 days.

A properly recorded deed is public record. This means once an individual inherits the property – it becomes public record if a trust agreement was not in place. It is important to stand by your trusted professionals during this time to ensure you make the best decisions for you and your family. Offers will come your way that might encourage you to sell the home, it is important to make this decision based on what is best for you. Making sure you have the right people beside you during this difficult time is crucial to ensuring you make the best financial decisions.

Decide if selling the property would benefit you

It is important to remember that you have options. Selling the home might seem appealing and marketable however owning the home could provide an income for your family. Assuming the mortgage allows you to inherit a property at a lower cost, with potentially lower interest rates. If you assume the loan, you will have to pay taxes and assumption fees. While selling the home provides you with an advantage as a seller (lower rates, quicker closing) you could lose a valuable asset. Assuming the mortgage provides you with an opportunity to use the property as an investment. If you do not wish to reside in the home, you could consider using the property as an investment to provide a monthly income to you and your family.  Real estate is an imperishable asset with an increasing value. You can learn more about how to turn a property into a source of income here. 

If you have additional questions and are seeking help from a trusted professional, contact Angie at 949-338-7408. You can also fill out a contact form if you would like to discuss how you can begin the process of assuming a mortgage!

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5 Benefits You Need To Know About VA Loans

Posted on May 25, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate, Spring Buying Season, VA Loan |

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To All of Our Veterans – Thank You. Happy Memorial day! 

The VA loan is a mortgage loan that is designed to help eligible veterans finance their home with no down payment – guaranteed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

5 Benefits You Need To Know About VA Loans

1. No down payment required!

The VA loan is a $0 down payment mortgage – available to Veterans, Service Members and certain military spouses. Conventional loans typically require a down payment that can be as high as 20%. While there is no down payment required, there is a VA Funding Fee. The fee is a governmental fee that is applied to every VA loan. This fee can change based on different circumstances and factors.

2. No Mortgage Insurance! 

Private Mortgage Insurance is a type of mortgage insurance that is required for borrowers who finance more than 80% of their home’s value. This is a monthly cost (or one-time upfront premium) that is added to a traditional mortgage loan. Because the VA Loans are government backed, Private Mortgage Insurance is not required by the banks! This is a huge savings for homeowners.

3. Easier to Qualify! 

These loans are backed by the government so that means banks assume that there is less risk involved. These loans do not have as many qualification standards as traditional home loans. These loans are easier to obtain and allow for more credit and income flexibility.

4. VA Loan Closing Costs Are Lower!

Another cost saving perk – the VA limits the closing costs lenders can charge to VA loan applicants. The average closing cost of the loan is between 1% – 3% of the loan amount. The percentage can raise to 3% – 5% if the home is less expensive. Your real estate agent can request the seller to cover some closing costs for you – reducing more costs for you.

5. The VA Loan Is Reusable! 

These loans are not just a one-time benefit. If you have earned this benefit, you have it for life! There is no limit on the number of times you may use the loan. The VA loan has accessibility to different property types, you could re-use it to buy a house, condo, new-built home, manufactured home, duplex or other types of properties It can even be used to refinance your existing mortgage.

 

Supporting our veterans with a lender who cares –

Derek Beisner

Have more questions about the VA loan process? Derek will be there to walk you through the process. He provides expert advice while walking you through every step of the process. You will be a client for life with Derek Beisner

Derek is available to text on weekends: 1 (949) 637-9939

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Is Seller Financing Right For You?

Posted on May 18, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership, Lenders & Loan info, Orange County Real Estate, Spring Buying Season |

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Seller financing is an agreement in which the seller handles the mortgage process instead of a financial institution. Seller financing cuts out the middleman and some of the red tape that comes with real estate transactions. The seller is the lender in this type of transaction, this allows the buyer to make payments without the hassle of a loan.

Seller financing is a better option in a buyers’ market however this benefits both the buyer and the seller of the home. Here is some quick facts about seller financing!

Pros for the Buyer!

  • Faster Closing Process – skip the bank lines. You won’t have to wait on a loan officer, underwriter or legal department to review and approve the loan application
  • Saves Money – no bank fees or appraisal costs
  • Seller financing lets people who might not be able to secure a mortgage buy a home
  • The down payment is based on an agreement between you and the seller

Pros for the Seller!

  • Sell quicker – you have the potential and ability to negotiate to sell the property “as is” without making costly repairs
  • Investment!  Earning money from the lending process
  • Retain the title: if the buyer defaults – the seller keeps the down payment and the house – rather than the bank

Take Aways:

  • Working with a real estate agent in addition to a real estate attorney is necessary. They will write the sales contract and the promissory note
  • Sellers should (and can) run a credit check
  • Buyers should offer a 10% down payment
  • Don’t forget about your credit score – it is still important and considered in the transaction

Learn more about the seller financing process here:

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/seller-financing-home-sales-30164.html

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Spring Cleaning – Orange County Tree Trimming Services

Posted on April 27, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Improvement Ideas, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership, Making Life Easier, Spring Buying Season |

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The birds are chirping and days are getting longer – spring has sprung! Whether you’re selling your home soon or just want to spruce it up – we wanted to share with you our favorite tree trimming service here in Orange County! Tree Trimming Team – TTT is fast, professional, and knowledgable.

Lets Talk Trees

Properly maintained trees will help you get top dollar for your home, and ‘tree hacking’ by beginners is a real struggle. You don’t want your car squished or someone falling out of the tree on your property. We wanted to provide you with a quick post supporting a small business that will help make your life easier!

Tree Trimming Team can do regular pruning, trimming, unsightly stump removal, palm tree skimming, and more. Since these jobs are tough and frequently require a team, they can turn good buyers away! If you’re planning to sell for top dollar then it’s important to have top dollar curb-appeal.

Meet The Experts (for free!)

Bob is the teams Arborist with 49 years experience! Just priceless if you have a precious tree that you want brought back to life. They offer free consultations so that you can have a true expert come out! The team is bilingual with license, insurance, bonding and workers comp. You can find their raving reviews on Yelp, Instagram & Facebook. They do commercial too.

Our contact is Amir Sharafi with Tree Trimming Team info@treetrimmingteam.com 949 874-7538 – please let him know that we referred you! You can learn about other spring cleaning professionals in our LeTip group: http://ocletip.com/

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What the hoo is an ADU?? Maximizing your Southern California Real Estate

Posted on April 16, 2019. Filed under: Accessory Dwelling Units, ADUs, AirBnB, FHA loans, First Time Buyer help, Home Improvement Ideas, Homeownership, Informed Investor Alliance, Lenders & Loan info, Los Angeles property, Los Angeles Real Estate, Orange County Home Improvement, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , |

Have you heard of an ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Units are additional legal units on your property, and they can help you earn BIG bucks. If you’d like to run a duplex or generate additional income without buying an entire new property, then adding an ADU to your lot is a GREAT option. ADU’s can cost anywhere from 20K-200K, which is waaaay cheaper than a ‘unit’ in today’s Southern California real estate market. That said, not everyone has an additional 20-200K laying around to seize this opportunity, so let’s learn how you can use other people’s money to make some of your own!

Renovation loans are NOT construction loans, so if you have never heard of one… read on. There are multiple options for reno loans, so it’s about finding your best fit. Today we were at Eric C Miller’s Finance of America’s presentation and got some details & highlights for you. Finance of America highlighted how this process benefits you!

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Orange County Renovation loan process in a nutshell:

Pre-qualification –> Offer Accepted –> Disclose –> Underwriting conditional commitment –> Assign Project manager –> Collect credit conditions –> Project Scope & bids –> Appraisal –> Clear to Close –> Sign Docs –> Close –> Begin Renovations

Fannie Mae Homestyle Renovation Loan

  • Utilizes a construction project inspector sourced by lender
  • No minimum in repairs
  • Inspection prior to draw disbursements, up to 5 draws
  • All repairs and improvements must be attached to property, and supported by appraisal
  • Borrowers have 6 months to complete improvements
  • Repairs must begin within 30 days. (it’s ok if permits are the delay…you can pull permits on a property you don’t yet own)

They can be FHA or conventional, and they are a fully amortized single close transaction. 98% of the time they appraise on resales, so don’t worry if you’re buying resale.

FHA 203K – limited

  • nothing structural,
  • limit of 35K,
  • repairs must be completed in 4 months
  • limit of only two payments to each contractor

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FHA 203K – standard

  • can tear down the entire property but MUST use the entire foundation
  • utilizes a HUD consultant.
  • 6 months to complete improvements
  • can loan up to FHA limit for the county, high balance eligible
  • owner occupants only
  • Contract lingo: “The borrower has applied for Section 203k financing, and that the contract is contingent upon mortgage approval and the borrowers acceptance of additional required improvements”…this must be in there, but is not necessary in the purchase agreement.

Things to know & next steps:

  • Choosing the right contractor and renovation team is critical! Always get multiple quotes. If you’re looking for a forward thinking Orange County ADU company, check out RC Smith Design & Build.
  • 30 day escrows won’t fly, renovation loans take 45-60 days.
  • Reno loans are TOUGH. You’ve got to coordinate bids, contractors, and make deadlines. If you’re looking for an ‘easy button’ into homeownership, this may not be it 😉 BUT then again…you could try buying one of these Amazon ADU’s and avoid MOST of the contractor back and forth 🙂
  • ADU regulations are different and ever-changing. Here’s an OC ADU resource to get started. Always check with the city to find out your guidelines before beginning work or submitting offers!

Did you know most people spend 15K on their home the first year they buy it, and they statistically put it on credit cards? Ouch. Don’t be that guy, there’s a better way! Call or text Angie to start exploring your best ADU options at 949-338-7408 or email Angie@AskAngie.com

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Congrats! You Made It To Escrow! Now What?

Posted on April 13, 2019. Filed under: escrow, First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , |

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Your offer has been accepted – congratulations! You’re ready to settle into your dream home and enjoy a glass of wine. The only thing standing between you and the keys to your new home is escrow, so now what? You’ve probably heard the term escrow (also referred to as closing) thrown around but didn’t quite understand what it meant. Escrow is something most people don’t fully understand until they experience it. In a nutshell, they are your neutral third party assisting to ensure the contract is executed correctly by all sides. 

The Orange County Escrow Process Made Easy

 
Escrow protects all parties involved in the real estate transaction (including you)! Escrow is a third party service that holds a valuable asset (in this case – your “earnest” money) until the transaction between the seller and the buyer is complete. Once your offer is accepted, an escrow company is hired to implement the transaction in accordance with the terms of the sales agreement.

Does A Home Buyer or Seller Choose Escrow?

Not all Escrow companies are created equal and we always prefer to work with companies we know and trust. That said, it’s our advice to negotiate price over services. If you are a buyer, you may get the seller to accept your offer or your price if you let them choose the escrow company. In most Orange County and SoCal cases, the seller selects the escrow and title companies used for closing.

What Happens Next? How Do We Close Escrow?

It’s a series of steps in a specific order of operations. Your escrow, title, and lender will know it all and help guide you through. As your Realtor, it’s our job to make sure they are all doing theirs. Sometimes it feels like a circus and sometimes it feels like a symphony. Rather than writing you a book, here’s a fun graphic thanks to Finance Of America Mortgage to guide you through the main hurdles, contingencies and objections to overcome!

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5 Tips To Make Your Escrow Process Run Smoothly

1. Let Your Lender Lead The Way!

You’ll need to sign loan disclosures before an appraisal can be ordered, so do everything your lender requests and do it promptly. This is the BEST way to have a smooth escrow.

2. Complete Documentation

The purchase agreement must be completed with signatures from all parties. The Escrow officer will send a package of paperwork, make sure to be on the lookout for this paperwork and complete it promptly. Signing documents online will help you stay organized.

3. Sign On Time

The purchasing of a home will require a significant amount of paperwork and legal documents. It is important that all of this paperwork is signed and in a timely manner to ensure that the sale may proceed without any delays. The escrow officer will take possession of these documents to ensure that all necessary paperwork has been completed, signed, and filed on time.

4. Communicate!

Check your email regularly! Your escrow officer will be reaching out to all parties involved frequently! Your escrow officer might need a signature sent over in a timely manner.

5. Halt Credit Utilization – You’re In A Financial Fishbowl

During the closing process, your financial history is being reviewed carefully and frequently. A change in your financial circumstances could implode the escrow process. You have made it this far based on your current financial standing – if changes occur lenders have the right the always make drastic changes.

Learn about what to avoid when closing on a mortgage here:
3 Ways To Mess Up Closing

If you are ready to get your escrow process stated, contact Angie Weeks at 949-338-7408!

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Using Your Tax Return for Your Home’s Down Payment

Posted on April 6, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

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Tax Season Ending Soon

It’s almost time for the last tax returns to be sent out and the final time to file if you haven’t already. Every year when this time rolls around people update their cars or go on family vacations, but did you ever think about using your tax return to buy your first home? It’s definitely doable and probably the wisest way to use your return – here’s how.

Low Down Payments

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With as little as 3% down the majority of your down payment could be your tax return which leaves you only a little to save throughout the year with the goal in mind of buying your first home around this time of the year. We believe this is an attainable goal for many of our clients and their friends. We know the idea of a down payment seems impossible and really steep when you think about in terms of income and other things needed throughout the year. However, if you plan to put your whole tax return towards it, that limits a lot of the stress and savings throughout the year.

We work with some awesome mortgage guys that we know could steer you in the right direction of getting approved. Derek Beisner was a great resource for us when looking for current down payment rates in California, and he would be a great resource for you as well. We would love to sit down with you and help you plan out a realistic goal for yourself based on your tax return and the amount your wanting to spend on a home. Contact Angie at 949-338-7408 if this sounds like something you could do!

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Equity Shares – Buying a Home Despite Student Debt

Posted on February 2, 2019. Filed under: Equity Shares, First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Orange County Real Estate, Owning Despite Student Debt | Tags: , , , , |

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Student Debt Does Not Have to Prevent You From Owning a Home

There’s a lot of us out here now that are facing the consequences of hefty student loan debt. Investing in our education can sometimes feel like a losing battle but it is still important to invest in your future. Part of investing in your future is thinking of buying a home so that you aren’t piling on money every month for rent when you could be owning something instead. Many graduates don’t think they can ever own a home while paying on their student debt, but that isnt the case. There are a lot of things that Realtors can help you figure out when you are ready. One of the easiest solutions is for your parents to cosign the loan with you.

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If you’re a responsible student or graduate that has a job and wants to buy a home but have a hard time getting approved for a loan due to overwhelming student debt, you can have your parents or someone in your family cosign with you so that you are able to take out the loan. This equity share is just saying they are equally sharing the responsibility with you for your loan. You would make the payments, but their name has to be on the loan insuring lenders that if for some reason you couldn’t pay, your family would have your back in making that payment for you. This helps both of you out because you are building positive debt instead of throwing away money renting something you could own for less. Parents are able to build positive debt for themselves while also helping their children out who are making the payments anyways.

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Setting Our Kids Up For Success

As parents we always want what is best for our children. We are always looking for ways to improve ourselves as parents so that our children grow up into the best versions of themselves. Many of us expect our kids to go off to college after high school and pursue a higher education for their future careers. However, we don’t always think about how much that is going to cost them not only financially, but also in time and future reliabilities. The average student loan debt for a four year degree in 2015 was $30,100 – that’s a lot of money! Knowing that information it makes it easier to understand why younger adults aren’t owning homes because they simply can’t get approved with that kind of debt racked up. This is where parents come in again, wanting what is best for our children and helping out wherever we can. Helping your kid with a down-payment on their first home is an amazing investment! If you aren’t able to help them with their down-payment to get them approved you can cosign a loan with them so that the lender feels more confident and lending them money to purchase their first home. They invested in their education, now it is our chance to invest in them and their future family’s home.

If this is something you think would work for your family and you want to see what else you can do to get approved or help your child get approved for their home text Angie at 949-338-7408! She plans on getting you in with a down payment source and herself to answer any questions or concerns you may have!

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Ringing in 2019 with Real Estate Goals

Posted on January 11, 2019. Filed under: AirBnB, Buying in Spain, Divorce, First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate, Renting, Selling for top dollar, Selling your home fast, Vow2Save Orange County Real Estate Registry | Tags: , , , , , |

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What will your 2019 look like?

We have some big goals for 2019 – one of them being helping our clients achieve their real estate new years resolutions! Whether it’s buying internationally or crowdfunding a down payment for an engaged couple, we can help you accomplish them all. Every year our whole team writes down their goals for the new year and we try to help each other accomplish them. This year, we want to do the same with all of our clients. Writing them down and being able to cross them off when they are accomplished really makes you feel good and it will make us feel good to be able to help you do that.

AskAngie Team’s Goals

Our team has a few things were really excited for this year! This year we plan to really grow our Vow2Save program. We are looking forward to helping a lot more engaged couples crowdfund a down payment so that they are able to buy a home after their wedding. This has been a goal of ours for a few years, and after a lot of work in 2018 we know it is really going to be taking off this year and we can’t wait to see the things it can do for people! We also plan to travel more this year in order to have the best information in helping our clients buy overseas. Last year we went to Spain and met with Realtors there, but we want to be able to do that in many more countries.

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So much more we can do for you!

If you need help selling or buying a home after a divorce or identifying a good AirBnB investment we can help with that and everything in between. We have various services that we are experienced in. Another goal we know some of our clients have is to stop renting and own their first home and we are so excited to help many people achieve that this year especially with the current rent prices in OC. We can help you figure out what your home is worth and how you can sell it fast and for top dollar! We truly value our time with our clients and being able to help them grow their real estate profile and accomplish their goals. If you have any questions or want to share your goals with us so we are better able to  help you please fill out the form below or contact Angie at 949-338-7408!

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Homeownership Day at Chapman University – have you registered?

Posted on December 15, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

Our annual is Homeownership Day is coming soon!

This years OC Home Fair at Chapman University (1 University Drive in Orange) is on January 19th from 10 AM – 1 PM and we are so excited to see you there! This year will feature more classes than previous years and so much opportunity to further your knowledge in real estate and investing in your future. We have some amazing speakers planned for you this year!

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NAWRB’s OC Home Fair Class

Desiree Patno the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate EcoSystem (NAWRB)Women in the Housing and Real Estate EcoSystem (NAWRB) will be teaching a class at this years OC Home Fair about “Buying a home under your business umbrella.” Desiree’s knowledge and experience in the real estate business is incredible and being able to hear her speak in such a small setting is a true treat. NAWRB is dedicated to providing women with tools and opportunities for economic expansion and growth, while advocating and promoting women-owned business specializing in the housing economy. Joining NAWRB provides you with many benefits such as: Leadership opportunities, resource and business growth, marketing and exposure, access to executive resources, NAWRB’s business directory, and direct referrals from NAWRB. You can learn even more about the benefits of NAWRB and so much more if you attend this years Homeownership Day and sign up for Desiree’s class.

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Nonprofit Panel

This years nonprofit panel consists of NeighborWorksOC and Affordable Housing OC! Together they are teaching class on finding funds to buy your home. They are focusing on making sure you know how to contact local non profits to help with your down payment in order to purchase your own home. This class is gong to be one of the most helpful and most needed of the ones we are offering. If you have been dreaming of purchasing your own home but aren’t sure how you will ever be able to afford the down payment then this class is perfect for you! These non profit organizations have the tools to help you find the right resource for you to use in order to make your dreams come true.

If you are ready to join us but haven’t registered yet, click here and register! You can find more information on our classes for the 7th annual homeownership day on the website as well. If you have any additional questions Angie can answer them at 949-338-7408.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Orange County Area #2 in Global Relocations

Posted on December 4, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Informed Investor Alliance, International Properties, Lenders & Loan info, Los Angeles property, Los Angeles Real Estate, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’ve got to hand it to OCR’s Global Committee, they ALWAYS put on such relevant and informational events. We continually try to support them and keep our CIPS education up to date 🙂 Today was the Global Forum, packed with info on how we can better serve and attract foreign buyers to beautiful Southern California. International buyers are a huge market in SoCal – read on to learn more about taking advantage of this!

Did you know the Orange County & Los Angeles area is the #2 area of interest for international buyers and global relocations? 

IMG_6967So how can we help international buyers make the most of their money, so they can close easy and afford to pay more for our properties?! One way is MoneyCorp – a unique banking tool international buyers are using to get better exchange rates and guarantee funds. Contact Andrew Graziani to learn about their no-fee / no hassle transactions. They have very small minimums to exchange, and no caps. Furthermore, they have a deep understanding of how to work with every country’s currency, which is not easy. For example, consider Brazil, one currency that bounces around up to 30% in one month, and has a ton of regulations. If you want to protect your foreign transaction, make sure to work with experts like this! There are a ton of landmines when completing a foreign transaction, as noted from our previous Global Forum.

National Economic Forecast by Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun is one of the most respected in our industry – as National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist for the last 10 years… when he speaks.. we listen 🙂 Let’s start with the local picture:

Is Orange County in a Real Estate Bubble? 

Of course, the first thing everyone wonders is ‘are we in a bubble?’ One recent thing to note is the housing market has not been increasing as the job market increases, which is a bit of a bummer. Regardless, Mr Yun doesn’t see any kind of extreme correction on the horizon. Home prices are 3.5x higher since 1995. Lawrence, like the other experts at the recent WCR Economic Throwdown, doesn’t believe there is a bubble. SO STOP WORRYING :))

Seriously, don’t worry, but do always be on the lookout for risks or warning signs of a market shift

  • International trade wars
  • Rising rates and inverted yield curve
  • Shift to snowballing pessimism (perception is reality!)

We have nothing to fear but fear itself – Franklin Roosevelt

What about Interest Rates?

We are on a permanent track to increase rates, so our advice to International buyers is buyer sooner than later, the rates will only rise.

The Global Real Estate Market

Exchange rate, political environment, and comparative price appreciation are all factors that affect our foreign buyers. At this point in time, the US currency conversion is high, so we saw less foreign buyers in 2018 than in 2017. That said, we still have PLENTY of international buyers, and that is not expected to change soon, only increase. Foreigners still love to buy in the United States, overall it’s considered it very safe and secure here.

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Global Committee chair Spencer Hoo introduces 2018 Global Forum speakers

As financing, exchange rates, inventory, and immigration laws all improve, we can expect more and more foreign transactions. Currently, here’s the top 5 countries buying US homes:

  1. China
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. India
  5. United Kingdom

19% go to Florida, and 14% come here to California!

More expectations for the US market:

  • Short term uncertainty but long term solid pent-up demand
  • Next 3 years of home sales…..booooorrrrrrring. No real increases or decreases
  • Flat & even real estate market

If you’d like a consultation to make sure your home is attractive to the foreign buyer pool as our market softens a bit, just give Angie a call, text 949-338-7408, or WeChat.

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Vow2Save – helping newlyweds afford a home!

Posted on December 1, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Newlyweds, Orange County Real Estate, Real Estate Stories, Vow2Save Orange County Real Estate Registry | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our First Vow2Save Bride!

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Our friend, Angela, was our first bride to use Vow2Save for her wedding website and to help her crowdfund a down payment for their future home. She helped us perfect our site and we are so proud to say she has now been preapproved to buy a home with her new husband! We truly believe in our Vow2Save program and know it will help many newlyweds afford their first home and be able to purchase sooner than they thought they would. We took sometime to interview Angela about her Vow2Save experience so we could share more with you all.

Wedding Website

When you use Vow2Save you are able to customize your website and make it your own. This allows it to double as your registry site and a wedding website with all the information on your wedding and reception. When asking Angela if making her Vow2Save site (happygrahamily) was easy, she told us there are so many options for customizations and edits, but it is clear you don’t have to use every feature. She says this made it easy and simple. Having a liaison that answers any and all questions she had and that helped her edit her site, was one of the best parts. Her site was up in less than a day but she could make changes as often as she wanted or needed. She plans to have the site up for awhile after the wedding for people to reminisce.

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Angela’s homepage on her Vow2Save site! Customized exactly to her wants and needs. It’s so easy to make it your own.

 

Crowdfunding a down payment

The main purpose behind Vow2Save is for newlyweds to be able to crowdfund their down payment instead of receive wedding gifts. Instead of the typical pizza oven or blender, brides and grooms are able to purchase a home with their wedding gifts. We use PayPal to transfer money from the Vow2Save site into your own bank account. We asked Angela how hard it was for her to get the money from the site to her bank account and she told us it was easier than tying shoes! The hardest part of the whole thing is setting up your PayPal account if you don’t already have one, which is super easy! Within 1-2 days of a donation being made you are able to transfer it from PayPal to your bank account! We also let everyone know of the transfer fee on the Vow2Save donation page so that people can choose to cover that fee on top of their donation so it doesn’t come out of their actual donation amount.

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PRE-APPROVED TO BUY A HOME!

Angela and her groom Rick got married on October 13th and are already approved to buy their home thanks to Vow2Save and their family and friends donations! They were able to get preapproved because the bank saw the significant amount of money they had saved in their account for a down payment. Angela says thanks to Vow2Save and their donations they were able to get preapproved and (soon) will be able to purchase a home much quicker than they would have without it. Vow2Save helped her put a big chunk of cash into her bank account to help her with the preapproval process. Most newlyweds aren’t able to purchase a home right away and spend many years throwing away money in rent but because of Vow2Save more couples will be able to skip renting and purchase their home right away to begin their marriage just like Angela and Rick. We can’t wait to share with you when they choose the perfect home for them!

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If you are engaged or know someone who is and you want this to be their reality sign up on Vow2Save! You can also fill out the form below for more information or contact Angie at 949-338-7408.

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Thankful for Homeownership

Posted on November 17, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas now right around the corner many of us take time to reflect on the blessings we have in our life and all that we are thankful for. Thursday many of us will spend the day in a cozy home with the smell of pumpkin pie making our tummies growl before we gather around the table with all our loved ones. Being able to have family fill our homes with laughter and love is a huge reason to be thankful for homeownership. This year we are taking time to reflect on reasons we are thankful for homeownership. We took the time to interview some of our clients on the reasons they are thankful for homeownership. Our hope is that one day everyone gets to feel this pride and thankfulness for a home that they own and worked hard for.

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Our thankful clients

We interviewed a few of our previous clients who purchased their homes with us and asked what homeownership meant to them and why they were thankful for it. For many it is a place to make family memories that will last forever. One client that we’ve helped build investment properties said to her it means being invested in her neighborhood, community, and city. It means caring for something that will in turn take care of her and her family for years to come. She has been able to turn the properties she owns into income for her family through renting and Airbnb. Homeownership can do so much more than provide you with a place to sleep at night. Another client is thankful for homeownership because she is able to build equity and stability for her growing family. We are thankful that we get to work with such amazing people that are enjoying their homes so much.

Take some time this week to sit down and reflect on all you are thankful for and the blessings you have. We hope that you are surrounded by family and loved ones this holiday season in a home that is all yours is something on your list of blessings. If you know someone deserving of the happiness of homeownership let them know our annual OC Homeownership Day is coming up January 19th. Check out all the details here.

If you’re interested in finding your forever home to host family gatherings yourself contact Angie at 949-338-7408 so she can make your dreams come true.

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Crypto, ADU’s, & Homeownership Day 2019 – Register Here!

Posted on November 3, 2018. Filed under: Accessory Dwelling Units, ADUs, First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, International Properties, Lenders & Loan info, OC Home Fair, OC Property Management, OC Property Profiles, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , |

Want to learn more about Real Estate?

ochomefairOur annual Homeownership Day & OC Home Fair is right around the corner! We are hosting at Chapman University for the 7th year in a row on January 19th, 2019 from 10 AM – 1 PM!

Orange County Young Professionals Network, Chapman University, Orange County Realtors, and local nonprofits are putting this event together for YOU. Homeownership Day is completely FREE and taught by seasoned professionals who are passionate about helping others to change their lives through homeownership and work towards building their future.

Biggity BONUS:::::::Each attendee will be entered to win $1000:::::::courtesy of Orange County Realtors.

Homeownership Day is ‘choose your own adventure style’, where you attend only the sessions you’re interested in. This year offers twelve classes over three sessions – pick from four during each time slot! When you register online at OCHomeFair.com you are able to choose which class you want to be in during each time slot. Some of the highlighted classes this year include:

  • Buying Your First Home
  • Taking Advantage of ADU’s and Granny Flats
  • Preparing for a Market Turn – How to Protect Your Family
  • Investing to be an Automatic Millionaire
  • Buying with Cryptocurrency – What you Need to Know
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • ++++ so many other great learning opportunities that will help you get ahead.  

Learn Property Down Payment Hacks from the Best

OC Home Fair headerParticipating Nonprofits include NeighborWorksOC and Affordable Clearinghouse – offering a panel on grants, down-payment programs, and more called ‘Finding Funds to Buy Your Home’. If you are currently renting, these nonprofits are here to help YOU! Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) will also be hosting a class for veterans to take advantage of their housing benefits. Furthermore, Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB), will be featuring chairwoman Desiree Patno as a speaker.

Buying A Home with Bitcoin?

Featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, & Inc Magazine, cryptocurrency transaction expert Piper Moretti will teach ‘Buying with Cryptocurrency – What You Need to Know’. As crypto becomes the mainstream, it’s important to know what to expect and how to protect yourself from cyber-fraud. 

Travel much? As the world continues to shrink, Spencer Hoo is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) active in Orange County Young Professionals Network (OCYPN) and Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). This year Spencer is teaching our “Safely Buying and Selling International Real Estate” session.

Tired of Renting?

Orange County Realtors 2019 President Matt Clements will educate on Hassle Free Homebuying, and past Orange County Young Professionals Network chair Angie Weeks (yours truly!) will teach on David Bach’s book concepts to become “The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner”. This information is absolutely essential to anyone who wants to grow their real estate empire safely.

OC Home Fair is for Everybody. Homeownership Matters.

Investing to an Automatic Millionare!Whether you’re trying to buy your first home, or someone who owns multiple homes but is trying to grow your portfolio or buy internationally, our classes have real life applications to help everyone learn how to establish and grow a residual income stream. There is absolutely no pitching, anything to buy, or programs to subscribe to– just solid information presented by experienced industry leaders.

To join the next generation of real estate, and to educate yourself on all there is to know about safely building wealth with property, and for a complete colloquium list, please register online at OCHomeFair.com or simply fill out the form below:

We’ll see you at Chapman University on January 19th!

In the meantime, Let’s be InstaFriends! Follow us at @AskAngieTeam@OCHomeFair

You can stay in touch with all of your connections you’ll inevitably make at Homeownership Day at these by following these tags on IG & Twitter.

#OCHomeFair #HomeownershipDay

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Vow2Save featured in South County Magazine!

Posted on October 19, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Orange County Real Estate, Vow2Save Orange County Real Estate Registry | Tags: , , , , , |

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Our Vow2Save program launched

We’ve been working on our Vow2Save program for years now – perfecting and enhancing its qualities. We are very excited that it is now fully functioning and helping newlyweds everywhere. On Vow2Save’s website you can set up your own wedding website with the ability to crowd fund a down payment for your first home together. We know nowadays many couples are living together before marriage or living separate in rented apartments or homes. This means most couples already have kitchen supplies and towels that most couples register for on their wedding registry. Now, instead of getting gifts that you don’t really need or already have you can register for your own home! What better way to start off your marriage than a down payment all ready for you to purchase your own home.

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Vow2Save in South County mag!

We were recently mentioned in South County magazine talking about our program and what all it entails. This is really exciting for us because its one of our first public mentions with our new program! The article in South County Magazine talks about how much debt most Americans are in and how many newlyweds start their marriage off with overwhelming debt due to buying a home. Thanks to Vow2Save they can get into a home without the debt taking over. It mentions how easy it is to set up your own site with templates, infographics and how-to emails. We work with Realtors all over the country so it isn’t secluded to just Orange County! We are so excited to work with newlyweds nationwide.

We are really excited to help brides to be start their wedding website and registry with Vow2Save – so if you or anyone you know is getting married soon and wanting to buy a home please send them over to us! Email info@vow2save.com or fill out the form below for more information!

 

 

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What’s my Orange County home worth?

Posted on October 18, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

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Ever wonder what your OC home would be worth if you were to sell?

We can give you that answer! We offer amazingly accurate reports to tell you exactly that – for no charge or obligation! These reports will show you how much your home is currently worth and how much that is an increase from what you bought it for. It will show you more in depth numbers such as the equity you have inquired, your mortgage payment and balance, and changes to homes in your neighborhood.

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An example of our reports emailed right to you!

Something most people love about these reports is the ability to see where your home is ranking among other homes in the neighborhood. Everyone loves a little healthy competition, and with these reports you can see if your home is above or below the average sale of homes in your neighborhood. The picture below is an example of this.
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Our goals

We want you to inquire about these reports because we want everyone to be educated about their home and their options. It’s important to always be ‘in the know’, so you are ready for every market twist or turn. Our goal is to always inform clients and readers about real estate. Subscribing to our blog also includes regular information from reports on housing and real estate in Orange County.

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Owning vs Renting in OC

Posted on September 15, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate, Renting | Tags: , , , , , |

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Are you struggling with the increase in rent here in OC?

Most people are having a hard time staying in one place with the increase in rent for current residents every year. The Orange County Register posted that Orange County rent is up $73 a month or 3.8 percent year over year in May of 2018. There is no rent control to help current residents stay closer to their going rate after living there year after year. We have been renters before and understand the struggle of paying so much every month for something that isn’t actually yours. In reality you could be paying around the same amount every month to own a home. Believe us, it feels a lot better to make that payment every month knowing that you own your home. It doesn’t look like the price of rent is going to decrease anytime here in Orange County so now is the time to get yourself your own home.

Benefits of Homeownership

There are so many more benefits to homeownership other than just having something of your own. Most people don’t realize how affordable owning a home really is, down payment options are as low as 3.5% currently. We often think about how expensive it is to own our home, but do we ever consider how expensive it is not too? Throwing all that money away on rent every month adds up to such a high price on something you don’t even get to keep. While owning a home you are building equity which helps you have a better plan for your future. You also save on your taxes if you’re a homeowner so really, owning a home makes you some money every year in equity and tax savings. You are no longer tied to a landlord who can raise your rent or change things on you at the end of any lease and your family has a stable home to live and grow in. However, we think the best part of homeownership is the pride you feel knowing you worked hard for something that is all your own.

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Rent vs Own Analysis

To help you more visualize why owning is more beneficial than renting we created a rent vs owning analysis based on a rent of $2500 a month or buying our current home on the market 16555 Sell Circle . Let’s say you had a down payment of around $10,000 and got a loan for $515,000 for the rest of the payment, with a 4.875 interest rate. You pay HOA fees of $360 a month, but you also get a tax benefit from owning a home. This is the amount you’d be SAVING to own instead of renting! Many people think they can’t afford their own home, but they definitely can! We would love to help you put together one of these for your own situation to help you see the difference in your life if you were to buy a home!

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If you are interested in seeing your rent vs own analysis or if you’re ready to find your home contact Angie at 949-338-7408!

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Tips and tricks on buying in Spain’s finest cities.

Posted on August 25, 2018. Filed under: Buying in Spain, First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, International Properties | Tags: , , , , |

If you read our last post about buying property in Spain then you know we think its a great idea! Spain is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been, and we can’t wait to purchase a home there! After visiting Spain, we wrote a blog post about all the things we learned, but we wanted to know more! We always want to be as educated as we can in order to help our clients make the best decisions in their home buying experiences. Ever since Angie earned her CIPS designation international buying is extra important to us. We had the opportunity to speak to Realtor, Anna Rubio from Keller Williams Capital Properties in DC who has also earned her CIPS designation and works often in Madrid, and she helped answer some of our questions about purchasing in Spain. Now we have someone we can refer our amazing clients too if they choose to purchase in Spain.

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The process of becoming a homeowner in Spain

When you begin your. process of purchasing a Spanish property you’ll make an offer on the place you love with the seller’s agent. In Spain the buyer deals with the seller’s agent directly, because typically buyers are unrepresented, but you can choose be if you want (which you know we always recommend). If your offer is accepted then you and the seller would sign a preliminary contract and you would pay a deposit, usually around 10%. The contract is signed in front of a notary (in Spain you have a notary help you with the legal paperwork). You can choose your mortgage provider, but the seller’s agent can usually steer you in the right direction if you don’t know any in the area.

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Increase your goal and shoot to become a Spain resident

In order to buy a property in Spain you need a NIE. This is a number assigned by the National Police to all foreigners that want to purchase property, or become Spanish residents. It can be difficult to obtain from overseas if you are not an EU resident and typically needs to be done with the Spain police, in person. EU partners are able to do it easier and more quickly. Just think, if you were already a resident it would be so much easier! If you’re waiting until you purchase your dream home there to become a resident then you should know Spain offers an awesome program that if you purchase property that is $500k worth in Euros, you can become eligible for your resident visa! How awesome to buy a home you love in a beautiful country while all becoming a resident of said country!

Best locations to live in Spain

Spain has some amazing cities to choose from, especially for retiring, but we all want to start retirement early, right? One of the top cities to live in is Barcelona (the second largest in Spain) known for its coastal, but historical views. You get to go to visit the beach and beautiful architecture all in one day, who could ask for anything more? Another great city to purchase in is Madrid. We visited Madrid while in Spain and it was absolutely beautiful! Madrid is the capital of Spain and known for its friendly locals and multicultural views. Malaga is another city that is absolutely breathtaking and would be a wonderful place to purchase a property and become a resident of Spain. It is on the southern coast of Spain with views of the glittering Mediterranean Sea. Its full of Spanish culture and a must see, even if only for a visit.

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Malaga, Spain

We can’t wait to start referring you guys and make your dream of owning in Spain a reality! If you are interested in knowing more please fill out the form below or contact Angie at 949-338-7408.

 

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