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How does location affect my home value?

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We all know the three key factors in real estate: Location, Location, Location. Maybe it is an over-simplified axiom, but it is still relevant today. But what variables affect home price? Here are some of the major ones that affect locational home value:

  • On a cul-de-sac vs. drive thru street
  • On a busy vs. quiet street
  • Gated vs. non-gated community
  • Views of ocean, lake, or mountains vs. buildings, industrial, etc.
  • The School Boundary in which it lies (will go up or down based on desirability of school)
  • Walkability to outdoor activities, stores, restaurants, and businesses
  • Lies within a Natural Hazard Zone (Fire, Flood, etc.)
  • Known area to negatively affect value (such as soil settlement issues, nearby or in a commercial zone, under a flight path, near active train tracks, etc) 
  • Stage of neighborhood life cycle (Growth, Stability, Decline, or Renewal)

These are some key aspects to pay attention to and let guide your decision-making when searching for a long-term home.

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

Seaside Realty

DRE 01882756 | SeasideRealtyVC.com

830 E. Santa Clara St.  Ventura, CA 93001

Cell 805.258.2870   Fax 805.856.1583

Home Warranty

Typically, buying a home is the largest purchase people make. Whether new construction or a complete fixer, every property deteriorates with each passing day. So what can be done about it? For starters, buyers can ask the seller to pay for a one-year home warranty when an offer is submitted (this is renewable after the year). Sellers often agree to give a warranty as it assures the buyer and seller that issues that arise within the first year (be aware that home warranties have limited coverage) will be repaired through the home warranty company. If you are currently in escrow and already had your buyers’ inspection, you can request repairs be done on the property or ask for a credit based on what work you believe the home needs. The seller does not need to agree to any of the repairs, but it is smart to ask. Getting a home warranty is a good idea even if the sellers choose not to agree to one.

As you can see from the picture, this gas line has seen better days! My clients smelled gas within their home that they recently purchased in the Montalvo, Ventura area. The deteriorated gas line did not show up on the buyer’s home inspection report when my clients were in escrow. And to our knowledge, the seller was not aware of this issue. Due to the need to repair the gas line as soon as possible, my clients immediately had a plumbing contractor come out to fix the gas line. The home warranty reimbursed my clients for the repairs. Before you get a home warranty, it is important to verify that the warranty will reimburse you for covered items if you choose to use a specific contractor and pay out of pocket.

Although I do not recommend a specific home warranty company, here is a list of a few that I have seen purchased: American Shield, Old Republic Home Protection, Fidelity National Home Warranty, First American Home Buyers Protection, CRES Home Warranty by HISCO, and Buyers Protection Group.

When a seller does agree to pay for a one-year home warranty, it’s a win-win situation, as the seller knows items neither party were of aware of will be repaired. (Please be aware that home warranties are limited in nature, and it is recommended that buyers of the home warranty do their due diligence to their satisfaction.)

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

October 7, 2014

Affordable Housing Options and Instructions

Though we have seen growth in certain areas, home-ownership can still be a steep hill to climb for many! Some may be surprised to know that there are several Affordable Housing Program areas available.

Nine developments within the City of Ventura fall under the Affordable Housing Program.

  • Country Groves / County Harvest (Telegragh Rd cross Pistachio Ave; Casa St, Date Ave, Sage St, Cinnamon Oak Ave, Apple Ave, Plum St, Peach Ave, Cid St): 69 Moderate Income 3 Bedroom and 77 Moderate Income 4 Bedroom

  • La Paloma (S. Saticoy Ave cross North Bank Dr; Daphne Ave, Verbena St, Marigold Ave, Poppy St, Lobelia Ave, and Sunflower St): 32 Moderate Income 3 Bedroom and 63 Moderate Income 4 Bedroom

  • Los Cabos (N. Ventura Ave cross Los Cabos Ln): 23 Moderate Income 4 Bedroom

  • North Bank Greens

  • Seneca Gardens (N. Ventura Ave cross Seneca St): 8 Low Income 2 Bedroom

  • Seneca Highlands (Scattered on Seneca St, Nocumi St, and Katari Ave): 4 Low Income 3 Bedroom, 1 Low Income 4 Bedroom, 15 Moderate Income 3 Bedroom, and 27 moderate 4 Bedroom

  • Harmony (Telephone Rd cross Saratoga Ave; Dorsey St, Fitzgerald Ave, Northwind Ct): 10 Moderate Income 2 Bedroom

  • Melody (Telephone Rd cross Saratoga Ave; Holiday Ave, Basie St, Getz Ave, Gillespie St): 7 Moderate Income 2 Bedroom

  • Mayfair (E. Santa Clara cross N. Ash St): 1 Moderate Income 2 Bedroom

For SELLERS under this program, you will need to do the following:

  • State your intent to sell

  • Provide the address of the house for sale

  • Date escrow closed when current owner purchased the property

  • Purchase price of the property at the close of escrow, when the current owner purchased the property

  • Number of bedrooms

  • Provide legal names and signatures

  • Attach a copy of the escrow settlement statement, or tax report, as supporting documentation of the home purchase price

For BUYERS under this program, you will need to first meet income requirements which can be found Here.  And if you would like to be placed on a waitlist, you can fill out the Interested Affordable Homebuyer’s Intake Form and send it to the address provided on the form. If you submitted an offer on a listed home under the program and are in escrow, buyer/s will need to fill out an Affordable Housing Program Application.

Here are the buyer requirements:

  1. Your income must not exceed the Maximum Allowable Household Income Limit.

  2. Within five days of opening escrow the HACSB should be contacted by either the buyer or the listing agent by submitting the completed signed original Affordable Housing Program application along with the requested documentation.

  3. Within 10 days of opening escrow, the buyer needs to submit all required income documentation to the City to include most recent paystubs for all wage earners in the household, three years W-2s and federal tax returns, and current statements for all bank accounts.

Hopefully this gives you the necessary starting point to make your sale or purchase a reality. Please email if you are interested in more details!

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

Seaside Realty

DRE 01882756 | SeasideRealtyVC.com

830 E. Santa Clara St.  Ventura, CA 93001

Cell 805.258.2870

September 8, 2014

 

Loan Pre-Approval

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One of the keys to a successful real estate transaction is a smooth loan process. Sounds simple enough, and it almost always is when the buyer provides all necessary documents requested by the loan officer. Why are the proper documents so essential? Here are two reasons:

(1) When your loan officer inputs your information into an automated desktop underwriter program, the initial approval for your loan, which still needs to be verified, scrutinized, and approved by human underwriters, is only as good as the data inputed.  For example, if your loan officer inputs data that is incorrect based not on the documents provided but your verbal information, and the information is wrong, then you could possibly be denied the loan down the road.  And to have a loan denied in escrow is of course, upsetting and stressful.

(2) A reason for delayed full approval from underwriters is when the buyers do not satisfy all the conditions of the loan, including complete documentation.  With a standard escrow period of 30 days (possibly longer for non-conventional loans or other circumstances) and the standard 17 day loan contingency, providing all documentation upfront will speed the approval process.  And every buyer certainly wants full approval from the lending institution before the 17 day loan contingency in order to not worry about your earnest money deposit being taken as liquidated damages for non-performance if the loan gets denied after removing the loan contingency.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED OF THE BUYER?

As the lending environment seems to be changing daily, this is a basic list (not all-inclusive for every transaction):

  • Last two years of tax returns

  • Last two W-2s from employer

  • Last two months of bank statements (including retirement accounts, investment accounts, etc)

  • If renting, possibly cancelled checks for the past year

  • If you own investment properties or are self employed, expect to provide additional documentation

Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts prior to getting a loan:

  • Do review your credit for errors

  • Do have your deposit and closing funds showing in your last two financial statements (unless you are receiving as gift funds).  Otherwise, you will have to verify the source.

  • Don’t apply for new credit

  • Don’t cancel any credit accounts

  • Don’t make any major purchases

Chris  Chin |Broker & Owner

August 26, 2014