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Home Buying in San Francisco : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Feb 22, 2017
Gregg Pomeroy answered:
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

You probably have a good amount of equity and rates are still rather low. You may be able to refinance into a 30 year fixed and still keep your payment resonable. If you have other debt you may be able to tap into your equity and pay that off to lower your over all monthly debt as well.

So there are probably some options for you.

I handle mostly NY and can lend nationwide.

I'm avialable almost 24/7.

If you would like to see what I can do for you or have any questions you are welcome to contact me.
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Mon Feb 13, 2017
Aholbrook62292 answered:
I make 36500 a year and have a 309.90 car payment. Can I buy a house?
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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Bobbysgram2200 answered:
they are terrible and getting worse..they are over the line with some of their tactics and you would think with the past reputation they would straigten out their act but they appear to be getting worse! ... more
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Sam Shueh answered:
Suggest you sell and rent month to month in SF until you find your dream home. You have ample reserve and home prices in SF will stabilize......
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Kellyhoehler85, yeah they removed them so that is suspicious. There is a link to report fraud listings. You are posting in the "Home buying in San Francisco" so are you planning on buying?

The purchase in San Francisco starts from 213k for a 409sf studio condo, 249k for a 1,022sf 2bd 2ba condo, 425k for 1,532sf 3bd 2ba condo and the single family homes start from 499k for 2bd 1ba 1,044sf top floor.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

You will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You will need to gather some documentation for each applicant.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

You may consider 5% down Jumbo with a minimum 720 fico score from 424k up to 1.5 million and 10% down from a minimum 680 fico score and up to 2.5 million. You will need 20% down to purchase over 2.5 million.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran and VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO and Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
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Thu Jan 19, 2017
Timlamsf asked:
if i am helping someone in Canada to get a loan for a new house(very small percentage from me), my name will be taken out in a short period, wondering if that will affect my first time home…
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Wed Jan 18, 2017
Giacobbe.kristen answered:
I wanted to type more but I went over the limit. I was also curious if anyone has had experience living and purchasing homes through Meritage Homes and/or CalAtlantic Homes as well. We are impressed with what we have seen online as far as the homes look, it's what we are truly looking for. I've seen mixed reviews online about both and would appreciate any honest feedback on the two. Thank you!! ... more
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Sun Jan 15, 2017
Terryzartman answered:
is the broker liable for damage during a bank appraisel? door left unlocked wind blew it off of house
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Sat Jan 14, 2017
Alcrawfordloves answered:
Let's not get it twisted... Have you all got amnesia? One block to the right of the Safeway Shopping Center as you are coming out of the store,, on the other side of Diamond Heights Blvd is a square city block of housing projects. Yes, the brown apartments across the street from the lovely condos. The views are spectacular, & the rent (when I lived there with roommates) was dirt cheap. However, back in the 1980's and 90's these projects were filled with drug dealers and riddled with various crimes ranging from homicide, rape, armed robbery, you name it. It was just as dangerous to visit the neighborhood as it was going to Hunter's Point, McAllister & Fillmore, Lakeview, Sunnydale, Double Rock, South Van Ness just to name several more..
I don't know what it is like today but I don't think the project there have been demolished like other places.
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Fri Jan 13, 2017
Prime answered:
I have purchased 3 houses for cash and I have never been asked to have my credit checked or copies of my bank statements. Yes, I have provided proof of funds in my bank account via letter from my bank, but that only proved that I had the ability to cover the purchase, not how much money I have. As for the Patriot Act, the compliance comes from having the money in the bank. You can't show up with a burlap sack full of $100s and just dump it in your bank. As long as you close escrow with a verifiable source of funds like a wire transfer or cashiers check from your bank, you're good to go.

If you are shopping for a home where the market is hot, you may very well be asked to provide proof that you can afford a home before it is shown to you. Don't take offense, it is a practice to reduce the number of people who just like to look and have no ability or no intention to buy. Just have your banker write a letter stating you have the facilities to purchase a home up to the limit you want to advertise (or the money you have available). If your banker won't do that, move your money to another bank. You then give that letter to your real estate agent, and they will assure the sellers agent or builder that you are financially qualified. If they won't do that, get a different agent.
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Sat Dec 24, 2016
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Carylaurel, that would depend on your price range. The purchase in San Francisco range from 199k for 1bd 1ba condo 55+, 272k for 2bd 2ba condo and up. Do you have down payment and closing costs or do you need down payment and closing cost assistance?

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

You could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 417k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 417k.

You may consider 5% down Jumbo with a minimum 720 fico score from 417k up to 1.5 million and 10% down from a minimum 680 fico score and up.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran & VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO & Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
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Tue Dec 6, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
You can, if you are ready to buy 2 homes, other wise you should get the release first
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Mon Dec 5, 2016
Dgoody2 answered:
Location, location, location... I shop at Safeway, get my coffee at Starbucks downstairs, go to Barry's Bootcamp downstairs, have drinks at Luck Strike...again downstairs... this is NYC style living at its best... I completely renovated my unit and it's just as nice, if not nicer, than newer buildings in the area... you can never change the location of a building, however you can change almost any finish in your place... my best advise is look for a unit with a good floor plan and good bones... the rest you can change over time. ... more
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Fri Dec 2, 2016
UpNest answered:
The best way to find out about pocket listings is through a realtor who knows the insider secrets of the local area. An agent with the right connections will unveil several listings before they are marketed to the public. UpNest.com can help you narrow down your search and find the right realtor with the best connections. ... more
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Tue Nov 29, 2016
Emilie asked:
Longtime SF residents (renters) -- 2 couples -- thinking about buying a property together but weren't sure if purchasing a SFH then converting to more of a duplex was even a possibility.…
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Sat Nov 19, 2016
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Wed Nov 16, 2016
Gissel answered:
Hi Pheno,
For starters, your agent should have made sure you were qualified before making an offer, he should be assisting you with this matter right now, or go to his broker if he is not performing the way he is supposed to.
Secondly, in the contract you signed there must have been the option to dispute your deposit and have a mediation in efforts to recover your initial deposit with the assistance of an attorney in case of default by performance.
Best of luck to you!

Gissel Hernandez Mendez
Sonnocco Real Estate Group
gissel@sonnocco.com
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