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Home buying myths to stop believing in

There are many myths that home buyers in California and elsewhere may believe to be true. For example, many believe that they need a 20% down payment to buy a home. However, it is possible to get a loan without making a down payment at all depending on what type of mortgage a person uses. Some also believe that they have to buy a home for the maximum amount that a lender allow them to borrow.

What to know about housing market conditions

Buying a home in California can always be quite a challenge. However, it's especially difficult for those who are looking for their first home. It is not uncommon for buyers to discover that homes in their price range are fixer-uppers that may need a lot of work.

Boomerang buyers look to return to homeownership

For people in California and across the country, the last financial crisis was often particularly devastating to their involvement in the real estate market. The financial crisis began with serious problems in the home mortgage market, and many people lost their homes to short sales or foreclosures during that period. However, a growing number of individuals who lost their homes due to the financial crisis are beginning to move again on the path to homeownership.

Why buying in the exurbs may not make sense

California residents who want a balance of affordable housing and proximity to large cities may prefer to live in the exurbs. However, those who are looking to buy properties in the exurbs may want to consider that home prices tend to be more volatile in those areas. This is because they were often the most impacted by the Great Recession, and home prices are only starting to get back to where they were before it occurred.

Dealing with a delinquent mortgage

When a California homeowner has financial problems, they may find it difficult to make mortgage payments. In some cases, a cash-strapped homeowner may decide to sell their home as a way of getting out from under oppressive debt. This option could work; however, there are conditions under which it may not be possible.

Buying a home in a short sale

California residential real estate can be valuable, and many people may look to get a great deal by purchasing a short-sale property. Of course, short sales are less prevalent than they were a decade ago. From 2008 to 2012, the peak years of the financial crisis, they were a relatively common option. However, there are still a number of homeowners who opt for a short sale as a way out. In these cases, the mortgage lender agrees to accept a payoff amount less than the full amount owed in exchange for a quick sale of the property to a financially stable buyer.

Mortgage approval doesn't last forever

Prior to buying a home, it is generally a good idea to get tentative loan approval from a mortgage lender. This can help a person in California or elsewhere get a better idea of how much they qualify for. However, it is important to know how long the approval will be good for, and in most cases, an individual will have up to 90 days to obtain an actual loan.

Why selling to an investor isn't always a good idea

Real estate investors in California and throughout the country could be willing to buy a home if they think doing so could be profitable. However, there are upsides and downsides to doing so. For instance, selling a home to an investor may avoid a foreclosure and the credit problems that can come with it. Of course, it is important to understand that the home will likely sell for less than market value.

What to know about cash offers for homes

Individuals in California and throughout the country who are looking to sell their homes may be able to receive cash offers. In some cases, the closing process is easier, and it may be less expensive to complete the transaction without the need for a real estate agent. However, there are some issues that a property owner should consider prior to accepting a cash offer from a prospective buyer.

Selling a home to friends or family

When a California resident decides to sell a home to a friend or family member, they may be happy about the transaction. However, the choice can come with its own complications. Buying or selling a home is already a somewhat complex process that is often one of the biggest transactions in a person's life. As a result, a sale between friends or family can come with the complications that accompany a combination of business and private life. In the first place, there is no arms-length transaction with a close relative or best friend; both parties know a great deal about each other's lifestyles and financial situations.

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