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Trump Administration ‘Indefinitely’ Suspends FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Cut…

January 25th, 2017 · No Comments · buying a home, FHA loan, first time buyer

And, in real estate news…this is a major bummer for MANY homebuyers that use the FHA program to achieve home ownership, who otherwise couldn’t buy a home…this FHA program is specifically designed to help people like the ‘working class’ so this news is unfortunate. http://rismedia.com/2017/01/23/trump-administration-indefinitely-supsends-fha-mortgage-insurance-premium-cut/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews#close

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Just Sold in Campbell for $815,000!

January 17th, 2017 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, campbell home, condo homeowner, condo/townhome, first time buyer, home for sale, home seller, homebuyer, Market News, Market Update, real estate, real estate advice

For this townhome I sold in Campbell for $815,000, I was the agent for the sellers, a super cute couple moving out of the area, who found me on Yelp! The initial plan was to list their home after the holiday season, but they found a home right in the midst of the holidays, and […]

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Public Service Announcement for Buyers…

October 26th, 2016 · No Comments · buying a home, first time buyer, homebuyer, Market News, Market Update, real estate advice

I wanted to send this information out because I just had a client close on his home and got this letter in the mail about his deed. I have had other clients get these letters in the mail and ask me about the letter, and likely, I am certain that many or all of my […]

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Fairy Tale Endings…

August 17th, 2016 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, Cupertino, first time buyer, home for sale, home seller, Market News, Market Update, real estate, real estate advice, saratoga

For this home I just sold in Saratoga with Cupertino schools for $2,600,000, I was the agent for the buyers, a super sweet couple buying their first home and referred to me by another client. This couple had been looking for a home for quite some time, about 8 months or so. They saw MANY […]

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Me vs. the Sales Office

July 20th, 2016 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, condo/townhome, first time buyer, home for sale, home seller, homebuyer, Market News, Market Update, real estate, real estate advice, san jose home

For this townhome I sold in San Jose for $734,000, I was the agent for the sellers. This community, Avenue One, is a newer community and the sales office is still open selling brand new homes, so I knew that in order to compete with the new homes, we would have to price aggressively, plus […]

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Just Sold in Santa Clara for $365,000…

June 21st, 2016 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, first time buyer, home for sale, home seller, homebuyer, Market News, Market Update, real estate, santa clara, santa clara home

For this condo I sold in Santa Clara for $365,000, I was the agent for the seller who I met through networking many years ago. Preparing for the sale of this condo was a very long process. Due to the crazy market conditions of finding places for rent, we felt the best strategy was for […]

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Just Sold in San Jose for $980,000…

June 14th, 2016 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, condo/townhome, first time buyer, home for sale, home seller, homebuyer, Market News, Market Update, real estate, real estate advice, san jose home, selling a home

For this townhome I sold in San Jose for $980,000, I was the agent for the seller. I actually sold this home to her as a buyer’s agent almost exactly 10 years ago! There was a pending sale at the time, basically a twin of this home, the same model, the same condition, the same […]

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The Perfect Match!

June 7th, 2016 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, campbell home, condo/townhome, first time buyer, home for sale, home seller, homebuyer, Market News, real estate

For this townhome I recently sold in Campbell for $850,000, I was the listing agent for a very nice couple who is moving out of the area. This home is in a very small community in which no other home like it had sold recently, other than a sale that was not on MLS. So, […]

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Will Mortgage Rates Be Dropping?

February 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · first time buyer, homebuyer, Market News, Market Update, real estate, real estate advice

I thought this article was interesting… Mortgage Rates May Be Headed for Record Low:The industry has been concerned about higher mortgage rates in 2016, but so far, rates have been low. And they may even head into record-low territory soon, according to analysts. About two months ago, the Federal Reserve raised its funds rate for […]

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The Race To Close Before the Vacation Cruise…

January 5th, 2016 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, first time buyer, home for sale, homebuyer, Market Update, real estate, san jose home

For this home I just sold in San Jose for $715,000, I was the agent for the buyers, who were referred to me by another couple that bought a home with me a few years ago. These buyers were amazing and just so great to work with, so laid back and easy going, which was […]

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