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Jan 21

Get a home for as low as 3%

Buy a home your whole family will love with as low as 3% down on a fixed-rate loan. Take advantage of low down payment options to buy a home today! Down payments as low as 3% for Conventional Loans up to $484,350. Down payments as low as 3.5% for FHA Loans up to $314,827. Zero down for VA Loans up to $484,350. Ask about Down Payment Assistance options available currently! Ask about Nova’s WealthBuilder program offering 100% financing for qualified borrowers on 15-20 year term loans! Our simplified

Jan 14

2018 Yuma Market Recap

Home Sales Homes sales remained strong through 2018 with over 250 homes selling every month. Home Values The average sale price also continues to rise with about an 8% increase in 2018 compared to 2017.  Part of this is most likely due to a shortage in lower priced homes. Appreciation It is interesting to point out that the average appreciation rate in Arizona rose way higher than the national average during the boom, and the fell much faster than average during the housing crisis of 2007-2008. Foreclosures Foreclosure

Aug 31

Own Vs Rent in 2018

With rising interest rate and home prices, people are asking “Does it still make sense to buy a home?” The quick answer is: IT DEPENDS! In Yuma county, the average single family home sells for about $190,000.  With a 5% down payment, the monthly payment would be roughly $1240 a month.  So how does that compare to renting?  Well there are a few things to consider. Owning means more responsibility If you own your home and something breaks, you have to fix it.  It’s your problem.  There’s no

Aug 7

Do I need to put 20 percent down to buy a house?

In a recent survey, about 30% of millennials felt they could qualify for a house, but couldn’t come up with a down payment.  Why would that be?  Well, it turns out most of them thought they needed to put 20% down. If you fall in this category, I have good news for you.  You do not need 20% down to buy a house in today’s market. How much do I really need to put down to buy a home? If you are purchasing a home to live in

Nov 7

Some Insights About Home Values From a Real Estate Appraiser

I was a part of a class recently for Real Estate professionals on the topic of Appraisals.  We had an appraiser in attendance, and the appraiser’s answers to some of the questions surprised us all. Isn’t the definition of market value “the price at which a seller is willing to sell and a buyer is willing buy?”  If so, then why does it sometimes happen that a price is agreed upon by all parties, and then the appraisal value comes in low? It turns out the answer is…IT

May 24

Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

If you would like to buy a house at some point in the future, it is never too early to start preparing.  Between deciding how much of a payment you are comfortable with, saving up for a down payment and maximizing your credit score, there is plenty you can be doing.  Here are some tips and advice that can help you get ready to make the transition from renter to homeowner. Do the Rent vs. Own Math If you are used to renting, there are some homeownership costs

May 11

How much can I borrow on a VA loan?

How much can I borrow on a VA loan?

If you are planning to use your VA home loan benefit to purchase or refinance a home, you may be wondering how high you can go. VA does not set a cap on how much you can borrow to finance your home.  However, they do set a cap on how much liability VA will assume, which affects the amount of money you can borrow on a VA mortgage. Loan Limits The loan limits are the amount a qualified Veteran with full entitlement may be able to borrow with

May 4

Relationship Benefits to Owning a Home

Relationship Benefits to Owning a Home
Apr 18

Unique conditions in Yuma housing market make NOW the perfect time to upgrade your home

Unique conditions in Yuma housing market make NOW the perfect time to upgrade your home

If you are a homeowner in Yuma county, I want you to know about a unique situation going on right now in the housing market that might present an opportunity for you. The Dual Market It is what we call a Dual Market, and it means that you can essentially sell your house in a seller’s market; and at the same time buy a house taking advantage of a buyer’s market. How does this work? The best way I can think to describe this is to show you

Apr 17

Shopping for the lowest rate on a mortgage

Shopping for the lowest rate on a mortgage

Mortgage rates change every day, sometimes multiple times throughout the day. So when you get prequalified and start looking at houses, it is important to keep in mind that your rate could be higher or lower depending on the market when you are ready to pull the trigger. (Hopefully lower!)  Depending on the day, it may or may not pay off to look at options for getting a lower interest rate by “paying points.” Due to the nature of rates changing so frequently, there is no one bank that