Buying a Home
Buying a home is an exciting and complex adventure. It can also be a very time-consuming and costly one if you're not familiar with all aspects of the process, and don't have all the best information and resources at hand.
One of my specialties is representing the best interests of Santa Monica area buyers throughout the home buying process. My comprehensive, high-quality services can save you time and money, as well as make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.
If you're like most people, buying a home is the biggest investment you will ever make. So whether you're buying a starter home, your dream home or an investment property, why not take advantage of my experience as a local market expert for Santa Monica to make the most informed decisions you can,
every step of the way?
Get your $8,000 HUD tax credit now
Qualified, first-time home buyers using a Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgage now can apply the $8,000 federal tax credit toward their down payments, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced.
Currently, borrowers applying for an FHA-insured mortgage are required to issue minimum down payments of 3.5 percent. Buyers still must issue the mandatory 3.5 percent down payment, but the tax credit now can be used as an additional down payment, or for other closing costs, which can help lower principal balances and monthly payments.
The following articles provide useful information and are a great place to start if you're considering buying a home.
C.A.R. launches Mortgage Protection Program
To help provide first-time home buyers with peace of mind when purchasing a home, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) Housing Affordability Fund is offering a new mortgage protection program to first-time home buyers.
Through the C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund’s Mortgage Protection Program, first-time home buyers who lose their jobs due to layoffs may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 per month, for six months, to help make their mortgage payments. A qualified co-buyer also can participate in the program, and receive a monthly benefit of $750 per month for up to six months. Program benefits also include coverage for accidental disability and a $10,000 death benefit.
For more information including eligibility requirements and information on applying for the C.A.R.H.A.F. Mortgage Protection Program, please visit http://www.car.org/aboutus/hafmainpage/carhafmortgageprotection/
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