Join us this Sunday, July 16th as Mark Bisordi, General Manager for North Coast Title Company, talks to us about the scammers out there who intercept or have you falsely wire your down payment NOT to the title company and your escrow account but to a crooks account. One couple in Tahoe recently sent $1.5 million to a scammer and lost the entire amount! NO INSURANCE for this folks! What are the steps to protect yourself? Here are some quick tips!
Call, don’t email! Confirm all wiring instructions by phone before transferring funds. Us the phone number from the title company’s website or a business card. You also have an “opening order” statement. This tell you your escrow number, escrow officer and her/his number
Be Suspicious! It’s NOT common for title companies to change wiring instructions and payment info–be aware and confirm!
Confirm it all: Ask your bank to confirm not just the account number but also the name on the account before sending a wire.
Verify immediately- You should call the title company or real estate agent to validate that the funds were received. Detecting that you send the money to the wrong account within 24 hours gives you the best chance of recovering your money.
Forward, don’t reply–When responding to an email, hit the forward instead of reply and then starting typing in the person’s email address. Criminals use email address that are VERY similar to the real one fora company. By typing in email addresses you will make it easier to discover if a fraudster is after you!
Do you know you can take your old tax bill, the cheap Proposition 13 roll-back basis, WITH you when you sell your home? How about transferring to another County and keeping your old property tax basis? Did you have your taxes “rolled-back” due to the real estate crash of 2007 only to see them bounce back big time? These and other perplexing questions answered as Greg Walsh, Chief Deputy Assesor joins us on the show this Sunday!
Propositions 60, 90 and 110 are voter-approved amendments (Revenue and Taxation Code, Paragraph 69.5) which allow qualifying Sonoma County homeowners to transfer the taxable value of a previous residence to a new residence. For many people, this can result in substantial tax savings.
You (or your spouse who resides with you) must either be at least 55 years of age (Prop 60) or severely and permanently disabled (Prop 110) as of the date you sell the home you are replacing.
We sometimes refer to the process of reviewing property as “the Prop 8 review process” because of its association with temporary declines in taxable value allowed by the passage of Proposition 8 in 1978.
David Guhin, City of Santa Rosa, CA Director of Planning and Economic Development will be on the show to discuss the State’s new requirements, and how cities are now required to make changes allowing for an easier, less restrictive process for adding an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) to your property. More City of Santa Rosa info here
Tune us in at 9-10AM on KSRO 1350AM, 103.5FM and streaming live at KSRO.com. Call in numbers are 707-636-1350
Mr. Guhin has over 17 years of experience in the public sector, most of which has been with the City of Santa Rosa’s Water Department. In July 2015 Mr. Guhin was asked to lead the former Community Development Department through a series of strategic changes. His first tasks were to tackle the organizational changes that would create the new and revitalized Planning and Economic Development Department and to engage staff in visioning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive Process Improvement Action Plan aimed at positively altering the experience of doing business with and for the City.
Mr. Guhin’s areas of reasonability includes the Planning, Engineering, Building and Economic Development functions for the City of Santa Rosa. In his time with Planning and Economic Development, Mr. Guhin has established the ongoing process improvement implementation, integrated the Engineering Development Services and Economic Development Divisions into the department, guided the development of the Housing Action Plan, and is leading the development of the City of Santa Rosa’s comprehensive policy on medical cannabis.
Mr. Guhin holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. Mr. Guhin’s recent community involvement includes being Past President for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and he was the co‐chair for the Amgen Tour of California local organizing committee and has helped to bring the Ironman to Santa Rosa for the next 5 years.
So when the world economy shudders and lurches on the news of “the un-thinkable” –Brittian leaving the EU– the smart money runs for the relative safety of “bonds”. Bad news=great interest rates! This is getting seriously low. Look at these absolutely delicious rates!
66% of May real estate sales fell between $400,000 to $749,000 here in the “Wine Country” of Sonoma County, California. Many in the nation might think our prices outrageous but here in the super heated “Tech-centered” Bay Area we are considered the “bargain basement”. Our “Median” SOLD home price is $580,000. However, the “Active” or “Showable” listings tell a different story. Whereas a “median” home price indicates half the market above and half below when it comes to “Active” listings its another story altogether. We have 818 total “Active” or “Showable” listings now available county-wide. If we use $580,000 as a median home price with our “Active” inventory we see 27% of the available listings are BELOW $580,000 and 73% above. The county-wide Median “Active” list price is $815,000.
If you wish to find “Active” properties below the “Median SOLD Price” only 4 areas meet that criteria: Russian River–$449,000 with 59 showable listings. The SW area of Santa Rosa comes in at $469,000 with only 27 showable listings, followed by NW Santa Rosa, $515,000 with 46 showable listings and the Cotati/Rohnert Park with $537,000 median home price of actives but only 18 showable homes.
It really takes off from there. The top two median “Active” home prices? Sonoma at $1,297,000 with 125 showable listings and Healdsburg, $1,411,500 with 76 showable listings. Overall, of the 818 total “Active” listings 308 are OVER $1,000,000.
If you are 62 or older. you can use a Reverse Mortgage to make a home purchase, and have no payments!! Today on the show, Reverse Mortgabe specialist, Jill Gromm of Alliance Reverse Mortgage, joins us. Tune in to the Real Estate Hour today for more information om this great option for our seniors community.
Plus more information about the traditional Reverse Mortgage refi which allows Seniors to age in place. This is good info for all us aging Baby Boomers, and our families.
The Real Estate Hour airs Sundays 9-10AM, PST live on KSRO 1350AM, 103.5FM and streaming live (and later podcast) at www.KSRO.com. Questions, call in numbers 707-636-1350 during the show or 707-799-3617 anytime.
Purchase a Home with a Reverse Mortgage
A HECM for Purchase is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage that allows homeowners to purchase a new principal residence and obtain a Reverse Mortgage in a single transaction. As with a traditional Reverse Mortgage, all homeowners must be 62 years or older to qualify. (Spouse may be under 62)
The Reverse for Purchase enables senior homeowners to relocate to other geographical areas to be closer to family members, right-size home or land or maybe move closer to medical facilities.
What is a Reverse Mortgage
A Reverse Mortgage, also called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), is a loan that uses your home as collateral, but instead of making payments to a lender, the lender pays you. As long as you live in the home and comply with loan terms including payment of taxes and insurance, you will never have to make a mortgage payment, in other words you will have no personal liability for the payment of the debt. Upon the sale or transfer of ownership of the property the loan will then be repaid.
A huge benefit is that your cash is distributed to suit your needs and lifestyle. The lender pays out the loan in three ways: lump sum, monthly payouts, or line of credit. As long as you have money to access, you can change your mind on how you take the money at any time. This allows the homeowner to be flexible with the money.
Other benefits include:
The funds loaned to you are tax-free (consult your tax advisor for your specific situation)
Your loan does not affect your Social Security or Medicare benefits
You and your heirs will keep any remaining equity
You can never owe more than the value of your home
There are no application fees
Your piece of mind is invaluable. This loan will provide you the relief you have been looking for, remember it is a loan secured by a lien on your home
You may continue to own your home in your name or in your trust
Increase cash flow by eliminating monthly mortgage payments
How much can I borrow?
The amount of money the borrower can receive is determined by the age of the youngest borrower, interest rates, appraised value, sale price and the maximum lending limit. It will be specific to your situation. We offer a no obligation assessment. Contact us to discuss.
What types of homes are eligible to be collateral?
Most single-family homes, two-to-four unit owner-occupied dwellings and approved condominiums and manufactured homes are eligible for a reverse mortgage loan. The home must meet FHA minimum property standards.
Am I eligible to take out a Reverse Mortgage?
To be eligible the FHA requires all borrowers on title to be 62 years or older. Borrowers must also meet financial eligibility criteria as established by HUD. If there is an existing mortgage on the home, it must be paid off with the proceeds from the reverse mortgage loan.
What happens if I want my home to be a part of my inheritance?
When the reverse mortgage loan does become due, the borrower’s heirs and/or estate may choose to repay the reverse mortgage loan and keep the home. Or, they can put the home up for sale in order to repay the loan. If the home sells for more than the balance of the reverse mortgage loan, the remaining home equity passes to the heirs.
If the home sells for less than the owed balance, the estate is not required to pay more than the value of the home at the time the loan is repaid.
A reverse mortgage loan is “non-recourse”, meaning that if you sell the home to repay the loan, you or your heirs will never owe more than the loan balance or the value of the property, whichever is less; and no assets other than the home must be used to repay the debt.
What monthly payments will I have?
You will not have mortgage loan payments, but still need to continue paying property taxes, insurance and HOA dues if any while maintaining the home according to FHA guidelines.
What can I use the money from the Reverse Mortgage loan for?
Reverse mortgage loans are commonly used to pay for home renovations, medical and daily living expenses. Homeowners who have an existing mortgage must use the reverse mortgage loan to pay off their existing mortgage. Ultimately, you can usually use it for anything you need.
Toni Espositi of Old Republic Exchange Company (OREXCO) joins us on the Real Estate Hour Sunday June 5th 9-10AM pst., 1350AM, 103.5FM, and streaming live with Podcast immediately following the show at KSRO.com.
Regional Sales Office – California ‒ Northern
& Pacific Northwest – Ms. Toni Esposti, CES®
Changes at the PRMD (Sonoma County Permit Department),
Changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance,
And, what about those Un-permitted repairs and alterations when you go to sell your house! These topics and more will be discussed with Real Estate Hour favorite, Tom Havstad.
Tune in..have a little fun…and, learn a lot.
Tom Havstad; Long time local Sonoma County Permit Consultant and property owner advocate. Tom Brings a wealth of knowledge to the Real Estate transaction, and to homeowners just trying to sort things out.
Permit Consulting Services for Sonoma Marin and Napa – Permit Consulting Services offers professional assistance at your building department. We know the process and we will advocate for you. Our expertise comes from decades of experience in all phases of plan and permit processing.
You may need help with building or zoning permits, or you may just need to understand what permits were taken out for work done in the past. If you need plans drawn in order to pull a permit, we can do those for you also. We’ll handle the whole process, start to finish, or we’ll coach you through it. And you can believe this, it’s not getting any simpler. You’ll save time and money by getting a professional on your side.
The longest running real estate talk show, now into its 20th year, is booking very interesting and timely guests in the weeks and months to come. Coming May 1st, Roy Johnston, attorney, speaking on the new form of real estate ownership which has a very simple, perhaps too simple, Deed. He’ll speak on this plus OTHER issues of taking title to real estate, probate process and other trust issues. Continue reading Upcoming Guests soon to the Real Estate Hour.→
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