Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Case-Shiller Index of Housing Prices - Double Dip?

The headlines today about the Case-Shiller Housing Index do not reflect what is going on in the Silicon Valley market.  Read the data from the actual Case-Schiller tables via this link. The bottom of the single family housing market for Santa Clara County is essentially March 2009.  The data that was released today is about March 2011 - the Index has a two month lag time so that the data can be compiled. Seasonally adjusted index for the San Francisco region is 134, compared to two years ago of 121. We are significantly positive over the last two years.  Also, consider that the data is for the SFO region which takes into account some more severely impacted areas of the East Bay.  If the data were strictly for Santa Clara County, the numbers would be even better.
Now this is not necessarily a rah rah of the Valley - when considering a purchase or a sale of real estate, we want to take into account all the possible factors - it's not just about price! 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Six short sale apartments for sale in San Jose

These three duplexes and three fourplexes are very good opportunities to buy investment properties at low prices and with a strong rental market.

765 Blossom Hill - duplex San Jose 95123 area - $580,000 short sale. 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit and 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit, 2,332 square feet of living space.
149 Adler, Campbell - no rent control - 4plex, asking $775,000, regular sale, 3,747 square feet, very well maintained building, double pane windows, garages per unit, newer comp roof, regular sale! - this is a nice deal.
581 Nello Drive, Campbell 4plex, 3,957 square feet, $750,000, short sale, very nice condition property at end of 4plex neighborhood development. Two three bedroom units and two two bedroom units.
2095 Lynnhaven Drive, San Jose duplex, 95128, short sale $470,000, 1,790 square feet, nice owner occupant unit with larger unit in the back. Great west valley location.
1332 White Drive, Santa Clara duplex, $499,000, 1,476 square feet, very good El Camino & San Thomas Expressway location, short sale, great rental property.
620 Gamma Court, built in 1977, 4plex short sale, very well constructed, extra parking, larger pie shaped lot, $699,000, 3,510 square feet.

Call us today to talk about which apartment investment in the San Jose area is best for you.

Do You Need to Sell Short?

There are many alternatives to someone who owns a home and cannot make their payments.  One of the options is to request a short sale from the bank.  Some of the other options are bankruptcy, foreclosure, loan modification, refinance, deed in lieu and  more. Everyone's situation is different depending on all factors involved.  A personal residence has certain criteria involved, as does a property held for investment and furthermore, was the loan a purchase money loan or a refinance.  All these factors influence the situation and a solution is not cookie cutter for all.

Many people in the last 5-10 years find themselves owning a home that is now worth less than what they paid for it and possibly less than what is owned on the property.  Others people have loans that have adjusted to payment levels that are unaffordable.  This, coupled with a drop in equity, makes a refinance highly unlikely.  But there are solutions!

Credit is also a concern for many people.  Does a short sale have less negative impact on your FICO score than a foreclosure or a bankruptcy?  But what other factors also impact your credit score?  Late payments compounded month after month will have significant negative effect on your FICO score. This may negate the gravity of a short sale/foreclosure question.

What your home is worth is also a very important factor.   In Santa Clara County alone, there are sub-markets that are very healthy and prices are rising and there are sub-markets that are quite weak.  Your home's value will impact the decision whether to short sell, modify the loan or any of the other options discussed above.

An important step in this process is to sit down with an experienced Realtor to review all your options.  Even if you have received a Notice of Default or a Notice of Trustee Sale, there still may be time to enact a better solution.  Feel free to email  me or call anytime:

Mario Pinedo,CCIM
Keller Williams Realty
DRE 01118365
cell 415-269-6249
Serving buyers and seller since 1991.

For further articles on this topic, I have linked all the short sale articles here.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cupertino Elementary & High Schools Maps & Boundaries

If you want the best links to the schools of Cupertino and Sunnyvale within the Cupertino Union School District & the Fremont Union High School District, please click below:

Cupertino Union School District Map

Cupertino Union School District Street Finder

Fremont Union High School District Map

Fremont Union High School District Street Finder

Not to confuse those who live in the City of Fremont in Alameda County... but the Fremont Union High School District is located in the Cities of Cupertino and Sunnyvale. The high schools are Cupertino High School, Fremont High School, Homestead High School, Lynbrook High School & Monta Vista High School.

If you want excellent advice on what home to buy in these areas, please call me at 415-269-6249. I have been selling in Cupertino and throughout the Silicon Valley since 1991. I will be very glad to take your call.