At last; a bank-owned, newer one-story on a decent lot at an attractive price – only $164 per sf:
The previous owners refinanced in October, 2006, getting two loans that totaled $1,140,000. Six months later they got a new second, and another $60,000 cash-out, rounding off the indebtness to approximately $1,200,000.
Houses under $200,000 are blowing off the market, usually with multiple offers. This one closed yesterday, a 3br/1.5ba, 1,062sf house built in 1961 in virtually original condition, whose elderly owner just went off to assisted living:
The buyer of this house, an Arizonan, said,
“Where I come from all the slabs are cracked, even the ones on flat land”.
In the lower-end markets of Oceanside, it’s all about acquisition now, people just want to buy something, anything.
WASHINGTON — Thousands of first-time homebuyers will be able to get short-term loans so they can quickly make use of a new $8,000 tax credit to pay for some of the costs of buying a home.
The Federal Housing Administration on Friday released details of a plan in which borrowers who use FHA loans can get advances from lenders that let them effectively receive the credit in advance, so they don’t have to wait to get the money from the Internal Revenue Service.
Most borrowers will still have to come up with the FHA’s required 3.5 percent down payment, unless they work through a state or local housing agency or an approved nonprofit. Ten states have such programs in place, according to the National Council of State Housing Agencies.
But there are many other potential uses, such as for closing costs and fees, or to beef up the down payment beyond the minimum level.
The FHA which insures about a quarter of new home loans, is projected to guarantee about 2.2 million loans in the next budget year.
Any buyer who has not owned a home in the past three years is considered a first-time buyer and eligible for the program. Borrowers can claim the credit by filing an amended 2008 tax return or can wait for their 2009 return.
The change “will present an enormous benefit for communities struggling to deal with an oversupply of housing,” Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement.
The tax credit was included in the economic stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama in February. It is not available to individuals with incomes above $95,000 or couples with incomes above $170,000 and expires Nov. 30.
Real estate agents and homebuilders generally welcomed the change. Jerry Howard, chief executive of the National Association of Home Builders, called it a “great step in the right direction.” On Wall Street, shares of such builders as Toll Brothers and D.R. Horton rose on the news.
Still, some real estate agents were concerned that many buyers won’t benefit at all if they can’t use it for a down payment – a big hurdle for many first-time buyers.
It’s the 4,453sf house in Rancho Carrillo that Wells Fargo foreclosed on when they couldn’t get $1,000,000 at the trustee sale. Optimistic, they listed it for $1,100,000 in October, 2007.
In the first week they received an offer over list, and it closed for $1,175,000 in 12/07.
Back on the market, and just lowered to $998,000.
The new owners listed for $1,175,000 three weeks ago, so they must not have had many showings, if any, for them to drop so much, so quick. But if they think they’re going to incite a bidding war, they need to handle this, seen only in the confidential remarks:
The stucco damage around the outside of the home will be fixed, as will the front door.
Million-dollar buyers considering Rancho Carrillo may be reluctant to offer on what probably looks like a fixer, though this house does have a larger yard – will it be enough?
“I’m paying all of this insurance and property tax, and I rarely use the property,” says Bill Hutchinson, a Dallas-based commercial-real-estate investor who is selling a 1920s Mediterranean-style villa that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Carmel Highlands, Calif. Anderson bought it as a vacation home in 2005 for $6.2 million “on a whim,” he says. The home was listed a year ago at $7.45 million and has since been reduced to $6.45 million. “I’ll walk away before I take a loss on the property. But if I find a buyer, it will probably be a wash after closing costs,” he says.
“How does JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon live? His $10.5 million home on Chicago’s Gold Coast offers a hint. The eight-bedroom home was built in 1870 and measures approximately 15,000 square feet over four stories. It includes a 900-square-foot rooftop terrace.”
“The home was purchased by Dimon and his wife in 2000 for $4.68 million so he could still make some money on the deal.”
People ask all the time, where are the buyers coming from, and what is motivating them?
Yesterday in a couple of comments mentioned that people are tired of waiting, and want to settle down with their families.
But there will always be the get-rich-quick crowd.
Robert Allen is coming to San Diego May 31 through June 3rd, appearing at four different hotels. He has been a well-known real estate speaker for years, and controverial.
His pitch from his full-page ad in the U-T:
“IT’S PULL THE TRIGGER TIME for real estate investors and first-time homebuyers. The tides are turning in today’s real estate market. Killer deals around every corner. The time to act is now. Discover how to profit safely with my exclusive moneymaking real estate strategies engineered for today’s market.”
But there are many complaints about the guy. His main objective is to sell books and tapes, and enroll you into the next program.
This from Ripoff Reports, a quote from someone who signed up for the 3-day course:
Each day they would bait the hook and drop the line about the importance of purchasing the Executive Package Program (regular 12,680.00, class special 6,995.00) and if you want to protect yourself in the U.S., then the J.J. Childers Wealth Library (regular 2,835.00, class special 1,835.00), as well as furthering you knowledge with classes. The pressure was intense, these people are very good at what they do, and would make a telemarketer blush with their tactics. Succumbing to the pressure, I signed up for both products and gave over my Visa number. The class was done, everyone bid their good byes and we went off to seek our fame and fortune.
The person went on to cancel the program, and eventually received his money back. But then he was hounded for weeks by different pitchmen to buy other programs, one costing $22,000 for one-on-one tutoring!
An excerpt on where the trouble started, the refinance of the property:
The very public quarrel over management of Aviara landed in court after Broadreach, owner of the resort since 1998, notified Four Seasons in late March that it was terminating its contract for failing to run the property in a “cost-effective manner.”
Broadreach wants to replace the Four Seasons management group with New Jersey-based Dolce Hotels and Resorts.
Four Seasons, however, would not go quietly, refusing to leave the resort and turn over hotel records and books to the owners. It went so far as to erect barricades at the entrance to the 329-room resort, according to the owners’ attorneys.
In a statement earlier this month, Four Seasons maintained that the dispute relates to the 2009 operating budget for Aviara and the owner’s “obligation to provide working capital necessary to fund debt service.”
While Aviara is profitable at the operational level, Four Seasons said, the owners took on more debt than “the resort can now service” when they refinanced the property in 2006.
When the Four Seasons took over in 1998, the timing couldn’t have been better – a number of new Aviara tracts were underway, and values soared. The Four Seasons resort and the Aviara community grew together, are they still intertwined?
If the Four Seasons gets the boot, could it have an effect on surrounding home values?
When KSL took over the La Costa Resort in 2002, they spent millions on improvements – but it was a weathered facility and needed every penny of it. It is an older and more storied resort, having hosted PGA events for years, and a stop on the women’s tennis tour. But today there isn’t much relationship between the resort and surrounding real estate values, if any.
Four Seasons Aviara resort and the surrounding community has had a mutually-beneficial relationship when the real estate values were on the rise, could a nasty public dispute have an effect on today’s buyers?
In July, 2007, I sold the house at 10503 Abalone Landing Terrace in 92130 for $1,199,000, which was the full list price at the time.
Zillow has a follow-up program for properties logged under your name, and they send regular updates.
Yesterday they noted that their zestimate of value was $1,093,500, an increase of 1% over last month. The overall decline since it sold was a relatively strong -8.8%, which seemed about right to me. Carmel Valley has only seen about a 10% dip in values, at least so far. (click on image for better clarity):
For those buyers who are waiting for the big collapse, know that there are other buyers out there who are willing to pay more – it’s the sellers who are holding out. I talk to other CV listing agents just about every day, and the stories are amazing. I called on one that’s listed in the $1,300,000s, thinking that the max value was around $1,100,000, and had proof. But the agent told me that they had two offers this month in the 1,200,000s, and the sellers turned them down!
In spite of the want and need for transparency in the business, there has been no willingness to expose a realtor’s sales history or depth of experience – the consumer is left to their own devices to figure out how to chose an agent.
The REIC powers-that-be have always coddled the newly-licensed agents. The brokers make the maximum commission splits off them while they are cutting their teeth, and the state agencies/boards of realtors enjoy their dues for as long as they last.
But recently the California Department of Real Estate decided that all agents should have their license number on all promotional materials – flyers, business cards, etc.
Because the license numbers are sequential, now you can easily size up how long someone has had their license. It doesn’t mean a whole lot, but at least it’s something.
The lower the number, the longer they’ve had their license – here’s a timeline:
Klinge Enterprises corporate license
You can decide for yourself how much experience is optimal – let’s face it, there are plenty of old guys who are lazy or ripoffs. But it’s a starting point.
Most licensees under 01400000 are going to have decent experience, and hopefully 50 or so deals under their belt. On average, figure that licensees do a deal a month.
The DRE also notes the realtor population – it has finally started to subside. Since March, 2008 we’ve been losing 1,000 to 3,000 licensees per month, but there are still roughly 75,000 MORE licensees in California than there were in June, 2005.
The DRE also has a list of people who have been served “Desist and Refrain Orders” for loan mod fraud:
Jim the Realtor is legit - I interviewed three brokers; he said list price should be $100,000 higher than the other two brokers; listed it with him and had all cash (no financing) offer in two days, five day contingency period, closing in two weeks - and it closed at his recommended list price. I could not recommend anyone more than I recommend Jim the Realtor.
When we moved to San Diego in 2005 we rented a big house on Mt. Soledad (La Jolla) with 180 degree ocean views for the same payment as a mortgage on a dump in Chula Vista. Clearly something was wrong. Yet, the media was full of the usual happy-talk nonsense, so I was glad to find Jim's blog. I've followed his honest assessments and data since.
We decided to sell and move to AZ at Thanksgiving. Dec. 1st we met with Jim to sell our home. We closed today (29 days later). Jim orchestrated a feeding frenzy -- we had 25 showings in 2-1/2 days, multiple offers, and sold for well over asking price. I'd say he earned his commission! We have owned and sold homes in 5 different States always using experienced, productive, full-time realtors. Jim outshines them all.
You don't decide to sell and close 29 days later over Christmas (with COVID lockdown) without some miracles. Donna was amazing at performing lots of those miracles and ensuring that everything was done right and on time. They are a terrific team with a very responsive and professional network.
Where do we begin..2020 has been a year for everyone. When COVID hit and shut down both my husband and my businesses, we were left with a mortgage and very little income coming in. We were stressed, scared and felt stuck. We made the hard decision to sell our home and move out of state. We contacted the Klinges' and spent a good hour going over what we hoped we could accomplish. Jim and Donna came over with comps in hand and suggestions on improvements to get our house ready for the market. It was overwhelming to think about, but Donna was there and one step ahead in every scenario. Basically we just approved what they suggested and Donna handled literally everything. We placed our house on the market and within the first day we had multiple offers well above asking price! We couldn't believe it. We were overjoyed! Jim countered the offers to weed through them, and everyone came back with way more. It was amazing, and we are ?? sure it was because of the staging and repairs the Klinges suggested we do.
Due to unforeseen dishonesty from the buyers lender, we hit a big hurdle when trying to close. We had already moved out of state and were shocked when three days before closing the lender dropped a bombshell on the buyers and us. However, Jim and Donna handled it like veterans, not afraid to play hard ball and represent their clients. After a few phone calls with us, and several between Donna and the lender, they had a plan B-Z to make sure we were taken care of. In the end we closed with even more money than we ever thought possible and with very little work from us. The Klinges handled this entire "2020" worthy event with the utmost professionalism and did everything in their power to not only make this as smooth as possible for us, but we also walked away with more money from the sale of the house than we ever hoped for. After working with Jim and Donna, you don't ever use anyone else. They are hands down the best team to represent you in any scenario.
Working with Klinge Realty Group was a great experience! They are very responsive, professional and knowledgable about the real estate market! I would definitely recommend Klinge Realty Group.
Jim and Donna Klinge made the sale of our condo extraordinarily easy. They know the market and gave us sound advice backed by details and very considerable experience, reflected both in the initial pricing and subsequent negotiations. They work together as a team and are always available to talk. We had a few challenges with our property and they were able to coordinate the resolution to everything, including items that I would not think would ordinarily be their responsibility to handle. They made the whole process effortless on our part. They are folks with high integrity and we cannot recommend them highly enough.
Review for Member: Donna Klinge
I cannot believe there are no reviews of Donna yet, ugh!! She is the secret sauce of the Jim Klinge/Donna Klinge combo! I will touch on Jim here, but Donna is why I'm so totally loyal to these two (no offense to Jim :)).
I consider myself a rather savvy buyer/seller. I've bought/sold 7 times in about 15 years. On the buy side, Jim is the PERFECT combo of: completely digitally savvy (he will pull data all day long until you feel comfortable with your chosen house, area, school district, anticipated appreciation rate...anything!), he's super well respected and known in the area by other agents, an amazingly cool but strategic negotiator, is totally devoid of desperation for a sale/commission, and more.
Then once you get into contract phase, Donna literally handles every last and final detail in a concierge-like manner -- totally shielding you from the daily back and forth, noodling and annoyances of the buyer's requests. She solves it ALL; it's miraculous what that woman accomplishes over and above what is even expected in a buy/sell transaction.
On the sell side, Jim and Donna do the same, but even moreso. Donna in particular truly takes everything off your plate: she'll manage getting the house painted, the carpets replaced, she'll go on site (as she Jim both did for me when selling our rental properties) to work with the renters and make sure the house is ready to show -- freeing me to have to take time off of work to do so. They work with A+ integrity, too, so you know you are serving all parties fairly and lawfully throughout.
A home purchase/sale is the most considered you'll ever make. HIRE A SAVVY AGENT, not a friend!, and get what you need out of the transaction. Jim and Donna are our agents for life.
Jim and Donna Klinge are by far the most professional, personable and responsive realtors I have ever worked with. They provide VIP concierge level service in every area of the process of selling your home. My home was marketed so successfully that we received an offer the day after our first and only open house. Thanks to Jim's pricing and negotiating, our house is now the highest sold in our community. Jim's vast experience means he has worked with several realtors and knows the market all over north county. Donna is AMAZING in processing everything in the transaction. She scheduled trades people to work on the house in preparation for the sale as well as the repairs needed before closing. She communicated clearly every step of the way about what would be happening. She took the weight off my shoulders for the whole process. I will always use Jim and Donna for my future real estate needs and I whole heartedly recommend them to anyone buying or selling a home.
Jim and the team at Klinge Reality are without a doubt the best in the business! Not only was Jim helpful and extremely knowledgeable, he was patient and determined to help me find my first home. Jim and his team have been in the business for many years, and it shows. Jim is a wealth of knowledge and was my biggest proponent despite the temperature of the competitive market. I ended up getting the perfect property in my dream neighborhood all thanks to Jim. From the day my offer was accepted, Donna was a real lifesaver. She was extremely helpful, responsive, and knowledgeable when it came to every minute detail, and held my hand through the process. As a first time home buyer I had no idea what the process would entail, but Donna curtailed every concern I came across and made the escrow process feel seamless. Jim and Donna provided me the best home buying experience, and I am very grateful for all they did for me. It was truly a pleasure to work with Jim and Donna and I am already looking forward to the next time we work together!
Review for Member: Richard Morgan
Richard is an amazing realtor! He has high integrity and genuinely cares about his clients and their needs. Richard paid close attention to what I was seeking in a home and was very patient in our search to find it. I would highly recommend Richard and will use him for future transactions. Truly a different kind of realtor experience!
Could not be happier with my experience with Jim and his team. He helped me sell a very unique and challenging property. Throughout the entire process he was always available, honest, transparent, trustworthy, and always put my interests as a seller first. A (rare) true professional! During close of escrow Jim went above and beyond to complete the deal. It would not have been possible without his experience, fantastic team, and pure dedication. Highly recommended!
Thanks Jim and Donna Klinge!