HomeBuyer Checklist

Hello Caton Team Friends!

Being at home really gets you thinking about your home.  Perhaps a purchase of your first home or a different home is in the cards  Here is our HomeBuyer Checklist – a quick guide to get you started on the right foot.  As always, The Caton Team is here to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and chat about Real Estate.  Contact us anytime…

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654 |  EMAIL  |  WEB  |   BLOG

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654 |  EMAIL  |  WEB  |   BLOG

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

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Sight-Unseen Offers Are Growing

Sight-Unseen Offers Are Growing

Real estate sales are continuing on within a global pandemic as the use of virtual tools is giving buyers a feel for homes—so much so that some are willing to put an offer on a home without even physically stepping inside.

A quarter of REALTORS® surveyed reported that their clients put contracts on homes this week without physically seeing the property. The survey was released Thursday by the National Association of REALTORS®.

As stay-at home orders keep more Americans physically distant, real estate pros are rushing to adapt their businesses and find ways to still show properties for those wanting to continue on with a home purchase. Virtual tours online are growing more common, whether through video or 3D models, and agents are conducting private video showings via platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, or others.

Real estate sales are continuing during the global pandemic as the use of virtual tools is giving buyers a feel for homes—so much so that they’re willing to put an offer without physically stepping inside.

A quarter of REALTORS® surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS® April 12–13 reported that their clients put contracts on homes this week without seeing the property in person.

As stay-at-home orders keep more Americans physically distant, real estate pros are rushing to adapt their businesses and find ways to show properties. Virtual tours online are growing more common, whether through video or 3D models, and agents are conducting private video showings via platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and others.

These virtual options are leading to offers. The brokerage Redfin reported that for the week ending April 12, one in eight Redfin offers were written by customers who viewed the home via video chat. Some of these customers also viewed the home in person after viewing the home on video chat first. Mara Gemond, a real estate professional with Redfin in Virginia, said she’s had three buyers who’ve written offers based on a video tour.

Of those home buyers who put in an offer last week, they had viewed three homes prior, either virtually or in person, according to NAR’s latest Economic Pulse Flash Survey released Thursday. That indicates the buyers who are currently looking for a home are being very decisive and acting quickly. A previous 2019 survey from NAR shows that buyers typically look at nine homes prior to placing a contract on a home.

While some offers are continuing on—albeit in different ways—the real estate industry warns a slowdown is inevitable while the economy is shut down.

“Expect second-quarter home sales activity to slow down with the broad observance of stay-at-home orders, but sales will pick up when the economy reopens as many potential home buyers and sellers indicate they’re still in the market or will be in a couple of months,” says NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Home prices remain stable as deals continue to happen with the growing use of new technology tools. Remarkably, 10% of REALTORS® report the same level or even more business activity now than before the economic lockdown.”

One-third of REALTORS®–or 33%—reported no closing delays from the COVID-19 outbreak. For those who did report delays, the top reasons cited were delays due to financing, appraisals, and home inspections.

Within the multifamily sector, property managers are reporting a surge in tenants who are facing rent payment issues. Forty-one percent of property managers reported being able to accommodate tenants who cannot pay rent, and about a quarter of individual landlords—or 24%—reported the same, the NAR survey showed.

I read this article HERE 

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

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The Economic Impact of Buying a Home

The Economic Impact of Buying a Home

We’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in a real estate transaction are changing to a virtual format. What isn’t changing, however, is one key thing that can drive the local economy: buying a home.

We’re all being impacted in different ways by the effects of the coronavirus. If you’re in a position to buy a home today, know that you’re a major economic force in your neighborhood. And while we all wait patiently for the current pandemic to pass, there are a lot of things you can do in the meantime to keep your home search on track.

Every year the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shares a report that notes the full economic impact of home sales. This report summarizes:

“The total economic impact of real estate related industries on the state economy, as well as the expenditures that result from a single home sale, including aspects like home construction costs, real estate brokerage, mortgage lending and title insurance.”

Here’s the breakdown of how the average home sale boosts the economy:

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When you buy a home, you’re making an impact. You’re fulfilling your need for shelter and a place to live, and you’re also generating jobs and income for the appraiser, the loan officer, the title company, the real estate agent, and many more contributors to the process. For every person or business that you work with throughout the transaction, there’s also likely a team behind the scenes making it all happen, so the effort multiplies substantially. As noted above in the circle on the right, the impact is almost double when you purchase new construction, given the extra labor it requires to build the home.

The report also breaks down the average economic impact by state:

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As a buyer, you have an essential need for a home – and you can make an essential impact with homeownership, too. That need for shelter, comfort, and a safe place to live will always be alive and well. And whenever you’re able to act on that need, whether now or later, you’ll truly be creating gains for you, your family, local business professionals, and the overall economy.

Bottom Line

Whenever you purchase a home, you’re an economic driver. Even if you’re not ready or able to make a move now, there are things you can do to keep your own process moving forward so you’re set when the time is right for you.  We’re here to help – Contact The Caton Team at any time!  Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654  |  Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

I read this article HERE 

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

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9 Ways Buyers Sabotage Their Home Purchase

I just read this great article from Inman News and wanted to share the highights….

9 Ways Buyers Sabotage Their Home Purchase

1 Having unrealistic expectations!

Here in the Silicon Valley it can be hard to see what you can afford and how small it is.  However, if you want to live in the Silicon Valley and you can afford a mortgage – adjust your expectations and take that first step towards financial security! 

2 Hesitating!

Once a buyer starts the loan and house hunting process, even if what you find in your price range isn’t ideal – don’t give up.  Getting the home of your dreams is often a multi step process and buying your first home is that first step.

3  Comparing everything to the one that got away

Stop – just stop beating yourself up.  The Caton Team knows that what is meant to be will be – and what we missed out on is nothing like what we’re going to find!

4  Nitpicking

I will say this once – your dream house DOES NOT EXSITS because YOU HAVEN’T MADE IT YET!  Every listing was once someone else’s dream – so that paint and kitchen belong in their dreams.  Once you own your home, YOU can make it what YOU want! 

5  Looking too much

It’s happened, a buyer doesn’t readjust expectations to align with reality and if they are also price sensitive – a buyer could loose their window if they look too much and don’t work with what is currently for sale.  I tell my clients – buying a home is a process of elimination not a process of selection.  Look at what is out there and act!

6  Trying to time the market

If Realtors had crystal balls we’d be retired by now.  Timing the market is a game – no one knows the future.  I work in the here and now and I use the past as a gauge.  The only timing I’ve seen over the years is seasonal.  If the sun is out – the house is worth more than when it is raining.   Price sensitive – buy in the fall and winter.  Want the best choices, buy in the spring and summer and be prepared for multiple offers.  

7  Making Low-Ball Offers

Don’t waste your time, mine or the sellers.  We as professional Realtors will provide our buyer with a current market analysis which shows the vaule of the home – today.  If you want to be a homeowner – write realistic offers. 

8  Asking for far too much

Be realistic – run your ideas by your Realtor but don’t ask for something that will bite you in the end.

9  Being inflexible

I say this to each client where buying or selling – Real Estate is a meeting of the minds and not a twisting of the arm.  If you’re an arm twister – go into wrestling.  

The 9 points from this article are from Inman which was provided to me through my office.  I’ve taken those points and added my 2 cents. 

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.

Testimonial of the Day – From Jenny

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To The Future Clients of The Caton Team

Buying a house can be a very scary experience especially in the San Francisco Bay Area where very high stakes are involved.  I have purchased home in other states and nothing was quite like it is here.

The Caton Team helped smooth and ease the way whenever there was a ‘pothole-in-the-road’ on the way to owning my home.  It is nice having a “team approach” because I felt like I would receive two opinions that gave me different perspectives to look at.  I was then able to see through their eyes the ‘diamond in the rough’ and, what I could do with it.

I found them to be kind, caring, understanding and sensitive to my needs, informative, diligent and sympathetic to my situation.  Their follow-through was great!  They didn’t leaving me hanging with “I’ll get back to you.”  They found the answers to all my questions and in a timely manner.

I felt they went above and beyond when I asked them to video tape an entire house, including a fuze box and “sniff” the craw space for me.  I happened to be in another state at the time and needed them to act quickly because the property I was looking at was very active.  This really helped because it made up my mind that I was gong to bid on it.

I liked the fact that, if I couldn’t reach Sabrina I could talk to Susan and, the messages got communicated between them. We were all on the same page!

I am so grateful that they were able to move quickly through the process so I could be in the game of the ‘biding war”.

And, as it turned out, with either advice I got the home I was bidding on and wanted!

Thank you Caton Team!

– Jenny B.

Contact us for a consultation if you’re considering buying or selling real estate.

Know of anyone who needs a hard-working, full-time, dedicated Realtor – let us know! We’d be happy to take great care of them!

To read all our testimonials visit The Caton Team Testimonials and Yelp!

 

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

 

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

 

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

 

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.

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Interest Rates are SUPER LOW – is it time to refinance or buy?

A mortgage refinance can create numerous opportunities for a homeowner. Traditionally, homeowners choose to refinance to secure a lower interest rate or change the terms of the loan. There are other advantages to refinancing, as well, depending on your situation.

Are you ready for a mortgage refinance? Do you know someone else who might be?

Review our personalized refinance checklist below and if you get a “yes” to one or more of these questions, it might be the right time:

  1. Can you lower your interest rate? Mortgage interest rates can fluctuate based on the borrowers financial profile and greater economic influencers. If a rate refinance can get you an interest rate at least 1 percentage point lower than your current interest rate, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on mortgage interest.
  1. Has your credit score improved? If you have made your mortgage payments on time, lowered your debt-to-income ratio, and used other credit accounts responsibly, chances are your credit score has improved. A higher credit score can help you refinance into a better loan.
  1. Can you shorten your loan terms? You may have financed your original home purchase with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, but after a few years you find you might benefit from a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. Shorter term mortgages tend to have lower interest rates, and a term refinance can help you take advantage of those lower rates.
  1. Do you want to convert from adjustable-rate to fixed-rate or vice versa? The advantages of an adjustable-rate and fixed-rate mortgage vary from homeowner to homeowner. Whether your original mortgage was an adjustable-rate or a fixed-rate, the current interest rate environment may be better suited for the other type.
  1. Do you want to tap into home equity? As home values continue to rise, many homeowners are considering withdrawing home equity to use for home improvements, to pay down debts, or to meet other financial goals. If your home has appreciated in value since its purchase, and you have at least 20% equity in your home, a cash-out refinance or refinance into a Home Equity Line of Credit may be a great option for you.

If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above, or you know someone that would, we should talk! Before pursuing a mortgage refinance, it is best to have me review the specific situation to determine whether or not it’s the right move.

The flip side of low interest rates – means the cost to borrow money is down – making the cost of home ownership more reasonable.  A buyer can afford MORE HOUSE when interest rates are down.  The moment rates rise – a buyer will see an adjusted loan amount from their bank – meaning they can afford less house.  Interest rates change daily – the only way to lock into the low rate is to get into contract on a house and buy it. 

With so many facets to cover, The Caton Team prefers to meet our clients face to face so we can determine what is the best course of action for you and your loved ones.  Contact us anytime for a free Real Estate consolation. 

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.


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HomeFundIt – Crowd Sourcing Your Down Payment – What do YOU think?

Have you heard of Crowd Funding? Or seen social media posts from Go Fund Me or Kickstarter?  Often times we see these posts to help new ideas launch, new products gain traction or people affected by natural disaster who are in need.

The idea of asking for help is not a new idea.  It takes a village right?  Well, that applies to all walks of life, not just new families raising the next generation.  Around here, the second biggest hurdle to buying a home, aside from making the income to qualify for the mortgage, is saving for the downpayment.  20% around here is often $200,000+!  So how does one get help with the downpayment when city and county programs are no help?

Welcome Home Funding has found a way!  It is crowd sourcing your downpayment with HomeFundIt!  Now instead of getting birthday and Christmas gifts that you don’t need – your friends and family can contribute towards your downpayment!  Now that’s an unforgettable gift.

My spin on it – have fun!  Like other crowd sourcing sites – you can tier it and offer incentives for price points.  $10 donation – stop by for coffee, $100 donation – set a dinner date as a thank you.  What do you think?  Too much?  

I first posted about HomeFundIt last week on my social media thinking that someone would get excited about this – but no one did!!!!

So my question today – is it gauche to ask for money?  Is it embarrassing to post this?  I want to know what you think!!!!  So please comment on the blog, or visit our Facebook and Instagram accounts to chime in!

I’d love to know what you’re thinking and if you’re thinking about trying HomeFundIt – contact me anytime!  I’d love to help your dream of homeownership become a reality! 

Learn more at: HomeFundIt with The Caton Team

Thank you for reading,

Sabrina

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.