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  • Thursday, August 04, 2011 2:13:00 PM

    There has been a lot of discussion up on Capitol Hill regarding down payments for mortgages. The feds with the support of lenders are contemplating the idea of regulating the down payment to residential purchase loans in response to the mortgage crisis. The new regulation would require all residential buyers to put down a minimum of 20% on all residential purchase loans.

    I don't see this as a good idea for the economy and the real estate market. In Waltham, it isn't out of the norm to have a home buyer put down as little as 3% on a home purchase loan, even in this market. Its how the middle class people are buying homes. The qualification process is much tighter now, and lenders and banks are taking great care to make sure today's buyers can actually afford the home.

    Taking away the ability for buyers to put down less than 20% will only crush this very fragile market. I believe it will destroy home values and take away jobs. The middle class are the primary borrowers who seek loans with minimal down payments. Taking away these types of loans will take away the basic American dream for many people. Buying a home today is already difficult. For the most part, it requires dual incomes, good credit and solid employment history. With the cost of living constantly on the rise, saving money is a challenge.

    The math is simple, for a $350,000 purchase, (This is less than the average sale price in Waltham) a 20% deposit would be $70,000! I read it would take the average American family over 15 yeas to save up a 20% down payment to purchase a home.

    It's my opinion that there are no winners with this sort of regulation and I don't think it protects anyone. Home values would plummet, affecting everything including real estate tax, which are the revenues for local towns and city's. Home ownership shouldn't be this hard to obtain.

    Tags: Waltham , Down payment , real Estate loans.
    Comments: 0

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:27:00 PM


    One of the best programs for both the seller and the buyer is the Home Protection plan or HPP.

     

    The Home Protection Plan is a product used by some REALTOR’s, like me, to add a layer of confidence and saleability to a home. In general, you can compare it to an extended warrantee for a car. The program protects all the "working” components and mechanical systems of a home from unexpected and costly breakdowns and repairs for one year after the buyer takes possession of the property. It covers plumbing, electrical, heating (some time limited), Air conditioning (sometimes limited) and most appliances. The program can even extend to the seller during the listing period.

     

    Why would you want this? That’s simple, older homes have older working parts which buyers notice. A buyer walking into an older home starts thinking "what if” this breaks, or that fails? A plan like the HPP can take away the feeling of unknown "costs” with older homes and give the buyer a level of comfort that if "something” breaks, it’s covered and won’t effect their tight operating budget.

     

    The HPP allows older home to compete with younger homes in the market place and is known to help a house fetch a better price. My past buyer clients know the HPP as a "DEAL SAVER” allowing them to buy a house the really love knowing a mechanical breakdown won’t break the bank. The HPP also can also help home inspection negotiations.

     

    I always use the ERA Home Protection Plan and stand by the product. There is a fee to the program which will cost about $400. I personally feel this program is fantastic and have seen what it can do for both sellers and buyers. That’s why I will cover the cost of the program every time.

     

    If you want further information on the HPP, please give me a call. I’d be more than happy to tell you all about it.

    Kenneth Brown
    Executive Broker
    781-250-0126
    Tags: Protection Plans , Home , Waltham , REALTOR , warrantee
    Comments: 0
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