Home Buying: Signed Contracts to Purchase Homes at 6-Year High

The National Association of Realtors is reporting that the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes across the United States jumped in May 2013 to a 6-year high. NAR also predicts that signed contracts for homes in the real estate market will rise in the coming months. The seasonally adjusted index for pending […]

San Diego Home Prices Hit 5-Year High

Home prices in the real estate market have been up and down and quite volatile in recent years. But some areas of the country are seeing record setting pricing when it comes to the real estate market. Recently, San Diego real estate prices have hit a level not seen in 5 years. Distressed home sales […]

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

Should you buy a home now or wait? That is the question many home buyers are facing these days. Mortgage interest rates are a huge factor in determining whether or not to  buy a home. Will mortgage rates increase or decrease in the coming year? No one can know for sure but recent reports suggest […]

Rental Prices Increasing

Deciding whether or not to purchase a home is a big decision.  The alternative to buying a home is to rent.  But the question is: where are rental prices heading over the next several years? Trulia recently released their Trulia Rent Monitor which reveals some surprising information about rentals. The research showed that rental prices have […]

Home Buyers: The Cost Can Be More Important Than The Price of Home

If you are in the market to purchase a house and are not an all-cash buyer, here is some important advice: Look at the COST of buying the home more than the actual PRICE of the home.  Of course, for home buyers, price is always a factor, no one disputes that.  But other than the […]

Government Fees Passing Off Onto Home Buyers

Dean Hartman, the Regional Vice President of Benchmark Lending, who also has over 20 years of experience with the mortgage banking industry has reminded us about some changes that were recently made at Capitol Hill that pertain to the real estate industry, and we would like to forward the message along. The President and Congress passed […]

Advice from Warren Buffet: Invest In The Best Opportunity Of A Lifetime

Today we would like to mention Warren Buffet and his advice on investing in a home. In the Omaha World Herald, Steve Jordan wrote about one woman who is from Arizon and in her mid 30’s who has received and acted on Buffet’s advice. The woman said that she was thinking it was a good […]


Finding The Best Loan Officer

When people decide to take out a loan and want to use a loan officer, they are being sold on three points: price, product and service. Since most loan officers provide almost always the same products and at the same price, what is the best way for a borrower to find the best loan officer? […]

Buying A Home Today Does Make Financial Sense

Who Knew? Purchasing a Home Today Actually COSTS LESS! Residential selling prices may be the same today as they were in the first quarter of 2003 (according to the recent S&P Case Shiller Price Index), but if you look at the difference in the mortgage rates between these years, you will see how it actually […]