Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vacaville, Fairfield and Surrounding Area Rural Scene



We found this video on YouTube and loved the views and the music. One of the great things about Vacaville, Fairfield and surrounding areas is how close the country is to downtown. You can drive about 5 minutes (depending on city traffic) in any direction and be in the countryside. Here is some views of a previously listed property in the Pleasants Valley area in between Vacaville and Fairfield.

We can arrange financing through any real estate company you might deal with and there are plenty of properties available to suit your needs and your budget. Below is the information from YouTube on this video:

For more information, contact: Janice Colby, 925-855-6444, Keller Williams Realty ----- Panoramic views of Pleasants Valley, well and public water hookups. Multiple sites for home, barn or other buildings. ----- DRE # 01270034

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Together we achieve the extraordinary

Get the best mortgage loan for you
When you decide to buy a home or refinance a mortgage, it's a big step. You can trust us to find the loan program that's best for you.

Buying a new home is a source of anxiety, frustration -- and a huge sense of accomplishment. You didn't pick the house that was best for someone else, you picked the one that's right for you! Trust our professionals to find the mortgage loan that best fits your needs, too. "Less paperwork and more personal attention" means you enter a frustration-free zone from application to decision. Getting the right mortgage loan is like getting the keys to your new house! We can help you get there.

Refinancing your current mortgage has never been easier. If you thought refinancing meant getting buried under mountains of paperwork, think again! We make it easy and worry-free to reduce your interest rate and monthly payment. We can even help you pay down your balance more quickly for comparable monthly payment. Let our professionals guide you to the very best refinanced loan!

Tapping into your home equity is easier than ever before. You've been paying down your balance, and property values have gone up! Tap into that wealth and reward yourself. We'll help with the best program to fit your goals.

Our mortgage professionals give you the personal attention you deserve and treat you with the respect due a valued customer. We understand you're making a commitment in buying a new home, refinancing a mortgage, or cashing out your home equity. So we make a commitment to you. We will help you qualify, apply and be approved for the right mortgage loan for you. Not anyone else!

Monday, September 24, 2012

What is a credit score and how is it measured?



Before deciding on what terms lenders will offer you on a loan (which they base on the "risk" to them), they want to know two things about you: your ability to pay back the loan, and your willingness to pay back the loan. For the first, they look at your income-to-debt obligation ratio. For your willingness to pay back the loan, they consult your credit score.

The most widely used credit scores are FICO scores, which were developed by Fair Isaac & Company, Inc. (and they're named after their inventor!). Your FICO score is between 350 (high risk) and 850 (low risk).

Credit scores only consider the information contained in your credit profile. They do not consider your income, savings, down payment amount, or demographic factors like gender, race, nationality or marital status. In fact, the fact they don't consider demographic factors is why they were invented in the first place. "Profiling" was as dirty a word when FICO scores were invented as it is now. Credit scoring was developed as a way to consider only what was relevant to somebody's willingness to repay a loan.

Past delinquencies, derogatory payment behavior, current debt level, length of credit history, types of credit and number of inquiries are all considered in credit scores. Your score considers both positive and negative information in your credit report. Late payments will lower your score, but establishing or reestablishing a good track record of making payments on time will raise your score.

Different portions of your credit history are given different weights. Thirty-five percent of your FICO score is based on your specific payment history. Thirty percent is your current level of indebtedness. Fifteen percent each is the time your open credit has been in use (ten year old accounts are good, six month old ones aren't as good) and types of credit available to you (installment loans such as student loans, car loans, etc. versus revolving and debit accounts like credit cards). Finally, five percent is pursuit of new credit -- credit scores requested.

Your credit report must contain at least one account which has been open for six months or more, and at least one account that has been updated in the past six months for you to get a credit score. This ensures that there is enough information in your report to generate an accurate score. If you do not meet the minimum criteria for getting a score, you may need to establish a credit history prior to applying for a mortgage.

Friday, September 21, 2012

What is a "rate lock period?" How can you make sure your rate is low?

A rate lock or a rate commitment is a lender's promise to hold a certain interest rate and a certain number of points for you for a specified period of time while your application is processed. This prevents you from going through your whole application process and at the end of it finding out the interest rate has gone up.

A rate lock period can vary in length, and longer ones usually cost more. A lender will agree to "hold" your interest rate and points for a longer period, say 60 days, but in exchange the rate and maybe points are higher than with a shorter rate lock period, for example.

There are many ways besides opting for a shorter rate lock period to get a lower rate, though. A larger down payment will result in a lower interest rate than a smaller one, because you're starting out with more equity. You can pay points to lower your rate over the life of the loan, but that means you pay more up front. For many people, this makes sense and is a good deal.

Closing costs are fees paid by the lender, which the lender in turn charges you to close the loan. Many people pay closing costs when they sign on the dotted line, but a person can also finance their closing costs. Paying closing costs when the loan closes will reduce your interest rate.

Finally, the interest rate a lender is willing to offer you depends on your credit score and your debt-to-income ratio. If you have good credit and your income far exceeds your debt obligations, you will qualify for a lower rate.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How Escrow Works

Closing the Sale

Escrow

To finalize the sale of the home a neutral, third party (the escrow holder, a.k.a. escrow agent) is engaged to assure the transaction will close properly and on time. The escrow holder insures that all terms and conditions of the seller's and buyer's agreement are met prior to the sale being finalized, including receiving funds and documents, completing required forms, and obtaining the release documents for any loans or liens that have been paid off with the transaction, assuring you clear title to your property before the purchase price is fully paid.

The documentation the escrow holder may be collecting includes:

  • Loan documents
  • Tax statements
  • Fire and other insurance policies
  • Title insurance policies
  • Terms of sale and any seller-assisted financing
  • Requests for payment for various services to be paid out of escrow funds
Upon completion of all instructions of the escrow, closing can take place. All outstanding payments and fees are collected and paid at this time (covering expenses such as title insurance, inspections, real estate commissions). Title to the property is then transferred to the seller and appropriate title insurance is issued as outlined in the escrow instructions.
 
At the close of escrow, payment of funds shall be made in an acceptable form to the escrow. As your real estate agent, I'll inform you of the acceptable form.
 
The Escrow Holder Will:
The Escrow Holder Won't:
  • Prepare escrow instructions
  • Request title search
  • Comply with lender's requirements as specified in the escrow agreement
  • Receive funds from the buyer
  • Prorate insurance, tax, interest and other payments according to instructions
  • Record deeds and other documents as instructed
  • Request title insurance policy
  • Close escrow when all instructions of seller and buyer have been met
  • Disburse funds and finalize instructions
  • Give advice - the escrow holder must maintain neutral, third-party status
  • Offer opinions about tax implications
 
Mortgage Escrow Account
 
A Mortgage Escrow Account is established to pay on-going expenses while there is a loan on the house. These expenses include property taxes, home insurance, mortgage insurance, and other escrow items. Generally, the Escrow Account is partially funded at closing and the home buyer makes on-going contributions through their monthly mortgage payment.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vacaville Sunrise Rotary Fishing Derby



18th annual Vacaville Sunrise Rotary Club Alvin Boifacio Fishing Derby 2011
 

Date

Saturday September 29, 2012

Time

8:30 a.m. (first come first serve)

Location

Lake Solano Park

Details

19th annual Alvin Bonifacio Memorial Fishing Derby at Solano lake park.

This event is free to the first 500 children under the age of 15. Each child recieves fishing pole and reel, tackel and a BBQ luncch.

We are still seeking sporsors for this event. If you or your business would like to help please contact Randy Nelson for sponsorship details.
  • First 500 Kids Receive Free Fishing Gear, Bait, Lunch, Awards and Raffle Prizes
  • No Entry Fee or Registration needed.
  • No Fishing License required.
  • Derby open to youngsters 14 and under
  • Specially stocked Alvin Bonifacio fishing pond at Lake Solano Park

Sunday, September 9, 2012

When Should I Get Qualified For A Mortgage Loan?

Should you talk to a mortgage professional before house hunting?

Absolutely! Even if you haven't so much as picked out houses to visit yet, it's important to see your mortgage professional first. Why? What can we do for you if you haven't negotiated a price, and don't know how much you want to borrow?

When we pre-qualify you, we help you determine how much of a monthly mortgage payment you can afford, and how much we can loan you. We do this by considering your income and debts, your employment and residence situations, your available funds for down payment and required reserves, and some other things. It's short and to the point, and we keep the paperwork to a minimum!

Once you qualify, we give you what's called a Pre-Qualification Letter (your real estate agent might call it a "pre-qual"), which says that we are working with you to find the best loan to meet your needs and that we're confident you'll qualify for a loan for a certain amount.

When you find a house that catches your eye, and you decide to make an offer, being pre-qualified for a mortgage will do a couple of things. First, it lets you know how much you can offer. Your real estate agent will help you decide on an appropriate offer, but being pre-qualified gives you the confidence to know you can follow through.


More importantly, to a home seller, your being pre-qualified is like you walked into their house with a suitcase full of cash to make the deal! They won't have to wonder if they're wasting their time because you'll never qualify for a mortgage to finance the amount you're offering for the home. You have the clout of a buyer ready to make the deal right now!

You can always use the calculators available on our site to get an idea of how much mortgage you can afford -- but it's important to meet with us. For one thing, you'll need a Pre-Qualification Letter! For another thing, we may be able to find a different mortgage program that fits your needs better.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Buying a New Home


  Buying a new home is a source of anxiety, frustration -- and a huge sense of accomplishment. You didn't pick the house that was best for someone else, you picked the one that's right for you! Trust our professionals to find the mortgage loan that best fits your needs, too. "Less paperwork and more personal attention" means you enter a frustration-free zone from application to decision. Getting the right mortgage loan is like getting the keys to your new house! We can help you get there. Call us to discuss your needs at 707-455-7070. We will make it easy, and answer all of your questions.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The 2012-2013 Platinum Season at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre



Here's a look at some of the stars that will grace the stage at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre during the 2012-2013 Platinum Season as VPAT celebrates 20 years of bringing entertainment to the community.