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Evette, Home Buyer in Sacramento, CA

Hi. I am a first-time home buyer. I have no idea where to go from here, what to look for. I am looking for

Asked by Evette, Sacramento, CA Sun Jul 20, 2008

first time homebuyer programs in my area. Based on calculations, I can afford around $160K.

I am only interested in 3/2 single family house with garage and yard. No major fixers either.

I like the Arden, Carmichael area. No Oak Park, Del Paso Heights type areas though.

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Jim told you about the other zip code searches. Here is what he was referring to:

There are about six homes that meet your search criteria in the Arden Fair area - most of them in the 95815 zip code (you see nobody searches 95815 for Arden Fair, but there is a tiny pocket of homes behind Arden Fair Mall in that Zip code in a subdivision known as Swanston Estates.) Then there are another couple of homes that are in your price range in the 95841 zip code that borders Carmichael That area is known as Cameron Ranch.

This approach might solve the problem of not finding want you need t in the "normal" zip codes of 95864 for Arden and 95608 for Carmichael. Jim and I literally think outside of the box to find houses to fit a buyers needs.
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Elizabeth W was referring to zip codes 95864 and 95608 as having very few 3/2 with garage and yard and that are not fixers. There other searches besides zip code searches that will reveal houses that meet your criteria. I looked at several yesterday that are in your price range. Although Arden Park and Carmichael on the River are over your budget, you are not restricted to Del Paso Heights and Oak Park either.

How about something in between?
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Jim Walker, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
It might seem strange to hear a Realtor say this, but the first step in purchasing a home isn't necessarily finding a great Realtor who can, in turn, find you a great home. Not that you won't be needing a Realtor, but before he or she can do anything on your behalf, you need to be prequalified and preapproved by a knowledgeable and qualified loan officer. Your real estate professional can point you in the direction of two or three candidates to help you find the right fit.

For your own piece of mind, I wouldn't just beeline over to any single name a Realtor gives to you. Speak to more than one, and compare what each of them is offering. There are currently a number of loan products available to buyers, and what's right for one buyer may not be what's right for others. A good loan officer will match you up with the loan that's ideal for your circumstances. All loan officers are required by law to provide you with a "Good Faith Estimate", a common form that will actually allow you to compare apples to apples among your loan options. It makes choosing the best deal for you a lot easier.

Once you have your financing in line, you and your Realtor can develop a plan of attack and be ready to see all the properties that meet your personal and financial criteria. Once you find a home in which you're interested, you'll have a prequalification letter from your lender that your Realtor can submit with your offer. From that point on, it's up to the strength of your offer, the skill of your agent, and, sometimes, a little bit of luck thrown in. But it's a great time to buy right now--you're starting the game already in a good position.

I wish you all the best,

1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2008
Hi Evette,

Congrats on making the decision to purchase your first home - this is a very exciting time! There are many programs that you might be able to leverage to purchase a home. Some are income and household size based, while others are not. Some programs are only compatible with certain types of loans. Are you working with a loan officer yet? I highly recommend Marlena Olson with the Vitek Mortgage Group at 916-486-6900. She can assist you to find out which programs you qualify for.

As Elizabeth stated, a 3/2 for $160k in the areas you indicated interest you will be very hard to come by. Find an agent you trust who can assist you to navigate through this process.

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Erin Stumpf…, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
good afternoon.i would be happy to assit you in figuring out what you can qualify for..i also ask my clients for a payment target...it helps me help you....i have almost 14 years experience and am licensed in your state...call anytime weekends too.....very little out of pocket.....bob mcclure- mortgage now- farmington, michigan (248) 974-4444
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 27, 2008
Hi Evette,

The first thing that any home buyer should do is contact a Realtor who specializes in your local market. This is especially imperative for any first time home buyers. You will be pleasantly surprised how much easier your outlook on buying a home will be. A Realtor will be able to create a buyer plan that meets your particular needs along with setting you up with a reputable lender to find out what kind of payment is best for you. It is all small steps from there all the way to closing. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2008
Hi Evette!
First, speak to a loan officer. You will need to be pre-approved to make a competitve offer on bank owned homes or even homes listed for sale by the owner. I have a great loan officer who I work with continually because of his personal service. Call Eli at Custom Loans at (916) 487-8393. If you are patient, you will find the perfect home for you. I would interview the agent you want to work with. See if they are listening to you and your needs. Then I would have the agent you choose set you up with daily emails that meet your criteria. See what is available and happy searching. Your new home is waiting for you.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 20, 2008

Before you waste any time with a pushy real estate agent, 1st thing to do is to contact a mortgage broker and find out how much money you can borrow.

Then ask your friends or coworkers who they used when they bought a home.

the process is not that difficult
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