We make around 75000 per year do you think we can afford a house in south bay.

Asked by Yoruba Ann, Sat Apr 5, 2008

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Stewart Four…, , 90266
Tue Apr 8, 2008
The Long Beach area was hit real hard by the subprime maket chaos a few months ago and continues to suffer. Long Beach was way oversold on the bad loans and as a result has seen a lot of foreclosures. This could in fact be a great opportunity for you. Certainly the South Bay would be very difficult unless you have a great deal to put down.
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Lucas, Home Buyer, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Apr 7, 2008
Karen has a good idea. I'm currently renting in the South Bay, and looking to buy in Long Beach. The prices there are dropping really quickly. If you work in the South Bay, it will add about a 20 minute commute to your morning travel.

Your other option is to continue to wait until the housing issues further affect the South Bay. Prices in Torrance and the beach cities haven't really dropped that much post-bubble, but I saw my first foreclosure in Torrance the other day, so it's coming.
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Christy, , 85301
Mon Apr 18, 2011
Of course, stay north of del amo and you will be fine
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David Krecker, Landlord, Whittier, CA
Thu Jul 24, 2008
send me your contact info and I will check with a underwriter to see if can get qualified. Many possibilities including FHA so let me know.
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Karen Miller, Agent, Long Beach, CA
Sun Apr 6, 2008

As you & I know, Milpitas is not the South Bay! Shortsale townhouses here aren't even close to the $200,000s. I would suggest you look at Long Beach. It's has many advantages, is close to the coast, & is much more affordable than the South Bay.

Contact me if you would like more information on my fair city!

Karen Miller
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Mario Pinedo,…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Sat Apr 5, 2008
The other thing to consider is at what price homes are deliverable in the South Bay. If you are patient and can muddle through the short sale processes - you can purchase a home at a very affordable price. I just wrote an offer for a buyer on a townhouse in Milpitas for the low $200s. I am fairly confident that the bank will accept the offer. There are many other deals out there too to look at.
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CJ Brasiel, Agent, San Jose, CA
Sat Apr 5, 2008

The answer will depend on a lot of things. How much debt do you have compared to your income? How much do you have to put down on a home? What is your credit score? What part of the South Bay do you want to live in? Once we know the answers to these questions then we can find homes that fit your unique situation.

As Sandy mentions below, check out the calculators on line to get an idea but also know that it is best to sit down with a lender and find out what they might be able to offer. If you don't know your credit score you can find out online. http http://:www.freecreditreports.com or like ...

I am glad to help you see what opportunities there are for you.
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Sandy Shores, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Sat Apr 5, 2008
Hi Yoruba,

You may want to start by using the How much house can I afford calculator on the CNN money website.
http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/houseafford/houseafford.html. Then, contact a local Realtor to the area and they will be able to let you know what you can buy for that price.

Happy House Hunting,
Sandy Shores
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