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Real Estate Continues to be the Best Investment

Even when inflation is high like today, Americans recognize owning a home is a powerful financial decision. Because inflation has reached its highest level in 40 years, it is more important than ever to understand the benefits of home ownership. Rising inflation means prices are increasing across every commodity, and that includes goods, services, housing costs, and more. When you buy a home, you lock in your biggest budgetary item each month.

For 9 years in a row Americans have chosen real estate as the best long-term investment. The following graph depicts the results of the latest poll conducted:

When inflation has risen in the past, home prices have risen as well. A house is an asset that typically increases in value over time even during inflation. According to Mark Cussen, Financial Writer for Investopedia:

“There are many advantages to investing in real estate…It often acts as a good inflation hedge since there will always be a demand for homes regardless of the economic climate and because as inflation rises, so do property values…”

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an investor looking to increase your family’s wealth or retirement fund, look no further than property.

If you like the idea of investing in real estate but dread the headaches inherent in becoming a property owner, consider becoming a private real estate investor with Sun Pacific Mortgage. Check out our website: www.sunpacificmortgage.com or call us at 707-523-2099. We are a family owned and operated company which has been in business for almost 34 years. We provide well-vetted opportunities, and you provide the funds to allow qualified borrowers to purchase or refinance their homes anywhere in California.

North Bay Real Estate Statistics for May 2022

Sonoma County Coming Out on Top in Move North

With interest rates rising and inventory falling, it is no surprise that we found this May very different from last May.  Here’s a snapshot of what happened in three of the North Bay counties last month in single-family residence sales:

Sonoma County: 

  • 492 Sold (22% fewer than 2021)
  • 416 New Listings (40% fewer than 2021)
  • 396 Closed Escrow (30% fewer than 2021)
  • 504 Homes left at end of May

Marin County:

  • 231 Sold
  • 185 New Listings (37% fewer than 2021)
  • 230 Closed Escrow
  • 174 Homes left at end of May (16% fewer than 2021)

Napa County:

  • 103 Sold
  • 87 New Listings
  • 117 Closed Escrow
  • 195 Homes left at end of May (17% fewer than 2021)

Marin County remained the hottest of all 7 North Bay counties.  The experts expect more inventory to appear from now until the end of August, which might improve the picture to a degree in spite of expected increases in interest rates.

If you are looking to purchase or refinance in these tight markets and have been turned down for a mortgage at a bank or lending institution, give Sun Pacific Mortgage a call at 707-523-2099 or visit our website at www.sunpacificmortgage.com.  We offer privately funded loans based on equity, not credit scores.  As an added bonus, we are FAST!  Most loans fund in less than a month.  Buying and refinancing can be a torturous process, or it can be smooth sailing with Sun.

So, You Want to Build an ADU in California?

So, You Want to Build an ADU in CaliforniaFor a variety of reasons, thousands of California Homeowners are adding Accessory Dwelling Units to their property. Whether it is for housing adult kids, aging parents, or another source of income, these smaller homes can be built for a fraction of the cost of a new house and can be installed relatively quickly.

These units are viewed as part of the solution to California’s housing crisis and as a result we have seen laws passed over the last five years which have made it considerably easier to obtain permits while slashing local fees. Nevertheless, these projects are expensive, the rules can be complex, and the bureaucratic hurdles can be daunting.

ADUs can be attached or detached. They can be new builds or a conversion of an existing structure. According to a survey of ADU owners in Berkeley, the median construction price in 2020 was $150,000 or about $250 per square foot. Construction prices had risen dramatically since 2020, so the cost will be considerably more in today’s economy.

In support of these constructions, the law states that local governments retain some authority to set objective standards for such things as height limits, setbacks, parking requirements and landscaping, but if the ADU is no more than 800 square feet and16 feet high, set back at least 4 feet from the property line, it is eligible for a permit in any residential or mixed-use zone.

Local officials must act on a completed ADU application within 60 days or else it is automatically approved. At least that is what the law requires. A developer in Campbell who specializes in ADUs says that there is still “a ton of boxes to check” to get the project approved.

An ADU is still a complicated, costly project no matter how small it is because it requires a kitchen, a bathroom, a sewer connection and permits. As a builder in Los Angeles stated, “The stuff that you don’t see is the most important stuff-the foundation, the plumbing the electrical, what’s hidden behind the walls.”

The other key point to consider in a decision to add an ADU to your property is the increase in your property tax bill. Newly constructed ADUs are assessed at market value upon completion, which in California with a 1.25% tax rate, could raise your property tax on an ADU valued at $200,000 by $2,500 a year.

The idea of an ADU is a bit more glamorous than the reality when examining all the aspects associated with the build. But, for many Homeowners it had been the answer to otherwise unsurmountable problems. Weighing the pros and cons before embarking on a project this large, and consulting with local officials and contractors is essential to a successful outcome.

If you have been denied a loan from your bank or other lending institution, consider a privately funded loan from the investors at Sun Pacific Mortgage. Call us today at 707-523-2099 or visit our website at www.sunpacificmortgage.com to see how we can help you with  your real estate financing needs.

Where Is the Real Estate Market Headed in 2022?

Bidding wars. All-cash offers. Limited supply. Sound familiar? That’s because these are the words of a song being sung every day in California.

After two years of unprecedented growth will there be a cool-down and possibly a fall in sales and prices in 2022? Will we ever return to “normal”?

Recently, several housing experts reported in USA TODAY that home sales are likely to be slightly lower in 2022 while home prices will continue to rise due to the ongoing housing shortage.

Another real estate brokerage firm had this to say:

“I don’t think we will see a correction, maybe a slowdown.”

A CEO of a realty company stated:

“I don’t see any sort of crash in the near future. No way.”

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) forecast calls for median price gains of between 5% and 7% this year. This increase contrasts to the 2021 increase we saw of a 20% average rise.

If you want to take advantage of the housing boom, but don’t qualify for a conventional mortgage, give Sun Pacific Mortgage a call at 707-523-2099 to discuss a private money loan or visit our website at www.sunpacificmortgage.com. We are a family-owned and operated business serving only California for 34 years. We offer fast mortgages for owner-occupied and non-owner-occupied residences, as well as business purpose loans. Our mortgages are usually completed in 7-30 days making a Buyer’s offer look exceptionally good to a Seller.

The Six C’s of Private Money Lending

Private money, also known as “hard money,” has become a popular alternative to conventional loans, especially during these stressful sellers’ market days which we have been experiencing for the past several years.

Why is that? Because FAST is the name of the game in this dog-eat-dog market and private money can be available in as little as a week through some hard money lenders, such as Sun Pacific Mortgage. Unlike conventional lenders where the loan process can take months to get approved, Sun Pacific Mortgage has much less red tape and requirements for these private money loan programs.  Our 33+ years in business has allowed us the experience to become truly expert in the loan approval process, solving any bumps that come up along the way. Service all of California Home Buyers, Borrowers, Realtors, Conventional Lenders, Mortgage Brokers and Investors alike; Anyone who need a quick close or who has been turned down for a conventional loan.

Let’s examine six factors that influence a private money lender before entering a contract with a borrower:

  1. Collateral:  Lenders are in the equity business, not the real estate business. They will consider all aspects of the property (physical condition, its marketability, and its profit potential), but the loan-to-value (LTV) is of primary importance.
  2. Conditions:  To minimize risk, Lenders look at other property inventory and at the resale or rental value of the given home/land.
  3. Capacity:  Lenders must consider the ability of the Borrower to carry out the terms of the loan and their existing obligations.
  4. Capital:  Lenders expect the Borrower to have significant “skin-in-the-game” at the closing table.
  5. Character:  Many Lenders look at the character of the potential Borrower. They look for liens and judgments which could affect the property under consideration.
  6. Credit:  With asset-based hard money lending, credit isn’t the most principal factor, but it may affect the interest rate the borrower pays.

Using a reliable, experienced company like Sun Pacific Mortgage to either invest or borrow money through, has been a wise choice for thousands over the past 3 decades. Give us a call at 707-523-2099 to see what we can do for you. You can also find us at www.SunPacificMortgage.com.

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We Fund Loans FAST!  After 33 years of experience, we are specialists at FAST Private Money Mortgages.  We’re here to help you, a family member or a friend get that fast home loan for the Holidays.

Loan of the Week

A Sonoma County Agent referred his Buyer to us after being turned down by her conventional Lender, 27 days into a 30-day Escrow.  Despite being very qualified, this Buyer was turned down by Underwriting at the last-minute due to an issue with proof of income.

In just 5 days we had her owner-occupied Bridge Loan of 946k approved and funds ready for her new home purchase!

One of our specialties here at Sun Pacific Mortgage is fast turnarounds, so if you or someone you know is in need of fast financing or having difficulty elsewhere getting a mortgage, give us a call at 707-523-2099 or contact us through our website. We will quickly let you know what we can do to help!

Real Estate Market for SFO October 2021

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Another stellar month for San Francisco real estate in October. Despite all the naysayers’ predictions that the market was on its way down, all markers indicate a continued upward trend. Here are the results for last month’s single-family residence in San Francisco:

  • Average List Price:  $2,093,971
  • Average Sales Price:  $2,358,448 ($2,131,959 in Sept.)
  • Average Sq. Ft. Price:  $1,093.37
  • Average D.O.M: 19
  • All Sold Properties:  709 (575 in Sept.)
  • SFR Sold:  303
    • 36 below price
    • 11 for listing price
    • 256 above listing price
  • One SFR sold for $1,506,248 OVER listing price

With the holidays approaching, we usually don’t expect many homes coming up for sale, but since it appears that we are constantly in new territory when it comes to the real estate market lately, we could see a significant reversal of the norm.

If you are looking to sell/buy anywhere in California, give Sun Pacific Mortgage a call at 707-523-2099 to discuss the many lending programs we offer for purchasing, refinancing, and bridging on owner-occupied and investment properties. Or visit our website www.sunpacificmortgage.com to learn more!

Real Estate Statistics for September 2021 San Francisco Peninsula

San Francisco Real Estate Statistics for September 2021

Markets typically move in cycles characterized by pervasive economic optimism, uncertainty, or pessimism. Today, optimism is the prevailing motivation especially behind the real estate market. We have only to examine the results of September’s sales data recorded for the cities on the San Francisco Peninsula to see that exemplified.

Menlo Park

  • Days On Market: 23
  • Average Sales Price:  $3,539,340
  • Average Sales Price was 6% above asking

Foster City

  • Days On Market:  9
  • Average Sales Price:  $2,2253,961
  • Average Sales Price was 12% above asking

Belmont

  • Days On Market: 12
  • Average Sales Price:  $2,267,777
  • Average Sales Price was 11% above asking

San Carlos

  • Days On Market: 12
  • Average Sales Price:  $2,488,548
  • Average Sales Price was 6% above asking

San Mateo

  • Days On Market: 17
  • Average Sales Price:  $1,921,305
  • Average Sales Price was 7% above asking

Burlingame

  • Days On Market: 13
  • Average Sales Price:  $2,991,900
  • Average Sales Price was 11% above asking

If you are considering a purchase or refinance, whether it is for an owner-occupied or an investment property, give Sun Pacific Mortgage a call at 707-523-2099 to discuss a privately financed mortgage. Armed with a pre-approval letter, will be a huge asset when presenting your offer to a Seller in today’s economy. We are known for our fast closings friendly, informative service throughout the buying process.

Real Estate Report on North Bay Counties for August

So Many Mortgage Myths

Once again, the lack of inventory has been the biggest factor in the shaping of the real estate market for last month.  Too many Buyers, not enough Sellers.  Here are the single-family residences results for Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties:

Sonoma County:

  • Into contract:  537
  • New listings:  451 (115% less than 8/2020)
  • Closed:  585
  • Open listings on 9/1:  698

Marin County:

  • Into contract:  192 (20% less than 8/2020)
  • New listings:  139 (53% less than 8/2020)
  • Closed:  223
  • Open listings on 9/1:  211

Napa County:

  • Into contract:  126
  • New listings:  111 (14% less than 8/2020)
  • Closed:  125
  • Open listings on 9/1:  235

If you are hoping to snag your own new home in the North Bay or anywhere else in California, consider a privately funded loan from Sun Pacific Mortgage.  With our specialty mortgages, you are armed with the “fast close” weapon, a real bonus in this present market.  We offer refinances, Bridge loans, and purchase loans that can be closed often in a week.  Call us at 707-523-2099 to find out what we can do for you.

Real Estate Statistics for July 2021 – San Francisco Peninsula Areas

Real Estate Market Results for San Francisco Peninsula Areas

Reports for last month show that the Peninsula is still a hot commodity. Homes are flying off the shelf with selling prices well above the asking price. Buyers can still expect to engage in bidding wars knowing that unless they get creative with their offer, they will probably lose out. All you need to do is examine the activity from July to see that real estate remains an extraordinarily strong seller’s market.

Menlo Park:  

  • D.O.M.: 6
  • Ave. Selling Price:  $2,563,025 ($175,125 ABOVE 6/21)
  • 16% ABOVE asking price

Foster City:

  • D,O.M.:  8
  • Ave. Selling Price:  $2,322,710 ($39,710 BELOW 6/21)
  • 16% ABOVE asking price

Belmont:

  • D.O.M.: 9
  • Ave. Selling Price:  $2,290,884 ($114,368 BELOW 6/21)
  • 17% ABOVE asking price

San Carlos:

  • D.O.M.:  11
  • Ave. Selling Price:  $2.659,670 ($120,812 ABOVE 6/21)
  • 12% ABOVE asking price

San Mateo:

  • D.O.M.:  13
  • Ave. Selling Price:  $2,368,985 ($358,062 ABOVE 6/21)
  • 14% ABOVE asking price

Burlingame:

  • D.O.M.:  11
  • Ave. Selling Price:  $3,101,173($8,738 ABOVE 6/21)
  • 5% ABOVE asking price

In this market speed is everything!  On the Peninsula in July, the average days on the market ranged from 6 days to 13 days. That doesn’t give a Buyer any time to dilly-dally.

If you want to be competitive in today’s real estate arena, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is essential. Beyond that step, consider a fast private money real estate loan from Sun Pacific Mortgage. We are known for our speed in closing deals in a week or less.

Give us a call at 707-523-2099 to get a bridge loan or a temporary purchase loan that you can refinance later when speed is of no consequence.

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