Hans Struzyna

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Real Estate Photography | Tips from a pro when looking for a house to buy

Real Estate Photography | Tips from a pro when looking for a house to buy

“This looks absolutely nothing like it looked online! Real estate photography is a scam!” When people walk into the house, a lot of the time, they’d realize it’s not exactly the same as what they saw online. There’s a reason for that, and you should know what you’re looking at before showing up so you can set your expectations. So today, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics—real estate photography. The reason why it’s my favorite? Because it’s what I do all day. I look at photos of houses, take photos, try and get them to tell a story or present the house in the best light.

Low down payment when buying a house | How much cash do you need?

Low down payment when buying a house | How much cash do you need?

Can I buy a house for less than 20% down payment? Today, I want to cover a couple of things when it comes to how much cash you need as down payment when buying a house. The first one is what you can do nationally. The other is what is potentially available to you as a home buyer or an investor versus what will actually succeed in this Bay Area market. Because these two are very different things, I think it’s really important to pay attention to these when you consider what you should do and what you can do here in this market.

Buying your first home—should you make a cash offer?

Buying your first home—should you make a cash offer?

When you’re talking about making a cash offer in this real estate market, what do you need to know? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

I want to talk about the topic of cash in today’s real estate market, mainly because a lot of people want to ask how many cash offers are there. How many people are just throwing money at houses to succeed? How can I compete if I don’t have that cash? Or, should I use my cash because it will help me compete if I have it available? Let’s start by talking about the really obvious differences between a cash and a financed offer.

Renting versus Buying a House in the Bay Area

Renting versus Buying a House in the Bay Area

It’s the question that’s older than time itself: chocolate or vanilla, left or right, ask directions or just go for it, rent or buy? Because you have made it clear that this is a topic of interest today, I wanted to talk about the renting versus buying question here in the Bay Area, specifically. I have this conversation regularly with folks considering jumping into the housing market for the first time because interest rates are so low. Instead of renting their apartment, house, or wherever they currently live, they’re now considering having their own home.

Bay Area Real Estate Market update

Did the Bay Area Real Estate Market just shift?

When is the market going to turn? Maybe it already has. I know that the title might have piqued your attention, so let’s get started.

Today, I have another Bay Area Real Estate market update for you. This time, we’re going to talk about the market turning. Anecdotally, I see some stuff on the ground that has made me feel concerned, optimistic, or a combination of both, trying to figure out what is going on and where we’re headed here in the Bay Area Real Estate market.

Is the Inventory Dam going to break? | Real Estate Supply and Demand

If you were intrigued by the title, I have a feeling that you also want to know something about the supply side of our real estate market. I’ve already talked about a lot of things on the demand side, such as competition, contingencies, and market updates from the buyer or consumer side. That is why I wanted to take a moment because I haven’t really addressed that real estate supply side yet, and it’s also a big part of the equation. It’s a big part of the conversation that we’re in here today, and there are really interesting stats, nationally and locally, that I think are all poignant to your real estate experience here in the East Bay.

Bubble Trouble

Bay Area Housing Market Update Q2 2021 – Bubble Trouble??

Inman, a real estate news publication that talks about real estate industry-related news, recently put out a series called “Bubble Trouble.” This series shared four stats that will give us hope and four stats that won’t. In this market update, I’m really excited to share with you some of those stats that I found really interesting, as well as some anecdotes about what I see on the ground in this local market so let’s get into this!

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Appraisal Lower Than Purchase Price | Real Estate Market 2021

Even though everybody said it’s impossible to get your offer accepted, you still did. You succeeded. You won—congratulations! The contract is now signed and ratified, and your earnest money is in. Everything’s all good… until you get that appraisal number. It turns out you’re one of those people who got an appraisal lower than the purchase price. Now, that’s a problem for a lot of reasons.