Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Doug Reynolds Real Estate has upgraded their Marketing Department to better serve Buyers, Sellers and Investors in Sacramento Real Estate

We’ve Upgraded our 
Marketing Department !!!

My Daddy is working hard every day to provide you with great real estate content so that you can stay up to speed with the current market. Pwease like him on Facebook, Subscribe to his YouTube channel and follow his blogNew stuff is added nearly every day and its also a great way to refer a buddy, co-worker, family member or play-date that needs to buy or sell in the Sacramento AreaDid you know that: there is currently more demand for houses in our area than there is supply and that a few more homes on the market in our area would be a good thing, the current buyers would quickly absorb that extra supplyor that Mortgage interest rates are now lower than they have ever been in historyWell, dont worry, my Daddy knows all that and even moreThanks for supporting him.

Gold fishes and cartoons,
Daddy's Little Girl

Doug Reynolds


He loves referrals. It means he can work with people just like you!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Don’t Forget To Save Money On Your Taxes This Year

Homeowners should be aware of these tax breaks that they may be eligible to receive. Consult a Certified and licensed Tax Professional.
  • Mortgage interest: Homeowners are generally entitled to reduce their taxable income by the amount of mortgage interest they pay, as long as they itemize deductions on their tax returns. 
  • Private mortgage insurance: Homeowners who are paying PMI likely will be able to fully deduct the amount, as long as their adjusted gross income is $100,000 or less ($50,000 for married taxpayers filing separately).  Borrowers with incomes above $100,000 may qualify for a partial deduction.
  • Energy-efficient home improvements: If windows, doors, or skylights that meet the requirements of the federal Energy Star program were installed in 2011, homeowners can get a tax credit equal to 10 percent of the product’s costs.
  • Points: The charges a borrower paid in points to get a mortgage are generally deductible if it was a first mortgage on the property.  In the case of a refinance loan, all or some of the point charges might be deductible, but it gets complicated.
·         Property taxes: The amount paid in property taxes is deductible as long as it is based on the assessed value of the property.  If the mortgage company collects money for property taxes, the amount actually paid should be on the 1098 form lenders send out each January.

clear skies,
Doug Reynolds

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

History of Sacramento Real Estate 1986 - 2012

Doug Reynolds, a Sacramento Area Realtor, gives a detailed analysis of the median Sales price in Sacramento Real Estate.  He discusses the ups and downs of the past 25 years in the area.  Doug also discusses the fact that since interest rates are historically low, homes for sale inventory is low and buyer demand is high.  Due to those factors, he feels 2012 is the bottom of the market and the beginning of a new moderately climbing market.

What do you think is going to happen in the next 5, 10 or 25 years???

clear skies,
Doug Reynolds

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

College Greens / Glenbrook Sales in February 2012 (Sacramento, Ca)

There were 12 homes sold in College Greens / Glenbrook for the month of February, 2011.  That is a small increase from the 11 sold in January.  Here are the addresses and specific information.

Currently there are: 18 Active listings, 10 Active short sale listings, 14 Contingent Short Sales  and 19 Pending Sales

If you would like more information (pictures, listing history, what type of sales they were, etc.) feel free to call or email and I’d be happy to provide that for you.  Call or email me if you are looking to buy or sell in the 95826 zip code.  Check back each month for the updated statistics, as I keep a close eye on the 95826 zip code, where I live and own rental property.  Let me know if there are any particular properties you have questions about. 
clear skies,
Doug Reynolds

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pay Off Mortgage Early To Save Money

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By Marcie Geffner, Associated Press
Paying off your mortgage might sound like an ambitious plan, especially if you have recently refinanced into a 30-year term. But it's still smart for homeowners to give some serious thought as to how they'll pay off their home loan; if not in 2012, then sometime.
An early mortgage payoff can net substantial interest savings compared to making scheduled payments for 15 or 30 years.
Paying more quickly reduces your housing cost, freeing up that money, says Ronit Rogoszinski, a wealth adviser at Arch Financial Group in Garden City, N.Y. You'll still be responsible for property taxes, homeowners insurance, and home maintenance and repairs.
Some might argue for allocating more cash to investments instead of eliminating low-cost debt, says Alfred McIntosh, principal of McIntosh Capital Advisors. But he encourages homeowners near retirement age to be mortgage-free.
To pay off your mortgage early:
- Add an extra amount, say $50 to $500, to each monthly payment, Rogoszinski says. Don't sacrifice necessities, such as sustenance or medical care.
Some homeowners add enough to their monthly payment to make one extra payment each year. McIntosh explains the math: Divide one payment by 12 or multiply one payment by 10 percent, and add that to the amount each month. Make sure the extra money is applied to principal, not interest or your escrow account.
One way to make that extra payment less painful is to make payments every two weeks instead of every month. The result is 26 half-payments instead of 12 full payments. McIntosh says biweekly payments can knock approximately six years off a 30-year term.

clear skies,
Doug Reynolds

Thursday, March 1, 2012

History of Mortgage Interest Rates

By Marcie Geffner • Bankrate.com
Mortgage interest rates have been pretty attractive for a long stretch of time. So long, in fact, that many homebuyers and homeowners might not realize that rates haven't always been this low. Mortgage interest rates in the 4-percent range were unheard of until 2010, and rates in the 5-percent range were unknown prior to 2003, according to Bankrate.com surveys through the years and a chart of monthly average mortgage interest rates tracked by the Federal Reserve since 1971.
Prior to 2003, higher mortgage interest rates were the norm. In the early 1970s, rates hovered in the 7-percent range and spiked up above 9 percent in late 1975, late 1976 and most of 1978. At the end of the decade and throughout the 1980s, mortgage interest rates rarely dipped lower than 10 percent.
In the early 1980s, mortgage interest rates brushed the stratospheric highs of 18 percent and even 19 percent. Imagine trying to get a home loan with an interest rate of 18 percent. At that rate, the mortgage interest deduction would be a very lucrative income tax perk, but the monthly payment on a loan would be far more painful than a typical mortgage today.
During the 1990s, mortgage interest rates ranged from around 7 percent to roughly 9 percent for many years. It was only in 2000 that rates began to fall to earth. They held at less than 9 percent in 2000, less than 8 percent in 2001 and less than 7 percent in 2003.
Mortgage interest rates are an important factor in many major financial decisions. When rates are low, it can be a good time to buy a home or refinance an existing mortgage. When rates are high, it can be smart to pay off your mortgage. Rates should also be considered when deciding whether to refinance from a fixed rate to an adjustable-rate mortgage, take out a second loan or tap a home equity line of credit.
clear skies,
Doug Reynolds