Friday, March 26, 2010

Schwarzenegger Signs New Homebuyer Program

Governor Schwarzenegger today signed to authorize $200 million for home buyer tax credits. The bill allocates $100 million for qualified first-time home buyers who purchase existing homes and $100 million for purchasers of new, or previously unoccupied, homes.
This is different than the current federal program that expires in April. This program begins May1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010.
This credit is equal to the lesser of 5 percent of the purchase price or $10,000, taken in equal installments over three consecutive years. Under the bill, purchasers will be required to live in the home as their principal residence for at least two years or forfeit the credit (i.e. repay it to the state). Please contact me for questions on how to take advantage fo this valuable program.

For up to date info on the local real estate market, simply look at my website or call me at (408) 247-4029.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Warren Buffet Housing Prediction

Warren Buffet, the famed CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has made a bold prediction about the residential real estate market. In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Buffet was quoted as saying:

“[Within] a year or so residential housing problems should largely be behind us, the exceptions being only high-value houses and those in certain localities where overbuilding was particularly egregious. Prices will remain far below “bubble” levels, of course, but for every seller (or lender) hurt by this there will be a buyer who benefits. Indeed, many families that couldn’t afford to buy an appropriate home a few years ago now find it well within their means because the bubble burst.”

Mr. Buffet is known for bucking the conventional wisdom with great success: Anyone who held a $10,000 stake in Berkshire Hathaway at the start of 1965 has about $80 million today. To see the full article, go to:

For up to date info on the local San Jose real estate market (and surrounding areas), simply look at my website or call me at (408) 247-4029.