1116 Elmwood DrMILLBRAE, CA 94030

新房上市在Millbrae

我最新的Listing 上市,很多人不太熟悉Millbrae,其實這裡實在太方便了。尤其適合夫妻如果有一人在舊金山上班、一個人在南灣上班,這是絕佳的位置。

距離機場、大眾運輸 Millbrae BART/CalTrain 大概都只要十分鐘車程,一開車溜下山,很多餐廳、超市、downtown沿線就是 採買好去處,(就在那個最近開的一芳水果茶山上啦),最重要的是學區還很好,鄰居素質也很整齊,距離機場雖近,但是我在裡面待很久,也沒有聽過機場噪音。

開車10分鐘可以到Millbrae BART、CalTrain,開車6分鐘到Millbrae downtown, 圖書館, 各大小餐廳。

走路上小學,高中有9分,難得一見在Millbrae的平坦土地,加建、改建圖也畫好了,一起送給買家。我們這周有Open House歡迎參觀,來看看這兼具交通、學區、生活所有優點的房子。

Located in the desired, tranquil Millbrae Meadows neighborhood. 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in the house. Spacious living space with abundant natural light from large windows and a skylight in the kitchen. Two master suites (larger one upstairs in a quiet area) and two family areas offer lots of flexibility. Many upgrades: new furnace, fresh paint, new floor, new carpet, and a new sump pump in the crawl space. Low maintenance backyard, new grass and herbs in the newly landscaped front yard. Highly rated schools: Mills High, Taylor Middle, and Meadows Elementary School at walking distance. Easy access to highway 280, 380 and 101. 10 min drive to Millbrae BART/CalTrain station. 6 mins drive to Millbrae Downtown, City Hall, Library and Shopping/Dining district.

交屋/驗屋/Final Walk Through

最近有客戶準備交屋了,這個建商不讓agent參加,我來分享一下交屋、驗屋到底要看什麼?

建商明確表示:We do request that only the persons on the contract attend this walk.  Your friends, agents, family are welcome to come for the closing day but not the home orientation. 思就是其他人都不要來給我囉嗦找碴 ><

其實如果有建商願意讓realtor陪的,我就一定會到場,幫忙檢查房子的功能與外觀之外,每次都還能學到最新的建築法規,如果我不能到場呢,你可以參考一下這裡跟下面兩篇文章鏈結。

基本上新房交屋之前的Home Orientation 都是從外觀開始,如果是Townhouse/ Condo外觀(屋頂、外牆)大多數由HOA維護,如果是新建single family也要遵守社區法規維護外觀,walk through時一定要知道總水閥、瓦斯閥、Cable電話線、郵箱、院子的Sprinkler & Timer位置、垃圾怎麼處理等。

外觀看完之後會從車庫開始、看電盤、(壁掛式)熱水爐、車庫門、門鈴、多數都有Pre wire的電車插頭以便未來使用,車庫通常沒有粉刷,其實也沒關係,看看灰板有沒有做好?看看有沒有裂縫? 有時候大家會很驚訝車庫好簡陋啊,但是美國人就是把車庫保留成像倉庫的模樣,絕大多數都沒有做隔熱層、灰板鋪上也沒有上Primer 或油漆,已經見怪不怪了。

房子總水閥有些在車庫內,有些在房屋外面或社區某個角落,後者比較不便。不管住新房舊房,一定要知道總水閥、分水閥的位置,以後維修才知道在哪裡控制,家裡突然爆水管的時候也才能應急。

當然,確定一些最基本需求像是每一個水龍頭都有熱水、暖氣、洗碗機、烤箱、瓦斯爐能正常運作,每一個窗戶都要試試看,確認能正常開啟

常常幫客戶抓的毛病,像是油漆不均勻、地板不夠平(如果當場發現不平,可以叫建商拿個水平儀來量看看,英文叫做Level)、廚房檯面的Caulking有沒做好、磁磚貼好、櫃子沒裝好、baseboard有沒有歪七扭八等等瑕疵。

如果沒有第一次就看到的小問題也不用擔心,建商都還有一年保固,交屋後也都還有工人在附近,跟現場的manager或打給客服聯繫,很快就會來修了。 如果是天花板、地板不夠平這種大問題,多數都是建議客戶,最好要求建商全部改善後我們才交屋,因為太快搬進來,後續維修也很麻煩。

對了,如果是中古屋final walk through,建議都是staging company搬完家具或賣家已經搬家的時候再去,因為除了之前有寫過的制式檢查流程,牆壁有沒有被搬家工人碰撞、地板有沒有嚴重刮傷,清空房屋之後的walk through會比較有效率!

灣區買中古房都是AS IS condition,賣家也不會全部修到好,而是要跟我們當初看房子、看報告的時候一樣的屋況。至於看房子看報告的屋況怎麼存證,就各自出招了。

最後附上各大網站英文版final walk through文章供參考

Your final walk through checklist

Buying a House? Here’s Your Final Home Walk-Through Checklist

如果我還有什麼沒寫到,你覺得很重要的,再請你私訊告訴我,我很願意分享給大家,讓買房之路更加順利。

有任何灣區房地產問題或需求,請利用以下方式與我聯繫、預約看房或賣房分析。

  • 電話/簡訊  408-505-3003 (如未接聽請留言)
  • 電郵: chienmingwei@gmail.com
  • LINE: chienmingwei

我是全職房地產經紀人。CA Real Estate Licensed Broker、National Board of Realtors、California Association of Realtors、以及 Silicon Valley Association of Realtors的會員。DRE#01973756

貸款的經驗分享

快樂的故事寫多了,今天來寫一個有一點慘的經驗,不過最後是遇上了貴人,順利交屋了。

買家是向曾經幾次跟listing agent 下offer的,dual agent的經驗不是太好,沒有顧及買家權益,透過朋友介紹找上了我,後來我們買了新房。

因為這買家已經有下過offer的經驗,貸款我也沒多問,只有老老實實地再把所有的disclosure/ offer 一起花時間讀過一次,確認自己的責任已盡,便向建商下了offer。

沒想到的事情太多,這買家的Pre Approval Letter是一家南灣還算有名的貸款經紀(Loan brokerage)開出來的。

  • 當初開Pre Approval Letter時連credit 都沒有check,之前有其他貸款還款卻未註銷
  • 沒想到買家自己從台灣轉來的down payment是用網路轉帳,小額小額陸續轉
  • 沒想到買家夫妻帳戶分開,沒有共同名字,多數的錢都在不是貸款人身上,銀行要算reserve的時候根本不足

買新房有prefer lender,為了credit可以拿,我們就用了prefer lender,建商趕著交屋,我們也趕著做貸款。 最後不斷銀行端找出了問題,一樣一樣需要補充說明、補足金額,加上一個非常嚴謹的underwriter,貸款做不出來了!!

經手60幾間房子,不一定每一個客戶的貸款都很順利,但是遇到貸款被完全拒絕還是第一次,失敗的經驗讓我自責,也從中學到教訓,希望寫出來跟大家分享,避免錯誤再次發生。

現在我還是希望與客人第一次都能見面聊聊,除了了解彼此的期待與買房流程簡介以外,我同時都會推薦一個以上資深的貸款經紀讓客人比較利率、貸款費問,並且仔細詢問銀行對於金流的要求。

請務必配合貸款經紀,讓銀行先查核信用分數,接下來所有的Down Payment來源,不管是在哪一個國家、是否涉及父母贈與、如何轉帳、如何交付都要follow 貸款經紀的指示,避免將來出錯,輕者賠償延長貸款時間的費用,最大的損失是會賠償3%押金。

這客戶的房子是順利交屋了,遇到問題時,不管如何先把貸款做下來,順利交屋再說,有更好的利率再做refinance。如果利率有跌,還算幸運。如果利率一路漲,加上賠給seller的錢橫豎都是損失。

買房是人生大事,攸關大筆金額請務必謹慎以對。還是重申,我不是貸款經紀,相關問題,請諮詢有執照的資深貸款經紀。另外,我們地產經紀轉介紹貸款經紀,是不能拿取任何佣金或rebate,kickback這是違法的,我們轉介的人,看重的是經驗老道且合作順利的經紀。貸款順利、買 (賣)屋順利是我與貸款經紀要努力為你做的事。

貸款試算器 https://www.mortgagecalculator.org/

以前寫過的文章,貸款名詞解釋

First quarter 2019 housing affordability

加州地產經紀人協會最新一季的 購房指數 ( C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI) ) 出爐,根據加州地產經紀人協會最新數據統計,更多的加州人可以負擔起房子,主要原因是因為利率降低、市場轉淡加上民眾的收入增加所致。

2019年第一季的加州房產數據出爐,32%的家庭能買得起中位數約54.5萬元的房子,相對於2018年第四季的28%以及2018年的31%,有更多家庭能買得起房子。

Thirty-two percent of California households could afford to purchase the $545,820 median-priced home in the first quarter of 2019, up from 28 percent in fourth-quarter 2018 and up from 31 percent a year ago.

2019年第一季的加州房產數據出爐,32%的家庭能買得起中位數54.5萬元的房子,相對於2018年第四季的28%以及2018年的31%,有更多家庭能買得起房子。

A minimum annual income of $114,860 was needed to make monthly payments of $2,870, including principal, interest and taxes on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at a 4.62 percent interest rate.

最低年收入11.4萬元的家庭,必須每個月支付2千870元在房貸、利息與地稅,這2千870元是以30年房貸,貸款利率4.62%計算。

Forty-one percent of home buyers were able to purchase the $450,000 median-priced condo or townhome. An annual income of $94,690 was required to make a monthly payment of $2,370.

41%的買家可以買得起45萬元的連棟式房子(Townhouse)或公寓型(Condo),但是要買得起45萬元的房子,每月在房子上的負擔大概是2千370元。

More Californians could afford to purchase a home in the first quarter of 2019 as lower mortgage interest rates and cooler seasonal home prices combined with higher income levels to improve California housing affordability, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.

根據加州地產經紀人協會最新數據統計,更多的加州人可以負擔起房子,主要原因是因為利率降低、市場轉淡加上民眾的收入增加所致。

The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in first-quarter 2019 rose to 32 percent from 28 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 and from 31 percent in the first quarter a year ago, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). The index climbed above 30 percent for the first time in a year. California’s housing affordability index hit a peak of 56 percent in the first quarter of 2012.

根據購房指數(HAI)買得起房子的人由去年第四季的28%增加到今年第一季的32%,上次最高值是2012年第一季的56%。

C.A.R.’s HAI measures the percentage of all households that can afford to purchase a median-priced, single-family home in California. C.A.R. also reports affordability indices for regions and select counties within the state. The index is considered the most fundamental measure of housing well-being for home buyers in the state.

加州地產經紀人協會的購房指數計算基礎,是以買得起中價位的獨棟房(single-family home)計算,每一個地區與縣市各有不同數據,購房指數是加州買房者能力計算的參考指標。

A minimum annual income of $114,860 was needed to qualify for the purchase of a $545,820 statewide median-priced, existing single-family home in the first quarter of 2019. The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, would be $2,870, assuming a 20 percent down payment and an effective composite interest rate of 4.62 percent. The effective composite interest rate was 4.95 percent in fourth-quarter 2018 and 4.44 percent in first-quarter 2018.

買了一間54.5萬的房子家庭年至少必須在11.4萬元,如果房貸以4.62%計算,每月支付於房貸、利息、與地稅費用2千870元,房貸相較於2018第四季的4.95%較低,但是2018第一季的為4.44%。

Housing affordability for condominiums and townhomes also improved in first-quarter 2019 compared to the previous quarter, with 41 percent of California households earning the minimum income to qualify for the purchase of a $450,000 median-priced condominium/townhome, up from 37 percent in the previous quarter. An annual income of $94,690 was required to make monthly payments of $2,370. Thirty-nine percent of households could afford to buy a condominium/townhome a year ago.

除了買得起獨棟房(single-family home) 的人變多,買得起45萬元的連棟式房子(Townhouse)或公寓型(Condo) 的人也從去年的37%增加到41%。

Compared with California, more than half of the nation’s households (57 percent) could afford to purchase a $254,800 median-priced home, which required a minimum annual income of $53,620 to make monthly payments of $1,340.

Key points from the first-quarter 2019 Housing Affordability report include:

Housing affordability improved from first-quarter 2018 in 28 tracked counties and declined in 16 counties. Affordability in four counties remained flat.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, affordability improved from a year ago in every county. San Francisco County was the least affordable, with just 17 percent of households able to purchase the $1,532,500 median-priced home. Forty-six percent of Solano County households could afford the $430,500 median-priced home, making it the most affordable Bay Area county.

如果在舊金山灣區,能持有房的人也全面增加了。

然而,住舊金山市能買得起房子的比例較低,大概只有17%的家庭買得起中位數153萬左右的中價位獨棟房。Solano County的家庭比較幸福,年收入$90,590能買得起中價位約43萬元房子占比達46%。

Affordability results in the Southern California region were mixed as only Orange and San Diego counties recorded an improvement from a year ago, while San Bernardino and Ventura counties experienced a decline. Affordability was unchanged in Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

In the Central Valley region, affordability held even from a year ago only in two counties — Fresno and Sacramento — and fell in three counties — Kern, San Benito and Stanislaus. Kings, Madera, Merced, Placer, San Joaquin and Tulare counties recorded improvements.

Housing affordability improved in all four counties in the Central Coast region, which includes Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties.

During the first quarter of 2019, the most affordable counties in California were Lassen (63 percent), Kings (57 percent) and Siskiyou (53 percent). The minimum annual income needed to qualify for a home in these counties was $47,340 or less.

Mono (10 percent), San Francisco (17 percent), Santa Cruz (17 percent) and San Mateo (18 percent) counties were the least affordable areas in the state. San Francisco and San Mateo counties required the highest minimum qualifying incomes in the state. An annual income of $322,480 was needed to purchase a home in San Francisco County, and an annual income of $323,010 was required in San Mateo County.

舊金山市區、聖馬刁、聖塔克魯斯這些距離灣區不遠的地方,還是名列最難買得起房子的前幾名縣市。目前 Santa Clara County (南灣) 中價位房 $1,220,000,舊金山$1,532,500 ,而San Mateo為 $1,535,000屬全加州最高中位數房價區。

原文來自加州地產經紀人協會 https://www.car.org

幾點說明:

第一、文章裡的利率還是比實際利率計算高很多
第二、全加州幅員太廣、房價差異很大、平均數據只是參考指標

買房不是不可能的事情,也非年收入30萬才能在矽谷買房,我們可以見面聊聊你的想法跟計劃,請利用以下方式與我聯繫、預約看房或賣房分析。

  • 電話/簡訊  408-505-3003 (如未接聽請留言)
  • 電郵: chienmingwei@gmail.com
  • LINE: chienmingwei

我是全職加州地產經理 CA Real Estate Broker、National Board of Realtors、California Association of Realtors、以及 Silicon Valley Association of Realtors的會員。DRE#01973756

2019年4月矽谷房市行情報告

今年雨水特別多,植物長得特別好,但是灣區最近花粉症很嚴重,我也是眼淚鼻涕直流,相信很多人都有這樣的感覺。每天開車,車子上薄薄一層淡綠色,看起來很像濾鏡,其實就是很惱人的花粉。住在灣區這幾年,花粉症好像越來越嚴重了,前兩三年沒啥事,有時候鼻塞昏沉,今年會流涕與淚的。唉,我好像找到灣區的缺點了 !

據說花粉過敏吃藥有效,可是我是一個不想攝取過多藥物的人,不想研究也不想吃,去了Trader Joe’s 買了當地蜂蜜吃,如果再更嚴重,下周再去買花粉吧!記錄一下每年春天才會有的灣區事,接下來看房市吧。

跟上個月推測的一樣,大部分的城市,市場都有熱絡一點。但是最近半個月,市場上的inventory變多,價格可能會先穩住,上漲太多的機率不太高。我的建議是繼續看繼續下offer,也許你有機會拿到好deal!

不要再問我會不會漲會不會跌了,想長期留在矽谷就趕緊買吧,現在很好挑。每一個月花那麼多錢幫人家養房子會比存在自己的房子好嗎?如果你有換房計畫,先賣後買或先買後賣都能安全操作,我們可以約時間見面討論一下。

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Property Type is 'Residential'
Property Sub Type is 'Single Family Home', 'Condominium', and 'Townhouse'
Results calculated from approximately 180,000 listings


Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Postal City is ‘Sunnyvale’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 890 listings


Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Postal City is ‘Cupertino’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 310 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Postal City is ‘Mountain View’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 480 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Postal City is ‘Palo Alto’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 430 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Postal City is ‘Los Altos’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 300 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Postal City is ‘Menlo Park’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 380 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Area Name is ‘5 – Berryessa’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 770 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Area Name is ’10 – Willow Glen’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 640 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Postal City is ‘Milpitas’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 550 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Area Name is one of ‘Almaden Valley’, ‘ Blossom Valley’, ‘South San Jose’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 1,900 listings

Time frame is from May 2018 to Apr 2019
Area Name is one of Cambrian, Campbell
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’, ‘Condominium’, and ‘Townhouse’
Results calculated from approximately 1,600 listings

若您有其他關於矽谷置產問題,或是買賣房屋的需求。

請利用以下方式與我聯繫、預約看房或賣房分析

  • 電話/簡訊  408-505-3003 (如未接聽請留言)
  • 電郵: chienmingwei@gmail.com
  • LINE: chienmingwei

我是全職加州地產經理 CA Real Estate Broker、National Board of Realtors、California Association of Realtors、以及 Silicon Valley Association of Realtors的會員。DRE#01973756