住灣區,想買房!怎麼找房產經紀人?

茫茫人海,誰能信賴?

買房步驟之初,一定要找一個信任的Agent、(又稱房仲、經紀、Realtor),如果剛到美國人生地不熟,可以從下列幾項要點觀察,選擇您信賴的房地產經紀人。

個人認為,專業房仲必須具備下列幾點

(一) 售屋前的財務分析、買房指引、針對買方的區域分析

(二) 懂房子、熟流程,知道如何看房子,合法揭示房子優缺點,知道建築結構、建材差異,能為你解釋、讀上disclosure (屋況清單)、契約、甚至是賣方出示的報告書,知道如何與賣方經紀人交涉,後續談妥任何協定等。

(三) 熟習區域、生活機能學區劃分,能為將來的生活助上一臂之力。

(四) 了解貸款流程、稅金、金流、closing cost (買房交易支出)等相關流程

(五) 知道如何為買、賣方做出市場分析、合理出價、定價,不是追高價錢,尤其是買方房經紀,雖然北加州都是追加價格,90%以上個案例都是價高者得房,但是仍須以屋況、學區、小環境合理鑑價、合理出價!

(六) 不會造成買、賣雙方壓力、恐慌與額外的負擔。

有人跟我說,「買賣房屋可以自己來,根本就不需要房仲!」我笑而不答。

在美國,買房、賣房之間,交予專業人士,擁有更多的資源平台共享,房仲須顧及專業能力甚至法律責任,就財務上、安全上、法律上、都能規避一定的風險,加上買方並不需要負擔額外仲介費用 (加州是由賣方Listing Owner 來負擔買賣雙方的房仲費用),計畫買屋前,先找一位專業房仲,絕對是買房必備條件。

買房之前應該建議找自己順眼的房仲聊一聊,看看他是否具備這些能力,我在台灣當房地產記者的時候,也採訪過百位以上房仲,因為房仲業門檻並不高,因此素質落差頗大,當然有很多我所尊敬的前輩,各有房地產上的專業領域與一番本領讓人激賞,但是我相信,除了專業上的選擇,終究會回到緣分、人與人相處的感覺來選擇你的房仲。

如果你(妳)覺得他專業,請相信他(她)、信賴他(她),雙方都覺得舒服、安心,才能一起協力為一個家圓夢。


任何售屋、買房、租屋、需求

歡迎利用以下方式與我聯繫

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Ming Wei Chien (Maggie)
Cell: 408-505-3003
Email: chienmingwei@gmail.com
BRE #01973756

2015 Licensed Realtor / 2019 Licensed Broker

十大房東省稅法/Top Ten Tax Deductions for Landlords

No landlord would pay more than necessary for utilities or other operating expenses for a rental property. Yet millions of landlords pay more taxes on their rental income than they have to. Why? Rental real estate provides more tax benefits than almost any other investment.

Every year, millions of landlords pay more taxes on their rental income than they have to. Why? Because they fail to take advantage of all the tax deductions available for owners of rental property. Rental real estate provides more tax benefits than almost any other investment.

Often, these benefits make the difference between losing money and earning a profit on a rental property. Here are the top ten tax deductions for owners of small residential rental property.

  1. Interest (利息)

Interest is often a landlord’s single biggest deductible expense. Common examples of interest that landlords can deduct include mortgage interest payments on loans used to acquire or improve rental property and interest on credit cards for goods or services used in a rental activity.

  1. Depreciation(折舊)

The actual cost of a house, apartment building, or other rental property is not fully deductible in the year in which you pay for it. Instead, landlords get back the cost of real estate through depreciation. This involves deducting a portion of the cost of the property over several years.

  1. Repairs(修繕費用,重新漆油漆、修屋頂排水管、漏水、修窗戶等等)

The cost of repairs to rental property (provided the repairs are ordinary, necessary, and reasonable in amount) are fully deductible in the year in which they are incurred. Good examples of deductible repairs include repainting, fixing gutters or floors, fixing leaks, plastering, and replacing broken windows.

Read Tips for Maximizing Repair Deductions to ensure your expense will constitute as a repair, not an improvement.

  1. Local Travel(就連幫租客服務的油錢都可以抵稅)

Landlords are entitled to a tax deduction whenever they drive anywhere for their rental activity. For example, when you drive to your rental building to deal with a tenant complaint or go to the hardware store to purchase a part for a repair, you can deduct your travel expenses.

If you drive a car, SUV, van, pickup, or panel truck for your rental activity (as most landlords do), you have two options for deducting your vehicle expenses. You can:

  • deduct your actual expenses (gasoline, upkeep, repairs), or
  • use the standard mileage rate (check the IRS website for current rates). To qualify for the standard mileage rate, you must use the standard mileage method the first year you use a car for your business activity. Moreover, you can’t use the standard mileage rate if you have claimed accelerated depreciation deductions in prior years, or have taken a Section 179 deduction for the vehicle.
  1. Long Distance Travel (遠距離的租客服務,機票、飯店、餐食都可以抵稅,留下證據跟發票,不可以趁機無限上綱)

If you travel overnight for your rental activity, you can deduct your airfare, hotel bills, meals, and other expenses. If you plan your trip carefully, you can even mix landlord business with pleasure and still take a deduction.

However, IRS auditors closely scrutinize deductions for overnight travel — and many taxpayers get caught claiming these deductions without proper records to back them up. To stay within the law (and avoid unwanted attention from the IRS), you need to properly document your long distance travel expenses.

  1. Home Office(居家工作室,相關費用需符合Home Business Tax Deductions) 

Provided they meet certain minimal requirements, landlords may deduct their home office expenses from their taxable income. This deduction applies not only to space devoted to office work, but also to a workshop or any other home workspace you use for your rental business. This is true whether you own your home or apartment or are a renter.

  1. Employees and Independent Contractors(聘請員工、技工費用)

Whenever you hire anyone to perform services for your rental activity, you can deduct their wages as a rental business expense. This is so whether the worker is an employee (for example, a resident manager) or an independent contractor (for example, a repair person).

Find out tax rules that apply to landlords who hire independent contractors to help them with their rental business, see Hiring Independent Contractors for Your Rental Activity.

  1. Casualty and Theft Losses (遭竊損失)

If your rental property is damaged or destroyed from a sudden event like a fire or flood, you may be able to obtain a tax deduction for all or part of your loss. These types of losses are called casualty losses. You usually won’t be able to deduct the entire cost of property damaged or destroyed by a casualty. How much you may deduct depends on how much of your property was destroyed and whether the loss was covered by insurance.

9.Insurance (保險)

You can deduct the premiums you pay for almost any insurance for your rental activity. This includes fire, theft, and flood insurance for rental property, as well as landlord liability insurance. And if you have employees, you can deduct the cost of their health and workers’ compensation insurance.

  1. Legal and Professional Services (專業服務支出:律師、會計師、管理公司、投資顧問等費用)

Finally, you can deduct fees that you pay to attorneys, accountants, property management companies, real estate investment advisors, and other professionals. You can deduct these fees as operating expenses as long as the fees are paid for work related to your rental activity.

特別的是,以27.5年的年限來針對房屋折舊抵稅。

Landlords can greatly increase the depreciation deductions they receive the first few years they own rental property by using segmented depreciation.

Careful planning can permit you to deduct, in a single year, the cost of improvements to rental property that you would otherwise have to deduct over 27.5 years.

You can rent out a vacation home tax-free, in some cases.

Most small landlords can deduct up to $25,000 in rental property losses each year.

A special tax rule permits some landlords to deduct 100% of their rental property losses every year, no matter how much.

People who rent property to their family or friends can lose virtually all of their tax deductions.

If you didn’t know one or more of these facts, you could be paying far more tax than you need to.

以上資料來自 http://www.nolo.com

2015年6 月,矽谷Sunnyvale房價再創新高

六月已經結束,我將Sunnyvale 行情整理一番。

數據全數來自MLS統計資料,我在這裡僅做Single Family的分析供參考,若須Condo, Townhouse資料,請找我洽詢,無論何種產品,我都將提供完整的數據分析,加價技巧,助您買房。

Sunnyvale House行情均價 $1,468,772 . 成交價格1.47million,成交量較前三個月縮減。平均成交天數13天。

成交量持續萎縮,但是買房出價動能依然強,

尤其在94087因為不少 Cupertino Union 與Cherry Chase好學區,加價幅度不減。

Sale price to list price ratio is 117.3% in Jun.

Time frame is from Jul 2014 to Jun 2015 Postal City is 'Sunnyvale' Property Type is 'Residential' Property Sub Type is 'Single Family Home' Results calculated from approximately 630 listings
Time frame is from Jul 2014 to Jun 2015
Postal City is ‘Sunnyvale’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’
Results calculated from approximately 630 listings

(點圖可以放大)

94087 (Sunnyvale, 因為有Homestead high, Cupertino好學區支撐,加價比率較高,民眾搶屋很積極)

”Sale price to list price ratio” is 117.3% in Jun, lower than 118.1% in May, higher than 116.3% in Apr.  Compare to 120.5~121.8% during Feb and Mar. Buyers don’t add as much money as 1st quarter.

Day to sell” in Jun of single family in 94087, only takes 10 average days to sell. Compare to 9 days in Feb and Mar, 11 days in Apr.  The ‘’Day to sell’’ in Jun means the market is still hot.

94086

”Sale price to list price ratio” is 109.7% in Jun, lower than 116.1% in May, 116.2% in Apr. .  Compare to about 111%,114% in Feb and Mar. Buyers don’t add as much money as 1st quarter.

”Day to sell” in Jun of single family in 94086, only takes 10 average days to sell. Compare to 21 and 11 days in Feb and Mar, 14 days in Apr.  The ‘’Day to sell’’ in Jun means the market is still hot.

Time frame is from Jan 2010 to Jun 2015 Postal City is 'Sunnyvale' Property Type is 'Residential' Property Sub Type is 'Single Family Home' Results calculated from approximately 3,300 listings
Time frame is from Jan 2010 to Jun 2015
Postal City is ‘Sunnyvale’
Property Type is ‘Residential’
Property Sub Type is ‘Single Family Home’
Results calculated from approximately 3,300 listings

這是近五年Sunnyvale價量,紅色為價、綠色為量,僅做Single Family的統計表。2015年僅統計到6月,因此量約一半,但是我大膽預估,因為高房價(買房躊躇)與周邊房價直漲(賣方賣了不知道該往哪裡住),今年成交量應會減縮,總成交量將低於過去四年的平均值。稍晚再來寫兵家必爭之地Cupertino!

2014年3月~2015年3月 中國人首次成為美房市最大海外買家

(大紀元記者李默迪綜合報導)美國房地產經紀人協會(National Association of Realtors)最新統計數據顯示,購買美國房產的國際客戶中,中國人首超加拿大人,購買量和消費額方面都是美國房市最大的海外買家。

據《華爾街日報》報導,調查涵蓋從2014年3月到2015年3月的時間範圍。所有在美國購買獨立房和公寓的國際客戶中,中國人佔16%,數量最多,而且比2013年的12%又有所增加。其次是加拿大和印度客戶,分別佔14%和8%。

從房產消費額來看,同期內國際客戶在美國的房產消費總額為922億美元,其中中國客戶為286億美元,同樣位居榜首,而且比2013年增加了30%。加拿大和印度分別為112億和79億美元。

《金融時報》報導,同期內,中國人在美國的人均房產消費額為196萬美元,比美國本土人多三倍。

中國客戶平均每套房產消費也是最高,為83.18萬美元,高於國際客戶的平均值(49.96萬美元),其次為加拿大、印度、墨西哥和英國,但他們都低於國際客戶平均值。

中國人喜歡海外購房 原因何在

中國房地產專家艾敬偉(Ai Jingwei,音譯)說,實際上中國人在國內的購房空間很有限,美國經濟和房市復甦後,中國人開始轉向美國購房。

Juwai.com是一個幫助中國客戶購買海外房產的網站,其聯合首席執行官安德魯•泰勒(Andrew Taylor)表示,美國現存房產和在建房都比較有潛力,而且國際客戶的購房政策很自由,所以成為中國買家海外購房的首選。

根據Juwai.com網站對客戶的調查結果,2015年第一季度,中國客戶在美國購房較多的地區是洛杉磯、紐約市、休斯頓、舊金山,以及奧蘭多。

比較各州的情況看,中國人在加州購房最多,佔他們總購房量的30%,其次是華盛頓、紐約、馬塞諸塞州、伊利諾斯州和德州。

中國客戶70%用現金支付房款,高於美國國際客戶的平均值(55%),而美國本土人士的現金支付率只有25%。

《金融時報》文章還提到,其實,從世界範圍來看,中國人也是西方各個大都市最大的房產買家,比如紐約、倫敦、悉尼、溫哥華、多倫多和奧克蘭等。

中國人大量湧入海外購房,主要是由於中國房產市場低迷,以及西方民主國家優質的教育體系和生活品質、完善的法律,以及買房後所享有的房產權。

但是業內人士認為,海外客戶,特別是中國人,對美國房市的需求的增加,會給美國本土人士帶來一定的負面影響。

MoneyWatch 專欄作家、在房產界有40年從業經歷的丹•巴納比克(Dan Barnabic)表示,美國大都市房產的這種高需求會導致房價不斷攀升,尤其是對美國中產階層人士來說,會超出他們的承受能力,進而使他們無力支付房產。現在一些城市正有這種趨勢,比如舊金山、紐約、丹佛、西雅圖等。

Ming Wei Chien (Maggie)
Cell: 408-505-3003
Email: chienmingwei@gmail.com
BRE #01973756

Green Valley Realty
Office: 408-512-5712 / Fax: 408-512-5717
19620 Stevens Creek Blvd. Ste 280
Cupertino, CA 95014

買房步驟 (一) Pre-approval letter

mortgage-preapproval

如果想在加州買房,尤其是首購族(First time buyer),除了現金買房,一定要先到自己常往來銀行辦一張Before buying a house, get pre-approval letter first.

Mortgage Pre-Approval (Letter) 這是下標房子一定要的半正式確認函

這是由銀行開出的證明,他從您的工作證明、信用分數、收入等條件,評估貸款條件,貸款評估信函(Pre-approval letter)具體描述可貸款金額、額度等評估。

如此一來,我們在看房子之前,才能衡量收入、自備款與可貸款金額去看這範圍的房子,可以避免錯估自己能力,造成出價(Make an offer)之後 因為貸款金額不足,造成對交易之間的拖延,或因此無法買房。

值得一提的是,常常也有客人,也許因為信用極佳,貸款條件好,可以購買超出預期所設下金額的房子。

我們先把Pre-approval letter做好,我們就可以開始去看房子了!

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如果沒有熟悉的銀行,我們公司也可以幫忙評估,需要您提供下列資料

Need:
1. Last 2 years W2 on your husband
(過去兩年的收入證明)
2. 2 most recent pay stubs for your husband
(近兩個月工資單)
3. 1 most recent bank statements (please provide all the bank accounts that you will use for the down pay of the purchase)
(近一個月銀行對帳單,如果有多家將用來繳付頭期款,請提供所有銀行)
4. If you both holds green card, please send me copies for the front and back sides of the card. (綠卡正反面影本)
If you hold H1 Visa or other type of Visa, please send me the paperwork.(工作簽證或合法居留美國簽證影本、證明)
5.  Need your car loan or car lease statement.
(汽車貸款對帳單或是租車證明對帳單)
6.  Need driver licenses copies for both of you.
(雙方駕照、護照影印本)
7.  Please complete the attached loan application as much as you can.
(我們貸款單位回寄送表格給您填寫)
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Before buying a house, get pre-approval letter first.

http://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/get-a-mortgage-preapproval/

Ming Wei Chien (Maggie)
Cell: 408-505-3003
Email: chienmingwei@gmail.com
BRE #01973756

認識 Maggie Chien

灣區專職經紀人

Maggie曾在台灣當過九年的財經記者,蘋果日報房地產中心(地產王&家居王)、自由時報財經中心房產線總資歷長達七年。我在台灣採訪過數千間建案,在矽谷從2015年開始取得Realtor執照、2019年取得Broker執照,這五年來看房歷年達千間以上,讀過數百個報告,買過數十間房,管理十幾間房地產。

在矽谷買房子,是一個充滿挑戰的過程。我能提供試算服務、貸款諮詢與轉介、為您挑選適合滿足您需求的房子、一同看屋、一起挑戰競標的過程。我們將逐條念過合約內容,下標之前我會誠實地揭示屋況、屋主詳細情形、報告,而後續的交屋、租屋、修繕、改建等諮詢都在服務範圍之內。

關於賣房,房價評估、市場分析、修繕建議、上市時間建議、Staging評估、風格挑選、行銷方式分析、海報、Post、媒體推廣、行銷媒體選擇、挑選offer輔助,後續交屋,都是我擔任賣房經紀人時的職責。

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: mingwei@kw.com
  • LINE: chienmingwei

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


I am a California realtor/broker associate in the Silicon Valley, currently working with Keller Williams Realty.

I have always had a passion for Real Estate.  As an Editor/Journalist in Taiwan, I had written hundreds of news articles covering Real Estate and Interior Design.  After moving to the SF Bay Area in 2014, I followed my passion and embarked on a successful career as a Real Estate agent/broker.

For my buying clients, I understand home ownership is a big part of the American Dream and I will help you to achieve this goal with logic and data:

–          Find/compare/verify the house of your need

–          Review all property inspection reports, seller disclosures, permit history, HOA docs, etc. with you

–          Explain all contractual documents to help you make the strongest offer with confidence

–          Share a buyer’s only checklist with you prior to making an offer

For my selling clients, I understand it can be a very stressful process determining when to sell, how to price and market the house.  I will greatly reduce your burden by:

–          Thorough analysis on market condition, timing and price

–          Prepare all documents and escrow account

–          Touch up/renovate the house with my team of contractors

–          Showcase the house with professional staging

–          Advertise and conduct open house

–          Review and select the strongest offer with confidence

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