84 Van Cott Ct SAN JOSE, CA 95127

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84 Van Cott CtSAN JOSE, CA 95127

Ask $699,998 – Low HOA: $280

Come to see it in person!! Unit located in a corner of a well maintained nice community. The house is move-in ready. End unit with a huge yard!! Seller upgraded the house with new recessed lighting, waterproof laminate. Newer kitchen with newer stove, dish washer, and water heater. Washer and dryer in unit. 2 car side-by-side garage. Central heating and cooling. Large patio in the back and a second-floor patio by the master suite. 3 blocks from Transit Center for Buses and Light Rail. Walking distance to restaurants. Available for showing on 8/1-8/2 between 1 – 5PM.

If you are first time buyers, we are qualified for BOA 5-10% down payment, AHG & LMI program! Buyer may get up to $7500 closing cost help and a maximum of $10,000 credit from the lender!! You can talk to any BOA agents for the details.

租不如買,最低只要5% 頭款!首付款最低$36,450再加上$7500 Closing credit補助,$10000買房補助。

首購族千萬別錯過,南灣CP值最高的三房TH🏡🙋‍♀️

#1986年蓋 #屋況極好

84 Van Cott Ct San Jose 《Great For First Time buyer》

3B| 2.5B|1408 Sq.Ft. asking $729,000-

BOA 推出特定區域首購優惠方案,如果你的年收入在19萬元以下,即可能符合資格,低頭款、$7500 Closing credit補助,可以拿來Pre pay HOA,$10000買房補助,美國銀行助你買房。

這個方案有區域限定,我的這間listing就有符合喔!

維護很好的小區,這次要賣的在邊間、有個大院子、新地板、格局好、採光好、Low HOA$280,邊間、安靜、還有超大院子可以養寵物、種花草跟蔬果,HOA 很低只要280。🏡🌲🌳

一樓是大客廳與餐廳空間,直接兩大落地窗對著院子,空間超寬敞,廚房小而美,櫥櫃只有兩年新,back splash也做好啦,全室都有吸頂燈,餐廳還有Spot lights、洗衣房就在車庫旁,車庫停兩台SUV跟放雜物還有空間。

二樓有3房與雙衛浴,主臥好~大~間,放雙人床、小孩床還有餘,走出去有個Patio,你想擺個小桌椅,看看華燈初上的夜景也不錯。另外兩間房間也很大,有樹梢窗景,當辦公室或分租攤房貸也行。 走路就到VTA station,上HWY 680, 101 也很近,交通房、首購房!!

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矽谷CP值最高的三房Townhouse!! 首購、投資皆宜,租金可以租3150/M

買房故事分享- 價差18%

今日交了一間房,去年12月買到的客戶轉介的,去年下著雨看房的客戶撿便宜,(因為屋主剛生小孩啊)。今年這位客戶,也抱著一定要撿到便宜心態買房。 可能意念夠強吧,我們第三個offer買到了!

去年同社區、同房型、同尺寸成交價117萬,今年三月104萬,我們買99萬,屋主以前也是broker,同時是社區board成員,一直說這小區財務很穩定,他都監督且幫忙規畫好了。因為屋主年紀大了要退休, 打算從住了20幾年安安穩穩的房子搬到退休村,準備出售之前換過全新的橡木地板、全新地毯,質感很好,都是中上等級。

這個房子我們要下標之前先看過同社區另一間,通常一個社區有兩間以上在賣,有時候價格會比較好談。 第一間我們不想出太高,畢竟離高速公路還是有點近,晚上無法開窗,難免會有些許白噪音。

買到的這間房子照片拍得不吸引人,也沒做staging,本來客戶連看都不想看的😌。後來照片拍得漂亮的那間差了一點沒有買到,想說去看看這間不起眼的也好,沒想到屋主自住、屋況很好 (之前沒買到卻裝修漂亮的是投資房、出租用),建材質感很好,房子好乾淨,就連walk through時也是一塵不染,浴室玻璃都沒有水垢喔,報告上的幾個小缺點屋主也負責修好了。

相較去年最高點,跌了18% ,這個社區算多,現在市場上Townhouse& Condo的平均跌幅10~15%。

最近市場的確有越來越冷清的跡象,其實看房數很多,Cupertino兩百多萬房都有破百組客戶、San Jose 一般房子前兩周也有50組人看房,只是出offer數不踴躍。 (市場還是有例外,學區好、屋況好、價錢合理的還是有multiple offers,昨天同事就說Lynbrook 200萬房,有7個offer)

市面上放得比較久的房子,多數是學區不好或屋況差,也因此調價格的不少、價格不好的話有些屋主會選擇下市、不賣轉租也是賣家的另一個處理房產的方式。

賣家持有成本低,如果沒有非賣不可的原因,在市場上出租目前都還算容易。我在Campbrain 靠近Campbell代管的出租房,九月的時候要出租,前三個星期總共有近50組人想約看房,只是知道是半年租期之後,多數希望是一年以上租約而作罷。

天氣轉涼,這兩個星期上市的房子量也逐漸減少了,上市的房源有些蠻不吸引人的,房價會不會繼續跌呢?繼續觀察中。

稅改方案對房市造成的影響

這幾天接到很多人的詢問,也有好幾位客人問我對於稅改方案對房市影響跟看法,先聊聊稅改在房地產方面可能會造成的影響。

房地產稅(Property taxes)
新的規定只允許每年扣除高達1萬美元的房地產稅,影響所及,就是房地產稅單超過1萬元的人。

房屋抵押利息扣除(Mortgage interest deduction)
以前,抵押貸款(貸款)的利息為110萬美元可以扣除現在可能改為

1)100萬美元的貸款利息可以扣除
2)50萬美元的貸款利息可以扣除

2017年11月2日以前Close的貸款都不會受影響,但是還不知道未來如果有refinance的人會不會受影響。

以上是指自住房,如果投資房不在此限

賣房子的優惠年限
目前只要過去的5年中居住在家中2年,每一個在產權上的人有25萬元的資本利得免稅額。現在,新提出的規定是在過去的8年中必須住滿5年,才有免稅優惠。

現在能做什麼?

(1)如果你真想換房,也許可以更積極一點

(2)如果你的房地產稅超過1萬一年,可以先付明年的帳單,至於怎麼付房地產稅,請參考我上周發文

請注意!截自目前12/5號發文日,稅改方案還在眾議院和參議院協商,目前沒有真正的確定方案。至於矽谷房市明年的發展,我認為價格依然會繼續穩定上揚,因為回歸基礎點,矽谷房市目前仍為供需失衡狀態,自住型的買方仍遠多於賣方。然而,價格漲幅的多寡,則需看房子釋出量而定。

以上資訊僅供參考,如果您有稅務上相關問題,請諮詢執業CPA。

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/04/homeowners-use-these-year-end-tax-moves-to-save-ahead-of-tax-reform.html

 

矽谷房產筆記/美國買房新鮮事

▲▼洗碗機需要使用專用洗碗精,才不會讓家裡變成泡泡屋。(圖/簡明葳提供)

▲洗碗機需要使用專用洗碗精,才不會讓家裡變成泡泡屋。圖(右)為洗碗機。


▲洗碗機需要使用專用洗圖文/簡明葳(Maggie Chien)

▲▼美國多數房子的洗手槽下方都裝有攪拌器,用來攪拌廚餘。(圖/簡明葳提供)

▲美國多數房子的洗手槽下方都裝有攪拌器,用來攪拌廚餘。

記得今年春天一個晴朗的午後,接到剛剛搬入新家的客戶急忙打來:「Maggie,我剛剛把碗盤放到洗碗機,啟動之後,整個地板都是泡沫,我該怎麼辦?你快點告訴賣家,我們家的洗碗機壞了。」

賣家的洗碗機我們交易日前才確認過,不太可能這麼倒楣吧!「冷靜一下,你放的是一般洗碗的洗碗精嗎?」「洗碗機必須使用專用洗碗精,是低泡沫成分,才不會把家裡變成泡泡屋。 」我的客人在電話另一端跟女朋友放聲大笑收場。

加州矽谷的地理位置與高科技產業關係,是一個移民率非常高的地區,根據2017年資料統計,矽谷總人口數約305萬人,其中高達38%約有100萬人是國外出生的移民。如果只看高科技產業,年齡在25歲到44歲的員工中,67% 是在國外出生的移民。

這些初來乍到的移民,跟著我在房屋買賣交易過程中,也發生了不少新鮮事。舉例來說,美國房子裡有太多新奇的「機關」,除了帶看房子,我也常常需要介紹一些大家不熟悉的家電用品。

關於洗碗機,還有不少鮮事,許多人總是認為洗碗機浪費水,洗不乾淨,許多家庭只把洗碗機來當碗架,其實根據不少報告,洗碗機反而省水。不少客戶經我勸說,才體會洗碗機是史上最大發明之一。

如果家裡沒有洗碗機,夫妻之間常有爭執誰來洗碗,這項偉大的發明,想必是大幅減少了許多家庭糾紛。而在家開Home party是住美國的重要社交活動,狂歡之後的殘局誰來收拾?當然是交給洗碗機。只要將碗盤面菜渣沖乾淨依序放入機器內、啟動開關,就能輕鬆搞定一件家事,所以幾乎戶戶都有洗碗機,但是要記得必須定時清理洗碗機的濾網。寫到這裡,一定會有人驚呼:「洗碗機有濾網?」是的,快去 YouTube 找影片看怎麼清理吧。

除了洗碗機,美國人的廚房還有一個廚餘攪拌器(Garbage Disposal),也有人稱之為「鐵胃」,就裝在廚房洗手檯的排水孔下方,功用是將廚餘攪拌成屑,以便排入汙水道。

▲▼美國多數房子的洗手槽下方都裝有攪拌器,用來攪拌廚餘。(圖/簡明葳提供)

▲美國多數房子的洗手槽下方都裝有攪拌器,用來攪拌廚餘。

當我帶看房子的時候,經常有人誤觸開關,一陣轟轟聲響,嚇得買家趕緊關閉開關。其實這個攪拌器使用上也有點技巧,這台機器都能並不能輕鬆應付所有的廚餘,常見的果核、蛋殼、完整的檸檬皮、塑膠袋都要小心不能絞入。

最常見的是經常有人絞入湯匙,開啟後會發出驚人響聲,我的客戶不小心絞入過小孩的玩具,只見磨出一陣白煙,機器故障。而使用上最好一陣子就用鋼盆、桶子裝大量的水沖洗,同時開啟開關,定期清理,也能避免累積過多細小的廚餘而發臭。

此外,不管是買賣房屋、或是將房屋出租,煙霧警報器與一氧化碳偵測器是必備的設置,目前最新的設計已經裝有十年環保電池,但是不少舊型裝置需要定期更換電池,如果沒電時,會不定時會發出滴答聲響,提醒家人需要換裝電池。我曾聽說有人被這聲響嚇壞了,不知這莫名聲響何處來,還誤以為家裡有鬼,其實只要換上電池就好啦!很多人則是將電池直接拆掉不理會,煙霧警報器與一氧化碳偵測器可是救命的安全裝置,還是要謹慎一些。

▲▼煙霧警報器與一氧化碳偵測器是居家必備的安全救命設置,需定期更換電池。(圖/簡明葳提供)

▲煙霧警報器與一氧化碳偵測器是居家必備的安全救命設置,需定期更換電池。圖(上)圓圓小白點為煙霧警報器與一氧化碳偵測器。

美國因為排水道的特殊設計,可以直接將一般衛生紙丟入馬桶,卻有不少人使用面紙,最後造成嚴重的堵塞,找上通水管工人,一次可要付上幾百塊美金。不少移民習慣在自己的國家的習慣帶到美國,像是把鞋子放在門口、在公共區域晾曬衣服,這也與當地習慣不同,常遭鄰居側目,或是被社區管委會勸告、開罰單。這些異地生活習慣需稍加注意,可以減少許多後續的煩惱與金錢上的損失。

移民的異鄉生活已經不是一件簡單的事,在他鄉成家更是需要面對種種挑戰。買、賣、修房屋的過程裡,處處都有新體驗,讓人感到時而驚嚇、時而有趣,願大家在異鄉打拼的日子裡,面對困難都能從容以對、迎刃而解。

作者簡介

簡明葳(Maggie Chien),前《自由時報》、《蘋果日報》房地產記者,現居美國加州矽谷擔任房地產經紀人(REALTOR®),專職買、賣、管理矽谷地區的房地產也不忘寫字。部落格https://maggiechien.com/ 

10個您需要知道的買房出支

如果您是首次購屋者,瞭解您必須支付出的以下十項買房額外費用,可以幫助您在付錢時比較有心理準備。
1.誠意金 (Earnest money)
為了證明您是有誠意的想要購買房屋,必須支付1%至2%的總購買價為誠意金。誠意金的大小是會根據市場因素而改變,如果您所在地區的房屋買賣市場很熱門,賣家可以要求比較多的誠意金,相對的如果市場冷卻,賣方可能只需要非常小額的誠意金。另外各州政府也有不同的誠意金金額規定管理。
2.託管賬戶 (Escrow account)
託管賬戶基本上是一種貸款公司確保您有足夠的資金來支付相關稅費和貸款保險。您需要支付的金額依照地區、貸款公司、貸款類型而異,可能包括了數個月至一年的費用。託管賬戶通常是在訂金低於20%以下所需,同時也是FHA首次購屋貸款強制必須要有的,但VA退伍軍官貸款並不需要。
3.貸款手續費 (Origination)
手續費通常金額頗高,這是必須支付給貸款經紀人或是貸款公司的手續費,包括承銷、始發和處理代理價錢。手續費通常只是貸款總金額的一小部分,通常為總金額的1%,請記得找貸款時還是得貨比三家。
4.房屋檢驗費用 (Inspection)
您要確保新家沒有任何損毀或是結構上的問題,例如漏水、害蟲、發霉等問題,就必須支付房屋檢驗費。通常房屋檢驗費大約介於$300至$500元左右,房屋檢驗可偵測出結構問題,淹水可能性,和其他重大問題。害蟲檢驗費用大約為$150左右,一般檢驗的重大害蟲為白蟻。
5. 律師費用 (Attorney)
少數地區在房屋成交時必須有律師在場,例如喬治亞州,大部份地區則不需要。如果您的所在地需要有律師協助成交,您就得支付律師費用。
6.信用檢查 (Credit check)
雖然網路上有免費的信用檢查,但一般貸款公司都不會接受這種免費報告,貸款公司所需信用檢查大約為30元。
7.額外保險 (Extra insurance)
如果您住在天災較多的地區,可能需要購買額外的保險,例如洪水、地震險等等。
8.估價費用 (Appraisal)
您的貸款公司一定要在知道房產公平價值後才會願意貸款給您,房地產估價費用大約為200至400元左右,以地區和房屋大小各有所異。
9.產權過戶費用 (Title Company)
您必須支付產權過戶費用給過戶公司,確保房產所有權是明確無誤的,通常貸款公司會推薦過戶公司給您,但您也可自己找尋合作公司。
10.土地勘測費用 (Survey)
土地勘測並不是必須的,但是貸款公司可能會要求您使用專業土地偵測,來確認您的地產大小界線,價格大約100元左右。
記住:您有議價能力,貨比三家,多做功課瞭解您的地區的平均費用,如果您對價錢不滿意,可議價,也可尋找別家公司服務。
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10 Home-Buying Costs You Need to Know About
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If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might get a little queasy when the last line of your good-faith estimate comes in at several thousand dollars. And after the color returns to your face, you might also be a little more than perplexed by some of those fees.
Knowing what you’re paying for—like these 10 common costs—can ease that check-writing pain.
1. Earnest money
To prove you’re “earnest” in your purchase commitment, expect to plunk down 1% to 2% of the total purchase price as an earnest money deposit. This amount can change depending on market factors. If demand in your area is high, a seller could expect a larger deposit. If the market is cold, a seller could be happy with less than 1%.
Other governing factors like state limitations and rules can cap how much earnest money a seller can ask for.
2. Escrow account
An escrow account is basically a way for your mortgage company to make sure you have enough money to cover related taxes and mortgage insurance. The amount you need to pay varies by location, lender, and loan type. It could cover costs for a few months to a year.
Escrow accounts are common for loans with less than a 20% down payment and mandatory for FHA loans, but it’s not required for VA loans.
3. Origination
The origination fee is a hefty one. It’s the price you pay the loan officer or broker for completing the loan, and it includes underwriting, originating, and processing costs.
The origination fee is a small percentage of the total loan. A typical origination fee is about 1%, but it can vary. Use your good-faith estimate to shop around.
4. Inspection
You want to be assured your new home is structurally sound and free of surprises such as leaks or pests living in the walls. Those assurances come with a price.
Home inspection: This is critical for home buyers. A good inspector will be able to notify you of structural problems, flooding issues, and other potentially serious problems. Expect to pay $300 to $500 for a home inspection, although cost varies by location.
Radon inspection: An EPA-recommended step, this inspection will determine whether your prospective home has elevated levels of the cancer-causing agent radon. A professional radon inspection can cost several hundred dollars.
Pest inspections: Roaches are one thing. Termites are a whole different story. Expect to pay up to $150 for a termite inspection.
5. Attorney
Some states, such as Georgia, require an attorney to be present at closing. In some other areas, this is optional. If you use a lawyer, expect to cover the costs, which vary by area and lawyer.
It’s typical for mortgage companies to have a lawyer on their end, although they should cover the bill.
6. Credit check
Just because you can get your credit report for free doesn’t mean your lender can (and it will actually pull all three). You have to reimburse the lender, usually around $30.
7. Extra insurance
If you live in a hazard-prone area, you might need to purchase extra insurance, like for flood.
8. Appraisal
Your lender won’t loan you money for a home without knowing what its fair market value is. An appraisal will cost $200 to $400, depending on location and property size.
9. Title company
You pay this to the title company to make sure the property’s title is free and clear. Your lender will recommend a title company, but you can also shop around for one.
10. Survey
It’s not required in all instances, but your lender may require a professional surveyor to determine exactly where your property lines are drawn. Prices vary widely, but expect to pay at least $100.
Remember: You have bargaining power. Shop around to get a feel for what rates and fees apply in your area. If you aren’t sure what a lender is charging, ask for an explanation—the charge might not be set in stone. If you’re unhappy with a charge, negotiate.
(Info Source: Realtor.com & wordpress.com)

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