Author Archives: Dusty Brazil

About Dusty Brazil

CA BRE #01780273- Dusty Brazil is a top ranked Realtor with Pacific Sotheby's International Realty. Mr. Brazil has been selling real estate in San Diego for over 10 years and lived in this coastal community his entire life. Dusty is an accomplished surfer who enjoys writing home buying articles when he is not catching waves.

8 Ways to Remodel Your Home to Increase Equity and Property Value

The values of Americans’ homes are rising with the average increase approximately 7% more than last year. Some parts of the country are seeing double digit increases in value. If you want to sell your home soon, you may want to do some smart remodeling to increase your equity and property value. There are many… Read More »

9 Tips to Choosing the Best Realtor to Sell Your First Home

Selling your first home can be an exciting experience. Home prices are up, and there is a good possibility you can make a good profit by selling your home. The chances of selling your home for top dollar quickly rise when you know that you are working with the best realtor. To choose the best… Read More »

Essential Guide to Owner Builder Home Loans

It is exciting to have a home built just for you. But most people are unfamiliar with owner builder home loans. Mortgage loans for new construction are a different animal, and if you want to build your home, it is smart to learn about this unique mortgage process. Find Lenders that Specialize in Owner-Builder Home… Read More »

7 Hottest Real Estate Markets for First Time House Buyers

If you want to buy your first home and have some flexibility about where to live, you may want to look at some of the hottest housing markets in the US. As you consider where to live and buy your first home, you want to look at factors such as job growth; affordability; vacancy rates;… Read More »

Government Mortgage Alternatives for People with Poor Credit

After the last financial slow down, getting a mortgage with poor credit was difficult. The federal government cracked down on lending and lenders got scared too extend credit on home loans to any but the best borrowers. While too much lax lending practices went on during the last real estate boom, the over-correction probably went… Read More »

Essential Guide to Manufactured Home Loans in 2018

Potential home buyers who want to get a manufactured home often wonder how easy it will be to get financing for these properties. While home loans for manufactured houses are not as plentiful as regular homes, there are still some options available, including from government backed home loan programs such as FHA. Most people are… Read More »

5 Questions Every Renter Should Ask Before Buying a House

There are many reasons to buy your own home and stop renting. But there are many factors to consider before deciding to make the plunge into home ownership. It worth considering this question carefully; one of the reasons for the last financial downturn was too many people had mortgage they could not afford. When millions… Read More »

What Is the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit in 2018?

First time home buyers who are looking for a tax credit could be thinking of the federal program enacted under President Obama. Unfortunately, that program ended several years ago and the 2018 first time home buyer tax credit does not exist. It was enacted in the aftermath of the last financial crisis to help first… Read More »

How to Buy a Short Sale in the Trump Era

Some home buyers looking for a good deal in the Trump era of rising home prices may consider buying a short sale. If you are looking at a property that is listed well below the market value for that neighborhood, you should talk to your real estate agent to determine if it is a short… Read More »

What is a Jumbo Loan Amount?

People who are shopping for a more expensive home, especially in a higher cost of living area, may consider a jumbo mortgage program. A jumbo loan is a type of mortgage where the amount is more than the conforming loan limits established by the FHA. So, unlike a conventional, conforming loan, it may not be… Read More »

Top 10 US Housing Markets in 2018

Much higher home prices in the big cities on the east and west coasts traditionally are the norm, such as in New York and San Francisco. But regarding the housing market in 2017, these hot markets are not necessarily the best places to buy a home. According to Zillow, some of the best places to… Read More »

Guide to Fix and Flip Home Loans

Starting a business to fix and flip home for a profit can be an excellent way to grow wealth in real estate. One of the biggest challenges for people starting in this business is to qualify for a fix and flip loan to get you started. It is easiest to get funding for fixing and… Read More »

How the California Housing Market Could Be Affected by Trump Tax Plan

President Trump in September 2017 released a tax plan that could bring major changes to the housing and mortgage industries, including in California. To understand how your home buying and/or refinancing could be affected in California, keep reading for the most up to date information. Doubling of the Standard Deduction One of the major changes… Read More »

5 Reasons to Save for a Home Loan Down Payment

People who are buying their first house typically have a challenge with coming up with the down payment for the home loan. A recent MPA survey revealed that confusion in regards to down payment requirements was one of the main reasons people in the U.S. delay becoming a homeowner, so we’ll discuss some strategies in… Read More »

How the Realtor and Lender Play Key Roles in Home Buying

Most people in America think that owning a home is part of the American Dream. That is true, but the process of buying your first home can seem rather daunting. Fortunately, the home buying process is made easier when you choose a good realtor and lender. By working with an experienced real estate agent and… Read More »

Top 3 Home Loan Programs in a Booming Housing Market

Will the housing market remain strong  and robust in 2018?  In 2017, we saw home prices continue to go up in most parts of the country. And it gets better! We are more than halfway through the year, and not only have mortgage rates not gone up much after the Fed hiked rates several times. Home… Read More »

How Does a Second Mortgage Work for Home Remodeling

Most homes in America are purchased with a mortgage. If you have a mortgage, you probably have some equity in your property. This is almost definitely the case in 2017 because house values are on the way up. For many years, the second mortgage has been a popular financing tool for homeowners to remodel or rehabilitate… Read More »

9 Secrets to Improve Credit Scores Before Buying Your First Home

Mortgage interest rates are still very low, even though they started to rise last year. Between low rates and rising home prices, many Americans want to buy their first house. But for too many, a low credit score is holding them back. Although there are more home mortgage options today for people with lower scores,… Read More »