Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Jan. 17, 2019

Tech Borrower

Posted in Program
Jan. 16, 2019

Achieve your Homebuying Resolution

Achieve your 2019 resolution of becoming a homeowner! Googain can help you with pre-approvals, credit repair, and more. Contact us today to find the best options for you.

6 Steps to Achieve your Homebuying Resolution
The new year is a time for new beginnings and, of course, resolutions. If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to become a homeowner, we have a list of 6 things you can do to get prepared and make the homebuying process easier.
Posted in Strategy
Jan. 15, 2019

How to Obtain a Mortgage Loan Originator License

Source: California Department of Real Estate

Posted in Welcome
Jan. 15, 2019

Investment Property Loan Limit

Posted in Program
Jan. 14, 2019

Googain/MaxReal: Shawn Song & Rebecca Lin on Talk Show 01/13/19

Posted in Video
Jan. 14, 2019

Selling tip: Prepare your home for a new buyer

Eight seconds.

Not much time, right? But that’s how long you have to catch a buyer’s attention when selling a home. So, you’ve got to make those seconds count from the moment a prospective buyer arrives on your property.

It’s not just about selling your home quickly. It’s also about fetching the highest price possible.

Properties that look nice and smell nice inevitably sell for more money than comparable homes with cluttered closets, dishes in the sink and dandelions speckling the front lawn. So, how do you get your home ready for a potential buyer? Here are some tips that will help you make a good first impression.

Let’s start with the outside:

  • Curbside appeal: Believe it or not, the cleanliness of your street and sidewalk matter when it comes to selling a house. Keep the pavement in front of your house free of litter – even if it takes a sweep – and remove any weeds that may be growing up through the cracks of your sidewalk.
  • Fresh paint: Even if you don’t want to spend the money to paint the entire house, there are a couple places that will pay off in dividends if you can afford a few gallons of paint. When it comes to making a good first impression, there’s no better place to start than with the fence. Give it a fresh coat. You should also think about the front door, shutters and even lamp posts to send a message that you care about details.
  • Landscaping: No buyer will be impressed by an overgrown, or weed-infested, lawn. Keep the yard looking nice in the spring and summer by mowing the grass, weeding flower beds and clipping any hedges. Take time to prepare your yard in the fall. And in the winter be sure to keep your driveway and sidewalks clear.

Now for the inside:

  • Lighten up: Make sure your house looks as bright as possible. Light is a proven seller. So keep the windows clean, replace any burned-out light bulbs and even use mirrors to help magnify the feeling of light and space.
  • Color scheme: Although you may enjoy decorating in orange or lime green, avoid those colors when selling. Look for neutral colors that allow buyers to better picture themselves in the home.
  • Clean, clean and de-clutter: Make sure your potential buyer isn’t distracted by a gallon of milk on the counter, dust bunnies beneath the couch or knickknacks piled high on your shelves. Focus on making your home look big, clean and desirable.

Does that help? If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Posted in Strategy
Jan. 11, 2019

Maximum Financed Properties

Posted in Program
Jan. 10, 2019

Moving in? It's time to create a home inventory

Homeowner and renter insurance plans are designed to protect you in the event of a disaster such as a fire. But with all the items in an average household, it’s imperative that you document your belongings so that you can file an accurate and timely claim should you need to. When moving, many families buy new appliances or furniture and in some cases get rid of other items. That’s why once you’re settled into your new home, it’s an ideal time to create or update your home inventory. Here are the three components of an effective home inventory:

Photos or video. You can take photos or video, but you’ll want shots of entire rooms and close-ups of items such as electronics, jewelry, collectibles, guns and any individual items of significant value. It’s a good idea if you’re using video to provide a narration as you walk through each room, explaining what you are recording.

A written inventory. You’ll also want to prepare a written inventory of your belongings. You can create a Word document on your computer or use a blank sheet of paper or a worksheet like this one from the National Association of Realtors. Keep your written inventory with receipts for items you’ve purchased.

Safe storage. If you have a fireproof safe, keep both your visual and written inventories there or in another safe place. You also may want to keep a copy off-site as well, in a safe-deposit box or with a trusted friend or family member. If your written and visual inventory is saved electronically, make sure it’s backed up.

Having a home inventory makes surviving and dealing with a home disaster a lot less stressful. Could you imagine trying to recount every single item in your home that was damaged, destroyed or stolen? With a home inventory, you’re more ready for the unexpected.

Posted in Strategy
Jan. 9, 2019

Start Your Loan Business Career Now!

NMLS 20 Hr LIVE California MLO Training With Live Test Prep | New License

2019 will be another year keeping our loan agents busy. If you'd like to get into the industry, this is the moment.

Googain is offering mandatory classes on site to earn the curriculum credits before taking the exams.

This NMLS approved 20 hour course with Live test prep will fulfill your education required by the NMLS to become a Mortgage Loan Originator and to prepare you to take the NMLS National Mortgage Loan Originators Test! The test prep will be guided by an instructor going over EVERY section of the National Exam to be sure you are ready. The class will span two 10-hour days: both Saturday 03/16/2019 and Sunday 03/17/2019.

Please click the link below to sign up if you are interested.

Date/Time: 1 weekend: Saturday 03/16/2019 & Sunday 03/17/2019
Location: 1288 Kifer Road, Suite 208, Sunnyvale, CA
Fee: $195 (charged by the provider, guaranteed to pass, if do not pass first time, can attend the 2nd time...)

Googain will reimburse the cost of the class above if you join Googain as a loan agent and upon closing of your first loan.

Googain's loan agents training and 24/7 support will help you jump start with our unbeatable mortgage platform.

Posted in Company events, Welcome
Jan. 9, 2019

No Minimum Trade Lines

Posted in Program