After seeing several homes do you find yourself asking, "Which one had the wonderful kitchen and which one had the ugly carpet?"
To help you remember you can use a simple form to takes notes as you go through each home. Your notes can be brief such as, "Not much cabinet space", or "Beautiful cabinets". Having notes to go back over at the end of the day will help you picture each home in your mind's eye.
Using a rating system:
"Of the ___ homes we have seen we would rank this one at #____"
helps you to narrow down the choices to the home you liked the most.
A copy of this form suitable for printing is available in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat Reader) format at Home Evaluation Form. You are welcome to print out as many copies of the form as you like for your personal use. (Reproduction for anything other than personal use is strictly prohibited.)
MONTEREY COUNTY: Alisal, Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Carmel, Carmel by the Sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Carmel Valley Village, Castroville, Chualar, Del Monte Park, Del Rey Oaks, Fort Hunter Liggett, Gonzales, Gorda, Greenfield, Jolon, King Citty, Lockwood, Lucia, Marina, Monterey, Monterey County, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Pacific Valley, Pebble Beach, Point Sur, Presidio of Monterey, Prunedale, Robles del Rio, Salinas, San Ardo, San Lucas, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad, Spreckels, Tassajara Hot Springs
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: Aptos, Ben Lomond, Big Basin, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Capitola, Corralitos, Davenport, Felton, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Las Lomas, Lompico, Los Gatos, Mount Hermon, Pajaro, Paradise Park, Rio del Mar, Royal Oaks, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley, Seacliff, Seascape, Soquel, Watsonville
SAN BENITO COUNTY: Hollister, New Idria, Paicines, Panoche, Pinnacles, San Benito, San Benito County, San Juan Bautista, Tres Pinos
SANTA CLARA COUNTY: Blossom Valley, Campbell, Coyote, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, New Almaden, San Jose, San Martin, Santa Clara, Saratoga.
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Why A Home Is A Good Investment
As a general rule, homes appreciate about 3 to 5 percent a year. Some years will be more, some less. The figure will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and region to region.
3 percent may not seem like that much. Other investments such as stocks or treasury bills might offer a higher interest rate.
But take a second look.
Let's look at one example.
If you buy a $200,000 home, and put as much as twenty percent down that would be an investment of $40,000.
At an appreciation rate of 3% annually, a $200,000 home would increase in value $6,000 during the first year. At 5% annually, a $200,000 home would increase in value $10,000 during the first year. That means you earned between $6,000 and $10,000 with an investment of $40,000. Your annual "return on investment" would be somewhere between 15% and 25%. Sounds like a pretty good rate of return doesn't it?
Of course, you will be making mortgage payments and paying property taxes, along with a maintenance costs. However, since the interest on your mortgage and your property taxes are both tax deductible, the government is essentially subsidizing your home purchase.
You have to pay to live somewhere anyway, why not get something in return for that monthly payment?