Monday, July 16, 2007

Financing Tips

Last time on the topic of Financing Tips, I wrote about MMAP--the Monthly Mortgage Assistance Program. Today, I wanted to visit Home Equity Sharing, which Traci Hukill wrote an excellent article about in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle Magazine.

As we are starting to see, it is becoming a "buyer's market" in many East Bay neighborhoods these days, so people interested in getting into real estate should seriously considering getting their financial ducks in a row in the next few months. One obstacle to this can be the daunting prospect of coming up with the down payment, so home equity sharing is a creative and sound solution to consider.

Home equity sharing is basically finding a private individual investor to cover the down payment in exchange for an equity percentage in the home. The particulars are up to the involved parties, who will need to agree upon the percentage of equity, the time of the agreement and more. Typically, the homeowners pay back the investor in 3-5 years and then refinance on their own.

The easiest way to do this might be to make an agreement with a friend or family member, but there are also matching services out there, such as, which can connect you with investors.

Of course, like with any financial deal, there could be some risks, so be sure to discuss all the angles with your financial advisor or mortgage broker.

If you would like more information on home equity sharing or would like to further discuss financing options for first-time home buyers, please let me know. I can be reached at 510-547-5970 x57 or

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