TaxTax Relief June 11, 2022

Tax Benefits of Homeownership

Lynne MacFarlane Homes - Blog on tax benefits

Buyersmultigenerationalseniors May 20, 2022

What Is Multigenerational Housing

MacFarlane Homes - Blog post about diversification and buying a multigenerational home

Some Highlights

  • If you have additional loved ones coming to live with you but don’t have enough space, it may be time to consider a larger, multigenerational home.
  • Some key benefits of multigenerational living include a combined homebuying budget, shared caregiving duties, enhanced relationships, and more. These benefits might be why more people are choosing to live in multigenerational homes today.

Let me know if you’re interested in finding a house that meets your changing needs and has plenty of space for you and your loved ones. 

SAN MATEO COUNTYSANTA CLARA COUNTYSanta Cruz County February 19, 2022

The #1 Home Value Site Online

Besides Zillow, there are numerous sites that give you an instant value of your home. There are also two other respected sites that I use frequently. In order to find out the #1 home valuation site online, I’m asking for your help to let me know which site, in your opinion, comes closest to your actual home value. Please let me know which one you think is MOST accurate.

Click below to get 3 Instant Home Values.

 

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Don’t worry, you don’t need to register to get the instant value!

3 Instant Home Values on Any Home (no registration): https://intero.findbuyers.com/lmacfarlane@Intero.com

 

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, Realtor

Intero | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

Silicon Valley & Santa Cruz Bay

Local Knowledge With Global Reach
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(408) 800-1141
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MONTEREY COUNTYPacific GroveVacation PropertyVideo January 3, 2022

Pacific Grove – Lovers Point Walk, A Local Treasure [Video]

~Happy New Year!~

Sending good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! As you chase new heights in 2022, don’t forget to set some time aside for rest, relaxation and family!
Today we spent the afternoon on one of our favorite walks in Monterey Bay; We wanted to start the new year right by being inspired by strolling Pacific Grove, starting at Lovers Point (pretty romantic name, right?)
Here’s the route we walked with HoHo (she kept up mostly, while I struggled climbing the rocks at Lovers Point Park!) 🤪
Pacific Grove - Lovers Point, a local hidden treasure walk with Lynne MacFarlane
Explore the world class walk that Pacific Grove’s Lovers Point Park inspires to tourists and locals!
Pacific Grove is a quaint little seaside community in Monterey Bay. Lovers Point is the perfect destination with rocky outcroppings for children, young and old to climb and explore. See the tide pools, ground squirrels, seagulls, humming birds, otters, sail boats and tours have fun climbing the rocks and enjoy the views!
After exploring Lovers Point Park, walk west on Ocean View Blvd, go south on Asilomar Ave and east on Lighthouse Ave Sights you’ll see on this walk…
  • Point Pinos Lighthouse – http://www.pointpinoslighthouse.org/ 
  • Lucy’s On The Lighthouse – https://www.lucyspg.com/
    • 1120 LIGHTHOUSE AVE. PACIFIC GROVE
    • Outdoor, casual seating
    • Pet Friendly, several well behaved doggos sitting in their patios
    • Serving Illy’s espresso
    • Order their delicious crispy brussels sprout dish drizzled with balsamic reduction, tasty!

Lynne MacFarlane Realtor blog - visits Lucy at the Lighthouse in Pacific Grove

Interested in homes in Pacific Grove? Let me know if you have any real estate interest in buying, selling, or investing in the Monterey Bay or Silicon Valley / SF Bay Area.  As you can imagine, Covid has completely changed what’s important to home owners, wouldn’t you agree? If you would like to sell, I will be willing to meet you and share exactly what we could do, my team and I, to get it done. Give me a call!

Pacific Grove Home Search

 

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Santa Cruz County October 21, 2021

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BuyersHomeowners February 12, 2021

Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision

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In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to name a few. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to think about how homeownership can propel you toward a stronger future. Here’s a dive into three often-overlooked financial benefits of homeownership and how preparing for them now can steer you in the direction of greater financial security and savings.

1. You Won’t Always Have a Monthly Housing Payment

Personal finance advisor Dave Ramsey explains:

“Every payment brings you closer to owning the house. When you pay your rent, that money is spent. Gone. Bye. Not returning. But when you pay your mortgage, you work toward full ownership.”

As a homeowner, you can eventually eliminate the monthly payment you make on your house. That’s a huge win and a big factor in how homeownership can drive stability and savings in your life. As soon as you buy a home, your monthly housing costs begin to work for you as forced savings in the form of equity. When you build equity and grow your net worth, you can continue to reinvest those savings into your future, maybe even by buying that next dream home. The possibilities are truly endless.

2. Homeownership Is a Tax Break

One thing people who have never owned a home don’t always think about are the tax advantages of homeownership. The same article states:

“You have tax advantages. Many of the costs of owning a home—like property taxes—are tax deductible. And if you’re paying off a mortgage, you’ll get to count your mortgage interest as a deduction when you file your tax return.”

Whether you’re living in your first home or your fifth, it’s a huge financial advantage to have some tax relief tied to the interest you pay each year. It’s one thing you definitely don’t get when you’re renting. Be sure to work with a tax professional to get the best possible benefits on your annual return.

3. Monthly Housing Costs Are Predictable

A third benefit is the fact that monthly costs start to become more predictable with homeownership, something that doesn’t happen if you’re renting. Ramsey also notes:

“Rent rates will go up. Even if you found a killer deal in a hot area, inflation, competition, and rising property values will cause your rent to go up year after year.”

With a mortgage, you can keep your monthly housing costs relatively steady and predictable. Your monthly costs are most likely based on a fixed-rate mortgage, which allows you to budget your finances over a longer period of time. Rental prices have been since skyrocketing 2012, and with today’s low mortgage rates, it’s a great time to get more for your money when purchasing a home. If you want to lock-in your monthly payment at a low rate and have a solid understanding of what you’re going to spend in your mortgage payment each month, buying a home may be your best bet.

Bottom Line

If you’re ready to start feeling the benefits of stability, savings, and predictability that come with owning a home, let’s connect to determine if buying sooner rather than later is right for you.

 

Selling, relocating, downsizing or right sizing,

I’m here to assist you with your goals, give me a call!

 Lynne 
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Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor
PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate
Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
phone 831.346.2743
Lmacfarlane @ Intero.com
www.lynnemacfarlane.com
DRE# 02066698

EconomyReal EstateSANTA CLARA COUNTY February 12, 2021

2021 Real Estate Forecast by Chief Economist & SVP of CA Association of Realtors

I found this presentation very informative, not only from a retrospective view of how the pandemic continues to effect our economy, jobs, and housing last year, but Appleton-Young, the Chief Economist and SVP of California Association of Realtors predicts what will happen in our California housing market 2021. Fascinating facts from this presentation. We’re seeing great interest rates right now, the lowest in history and the its interesting who’s actually moving out of California and the reasons why people are moving.
Curious how we are able to sell homes to top dollar while keeping our sellers safe? https://bit.ly/YourREadvisor 

Selling, relocating, downsizing or right sizing,

I’m here to assist you with your goals, give me a call!

 Lynne 
831-346-2743 text/voice

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor
PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate
Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
phone 831.346.2743
Lmacfarlane @ Intero.com
www.lynnemacfarlane.com
DRE# 02066698

 

 

BuyersCampbellSellers February 11, 2021

Thinking of Selling? Give us a call

If you’re thinking of selling this year, let’s connect to make sure you get the best advice possible! We’re here to give you the best advice possible based on the information and situation at hand, guiding you through the process to help you make the necessary adjustments and best decisions along the way! We will lead you to the best offer available and communicate with you every step of the way! That’s exactly what you want and deserve.
Thank you!
As our Valentine’s day gift to you, we’d like to give you a free home value report, for a fast evaluation
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Kgilligan@intero.com
408-966-7733
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Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor
PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate
Intero Real Estate Services
DRE# 02066698
Lmacfarlane@intero.com
831-346-2743
Mountain ViewReal EstateSan JoseVideo February 10, 2021

House Hunter Silicon Valley: Turnkey Mountain View Condo vs. San Jose Fixer

Karen Gilligan and Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane tour a San Jose single family home and a turnkey Mountain View townhome in this episode of House Hunter Silicon Valley. Interested in seeing any of these properties or others that are not yet on the market?

Give us a call!

Karen Gilligan, Realtor

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

Cell: 408.966.7733

kgilligan@intero.com

https://karengilligan.agent.intero.com/​

DRE# 02110859

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Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor

PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

Cell: 831-346-2743

Lmacfarlane@intero.com

DRE# 02066698

https://lynnemacfarlane.com/ 

Property tours on this episode:

  • 4565 Strawberry Park Dr San Jose, CA 95129
  • 3 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,107 sqft | 6,375 sqft lot
  • Listed $1,298,000
  • Learn more here: bit.ly/4565StrawberryParkSFH

 

  • 203 Cypress Point Dr Mountain View, CA 94043
  • 2 Beds | 1.5 Baths | 1,290 sqft Townhome
  • Listed: $1,198,000
  • Learn more here: bit.ly/MtViewCondo
CambrianComing Soon listingsHousing MarketSan JoseVideo December 10, 2020

Coming Soon Listings – Homes in Cambrian, San Jose [Video]

It’s the end of the year of 2020 and even though there are 63% more new listings in the month of November in the Bay Area (according to Aculist / MLSlistings) housing is limited and buyer demand remains strong when traditionally we tend to see a real estate market holiday slow down.

The Cambrian Park area of San Jose is very desirable for the proximity to major Silicon Valley tech hub, shopping, restaurants and schools. One thing I forgot to mention is that Cambrian is in the path of progress with the Cambrian Park Plaza Mixed Use Village, some of us ‘old timer/locals’ remember Cambrian Park for the Cambrian Park Plaza Carousel which is now considered a landmark. 

If you’re interested in any of these properties or want to learn how we sell homes in today’s real estate market (with virtual technologies and showings) text me at 831-346-2743

 

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