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Steve Mast, Owner/Broker
CA BRE # 00648524
3116-B Del Monte Blvd
Marina, CA 93933
Office: 831-384-0422

Fax: 831-384-0583
Cell: 831-601-5856
mastrealty@yahoo.com


    
    

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HISTORY
Mast Realty was founded by Robert L. "Bob" Mast in 1974 and operates today through Bob's son, Steve Mast and his son Jared Mast, who continue to serve our clients in the tradition of "Service above self" that Bob was so well known for here on the Peninsula.

AGENTS
We have 4 agents, Steve Mast-owner/broker with over 40 years experience here in our area; Jared Mast, who is 3rd generation with 10 years experience carrying on the family tradition; Yang Son Smith, who has been with us  since 1984 and specializes in Commercial property and Business opportunities, and Edgar "Lee" Murray, who joined us in 2015 with over 35 years experience. Highly qualified experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds that bring a wide range of expertise to our office to better serve your needs. Go to Meet The Team to view their profiles.

OFFICE & STAFF

Sarah Denning is our highly experienced and professional Bookkeeper.
 

Our office is fully equipped with state of the art integrated network of computers and communication systems to handle all your real estate needs. We are members of The Monterey County Association of Realtors, The Multiple Listing Service, Public Record Search services, and Marina Chamber of Commerce. We are also members of the California and National Association of REALTORS and prescribe to their strict Code of Ethics. 

We have worked closely for many years to develop longstanding relationships with Title Companies, Banks, Mortgage Companies, Home Inspectors, Termite Companies, Contractors, and many other resources that will benefit your transactions in many ways.


A family owned and operated firm giving personal attention to each client since 1974.

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Serving the Monterey Peninsula since 1974

SELLERS
WE ARE THE LOCAL PROFESSIONALS! If you're planning to sell your home in the next few months, we offer a FREE MARKET ANALYSIS. This FREE service is designed to help establish your home's current market value. Simply choose Market Analysis and fill out the requested information. We will use comparable sold listings to help you calculate the fair market value of your home.

BUYERS
Click on Dream Home Finder and fill in the requested information. We will contact you with information specific to your request or you can click on the MLS search button and search the entire Multiple Listings yourself which is the most complete and up to date information on the internet. After you have found a property please contact us to obtain further information or to set up an appointment for us to show you the property.

RENTALS & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
We are a full service property management company with residential rentals, commercial office space, and apartments throughout the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas, and North County.

WE TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY LIKE IT WAS OUR OWN

Go to Rentals to see our current offerings.

Mast Realty Blog

Marina Rotary Classic Car Show

Mark your calendars for March 23, 2019 to attend the Marina Rotary's 4th Annual CARS IN THE PARK classic car show. Open to all pre 1978 foreign and domestic vehicles and Modern 2 door muscle or special interest vehicles. The event will be held in Marina at the Vince DiMaggio City Park. Go to www.Marinarotaryclub.org for all the details and registration form to enter you car and more details if you would like to be a sponsor.

Buying a Home? 5 Things to Know About the New Mortgage Documents

As part of its mission to reform the mortgage industry in favor of homebuyers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau replaced the industry's existing lending forms with more simplified documents. These documents took effect in early October, as part of the CFPB's "Know Before You Owe" initiative.

 

Here are five things to learn about these new disclosure forms.

Four forms become two.

When applying for a mortgage, you used to receive the Good Faith Estimate and Truth-in-Lending Act statements. Before closing, you were given the HUD-1 settlement and final TILA statements.

These days, you only have to worry about two mortgage documents instead of four: the Loan Estimate, which is given to you within three days of applying for a home loan, and the Closing Disclosure, which is sent to you three days before your scheduled closing.

The CFPB says the new forms, which were a few years in the making, are easier to understand and use.

The Loan Estimate helps you better compare loans ...

One of the most important aspects of homebuying, aside from finding the right house for you and your family, is choosing a mortgage that best suits your circumstances.

The Loan Estimate makes it easier for you to compare loan offers from multiple mortgage lenders by giving you a thorough idea of the many expenses related to a loan, including:

-- Your interest rate and whether it's fixed or adjustable.

-- Your monthly payment amount.

-- What the loan may cost you over the first five years.

You get this three-page form with every mortgage application, which helps you make an apples-to-apples comparison among different loans.

... and lenders, too.

Each lender has its own set of origination charges, which include an application fee, underwriting fee and points. These charges are outlined on the second page of the Loan Estimate.

Lender fees are among the few costs over which you actually have control, meaning you can shop around for the source of your home loan. As a rule of thumb, apply for mortgages with at least two or three lenders.

'Cash to close' isn't a mystery.

The first page of the Loan Estimate lists information about the approximate amount of money you should bring to the closing table to seal the deal on your home purchase.

The "Estimated Cash to Close," as it's called on the form, includes the closing costs attached to the loan transaction. If any of the closing costs are added to your loan amount that would also be noted on the Loan Estimate.

The cash to close amount also includes your down payment, minus any deposit you made or seller credits you're given, and also any additional adjustments or credits.

Your closing costs can't vary by much.

The fees listed on the Closing Disclosure -- the form you receive three days before your closing -- may not look identical to your Loan Estimate, but the two documents should be similar.

There are three categories of closing costs: those that cannot increase, those that can increase by up to 10 percent and those that can increase by any amount, according to the CFPB.

Lender fees and the services you aren't allowed to shop for can't increase, while fees for services you can shop for, such as homeowners or title insurance, can increase by any amount. Fees for certain lender-required third-party services and also recording fees can increase by up to 10 percent.

However, if your circumstances have changed significantly since you applied for a mortgage, you will probably be given a new Loan Estimate, which would restart this part of the homebuying process.

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Real Estate News!!!

Latest Realty News from NAR

September 2018 Existing-Home Sales

  • NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this September was down 3.4 percent from last month, and dropped 4.1 percent from last year. September’s existing-home sales reached a 5.15 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, which was the lowest since November 2015 when the index reached 4.78 million.

  • The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $258,100 in September, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. This marks the 79th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.

  • Regionally, all four regions showed growth in prices from a year ago, with the West and Northeast both having the biggest advance of 4.1 percent. The South had a gain of 3.0 percent. The Midwest had the smallest gain of 1.9 percent from September 2017.
  • September’s inventory figures are down from last month to 1.88 million homes for sale. Compared with September of 2017, there was a 1.1 percent increase in inventory levels. It will take 4.4 months to move the current level of inventory at the current sales pace. It takes approximately 32 days for a home to go from listing to a contract in the current housing market, down from 34 days a year ago.

  • From August 2018, three of the four regions experienced declines in sales. The South had the biggest decline of 5.4 percent followed by the West with a dip in sales of 3.6 percent. The Northeast had a dip of 2.9 percent. The Midwest region was flat showing no change in sales.
  • All four regions showed declines in sales from a year ago. The West had the biggest drop in sales of 12.2 percent. The Northeast had a decline of 5.6 percent followed by the Midwest with a decline of 1.5 percent. The South had the smallest drop in sales of 0.5 percent. The South led all regions in percentage of national sales, accounting for 41.0 percent of the total, while the Northeast had the smallest share at 13.2 percent.

  • In September, single-family and condominiums sales were both down 3.4 percent compared to last month. Single-family home sales fell 4.0 percent and condominium sales were down 5.0 compared to a year ago. Both single-family and condominiums had an increase in price with single-family up 4.6 percent at $260,500 and condominiums up 1.50 percent at $239,200 from September 2017.

How much of my income goes towards housing?

With rates rising and home price growth starting to slow, I started to consider how much income is used towards housing in this current economic climate. Mortgage rates are trending upwards to near the highs of 2011 at 4.98 percent, home prices are still rising but at a slower pace, and the median income has been steadily rising although an even more modest pace than house prices. These factors go into how much of a person’s income goes towards housing expenditures and whether housing is a burden for potential homebuyers. This blog will highlight some of the factors and show states and regions where housing is less of a financial burden.

Home Price vs Median Family Incomes

Home prices since 2000 started to outpace in comes but started to turn towards the end of 2007, until home prices plummeted during the Great Recession. In 2008, incomes grew making it favorable for potential homeowners to buy a home. It took home prices about 4 years to recover, beginning in 2012. Around 2014 home price growth began to bloom and once again, prices started to outpace incomes. This pace has continued until recently, as home price growth has slowed making owning a home affordable. As of the second quarter of 2018, family incomes have increased by 52 percent since 2000, while housing prices have increased by 95 percent, or nearly doubled the level in 2000.

Payment to Income and Mortgage Rates

Let us look at the amount of money homeowners had to commit from their income to be able to afford a home. In 2000, when interest rates were 7.90 percent, homeowners had to spend about 19.6 percent of their income to be able to afford a home. In 2006 when rates were around 6.50 percent, homeowners had to spend 22 and up to 24 percent of their income on a home. In the wake of the Great Recession in 2009-2010, mortgage rates started to fall, so the share of income that went to paying a mortgage declined. In 2013 when rates were down to 3.47 percent, the mortgage payment on a median priced home was 11 percent of the median family income, putting less pressure on household incomes. Since that time rates have continued to decline, much to the benefit of potential homeowners. Anything above 30 percent is considered burdensome on households, but below that range would be typically affordable. On a regional level, the West requires a higher portion of your income, which has eclipsed the 35 percent mark. The Midwest, being the most affordable region, requires the least percentage of median family incomes. The Midwest started around 15 percent and, at times, dipped below 10 percent and is currently hovering back around 15 percent.

House price to Income Ratio

A ratio between 2.5 and 4 is normal and healthy price to income ratio for the housing market. As of August 2018, the median price of existing homes sold was 3.5 times of the median family income. The Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) produced a map showing the US home price to income ratios. The ratios range from under two to over eight. As the map below illustrates, costal markets have much higher ratios, indicating significantly higher home prices compared with incomes. The West Coast region has affordability issues, with several areas posting ratios above eight, including San Diego, Los Angeles and the San Francisco metropolitan area. Small pockets in the Northeast reach above five, mostly clustered around New York City and Boston. The Miami/ South Florida Region also posts low affordability. In comparison, The Midwest region has ratios in the 2-3 range, in line with historical averages.

Jobs generated vs GDP Growth rate

The Gross domestic product (GDP) has hovered around 3 percent and has had to withstand the tech bubble, wars and several crises. In 2009, both jobs and GDP took a dive but rebounded the following year. GDP and jobs have grown solidly after the Great Recession. Unemployment has been below 6 percent ever since 2014, which is good for economic progress and potential homebuyers.

Even with rising rates and higher home prices, potential homebuyers have plenty of reason to join the market. Real Estate is still affordable in several states and regions. The job market is strong, GDP is at a healthy level and consumer confidence is high. New homes and existing inventory figures are now improving, although still modestly, but the increase in inventory is helping tame price growth.

August 2018 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.78 percent this August, up 14.1 percent compared to 4.19 percent a year ago.

  • Housing affordability declined from a year ago in August moving the index down 8.3 percent from 153.9 to 141.2. The median sales price for a single family home sold in August in the US was $267,300 up 4.9 percent from a year ago.
  • Nationally, mortgage rates were up 59 basis point from one year ago (one percentage point equals 100 basis points).

  • The payment as a percentage of income was down to 17.7 percent this August but up from 16.2 percent from a year ago. Regionally, the West has the highest payment at 24 percent of income. The South had the second highest payment at 17 percent followed by the Northeast at 16.5 percent. The Midwest had the lowest payment as a percentage of income at 14.2 percent.

  • Regionally, the West recorded the biggest increase in home prices at 5.2 percent. The Midwest had an increase of 4.2 percent while the South had a gain of 3.6 percent. The Northeast had the smallest growth in price of 0.1 percent.
  • Regionally, all four regions saw a decline in affordability from a year ago. The Midwest had the biggest drop in affordability of 7.8 percent. The West had a decline of 7.7 percent followed by the South that fell 7.0 percent. The Northeast had the smallest drop of 5.5 percent.
  • On a monthly basis, affordability is up from last month in three of the four regions. The Northeast had biggest gain of 6.2 percent. The South had an incline of 2.4 percent followed by the West with a slight increase of 0.1 percent. The Midwest had the only dip in affordability of 4.8 percent.
  • Despite month-to-month changes, the most affordable region was the Midwest, with an index value of 175.7. The least affordable region remained the West where the index was 101.2. For comparison, the index was 146.7 in the South, and 151.2 in the Northeast.

  • Mortgage applications are currently down. Mortgage rates are still rising along with rents. Foot traffic is up which shows there is interest from future homebuyers. Job creation remains steady and new homes sales are continuing to incline. Home prices are up 4.9 percent outpacing median family incomes that are growing 3.0 percent.
  • What does housing affordability look like in your market? View the full data release here.
  • The Housing Affordability Index calculation assumes a 20 percent down payment and a 25 percent qualifying ratio (principal and interest payment to income). See further details on the methodology and assumptions behind the calculation here.

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Testimonials Page

I have worked with several different RE agents, in the past, but Steve is hands down the best. Imo he is everything an RE agent should be, when I called, he answered, or called back, he made sure every detail within reason, was completed correctly, so in the future, I would not be disappointed. Above and beyond, I cannot say enough, because a mere thank you is somehow still inadequate. Steve made it a great experience, understood our perspective, and explained, what we didn't understand, about others perspective. Jane and I thank you so much Steve, and are glad that we found an agent that actually cares about doing it right. We are very lucky to have found Steve, as I know the difference between, an agent working to get it right, or the alternative of, just wanting to get paid, and move on. Sincerely John and Jane
Hi Steve, I wanted to thank you, for all the help you have given me through the years. You are wonderful to work with and you have always been so nice to my Dad through the years. You are the only person we will ever work with. Thank you. Sue
Steve, thank you for your help in getting our transaction completed. Good thing we had you to guide us through. Don
How nice it was working with you and we so appreciated your guidance in getting through the paperwork. Thanks so much! Fondly, Jerri
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