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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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Latest Realty News from NAR

October 2018 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.88 percent this October, up 18.7 percent compared to 4.11 percent a year ago.

  • Housing affordability declined from a year ago in October moving the index down 9.7 percent from 162.7 to 146.9. The median sales price for a single family home sold in October in the US was $257,900 up 4.3 percent from a year ago.
  • Nationally, mortgage rates were up 77 basis point from one year ago (one percentage point equals 100 basis points).
  • The payment as a percentage of income was unchanged from last month at 17 percent this October but up from 15.4 percent from a year ago. Regionally, the West has the highest payment at 23.7 percent of income. The South had the second highest payment at 16.5 percent followed by the Northeast at 16.1 percent. The Midwest had the lowest payment as a percentage of income at 13.5 percent.

  • Regionally, the South recorded the biggest increase in home prices at 3.6 percent. The Northeast had an increase of 3.0 percent while the West had a gain of 2.5 percent. The Midwest had the smallest growth in price of 1.4 percent.
  • Regionally, all four regions saw a decline in affordability from a year ago. The Midwest had the biggest drop in affordability of 9.6 percent. The South had a decline of 9.1 percent followed by the Northeast that fell 9.0 percent. The West had the smallest drop of 7.5 percent.
  • On a monthly basis, affordability is down from last month in three of the four regions. The Northeast region had the only gain of 1.7 percent. Both the Midwest and the West shared a decline of 0.6 percent. The South had the smallest dip in affordability of 0.1 percent.

  • Despite month-to-month changes, the most affordable region was the Midwest, with an index value of 185.0. The least affordable region remained the West where the index was 105.3. For comparison, the index was 151.6 in the South, and 154.9 in the Northeast.
  • Mortgage applications are currently up. Mortgage rates continue to rise and home price growth is slowing down to catch up with incomes. Single-family homes are still moving at a face pace however tend to slow down during fall and winter season. Inventory of homes are currently up, which is a welcoming sign for potential homebuyers. Home prices are up 4.3 percent, median family incomes that are growing 3.1 percent helping reduce the pressure of home price growth.
  • 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.

Property Values By State from 2005-2018

Home price appreciation is an important topic in today’s economy. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), we can analyze the gains and losses of property values over time. I estimated the median property values by state in 2018 using the FHFA index and the median property values from the (ACS). I then calculated the growth rate from 2005 -2018. [1]

The states with the highest estimated median property values in 2018 are The District of Columbia ($677,473), Hawaii ($649,272), California ($566,311), Massachusetts ($428,161) and Washington ($384,740).

The states with the lowest estimated median property values in 2018 are Alabama ($148,827), Oklahoma ($139,385), Arkansas ($135,733), Mississippi ($123,586) and West Virginia ($120,720).

On a regional level, the estimated price growth appears to be the strongest in the South, West, and Midwest. Price growth is weakest in the Northeast states. Overall, all regions are displaying strong to moderate growth in property values. Below is a breakdown of the Census four regions by state.

 

  • In the South, which typically leads all regions in sales, The District of Columbia led the region with 76 percent estimated price growth from 2005 to 2018. Maryland experienced 1 percent annual price growth and since 2005, home prices have grown 21 percent.

  • In the West, the least affordable region[2], Montana led all states with 88 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Despite the strong price growth in California since 2012, prices have only increased by 19 percent since 2005. Nevada shows a 9 percent price change over this time turning around any previous loss in value.

  • In the Midwest where affordability is most favorable, North Dakota led all states with 115 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Illinois, while having the smallest growth in the region had an estimated 12 percent price growth over this time.

  • In the Northeast where sales and price growth is typically slow, Pennsylvania lead the region with a 48 percent price growth from 2005 to 2018. Rhode Island, while having the smallest gain of all states, increased 6 percent price change over this time. Rhode Island is one of two states that turned around a negative property value over this time compared to 2017.


[1] I used the FHFA expanded data set not seasonally adjusted data.

[2] Based on NAR housing affordability index

Can Homeowners Cope with Lower Home Prices?

With interest rates on the rise, home prices have started cooling off.[1] On the one hand, the cooling of home prices in high-priced metro areas makes a home purchase more affordable, saving households nearly $50/month on a median-priced home.[2] On the other hand, falling prices also erodes the wealth (home equity gains) of current homeowners and can drive homeowners in a negative equity position (when the value of the home is lower than the remaining loan balance). How will declining home prices affect current homeowners and how does the current decline in home prices in some areas compare with the home equity gains?

The table below shows the home equity gains for homeowners who purchased a home in 2012 Q1 as of 2018 Q3. The home equity gained is the difference between the estimated value of the property purchased in 2012 Q1 in 2018 Q3 less the outstanding loan balance as of 2018 Q3.[3] Nationally, over the period 2012 Q1 through 2018 Q3, a homeowner who purchased a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 has gained $96,187 in home equity, which is equivalent to 41 percent of the estimated value of the home in 2018 Q3, at $235,119.

Of the 160 metro areas for which NAR calculates the median sales price, the metro areas where homeowners accumulated the largest home equity gains during 2012 Q1 – 2018 Q3 based on the purchase of a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 were San Jose-Sunnyvale-Sta. Clara ($591,576;56% of the estimated home value of $1.06 million as of 2018 Q3); San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward ($527,610; 57% of the current home value of $920,715); Urban Honolulu, HI ($337,013; 35% of current home value of $990,009); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale ($374,565;49% of current home value of $768,634); and Boulder, CO ($329,608; 50% of current home value of $657,692).

The metro areas with the lowest home equity gains during 2012 Q1- 2018 Q3 based on the purchase of a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 were Cumberland, MD ($4,847; 6% of current home value of $79,343); Decatur, IL ($10,753; 12% of current home value of $86,302); Fayetteville, NC ($15,431; 11% of current home value of $138,627); Montgomery, AL ($17,641; or 15% of $119,252); and Peoria, IL ($17,679; or 14% of current home value of $128,818).

 

How do these equity gains compare with the price declines in high-cost metro areas thus far?  

We use the median list price in October 2018 on Realtor.com and look at the year-over-year change and compare these changes to the equity gains as a share of the current home values. In October 2018, median list prices declined in several high-priced metro areas compared to one year ago, but these declines are modest compared to the equity gains measured as a percent of the current home value: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Sta. Clara (-0.1%); San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (0%); Sta. Maria-Sta. Barbara (-7.8%); Salinas ( -6%); Sta. Rosa ( -7.1%); Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura ( -2.1%). Among the 500 metros tracked by Realtor.com, the steepest decline in the median list price in October from one year ago was Denver-Aurora-Lakewood (10%).

In 301 of the 500 metro areas tracked by Realtor.com (60 percent), the median list price of homes for sale on Realtor.com were still up in October 2018 compared to one year ago.  List prices rose in areas such as Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue where prices are more affordable than in California ($555,050; 12.1%); Boise City, ID ($330.048; 15%); Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN ($241,450; 15%); Greensboro-High Point, NC ($223,625; 14.5%);Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise ($325,000; 14.5%), and Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA ($216,760; 14%).

 

In summary, homeowners have built up a sizable equity since 2012 that is larger relative to the price declines that have occurred thus far in several high-priced metro areas. Moreover, home prices are still appreciating in lower-priced metro areas. Given the strong underlying economic fundamentals in 2018— strong employment growth, the demographic boost from the 25-44 age group which includes the millennials, and safer underwriting standards and level of household debt—it does not yet appear likely that home prices will crash to a level that will wipe out this home equity gain. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun forecasts no recession ahead that could cause a collapse in job growth which will impact the demand for housing.

 


[1] The earliest indicator of the direction of home prices—NAR’s median home prices— rose 4.3 percent in 2018 Q3, the slowest average rate for the quarter since 2012 Q1. The home price indices of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller, and the U.S. Census Bureau for new 1-family homes also show a slower price appreciation in 2018 Q3 (FHFA, 6.3%; S &P CoreLogic Case-Shiller, 5.7%; U.S. Census Bureau 1-family homes, 2.3%) compared to the pace of appreciation in 2018 Q1.In 500 metro areas tracked by Realtor.com, the median list price of homes for sale declined in 199 metro areas (40 percent), with the largest declines occurring in high-priced metro areas.

[2] At the current 30-year fixed mortgage rate of 4.83 percent with a 10 percent down payment, every $10,000 decline in home prices results in a saving of $47/month.

[3] I estimated home equity by subtracting the loan balance as of 2018 Q3 to the current home value as of 2018 Q3. I estimated the current home value by applying a home price appreciation factor using FHFA House Price Index (FHFA HPI 2018 Q3/ FHFA HIP 2012 Q1). I assumed that a homeowner purchased a median-priced home in 2012 Q1 at the average median price in 2012 Q1 of $158,333 financed by a 30-year fixed rate mortgage of 3.6 percent (2012 Q1 average) and a 10 percent down payment.

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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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