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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

Workforce Migration and Affordability: A Closer Look

The workforce is moving to less affordable areas.

– In the last 12 months, more than 1.7 million LinkedIn members who lived in the 20 largest metropolitan areas moved from a more affordable place to a less affordable place.

– Denver, San Francisco and Seattle were the top destinations for LinkedIn members.

Although housing affordability is still weakening in many local areas, particularly in the West, as a result of the ongoing supply and demand imbalances, a NAR analysis shows that many workers are actually moving to less affordable areas such as San Francisco and Seattle. According to LinkedIn migration data[1], more than 1.7 million LinkedIn members[2] moved to a less affordable area in the last 12 months. In 13 of the largest 20 areas, a majority of the workforce moved from a less expensive place to a more expensive place.

For instance, the San Francisco area was the most popular destination for workers moving from Detroit. More than 36,000 LinkedIn members from Detroit moved to the San Francisco area in the last 12 months. Based on the REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score (RADCS), the affordability score for Detroit was 0.95 in September 2018 while the affordability score for the San Francisco area was 0.48. But what does this mean? The higher the score, the more affordable the area is. For example, a household earning $100,000 in Detroit can afford to buy 72% of homes currently listed for sale while the same household can afford to buy only 8% of homes for sale in San Francisco area.

San Francisco was also the top destination for workers from Philadelphia. Although Philadelphia is more affordable than San Francisco, nearly 27,000 LinkedIn members moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco in the last 12 months. The visualization below allows you to compare the affordability of the area of origin with the affordability of the destination area. Among the 20 largest areas, see in which areas workers decided to move to a less affordable place. Please bear in mind that the higher the score, the more affordable the area is.

While people in general are moving less these days, we also see that fewer people move for an employment-related reason. However, due to a strong economy, it seems that people get better jobs and decide to move to the most attractive areas across the United States.  The good news is that new construction is increasing even in areas with serious housing supply issues. For example, the three-year issuance of single-family permits increased 2 percent in the San Francisco metro area. Based on the NAR Housing Shortage Tracker, when we compare permit issuance with employment growth, we see that in November 2018 a single-family permit was issued for every 12 new jobs compared to 15 jobs in November 2017.


[1] LinkedIn Workforce Report (October 2018).

[2] From the 20 largest areas as far as LinkedIn membership.

In Which States Did Properties Sell Quickly in September 2018?

In a monthly survey of REALTORS®, respondents reported that properties were typically on the market for 32 days (34 days on year ago), according to the  September 2018 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.[1]  However, the difference in median days in the current month compared to the same month last year has started to narrow as homebuying demand has eased and the inventory of homes for sale has slightly increased. In January and February of this year, properties were selling about one week less compared to the length of time in the same period one year ago.

During the July–September 2018, properties typically sold within one month in 27 states (32 states in August 2018).  Properties sold most quickly in South Dakota (20 days), Idaho (21), Washington (21 days), Rhode Island (21 days), Indianapolis (22 days), Kansas (23), Massachusetts (23), Ohio (23), Utah (23), Colorado (24), Nevada (24), Nebraska (24), Maine (24), and Michigan (24).  

That properties are still selling faster compared to one year ago is an indication that the supply of homes for sale is still inadequate compared to the demand for homes. Based on the REALTORS® Seller Traffic Index[2], home selling conditions were “weak” during July, August, and September 2018 compared to one year ago in the District of Columbia and in 28 states including California, Oregon, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.

 


[1] In generating the median days on market at the state level, NAR uses data for the last three surveys to have close to 30 observations. Small states such as AK, ND, SD, MT, VT, WY, WV, DE, and D.C., may have fewer than 30 observations.

[2] An index greater than 50 means that more respondents reported conditions relative to one year ago as “strong” than those that reported “weak.” Due to sampling, we categorize the index as “very weak” for 0 to 25; “weak” for values 25+ to 45; “stable” for values 45+ to 55; “strong” for values 55+ to 75; and “very strong” for values 75+.

September 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 4.77 percent this September, up 14.9 percent compared to 4.15 percent a year ago.

  • Housing affordability declined from a year ago in September moving the index down 8.4 percent from 160.1 to 146.7. The median sales price for a single family home sold in September in the US was $260,500 up 4.6 percent from a year ago.
  • Nationally, mortgage rates were up 62 basis point from one year ago (one percentage point equals 100 basis points).

  • The payment as a percentage of income was down to 17 percent this September but up from 15.6 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 16.4 percent. The Midwest had the lowest payment as a percentage of income at 13.5 percent.

  • Regionally, the West recorded the biggest increase in home prices at 7.0 percent. The Northeast had an increase of 5.3 percent while the South had a gain of 4.2 percent. The Midwest had the smallest growth in price of 2.2 percent.
  • Regionally, all four regions saw a decline in affordability from a year ago. The Northeast had the biggest drop in affordability of 9.0 percent. The South had a decline of 7.3 percent followed by the West that fell 6.8 percent. The Midwest had the smallest drop of 5.8 percent.
  • On a monthly basis, affordability is up from last month in all of the four regions. The Northeast had biggest gain of 5.5 percent. The Midwest had an incline of 4.2 percent followed by the South with an increase of 2.3 percent. The West had the smallest gain in affordability of 1.9 percent.
  • Despite month-to-month changes, the most affordable region was the Midwest, with an index value of 185.3. The least affordable region remained the West where the index was 105.4. For comparison, the index was 151.4 in the South, and 152.3 in the Northeast.

  • Mortgage applications are currently down. Mortgage rates are rising and home price growth is starting to slow down. Despite higher mortgage rates, lower home prices and increases inventory levels will help renters and potential home buyers enter the housing market. Home prices are up 4.6 percent outpacing median family incomes that are growing 3.1 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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