The answer would be, "YES!".
Now is still a good time to become a home owner, especially as depicted in a recent KCM blog Buying a Home Remains 35% Less Expensive than Renting!, wherein it states "Nationally, rates would have to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying - and rates haven't been that high since 1989." (Original link below).
In California there are numerous types of real estate financing for a traditional or conventional home loan. However, for a home buyer who has bad credit or poor FICO, needs fast funding, wants to buy a fixer property or is self employed with difficult to prove income, then there is alternative financing known as Hard Money or Private money loans.
No matter if you live in sunny San Diego of Southern California, on up the Pacific coast of Monterey Bay, through Northern California cities including San Francisco, Santa Cruz & Marin, all of Sonoma County and on up through Humboldt to the Oregon border, Hard money financing could be beneficial if your loan has been turned down elsewhere.
Contact your local Broker or Loan Originator and GET PRE-QUALIFIED. Even if you think you don't qualify - find out for sure! It truly is just a math equation as to what loan program is best for you, to be able to buy now.
Best, Forest - The Guy in the White Hat
Broker and Co-Owner of family owned and operated Sun Pacific Mortgage & Real Estate, a Hard Money Broker serving all of CA since 1988!
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