January 17, 2019 rummy

It’s safe to assume that the mortgage interest rate is on a downward path. But nothing is ever certain when it comes to the real estate industry as there are just too many driving factors that move the scale with its own individual weight. That’s why we constantly rely on expert analysis and forecast to have an educated guide for our decision-making process. After the first week of 2019, rates have continued their downward trend. As Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist Sam Khater notes, this is great news for homebuyers. He states, “Mortgage rates declined to start the new year with…

January 16, 2019 rummy

If you’re planning on selling your house this year and want to get the best out of your selling experience. We recommend you follow these two simple tips to avoid unnecessary sales costs. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below). Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price…

January 15, 2019 rummy

Thinking of escaping the winter to a location with much better weather? Then now is a great time to take advantage of the equity in your home. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but this is a warning shot for winter’s return late in the month and early February.” Given this, it’s time to go and stock up on winter weather supplies! However, if you’re tired of shoveling snow and dealing with the cold weather, maybe it’s time to consider obtaining a vacation home! According to the Investment…

January 11, 2019 rummy

Yes, the majority of Americans still believe that homeownership is still one of the best investments out there. We talked about how owning a home improves your family’s net worth and all other benefits that come with it in our previous articles. These numbers below prove them right. An end-of-the-year survey by the Federal Reserve Bank’s Center for Microeconomic Data revealed that: “The majority of households continue to view housing as a good financial investment.” And that percentage has increased over the last three years. Though there is some uncertainty as to how the real estate market will perform over…

January 10, 2019 rummy

We all can get a little too excited when planning to make a big purchase. So, to make sure you won’t miss out on important trends before you enter the market this year, have a read on this and be in the know. Interest Rates Mortgage interest rates had been on the rise for much of 2018, but they made a welcome reversal at the end of the year. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates climbed to 4.94% in November before falling to 4.62% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage last week. Despite the recent drop,…

January 9, 2019 rummy

There are a lot of things that could go wrong when selling a house. Things that would often leave sellers with unsold houses along with wasted time money and effort. Today let’s talk about some of the things that FSBO comes along with. Here are the top five reasons: 1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers According to NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 95% of buyers searched online for a home last year. That is in comparison to only 13% of buyers looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale…

January 4, 2019 rummy

Paying off mortgages takes time, but it’s helpful to know that there are ways to shorten your mortgage payments by months or even years. Here are some ways to help you beat the loan clock legitimately and save thousands of dollars in the process. Any additional payments to the principal amount (the original sum of money borrowed in a loan), helps to cut down the amount of interest that you will pay over the life of your loan and can also help to shave years off the loan as well. When you make ‘extra’ payments toward your loan, the key…

January 3, 2019 rummy

Despite being one of the biggest decision drivers, the price of a home for sale is often overlooked when all the other factors aligned. Values are perceived by buyers differently and could arguably be the true defining factor for a buyer to make a decision. 1. Owning your home offers stability to start and raise a family From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchase may have this in the back of their minds as a major reason for choosing the location of the home that they purchase. 2. There’s…

January 2, 2019 rummy

In our previous posts, we have shown why we believe we are far from another housing crash in 2019. Here’s a few more reasons to put your mind at ease. 1. There are fewer foreclosures now than there were in 2006 A major challenge in 2006 was the number of foreclosures. There will always be foreclosures, but they spiked by over 100% prior to the crash. Foreclosures sold at a discount and, in many cases, lowered the values of adjacent homes. We are ending 2018 with foreclosures at historic pre-crash numbers -much fewer foreclosures than we ended 2006 with. 2….

December 28, 2018 rummy

If you’re planning on selling your house, there is no better time than now. This fact is known to many, therefore, it’s only wise to think that the market will be competitive and make the necessary preparations. Here’s what you need to know to be on top. One of the big reasons why inventory has remained so low for so long is that an entire generation of home buyers is finally buying! The millennial generation (ages 19-35) has been the driving force behind bidding wars in many areas of the country as they ditch their renter lifestyles and put down…