March 23, 2019 rummy

  Welcome to the ninth episode of Expand to the Cloud Brokerage podcast. On today’s episode, Rummy Dhanoa and David Upchurch welcome Leezah Pratt to eXp Realty. Leezah Pratt started her real estate career at a young age. Last year, she sold over 8 million dollars. Let’s listen to her story and what made; an already successful realtor change her mind and make the switch to eXp Realty. Get in touch with Leezah Pratt . Give her a call at 704.858.1177 or email her at homesbypratt@gmail.com and visit her website www.homesbypratt.com Ready to learn more? Rummy Dhanoa 914.920.2289 rummy@nyreex.com David Upchurch…

March 22, 2019 rummy

Owning a home is still a sure-fire way to increase you and your family’s wealth. Whether it be your first, second or fifth, if you’re planning on buying a home, it is recommended to meet a local professional to find out how you can get the most out of your purchase. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you are paying off a portion of the debt that you took on to purchase your home. Therefore, you own a little bit more of your home every month in the form of home equity. As your home’s value increases, you also…

March 21, 2019 rummy

There’s undoubtedly an effervescent urge in everyone to decorate and make tiny changes here and there after buying a house. We all have it, and to some, giving in to these urges may cause future problems with mortgages. So here’s a list of things to avoid after getting your mortgage application approved. 1. Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well….

March 20, 2019 rummy

A lot of Americans are holding back on buying homes because of their credit score. The sad truth is the majority of this group are misinformed and should have already started earlier than they plan to. Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown according to Experian: 16% Very Poor (300-579) 18% Fair (580-669) 21% Good (670-739) 25% Very Good (740-799) 20% Exceptional (800-850) Randy Hopper, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Navy Federal Credit Union said, “Just because you have a low credit score doesn’t mean you can’t purchase…

March 15, 2019 rummy

With the volume of sellers who held back from selling the entire winter, we can expect the inventory to climb up as more and more sellers join in and balance out the demand. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they would have been right. Buyer demand has seasonality to it. Usually, this falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic conditions. That hasn’t happened this year. Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with an increase in…

March 14, 2019 rummy

Following common practice of holding back from selling until Spring may be a cliche. But truth be told, it’s a wise and conservative choice that has proven beneficial to the housing market. Nevertheless, with the number of sellers popping up from all directions. Holding off now is not the best thing to do. Let’s dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season! 1. National Association of Realtor’s Existing Home Sales Report Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some…

March 13, 2019 rummy

Although setting an attractive price on your home definitely boosts its sellability, it’s not the only way to go. Here are other ways to put up a great show to leave a solid impression to your potential buyers and give them the WOW factor they all subconsciously crave for. Here are a few ideas for how to do this in this era of technology. 1) Facebook Live Virtual Open House This can also work as a ‘preview’ before an official Open House. Let your agent walk potential buyers through your home using a webcam or cell phone, highlighting the unique…

March 12, 2019 rummy

For most Americans, buying a home is the most important financial investment that we will ever make. Nevertheless, the recent housing bubble has left many people wondering if buying a home is still an effective way for people to save money and build wealth for the future. The answer is ‘yes,’ according to recent studies. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013). These numbers reveal that the net…

March 8, 2019 rummy

We are definitely headed to a balanced market this year. As things start to unfold, we are beginning to realize that last year’s worries are nothing more than speculations. Price hikes are starting to soften as more inventory is introduced, this is good news to sellers and buyers alike. The previous housing market was fueled by an artificial demand created by mortgage standards that were far too lenient. When this demand was shut off, a flood of inventory came to market. This included heavily discounted distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales). Today’s market is totally different. Mortgage standards are tighter…

March 7, 2019 rummy

As the rates continue on its slow and steady descent, it is now in its lowest by far in the last 12 months. This is good news to prospective buyers looking to buy their first house or existing homeowners planning to move up to their dream home. According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from the near 5% rates seen…