November 8, 2018 rummy

If you are thinking of selling your home to take advantage of home price rise due to limited supply in your area, keep in mind that you are not the first to come up with this great idea. Despite the limited competition, jumping the gun can prove to be a handful if you did not do your research. Here is a list of things to expect before you enter the market. The buyer who wants the best deal possible The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interests of the buyer The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)…

October 26, 2018 rummy

How can owning a home be beneficial for you financially? To some, the thought would seem counter-intuitive, but unknown to many, a homeowner’s net-worth is forty-four times greater than that of a renter. Federal Reserve survey of Consumer Finances revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $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). Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’…

October 5, 2018 rummy

Today’s real estate market are driven by two influential forces, interest rates & supply. Whether we like it or not our system are ultimately governed by these two which can stiffen or soften a particular market area with the slightest movements by its needle. Interest Rates Mortgage interest rates have been on the rise and are now over three-quarters of a percentage point higher than they were at the beginning of the year. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates climbed to 4.72% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage last week. The interest rate you secure when…

October 3, 2018 rummy

Although it’s true that another increase just occurred recently, our current rates are still low compared to what we had back 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago. Some buyers may have missed to take advantage of the lowest rate in history, but we’re still at the lower end to date historically speaking. Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to rise another quarter…

October 2, 2018 rummy

The simplest analogy I could give is a seesaw, imagine supply is on one end and demand is on the other. When supply drops the demand will rise accordingly, thus opening an opportunity to raise prices. Buyer Demand The map below was created after asking the question: “How would you rate buyer traffic in your area?” The darker the blue, the stronger the demand for homes is in that area. The survey showed that in 38 out of 50 states buyer demand was slightly lower than this time last year but remains strong. Only six states had a ‘stable’ demand…

October 1, 2018 rummy

For the sake of views and likes, some writers will intentionally use words that they think would make their headlines look more appealing despite of the fact that the thought and idea change greatly with it, misleading leading readers and netizens alike. Many of these headline writers will confuse ”softening home prices” with ”falling home prices,” but there is a major difference between the two. The data will begin to show that home values are not appreciating at the same levels as they had over the last several years (softening prices). This does NOT mean that prices are depreciating (falling…

September 21, 2018 rummy

If you’re debating on moving to your dream home, you might be in luck. In some areas in the U.S. home equities rise which could give way to spending less for the long-awaited dream home for the lucky 25% of homeowners with a mortgage. Home equity is defined as the difference between the home’s fair market value and the outstanding balance of all liens (loans) on the property. While homeowners pay down their mortgages, the amount of equity they have in their homes climbs each time the value of their homes go up! According to the latest Equity Report from…

August 29, 2018 rummy

The internet is filled with myths and fake news coming from all platforms, social media sites, blogs and vlogs are amongst the commonly utilized channels. It has conquered politics, entertainment, and product and services alike. Unfortunately, they have infiltrated the real estate market as well. Here are the top myths on Real Estate today. Myth #1: We Are Headed for Another Housing Bubble Home prices have appreciated year-over-year for the last 76 straight months. Many areas of the country are at or near their peak prices achieved before the last housing bubble burst. This has many worried that we are…

August 28, 2018 rummy

We got good news for all homeowners who are planning on selling their homes. Studies show a steady increase of up to 0.2 in home sales over the coming year. If you’re asking whether or not this is the best time to put your home up in the market, then take a look at the chart below. As we can see, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association all believe that homes sales will increase steadily over the next year. If you are a homeowner who has considered selling your house recently, now may be the best time…

August 22, 2018 rummy

We are all aware that not everything shown on television is true, even those shown on reality TV shows. And although most reality TV shows about Real Estate try to stay honest to the science and process of home buying and selling, and often comes close to portraying real-life situations. They just can’t show the entirety of the process. Let’s admit it, editing teams just wouldn’t find it favorable to show a 3-hour discussion, in a 30-minute segment. Anyway, let’s find out the top 5 myths that just aren’t true about real estate reality TV. Reality TV Show Myths vs….