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Start 2017 Off Right… List Your House for Sale | Simplifying The Market

Start 2017 Off Right… List Your House for Sale

 

As we are about to bring in the New Year, families across the country will be deciding if this is the year that they will sell their current house and move into their dream home. Many will decide that it is smarter to wait until the spring “buyer’s market” to list their house. In the past, that might have made sense. However, this winter is not like recent years.

The recent jump in mortgage rates has forced buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW!! At the same time, inventory levels of homes for sale have dropped dramatically as compared to this time last year.

Here is a chart showing the decrease in inventory levels by category:

Inventory Levels

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You Need an Agent Who Will Put You First | Simplifying The Market

You Need an Agent Who Will Put You First

 

When it comes to buying a home, whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighborhood you are looking to move into, as well as the trends of that area, should be your goal.

One great example of an agent who is in your corner and is always looking out for your best interests is one of the main characters on ABC’s Modern Family, Phil Dunphy.

For those who aren’t familiar, the character Phil is a Realtor with a huge heart who always strives to do his best for his family and his clients.

In one recent episode, Phil even shared the oath that he created and holds himself accountable to:

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Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s | Simplifying The Market

Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than A Renter’s

 

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).

In a Forbes article, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts that by the end of 2016, the net worth gap will widen even further to 45 times greater.

The graph below demonstrates the results of the last two Federal Reserve studies and Yun’s prediction:

Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s | Simplifying The Market

Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You

As we’ve said before, simply put,

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner | Simplifying The Market

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

 Monday December 26th, 2016  For Sellers, FSBOs  

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are the top five reasons:

1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers

Recent studies have shown that 94% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 17% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers

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The Fed Raised Rates: What Does that Mean for Housing? | Simplifying The Market

The Fed Raised Rates: What Does that Mean for Housing?

 

You may have heard that the Federal Reserve raised rates last week… But what does that mean if you are looking to buy a home in the near future?

Many in the housing industry have predicted that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, would vote to raise the federal fund's target rate at their December meeting. For only the second time in a decade, this is exactly what happened.

There were many factors that contributed to the 0.25 point increase (from 0.50 to 0.75), but many are pointing to the latest jobs report and low unemployment rate (4.6%) as the main reason.

Tim Manni, Mortgage Expert at Nerd Wallet, had this to say,

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Student Loans = Higher Credit Scores | Simplifying The Market

Student Loans = Higher Credit Scores

 

According to a recent analysis by CoreLogic, Millennial renters (aged 20-34) who have student loan debt also have higher credit scores than those who do not have student loans.

This may come as a surprise, as there is so much talk about student loans burdening Millennials and holding them back from many milestones that previous generations have been able to achieve (i.e. homeownership, investing for retirement).

CoreLogic used the information provided on rental applications and the applicants’ credit history from credit bureaus to determine if there was a correlation between student loan debt and credit scores.

The analysis concluded that:

“Student loan debt did not prevent

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Whether You Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage | Simplifying The Market

Whether You Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage 

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage - either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and Head of Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management at Freddie Mac, explains another

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2 Tips to Ensure You Get the Most Money When Selling Your House | Simplifying The Market

2 Tips to Ensure You Get the Most Money When Selling Your House

  

Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW 

This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

2 Tips to Ensure You Get the Most Money When Selling Your House | Simplifying The Market

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By

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Information For Home Buyers About PMI

 

First Home or Fifth, You Can't Have TMI about PMI

What is PMI? It's basically an insurance policy that covers the lender should you stop making house payments.  You pay for that insurance policy in the form of an additional monthly fee added to your mortgage payment.  It's required for all conforming conventional loans with a downpayment under 20%.  

What's The Cost of PMI and Do I Have To Pay It Until I Pay Off The Mortgage?

The cost of PMI is determined by the loan-to-value ratio at the time you take out the loan as well as your credit score.  The higher your down payment and credit score, the lower your PMI cost.  You can figure the monthly cost will be about  1/2 to 1 percent of your loan amount divided by 12.  So if you borrow

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