Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate and Homes

 

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value? | MyKCM

Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:

“Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017.”

The average homeowner gained $16,200 in home equity between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 according to the latest release of CoreLogic’s Home Equity Report.

Since 2011 home values have increased significantly throughout the country, with prices rising by 5.1% in 2018 alone. When surveyed, homeowners revealed the top four reasons why they felt their homes had increased in value.

  1. Desirable Location
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4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth | MyKCM

 

Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few:

1. Appreciation

“The rising of home prices over time, is how the majority of wealth is built in real estate. This is the ‘home run’ you hear of when people make a large windfall of money. While prices fluctuate, over the long run real estate values have always gone up, always, and there is no reason to think that is going to change.

One thing to consider when it comes to real estate appreciation affecting your ROI is the fact that appreciation

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Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No! | MyKCM

Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations.

Due to this, student loan debt has soared to $1.5 trillion and represents the largest category of debt, surpassing credit card and auto loan debt in 2010 and never looking back. As more and more Americans continue their education amongst rising tuition costs, this number will no doubt increase.

Many housing experts have blamed student loans for a drop in the homeownership rate for young families, and to an extent, they’ve been right. Increased debt at the time of graduation has no doubt

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The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.

The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). As an example, here is what happened to housing inventory at the beginning of 2018:

Putting your home on the market now, rather than waiting for increased competition in the spring, might make a lot of sense.

Bottom Line

Buyers in the market during the winter are truly motivated purchasers and they want to buy now. With limited inventory currently available in most markets, sellers are

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tips for home buyers in Keller, TX and surrounding areas

It's Not Always All About the Money

You've been watching the online listings of homes for sale.  You want just the right school district, and a reasonable distance for your commute.   You've driven by a few homes, attended open houses, and toured several after work and on weekends too.  Finally you find that perfect house to call a ‘home.’   The price is right, but you know in a competitive market you'll need to make a great offer to guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!

Here are 4 steps to consider when making an offer in today's market:

1. Don't Get Pre-approved.  Get Loan Approved

As agents, it seems like we're always trying to impress on home buyers the importance of getting pre-approved before looking at

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Keller, Southlake and Trophy Club homes for sale
Mortgage interest rates have risen over a quarter of a point in just the first two months of 2018,  and Freddie Mac's US Economic and Housing Market Outlook is projecting a steady increase of interest rates throughout the year,  Many suggest rates could reach 5% by the end of the year. Now those of us who have been around a while recognize 5% interest rates are still a "gift", having seen rates much higher in the past.  Several of us who were in the market in the mid to late 1980's even remember 12-14% rates.  Still each increase, especially when combined with increasing housing prices, bodes poorly for homebuyers sitting on the fence.

What impact will rising rates have on home values?

Just as in years past, I'm starting to hear some potential home

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Mortgage Interest Rates affecting home buyers in Keller, Southlake, Trophy Club

Is Waiting to Buy Your Road to Nowhere?

For several years now rising home prices in Keller, Southlake, Trophy Club and other North Texas areas have forced home buyers to expect less and less for their home buying dollars.  Now rising interest rates appear be an additional factor those considering a home purchase will have to navigate as well.  Just like rising home prices, rising mortgage interest rates have a direct impact on your monthly payment and which homes you can qualify to buy.  

And each step up in rates, especially when combined with increasing housing prices, bodes poorly for those sitting on the fence.

Where are mortgage interest rates going in 2018?  Below are the projections from Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing

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Selling your Keller or North Ft Worth Home?
Buyer Traffic is Even Stronger Now then Last Spring

Why the ALL CAPS and Exclamation points?  The North Ft. Worth, Keller and Trophy Club market has been on fire for home sellers for a few years now. But now that the final numbers for the 2017 area housing market are in, one thing is clear:  It's time to list your house.

How did we wrap up in 2017?

  • New-home sales were at their highest level in a decade.
  • Sales of previously owned homes were at their highest level in more than a decade.
  • Starts of single-family homes were their strongest in 10 years.  Plus new home permit applications grew to the fastest pace since August 2007.

And Bloomberg Business just reported: “America’s housing market is gearing up for a robust year ahead.

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Drop in Keller School District Home Values

58% of Homeowners See a Drop in Home Values Coming

Over half of US homeowners believe there will be a "housing bubble and price correction" between now and mid-2019.  That's according to a survey by ValueInsured, a company that sells insurance to homebuyers that reimburses housing downpayments should the market decline.  Now, I am not familiar with ValueInsured, and the point of this post is not to encourage you to check out their product.  But their "Modern Homebuyer Survey" sure caught my eye. I can certainly understand the concerns potential home buyers and owners have about the rise in housing prices, especially with a still fresh memory of the downturn less than a decade ago.  But this market has little in common with the forces of that

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Lock In Your Housing Expense

Lock in Your Housing Costs Now


Is now the time to lock in your housing costs?  I got a call this week from some renters who have put off buying a home in the Keller School District because housing prices have risen.  They often say they waited because the housing market was going up so fast.  But now these folks are starting to realize they can't save for a down payment faster than home prices are going up, and their rent is increasing too.  There are lots of advantages to homeownership, and as these renters are realizing,  one of the top advantages is being able to protect themselves from rising rents by locking in housing cost for the life of a mortgage.

It’s Cheaper to Buy Than Rent

The latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia shows that

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