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Keller TX real estate market slowing

Home prices are softening across the DFW metroplex and I've heard concern that we may be headed toward the next housing crash.  That's a scary thought.  Perhaps it's made worse because most of us remember it.  But that's not where we are and I want to share an example with you to explain. 

Think back to your last long road trip.  You'd been on the highway going 75 mph (or more) and then a few miles from home you make your way out of the fast lane and on to the two lane service road with a speed limit of 45.  Do you remember that feeling that you were just crawling along.  You may even use that same service road every day and it never felt that slow.  That's exactly where we are in the housing market.  We've moved off the highway and gotten back on

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Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here's What to Watch | Simplifying The Market

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you need to watch carefully: interest rates & inventory.

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, interest rates are projected to reach 5% in 2019.

The

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5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Highlights:

  • Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make!
  • They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an offer or setting the right price for your home).
  • One of the top reasons to hire a real estate professional is their understanding of your local market and how the conditions in your neighborhood will impact your experience.
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How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability | Simplifying The Market

Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate.

 

Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the past decade, the market was flooded with distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) selling at 10-50% discounts. There were so many that this lowered the prices of non-distressed homes in the same neighborhoods. As a result, mortgage rates were kept low to help the economy.

Prices have since recovered. Mortgage rates have increased as the economy has gained strength. This has impacted housing affordability. However, it’s necessary

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One More Time... You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home | MyKCM

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses.

In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save upwards of 20% for their down payment!

According to the “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership” study commissioned in partnership between the Urban Institute, Down Payment Resource, and Freddie Mac, 39% of non-homeowners and 30% of those who already own a home believe they need more than a 20% down payment.

The percentage of those

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Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s? | MyKCM

 

There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, 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 Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”:

“While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone else rich.”

With home prices rising, many renters are concerned about

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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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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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