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  • 3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’

    3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’ | Simplifying The Market

    3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’

    In school we all learned the Theory of Supply and Demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise.

    SUPPLY

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the inventory of homes for sale stands at a 4.4-month supply. This is considerably lower than the 6-month inventory necessary for a normal market.

    3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’ | Simplifying The Market

    DEMAND

    Every month NAR reports on the amount of buyers that are actually out in the market looking for homes, or foot traffic. As seen in the graph below, buyer demand in February significantly outpaced the last six months.

    3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’ | Simplifying The Market

    Many buyers are being confronted with a very competitive market in which they must compete with other buyers for their dream home (if they even are able to find a home they wish to purchase).

    Listing your house for sale now will allow you to capitalize on the shortage of homes for sale in the market, which will translate into a better pricing situation.

    HOME EQUITY

    Many homeowners underestimate the amount of equity they currently have in their home. According to a recent Fannie Mae study, 37% of homeowners believe that they have more than 20% equity in their home. In reality, CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report tells us that 72.6% actually do!

    3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’ | Simplifying The Market

    Many homeowners who are undervaluing their home equity may feel trapped in their current home, which may be contributing to the lack of inventory in the market.

    Bottom Line

    If you are debating selling your home this year, let's meet up to evaluate the equity you have in your home, as well as the opportunities available in your market.

     

  • The Importance of Using an Agent To Sell Your House

    The Importance of Using an Agent To Sell Your House | Simplifying The Market

    The Importance of Using an Agent To Sell Your House

    When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold.

     

    In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. For the past three years, 92% of all buyers have used the internet in their home search according to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.

    However, the report also revealed that 95% percent of buyers that used the internet when searching for a home purchased their home through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their home directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know.

    Buyers search for a home online, but then depend on an agent to find the actual home they will buy (53%), or to negotiate the terms of the sale & price (48%), or to help understand the process (60%).

    The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers that reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots”. This is obvious, as the percentage of overall buyers who used an agent to buy their home has steadily increased from 69% in 2001.

    Bottom Line

    If you are thinking of selling your home, let's meet up to discuss the process!

     
  • The Mortgage Process: What You Need To Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The Mortgage Process: What You Need To Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

     

    The Mortgage Process: What You Need To Know [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

    Some Highlights:

    • Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%.
    • You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don't have perfect credit.
    • Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford.
  • Housing Market To “Spring Forward” This Year

    Housing Market To “Spring Forward” This Year | Simplifying The Market

    Housing Market To “Spring Forward” This Year

    Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market.

    Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right.

    Buyer demand has seasonality to it, which usually falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic temperatures and conditions.

    That hasn’t happened this year.

    Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows.

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes in 2015 all fell in April, May or June.

    Those who act quickly and list now could benefit greatly from additional exposure to buyers prior to a flood of more competition coming to market in the next few months.

    Bottom Line

    If you are planning on selling your home in 2016, let's meet up to evaluate the opportunities in your market.

     
  • Home Is Where The Heart Is

    Home Is Where The Heart Is | Simplifying The Market

    Home Is Where The Heart Is

    Yesterday, we discussed the reasons why homeownership makes sense, financially. Today we wanted to touch on the emotional or ‘real’ reasons that many Americans strive to become homeowners. 

    The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s feel are most important in regards to homeownership.

    The top 4 reasons to own a home cited by respondents were not financial.

    1. It means having a good place to raise children & provide them with a good education

    From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchasing their home, may have this in the back of their mind as a major reason for choosing the location of the home that they purchase. 

    2. You have a physical structure where you & your family feel safe

    It is no surprise that having a place to call home with all that means in comfort and security is the #2 reason.

    3. It allows you to have more space for your family

    Whether your family is expanding, or an older family member is moving in, having a home that fits your needs is a close third on the list. 

    4. It gives you control over what you do with your living space, like renovations and updates

    Looking to actually try one of those complicated wall treatments that you saw on Pinterest? Want to finally adopt that puppy or kitten you’ve seen online 100 times? Who’s to say that you can’t in your own home?

    The 5th reason on the list, is the #1 financial reason to buy a home as seen by respondents: 

    5. Owning a home is a good way to build up wealth that can be passed along to my family

    Either way you are paying a mortgage. Why not lock in your housing expense now with an investment that will build equity that you can borrow against in the future? 

    Bottom Line

    Whether you are a first time homebuyer or a move-up buyer who wants to start a new chapter in their life, now is a great time to reflect on the intangible factors that make a house a home.

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