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Don’t Be Fooled By These 3 Real Estate Myths

Don’t Be Fooled By These 3 Real Estate MythsMyth or Fact

by Brendon DeSimone / Published April 01, 2013 / Zillow

As the real estate market significantly rebounds, some buyers and sellers are dipping their toes in the waters for the first time. Inevitably, they come into the market with assumptions about how it works.

Their assumptions may come from TV reality shows or watching their parents’ house-hunting experiences. Maybe they’ve learned about real estate from a co-worker’s recent home buying or selling experience. The trouble is, the new buyer or seller’s assumptions are sometimes based on outdated or generalized “real estate myths.” Here are three such myths that many less-seasoned home buyers and sellers assume are true.

Myth No. 1: Spring is the best time to sell a home

Historically, real estate seasons were tied to summer and the end of the school year. Families were the typical buyers or sellers, and they wanted to move during the summer so their kids could start anew in September. That’s how spring became the prime selling season. It’s true there are still more homes for sale in the spring, which means there’s a lot of activity and buzz. But spring isn’t necessarily the best time to sell a home anymore.

The reality: The best time to sell is during the holidays and right after

Today, more than half of buyers aren’t married, and their decisions aren’t based upon school schedules. So spring isn’t as relevant as it used to be. Instead, the best time to sell a home is in November, December and January.

It’s a supply-and-demand issue. Most sellers assume buyers aren’t seriously looking during this prolonged holiday season. And yet, many buyers are looking at properties in person and online right up until Christmas Eve. If the right home goes on the market in mid-December, a serious buyer — and there will be a lot of them — will take note.

After New Year’s Eve, most buyers jump back into their routine with a resolve to get into the real estate market, even though many sellers wouldn’t even consider listing in January. The net effect: Savvy sellers will face less competition for a still-strong pool of buyers during this period. And that makes November-January a great time to sell.

Myth No. 2: Always start with your lowest offer

There’s no generalized strategy for making an offer on a home anywhere, ever. A seller could have overpriced or underpriced the home on purpose. Some markets may be more competitive than others. But, somehow, in the back of the buyer’s head Read the rest of this entry »

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High Score: Builder Confidence Rises Six Points in July

High Score: Builder Confidence Rises Six Points in JulyHousing Market Confidence

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose six points to 35 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July, released recently. This is the largest one-month gain recorded by the index in nearly a decade, and brings the HMI to its highest point since March of 2007.

“Builder confidence increased by solid margins in every region of the country in July as views of current sales conditions, prospects for future sales and traffic of prospective buyers all improved,” says Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “This is greater evidence that the housing market has turned the corner as more buyers perceive the benefits of purchasing a newly built home while interest rates and prices are so favorable.”

“Combined with the upward movement we’ve seen in other key housing indicators over the past six months, this report adds to the growing acknowledgement that housing – though still in a fragile stage of recovery – is returning to its more traditional role of leading the economy out of recession,” notes NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “This is particularly encouraging at a time when other parts of the economy have begun to show softness, and is all the more reason that Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Is Location So Important When Buying a Home?

Why Is Location So Important When Buying a Home?Location Location Location

A: Location remains the single most important factor when choosing a home. It can make or break the value and desirability of a home.

Because everyone’s preferences vary, your lifestyle will determine the best place for you to live. Some people prefer the suburbs while others thrive on downtown living. If you favor city living, find out what part of the city suits you best – a fast-paced neighborhood or one slightly more subdued. Talk with the neighbors and keenly observe such things as traffic patterns, lifestyles, and even sounds and smells.

When choosing a town, take property taxes, schools, accessibility to work, services, recreation, and the character of the community into consideration.

I hope this information is useful to you. Please contact me for all your South Florida real estate needs at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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Five Rules for Buying a Foreclosure or Short Sale with Confidence

Five Rules for Buying a Foreclosure or Short Sale with ConfidenceThe Rule Book

(ARA) – Buyers are still clamoring for real estate deals in this turbulent market. Foreclosures and short sales offer some of the best bargains, but also have a higher risk level. Still, more than four in five adults think foreclosures and short sales can be good deals, according to a recent American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) survey.

Some analysts say the rebound has begun and home prices may rise by the end of 2012. This means now may be buyers’ last chance to take advantage of affordable properties and low interest rates. If you want to score a bargain before the housing market recovers, you’ll need to follow a few rules to invest with certainty.

Make a wise investment by adhering to these five rules while shopping distressed properties:

Rule 1: Position yourself for success

Before starting your search, get preapproved for a mortgage so when a good deal presents itself, you’re positioned to submit a bid right away to be the first offer on the bank’s desk. Work with an experienced real estate agent who can help guide you through the daunting sea of foreclosures and short sales. Bidding can be complicated and time-consuming, especially when working with a home sale needing bank approval. A good agent will know how to navigate through the paperwork and red tape.

Rule 2: Do your research

A real estate agent can help you with research, but it’s wise to do some on your own. Are there any undisclosed liens on the property? Is the seller behind on his property taxes? What permit records does the city have on file? This information will be critical during decision-making. Work with your agent to Read the rest of this entry »

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Americans’ Expectations Align to Encourage Home Buying

Americans’ Expectations Align to Encourage Home Buyingbuy vs rent

By Keosha Burns

More consumers may be looking to purchase homes with a shift in several key housing market indicators, according to Fannie Mae’s March 2012 consumer attitudinal National Housing Survey. More Americans now expect both home rental and home purchase prices to increase over the next year. Nearly half of consumers expect higher rental prices, the highest number recorded since monthly tracking began in June 2010. Thirty-three percent expect home prices to increase, up 5 percentage points since last month, and the highest percentage recorded in over a year. In addition, confidence in consumers’ views of their own finances is stabilizing—for three straight months—44 percent believe their personal finances will get better over the next year. These trends may be providing Americans with an increased sense of urgency to buy a home as 73 percent of Americans now believe it is a good time to buy a home, up from seventy percent in February.

“Conditions are coming together to encourage people to want to buy homes,” says Doug Duncan, vice president and chief economist of Fannie Mae. “Americans’ rental price expectations for the next year continue to rise, reaching their record high level for our survey this month. With an increasing share of consumers expecting higher mortgage rates and home prices over the next 12 months, some may feel that renting is becoming more costly and that homeownership is a more compelling housing choice.”

Homeownership and Renting

Thirty-three percent of respondents expect home prices to increase over the next 12 months, a five percentage point increase from last month, the highest level over the past 12 months.

The survey shows that on average, Americans expect home prices to increase by 0.9 percent over the next 12 months (up slightly since last month).

Additionally, 39 percent of Americans say that mortgage rates will go up in the next 12 months, a five percentage point increase from last month.

The percentage of respondents who say it is a good time to buy rose by three points to 73 percent, the highest level in over a year, while the percentage of respondents who say it is a good time to sell rose one point to 14 percent this month.

On average, respondents expect home rental prices to Read the rest of this entry »

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Ready To Buy A Home?

Ready To Buy A Home?

There are good opportunities in the real estate market.

How do you know if you’re ready to buy a home?

Important things to know before you go house hunting:

  • Make sure your credit is in top shape.
  • Know what you can afford.  The general rule of thumb is 2.5 times your annual income.
  • Get pre-approved by a Lender.
  • Evaluate your cash situation.  You’ll need cash for the down payment, various fees and closing costs, real estate taxes, maintenance and repair expenses.

I hope this information is useful to you. You can contact me for all your South Florida real estate needs at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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Is Now The Time To Buy Real Estate?

Is Now The Time To Buy Real Estate?

Fortune Magazine’s Leigh Gallagher joins MSNBC’S Morning Joe to reveal the magazine’s latest issue, which suggests that now is the time to buy real estate.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

For more information on real estate in Aventura and the rest of South Florida contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]


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Is Now The Best Time To Buy A House?

Is Now The Best Time To Buy A House?

TODAY SHOW real estate expert Barbara Corcoran and personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich explain why now may be the best time to buy a new home.

Barbara says:

I totally believe it’s the time to jump in.  There’s very little upside to waiting around and doing something later.  You’ve got cheap money, cheap prices, lots of homes to choose from. Why wait? It doesn’t make any sense

With regard to getting a mortgage right now, Carmen says:

Mortgage applications are at 15 year lows because it’s really tight.  You’ve got to have great credit and a solid down payment.  Mortgage lenders don’t want to absorb all the risk.  You have to have ample savings, outside of the down payment.  You need at least 6 months’ worth of mortgage payments in the bank and saved up.  Of course a great work history that you are employed really helps.  If you’re self-employed,  you’ve got to keep fantastic records.

While the spring is usually a time when home buying goes up, Barbara says:

You’ll see more houses coming on the market.  What  you won’t see coming into the market are lower prices.  You certainly aren’t going to see cheaper money, especially with what’s going on with fannie mae.  Everything is going to change in the financing game.  You’ll see a tougher spring to buy in.  Now, again, is the better time to buy.

Carmen says:

If you’re in a position to buy, don’t wait for the interest rates to go lower again.  If you’re in a position to get that mortgage, get it now.

If you are in a position to buy, now is the time.  Contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected] for more information on what’s available in your neighborhood.

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Do You Believe It’s A Good Time To Sell Your Home?

Do You Believe It’s A Good Time To Sell Your Home?For Sale

In a recent Keeping Current Matters blog post by Steve Harney entitled Selling Your House?  5 Reasons To Do It NOW!, Steve gives us 5 strong reasons to sell now instead of waiting until later in the year.

1)  Interest Rates Are On The Rise

Interest rates are now over 5%.  As rates increase, the mortgage amount a buyer qualifies for decreases.  Eventually this will have a negative impact on prices.

2)  Your Dream Home Will Never Be Cheaper

If you are buying, COST should be more important than PRICE.  Cost can be dramatically impacted by rising mortgage interest rates.

3)  Buyers Are Out Early

Mounting evidence is showing that buyers are coming out earlier this year than the ‘Spring Buying Season’ due to the believe that now is a good time to buy.  That coupled with the increase in interest rates has started the buying season early.

Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia:

“We’re seeing a national resurgence of buyer and seller activity on Trulia.com.  In January alone, we expierenced an unprecedented level of site traffic including 11 million unique visitors – which is more than 70% year-over-year growth.  We are now experiencing 100,000 property views per minute.”

The National Association of Realtors just reported that the number of house sales increased 12.9% over last month.

4)  Inventory Increases Every Spring

Here is the number of listings available for sale in 2010

  • February – 3,531,000
  • March – 3,626,000
  • April – 4,029,000

Steve Harney believes that there will be an increase in these numbers in 2011 as there is a pent-up selling demand created by the weak market of the last few years.  If you sell now you won’t have to worry about this increasing competition.

5)  We Are In The Eye Of The Foreclosure Storm

As banks try to correct their foreclosure procedures, there is a large supply of discounted properties which have been delayed coming to market.  This inventory will be released sometime in the next few months.  Foreclosures sell on average at a 41% discount.  When they are released these properties will be competing with your house for buyers.  If you are looking to sell in 2011, you want to sell before this inventory becomes your competition.

Let’s sit down today and discuss the best options for you.  You can contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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