Thursday, October 18, 2018 / by June Quilantang
As most of us know, real estate markets in most areas have been very competitive due mortgage interest rate increase and low inventory of homes for sale. Now that the inventory has loosened up a lot of people have conflicting impressions about it.
New listings jumped 8% year-over-year nationally, the largest increase since 2013
Total listings in the 45 largest markets are now up 6% on average over last year
This increase in housing inventory has sparked two different reactions. Some are saying this is the first sign of a potential collapse while others are saying it is a welcomed reprieve from the lack of inventory that has stalled the market recently. As Zelman & Associates reported in a recent 'Z Report': "With the rate of home price appreciation starting to decelerate alongside the uptick in inventory, we expect significant debate whether this is a bullish or bearish sign."
Is this a sign the market might crash?
There are those who look at the increase in invent ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 / by June Quilantang
The real estate market has become competitive and intimidating place in some areas. It's best to prepare yourself before entering the market for your home purchase.
In a recent realtor.com article entitled, "How to Find Your Dream Home-Without Losing Your Mind," the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.
1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search
One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach. This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won't leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!
2. Know the Difference ...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 / by June Quilantang
Reports both recent and old imply that one of the reasons for the current home price inflation is the dwindling supply. Low inventories are due to Baby Boomers' unwillingness to sell their homes. Let's find out how this is wrong.
Here's what some of the experts have to say on the subject:Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow, says that
"Boomers are healthier and working longer than previous generations, which means they aren't yet ready to sell their homes."
According to a study by Realtor.com, 85% of baby boomers indicated they were not planning to sell their homes. It is true that baby boomers are healthier and are thus working and living longer, but are they also refusing to sell their homes? Last month, Trulia looked at the housing situation of seniors (aged 65+) today compared to that of a decade ago.
Trulia's study revealed that:
"Although seniors appear to be delaying downsizing until later in life, as a group, households 65 and over are still downsizi ...
Monday, October 15, 2018 / by June Quilantang
You'll be missing out on a lot of things if you skip pre-approval in your checklist. Fear of down payment and credit score hinder a lot of potential home buyers' decision-making process, with pre-approval you can do away with hesitation and show sellers that you mean business.
Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the 'My Home' section of their website:
"It's highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets."
One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you through this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding "your credit, debt, work history, down payment and resi ...
Friday, October 12, 2018 / by June Quilantang
There have been countless reports saying that home prices nowadays are more expensive that is was 10 years ago. While this is accurate, most reports do not include why this is not necessarily a bad thing. Let's find out why.
The reason is that homes were less affordable 25, 20, or even 11 years ago than they are today.
Obviously, buying a home is more expensive now than during the ten years 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) that were selling at 10-50% discounts. There were so many distressed properties that the prices of non-distressed properties in the same neighborhoods were lowered and mortgage rates were kept low to help the economy.
Low Prices + Low Mortgage Rates = High Affordability
Prices have since recovered and mortgage rates have increased as the economy has gained strength. This has and will continue to impact ho ...