Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Although setting an attractive price on your home definitely boosts its sellability, it's not the only way to go. Here are other ways to put up a great show to leave a solid impression to your potential buyers and give them the WOW factor they all subconsciously crave for. Here are a few ideas for how to do this in this era of technology.
1) Facebook Live Virtual Open House
This can also work as a 'preview' before an official Open House. Let your agent walk potential buyers through your home using a webcam or cell phone, highlighting the unique features of your house and taking questions. This can be of great benefit, especially for those out-of-state buyers looking to relocate to your area.
2) Youtube Live Virtual Open House
YouTube is forecasted to have 187.8 million video users in 2019 in the United States alone! One of those users might be the buyer you're looking for! Like Facebook Live, allowing your agent to have a virtual open house will make it available, esp ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by June Quilantang
For most Americans, buying a home is the most important financial investment that we will ever make. Nevertheless, the recent housing bubble has left many people wondering if buying a home is still an effective way for people to save money and build wealth for the future.
The answer is 'yes,' according to recent studies.
The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 - a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013).
These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of a renter.
Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth.
As we've said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of 'forced savings.' Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity in your home.
That is why Gallup reported that Americans picked real estate as the best long-term inve ...
Friday, March 8, 2019 / by June Quilantang
We are definitely headed to a balanced market this year. As things start to unfold, we are beginning to realize that last year's worries are nothing more than speculations. Price hikes are starting to soften as more inventory is introduced, this is good news to sellers and buyers alike.
The previous housing market was fueled by an artificial demand created by mortgage standards that were far too lenient. When this demand was shut off, a flood of inventory came to market. This included heavily discounted distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales).
Today's market is totally different. Mortgage standards are tighter than they were prior to the last boom and bust. There is no fear that a rush of foreclosures will come to market. The Mortgage Bankers' Association just announced that foreclosures are lower today than at any time since 1996.
Case Shiller looks at the percentage of appreciation as compared to the same month the year prior. Here is a graph of their fin ...
Thursday, March 7, 2019 / by June Quilantang
As the rates continue on its slow and steady descent, it is now in its lowest by far in the last 12 months. This is good news to prospective buyers looking to buy their first house or existing homeowners planning to move up to their dream home.
According to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven't been seen since February 2018! Last week's survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%.
This is a welcome change from the near 5% rates seen in mid-November. At 4.32%, the second week of February 2018 was the last time rates were this low.
This can be seen in the chart below.
Freddie Mac's Chief Economist, Sam Khater, had this to say:
"Mortgage rates fell for the third consecutive week, continuing the general downward trend that began late last year.
Wages are growing on par with home prices for the first time in years, and with more i ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Although it can be said that the amount of the benefits depend on where you live, the fact remains that there are many financial and non-financial reasons favoring homeownership
Educational Achievement: Homeownership has a positive impact on academic achievement, including reading and math performance in children 3-12 years old.
Civic Participation: "Owning a home means owning a part of the neighborhood." Homeowners have a stronger connection to their neighborhood and are more committed to volunteer.
Health Benefits: Adjusting for a range of demographic, socioeconomic and housing-related characteristics, homeowners have a substantial health advantage over renters.
Public Assistance: The report shows 47% of homeowners use their home equity credit lines to help pay other debts, diminishing their need for public assistance.
Property Maintenance and Improvement: A well-maintained home not only generates benefits through consumption and safety, but a hi ...