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Blog Archives: August 2015

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015
Last week’s economic news included several reports related to housing. The Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index for June rose to 4.50 percent as compared to May’s reading of 4.40 percent. Denver, Colorado was the only city to post double-digit year-over-year growth. FHFA also released its House Price Index for June. Home prices for properties associated with mortgages owned or backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rose at a year-over-year rate of 5.60 percent in June as compared to May’s reading of 5.70 percent. New Home Sales, Pending Home ...

House Hunting in a New City? Three Ways to Determine Which Neighborhoods Are Up and Coming

August 28, 2015
If you’re moving to a new city and you’re looking for an affordable home in a nice neighborhood, one great way to get a fantastic home without paying sky-high prices is by choosing a home in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Communities that are starting to gentrify make it easy to find an affordable home, especially if you buy before the prices start to rise. So how can you spot a neighborhood that’s on the rise? Here’s what you need to know. Look For Neighborhoods Popular With Artists & Young People Young people, artists, musicians, ...

Five Required Mortgage Closing Costs – And A Few Tips On How To Minimize Them

August 27, 2015
Mortgages are expensive, and closing costs only add to the financial burden that home buyers face. But with a little knowledge, you can pinpoint places to save on your mortgage closing costs and keep more money in your pocket. When you’re negotiating your next mortgage, use these tips to reduce required closing costs and keep more of your hard-earned money. Title Insurance: Request The Simultaneous Issue Rate Title insurance is an important add-on that no buyer should go without. At the time of closing, there may be a variety of title ...

FOMC Minutes: Rate Hike May be Near

August 26, 2015
The minutes for the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) suggest that while committee members won’t specify a date, a rate hike could come sooner than later. Committee members continue to cite concerns over labor markets and other economic factors, but the minutes of the FOMC meeting held July 28 and 29 indicate that a majority of members see a rate change as likely in the near term. Economic Conditions “Approaching” Readiness for Rate Hike According to the minutes released Wednesday, the time ...

Buying an Investment Property? 3 Key Home Features That Will Help Ensure You Turn a Profit

August 25, 2015
If you’re entering the real estate investment market for the first time, you’re embarking on a great adventure – and with a solid plan, you can turn a tidy profit on your investment. The key to a successful real estate investment is choosing the right property. A great property will reap dividends for years to come. Look for these three features in your next investment property and you’ll have no trouble finding one that turns a profit. Location: More Important Than You Think The location of your investment property will be critical in ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015
Last week’s economic events included a number of readings on housing related topics. The National Association of Home Builders released its report on builder confidence in housing markets, Housing starts reached their highest level since the great recession, and existing home sales exceeded expectations and the prior month’s reading. The Federal Reserve released minutes for its most recent FOMC meeting, which indicated that while a majority of FOMC members are leaning toward raising the Fed’s target federal funds rate, concerns over certain ...

3 Closing Costs That Most Buyers Forget to Factor in – and What You Can Expect to Pay

August 21, 2015
If you’re in the process of buying a home, you probably have your deposit and monthly mortgage charges in a spreadsheet, along with a chart of your other expenses and your monthly income. But when it comes to buying a home, there are lots of different costs that will come into play – and it’s easy to forget something. When you’re preparing to close on your new home, make sure you consider these three closing costs that most buyers forget. Home Inspection Fees: A Small Charge For Peace Of Mind Most home purchase agreements are contingent ...

3 Reasons to Avoid Giving Wrong Information on Your Mortgage Application

August 20, 2015
A mortgage application is typically several pages in length, and it requires you to provide a considerable amount of information about your personal, professional and financial life. Some mortgage applicants may not have access to all of the information when completing the application, and others may simply skim over the form and provide incomplete answers. These are only a few of the reasons why information on the mortgage application may not be accurate, but there are several key reasons why applicants should avoid giving inaccurate ...

3 Handy Tips That Will Prevent Serious Stress when Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

August 19, 2015
If you’re in the process of simultaneously buying and selling a home, you may be in for the most stressful experience of your life. One UK-based real estate survey of over two thousand people found that buying and selling a house is more stressful than divorce, bankruptcy, a death in the family, becoming a parent for the first time, and even planning a wedding! It’s not easy, but staying calm will help you to plan for your upcoming home purchase and sale and make the process easier. So how can you avoid the stress? Here are three strategies ...

Tuesday Brokers Tour, August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015
Tuesday tour (aka Broker’s Tour) is not just for brokers anymore – the public is invited and welcome to attend. In fact, it’s one of SF’s best kept real estate secrets. Many of the properties on the tour are open for the first time. For serious buyers, this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak before the weekend crowds. Plus, many of the open houses are catered – BONUS! Click HERE for a full schedule I go out just about every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not, and report back to my clients. For help with San Francisco real ...

Marketing to Millennials: How to Stage Your Home to Attract One of the Hottest Buyer Groups

August 18, 2015
Millennials are finally starting to enter the real estate market, but as is expected with a generation as different as Gen Y, they’re buying homes in a completely different way. Millennial buyers intend to own for shorter periods of time and want to live in metropolitan areas, and they’re also actively interested in real estate as an investment. If you want to sell your home to a Millennial, you’ll need to change the way you stage and market the house in order to make the sale. Here’s how you can make your home more attractive to Millennial ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015
Last week’s economic reports related to housing were few and far between other than weekly reports on new jobless claims and Freddie Mac’s mortgage rates survey. Mortgage Rates Mixed, Jobless Claims Up Freddie Mac reported that average mortgage rates rose for fixed rate mortgages and dropped for 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages. The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage rose by three basis points to 3.94 percent. The rate for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage rose by four basis points to 3.17 percent. The average rate for a 5/1 adjustable ...

Tuesday Brokers Tour, September 1, 2015

August 14, 2015
Tuesday tour (aka Broker’s Tour) is not just for brokers anymore – the public is invited and welcome to attend. In fact, it’s one of SF’s best kept real estate secrets. Many of the properties on the tour are open for the first time. For serious buyers, this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak before the weekend crowds. Plus, many of the open houses are catered – BONUS! Click HERE for a full schedule I go out just about every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not, and report back to my clients. For help with San Francisco real ...

Thinking About Selling Your Home Without A Real Estate Agent? Don’t � Here’s Why

August 13, 2015
If you’re considering selling your home in the near future, you may be tempted to simply cut out the middleman and opt for an FSBO sale. However, selling a home is a major undertaking, and most “For Sale By Owner” home sales run into obstacles. So why is an FSBO sale such a problem for most homeowners? Here are three reasons why you’ll want an agent to represent you instead of going it alone. An FSBO Puts You At Risk Of A Lawsuit Selling a home involves mountains of paperwork, and in order to make the transfer of ownership legal and above ...

Real Estate Terminology 101: What Exactly Is A “Buyer’s Market”?

August 12, 2015
If you’ve been following the real estate industry for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the phrase “buyer’s market” at some point. And although the meaning may seem apparent, it takes some study to understand what actually constitutes a buyer’s market. Who decides whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market? What’s the threshold for deciding between the two? Here’s what you need to know. Supply And Demand: Economic Factors That Govern…Everything If you studied economics in school, you’ll probably remember an early lesson on supply ...

Staging Tips: How to Make Your Bedrooms One of Your Home’s Best Selling Features

August 11, 2015
To potential home buyers, a bedroom is more than just a place to lay your head at night. It’s a place to relax, retreat, and recover, a place where the demands of the busy world are locked out. And with a properly staged bedroom, you can tap into potential buyers’ desire for relaxation and make your home their number one pick. So how can you stage your bedroom in a way that buyers will love? Here are three strategies you can use to make your bedroom look like a modern oasis – without spending a fortune. Position The Bed In The Right Place ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015
This week’s scheduled economic news includes reports on construction spending, a survey of senior loan officers, and reports on labor markets including ADP private sector jobs, the federal government’s reports on non-farm payrolls, core inflation and the national unemployment rate. Construction Spending Slows, Loan Officers Survey Suggests Growing Confidence Construction spending fell in June after the May reading was revised upward to 1.89 percent from the original reading of 0.90 percent. Spending for residential construction rose by 0.40 ...

Last-minute Home Showing? Here’s How to Stage Your Home in Just a Few Minutes

August 07, 2015
In an ideal situation, a seller will have ample time to prepare a home to list for sale. This may include time to make necessary repairs, to thoroughly clean the home from top to bottom and to properly stage it. However, in those cases when time is not available to complete all of these steps, there are a few necessary steps that should be followed to get the home in show-ready condition in a very short period of time. De-Clutter As Much As Possible De-cluttering the home is an important step in staging, and this is because it can make the ...

Assessing Your ‘Debt-to-Income Ratio’ and Why This Number Matters When Getting a Mortgage

August 06, 2015
If you are looking to buy a home, you may want to consider shopping for a loan first. Having your financing squared away ahead of time can make it easier to be taken seriously by buyers and help move along the closing process. For those who are looking to get a mortgage soon, keep in mind that the Debt-to-Income ratio of the borrower plays a huge role in the approval of your mortgage application. What is a Debt-to-Income Ratio? A debt-to-income ratio is the percentage of monthly debt payments compared to the amount of gross income that a ...

Federal Reserve FOMC Announcement

August 05, 2015
The stage was set in high suspense for FOMC’s post-meeting announcement on Wednesday. As fall approaches, analysts and the media are looking for any sign of when and how much the Fed will raise its target federal funds rate. According to CNBC, some analysts were projecting two interest rate hikes before year end, but the truth of the matter remains unknown until the Federal Open Market Committee announces its intentions. Meanwhile, reports of what Fed rate hikes will mean for consumers were released prior to the FOMC statement. Real estate ...

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