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March 19, 2019

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House

What credit score do you need to buy a house

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed!

Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown according to Experian:

  • 16% Very Poor (300-579)
  • 18% Fair (580-669)
  • 21% Good (670-739)
  • 25% Very Good (740-799)
  • 20% Exceptional (800-850)

Randy Hopper, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Navy Federal Credit Union said,

Just because you have a low credit score doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a home. There are a lot of options out there for consumers with low FICO® scores,”

There are many programs available with low or no credit score requirement. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) now requires a minimum FICO® score of 580 if you want to qualify for the low down payment advantage. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not set a minimum credit score requirement, but most lenders require a score of at least 640. Veterans Affairs (VA) loans have no credit score requirement.

Average FICOScore of Closed FHA Loans

As you can see, none of them are above 700!

It is true that the average FICO® score for all closed loans in January was 726, but there are plenty of people taking advantage of the low credit score requirements. Here is the average FICO® Score of closed FHA Loans since April 2012 according to Ellie Mae:As you can see, that number has been dropping for the last seven years. As a matter of fact, the average FHA Purchase FICO® Score reported in January 2019 was 675!

One of the challenges is that Americans are unsure about their credit score. They just assume that it is too low to qualify and do not double check. Credit.com confirmed that only 57% of individuals sought out their credit score at least once last year.

FICO® reported,

Since October 2009, the average year-over-year FICO® Score has steadily and consistently increased, from a low of 686 in 2009 to the latest high of 704 as of 2018.”

Here is the increase in the average US FICO® Score over the same period of time as the graph earlier.

Average Credit Score

Recap

At least 84% of Americans have a score that would allow them to buy a house. If you are unsure what your score is or would like to improve your score in order to become a homeowner, sit down with a real estate professional that can help you to set a path to reach your dream!

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

March 13, 2019

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be able to tell you how your decision will impact your home loan.

Below is a list of 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage! Some may seem obvious, but some may not!

1. Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.

2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.

3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.

4. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payment against you.

5. Don’t change bank accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your loan officer.

6. Don’t apply for new credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

7. Don’t close any credit accounts. Many clients have erroneously believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both those determinants of your score.

Recap

Any blip in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process.

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

March 6, 2019

2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell

2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell

2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell

Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. 2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell.

The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights last seen in 2014, with millennials and Generation X leading the way!

Let’s dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season!

1. National Association of Realtor’s Existing Home Sales Report

Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some of this can be explained by the natural seasonality that the real estate market experiences every year, and some can be explained even further by a lack of homes available for sale on the market.

Inventory

For the last eight months, the inventory of homes for sale has been higher when compared to the same month the year before. The challenge in the market is the mismatch of the type of home that is available for sale. First-time homebuyers looking for a starter home are often competing with other buyers to stand out, often outbidding each other.

Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, agrees that the market is still experiencing an inventory shortage.

“In particular, the lower end of the market is experiencing a greater shortage, and more home construction is needed.”

Home Prices

The median home price for homes sold in January was $247,500. This is up 2.8% from January 2018 and marks the 83rd consecutive month of year-over-year gains. The 2.8% growth in home prices represents the smallest year-over-year change since February 2012 but is a welcome change for buyers who had feared being priced out of the market.

Days on the Market

Properties that sold in January were on the market for an average of 49 days with 38% of homes on the market for less than a month.

Yun is positive about how today’s market conditions will help buyers this spring,

 “Existing home sales in January were weak compared to historical norms; however, they are likely to have reached a cyclical low. Moderating home prices combined with gains in household income will boost housing affordability, bringing more buyers to the market in the coming months.”

2. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Report

The national Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 4.6% to 103.2 in January from 98.7 in December. An index score of 100 is considered normal. All four major regions of the country experienced gains in January, with the largest increase coming in the South.

 “The PHSI is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.”

Increases in the PHSI often predict increases in the level of home sales in the coming months, which is great news for the housing market leading in to spring! Yun had this to say,

“Homebuyers are now returning and taking advantage of lower interest rates, while a boost in inventory is also providing more choices for consumers.”

Recap

The housing market in 2019 will require homeowners to list their house at the right price to attract buyers. If interest rates continue to stay low while wages increase, and more inventory comes to market, 2019 could be one of the best years for home sales in recent history.

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Posted in Market Updates, Sellers
Feb. 28, 2019

No Worries... Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing

No Worries... Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing

No Worries... Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing

Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing.

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 findings over the last ten months:

No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing | Keeping Current Matters

As we can see, home price appreciation is softening as more inventory comes to market. This shows that real estate prices are not crashing, but merely returning toward historic appreciation numbers of 3.6% annually.

Recap

Home prices are leveling off. Long term, that is a good thing for the housing market.

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Feb. 25, 2019

Cape Coral-Fort Myers Market Update January 2019

Cape Coral-Fort Myers Market Update January 2019

For the fourth straight month Single Family Homes show a decrease

Lee County’s Single Family housing market saw a decrease for the fourth straight month in January, according to the latest statistics just released by Florida Realtors®. Year-over-year, sales were down for both by double digits, but Townhouses and Condos are holding steady over the last four months.

January showed a -18.7% decrease in the number of Closed Sales for Single Family Homes, and a -10.4% decrease for Townhouses and Condos, compared to the same time last year. Median Sale prices were up slightly for Single Family, while Townhouse and Condos remain steady. Inventory is on the rise with Single Family showing 6.5 Months Supply of Inventory and 7.5 for Townhouses and Condos. The number of Active Listings jumped up again for a fifth straight month at 18.9% for Single Family Homes and 12.5% for Townhouses and Condos compared to 2018.  The time properties spent on the market in January, was 67 Days for Single Family Homes and 77 Days for Townhouses and Condos.

Lee County January 2019 Market Snapshot

Broken down by cities, Single Family sales in Bonita Springs, Pine Island and North Fort Myers saw an increase in the number of Closed Sales, year over year. All the remaining cities saw a decrease over last year.  With Sanibel having a -60% and Fort Myers Beach having a -58.3% showed the largest decrease over 2018.

When looking at Closed Sales by Price Point, the numbers were mostly down for Single Family Homes for all price ranges in between $100,000 - $299,999 by double digits for the second month, compared to 2018.  The $50,000 - $99,999 range saw a slight increase in January, as well as, the $300,000 - $599,999.  For Condos and Townhouses, there was a significant increase of 600.0% in the under $50,000 price  point.  The $250,000 - $299,999 also saw an increase of 22.5% compared to 2018.  The $1,000,000 and above took the largest decrease of -58.3% compared to last year.

Price Point Breakdown January 2019

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Feb. 21, 2019

3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash

3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash

3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash

With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago.

Here are three key metrics that will explain why:

  1. Home Prices
  2. Mortgage Standards
  3. Foreclosure Rates

HOME PRICES

A decade ago, home prices depreciated dramatically, losing about 29% of their value over a four-year period (2008-2011). Today, prices are not depreciating. The level of appreciation is just decelerating.

Home values are no longer appreciating annually at a rate of 6-7%. However, they have still increased by more than 4% over the last year. Of the 100 experts reached for the latest Home Price Expectation Survey, 94 said home values would continue to appreciate through 2019. It will just occur at a lower rate.

MORTGAGE STANDARDS

Many are concerned that lending institutions are again easing standards to a level that helped create the last housing bubble. However, there is proof that today’s standards are nowhere near as lenient as they were leading up to the crash.

The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center issues a quarterly index which,

“…measures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to default—that is, go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date. A lower HCAI indicates that lenders are unwilling to tolerate defaults and are imposing tighter lending standards, making it harder to get a loan. A higher HCAI indicates that lenders are willing to tolerate defaults and are taking more risks, making it easier to get a loan.”

Last month, their January Housing Credit Availability Index revealed:

“Significant space remains to safely expand the credit box. If the current default risk was doubled across all channels, risk would still be well within the pre-crisis standard of 12.5 percent from 2001 to 2003 for the whole mortgage market.”

FORECLOSURE INVENTORY

Within the last decade, distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) made up 35% of all home sales. The Mortgage Bankers’ Association revealed just last week that:

“The percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the fourth quarter was 0.95 percent…This was the lowest foreclosure inventory rate since the first quarter of 1996.”

Recap

After using these three key housing metrics to compare today’s market to that of the last decade, we can see that the two markets are nothing alike.

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Feb. 20, 2019

Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need

Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need

Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need

The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This is why a normal market is just what we need right about now.

This ‘seller’s market’ has driven home prices to new heights. Home price appreciation averaged over 6% across the country.

However, home price growth has recently started to cool down. The latest report from CoreLogic shows that home prices have only risen by 4.7% over the last 12 months.

Many buyers and sellers planning to enter the housing market this year have started to wonder if we are headed towards another housing crash. Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic, recently stated in an interview,

“There’s no reason to panic right now, even if we may be headed for a recession. We’re seeing a cooling of the housing market, but nothing that indicates a crash."

"The real elephant in the room here is housing supply.”

The simple answer is we are returning to a ‘normal’ market. The inventory of homes for sale more closely matches the demand in the market. The added supply means fewer buyers are outbidding each other. Therefore, prices are experiencing less upward pressure. McLaughlin went on to explain,

“If there are a lot of homes on the market and suddenly no one wants to buy them, you’ll get into a downward spiral of price competition. Right now, however, we’re in the opposite situation, there isn’t an over-abundance of homes on the market.”

As more renters looking for their piece of the American Dream enter the housing market, demand for housing will continue to grow. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University estimates over 30 million new households will enter the market from now through 2040.

“There’s the natural life cycle of young people getting older and starting to do adult life things which include … buying a house and that’s a lot of potential inertia that could last indefinitely.”

Recap

Home prices will start to appreciate by historical norms as we continue to head towards a more ‘normal’ market, rather than the over 6% seen over the course of the last couple of years. This is great news! Homeowners looking to sell their home will have buyers, as more buyers will be able to afford them!

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Feb. 19, 2019

How To List Your Home for the Best Price

How To List Your Home for the Best Price

How To List Your Home for the Best Price

If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed so you can understand how to list your home for the best price. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018.

The map below shows the results of the latest index by state.

How To List Your Home for the Best Price | Keeping Current Matters

Real estate is local. Each state appreciates at different levels. The majority of the country saw at least a 2.0% gain in home values, while some residents in North Dakota and Louisiana may have felt prices slow slightly.

This effect will be short lived. In the same report, CoreLogic forecasts that every state in the Union will experience at least 2.0% appreciation, with the majority of the country gaining at least 4.0%! The prediction for the country comes in at 4.6%. For a median-priced home, that translates to over $14,000 in additional equity next year! (The map below shows the forecast by state.)

How To List Your Home for the Best Price | Keeping Current Matters

So, how does this help you list your home for the best price?

Armed with the knowledge of how much experts believe your house will appreciate this year, you will be able to set an appropriate price for your listing from the start. If homes like yours are appreciating at 4.0%, you won’t want to list your home for more than that amount!

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is pricing their homes too high and reducing the price later when they do not get any offers. This can lead buyers to believe that there may be something wrong with the home, when in fact the price was just too high for the market. If you want to maximize your sale price you are best to Price Your Home to SELL. Meaning pricing it at or just below the market to drive interest and get the most amount of buyers viewing your home. This will help drive up the price you receive.

A home should have the most amount of showings in the first two weeks and if no offers, then you may have priced yourself to high and are best to make a price adjustment immediately. The old adage of we can price it high and negotiate the price down is outdated.

This graphic will help you understand how your property is priced compared to receiving offers, to better understand or move away from the old adage of we can just start high and come down and leave room for negotiations. Negotiations can ONLY start once you receive an offer...

Home Pricing Spectrum

Recap

Pricing your home right from the start is one of the most challenging parts of selling your home. Once you decide to list your house, look for a local agent who can show you where prices are headed in your area.

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Posted in Market Updates, Sellers
Feb. 19, 2019

What to Actually Look for When Buying a House

What to really look for when buying a home

What to Actually Look for When Buying a House

 

Buying a new home can be incredibly stressful. There’s so much to think about, it can be easy to forget to check everything you want in a new home.

According to studies, 26% of people view their home once before buying it, while 43% viewed the property twice, 21% three times and 11% four or more times, proving that most house buyers feel the need to go back multiple times to make sure the house is right for them.

RubberBond have acknowledged how frustrating this can be, and have come up with a few graphics that outline EVERYTHING you need to consider when buying a home, looking at both the interior and exterior as well as the surrounding area, so you can simply refer to these any time you need to, and hopefully, you’ll only have to visit a property once to find out everything you need to know before you consider buying.

Read full article written by Lou Crane Click Here for Article

Feb. 18, 2019

Millionaire To Millennials: Don't Get Stuck Renting A Home... Buy One!

Millionaire To Millennials: Don't Get Stuck Renting A Home... Buy One!

Millionaire To Millennials: Don't Get Stuck Renting A Home... Buy One!

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.”

Bach went on to explain:

“Homeowners are worth 40 times more than renters. Now, that first home doesn’t need to be a dream home, it can be a very small home. You might literally have to buy a small studio apartment, but that’s how you get started.”

Then he explains the secret to buying that home!

“Don’t do a 30-year mortgage. You want to take that 30-year mortgage and instead pay it off early, do a 15-year mortgage. What happens if you do a 15-year mortgage? Well, one, you pay the mortgage off 15-years sooner, that means you’ll be able to retire in your fifties. Number two, you’ll save a fortune (on potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments).”

What will it cost to pay your mortgage in fifteen years? He explains further:

“For fifteen years, you got to brownbag your lunch. Think about that! Brownbag your lunch literally for fifteen years. You can retire ten years sooner than your friends. You’ll have real wealth, because you bought a home – you’re not a renter. And you’ll be financially secure for life.”

Recap

Whenever a well-respected millionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This millionaire gave simple advice – if you don’t yet live in your own home, go buy one.

Who is David Bach?

Bach is a self-made millionaire who has written nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers. His book, “The Automatic Millionaire,” spent 31 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He is one of the only business authors in history to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and USA Today bestseller lists.

He has been a contributor to NBC’s Today Show, appearing more than 100 times, as well as a regular on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNBC, CNN, Yahoo, The View, and PBS. He has also been profiled in many major publications, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, USA Today, People, Reader’s Digest, Time, Financial Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Working Woman, Glamour, Family Circle, Redbook, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Investors’ Business Daily, and Forbes.

 

Considering Buying or Selling a Home?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Estero, I encourage you to work with a real estate professional or consultant who has the experience and knowledge to provide an accurate market comparison so you can set the Price Right. Contact us today to learn more about the current market and if selling how your home or condo stacks up against the competition and how we can position your property to sell quickly and for a fair price. Learn more about selling your home

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a focused and goal-oriented Realtor® in Southwest Florida who will help you achieve your Real Estate needs, please reach out to me directly. Additionally, if you are looking at buying or selling a home or condo, vacation home/condo, waterfront home/condo or to build your own dream home, call or text me at 239-770-6880 or email me at Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

About Jonathan Blaze, PA


The above information about how selling your home was provided by Southwest FL Dream Homes Team of MVP Realty, Jon Blaze, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Cape Coral, Fort Myer, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With almost 20 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
Contact Jon: (239) 770-6880 or Jon@southwestfldreamhomes.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team or Keeping Matters Current do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Jonathan Blaze, MVP Realty or Southwest FL Dream Homes Team will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.