Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory?

As home values continue to rise, some are questioning whether we are approaching another housing bubble. Zillow just reported that:

“National home values have surpassed the peak hit during the housing bubble and are at their highest value in more than a decade.”

Though that statement is correct, we must realize that just catching prices of a decade ago does not mean we are at bubble numbers. Here is a graph of median prices as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

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The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY Debate

In a blog post published last Friday, CNBC’s Diana Olnick reported on the latest results of the FAU Buy vs. Rent Index. The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major markets for comparison. The researchers at FAU use a “‘horse race’ comparison between an individual that is buying a home and an individual that rents a similar-quality home and reinvests all monies otherwise invested in homeownership.”

Having read both the index and the blog post, we would like to clear up any confusion that may exist. There are three major points that we would like to counter:

1. The Title

The CNBC blog post was titled, “Don’t put your money in a house, says a new report.” The title of the press release about the report on FAU’s website was “FAU Buy vs. Rent Index Shows Rising Prices and Mortgage Rates Moving Housing Markets in the Direction of Renting.”

Now, we all know headlines can attract readers and the stronger the headline the more readership you can attract, but after dissecting the report, this headline may have gone too far. The FAU report notes that rising home prices and the threat of increasing mortgage rates could make the decision of whether to rent or to buy a harder one in three metros, but does not say not to buy a home.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates are Rising

According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates reached their lowest mark of 2017 last week at 3.89%. Interest rates have hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, giving many buyers relief from rising home prices and helping with affordability.

While experts predict that rates will increase by the end of 2017, the latest projections have softened, with Freddie Mac predicting that rates will rise to 4.3% in Q4. Buy Property in Downers Grove

3. “Renting may be a better option than buying, according to the report.”

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How Low Supply & High Demand Impacts the Real Estate Market

The concept of Supply & Demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when the supply of that item is low & the demand for that item is high! Anything under a 6-month supply is a Seller’s Market!

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Make your neighbors disappear with privacy landscaping

If the home you’re considering buying, or the one in which you’re currently living is governed by a Homeowners Association, you’ll need to ensure that the privacy landscaping you want abides by the HOA rules. You’ll typically find landscaping rules in the CC&R section of the HOA documents. Continue reading…

It’s a Seller’s Market! Should I Downsize Now?

A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market.

In a blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, highlighted the advantages of selling your current house and downsizing into a smaller home that better serves your current needs. Ramsey explains three potential financial advantages to downsizing:

  1. A smaller home means less space, but it also means less time, stress and money spent on upkeep.
  2. Let’s assume you save $500 a month on your mortgage payment. In 30 years, you could have an additional $1–1.6 million in the bank to get you through your golden years.
  3. Use the proceeds from selling your current home to pay cash for a smaller one. Just imagine what you could do with no mortgage holding you down! If you can’t pay cash, aim for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage and put at least 10–20% down on your new home. Apply the $500 you saved from downsizing to your new monthly payment. At 3% interest, you could pay off a $200,000 mortgage in less than 10.5 years, saving almost $16,000 in the process.

Realtor.com also addressed downsizing in an article. They suggest that you ask yourself some questions before deciding if downsizing is right for you and your family. Here are two of their questions followed by their answers (in italics) and some additional information that could help.

Q: What kind of lifestyle do I want after I downsize? It’s a Seller’s Market! Should I Downsize Now?


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Try These Great Tips For Selling Real Estate

There are a lot of pro active things that you can do when selling real estate. From the way that you present your home to the way that you offer and negotiate, you can make a big difference in the results that you get. This article will give you some great ideas on how to get the most out of your real estate sale.

When showing your home to potential buyers, be sure to de-clutter prior to inviting them into what could be their new home. Pack away the little things that you do not feel reflect a welcoming space for them. You want to make your home look open with a lot of space for them to move their things in.

Homes are generally bucketed into three groups by price range: starter, trade-up, and premium.

Trulia’s market mismatch score measures the search interest of buyers against the category of homes that are available on the market. For example: “if 60% of buyers are searching for starter homes but only 40% of listings are starter homes, [the] market mismatch score for starter homes would be 20.” source: A Tale of Two Markets: Inventory Mismatch Paints a More Detailed Picture

As you can see, you have a lot of control over the sale of your home or property. The choices that you make will determine how much you get and if you are able to sell it in a quick time-line. Stick to the advice given here and you should see some great results.

 

 

Which Homes Have Appreciated the Most?

Selling a real estate property can be a difficult process. Determining the list price, performing repairs, staging and the listing the home are just a few of the concerns that any potential home seller will face. This article contains the key tips and tricks any real estate seller might need.

The CoreLogic report broke down appreciation even further into four different price categories:

  1. Lower Priced Homes: priced at 75% or less of the median
  2. Low-to-Middle Priced Homes: priced between 75-100% of the median
  3. Middle-to-Moderate Priced Homes: priced between 100-125% of the median
  4. High Price Homes: priced greater than 125% of the median

Here is how each category did in 2016: Which Homes Have Appreciated the Most?

By adding energy efficient touches, your home may appeal even more to many prospective buyers. Using energy monitors, outdoor solar energy lights, LED bulbs, or anything with an Energy Star rating, can make people more interested in your place since they can reap the savings without buying anything.

Make the home more inviting as you show your home to potential buyers. Light a candle or two, set out a plate of cookies and it will be easier for them to feel welcome as they tour your home. If you have vibrant colors on the walls, consider a quick paint job prior to showing it, in order to make it easier for a buyer to picture himself living in the space.


When showing your home, open the windows if weather permits but not if there is too much noise outside. If it is cold enough to require a sweater then turn on the heat. Make sure that the home is comfortable inside so that the buyer will spend more time looking at the home.