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      Blog :: 06-2016

      June is National Homeownership Month

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      Some Highlights:

      • Paying rent is not a good investment, but owning is a great way to start building family wealth.
      • Not only does homeownership allow you to provide your children with great education, but you can also decide whether or not your child grows up with a pet.
      • Owning a home provides you with tax benefits while also providing you with more living space to move around in.
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      5 Reasons to Hire A Real Estate Pro

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      Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO.

      The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed but have rather been strengthened due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to recover.

      1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

      Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Real Estate Professional is an expert in their market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

      2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

      According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions, are to make sure that you acquire your dream?

      3. Are you a good negotiator?

      So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. However, after looking at the list of parties that you need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll realize the value in selecting a Real Estate Professional. From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible) to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to, during the process.

      4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

      It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS, “the typical FSBO home sold for $208,700 compared to $235,000 among agent-assisted home sales.”

      Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

      5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

      There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a low-ball offer?

      Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

      “When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

      Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying/selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

      Bottom Line

      You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

       

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        A Possible Housing Meltdown? These Experts Respectfully Disagree

        We want to let you know that “rumors of a new market meltdown” are not based on any reputable data. As proof, we offer you the comments of the following experts who have a totally different view on the current housing market.

        Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR:

        “In spite of deficient supply levels, stock market volatility and the paltry economic growth seen so far this year, the housing market did show resilience and had its best first quarter of existing-sales since 2007.”

        Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com:

        “We had a triple crown of April home sales reports, so 2016 is in the pole position to earn best year of home sales in a decade.”

        Andrea Riquier, MarketWatch housing reporter:

        “I'm calling the end of the housing “recovery.” On to ‘expansion.’”

        Freddie Mac:

        “Despite the disappointing economic reports, we still forecast housing to maintain its momentum in 2016.”

        Steven Russolillo, Wall Street Journal housing reporter:

        “A recent gauge of home builder sentiment held firmly in positive territory, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Perhaps more important, expectations for sales in the next six months jumped to the highest level of the year.”

        Fannie Mae:

        “Our latest housing tracker shows that the first quarter of 2016 was the second fastest first quarter pace of home sales in the past decade... Home sales typically rise in the spring and summer months, and we anticipate an acceleration in home sales that will surpass 2007's pace by late summer.”

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