Monthly Archives: September 2018

Podcast Ep 29 – To Home Stage or Not to Home Stage

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Episode 29 – To Home Stage or Not to Home Stage

 

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To Home Stage or Not to Home Stage

To Home Stage or Not to Home Stage

๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿกโœจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ต

Letโ€™s see if staging a property before you put it up for sale

is a benefit or a waste of money.โœ”๏ธ๐Ÿค”โŒ

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Taste of Pasadena & SIP-tember Finale

 

Taste of Pasadena & SIP-tember Finale

๐Ÿคค ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿน ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿฅ™ ๐Ÿง€ ๐Ÿ— ๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ˜

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce put together a tasteful event

with over 20 local Bars and Restaurants at the iconic Rose Bowl.

These restaurants and bars brought up their

best drinks and dishes to hundreds of curious and demanding palates.

Music, all you can eat food and drinks,

โ€œBest Drinkโ€ contest and a perfect weather

made of this event a fun fun fun night!

 

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Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes for Their Dream Homes

A new trend has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes and moving right into their dream homes.

Whatโ€™s a Starter Home?

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), simply put, a starter home is a one or two-bedroom home (sometimes even a small, three bedroom). โ€œPrices vary widely by market but starters on average cost $150,000 to $250,000 while trade-up and premium homes cost upwards of $300,000.โ€

Finding Their Forever Homes Now

A recent CNBC article revealed that there are many factors that delayed older millennials (ages 25-35) from buying a home earlier in their lives. The aftereffects of the Great Recession teaming up with larger education costs forced many to either remain living in their parentโ€™s homes or to rent.

With the economy continuing to improve, many millennials have been able to break into better-paying jobs which has helped spur down payment savings. As the dream of homeownership comes closer to reality, many millennials are saving for their forever homes.

According to the latest statistics from NAR, 30% of millennials bought homes for $300,000 or more this year (up from 14% in 2013). Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Grant Thornton weighed in saying, โ€œThey rented for longer. Now theyโ€™re going to where they want to stay.โ€

More and more millennials are settling down, getting married, and starting families, which is a huge factor driving them to look for larger homes.

Increased competition in the starter home market has also been a driving force in waiting to afford their dream homes. Inventory in the starter home market is down 14.2% from last year, according to research from Trulia. This has driven prices up and has led to bidding wars.

Many first-time buyers who were originally looking for starter homes are realizing that for just a little bit more of an investment, they could afford trade-up or premium homes instead.

Bottom Line

If you plan on purchasing your first home this year, contact us and we can help you determine how much house you can afford. You may be pleasantly surprised!

 

Ady Simion Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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Podcast Ep 28 – Are We Heading Towards a Real Estate Bubble?

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Episode 28 – Are We Heading Towards a Real Estate Bubble?

 

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comments about this or other Real Estate topics.

 

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4 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Bubble

With home prices continuing to appreciate above historic levels, some are concerned that we may be heading for another housing โ€˜boom & bust.โ€™ It is important to remember, however, that todayโ€™s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago.

Here are four key metrics that will explain why:

1. Home Prices
2. Mortgage Standards
3. Foreclosure Rates
4. Housing Affordability

1. HOME PRICES

There is no doubt that home prices have reached 2006 levels in many markets across the country. However, after more than a decade, home prices should be much higher based on inflation alone.

Last week, CoreLogic reported that,

โ€œThe inflation-adjusted U.S. median sale price in June 2006 was $247,110 (or $199,899 in 2006 dollars), compared with $213,400 in March 2018.โ€ (This is the latest data available.)

2. 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 todayโ€™s standards are nowhere near as lenient as they were leading up to the crash.

The Urban Instituteโ€™s Housing Finance Policy Center issues a monthly index which,

โ€œโ€ฆmeasures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to defaultโ€”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.โ€

Their July Housing Credit Availability Index revealed:

โ€œSignificant 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.โ€

3. FORECLOSURE RATES

A major cause of the housing crash last decade was the number of foreclosures that hit the market. They not only increased the supply of homes for sale but were also being sold at 20-50% discounts. Foreclosures helped drive down all home values.

Today, foreclosure numbers are lower than they were before the housing boom. Here are the number of consumers with new foreclosures according to the Federal Reserveโ€™s most recent Household Debt and Credit Report:

โ™ฆ 2003: 203,320 (earliest reported numbers)
โ™ฆ 2009: 566,180 (at the valley of the crash)
โ™ฆ Today: 76,480

Foreclosures today are less than 40% of what they were in 2003.

4. HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Contrary to many headlines, home affordability is better now than it was prior to the last housing boom. In the same article referenced in #1, CoreLogic revealed that in the vast majority of markets, โ€œthe inflation-adjusted, principal-and-interest mortgage payments that homebuyers have committed to this year remain much lower than their pre-crisis peaks.โ€

They went on to explain:

โ€œThe main reason the typical mortgage payment remains well below record levels in most of the country is that the average mortgage rate back in June 2006, when the U.S. typical mortgage payment peaked, was about 6.7 percent, compared with an average mortgage rate of about 4.4 percent in March 2018.โ€

The โ€œpriceโ€ of a home may be higher, but the โ€œcostโ€ is still below historic norms.

Bottom Line

After using these four key housing metrics to compare today to last decade, we can see that the current market is not anything like that bubble market. Contact us if you have more questions about this or other Real Estate matters.

 

Ady Simion Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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Are We Heading Towards a Real Estate Bubble?

Changes are happening into the housing market right now and there are rumors that we are heading towards a Real Estate Bubble. Let see what the 4 most important Real Estate Market reports are telling us. Please contact us if you have more questions or comments about this or other Real Estate topics.

 

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4 Steps to Follow When Presenting an Offer in Today’s Market!

So, youโ€™ve been searching for that perfect house to call a โ€˜homeโ€™, and youโ€™ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a great offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!

Below are 4 steps provided by Freddie Mac to help buyers make offers, along with some additional information for your consideration:

1. Determine Your Price

โ€œYouโ€™ve found the perfect home and youโ€™re ready to buy. Now what? Your real estate agent will be by your side, helping you determine an offer price that is fair.โ€

Based on your agentโ€™s experience and key considerations (like similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood or the condition of the house and what you can afford), your agent will help you to determine the offer that you are going to present.

Gettingย pre-approved will not only show home-sellers that you are serious about buying, but it will also allow you to make your offer with confidence because youโ€™ll know that you have already been approved for a mortgage in that amount.

2. Submit an Offer

โ€œOnce youโ€™ve determined your price, your agent will draw up an offer, or purchase agreement, to submit to the sellerโ€™s real estate agent. This offer will include the purchase price and terms and conditions of the purchase.โ€

Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways in which you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market! A licensed real estate agent who is active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer.

3. Negotiate the Offer

โ€œOftentimes, the seller will counter the offer, typically asking for a higher purchase price or to adjust the closing date. In these cases, the sellerโ€™s agent will submit a counteroffer to your agent, detailing their desired changes, at this time, you can either accept the offer or decide if you want to counter.

Each time changes are made through a counteroffer, you or the seller have the option to accept, reject or counter it again. The contract is considered final when both parties sign the written offer.โ€

If your offer is approved,ย Freddie Macย urges you toย โ€œalways get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home.โ€ย If theย inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller or even cancel the contract altogether.

4. Act Fast

The inventory of homesย listedย for sale has remained well below the 6-month supply that is needed for aย โ€˜normalโ€™ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers toย compete with each otherย for their dream homes.

Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as quickly as possible.

Bottom Lineย 

Whether youโ€™re buying your first home or your fifth, having a professional on your side who is an expert in his or her market is your best bet in making sure the process goes smoothly. Contact us and we will be glad to make of your house hunting a success!

 

Ady Simion Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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Podcast Ep 27 – Be Loyal to Your Real Estate Agent

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Episode 27 โ€“ Be Loyal to your Real Estate Agent

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Ady Simion Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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Be Loyal to Your Real Estate Agent

There is a misconception on some buyers about Real Estate Agents. The more agents they have the more properties and better deals they will get; This is actually wrong! The lack of loyalty to your agent will affect the level of service he or she will give you. Knowing they may not get paid at the end because you could end up working with someone else will discourage them for working very hard for you.

Please contact us if you have more questions or comments about this or other Real Estate topics.

Ady Simion Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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