Wednesday, January 27, 2021 / by Traci Pimentel
San Luis Obispo County hasn't seen much change with New Listings hitting the market in comparison to the previous couple weeks. We did see a nearly 13% increase in properties going Pending. With more than 15% less properties sold this past week, the uptick of escrows opened, and no influx of inventory hitting the market, we're still very much in a Seller's Market.
A swell of buyers are looking to enter the market, keeping demand firm amidst the continued historically low interest rates. By the 4th quarter this year, experts are forecasting that refinance volume will decrease, largely because many will have already refinanced due to these low rates.
In 2020, median listing prices grew 13.3%, according to Realtor.com. Experts forecast prices will stay on this upward track.
Even if home prices rise as forecasted, that w ...
Monday, December 14, 2020 / by Traci Pimentel
If you’re currently feeling the stress of affording your mortgage payment, or if you know someone who is, there’s still time to get help. For homeowners experiencing financial hardship this year, the CARES Act provides mortgage payment deferral options, creating much-needed relief in these challenging times.
It’s important, however, to understand how forbearance works. It’s not automatic. You need to take action now and apply for the program before these options expire.
A study by the Urban Institute determined:
“Approximately 400,000 homeowners who became delinquent after the pandemic began have forgone forbearance and become delinquent. These borrowers may not know they are eligible for forbearance.”
Thankfully, there’s still time to apply for forbearance, even if you’re just learning about it now. Doing so may be the game-changer you need to stay in your home, just when you need it mos; ...
Monday, December 14, 2020 / by Traci Pimentel
If you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don’t want to miss the great selling opportunity you have right now. Here’s why this month is the optimal time to make sure your house is available for holiday buyers.
The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows the inventory of houses for sale has dropped to an astonishing all-time low. It now sits at a 2.5-month supply at the current sales pace.
Historically, a 6-month supply is necessary for a ‘normal’ or ‘neutral’ market, in which there are enough homes available for active buyers (See graph below):When the supply of houses for sale is as low as it is today, it’s much harder for buyers to find homes to purchase. This means competition among purchasers rises and more bidding wars take place, making it essential for buyers to . ...
Friday, December 11, 2020 / by Traci Pimentel
Once you've found the right home and applied for a mortgage loan, there are some KEY things to avoid so you continue to qualify for your loan when it's time to close on your home.
#1. DON'T Deposit Any Cash Into Your Bank Accounts Before Speaking
To Your Banker Or Loan Officer.
While normally we celebrate depositing money into an account, you don't want to put any 'sizable' amount of funds in an account while you're waiting for a mortgage loan. Unless you can prove the deposit is legit, that additional money can lead to the Underwriter denying your loan.
#2. DO NOT Make Any Large Purchases, Like A New Car
Or Furniture For Your Home!
We know it's tempting to want a new ride to park in your new garage or want to furnish your new pad ... WAIT!!! This can affect both your credit score and debt to income ratio, which can cause the amount you initially qualified for to be reduced. Not to mention, racking up additional debt before factoring in a mortgage payment m ...
Thursday, October 8, 2020 / by Traci Pimentel
A year ago, additional space and extra amenities had a very different feel for homebuyers. Today, the health crisis has brought to light how valuable more square footage and carefully designed floorplans can be. Home offices, multi-purpose rooms, gyms, and theaters are becoming more popular, and some families are finding the space they need for these upgrades in the luxury market.
The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) explains:
“With quarantine concerns still top of mind for many luxury buyers, we see large, sprawling estates making their comeback.
For instance, the last six months have seen a resurgence in the buying of mega mansions and estate-size homes – specifically properties that offer space (both inside and outside), separate home offices, gyms, and private amenities such as swimming pools, yoga studios, and recreation rooms.”
This was not the case at this time last year, as the most recent Luxury Market Report from ILHM; ...