Thursday, January 7, 2021 / by Alison Bognuda
It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces. However, despite the anticipation of what’s to come, we can still have deep sentimental attachments to the home we’re leaving behind. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale depending on how we manage them.
When it comes to the bottom line, homeowners need to know what it takes to avoid costly mistakes when it’s time to move. Being mindful and prepared for the process can help you stay on the right track when selling your house this year.
1. Price Your Home Right
When inventory is low, like it is in the current market, it’s common to think buyers will pay whatever we ask when setting a listing price. Believe it or not, that’s not always true. Don’t forget that the buyer’s bank will send an appraiser to determine the fair value for your house. The bank will not lend more than what the house is worth, so be aware that you mig ...
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 / by Alison Bognuda
What does FSBO mean?
FSBO is an acronym in Real Estate meaning 'For Sale By Owner'. Bruce Carson of the Keenan Carter Group breaks down why you absolutely do NOT want to FSBO in 2021, (or any other time, really).
2020 brought about a lot of changes in our society that have carried over in 2021. When selling your home, now more than ever, it's important to rely on a Real Estate professional to navigate the new laws, policies, contracts and to ensure the safety of everyone in your home.
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Monday, December 14, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
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; ...
Thursday, October 1, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
Whether we’re ready for it or not, the 2020 presidential election is right around the corner.
As if this year hasn’t brought enough uncertainty, an election could be causing your clients to question their buying and selling plans…again.
Rocky political environments can create instability in the stock market-causing consumer confidence to drop. But the real estate market isn’t rocky…it’s rock solid. And delaying plans could mean your clients missing out on once-in-a-lifetime affordability.
To get to the heart of this, it’s important to understand how the history of past presidential elections combined with today’s market factors might play out in real estate this time around.
Here’s what we know.
The Real Estate Market Might Slow Down-But Not for Long
Historically speaking, home sales typically slow down in the fall following the spring and summer rush. BTIG, a research and analysis company, looked at new home sa ...
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / by Alison Bognuda
As shelter-in-place orders were implemented earlier this year, many questioned what the shutdown would mean to the real estate market. Specifically, there was concern about home values. After years of rising home prices, would 2020 be the year this appreciation trend would come to a screeching halt? Even worse, would home values begin to depreciate?
Original forecasts modeled this uncertainty, and they ranged anywhere from home values gaining 3% (Zelman & Associates) to home values depreciating by more than 6% (CoreLogic).
However, as the year unfolded, it became clear that there would be little negative impact on the housing market. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, recently revealed:
“The only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market.”
Have prices continued to appreciate so far this year?
Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its; ...