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The ultimate guide to selling your home without a real estate agent…Advice for selling without a realtor…Even if you’re selling without a realtor, you’ll still need to hire a lawyer to seal the deal. You’ll also need a lot of know how.
Housing market trends are stifling the jumbo mortgage market…But now, recent trends taken a toll on the jumbo market, causing volume to fall 12% in the last year, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. This outpaces the decline of the overall mortgage market by 5%.
There are too many big houses on the market, and it’s a problem…“These days, buyers of all ages eschew the large, ornate houses built in those years in favor of smaller, more-modern looking alternatives, and prefer walkable areas to living miles from retail,” the WSJ noted.
Once Considered Inferior, Automated Appraisals Are Helping Stem Default Risk…
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (the GSEs) have adopted automated valuation models (AVMs) which use mathematical modeling, drawing on a huge database of recent transactions complete with property characteristics, to generate an estimated sales price.
Builder Confidence Holds Steady After Recovering From 2018 Lows… NAHB says affordability still remains a key concern for builders. The skilled worker shortage, lack of buildable lots and stiff zoning restrictions in many major metro markets are among the challenges builders face as they strive to construct homes that can sell at affordable price points.
Federal budget (in Canada) offers first-time home buyers a break with $1.25 billion in mortgage relief…The real estate industry has been pleading with the government to do something to help younger buyers shut out of markets in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver
Here are five important things to consider and questions this generation can ask themselves to figure it out:
- Money matters.
- How long you plan to live there.
- The online marketplace.
- Expert advice.
The lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are aiming at Realtors and their 6% fee…
The suit was filed in Chicago on behalf of anyone who sold a home through one of 20 of the largest listing services in the country over the past five years. It charges that the mighty Washington-based lobby National Association of Realtors, as well as the four largest national real estate brokerages, and the Multiple Listing Services they use, have conspired to require anyone selling a home to pay the commission of the broker representing their buyer “at an inflated amount,” in violation of federal antitrust law.
The first time most homebuyers ever see a real estate purchase contract is at the time of submission to make an offer. The standard contract Georgia realtors use is about 6-8 pages. If you can review a form before you make an offer, be sure to know what you are and are not obligated to do. Also, be sure to understand the dates and deadlines for each contingency and milestone in the contract and record those dates in your calendar. Ask a real estate professional
Real estate information provider sues over alleged data theft…CoStar sues over secretly selling CoStar login details.
Does this title reflect the actual story?….”How to Avoid the Next Real Estate Downturn”
Real Estate Advice: Tips for first-time home buyers…save for a down payment…maybe get a Buyer Agent?
USGS report says half a million Californians, billions in coastal real estate at risk of flooding…maybe they built to close to the water to start with?
New home sales drop 7% in January as housing market gets off to slow start in 2019…New-home sales declined to a 607,000 annual rate in January, according to government report delayed by the partial 35-day federal shutdown earlier this year. That’s how many new homes would be sold for the full year if sales were the same each month.
Diana Olick: Don’t feel like you need marriage, kids before you buy a home…Olick: “I would say to young women, ‘Don’t feel you have to be married, kids, house in that order. It can be house, marriage, kids, or whatever combination you want it to be.’”
Besides www.abuyeragent.com…15 Best Real Estate Websites of 2019 For Buying And Investing In Properties
The housing market has a growing affordability problem, and here’s why? Due to lack of resale inventory and insufficient construction of new housing, housing price growth outpaced income growth in recent years.
Water damage is a growing problem in older homes…Flooding is becoming a major problem in older homes, but not because of inclement weather conditions. Instead, faulty pipes and valves, worn out hoses in washing machines, and poorly maintained connections to appliances that use water are to blame.
Mortgage Rates Drop to New 14-Month Lows …Finally, the 10yr Treasury auction is a good gauge of demand for bonds. Higher demand for bonds means lower rates. The results of the auction were strong, which led to bond market improvement in the afternoon. After a certain amount of bond gains, mortgage lenders will typically reissue their rates for the day (with better terms, as was the case this afternoon).
7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Neighborhood…
Important establishments-Amenities-Outdoor activities-Public transportation-Entertainment options-Crime rate-Family friendly options
NAR Slams Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Defends REALTOR® Value agents are no longer worth their present commission fees because “most buyers do the work themselves, spending months on the internet identifying attractive neighborhoods and homes before calling a real estate agent simply to open the door.
NAR and Real Estate Brokerages face Class Action Lawsuit-National Association of Realtors (NAR) and four prominent real estate brokerage firms—Warren Buffett’s HomeServices of America, Keller Williams, Realogy and RE/MAX. The lawsuit charges NAR and the companies with violating the Sherman Act by only allowing listing brokers to list a property on an MLS if the listing broker makes a unilateral, non-negotiable offer of compensation on the MLS to buyer brokers. Real estate brokers cannot disclose from disclosing commissions offered on MLS, the lawsuit adds, and also allows brokers to take both buyer and seller commissions, if the buyer is not represented by a broker.
Three Important Pieces Of News You May Have Missed About Real Estate Investing…A cap in the mortgage interest deduction; sole proprietor, partnership, LLC or S-corp, you should be able to deduct up to 20% of your qualified business income; and Real estate depreciation rules are more favorable than ever
REAL ESTATE MATTERS: Should family member charge for selling mother’s house?…It all depends on alot of factors…and you can reach an agreement between the agent, broker, and homeowner that would be fitting.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage : Private Investors Encroach on Fannie and Freddie’s Domain…another bubble brewing? About 45% of mortgages originated in the January-to-September period last year went into Fannie and Freddie securities, according to the Urban Institute, a think tank. At its most recent peak in 2008, that proportion was 65%. Amherst Pierpont estimated that about 10% of Fannie- and Freddie-eligible loans issued in September 2018 could be more cheaply pooled into private-label deals.
House Bill 346 is sponsored by Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) would prevent landlord retaliation in Georgia
Real estate investing: How much do you need to get started?
Cash needs for real estate investing
Co-buyers and co-borrowers
The No. 1 Thing Millennials Hate About Their Home Is Not What You’d Expect…no landlord they can call to “fix things.”
How “Amazon HQ2” Might Impact Real Estate… Property database curator ATTOM Data Solutions looked at a potential addition of 25,000 high-wage jobs in New York’s Long Island City neighborhood, and concluded that the move would have indeed provided real estate investors with new opportunities.
Find out the real value of your house, for free… Realtor.com is very easy to use. Select Sell, enter your complete address, and then, Get Estimate. This site offers a cool feature. You can see potential profit or losses by breaking down several factors, such as the sale price minus real estate agent commission, or the balance owed on your mortgage.
Housing and The Economy: Are we already in a recession?…Escalating Home Prices: A recipe for disaster for some and a spending frenzy for others?According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales were down about 10% in December from a year earlier
63% of millennial homeowners regret buying home: survey—-unexpected costs aren’t the only reasons for regret. Homeowners also say that bad location, high mortgage payments, and buying the wrong size home can cause them to think differently about their purchase.
Do Real Estate Lawyers Go To Court?… They should know how to go to court, they should not be going to court for the first time, and they should be comfortable at the courthouse.
The Importance Of Nurturing Essential Relationships For Real Estate Professionals… Networking is essential for business and personal growth.
You can now sell your Sacramento home with the click of a mouse. Who needs (listing) realtors anymore?
2019’s Property Taxes by State… The average American household spends $2,279 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes shell out another $440.
US housing market off to shaky start in 2019 amid price dip, sluggish construction… average home prices in cities across the country, rose 4.7% by the end of December, down from 6% the previous year—for 2018, new single-family home constructions grew 2.8% in 2018, down from 8.5% the prior year.
Zillow as mortgage lender: Real estate giant going ‘further down the funnel’ of buying a house…Thousands of would-be home buyers looking for a mortgage will soon have a new option: Zillow Group.
Georgia Landlord-Tenant Handook…a guide to Georgi’a State Residential Rental laws.
Home Depot sales cool along with real estate market in the final quarter of the year, Home Depot fell short on profit, revenue and same-stores sales as rising real estate prices cast a chill over U.S. home sales.
What is a market appraisal? It is important to note that any market appraisal is not a proper valuation. They can’t be used with any prospective lenders to establish the market value of your property.
Real Estate Advice: Don’t go for interest-only mortgage… After the first few, say five, years the interest on the loan, which is higher to start with, rises and your payments soar because you now have to cover not only the interest, but also the principal, at a rate that will retire the loan over the remainder of the 30-year term.
Energy Efficient Mortgage Program…careful how simple this spunds…FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM) helps families save money on their utility bills by enabling them to finance energy efficient improvements with their FHA-insured mortgage.
Let FHA Loans Help You…straight from the HUD.GOV website…FHA loans have been helping people become homeowners since 1934. How do we do it? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – which is part of HUD – insures the loan, so your lender can offer you a better deal.
REAL ESTATE MATTERS: Should you fix up a home or sell ‘as is’?…Answer: Depends on the market and costs to fix up…
It may be a few years old, but this still applies today…Insurance company cancels policies for Atlas Chalet roofs
I Just Became A Self-Employed Real Estate Agent — What Does This Mean for My Taxes?…Instead, you receive commission income, and at the end of the year, your broker provides a Form 1099-Misc, rather than a W-2. From a tax standpoint, that changes everything.
Two more real estate investors, nine total, sentenced to prison for bid-rigging conspiracy…the two were each sentenced Thursday to serve four months in prison, with Vaughan receiving a fine of $20,000. Both defendants were ordered to pay restitution by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr.
Moving To A 55 and Older Community: Is It Right For You?…Some benefits…Social club, Security, No one under 55 allowed, and HOA null
What ‘PITI’ means for a home buyer…Hint (Principal, Interest, Tames, Insurance…don’t forget sometimes there’s Private Mortgage Insurance.)
How Do I Find My Property Lines?…Even if your property doesn’t have visible corner markers, you may be able to go hunting for those buried markers with a metal detector. The metal poles, often made of rebar, can be buried up to 10 inches below the surface. Use a metal detector until it indicates metal is there, then dig to be sure what you’ve found is the marker.
Despite interest rate approach, real estate ticking onward….mortgage rates are about where we were at a year ago
How to Invest in Real Estate Without Buying Property… Well, you can do it with real estate investment trusts. (REITs)
Adelaide school zone changes have parents worried about real estate prices (Hint: Most people bu homes for two major reasons – close to good schools and close to work)
Millennial Trends Re-defining Real Estate… How do you think the aspirations and dreams of millennials will shape the future of real estate?
U.S. Housing Inventory Trends Now Favor Buyers in 2019… According to a new report by Zillow, after falling for nearly four consecutive years, housing inventory has turned a corner, growing on an annual basis in four of the past five months. U.S. for-sale home inventory grew 1.2% year-over-year. There were 19,455 more homes for sale nationwide in January compared to a year earlier.
The housing market data released in January indicated that sales activity tapered off near the end of 2018. In December, sales of previously owned (existing) homes unexpectedly fell 6% from November and were 10% lower than a year ago. Overall, 2018 was the weakest year for home sales since 2015, as the effects of rising mortgage rates, high home prices, stock market volatility, and the government shutdown were felt late in the year.
- Does it Make the Best First Impression?
- Does it Appeal to The Target Market?
- Can Buyers Visualize Living in This Home?
- Are Key Features Highlighted?
- Are Key Features Highlighted?
Homebuyer Assistance Programs Under Review — HUD says it’s time to investigate down payment assistance programs.
Put these discounts on your calendar and treat a veteran!
2019 Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts, Sales and Deals
Veterans Day 2019 will be on Monday, November 11th, 2019.
Local real estate agent fined over lead paint charge – (yeah, 2018 article but still applicable).
Working with a professional real estate agent and some real estate terms and definitions
Estate Planning and Tax Evaluations… Tara Cuffney from Costner Law Firm joins Paul to discuss law and real estate.
- Monitor your environment
- Implement effective policies for the destruction and maintenance of data
- Prevent account takeover and phishing
- Review and update important financial processes
- Never enter your login details on websites that don’t start with “https:”
- Pay your attention to the language used in emails
- Don’t click hyperlinks
Young homebuyers turn to parents for down payment…A recent study found that about 65% of people aged 18 to 34 expect to seek financial assistance from Mom and Dad in the purchase of their first home. What’s even more interesting is that a significant portion of these young home-buyers are not settling for starter homes, but are instead opting for larger homes they will “grow into.”
Massachusetts real estate company to build group homes across state… Group homes are small, residential facilities within a neighborhood that are designed to look like a home and serve people with developmental disabilities.
Home investor finds staircase booby-trapped with a knife…yet some scoff at real estate investors as scumbags…how about this previous homeowner…doesn’t he/she count as a scumbag?
Google to invest $13B in real estate across the US…The tech giant announced on Wednesday that it plans to spend more than $13 billion in data centers and offices across the U.S., including major expansions in 14 states.
Modeling the Future: Restructuring the Secondary Mortgage Market…a better link here…https://themreport.com/daily-dose/02-08-2019/modeling-future-restructuring-secondary-mortgage-market…here is a link to Mike Crapo’s 5 suggestions: https://dsnews.com/daily-dose/02-01-2019/crapos-5-point-plan-for-housing-finance-reform
- Private companies as guarantors for the timely repayment of principal and interest to investors of eligible mortgages that are securitized through a platform operated by Ginnie Mae.
- Changing the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA’s) structure to run it as a bipartisan board of directors instead of a single Director to charter, regulate, and supervise the guarantors
- Utilizing Ginnie Mae to guarantee timely repayment of principal and interest on securities that receive credit enhancement from guarantors that are approved and regulated by the FHFA
- Putting a cap on the percentage of all outstanding guaranteed eligible mortgages that a guarantor is permitted within a stipulated timeline as well as ensuring a timeline within which all guarantors are required to be fully capitalized after the enactment of the legislation
- Replacing the current affordable housing goals and duty-to-serve requirements with a new Market Access Fund which will provide grants, loans, and credit enhancements to address the homeownership and rental housing needs of the underserved and low-income communities
Family calls out Zillow over real estate mistake…Zillow corrected it once they became aware of issue.
County Treasurer’s Family Bought Tax-Foreclosed Real Estate…conflict of interest?
How to Report Fraud in Georgia…mortgage, banking, health, etc…
How to Avoid Taxes on Canceled Mortgage Debt… There are, however, exceptions and exclusions that may save you from the requirement to report canceled debt as part of your income.
This startup just raised $5 million to automate the clunky real estate appraisal process… Cushman & Wakefield is now using the startup’s technology to automate and optimize the entire appraisal process, allowing its appraisers to provide multi-family valuation services (meaning for apartment complexes) at a much larger scale for the first time.
What’s old is new and borrowed isn’t blue hair ladies…it’s the golden girls…even though this is a 2+ year old story doesn’t mean it has stopped working… Senior housing organizations across the nation are reporting a surge in demand from the young and old alike to move into the spare rooms of lonely and often lower-income elderly homeowners.
Here’s why the housing market, while still risky, won’t be all bad for buyers in 2019…because the economy relies on people buying houses and you want to continue to hype it for home buyers???
Local real estate agent fined over lead paint charge…A local real estate broker who failed to tell a client about lead paint in a home was sentenced to time served, a $1,000 fine and restitution of $53,326.
Sample Home Electrical Safety Checklist…includes outlets, chords, fixtures, appliances, etc.
Homebuyer Assistance Programs Under Review…maybe…HUD IG is not investigating these programs…which means they are ignoring fraud.
Does this still apply about a year later???MBA Tech: Here are the biggest cybersecurity threats to mortgage companies right now… Among the worst things that could happen? A ransomware attack.
Opinion: How to invest in real estate and pay nothing in capital gains because of this new tax break
These are the worst cities to live in America. Is yours one of them?…and is this offensive to you if you live in one of them?
Real estate Q&A: I have a reverse mortgage — can I still sell my house… However, if your home is worth more than the mortgage balance, that extra amount, known as your equity, belongs to you or your heirs. If the balance tips the other way and the loan is more than your home’s value, you or your heirs will have to turn over the house, but will not be responsible for any extra.
Real-estate websites want to buy straight from homeowners. But is it really a good deal?… Opendoor and Offerpad bought more than 500 homes in Orange County, Fla., alone last year, according to an Orlando Sentinel analysis of transactions. Opendoor said it now represents about 3% of all sales in the Orlando market and is the largest seller making payments to real estate agents.
Real Estate Advice: Think about the ‘five-year rule’ when buying a home… closing costs and real estate commissions required to buy and sell real estate will consume an estimated 7-15% of a home’s value.
Unconventional Mortgages Predicting Housing Crisis? Unlikely, Experts Say… [Unconventional mortgages] allow for lower income ratios, higher debt-to-income ratios and alternative ways to come up with income for a loan (e.g., 12-month bank statements or even using assets to derive more income via formulas)…you know, otherwise risky borrowers leading to more defaults!
Troubleshooters; Real Estate Deal Goes Bad, Buyer Still Waiting for Refund…here’s where a contract or a real estate agetn or attorney could have helped initially.
Aging-in-Place Trend Contributing to Tight Inventories…Freddie Mac’ research finds that today’s seniors (persons born after 1931) are staying in their homes longer, and aging in place. While Millennials have historically low rates of homeownership the rates among seniors are high relative to previous generations.
Women in real estate still facing challenges… ‘female-dominated’ in that they make up most of the workforce – 63% of Realtors …
Real Estate Tip of the Week: Wire Fraud — Internet Crime Compliant Center saw a 480% increase in the number of complaints filed last year in the real estate industry.
7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home to Start Now…like tackle the little projects.
Real estate expert explains furniture free living. Question: Is it true that there are some people who advocate living in a “furniture free” environment? Source: http://www.fox5atlanta.com/good-day/real-estate-expert-explains-furniture-free-living
Home Buyers Can Rejoice While Sellers Sweat for This Important Reason…sellers need to be prepared to lower their prices.
Alleged real estate fraud targeted elderly LA-area victims… Prosecutors have now filed 162 felony counts against a Los Angeles woman who allegedly bilked millions of dollars from elderly property owners and others through real estate and financial fraud.
Here’s How Much Real Estate Agents Earn In Every State…As of January 2019, the average annual earnings for real estate sales agents was $41,289, according to salary.com. How much money real estate agents make per year, however, depends on several of factors, such as number of real estate transactions, and commission fees.
Real estate pro, victim of hackers, warns public after losing $25k in online theft… She thought she had been talking with a title loan representative until she noticed a one-letter difference in the emails she’d been sending and receiving.
Appraisal Threshold for Residential Real Estate Loans. The Appraisal NPR (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) proposes to increase the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000. Evaluations would be required for transactions exempted as a result of the proposed threshold.
Home office expenses, such as printer paper and ink, and internet costs
Costs relating to commuting and driving clients around, including auto insurance, maintenance and repairs, as well as gas mileage, parking and new car or leased car costs
Business travel-related costs, such as airfare, meals and lodging
Expenses related to marketing, such as signs and flyers for open houses and mailings, as well as website development and maintenance
Real estate education-related expenses such as coaching and training
Home-Price Growth Continues to Slow…The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, which measures average home prices in major metropolitan areas across the nation, rose 5.2% in the year ending in November, down from a 5.3% increase reported in October.
New real estate technology allows closings to occur in 3 days or less…The entire process from when you release the property until the closing can all be done on one platform.
Ransomware and wire fraud are low-hanging fruit for criminals
Mortgage Applications Down Slightly, are Rates to Blame?… mortgage loan application volume decreased 3.0%
Realtors Expect Pending Sales to Improve in 2019… Yun says despite the low home sales in December, he is confident that the housing market will see improvement in 2019. “The longer-term growth potential is high.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Report
- Fix and Flipping
- Creative real estate investing
- Buy and hold
Who controls the data that fuels real estate deals?…One of the elements of the arrangement was increased access to data from local and regional multiple listing services for nontraditional real estate brokerages, which has helped propel the growth of online portals like Redfin, Zillow and Trulia.
Zillow branching out from real estate data, providing home estimates, to flipping property in Denver…The real estate data giant is now purchasing home in six cities: Phoenix, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Denver, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham.
WASHINGTON (January 22, 2019) – Late last week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations regarding the new 20 percent deduction on qualified business income. As Americans begin preparations for the 2018 tax filing season, real estate professionals have been uncertain about the true impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and … Continue reading Treasury, IRS Give Big Win to Real Estate Professionals in Qualified Business Income Rule
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How to Seal or Repair Cracks in Concrete Floors & Walls…different methods and materials.
Real Estate Round-Up: Sellers can succeed in a buyers’ market… The current trend California is experiencing is not the jubilant sellers’ market it enjoyed the first half of 2018
Real Estate Radio Hour weekly real estate radio program on air.
More Buyers Turning to ARMs to Achieve Ownership …the share of ARMs reached 9.2%
House-flipping is down, Wall Street Journal frets. If the speculative bubbles deflate naturally and gradually, there is much less risk of a recession or worse. The more speculators who get into the market for anything, the worse it is for the public who would like to buy a house without chasing the market.
The Supreme Court of Georgia found that “when a closing lawyer purports to act merely as a witness” they are in violation of Georgia’s ethical rules governing attorneys.
O.C.G.A 15-19-53 states: …nothing contained in this Code section shall authorize any person, corporation, or voluntary association other than an attorney at law to express, render, or issue any legal opinion as to the status of the title to real or personal property.
Anyways, the off-market real estate is where the game is played and if you want to be taken as a serious investor, then you need to have a conduit to these deals.
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- Connect with Professionals on LinkedIn
- Keep Up with the New Kids on the Block
- Check Your Social Media Metrics
New Home Sales Pull Back Amid Global Uncertainty – Conventional loans accounted for 69.5%; FHA loans 17.3% ; and VA loans made up 12.5% share in December
EXCLUSIVE: Shady real estate clan at center of New York City’s plan to convert homeless apartments into affordable housing
So, Democratic Mayor DeBlasio was ready to give the go ahead to slum landlords until someone more intelligent started asking questions.
Denver is the fourth market where Zillow now directly buys homes, prepares them for showings and quickly lists them for resale. Zillow Offers is currently available in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, and will launch in two North Carolina markets – Charlotte and Raleigh – this winter.
Opportunity Zones allow investors to obtain massive tax advantages if they invest capital gains—money made on the sale of assets like a home, a business, or a piece of art—into “distressed” areas of the country where the post-financial crisis recovery passed by.
But there are other factors at work as well: some 17%, for instance, reported a closing delay due to a USDA loan, 13% reporting a delay due to IRS income verification and 9% reported a closing delay due to a hang up for their FHA loan, all showing the outsized role the federal government plays in the housing market.
Parents who can afford to help their children are not standing idly by as housing costs have increased. Around 8% of millennials who are no longer in school get help from their parents on the monthly rent, according to a March report from Apartment List.
“One option clients have taken advantage of is the J.P. Morgan Pledged Asset Mortgage” This mortgage strategy allows clients to pledge assets in their J.P. Morgan portfolios in lieu of a cash down payment. With the securities and home as collateral, borrowers may qualify for up to 100% financing. “We’re seeing a number of clients turn to the Pledged Asset Mortgage as part of their estate planning strategy,” adds Mr. Stewart.
Our hosts use this weekend before the holiday to slow things down and take your questions on the real estate industry.
A couple from Kansas City, Missouri, recently lost a massive $130,000 down payment in a money wire scam that’s becoming increasingly prevalent in real estate transactions.
The housing market is slowing as would-be buyers struggle with rising borrowing costs and a persistently low number of properties on the market.