Sell in Demand…..DFW is in Demand.

 

If you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market. This may be one of the best moments to get the absolute most from the sale of your home due to the demand. I know homeowners are great about the sale of their home but nervous about buying of their next home. My two cents is to use the profit of the sale of your home to be able to put a huge chunk into your second home.

I’ve watched sellers walk away with approximately 6 figures in selling their home. I WILL REPEAT….they walked away with approximately 6 figures from selling their DFW home. That’s an additional six figures along with their regular job. What could you do with extra income to buy the home of your dreams by selling your current home?

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, recently commented:

“Buyer interest is solid, but there is just not enough supply to satisfy demand. Prospective buyers are being sidelined by both limited choices and home prices that are climbing too fast.”

Yun goes on to say:

“Current demand levels indicate sales should be stronger, but it’s clear some would-be buyers are having to delay or postpone their home search because low supply is leading to worsening affordability conditions.”

In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction, including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

Bottom Line

As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas.

When to Get Excited About the Housing Market

Real estate professionals get that consumers, by and large, ignore housing statistics and the market until they become involved in the purchase or sale of a home. It’s only natural then that what impacts the market is a bit of a mystery to many. What determines a buyers’ or sellers’ market? What factors influence home prices?

Of course the answers to these questions and more may be multi-faceted, but it’s important to pay attention to them if you hope to keep more of your money when it’s time to buy or sell real estate.

Believe it or not, even in what seems like the gloomiest of real estate markets, there will be a glimmer of light for some.

Pay Attention to Interest Rates

It certainly is no secret that obtaining a lower interest rate for a mortgage typically allows for a lower payment. Naturally then, low interest rates make home-buying an attractive venture—and, even whispers of a rate hike can spur folks to get out into the market.

For instance, by the end of 2015, the U.S. saw 5.26 million home sales, which was the most robust housing market since 2006. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), attributed the robust market, in part, to the mere “prospect of higher mortgage rates in coming months.”

And, rise they did, throughout the following year. In fact, late in 2016, mortgage interest rates rose eight times in nine weeks, according to bankrate.com. Sounds rather gloomy until one recognizes that, post-hike, rates were still at historic lows.

The bottom line is that if you’re in the market for a home and interest rates decrease or remain attractively low, it’s time to get excited about the housing market.

The Economy

The current economy is a key factor affecting the real estate market. “Broadly speaking, when the economy is sluggish, so is real estate,” claims Joseph Nguyen at Investopedia. Rather than look at the glass half-full, however, we choose to take the opposite tack—when the economy is humming along, the housing market is at its most attractive.

When job growth is robust, consumer confidence rises and we’re more apt to spend money on high-ticket items, such as cars, appliances, vacations and, yes, homes.

Exciting Markets for Sellers

There’s an old saying in the real estate industry that counsels homeowners that the best time to sell a home is when you need to sell your home. Yes, we understand that isn’t very helpful. If you’re one of the fortunate who has no compelling reason to sell (such as a job offer in a different town or divorce), you have the luxury of choosing when to put the home on the market.

Get excited if real estate professionals mention the words “sellers’ market.” This is a period in which there are few homes for sale but buyer demand is high. During sellers’ markets prices typically increase rapidly and homes sell at or above list price.

One of the biggest mistakes we see in sellers’ markets is the homeowner who feels that the market itself will bring top dollar for the home, regardless of condition. Be aware that it’s the homes in good condition that sell the quickest and for the most amount of money. Regardless if market conditions favor sellers, if your home isn’t in move-in condition, it may be passed over by home buyers.

Buying a Home This Year?

A buyers’ market—when there is a large selection of homes for sale and few other buyers in the market—is a great time to purchase a home. Unlike a sellers’ market, prices aren’t rapidly escalating and you won’t be competing against a slew of other buyers. These markets are more relaxed so homebuyers can take their time deciding.

In a sellers’ market, however, it’s more important than ever to have all your ducks in a row before making an offer on a property. Ensure you know exactly how much you can spend and that you’ve obtained a preapproval letter from your lender. Make your offer stand out from others by keeping it lean and mean, with the shortest time periods for contingencies as possible. Finally, come in with your highest and best offer. A sellers’ market moves too quickly to assume the homeowner will negotiate over price.

While the type of market may determine when to jump in, as mentioned earlier, interest rates can also cause excitement in the housing market. Low rates and relaxed lending guidelines, such as we saw in 2015 and 2016, presented a prime opportunity for many would-be buyers who previously couldn’t afford to purchase.

Lower mortgage rates mean a lower monthly payment, which means you have more purchasing power, and that additional power can “mean the difference between buying a 2-bedroom home versus a 3-bedroom one; between buying a home with large closets versus small closets; and, between buying an upgraded home versus a dated one,” according to Dan Green at The Mortgage Reports.

Regardless of the media’s perception of the housing market, there is always a mix of good and bad news, depending on whether you are in the market to buy or to sell. Arm yourself with a professional real estate agent who can supply you with current and local market information (too often what you read in the news is stale and based on nationwide statistics), follow his or her advice and buying or selling a home in any market will be an exciting process.

 

Ready to talk to a Dallas real estate professional? Book an appointment with me at atfowlerrealtor.appointy.com.

How to Sell & Buy a New Home Simultaneously Using Your Equity

 

How does one sell their current home and buy a new one? With the inventory being really low right now, some sellers are nervous about selling their home. If they sell quickly, where will they go?

The key here is to discover how much equity is currently in your home and is it enough to move-up to the next home. Can you do it simultaneously? The answer is yes you can. The timing for doing so requires being pre-approved for your next home, knowing how much you can get with the sale of the current home, and where you want to go.

There are resources for sellers such as a bridge loan to secure their next home without paying two mortgages or worse case scenario, being homeless.

My past client, Saron, sat down with me to talk about her selling experience for the first time and buying for the second time.

Watch below.

 

Want to discuss how we can market your home in the Dallas real estate market? You can contact us at 972-813-9788 or atfowler@NewAvenueRealty.com or Book An Appointment.

2017 the Year of the Move-Up?

Is 2017 the year of the move-up? We are all itching to advance from things such as our careers, cars, personal life, and living situations? Let’s discuss this more. You may live in a home that was perfect for you and/or your family a few years ago. As time expands and sometimes income, it may be perfect to move-up to a home that fits you at this stage in your life.

If you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it earlier in the year than later. The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices and interest rates) are both projected to increase as the year moves forward, and interest rates may increase rather dramatically. Here are some predictions on where rates will be by the end of the year:

Freddie Mac

While full employment and rising inflation are signs of a strong economy, they also have the potential to push mortgage rates and house prices up. The higher rates and higher prices create significant affordability concerns, which may continue to characterize the housing market for the rest of 2017.”

Lynn Fisher, Vice President of Research & Economics for the Mortgage Bankers Association

By the time we get to the fourth quarter of this year, we will still be under 5 percent – we are thinking 4.7 percent…Something north of 5 percent by the time we get to 2018, and by the time we get to 2019, we show fourth-quarter rates hitting 5.5 percent.”

Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist

Despite some regional disparities, title agents and real estate professionals do not expect increasing mortgage rates to have a significant impact on the housing market this spring. Continued good economic news, increasing Millennial demand and confidence that buyers will remain in the market even if rates exceed 5 percent bode well for 2017 real estate.

Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist for Freddie Mac

We will probably see rates higher at the end of year, around 4.5%.”

Drea’s Two Cents

If you are feeling good about your family’s economic future and are considering making a move to your dream home, doing it sooner rather than later makes the most sense. Use the profit from your current home to put into your next home. Remember this: You are only taking funds from one investment and moving it to another.

Ready for the move-up? You can find your move-up home here: move-updallas.com. 

6 Reasons Your Home Won’t Sell

Are you ready to sell your home and want it to have a great first impression on the market? Or maybe your home has been listed for a few weeks or months, and you can’t figure out why it won’t sell, and you know your agent is working hard to market it. We’ve listed below the top 6 reasons your home may not make a good impression and end up stagnant on the market.

1. IT’S OVERPRICED

To be clear, an overpriced home is the #1 reason a home won’t sell. We often times want our homes to be worth a lot more than we may see based on the data, but if you put your home on the market for the number you wish it will bring instead of the price it actually needs to be, your home can sit on the market for months without getting a single showing. If you’re thinking you need to price high to leave room for negotiations, statistics show that views for your property, for buyers in your price range, can drop a whopping 90% if it’s priced too high. Discuss with your agent what the market says the value of your home is, then price it competitively to potentially get a bidding frenzy instead of low offers or having it expire.

2. LOW SHOWING AVAILABILITY

Making sure the house is clean and having to leave on a daily basis for buyers to tour the home may get a little overwhelming, but it is crucial to have open availability to have your home shown. You could end up missing out on the perfect buyer if you decline too many showings. The longer it sits on the market, the less value buyers will see in it. Talk with your agent about having a 24 hour notice period if the extra time is needed, but make sure your home is available to be shown as often as possible.

3. CLUTTERED SPACE

Buyers want to walk into a house and envision their lives in that home. This is difficult to do if your home is cluttered with personal belongings. They are instantly given the feeling of invading someone else’s personal space, instead of the satisfaction of being able to see a future in your home. Make sure your property is clutter free before putting it on the market; and store away any family photos.

4. UNPLEASANT ODORS

If you smoke or have pets, it’s easy to get used to the smell to the point that you don’t even notice it anymore. But it’s important to understand that the scent can be picked up by new people visiting your home, and it can really turn them off from making an offer. Before a showing, make sure to dispose of any garbage, don’t cook fish or other strong smelling food, and ensure the home is freshened up so there are no pet or smoke odors.

5. UNWILLING TO MAKE REPAIRS

Selling your home as-is may sound appealing at first, but being unwilling to make repairs could cost another mortgage payment that far exceeds the cost of repairs if you refuse to work with the buyer on their requests and the home goes back on the market again. It’s wise to be open to repair requests, and simply go over with your agent what you can afford to do and make a reasonable counter offer during the repair negotiations. 

6. UNWILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH BUYERS

It’s important to have an open mind about requests that will come from buyers when it comes to purchasing your home. These requests can come in the form of price negotiations, repair requests, or even requests to cover closing costs or home warranties. With your agent on your side advising you of the best steps to take, it’s best to be open to working with the buyer’s on some of their requests to ensure a successful closing.

If you’re considering selling your home, book an appointment with me to have a complimentary seller’s consultation before listing your home. You can book an appointment here or contacting me at 972-813-9788.

New Communities in Dallas Suburbs

 

As a Realtor, I love finding new communities in Dallas suburbs before information is released publicly. It helps my clients beat the rush and get in on pre-sale prices. Now some communities may have an advertisement or two but not all model homes have been built in the community. Recently, I had a relocation buyer looking to build a home in the suburbs. She saw a community but wasn’t quite sure of it. We both went to visit it and discovered the three builders in the community.

From there, I went on to find more information and which builder fit her price range. We not only found one that did her price range but one that had their upgrades as standard options for her. We had pre-sale prices and even after she built the home out the way she wanted, we still didn’t reach her max budget. Can we say SCORE?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I absolutely love new construction. It is my thing for my clients. I like resale as well but I understand that some clients like the thrill of new. I understand. It is like the difference between new car sales and used car sales. The used car sales are great for your budget and timing. The new car sales come with a sticker price. It is somewhat equivalent to it. I love to help clients build their “perfect” home for now. I placed “perfect” in quotations because there is no such thing as a perfect home.

Below are a few communities that I have found while out on the search as well as some from my builder relationships. If you are interested in any of these communities, contact me. Seriously, I always get the question of whether you need an agent purchasing new construction. YES! The sales representative represents the builder. Who is representing you? It’s free representation for you so why not have someone represent you. Agents can help you negotiate the deal, understand what will help you in the resale process (if you are building), and explore your options. You don’t want to get caught up in the beauty of the model homes. Yes, they are staged well and you will be ready to hand over your whole checking account but an agent can help you weigh the pros and cons. So if you are interested in buying a built home in a community or building one, contact me to walk you through it.

Lakewood Hills – “New Carrollton” as they as describing it but it’s basically the Lewisville area outside of Castle Hills on Josey Lane and 121 Toll. As of now, I know Pulte Homes and Beazer Homes will be in this community.

Willow Wood – Located in McKinney. Builders in this community consist of First Texas Homes, Chesmar Homes, and Bloomfield Homes.

Winn Ridge – Dirt hasn’t even been built up yet for this community but it is coming soon. The only builder I can find so far is Centex Homes. Pre-sales start in summer 2017!

Windhaven Crossing – Townhome communty by DR Horton and Megatel Homes Pricing has yet to be revealed.

Melton Ridge – Located in the Stonebridge Ranch community in McKinney. New homes are being built by American Legend and Shaddock Homes.

Hollyhock Frisco

Merion at Midtown – Dallas

There will be more updates as I receive them about new communities in North Texas. To sign up to receive more information, head to my website at NewAvenueRealty.com.

Find out where I head on Wednesday with my #WOWWednesday posts.

 

SELL MY HOUSE: 5 Easy Ways to Attract Buyers

It’s time to sell your home and you’re stumped on what to do. What are the first steps? How do you prepare for the sale? All you know is that you are going to sell it to a buyer but how do you attract them? Hit play to discover the answer.

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Unlock Your Opportunity | #NewAveRealty 2016

Can you believe that we are near the end of 2016? This year is really over in a less than 48 hours. I am one who is excited about 2017. 2016 was a great year, ready to rock 2017! Thanks to all who were apart of 2016!

 

 

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McKinney Home for Sale: 2305 Collier Drive

This new McKinney home for sale is one that is perfect for someone searching for their first home or looking to down-size. It has a comfortable space without being overwhelming but plenty to fill it up with love.  You’ll love this charming, 1-story home. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home will give you 1,742 sq ft of generous space. It features two living and dining areas for the perfect open concept space. Owners have taken pride in this beauty. It’s situated in the friendly and quiet community of Sandy Glen and within minutes of Highway 75 and local shopping.

 

The current owners purchased the home in 2004 and are the original owners. When asked what was it that the loved about the home? Originally it was the space, schools, and the fact that they had a home for their then 3-month year old daughter. You could tell from our conversation that they loved the neighborhood as well as their neighbors are very caring and great neighbors too. I noticed this as we hosted the Open House on Saturday and neighbors were sad to see them go. One even suggested parking their additional car in his yard so that the future homeowners could drive up to the home.

That proved to me that the new homeowners will feel connected to the home and neighborhood. I always illustrate that not only are you buying the home, you are buying the neighborhood as well. Sandy Glen is one close-knit neighborhood that really makes a difference in home buying.

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