Sunday Funday – May Updates 

If you haven’t discovered yet, Sundays are my off days. It’s the one day of the week for myself. You would think I’d like to rest but instead I reserve it for my city or cities in that case. 

Dallas Farmers Market 

I went to the farmer’s market earlier this year and just fell in love. Dallas has “The Market” and “The Shed”. The market has all the restaurants that may used to have a food truck and converted to a restaurant. It’s basically open seating and you go find what you want to eat. 

I devoured some of the best Cajun food from Cajun Tailgators and an awesome snowcome from Cool Haus. Btw, why didn’t anyone tell me about condensed milk in snowcones? Why oh Why? 

Taste of Addison 

This used to be one of my favorites events in DFW until a few years ago and it went high end. It turned into an event for top chefs and tickets were outrageous. That lasted about 2 years and my beloved Taste of Addison is back. It was free admission and I love the words FREE. 

Tasha is my Sunday Funday Partner in Crime

IFratelli can never fail in my eyes

I love the words FREE.

The longest line at the festival. You could smell it a mile away.

The restaurant options this year were slim compared to previous years. I registered that as odd because Addison has tons of restaurants. I actually frequent the area to eat. There’s so many restaurants at the Village on the Parkway. 

Low and behold, Sundays in May have made the chill time for myself enjoyable. 

4 Tips to Effectively Make An Offer 


Soooooo you’ve been searching for that “perfect” place to call home and you finally found it. Next step is to make sure you make an offer hood enough to get the seller to accept yours. Here are 4 tips to make an effective offer. 

1. Understand How Much You Can Afford

While it’s not nearly as fun as house hunting, fully understanding your finances is critical in making an offer.”

This ‘tip’ or ‘step’ should really take place before you start your home search process. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts,  getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and will allow you to make your offer with the confidence of knowing that you have already been approved for a mortgage for that amount. You will also need to know if you are prepared to make any repairs that may need to be made to the house (ex: new roof, new furnace).
2. ACT FAST 

Even though there are fewer investors, the inventory of homes for sale is also low and competition for housing continues to heat up in many parts of the country.” In DFW, the lower priced homes ($100s) are being purchased left and right by cash investors. 

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report, the inventory of homes for sale is currently at a 3.7-month supply; this is well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other 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 soon as possible.
3. MAKE A SOLID OFFER 

Freddie Mac offers this advice to help make your offer the strongest it can be:

“Your strongest offer will be comparable with other sales and listings in the neighborhood. A licensed real estate agent active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer based on their experience and other key considerations such as recent sales of similar homes, the condition of the house and what you can afford.”

Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways that you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market!
4. BE PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE 

“It’s likely that you’ll get at least one counteroffer from the sellers so be prepared. The two things most likely to be negotiated are the selling price and closing date. Given that, you’ll be glad you did your homework first to understand how much you can afford. Your agent will also be key in the negotiation process, giving you guidance on the counteroffer and making sure that the agreed-to contract terms are met.”

If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to “always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home.” If the inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller, or cancel the contract.
DREA’S TWO CENTS 

Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, having a Realtor on your side who is an expert in their market is your best bet in making sure the process goes smoothly. It’s important to do a consultation and be prepared for whatever may come along in the home buying process. 

Happy House Hunting!


P.S. Want a one-on-one conversation? Go to atfowlerrealtor.appointy.com to schedule an appointment with me. In the meantime, find your home at NewAvenueRealty.com. 

HOMEBUYER F.A.Q

You want to buy a home, HOWEVER, you don’t know where to start? I’ve highlighted some of the frequently asked questions that I get and made videos for them. 

Buyer F.A.Q Videos

View videos here: BUYER F.A.Qs

Have your own personal question that I didn’t highlight on the Buyer F.A.Q playlist? Chat with me via text/call/email at 972-813-9788 or atfowler@NewAvenueRealty.com. 

Home Buyer Advantage: HOME WARRANTY

As many people venture out from renting to owning, the one thing that stops them from crossing the line is the maintenance of it all. In this video, I sit and talk to Erin Timmers from First American Home Warranty about the buyer’s home warranty.  Did you know a home warranty plan can help protect your budget on the cost of owning a home? Learn the scoop by clicking play.

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7 Truths about Buying a Home

In today’s time, everyone knows everything about real estate besides the Realtor. My cousin bought a home 4 years and this is what he said. My aunt said I needed this. My Pastor said I should do this. 

It’s okay to have solicited advice HOWEVER the best advice would come from a professional in that field. I have many conversations daily with others about real estate. There are some that are inquisitive and some that just tell you what it is which is rarely the truth. 

Here’s the truth for people looking to buy a home. 

1. You Need 20% Down to Purchase a Home

There are several different loan programs out there. You have some that require 3% down. You have some that require 0% down. Every loan product varies and it is based on your financial picture. I repeat. It’s based on your financial picture. Yours may vary from your cousin and you co-worker no matter if you make the same salary. 

2. You Need Thousands of Dollars Saved

I always get asked well how much do I need to save? It depends on what type of loan product you’re using. There is no such thing as free money but there are down payment assistance programs that helps people with the down payment. You’ll need some money because there are upfront costs like your earnest money (which can range between 1-3% of the OFFER price not the sale price), inspections, option fees, and appraisals. Those things alone can be a few thousands DEPENDING on the price of the home. The good news is the earnest money (deposit on the home) and option fee (paid to seller to do your due diligence on the home) is applied towards your down payment. That means less meaning to bring to the closing table. 

3. You need a credit score of 700 and Up

Credit means the world when it comes to purchasing a home. It isn’t just the score that you should worry about. It’s also the debt that is generating the score. You can qualify for a home loan with some lenders with a MIDDLE credit score of 580. What do I mean by middle? Let’s break it down. You have 3 scores from TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. Mortgage lenders look at all 3. They take out the highest, they take out the lowest. The middle number is your credit score for the mortgage purpose. Example: TransUnion Score – 715; Equifax – 700; Experian – 728. Your credit score for this purpose is 715. For some it may make more sense to save to pay off debt than anything. 

The higher the score, the better the loan and the interest rate that is available. Guess what? Rates are still low despite the fact that they’ve increased since the Presidential election. 

Back to where I said the things that are generating your score is more important than the actual number. Your debt to income ratio plays the most factor on what you can afford. Depending on the type of loan you have, the lender has certain ratios to play with to determine what you can afford. Example: Let’s say you qualified for a FHA loan and you have a ratio that’s up to 55%. The 55% ratio is calculated on your monthly income BEFORE taxes. This ratio is would include how much house you can afford because it would include your debt, mortgage payment, and/or HOA. 

Monthly Income: $4000

DTI: $2200 (Most you can have to spend on debt and your mortgage payment)

Debt: 

  • Credit Cards  (Monthly Minimum Payment Here): $250
  • Student Loan: $400/month
  • Car Payment: $209/month
  • Negative Collections: Any items reported negative takes a 5% debt towards you. Let’s say you have 5 negative items. The total of your negative items at 5% of their balances is $345. 

Next you’ll subtract DTI – Debt. In this example, the total debt is $1204. That’s $2200 – $1204. That’s leaves a house payment for you at $996. Is that realistic to purchase a home? Maybe. A $996 payment is approximately a $100,000 home. It may be an $80K condo once you add in HOA dues. That’s all based on a FHA loan with 3.5% put down. As for this scenario, that’s $3,500 for a Down payment. 

4. You Want to Own Where You Rent

That may be feasible but have you contacted a lender to see what you can afford? That’s one of the first steps is knowing what you can afford. The lender will provide an estimate on what you’ll need to close on a home. The smartest thing is to research what homes cost where you live. The rule of thumb is to calculate 2.5-3 times your annual salary to determine how much you can afford but your lender can give an accurate number that includes your debt. 

4. You’re Only Saving for a Down Payment

There are more costs for purchasing a home than the down payment. You’ll need funds for closing costs as well. The closing costs include title fees, property taxes, lender fees, and HOA fees. 

5. You Need to Be Prepared for the Cost of a Home

Now this part is where the advice comes in handy. You won’t be able to call a maintenance man but if you purchase a home warranty, it will help you save on the cost of certain expenses. I’ve had clients use them when the water heater stopped working and when the air no longer blew on the second floor of the home. Buying a home is a forced savings. You don’t stop saving because you purchased a home because anything can happen. The cost of owning a home is most likely cheaper with a home built within the previous 10 years because homes are built to be more energy efficient. There’s a builder I visited a few weeks ago and the cost to heat and cool a 3000+ home was $156. 

6. You Can Only Save for Your Down Payment 

There are SO MANY resources to fund your downpayment. You may be surprised when you can find the money to purchase your home with. If you’re open to living in Little Elm, Aubrey, Prosper, or anywhere north of 380, you could qualify for a USDA LOAN which requires no money down. Learn your options before thinking there is none. Here’s 9 Ways to Fund Your Down Payment. 

7. Drea’s Two Cents

Talk to a real estate professional. I’m open to consultations for your personal situation. Be open. Yes, you may love renting in Frisco but your buying power may be Little Elm/Aubrey. Look for resale opportunities in your home purchase. The market may not always be a seller’s market. You want a home that can resale in any market. Areas are developing and redeveloping ALL THE TIME. If your area seems like nothing now, wait 5 years. I’m currently in The Colony. I lived in the area in 2011-2012 when I was in grad school and it was a forest and dead. There was no need to stop. Look at what’s happened in 5 short years. Development is happening years before you actually see it. The longer you wait, the more the prices increase. It’s okay. There are other areas to explore. 

Moral of the story: Know your options. Everyone’s buying experience is different. You may be closer to being a homeowner than you think. 

P.S. Everyone’s first home is the end all be all home. A starter home could be just that. A start to homeownership with a 2000 square foot home. 

To schedule a consultation, contact me at 972-813-9788. 

The Connection between Homeownership and Your Coins


Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.22% per year on average and to grow by 17.3% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey.
So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position?
As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home in January. If we look at only the projected increase in the price of that home, how much equity will they earn over the next 5 years?

Since the experts predict that home prices will increase by 4.4% this year alone, the young homeowners will have gained $11,000 in equity in just one year.
Over a five-year period, their equity will increase by nearly $43,000! This figure does not even take into account their monthly principal mortgage payments. In many cases, home equity is one of the largest portions of a family’s overall net worth.
Bottom Line

Not only is homeownership something to be proud of, but it also offers you and your family the ability to build equity you can borrow against in the future. If you are ready and willing to buy, find out if you are able to today! Comment below to have a list of my preferred lenders sent to you.


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Searching for a Dallas Home? Focus on your 5 Must-have. 

When it comes to searching for your Dallas area home, knowing your five must haves will be important in your home search. Why? It helps you narrow down what is most important to you.
I view it based on these things: Your price range, what city has more homes in your price range, and what type of homes are available. That’s the due diligence of the buyer when it comes to research. Your top 5 must haves help you stay clear on what it is important to you. There is no such thing as a perfect home. The top five helps narrow down on what you are looking for. The top 3 are deal breakers and the bottom two are nice to haves. If a home has 3 of the 5, we are in winning mode, 4 of the 5 and we are moving near the finish line, 5 of the 5 and we hit the jackpot.

Do most buyers hit the jackpot? Not all the time unless the have the money to build their home. Even if the buyer builds, it would depend on what floorplan is available and what’s within their budget. Your must haves are still a factor there as well.

How do you narrow your 5 must haves? One important factor is to eliminate cosmetic things from must haves. What’s cosmetic? Cosmetic things are the need for having hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, light colored walls, and the list goes on. These are things that can be done over a weekend in a few hours. You can change out appliances, you can replace flooring, you can paint walls.

Here’s what my top 5 would consist of:

1.1500 square foot or more

2.Split Floorplan (Master bedroom separated from the other bedrooms)

3. Foyer Entrance/Hallway Entrance

4. Countertop and cabinet space in kitchen

5. Spacious backyard space to fit a minimum of 5 people outside at the same time. In other words, a yard big enough for a playset for my future children.
  

It is important to focus on your resale. The average homeowner stays in a home for 5-7 years before selling. Your home is an investment. It needs to function for you and your family and be able to become a sellable product when it’s time for you to move on with your life.

So tell me, what are your 5 must haves?

[SUNDAY FUNDAY] Brunchin’ on a Bus

Brunchin on Bus was a very new concept for me. In fact, when I saw it as the event for a Facebook group that I am, I didn’t hesitate to purchase my ticket to join. It was my first time joining the group and this event was worth it.

 

The whole theme is having a brunch prepared on the bus with dining and all. We brunched on my favorites such as shrimp and grits and even had jerked salmon salad. The one meal that I thoroughly enjoyed was the quiche with chorizo and ground turkey.

Brown sugar topped along fruit parfait.
Entree Meal

The bus journey around Dallas and we even got the scenic view at White Rock Lake in Dallas. Overall this experience was a great one. I’d definitely do it again with a group.

Arts, Beats, and Lyrics Recap

In my spare time I love to enjoy friends and eat. I don’t get much spare time because I am constantly working but this particular Friday night, I was ready for it.

I had a friend who was supposed to accompany me but I ended up being solo. The first thought of that made me feel like I should stay home but this event was right up my alley and I could not NOT attend. I was ready for a solo night in Dallas.

This was the Jack Daniels’ “Arts, Beats, and Lyrics” event. This is basically all of my favorite things mixed into one. When I got there, I ran into my friend, Blythe which made the solo dolo event worth it. I wasn’t alone after all.

I didn’t do much networking this night as I had planned to have a chill day and really immerse myself with my culture and take a much appreciated “night off”

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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