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Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait:
|Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense.|
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North Texas Real Estate Stats
When comparing the month of June over the last 3 years. All data comes from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.
Months Supply of Homes for Sale: Month of June
Actually inventory is low because buyers are gobbling up the homes that are for sale. We see over the last 3 years that the new listings are increasing year after year.
As we look closer, buyer demand is high which leads to higher sales prices. Over the last 6 years we see an incredible increase in sales price! Now is the time to sell if there ever was one! We are in a unique moment in time especially with low interest rates…its time to take advantage of the market!
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We get many questions about option money and earnest money when writing a One to Four Residential Family Contract for our buyers. Today we are going to discuss earnest money.
This video helps to explain earnest money in more detail. It is just one thing among many of the negotiable aspects of the contract. Please watch the video provided by Allegiance title below to help explain what earnest money is and isn’t.
When Buyers and Sellers are reviewing the many components of a One to Four Residential Family Contract it is important they are educated and informed by their REALTOR® such that they understand their obligations as this is a legal and binding contract. We want all our clients to understand that using a REALTOR® who is looking out for their best interest and well educated about the contract is of utmost importance to us and our service to them.
As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first-time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned only about price but also about the ‘long term cost’ of the home.
Let us explain.
There are many factors that influence the ‘cost’ of a home. Two of the major ones are the home’s appreciation over time, and the interest rate at which a buyer can borrow the funds necessary to purchase their home. The rate at which these two factors can change is often referred to as “The Cost of Waiting”.
What will happen over the next 12 months?
According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, prices are expected to rise by 5.5% by this time next year.
Additionally, Freddie Mac’s most recent Economic Commentary & Projections Tablepredicts that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will appreciate to 4.5% in that same time.
What Does This Mean to a Buyer?
Here is a simple demonstration of what impact these projected changes would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:
Here are state maps for each category:
The Past – home appreciation over the last 12 months
The Present – home appreciation over the last month
The Future – home appreciation projected over the next 12 months
Homes across the country are appreciating at different rates. As we have mentioned before, the rate of home price appreciation across the country is due to a strong housing market reacting to supply and demand, and not a new housing bubble.
If you plan on relocating to another state, and are waiting for your home to appreciate more, you need to know that the home you will buy in another state may be appreciating even faster.
Let’s meet up so I can guide you through your next steps and help you decide what’s right for you.
Sales of houses priced at $1 million or more rose more than 12% in the year 2015 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to the Texas Association of Realtors. The rate of increase in luxury home sales in the D-FW area was about twice the overall growth of preowned home purchases. Last year’s million-dollar-home sales rise in North Texas follows a 15% increase in 2014. The D-FW area had 1,088 luxury home sales during the first 10 months of 2015. The median price of luxury homes sold in North Texas was $1.4 million – the highest of any of the state’s major markets.
New York City and Dallas-Fort Worth were the two fastest growing commercial construction markets in 2015. Among the largest commercial building markets, New York City construction start volumes rose by 66 percent in 2015 from 2014 levels. And in the D-FW area construction of commercial buildings and apartments increased by 35 percent last year from the year before, according to a new report by Dodge Data & Analytics.
D-FW ranked third for total building volume with $6 billion in new project starts, behind New York with $34.9 billion in new construction and Miami at $6.3 billion.
The Mortgage Bankers Association most recently released information showed that the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties dropped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.77 percent of all loans. This is the lowest level since the third quarter of 2006.
More than 4,000 jobs were added at Alliance Texas in far north Fort Worth in 2015, bringing the development’s employment numbers above 45,000, a new report shows. Since it started with the opening of Alliance Airport in 1989, Hillwood Properties’ 18,000-acre mixed-used development has generated $59.69 billion in economic impact to North Texas, including $4.32 billion last year, according to an annual report presented to the City Council. 2015 was a big year for Alliance in terms of new projects, including groundbreaking on the $1 billion Facebook data center and Walmart.com’s announcement for another e-commerce center at Alliance Center North II, Hillwood said. Facebook bought 110 acres from Hillwood earlier in 2015. But by mid-December it added another 39 acres for a possible expansion beyond the planned 750,000 square feet of data center space already on the drawing board.