Wednesday, March 20, 2019 / by June Quilantang
A lot of Americans are holding back on buying homes because of their credit score. The sad truth is the majority of this group are misinformed and should have already started earlier than they plan to.
Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown according to Experian: 1
6% Very Poor (300-579)
18% Fair (580-669)
21% Good (670-739)
25% Very Good (740-799)
20% Exceptional (800-850)
Randy Hopper, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Navy Federal Credit Union said,
"Just because you have a low credit score doesn't mean you can't purchase a home. There are a lot of options out there for consumers with low FICO scores,"
There are many programs available with low or no credit score requirement. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) now requires a minimum FICO score of 580 if you want to qualify for the low down payment advantage.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not set a minimum credit score req ...
Friday, March 15, 2019 / by June Quilantang
With the volume of sellers who held back from selling the entire winter, we can expect the inventory to climb up as more and more sellers join in and balance out the demand.
Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they would have been right.
Buyer demand has seasonality to it. Usually, this falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic conditions.
That hasn't happened this year.
Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with an increase in rates forecasted for 2019, buyers are still able to lock in an affordable monthly payment. Buyers are increasingly jumping off the fence and into the market to secure a lower rate.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that in 2018 the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes all fell in April, May, or June.
Those who act quickly and list now, before a ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Following common practice of holding back from selling until Spring may be a cliche. But truth be told, it's a wise and conservative choice that has proven beneficial to the housing market. Nevertheless, with the number of sellers popping up from all directions. Holding off now is not the best thing to do.
Let's dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season!
1. National Association of Realtor's Existing Home Sales Report
Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some of this can be explained by the natural seasonality that the real estate market experiences every year, and some can be explained even further by a lack of homes available for sale on the market.
Inventory For the last eight months, the inventory of homes for sale has been higher when compared to the same month the year before. The challenge in the market is the mismatch of the type of home ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Although setting an attractive price on your home definitely boosts its sellability, it's not the only way to go. Here are other ways to put up a great show to leave a solid impression to your potential buyers and give them the WOW factor they all subconsciously crave for. Here are a few ideas for how to do this in this era of technology.
1) Facebook Live Virtual Open House
This can also work as a 'preview' before an official Open House. Let your agent walk potential buyers through your home using a webcam or cell phone, highlighting the unique features of your house and taking questions. This can be of great benefit, especially for those out-of-state buyers looking to relocate to your area.
2) Youtube Live Virtual Open House
YouTube is forecasted to have 187.8 million video users in 2019 in the United States alone! One of those users might be the buyer you're looking for! Like Facebook Live, allowing your agent to have a virtual open house will make it available, esp ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by June Quilantang
For most Americans, buying a home is the most important financial investment that we will ever make. Nevertheless, the recent housing bubble has left many people wondering if buying a home is still an effective way for people to save money and build wealth for the future.
The answer is 'yes,' according to recent studies.
The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 - a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013).
These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of a renter.
Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth.
As we've said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of 'forced savings.' Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity in your home.
That is why Gallup reported that Americans picked real estate as the best long-term inve ...