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Money Monday: Preparing to Buy a Home

Buying a home — it’s a big decision; one that you should prepare for in advance.

buyers and sellers real estate disclosures“One of the most important things a first-time homebuyer can do is prepare their budget for this big financial event.” (“How to Prepare Your Budget for Buying Your First Home”. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/prepare-budget-buying-first-home-123000854.html)

And there’s a few key ways that you can get your budget in order:

  1. Work on getting your credit score up
  2. Save for a down payment on a house
  3. Prepare for extra costs when buying

Read more on Yahoo’s financial advice on prepping your budget before buying here: “How to Prepare Your Budget for Buying Your First Home”.

Pets Influence Home Buying Decisions

The power of pets when buying real estate.

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When home buyers have pets, that factors into their priorities for their future home. While the specific priorities differ from person to person, a massive 95% of consumers think that allowing animals within a housing community is important. Other preferences that consumers value include:

  • Nearby animal amenities (a walking path ranks at #1 at 54%; a nearby dog park or animal grooming also is included in the list).
  • Home features important to animal owners (not surprisingly, a fenced yard is vital to 91%, with a laminate floor coming in second as another priority for 66% of consumers).

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Ask Yourself These Questions Before Renting or Buying

Whether to buy or rent doesn’t necessarily have a clear-cut answer. But hopefully these questions will provide some guidance:

  1. What’s your top financial priority?
  2. What do you have savings for: down payment or first and last months’ rent?
  3. How long do you plan on living in the area?

There’s five more questions to ask yourself before you rent or buy; find them here on Yahoo: “8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding to Rent or Buy a House.”

Improved Affordability in California

Compared to this time last year, homes are slightly more affordable in California

  • The median price for a single-family home in California in 2016’s Q3 was $515,940.
  • 31% of households could afford to purchase a median-priced home — compared to 29% of households a year ago.
  • Least-affordable counties include: San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin.
  • Most-affordable counties include: San Bernardino, Kings, and Kern.

CAR improved real estate affordability in California

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

What Xers Want in a Home

Gen X home buyers want specific things from and priorities for their homes, and have different desires than perhaps other generations.

Family is a top priority among this generation, and want their house to reflect this.

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This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS here.

Millennials Make Up Half of US Real Estate Buyers

News from Zillow’s recent real estate study

HomeForSaleSignZillow released a study on Tuesday, revealing some of their real estate findings; including: “half of all buyers are under age 36, meaning the Millennial generation is driving more of the housing market than we previously understood.”

Another finding had to do with the hiring of real estate agents. They found that “buyers aren’t replacing the expertise of real estate agents with online research—but they are doing a tremendous amount of research online before contacting an agent. Those who start their home searches online are actually more likely to use an agent than other buyers.”

The report summarizes Zillow’s findings in a 164-page report; click here to read about all of the real estate findings in detail.

Money Monday: Housing affordability worry

Homebuyers getting more anxious about affordability

Source: Investors Business Daily

Homebuyers in the U.S. are growing more anxious about their ability to afford a dwelling of their own, and that’s especially true of millennials, says a new survey from Redfin. Another concern they have is high rent, with nearly half of first-time homebuyers surveyed saying that it pushed them into the housing market. And while low inventory was blamed as a major factor in July’s drop in sales of existing homes, that was third on the list of homebuyers’ worries, after affordability and competition from other shoppers.

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Making sense of the story

In previous surveys, the second- and third-most cited concerns made up a far higher percentage of total responses. Last year it was 31.4 percent, while in May it was 33.5 percent. In other words, affordability is gaining prominence as the number one concern among buyers.

Among the 1,887 homebuyers participating in the Redfin survey, those who said affordability
was their biggest concern grew to 28.1 percent this summer, compared to 26.6 percent a year ago. Anxiety about competition in the market again got the next-biggest share of responses, but it was cited by only 13 percent this year, compared to 17 percent in 2015.

Worry about lack of inventory again was third, but fell 2 percentage points — from 14.4 percent
of responses to 12.4 percent. The only other response reaching double digits was the share of
homebuyers who had “no concerns,” which increased slightly to 10.4 percent from 9.5 percent.

Among millennial homebuyers, nearly a third said affordability was their top concern. About half that number (16 percent) expressed worry about competition from other buyers, while about 1 in 8 (12 percent) were most troubled about the available housing inventory. And slightly more than 1 in 10 said they were the most uneasy about coming up with a down payment.

Full story: www.investors.com/news/real-estate/homebuyers-getting-more-anxious-about-affordability-redfinsays

Money Monday: Shopping for Interest Rates

While interest rates have remained at low levels, many analysts are predicting that mortgage rates will be heading upward. With this in mind smart homeowners are rushing to lock in the low rates. The following tips will help interested homebuyers in shopping for the best rate.

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How to shop: If you simply call up and ask a lender for interest rates the lender can tell you almost anything. One lender might offer a floating rate, while the next would offer you a forty day rate. Instead, before you call up you need to know two things: how many points you want to pay and how long you want to lock in the rate. You also want to call all the lenders on the same day. This way you will get a common basis of comparison for the different quotes.

Getting a reliable quote: Beware of lenders who promise unreasonable low rates. This does not mean that lenders are unreliable; however there is an incentive for the lender to fudge the quote in order to gain your business (the bait). Then when you go in to fill out the paper work the lender will change the rate on you (the switch).

How to Really Shop for a Lender: The best way is to get a referral, then shop other lenders. Do it properly, telling the lenders how much you are willing to pay in points and how long you want to lock in the rate. Make all your calls on the same day. Tell the lender you have filled out an application and that you will fax it in, so the rate has to be something he can deliver.