Keeping UP with 2016 mortgage market

A survey of 200 mortgage lending professionals showed that nearly two in three  mortgage lending professionals expect mortgage purchase production to increase, according to Lenders One Mortgage Barometer.

The overall anticipated increase for 2016 is set at 11%. In addition, 87% of mortgage professionals believe the mortgage purchase market will be somewhat to extremely active.

The survey was conducted online to a random 200 mortgage lenders, and independent research was also conducted by Market Intel Group in January, where it showed that 79% of millennials, are now reaching the peak age for home buying

Lenders One is a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, correspondent lenders.

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How Do we improve the air quality in our Homes?

 Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of air pollution or to reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control for air quality is also a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.

Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate and serves as a simple form of air cleaners. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.

It is particularly important to take as many of these steps as possible while you are involved in short-term activities that can generate high levels of pollutants–for example, painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, sanding, model making and gluing.

However, remember that for most indoor air quality problems in the home, source control is the most effective solution.

U.S. House Price rose 1.2 percent 2Q 2015

  U.S. house prices rose 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI).   This is the 16th consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for June was up 0.2 percent from May. House prices rose 5.4 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015.

The HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The seasonally adjusted, purchase-only HPI rose 5.4 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015, while prices of other goods and services fell 1.4 percent. The inflation-adjusted price of homes thus rose approximately 6.9 percent over the latest year.

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  • Home prices rose in every state between the second quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2015. The top five areas in annual appreciation: 1) Colorado – 10.6 percent, 2) Nevada – 10.5 percent, 3) Florida – 9.7 percent, 4) Hawaii – 9.5 percent, and 5) Washington – 8.8 percent.
  • Among the 100 most-populated metropolitan areas in the U.S., four-quarter price increases were greatest in San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA (MSAD), where prices increased by 18.3 percent. Prices were weakest in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, where they fell -1.1 percent.

Of the nine census divisions, the South Atlantic division experienced the strongest increase in the second quarter, posting a 1.7 percent quarterly increase and a 6.1 percent increase since.

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WOW! Rents at an All-Time High

Rents are at an all-time high for single-family homes according to Zillow‘s affordability report for the second quarter of 2015.

Did you know that consumers are currently spending an average of twice as much of their monthly income on rents as they are on mortgage payments?

Money talks! This is WHY NOW is a good time to buy a home, not only good! It is the best time to buy a house.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714) 963-7462

There is not doubt rents will likely keep rising at their current pace, and it is a fact high rents make it difficult to save for a down payment. Well, I have GOOD NEWS for you! There are down payment assistance programs that can help you buy your first home! Let’s GO!

   

How trendy is the REAL ESTATE MARKET!

 Real Estate Market trends are expected to stay positive and likely to boost business dollar volume by as much as 15 percent this 2015.   Now, New homes have now waiting lists.

Buying and selling real estate is a complex matter. At first it might seem that by checking local picture books or online sites you could quickly find the right home at the right price….right???

But a basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique. No two properties – even two identical models on the same street – are precisely and exactly alike. Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing options, inspection requirements and closing costs. Also, no two transactions are alike.

Because market conditions can change and the strategies that apply in one negotiation may be inappropriate in another, this information should not be set in stone. During your time in the marketplace your realtor will keep you updated, and alert you to each step in the transaction process.

A successful financial life is all about maximizing the positive decisions and minimizing the negative ones, especially in real estate investments. The good news is that all negative decisions may be avoided.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

Real Estate is historically and currently, the greatest investment! We have the knowledge and experience to guide a “newbie” or a seasoned client through the process of creating wealth in Real Estate.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about  real estate investments let us know. Call me @ (714)963-7462

 

 

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Pending Existing Home Sales dropped Unexpectedly

sold-sale-sign-over-clouds-grass-house-14063253The index of pending home sales fell 1.8 percent, the first drop this year, after a revised 0.6 percent increase in May, according to the National Association of Realtors figures shown last Wednesday in Washington.

The Commerce Department figures showed last week that Purchases of new U.S. homes fell also 6.8 percent to a 482,000 annualized pace in June, the weakest since November.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

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Getting your home ready to Sell!

reduced2Getting your home ready to sell can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. However, you need to look at your home from the perspective of a potential buyer.

Here are some tips that can help you on getting your home ready for sell boosting its curb appeal:

  • Add color to you landscape by either replacing flower beds or potted flowers, along with fresh sod.
  • Replace light fixtures and plumbing fixtures that will give your home a modern touch for a minimal investment.
  • Remove window treatments, unless they are current and high-end. That cuts the risk of turning off would-be buyers who don’t share your taste, and uncovered windows that will let more light into the rooms.
  • If you’re using your dining or a bedroom as an office for example, turn it back to their original use.
  • Replace dirty or worn carpet, you’re better off removing the carpet if there are hardwood floors underneath.
  • Uncluttered your house by packing away items that you will not use on an every day basis is a must. You want the new family to envision themselves living in the home.
  • A deep cleaning before you put your home on the market is a must, so everything shines.
  • Repaint all rooms in neutral colors. A fresh coat of paint also makes the house look newer and more modern.

Focus on low cost improvements! This will enhance your house’s curb appeal, and get your house ready to Sell!

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

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Real Estate Market Trends

 We are now seeing a changing trend in the Real Estate Market.  Rising rental prices are encouraging the millennial’s generation  to experience a nudge toward homeownership, and reports showed that First-time buyers are now at the front line of buying a home.  The Zillow Housing Confidence Index also said that about 5.2 million renters are expected to purchase a house this year, up from 4.2 million a year ago. Where job growth is strong, the millennial who were once renting  are ready and willing to buy.

The United States has about 75 million millennials — people born from 1980 and 1995 — and expected this year to surpass the baby boom generation according to a report released by the Pew Research Center.  Buying a home can be terrifying, and even though this is a big step,  many of us have taken it and enjoyed the comfort and security that homeownership has provided for our loved ones and ourselves.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462
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Why Hire a Realtor?

There is so much information readily available online, and the big question is…Why should we hire a REALTOR® ?

A REALTOR® is a Client Advocate. Only members of the National Association  of Realtors can call themselves REALTORS®    realtor-logo

REALTORS® are Real Estate Specialists.

REALTORS® Lower Your Risk. When you have a Realtor as an advocate, you share some of the risk of home buying/selling with your agent.

REALTORS® Have Inventory. According to The National Association of Realtors , over four-fifths of existing homes in the U.S. are represented by real estate brokers.

REALTORS® Understand The Complexity Of The Transaction.

We’re all looking for more precious time in our lives, and hiring pros gives us that time.

Can you afford not to have the experience of a REALTOR®  by your side?

Sandy Flores

Sandy Flores                   Broker/Realtor                     (714) 963-7462    http://www.sandyflores.com

 

 

 

 

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