Real Estate

5 REASONS TO SELL YOUR HOME NOW!

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage? These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are five of those reasons.    Ingleside Terrace Homes

1. Demand is Strong

There is currently a pent-up demand of purchasers as many home buyers pushed off their search this past winter because of extreme weather. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the number of buyers in the market, which feel off dramatically in December, January and February, has begun to increase again over the last few months. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now! For more information please click here.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing supply is still under the historical number of 6 months’ supply. This means that, in many markets, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.

There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as prices increased over the last eighteen months. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future. Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A recent study by Harris Poll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference).Ingleside Terrace Homes

The choices buyers have will continue to increase over the next few months. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges of the 2014 housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. As the market heats up, banks will be inundated with loan inquiries causing closing timelines to lengthen. Selling now will make the process quicker and simpler.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive Ingleside Terrace Home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 19% from now to 2018. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with an interest rate in the low 4’s right now. Rates are projected to be over 5% by this time next year.San Francisco Realtor

5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your Ingleside Terrace Home on the market and pricing it so it sells. Perhaps, the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

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MILLENNIALS: DIVERSIFY WITH HOUSING

We are excited to have Justin DeCesare back as our guest blogger today. Justin is the CEO of Middleton & AIngleside Terrace Homesssociates Real Estate, one of the largest independently owned Brok erages in coastal San Diego. – The KCM Crew.

A recent article

Written by Kelley Holland of CNBC titled “Retirement trumps home ownership for millennials” references a National Endowment for Financial Education study that claims only 13% of Millennials see home ownership as a top priority.

Half of the same sample claimed retirement saving was their primary goal.

To me, as both a Millennial and a Real Estate Broker/CEO, the answers to this survey stem from the perception of what Ingleside Terrace Home ownership is.

The last decade, or the fail decade as it is known by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, has wiped out countless sums of home equity. Even in the gains of the last two years, we are not back at the record highs of 2005 and 2006.

The correlation here is that this decline in home prices is when Millennials have come of age. We have grown up in a time when people began treatinghome ownership like they would a swing trade. It became the same as renting, but with the possibility for a quick return. Pride of ownership left the picture and Real Estate was turned into another get rich quick scheme.

The free-market economics of the Real Estate Market took over when the bubble was too full, and for most of the average Millennials adult life they have heard nothing but Real Estate negativity in the media.

As the market rebounds, and the understanding that home ownership provides for long term wealth takes over the perception of how retirement savings can be made, I am sure future results of this study will change.  San Francisco Realtor

1994 was 20 years ago.

Go back in the public records (or your MLS if it reaches two decades ago) and find some homes that were sold and have remained with one owner since. Even considering the plummeting values of the late 2000s, the home values and retirement savings are still there.

As Agents and Brokers or San Francisco Realtor, it is our duty to help our clients and not simply act as a salesman.

My suggestion to you is that as you are breaking down the monthly payments of your young clients’ mortgage, help them see how the home itself is more than a dwelling and how it will play into the diversity of their retirement plans.

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Do You Really Need a Home Inspection?

Living in one of Ingleside Terrace Homes, 2bhk Flat or bungalow, your lender may require a pest inspection to make sure your new home is free of termites and other wood destroying insects. If the pest report mentions damage from an active or previous infestation the lender will ask you to hire someone to verify the structural integrity of the Ingleside Terrace Home. Neither of those inspections takes the place of a home inspection that examines the condition of the house and its components. Ingleside Terrace Homes

What Is a Home Inspection?

A home inspector evaluates the structure of the house, and gives feedback about other systems such as the roof,plumbing, electrical system, heating and air conditioning units, insulation,doors, windows and more.

Are Home Inspections Required?

Home inspections are an extra expense and usually optional, so do you really need one?Probably money might be  tight for closing, but try to imagine moving in and finding out that the air conditioning unit isn’t capable of cooling the house, or that portions of the electrical system are substandard, or that the chimney needs immediate repairs.

What if the Inspection Uncovers Problems?

First, your offer to purchase should have included a detailed statement regarding your rights to a home inspection. The standard contract used by real estate agents may give you the right to back out of a contract if a home inspection uncovers more problems than you are willing to deal with. If it does not, the wording should be added in the form of a contingency.

Don’t assume the seller will make every repair you ask for. They may refuse to make any repairs at all. Read your contract carefully before signing it so that you understand the rights and obligations of all parties. Never rely on a verbal agreement–agreements must be in writing to be valid.

Who’s the best person for the job?

Evaluate your new home. Experienced inspectors have seen hundreds, or even thousands, of homes and have the routine down-pat. They know exactly what to look for, including all the little quick-fix tricks.San Francisco Realtor

My brother can do it.

Some people truly do have a friend or family member who can perform an inspection. But even though your brother may have some building experience he may not have the equipment or expertise required to do a thorough evaluation of the home. What if he misses a major problem? Will it create hard feelings within the family?

I’m in love with this house, so it doesn’t matter.

So much in love that you’re ignoring problems? An inspector takes a clinical look at the house. You’ll get only the facts, and that’s what you need to make decisions about going forward with the purchase. If you don’t really care what problems you might run into, go ahead. You’re the only one who can determine how much time, energy and money you can devote to the house.But keep in mind that an inspection that uncovers safety issues can help you prioritize repairs.

It’s a brand new home. There won’t be any problems.

Maybe in a perfect world. New construction isn’t always problem-free.

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