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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FM Real Estate Fun Fact

More Home... Less Money...The principal and interest portion of the payment on a home bought a few y

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ever Wonder What The Colored Letter Next To A Listing Means

As you are searching on the MLS for homes for sale, you will sometimes see a little yellow letter ne

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Assessed Value Vs Appraised Value Whats The Difference

Two Very Different Methods of Home ValuationTwo Very Different OutcomesI often hear homeowners ask m

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Friday, May 6, 2016

FREDDIE MAC SAYS: Housing Market to Retain Forward Motion


While recent data darkened the growth outlook for the first quarter, April data has experts predicting housing will maintain its momentum in 2016 and be an economic engine of growth. This insight comes from data recently released by Freddie Mac. The report shows that recent declines in mortgage rates have also boosted refinance potential.

“We’ve revised down our forecast for economic growth to reflect the recent data for the first quarter, but our outlook for the balance of the year remains modestly optimistic for the economy,” says Sean Becketti, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “However, we maintain our positive view on housing. In fact, the declines in long-term interest rates that accompanied much of the recent news should increase mortgage market activity, particularly refinance.”

Based on new data, first quarter 2016 real GDP growth has been revised down from 1.8 to 1.1 percent...Read More

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Scents That Help You Sell Your Home

Real estate professionals have long paid attention to the smell of a home, making sure the scent is

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Specials And Taxes What Are They And How Much Will They Cost

Specials and Taxes: What are they and how much will they cost me. SPECIALS: Commonly

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

How To Know If Its Time To SELL Your Home

When you first bought your house, you lived in the country. Now that same house is part of the city.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

New Listing Moorhead Luxury Condo

Priced at $235,000, enjoy immaculate condo living without the luxury price tag! This condo has it al

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Best Not To Search Homes By Square Footage Preferences

When you include square footage in your search criteria,andnbsp;it may cause you to miss out on a hou

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mortgage Rates Take A Slight Dip This Week

Average fixed-rate mortgages moved slightly lower this week, a welcome reversal following three cons

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Top NEW Home Ammenities Of 2015

The most likely features and amenities to be included on an average single-family home in 2015: Walk-

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Its Now Becoming EASIER To Get A Mortgage

Lately lenders are seeming toandnbsp;loosenandnbsp;up when it comes to home buyers obtaining a mortgage.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

How to BUY & SELL a home at the same time in the FM Area!



Whatever you do, don't spend a great deal of time worrying about what will happen when you're selling one home and buying another.You're not alone. REALTORS®, lawyers, and title and escrow companies have had plenty of experience in arranging contracts and loans so that the two transactions flow smoothly.


It's best to list your current home for sale first!

Selling and buying a home is a very emotional event and if you create a "race" by locating your replacement property before you sell your current home, you may lose it to another buyer, who does not need to sell in order to buy. If you do find just the house you want, you can always put in a purchase offer contingent (dependent) on selling your present one. However, in a hot market you will have difficulty getting the house you want this way.

Sometimes the seller will sign a contract agreeing to wait a certain period of time while you find a buyer for your house - sometimes not. What would you do if you were presented with such a proposal, from a buyer who also has a house to sell? To put yourself in the best negotiating situation (therefore most likely getting the best deal you can on your purchase), you definitely need to put your home up for sale first.

There is a process your Realtor® can follow to guarantee that you are not without a home.

In the chance that you sell your house and you have not found one to buy, the Realtor® can make sure that you are in the drivers seat and that you aren't forced to go thru with the sale unless you've got a house that you want to buy. Ask your Realtor® about this to make sure you are protected. If you do not follow this process and just list your home for sale, once you are in that contract, you will legally have to go thru with the sale regardless if you have found a new home or not, so make sure you are protected or that you have a plan B.

*(If you do find that you need to buy the next house before you've received the proceeds from the present one, lending institutions can sometimes make you a short-term "bridge" loan to tide you over between the two transactions. Make sure you fully understand the exposure and emotional investment before proceeding with this type of loan. This is something you would need to talk to your lender about and only necessary in rare situations.)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mortgages are easier to obtain than many prospective home buyers might expect



Are you on the home-buying sidelines this spring because you think you wouldn’t be able to qualify for a mortgage? Do you know what sort of FICO credit scores are being accepted by lenders at the moment — they’re lower than they were a year ago — and whether your score might now be good enough?

You may be part of the surprisingly large crowd of folks who fear the home-loan unknown. A new national consumer survey found that 56 percent of all potential purchasers of homes — people who don’t own now but hope to during the coming 24 months — say they’re out of the market because they don’t want to face the possibility of rejection by lenders. Even 30 percent of current homeowners believe they wouldn’t pass muster today.

Using a statistical sample of 1,055 Americans 18 and older, survey research firm OmniTel — polling on behalf of mortgage lender loanDepot — documented widespread uncertainty and lack of specific knowledge about current market conditions relative to qualifying to buy a home. According to the survey, 74 percent of potential buyers who would need a mortgage concede that they have not scoped out the current market or taken the steps needed to qualify. Many potential buyers believe that they need near-perfect credit scores to get a home loan. Half of those surveyed said they had no idea what minimum FICO score is needed for a mortgage and nearly a fifth (18 percent) said the minimum score might be 770 or higher.

Debt-to-income ratios are another insurmountable obstacle in many potential buyers’ eyes — enough so that they don’t even try to obtain a mortgage. Most lenders use two forms of debt ratios: a “front end” ratio that compares the monthly costs of the proposed new mortgage and other housing expenses with the applicant’s monthly income; and a “back end” ratio comparing all recurring monthly debt obligations, including housing expenses, student loans, credit cards and the like, with the applicant’s monthly income. Roughly a third of all potential buyers on the sidelines believe their debt ratios are too high.

But what’s the statistical reality on debt ratios, FICO-score minimums and down payments? What are lenders approving? The best answers come from Ellie Mae, a company whose loan origination and tracking software is widely used by lenders. Every month, Ellie Mae analyzes a huge sample of new mortgage originations nationwide and issues an overview report rich with the sort of detail that buyers sitting on the sidelines could use.

Here’s what it found in its report on March, released last week:

●Thirty-three percent of all new loans last month had borrower FICO scores below 700. A year ago, it was just 27 percent. (FICO scores max out at 830, which is considered excellent credit; applicants with scores under 700 present higher credit risks to lenders.) Federal Housing Administration-insured home-purchase loans had an average FICO in March of 684. Conventional mortgages, those designed for purchase by investors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, still have relatively high FICOs: They averaged 755 in March, but that was down slightly from 759 a year before. Lenders are doing far fewer refinancings this year, so they are loosening up on FICO minimums for purchasers.

●Debt ratios also are more generous than many sidelined potential borrowers probably imagine. FHA’s average front end (housing costs) ratio last month for purchase loans was 28 percent. In other words, if your projected housing and mortgage-related costs represent 28 percent of monthly income, you’re average. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans averaged 22 percent ratios on the front end. Back end (total recurring debt) ratios for FHA averaged 41 percent. For Fannie and Freddie, it was lower: 34 percent.

●Down payments can be small if that’s what you need. FHA’s average down payment last month for home purchases was 5 percent, but many borrowers put down just 3.5 percent. Fannie and Freddie also allow 5 percent down, provided you can pay mortgage insurance premiums. Down payments on VA loans can go to zero if your veteran status allows you to qualify. Department of Agriculture loans — which are designed for home buyers who live in small towns — also allow for down payments of zero.

The point here: If you’re on the sidelines, check out what’s really going on in the mortgage market. There may be more opportunities — even in an era of tighter underwriting — than you think.

Source: Washington Post

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Home Sales Mark Sluggish Start to Spring



Existing-home sales basically held flat in March, and current home sales activity shows signs of underperforming by historical standards, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest existing-home sales report. But NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says the slow start to spring may be temporary, with an improvement for the housing market likely on the horizon.

Existing-home sales dropped slightly by 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjust annual rate of 4.59 million in March. They are 7.5 percent below the 4.96 million unit pace a year ago. The March sales volume was the slowest since July 2012, NAR notes.

“There really should be stronger levels of home sales, given our population growth,” Yun says. “In contrast, price growth is rising faster than historical norms because of inventory shortages.”

The median price for existing homes was $198,500 in March, up 7.9 percent compared to year-ago levels. “With rising home equity, we expect distressed homes to decline to a single-digit market share later this year,” Yun says. Distressed homes, which include foreclosures and short sales, accounted for 14 percent of sales in March, down from 21 percent in March 2013.

Yun says the housing market will likely see an increase in activity in the months ahead.

“With ongoing job creation and some weather-delayed shopping activity, home sales should pick up, especially if inventory continues to improve and mortgage interest rates rise only modestly,” he says.

Regional Snapshot:

    Northeast: Existing-home sales rose 9.1 percent in March, but remain 4.8 percent below year-ago levels. Median price: $244,700, up 3.2 percent from a year ago
    Midwest: Existing-home sales rose 4 percent in March but are 10.3 percent below March 2013 levels. Median price: $149,600, 5.9 percent above year-ago levels
    South: Existing-home sales fell 3 percent in March and are 3 percent below March 2013. Median price: $173,000, up 6.7 percent from a year ago.
    West: Existing-home sales dropped 3.7 percent and are 13.4 percent below a year ago. Median price: $289,300, up 12.6 percent from March 2013

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