chrisbjohnsonrealtor: There IS A Cost to Waiting: Interest Rates Edition #INFOGRAPHIC - 07/19/19 09:25 AM
Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2020. The higher your interest rate, the more money you will end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be. Rates are still low right now – don’t wait until they hit 5% to start searching for your dream home! What is My Home Worth? To Get A Market SnapShot Click Here  Facebook Badge Chris B Johnson
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chrisbjohnsonrealtor: Mortgage Rates Continue Down, Should I Refinance My Home? - 07/16/19 09:27 AM
With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance.
To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions:
Why do you want to refinance? There are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of the most common ones:
Lower your interest rate and payment – This is the most popular reason. If you have a 5% interest rate or higher, it might be worth seeing if you can take advantage of the current lower interest rates, hovering below 4%, to reduce your monthly payment and overall cost of … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: First Time Home Buyers Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp? #INFOGRAPHIC - 07/12/19 10:25 AM
Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more “old millennials” (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now!  
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chrisbjohnsonrealtor: Americans’ Believe in Homeownership as a Powerful Investment - 07/11/19 09:15 AM
The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a good financial investment. Since 2014, the percentage has increased by over nine percent.The Fed’s survey also showed that when the results are broken down by age, education, income, or region of the country, more than 55% of Americans in each category see homeownership as a good investment.
This coincides with a recent Gallup survey of Americans which revealed that real estate was their number one choice for the best long-term investment when compared to stocks, savings accounts or gold.
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chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #TimeToBuy 5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent #FirstTimeHomeBuyers - 07/09/19 09:13 AM
Owning a home has great financial benefits.
In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained:
“Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial flexibility due to secured borrowing, built-in ‘default’ savings with mortgage amortization and nominally fixed payments, and the potential to lower home maintenance costs through sweat equity.”
Let’s breakdown 5 major financial benefits of homeownership:
1. Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available
Homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: It's Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home! #MoveUpBuyer - 07/08/19 09:42 AM
Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house.
Much of the demand for housing over the past couple of years has come from first-time buyers looking for their starter home. Many of the more expensive homes listed for sale have not seen as much interest.
According to ILHM’s Luxury Report, this mismatch in demand and inventory of luxury and premium homes has created … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: Happy 4th of July! Did You Know, Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums - 07/04/19 10:22 AM
When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium!
According to CoreLogic,
“Last year about 43% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications were submitted by FTHBs… Similarly, the data show condos were more popular with young homebuyers and empty nesters. For instance, 21% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications were submitted by buyers aged 18 to 30, compared with just 17% of all single-family home-purchase mortgage applications by the same … (2 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #FirstTimeBuyers Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection - 06/27/19 09:24 AM
So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.
This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, to walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.
How to Choose an Inspector Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #FindYourDreamHome Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know Wants vs. What Needs! - 06/26/19 09:51 AM
In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses.
Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #TimeToBuy! Young First-Time Buyers Are Saving for Their Dream Homes - 06/20/19 02:18 PM
 
Young First-Time Buyers AreSaving for Their Dream Homes
Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the home they will eventually buy. Many spend hours searching listings and building Pinterest boards of their favorite home features.
According to a survey from Open Listings, 70% of single renters are more likely to spend their Sunday nights swiping through house listings than dating profiles.
All that time window shopping has led 45% of millennials to expect the first home they buy to be their “dream home”! They … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance #PMI #PreApproval - 06/19/19 09:00 AM
Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
What is PMI? Freddie Mac defines PMI as:
“An insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It’s a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%.
Once you’ve … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: Why Is So Much !*$%! Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage? - 06/18/19 09:52 AM
When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was a hundred times easier when they bought their home ten to twenty years ago.
There are two very good reasons that the loan process is much more onerous on today’s buyer than perhaps any other time in history.
1. The government has set new guidelines that now … (3 comments)

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chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #TimeToBuy Time for Your Dream Home, Gen X! #BoomerageBuyers - 06/13/19 04:00 PM
During the housing market crash, Gen X homeowners lost more wealth than other generations. However, things are changing now! A strong economy, increasing home prices, and the recovery of the housing market are helping this generation to regain their lost wealth.
According to Pew Research Center,
“Their fortunes have rebounded more than those of other generations during the post-recession economic expansion and as home and stock prices have risen. Since 2010, the median net worth of Gen X households has risen 115%. In fact, in 2016, the most recent year with available data, the net worth of a typical Gen X household had … (1 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #FirstTimeHomeBuyers Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You? - 06/11/19 09:43 AM
In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep paying rent, knowing that rent is rising too, or should you lock in your housing cost and buy a home?
Let’s look at both scenarios and analyze the pros and cons of each: Renting With the housing market crash in 2008, many homeowners lost their homes and became renters. According to Iproperty Management, “the number of households renting their home … rose from 31.2% of … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: Is There Another Housing Bubble Just Around The Corner? - 06/10/19 10:35 AM
Another Housing Bubble Ahead?in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News
  Research from the Black Knight indicates that the current demand for houses is largely driven by families seeking to purchase homes and not by speculators, which, according to the Urban Institute, means that we are at less risk of entering a housing bubble.
Urban Institute’s analysis of Black Knight’s house price index (HPI) reveals that home prices appear to be losing momentum. In comparison that during the last housing bubble, growth in the investment component of HPI was substantially larger, “reflecting reckless lending and speculative homebuying,” said Andrew M. Neal, Urban Institute Senior Research Associate.
“Investment-driven demand … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #TimeToBuy 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers #FirstTimeHomeBuyers - 06/10/19 10:15 AM
Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that,
“For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception of how much they will need to save for the down payment…
…Based on our recent survey of individuals planning to purchase a home in the next three years, nearly a third think they need to put more than 20% down.”
Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Buyers often overestimate the funds needed to qualify … (0 comments)

chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #TimeToBuy What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? #INFOGRAPHIC - 06/07/19 09:26 AM
Some Highlights: The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates to rise to 4.5% by the Q4 2020. CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 4.8% over the next 12 months. If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!  
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chrisbjohnsonrealtor: #TimeToBuy The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home - 06/05/19 03:16 PM
We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling ones.
No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, that feeling of safety and security you gain from owning your own home is simultaneously one of the greatest and most difficult to describe.
Frederick Peters, a contributor for Forbes, recently wrote about that feeling, and the pride that comes from owning your own … (0 comments)

 
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