luxury valley homes scottsdale: Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits - 04/08/21 09:28 AM
Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits
A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to consumer respondents:
88% - a better chance of saving for retirement 87% - the best investment plan 85% - the chance to be better off financially 85% - the chance to build up wealth Additional financial advantages of homeownership included in the survey are having the best overall tax situation and being able to live within your budget.
Does homeownership … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers - 04/02/21 01:48 PM
Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights With so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on average, houses are receiving over four offers from buyers and they’re selling in less than three weeks. If you’re ready to make a move, let’s connect today so you can sell your house while the market is in your favor. … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget - 03/30/21 10:42 AM
How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget
Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it affects what you can afford to borrow when you’re buying a home. As Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, shares:
“Since January, mortgage rates have increased half a percentage point from historic lows and home prices have risen, leaving potential homebuyers with less purchasing power.” (See graph below):
When buying a home, it’s important to determine a monthly budget so you can plan for and understand what you can afford. However, … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Myth Busters 2021 Real Estate - 03/26/21 09:48 AM
2021 Real Estate Myth Buster [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights There are a lot of misconceptions about buying or selling a home today, making it challenging to know exactly how to navigate the current real estate landscape. Here’s a little clarity when it comes to 5 common myths about the 2021 housing market. Let’s connect to discuss your needs and so you can decipher facts from fiction in our local market. … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing Market - 03/25/21 02:47 PM
Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing Market
Right now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, moving up to a bigger one, or selling so you can downsize this spring, there are perks today that are powering big moves for people across the country. Here are the top two to keep on the radar this season.
The Biggest Perk for Buyers: Low Mortgage Rates  Today’s most compelling buyer incentive is low mortgage interest rates. The 30-year fixed-rate is now averaging just over 3%. While that’s slightly higher than the … (1 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Should We Fear the Surge in Cash-Out Refinances? - 03/23/21 09:02 AM
Freddie Mac recently released their Quarterly Refinance Statistics report which covers refinances through 2020. The report explains that the dollar amount of cash-out refinances was greater in 2020 than in recent years. A cash-out refinance, as defined by Investopia, is:
“a mortgage refinancing option in which an old mortgage is replaced for a new one with a larger amount than owed on the previously existing loan, helping borrowers use their home mortgage to get some cash.”
The Freddie Mac report led to articles like the one published by The Real Deal titled, House or ATM? Cash-Out Refinances Spiked in 2020, which reports:
“Americans treated their homes like ATMs last year, withdrawing $152.7 billion amid a … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Americans See Major Home Equity Gains - 03/19/21 07:33 AM
Americans See Major Home Equity Gains [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights Today’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country. If your needs are changing and you’re ready for a new home, your equity may be a great asset to power your next move. Now is a great time to put your equity toward a down payment on the home of your dreams. … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Thinking of Buying or Selling This Spring? - 03/11/21 10:55 AM
 
The housing market has a lot to offer both buyers and sellers right now. Let's connect to make sure you have the resources you need for the spring season.
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luxury valley homes scottsdale: How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today? - 03/03/21 09:00 AM
How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?
Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be complicated. You may have to take personal or professional considerations into account, and only you can judge what impact those factors should have on your desire to move.
However, there’s one category that provides a simple answer. When deciding to buy now or wait until next year, the financial aspect of the purchase is easy to evaluate. You just need to ask yourself two questions:
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luxury valley homes scottsdale: Where Have All the Houses Gone? - LVH - 02/22/21 08:50 AM
Where Have All the Houses Gone?
In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners delayed their plans to sell at the same time that more buyers aimed to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates and purchase a home, housing inventory dropped even further. Experts consider this to be the biggest challenge facing an otherwise hot market while buyers continue to compete for homes. As Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains:
“With buyers active in the market … (1 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership - 02/12/21 10:33 AM
Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights Homeownership provides comfort, stability, and security, and it makes you feel more connected to your community. Your home is something to be proud of and is uniquely yours, so you can customize it to your heart’s desire. If you’re ready to fall in love with a home of your own, let’s connect to get you started on the path to homeownership. … (1 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You - 01/28/21 10:00 AM

The real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by experts to remain favorable throughout the year. One challenge to the housing industry, however, is the lack of homes available for sale today. Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report, which shows that the inventory of homes for sale is currently at an all-time low. The report explains:
“Total housing inventory at the end of December totaled 1.07 million units, down 16.4% from November and down 23% from one year ago (1.39 million). Unsold inventory sits at … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans? - 01/27/21 08:46 AM

According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage companies, 6.48 million households have entered a forbearance plan as a result of financial concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s where these homeowners stand right now:
2,543,000 (39%) are current on their payments and have left the program 625,000 (9%) have paid off their mortgages 434,000 (7%) have negotiated a repayment plan and have left the program 2,254,000 (35%) have extended their original forbearance plan 512,000 (8%) are still in their original forbearance plan 116,000 (2%) have left the program and are still … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need - 01/25/21 09:12 AM
Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need
As we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time at home throughout the health crisis, some are wondering if they should move to improve their mental health and well-being. This is no surprise since the U.S. Census Bureau reported an increase in the percentage of adults with symptoms of anxiety and depression in a recent Household Pulse Survey.
There’s logic behind the idea that making a move could improve someone’s quality of life. When people change their … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures? - 01/13/21 09:15 AM
Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?
At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow homeowners to remain in their homes without making their monthly mortgage payments. Today, almost three million households are actively in a forbearance plan. Though 29.4% of those in forbearance have continued to stay current on their payments, many have not.
Yanling Mayer, Principal Economist at CoreLogic, recently revealed:
“A distributional analysis of forborne loans’ payment status reveals that more than one third (39.1%) of all forborne loans are now 150+ days behind payment, while as many … (3 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional - 01/08/21 08:45 AM
Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights Choosing the right real estate professional to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make in your homebuying or selling process. The right agent can explain current market conditions and break down exactly what they mean for you. If you’re considering buying or selling a home this year, let’s connect so you can work with someone who has the experience to answer all of your questions about pricing, contracts, negotiations, and more. … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: 3 Reasons to Buy a Home 2021 - 01/07/21 09:52 AM
3 Reasons to Buy a Home in 2021  [ Video ]
Inventory may open up, making homes cheaperBack in January, the median U.S. home price was $266,200. As of September, it was $311,800. That's clearly a sizable jump, and it largely boils down to a huge lack of inventory.
Many sellers have held off on listing their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's created a shortage of available properties to buy. In fact, housing inventory is down 32.5% this year compared to 2019, and the basic laws of supply and demand indicate that when a commodity, such as a home, is in short … (2 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Why Not Wait Until Spring to Make a Move - 01/05/21 10:39 AM

The housing market recovery coming into the new year has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s economic pause is playing out extremely well for real estate, and the current market conditions are truly making this winter an ideal time to make a move. Here’s a dive into some of the biggest wins for homebuyers this season.
1. Mortgage Rates Are Historically Low In 2020, mortgage rates hit all-time lows 16 times. Continued low rates have set buyers up for significant long-term gains. In fact, realtor.com notes:
“Given this means homes could cost potentially tens of … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today - 12/28/20 08:29 AM

Even in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted to increase by 4.5% in 2021. This means experts anticipate home values will continue climbing next year. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, notes:
“We expect price gains to ease somewhat in 2021 and end 5.7% above 2020 levels, decelerating steadily through the spring and summer, and then gradually reaccelerating toward the end of the year.”
How to Price Your House When it comes to setting the right price for … (0 comments)

luxury valley homes scottsdale: Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion - 12/21/20 01:23 PM

In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which reveals four major findings:
U.S. homeowners with mortgages have seen their equity increase by a total of $1 trillion since the third quarter of 2019. The average homeowner gained approximately $17,000 in equity over the past year. This is a 10.8% increase in equity over last year. The average household with a mortgage now has $194,000 in home equity. This has given many … (1 comments)

 
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