sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans - 05/20/22 08:45 PM
Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans Some Highlights If recent headlines about rising inflation are making you wonder if it’s still a good time to buy, here’s what experts have to say. Housing is an asset that typically grows in value. Plus, your mortgage helps stabilize your monthly housing costs, and buying protects you from rising rents. Experts say owning a home is historically a good hedge against inflation. Let’s connect if you’re ready to start the homebuying process today. … (1 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession - 05/19/22 08:46 PM
The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession
A recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and if true, an economic slowdown doesn’t mean homes will lose value.
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) defines a recession this way:
“A recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, normally visible in production, employment, and other indicators. A recession begins when the economy reaches a peak of economic activity and ends when the economy … (3 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy - 05/18/22 08:30 PM
How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy
If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you're probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons you want to make a purchase if you’re a renter, but the decision can also be motivated by having a place that’s uniquely your own.
If you want to express yourself by upgrading and customizing your living space but are feeling held back by your rental agreement, it might be time to consider the perks of owning your home.
A Little Change Can Bring Lots of Joy There’s … (3 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask a Real Estate Professional. - 05/13/22 07:24 PM
Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask a Real Estate Professional.
Some Highlights If you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on your trusted real estate advisor to be your guide. In today’s sellers’ market, buyers have limited options and may be more willing to take on repairs themselves. If you’re thinking about selling your house, let’s connect so you have expert advice that’s customized to your home and our local area. … (4 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: What You Actually Need To Know About the Number of Foreclosures in Today’s Housing Market - 05/12/22 08:33 PM
What You Actually Need To Know About the Number of Foreclosures in Today’s Housing Market
While you may have seen recent stories about the volume of foreclosures today, context is important. During the pandemic, many homeowners were able to pause their mortgage payments using the forbearance program. The goal was to help homeowners financially during the uncertainty created by the health crisis.
When the forbearance program began, many experts were concerned it would result in a wave of foreclosures coming to the market, as there was after the housing crash in 2008. Here’s a look at why the number of foreclosures we’re seeing … (2 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Are There More Homes Coming to the Market? - 05/11/22 07:49 PM
Are There More Homes Coming to the Market?
According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of the top challenges buyers face in today’s housing market is finding a home that meets their needs. That’s largely because the inventory of homes for sale is so low today.
If you’re looking to buy a home, you may have noticed this yourself. But there is good news. Recent data shows more sellers are listing their houses this season, which may give you more options for your home search.
Early Signs Inventory May Be Growing The latest data from realtor.com shows the number of listings coming onto the market, known in the industry … (0 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase - 05/09/22 08:49 PM
How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase
If you’re planning to buy a home, it’s critical to understand the relationship between mortgage rates and your purchasing power. Purchasing power is the amount of home you can afford to buy that’s within your financial reach. Mortgage rates directly impact the monthly payment you’ll have on the home you purchase. So, when rates rise, so does the monthly payment you’re able to lock in on your home loan. In a rising-rate environment like we’re in today, that could limit your future purchasing power.
Today, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is above 5%, and in … (3 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: 2022 Housing Market Forecast  - 05/06/22 08:07 PM
2022 Housing Market Forecast 
Some Highlights What does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say about what lies ahead. Home prices are projected to rise and so are mortgage rates. Experts are also forecasting another strong year for home sales as people move to meet their changing needs. Let’s connect so you can make your best move this year. … (3 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers - 05/05/22 07:58 PM
Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
Buying your first home is a major decision and an exciting milestone. Even though it can feel daunting at times, it has the power to change your life for the better. If you're looking to purchase your first home, you may be wondering what's happening in the housing market today, how much you need to save, and where to start.
Here are three things that can help give you the information you need to confidently pursue your dream of homeownership.
1. Consider All Options When the Number of Homes for Sale Is Low Today, there are far more buyers in the market than … (2 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think - 05/04/22 08:48 PM
Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think
One of the biggest concerns for a homeowner looking to sell is the time they’ll have to put in before listing their house. If that’s the case for you, you should know – your home might be closer to list-ready than you think in today’s housing market. A survey of recent sellers from realtor.com finds that many were able to get their house ready in less than a month. It says:
“With many homeowners expecting a quick sale, and in many cases a lack of contingencies, the preparation process took less than a month for over 50% … (3 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home - 05/03/22 09:09 PM
Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home
With a limited number of homes for sale today and so many buyers looking to make a purchase before mortgage rates rise further, bidding wars are common. According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), nationwide, homes are getting an average of 4.8 offers per sale. Here’s a look at how that breaks down state-by-state (see map below):

The same report from NAR shows the average buyer made two offers before getting their third offer accepted. In this type of competitive housing market, it’s important to know what levers you can pull to help you … (1 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners - 05/02/22 08:43 PM
Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners
If you’re planning to sell your home this season, rising prices are great news for you. But it’s important to understand why prices are rising to begin with. One major factor is supply and demand.
In any industry, when there are more buyers for an item than there are of that item available, prices naturally rise. In those situations, buyers are willing to pay more to get the product or service they’re looking for when options are scarce. And that’s exactly what’s happening in the current real estate market.
Selma Hepp, Executive, Research & Insights and Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic, … (2 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell  - 04/29/22 06:35 PM
Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell 
Some Highlights If you’re thinking about selling your house this season, focusing on a few quick and easy updates outside can help your home look its best. 78% of real estate agents polled say poor landscaping affects property values. As a seller, that means your yard could impact your bottom line. When getting your house ready to sell, let’s connect to discuss what you should do to make sure your house shows well and catches the eyes of more potential buyers. … (5 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Is It Enough To Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market? - 04/25/22 06:47 PM
Is It Enough To Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market?
If you’re planning to buy a home this season, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your offer accepted. In previous years, it was common for buyers to try and determine how much less than the asking price they could offer to still get the home. The buyer and seller would then negotiate and typically agree on a revised price that was somewhere between the buyer’s bid and the home’s initial asking price.
In today’s real estate market, buyers shouldn’t shop for a home with the same expectations.
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sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Myths About Today’s Housing Market - 04/22/22 06:13 PM
Myths About Today’s Housing Market
Some Highlights If you’re planning to buy or sell a home today, it’s important to be aware of common misconceptions. Whether it’s timing your purchase as a buyer based on home prices and mortgage rates or knowing what to upgrade or repair before listing your house as a seller, it takes a professional to guide you through those decisions. Let’s connect so you have an expert to help separate fact from fiction in today’s housing market. … (3 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop - 04/21/22 06:15 PM
Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop
Homeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) finds that over 86% of buyers agree homeownership is still the American Dream.
Prior to the 1950s, less than half of the country owned their own home. However, after World War II, many returning veterans used the benefits afforded by the GI Bill to purchase a home. Since then, the percentage of homeowners throughout the country has increased to the current rate of 65.5%. That strong desire for homeownership has kept home values appreciating ever since. The graph … (1 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer - 04/20/22 08:54 PM
How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer
In the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning the timing of your home search, the truth is, timing has never been more important. Even though you may be tempted to put your plans on hold in hopes that rates will fall, waiting will only cost you more. Mortgage rates are forecast to continue rising in the year ahead.
If you’re thinking of buying a home, here are a few things to keep in mind so you can succeed even … (0 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers - 04/19/22 06:35 PM
Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers
Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Peter Warden, Editor of The Mortgage Reports, explains:
“The lender will check out your personal finances and issue you a letter confirming the amount you’re eligible to borrow. This not only gives you a firm budget for house hunting, but also lets sellers know you’re qualified to make an offer.”
Why does that matter … (2 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home? - 04/18/22 07:09 PM
Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?
Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean doing more of the things you enjoy, like traveling, visiting with loved ones, or taking on new hobbies. But what does that mean for your home?
If you’re looking for ways to focus more on the important things in your life, the answer could be downsizing. A recent article from The Balance talks about why it could be a great option, saying:
“There are … (1 comments)

sandy giff the giff group orlando florida homes: On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This. - 04/14/22 08:23 PM
On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This.
If you’re thinking of selling your house, it may be because you’ve heard prices are rising, listings are going fast, and sellers are getting multiple offers on their homes. But why are conditions so good for sellers today? And what can you expect when you move? To help answer both of those questions, let’s turn to the data.
Today, there are far more buyers looking for homes than sellers listing their houses. Here are the maps of the latest buyer and seller traffic from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to help paint the picture of what this looks … (1 comments)

 
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