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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What Does the Fed’s Recent Announcement Mean for You?


Now that the Fed has announced they’ll start reducing their balance sheet, you should consider buying or selling sooner rather than later.

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As you may have heard already, the Federal Reserve had a meeting on September 20th. At that meeting, they announced that they are going to start reducing their balance sheet. This means they’ll start reducing their massive holdings of the mortgage-backed securities they bought during the height of the economic crisis. What does this mean for buyers and sellers? The first thing to keep in mind is this isn’t an immediate situation. This program is getting ready to start, but the Fed owns $3.5 trillion in these securities, and they’ll only be selling back $10 billion a month initially.


Whether you’re a buyer or seller, it’s a good idea to think about how this might affect your situation.

If you’re planning on buying a house and getting a mortgage loan to do so, the monthly amount you’ll be paying on that mortgage will be affected in a huge way by how much the interest rate is. Over time, the Fed reducing their balance sheet will increase borrowing costs for consumers, which in this case means interest rates. Essentially, if you wait as long as six months to a year from now to buy, it will either cost you more to buy or you’ll be able to afford less house. If you’re considering selling your house a year or two down the road, you want to think hard about doing it sooner rather than later because of the effect this decision is having on buyers. If you wait, they won’t be able to afford as much house or they’ll have to purchase at a lower price. This is especially true if your house is in the upper price ranges of your area or it’s considered a move-up house for buyers. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, it’s a good idea to think about how this might affect your situation. If you have any other questions about this subject or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in our area, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How Title Insurance Keeps You Protected From Unforeseen Problems


What is title insurance and why is it so important? Today, I’ll be explaining why title insurance is essential for homeowners.

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What is title insurance and is it something that you actually need? In a nutshell, title insurance is protection for the owner of the property in regards to the title. This insurance can help to cover homeowners in a number of circumstances. For example, what happens if someone tries to sell their property only to discover there is another lien against that property that’s not released? Title insurance would act as a support net in this situation. There are other situations where title insurance can provide coverage as well. Another example would be a situation wherein the sellers didn’t sign off properly in a contract. To illustrate this, imagine that two business partners sell a house together. Six months later, the buyer realizes that one of the business partners didn’t sign off properly in the contract.


It is important to be protected from the unexpected.

This brings the ownership the buyer has over the property into question. Title insurance can help in situations like these as well. Title insurance can also alleviate less serious situations—like if a survey was done incorrectly. Ultimately, no one expects to need this kind of insurance. Nevertheless, it is important to be protected from the unexpected. Consider if you were to drive without auto insurance. People don’t get in their car anticipating a crash—but things sometimes happen. This is also the case with title insurance. You may never use it, but you don’t want to be without it when you need it. If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The True Benefit of Working With a Team


When it comes to a real estate transaction, you’ve got one shot to do things right. Why work with just one agent when you could have a team of people all working to make your transaction go smoothly?

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Today I want to talk about the difference hiring a team of agents can make for your transaction. Obviously, you want the process of selling your home to go as smoothly as possible. For this to be achieved, you’ll need to have good, strong communication with whoever you’re working with. When you work with a team, you’ve got the benefit of having a number of people taking care of the many steps of the real estate process, instead of just one agent trying to take on all the work him or herself. Having multiple people dividing up the work of completing pricing analysis, staging, taking photos, marketing your home, negotiating contracts, hosting showings, scheduling inspections, processing hundreds of pages of paperwork and more, will really help things move more smoothly. A single person only has a finite amount of energy they can expend and direct into the important tasks of the real estate process. One person dividing their time and energy is much less effective than having a team of individuals all focusing on different parts of the process. When you work with a team, you are working with people who are specialized in different areas. On my team, for example, we separate out our listing specialists and buying specialists. The job of a listing specialist and that of a buying specialist are very different. A listing specialist needs to spend their time working on pricing, marketing, and creating exposure for sellers. A buyer’s agent needs to have time available to spend on the road with their clients, making sure they have the right perspective to make a good decision.


HAVING SPECIALISTS DIVIDE THE WORKLOAD THROUGHOUT YOUR TRANSACTION WILL HELP THINGS MOVE MORE SMOOTHLY.

One person trying to do both of these jobs and more would cause every area of their work to suffer. Teams like ours also have staff working on the process to make things go more smoothly for clients. On our team, we have a marketing coordinator whose only job is to make sure that all of the marketing details are taken care of in a timely, efficient manner. Real estate transactions are all about timing. For this reason, our team uses a transaction coordinator to help finalize all of the details of the sale. Utilizing a team of staff members and agents is hugely beneficial in helping the transaction to move forward smoothly. When it comes to a real estate transaction, you get one shot to do it right. Would you rather have one person working on your behalf, or would you rather work with a team of specialists?
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.