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Your Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House

Your Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights

  • Pricing your house right takes market experience and expertise.
  • To find the best list price, your agent balances current market demand, values of homes in your neighborhood, where prices are headed, and your home’s condition.
  • If you’re ready to sell, don’t guess the price. Let’s connect today so we price your house to attract multiple offers and maximize your return on investment.
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What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean?

Whether or not you’ve been following the real estate industry lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard we’re in a serious sellers’ market. But what does that really mean? And why are conditions today so good for people who want to list their house?

 

It starts with the number of houses available for sale. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows housing supply is still astonishingly low. Today, we have a 2.6-month supply of homes at the current sales pace. Historically, a 6-month supply is necessary for a ‘normal’ or ‘neutral’ market in which there are enough homes available for active buyers (see graph below):What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean? | Simplifying The MarketWhen the supply of houses for sale is as low as it is right now, it’s much harder for buyers to find homes to purchase. That creates increased competition among purchasers which leads to more bidding wars. And if buyers know they may be entering a bidding war, they’re going to do their best to submit a very attractive offer. As this happens, home prices rise, and sellers are in the best position to negotiate deals that meet their ideal terms.

Right now, there are many buyers who are ready, willing, and able to purchase a home. Low mortgage rates and the ongoing rise in remote work have prompted buyers to think differently about where they live – and they’re taking action. If you put your house on the market while supply is still low, it will likely get a lot of attention from competitive buyers.

Bottom Line

Today’s ultimate sellers’ market holds great opportunities for homeowners ready to make a move. Listing your house now will maximize your exposure to serious buyers who will actively compete against each other to purchase it. Let’s connect to discuss how to jumpstart the selling process.

courtesy of Keeping Current Matters

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Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home

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Sometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in mind, they may also be missing crucial information about today’s housing market that you need to make your best decision.

Before you decide whether you’re ready to buy a home, you should know how to answer these three questions.

1. What’s Going on with Home Prices?

Home prices are one factor that directly impacts how much it will cost to buy a home and how much you stand to gain as a homeowner when prices appreciate.

The graph below shows just how much experts are forecasting prices to rise this year:Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | Simplifying The MarketContinued price appreciation is great news for existing homeowners but can pose a significant challenge if you wait to buyUsing these forecasts, you can determine just how much waiting could cost you. If prices increase based on the average of all forecasts (12.46%), a median-priced home that costs $350,000 in January of 2021 will cost an additional $43,610 by the end of the year. What does this mean for you? Put simply, with home prices increasing, the longer you wait, the more it could cost you.

2. Are Today’s Low Mortgage Rates Going To Last?

Another significant factor that should inform your decision is mortgage interest rates. Today’s average rates remain close to record-lows. Much like prices, though, experts forecast rates will rise over the coming months, as the chart below shows:Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | Simplifying The MarketYour monthly mortgage payment can be significantly impacted by even the slightest increase in mortgage rates, which makes the overall cost of the home greater over time when you wait.

3. Why Is Homeownership Important to You?

The final question is a personal one. Before deciding, you’ll need to understand your motivation to buy a home and why homeownership is an important goal for you. The financial benefits of owning a home are often easier to account for than the many emotional ones.

The 2021 National Homeownership Market Survey shows that six of the nine reasons Americans value homeownership are because of how it impacts them on a personal, aspirational level. The survey says homeownership provides:

  • Stability
  • Safety
  • A Sense of Accomplishment
  • A Life Milestone
  • A Stake in the Community
  • Personal Pride

The National Housing & Financial Capability Survey from NeighborWorks America also highlights the emotional benefits of homeownership:Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | Simplifying The MarketClearly, there’s a value to homeownership beyond the many great financial opportunities it provides. It gives homeowners a sense of pride, safety, security, and accomplishment – which impacts their lives and how they feel daily.

Bottom Line

Homeownership is life-changing, and buying a home can positively impact you in so many ways. With any decision this big, it helps to have a trusted advisor by your side each step of the way. If you’re ready to begin your journey toward homeownership, let’s connect to discuss your options and begin your journey.

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Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key Trends

As we move into the second half of the year, one thing is clear: the current real estate market is one for the record books. The exact mix of conditions we have today creates opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Here’s a look at four key components that are shaping this unprecedented market.

A Shortage of Homes for Sale

Earlier this year, the number of homes available for sale fell to an all-time low. In recent months, however, inventory levels are starting to trend up. The latest Monthly Housing Market Trends Report from realtor.com says:

“In June, newly listed homes grew by 5.5% on a year-over-year basis, and by 10.9% on a month-over-month basis. Typically, fewer newly listed homes appear on the market in the month of June compared to May. This year, growth in new listings is continuing later into the summer season, a welcome sign for a tight housing market.”

This is good news for buyers who crave more options. But even though we’re experiencing small gains in the number of available homes for sale, inventory remains a challenge in most states. That’s why it’s still a sellers’ market, giving homeowners immense leverage when they decide to make a move.

Buyer Competition and Bidding Wars

Today’s ongoing low supply, coupled with high demand, creates a market characterized by high buyer competition and bidding wars. Buyers are going above and beyond to make sure their offer stands out from the crowd by offering over the asking price, all cash, or waiving some contingencies. The number of offers on the average house for sale broke records this year – and that’s great news for sellers.

The latest Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says the average home for sale receives five offers (see graph below):Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key Trends | Simplifying The MarketFor buyers, the best way to put a compelling offer together is by working with a local real estate professional. That agent can act as your trusted advisor on what terms are best for you and what’s most appealing to the seller.

Home Price Appreciation

The competition among buyers is driving prices up. Over the past year, we’ve seen home price appreciation rise across the country. According to the most recent Home Price Index (HPI) from CoreLogic, national home prices increased 15.4% year-over-year in May:

“The May 2021 HPI gain was up from the May 2020 gain of 4.2% and was the highest year-over-year gain since November 2005. Low mortgage rates and low for-sale inventory drove the increase in home prices.”

Rising home values are a big part of why real estate remains one of the top sought-after investments for Americans. For potential sellers, it also means it’s a great time to list your house to maximize the return on your investment.

A Rise in Home Values and Equity

The equity in a home doesn’t just grow when a homeowner pays their mortgage – it also grows as the home’s value appreciates. Thanks to the jump in price appreciation, homeowners across the country are seeing record-breaking gains in home equity. CoreLogic recently reported:

“…homeowners with mortgages (which account for roughly 62% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by 19.6% year over year, representing a collective equity gain of over $1.9 trillion, and an average gain of $33,400 per borrower, since the first quarter of 2020.”

That’s a major perk for households to leverage. Homeowners can use that equity to accomplish major life goals or move into their dream homes.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about buying or selling, there’s no time like the present. Let’s connect to talk about how you can take advantage of the conditions we’re seeing today to meet your homeownership goals.

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What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow

In today’s real estate market, low inventory and high demand are driving up home prices. As many as 54% of homes are getting offers over the listing price, based on the latest Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Shawn Telford, Chief Appraiser at CoreLogicelaborates:

 

“The frequency of buyers being willing to pay more than the market data supports is increasing.”

While this is great news for today’s sellers, it can be tricky to navigate if the price of your contract doesn’t match up with the appraisal for the house. It’s called an appraisal gap, and it’s happening more in today’s market than the norm.

According to recent data from CoreLogic19% of homes had their appraised value come in below the contract price in April of this year. That’s more than double the percentage in each of the two previous Aprils.

The chart below uses the latest insights from NAR’s Realtors Confidence Index to showcase how often an issue with an appraisal slowed or stalled the momentum of a house sale in May of this year compared to May of last year.What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow | Simplifying the MarketIf an appraisal comes in below the contract price, the buyer’s lender won’t loan them more than the house’s appraised value. That means there’s going to be a gap between the amount of loan the buyer can secure and the contract price on the house.

In this situation, both the buyer and seller have a vested interest in making sure the sale moves forward with little to no delay. The seller will want to make sure the deal closes, and the buyer won’t want to risk losing the home. That’s why it’s common for sellers to ask the buyer to make up the difference themselves in today’s competitive market.

Bottom Line

Whether you’re buying or selling, let’s connect so you have an ally throughout the process to help you navigate the unexpected, including appraisal gaps.

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Fourth of July Firework Displays In & Around Houston

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Red, Hot, & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza – July 3 & 4 – The Woodlands

This 4th of July celebration boasts a weekend of activities throughout The Woodlands that kick off with a parade on Saturday, July 3 and strolling entertainment, live music, concessions and more on Sunday, July 4. Sunday evening concludes with fireworks.

2021 Baytown July 4th Celebration – July 3 & 4 – Baytown

Come out for two days of 4th of July fun in the city of Baytown. Saturday kicks off the festivities with an evening of live music. Sunday enjoy an Independence Day parade, more live music, a 4th of July ceremony, and a fireworks extravaganza.

Shell’s Freedom over Texas Live Broadcast – July 4 – Downtown Houston

Freedom Over Texas is presenting a modified July 4th celebration with performances by Jimmie Allen, the Houston Symphony, headliner Lee Brice, and other musical guests. The big finale includes a fireworks show by Reliant.

Tomball’s July 4th Celebration & Street Fest –July 4 – Tomball

Celebrate America’s independence at Tomball’s annual July 4th Celebration with an evening of fireworks, food, music, and more.

City of Nassau Bay 4th of July Celebration – July 4 – Clear Lake

Get ready to get wet, because a water war is the opening event of this 4th of July celebration! Other activities include a celebration in the park, a Veterans parade, and fireworks to wrap up the night.

Rosenberg’s Family 4th Celebration – July 4 – Rosenberg

Spend the evening celebrating your patriotism at the Family 4th Celebration in Rosenberg. The evening has live music, local food vendors, a kids’ zone, horse-drawn wagon rides through the Nature Park, and fireworks show to conclude the night.

Katy Freedom Celebration Fireworks – July 4 – Katy

The 4th of July fireworks display at Katy Mills Mall/Typhoon Texas is going forward this year! Note that the daytime Freedom Celebration at Katy Heritage Park will not take place in 2021 due to ongoing projects.

2021 Fulshear Freedom Fest – July 4 – Fulshear

Come out to the 2021 Fulshear Freedom Fest for an evening of live music from The SPAZMATICS, local food trucks, vendor booths, and a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show.

July 4 Fireworks + Concert at Kings Harbor – July 4 – Kingwood

Celebrate our country’s birthday with a live concert by Shotgun Road Band at 7 pm and, weather permitting, fireworks display off the pier at 9:30 pm.

Galveston Independence Day Fireworks & Parade – July 4 – Galveston

Galveston Island is celebrating Independence Day with its annual parade of floats, military vehicles, and performers, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the gulf to conclude the evening.

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular – July 4 – Memorial

Celebrate the 4th of July at CityCentre with an Independence Day bash featuring live music from Hybrid 7 and  15-minute fireworks spectacular.

Fourth of July Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk – July 4 – Kemah

Come enjoy a patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay and live music and entertainment on the Boardwalk to celebrate the 4th of July.

Celebration of Freedom in Pearland – July 4 – Pearland

Celebrate Independence Day with an evening of strolling entertainment, live music, food trucks, vendors, a Presentation of Colors, giveaways, and fireworks.

Deer Park 4th Fest – July 4 – Deer Park

Celebrate the 4th of July with an evening of outdoor attractions and games, live music, and an amazing fireworks display to cap off the night.

Pasadena’s Fireworks at the Fairgrounds – July 4 – Pasadena

Enjoy an evening of delicious food and amazing fireworks at Pasadena’s Fireworks at the Fairgrounds event.

Kingwood’s Annual July 4th Festival – July 4 – Kingwood

Join your neighbors, friends, and family for a 4th of July festival full of live music from several different local musicians and bands and lots of fireworks!

Friendswood’s 126th Annual July 4th Celebration – July 4 & 5 – Friendswood

Celebrate the 4th of July with activities on both Sunday AND Monday. On Sunday head to Centennial Park for food, live music, and a fireworks show. On Monday enjoy a parade, vendors, entertainment, and more at Stevenson Park.

 

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Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs

 When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for many, but budgeting for the closing costs required to get a mortgage is just as important.

 What Are Closing Costs?

According to Trulia:

When you close on a home, a number of fees are due. They typically range from 2% to 5% of the total cost of the home, and can include title insurance, origination fees, underwriting fees, document preparation fees, and more.”

For example, for someone buying a $300,000 home, they could potentially have between $6,000 and $15,000 in closing fees. If you’re in the market for a home above this price range, your closing costs could be greater. As mentioned above, closing costs are typically between 2% and 5% of your purchase price. 

Trulia gives more great advice, explaining:

“There will be lots of paperwork in front of you on closing day, and not enough time to read them all. Work closely with your real estate agent, lender, and attorney, if you have one, to get all the documents you need ahead of time.

The most important thing to read is the closing disclosure, which shows your loan terms, final closing costs, and any outstanding fees. You’ll get this form about three days before closing since, once you (the borrower) sign it, there’s a three-day waiting period before you can sign the mortgage loan docs. If you have any questions about the numbers or what any of the mortgage terms mean, this is the time to ask—your real estate agent is a great resource for getting you all the answers you need.”

Bottom Line

As home prices are rising and more buyers are finding themselves competing in bidding wars, it’s more important than ever to make sure your plan includes budgeting for closing costs. Let’s connect to be sure you have everything you need to land your dream home.

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What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market

Monday, March 29th, 2021

If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the ultimate sellers’ market and the optimal time to make sure your house is available for buyers who are looking for homes to purchase.

The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows the inventory of houses for sale is still astonishingly low, sitting at just a 2-month supply at the current sales pace.

Historically, a 6-month supply is necessary for a ‘normal’ or ‘neutral’ market in which there are enough homes available for active buyers (See graph below):What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market | Simplifying The MarketWhen the supply of houses for sale is as low as it is right now, it’s much harder for buyers to find homes to purchase. As a result, competition among purchasers rises and more bidding wars take place, making it essential for buyers to submit very attractive offers.

As this happens, home prices rise and sellers are in the best position to negotiate deals that meet their ideal terms. If you put your house on the market while so few homes are available to buy, it will likely get a lot of attention from hopeful buyers.

Today, there are many buyers who are ready, willing, and able to purchase a home. Low mortgage rates and a year filled with unique changes have prompted buyers to think differently about where they live – and they’re taking action. The supply of homes for sale is not keeping up with this high demand, making now the optimal time to sell your house.

Bottom Line

Home prices are appreciating in today’s sellers’ market. Making your home available over the coming weeks will give you the most exposure to buyers who will actively compete against each other to purchase it.

Jessica Harless | NextHome President's Circle Award

Press Release: Jessica Harless Named A President’s Circle Award Winner

March 16, 2021

NextHome recognizes Jessica Harless for her sales achievements in 2020

Pleasanton, CA — 3/16/2021 — NextHome is proud to congratulate Jessica Harless NextHome Realty Center in Cypress TX, on her achievement in receiving the President’s Circle Award. Her hard work in 2020, having sold 31 units and over $12.5M in volume, has been recognized by the NextHome franchise with this award.

The NextHome franchise, established in 2014, has experienced tremendous growth due to its consumer-focused branding, technology, and marketing. The franchise currently has 480+ offices across the country with over 4,400 members, in 48 states. Recently, the brand has been recognized as the No. 1 Franchise in the country for customer satisfaction by Franchise Business Review, ranked No. 79 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list, and No. 3344 on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies, along with many other accolades.

The NextHome franchise wouldn’t be where it is today without the “NextHomies” behind the brand. The “Humans Over Houses” slogan coined by NextHome has turned into a philosophy adopted by NextHomies as the meaning behind why they do what they do, and why they do it so well.

Recognizing hard work and dedication runs deep within the NextHome franchise through their annual Awards Program. The franchise is proud to recognize nearly 600 NextHomies for their impressive track record of sales achievements in 2020.

“Every year, I have the great privilege of congratulating each award winner on their impeccable performance from the previous year. And while this year it is through a video instead of on the main stage during our annual conference, sharing these recognitions is even more rewarding,” said James Dwiggins, Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc. “Our NextHomies have gone through so many challenges last year due to the pandemic and tight inventory, but their underlying goal has never shifted, never faltered, they’ve continued to help families find their next home. Thank you for continuing to make a difference in the real estate industry, and in the lives of your communities.”

“NextHomies have always been much more than a real estate professional in their local communities. When your profession is to help others, that passion doesn’t stop at the end of a deal,” said Imran Poladi, Vice President of NextHome, Inc. “This past year, when each and every one of our communities experienced hurt and fear, our members stepped up to be a resource for their people. I’m overwhelmed, with hopefulness, that during a time of such negative circumstances, people were still able to reach the American Dream of homeownership thanks to hard-working, and caring, NextHome real estate professionals.”
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