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Don’t Stress Out When Buying A Home

Buying a home can actually be fun, not stressful. As you look for your dream home, keep in mindno stress these tips for making the process as peaceful as possible.

1. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a huge financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the REALTOR® you chose is both highly skilled and a good fit with your personality.

2. Just remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, just as there’s no perfect time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to time interest rates or the housing market by waiting longer — you risk losing out on a home you love. The housing market usually doesn’t change fast enough to make that much difference in price, however, a good home won’t stay on the market long.

3. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it even harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of your immediate family — the people who will actually be living in the home.

4. Accept that no house is ever perfect. If it’s in the right location, but perhaps the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped. The kitchen may be perfect, but the roof needs some repairs. Make a list of your top priorities and focus in on things that are most important to you. Don’t sweat the minor ones.

don't stress out when buying a home5. Don’t try to be a killer negotiator. Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to get that extra-low price or by refusing to budge on your offer may cost you the home you love. Negotiation is give and take.

6. Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Don’t get so caught up in all the physical aspects of the house itself — room sizes, kitchen, etc. — that you forget about important issues such as noise level, location to amenities, and other aspects that also have a big impact on your quality of life.

7. Plan ahead. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate home insurance, and consider a schedule for moving. Making an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved issues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers. Preparation goes a long way.

8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post-home buying budget. Even if you buy a new home, there will be some costs. Don’t leave yourself short and not be able to afford upkeep.

9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a huge financial commitment. But it also yields big benefits. Don’t lose sight of why you wanted to buy a home and what made you fall in love with the property you bought.

10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation. While U.S. homes have appreciated an average of 5.4% annually over from 1998 to 2002, a home’s most important role is to serve as a comfortable, safe place to live first, an investment second.

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Top 5 Real Estate Trends for 2014

It’s a brand new year! With the new year, RealtyTimes predicted the top changes in the Californa real estate market, now in effect.

INCREASING MORTGAGE RATESreal estate trends for 2014

Mortgage rates are predicted to rise, but not too far, up to 5% or 5.25% in 2014. The
Federal Reserve will begin tapering soon and the greater the reduction in Federal government purchases, especially of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), the more rates are likely to grow.

It’s a great time to buy now because mortgage rates are still below the historical average so if you’re thinking of making a move, 2014 is the perfect time to jump into the market and start looking! With low rates and increasing home values, now’s the time to buy in order to make a smart investment for your future.

Speaking of mortgages, home buyers also need to be prepared for stricter qualifications on home loans. Lenders are now required to prove borrowers’ ability to repay a loan according to new “qualified mortgage” standards. An important statistic to keep in mind is the maximum debt-to-income ratio of 43% that borrowers will need to qualify.  The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has also announced plans to reduce the maximum loan limits for conventional conforming loans some time in 2014.

INCREASING HOME PRICES AND VALUES

Predictions show that home values and prices will rise in 2014.  Moderate predictions are clocking in at a 6-8% increase for California markets whereas others foresee a 10-15% increase.

According to Bill Plattos, Execute Vice President of First Team Real Estate, “2013 has begun the upward progression of the real estate market in California. In the next 3 to 4 years prices and sales will continue to rise bringing us back up to a peak.”

FEWER INVESTORS

Investors swoop in when home prices bottom out like they have in the past few years, seeking foreclosed homes and short sales to snatch up.  However, as our economy strengthens and home values come back up in 2014 there are fewer distressed homes on the market to interest investors.  The rise in home values in and upswing in the economy will also make it easier for current home owners who’ve built up equity to afford a down payment and enter the market in search of a bigger and better home to fit their needs.

Fewer investors also means less price competition and fewer bidding wars for buyers shopping for primary residences.  2014 will be the prime time to buy and sell for home owners who are ready to move on to a better neighborhood, larger home or location offering a more convenient commute.

CONTINUED HOME SELLERS MARKET

The seller’s market will continue in 2014 for California and on a national level.  However, it will be much cooler than the one we’ve witnessed over the past two years. “The market will get closer to normal – or as normal as the market can be,” says Plattos. “It will continue to cool and inventory will come up to a moderate level, not too low or too high.”

HOME BUYERS NEED TO START SEARCHING

With the seller’s market leveling in 2014, that means buyers need to be realistic about the home they can afford.   Home buyers, now is the time to start searching the best deals in real estate in order to get the most for your money.

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Central San Diego Housing Update-December 2013

With the year drawing to a close, the San Diego housing market finished with a slight “jolt.” We saw increases in both prices and sales compared to the month of November. However, homes are starting to sit on the market a bit longer, since the bidding wars from desperate home buyers has settled down. The skyrocketing home prices seen for over a year have finally stabilized a bit into a more “normal” pattern.

With this more “normal” pattern, interest rates have held pretty steady over the past few months. They have been hovering close to the 4.5% level for some time now. Inventory levels (the number of homes on the market “actively” for sale) is continuing to stay around the 6000 level for San Diego county. Finally, prices are starting to take on a more seasonal pattern, with much more modest changes than the previous year.

To get the latest figures, I ran an analysis of home figures from the MLS for the central San Diego region. This includes communities such as Mission Valley, Serra Mesa, University Heights, Normal Heights, Hillcrest, Mission Hills,  Bay Park, and Clairemont. The numbers include both condo/townhomes as well as single-family homes.

 Housing Figures-Central San Diego

Date # of Sales Median Sale Price Med Price/Square Ft. Ave Days on Market    
December 2013 194 $433K $340 25
November 2013 169 $407K $334 22
December 2012 229 $390K $303 30

How's the market 2There are currently 5700 active listings in San Diego county, down from 6500 last month. That number should rise in the coming months as the spring buying season approaches and more people put their homes up for sale.

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Central San Diego Housing Market Update-August 2013

As the month of August drew to a close, It is still a strong sellers market, while buyers (including cash investors) continued bidding wars on listed properties. However, the skyrocketing home prices may be peaking, with the average sale price finally slipping over the previous month. Our 20% year-over-year price increase has been slipping closer to a 17% increase.

There are a number of factors at work right now slowing the housing market down a bit. These include rising interest rates (from 3.5% earlier this year to a current rate of 4.7%), housing inventory levels catching up with demand, and prices simply peaking (they can only go so far before many potential buyers get priced out of the market).

To get the latest figures, I ran an analysis of home figures from the MLS for the central San Diego region. This includes communities such as Mission Valley, Serra Mesa, University Heights, Normal Heights, Hillcrest, Mission Hills,  Bay Park, and Clairemont. The numbers include both condo/townhomes as well as single-family homes.

 

Housing Figures-Central San Diego

Date Number of Sales Ave Sale Price Ave Price/Square Ft. Ave Days on Market
August 2013 224 $436K $360 27
July 2013 239 $447K $353 29
August 2012 225 $359K $287 55

san diego housing market updatePrices continued to rise in San Diego (now 17% year-over-year), while inventory seems to finally be catching up with demand. There are currently 6700 active listings in San Diego county. There were nearly 6000 last month and only 4000 earlier this year. Properties newly for sale also continued to sell very rapidly, with a mere 27 days on market.

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Here’s Why Your Should Buy Or Sell A Home Now!

San Diego homeowners who’ve wanted to sell have loved the recent news of rising home prices (up around 20% from a year ago), easier lending terms for buyers and general economic improvement that encourages house hunting. But will rising interest rates can undercut home prices?

Like buyers, sellers need to get a move on before rising rates make buying a home more expensive. Sellers should be careful not to wait too long. Rising mortgage rates are hardly a crisis, as they’re still low by historical standards, but prospective sellers should keep the rate and price relationship in mind as they plot their strategies.

Historical Mortgage Rates

Historical Mortgage Rates

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say the exact effect on prices of a 1, 2 or 3 percentage point rise in mortgage rates, as so many factors affect home values. But the principle is simple enough: Rising rates make monthly payments bigger, reducing the maximum buyers can spend. That, inevitably, affects prices to some degree.

Rising rates, of course, also have a psychological effect, causing some buyers to wait for rates to come down and making others give up the search altogether. Others may think they better “hurry up and buy” before rates go even higher. Recent data and trends suggest buyers are pulling back a bit now, disturbed by recent rate increases. But in coming months, many may change their minds, realizing that even if they missed the cheapest deals, rates are still low — and lower than they’re likely to be in a year.

This Mortgage Calculator can help you see the relationship between prices and interest rates.

Here is an example: A person with a $4,000 monthly income could afford a monthly payment no higher than $805. That would support a $134,267 mortgage at a 6% rate. Change the rate to 4.5%, about today’s level for the 30-year fixed-rate loan, and the maximum mortgage jumps to $158,876.

So, if rates were to rise from today’s 4.5% to 6%, a historical average rate, this buyer would have $24,609 less to spend. Looked at another way, a 1.5 point increase in mortgage rate would reduce this buyer’s buying power by about 18%.Mortgage-Interest-Rates-Round-Up-for-Saturday-August-101

If that seems surprising, note that raising the rate to 6% from 4.5% is a 33% increase, producing a much larger monthly payment for a given loan size.

As mentioned, this just illustrates the principle, and it doesn’t mean home prices would fall 18% if mortgage rates rise. For one thing, a seller needs only one buyer, and there may be plenty of others who can afford the home even with higher rates. After all, not every buyer applies for the biggest loan that would be permitted. Those planning to spend less than the maximum may still be able to afford the home with the higher payment.

Today, the would-be seller should be on the lookout for a sweet spot in market conditions. That will be the point at which home prices have gone up from today’s level, but mortgage rates remain low enough to bring lots of buyers into the market.

If price gains start to level off (which it seems like they are in the San Diego market), the seller should probably get the home on the market quickly, or rising rates could shave the sales price.

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Central San Diego Housing Market Update-July 2013

For the first time in over a year, pricing is taking a breather, as the month of July drew to a close. It is still a very strong seller’s market, while buyers (including cash investors) continued bidding wars on listed properties. However, the skyrocketing home prices may be peaking, with the average sale price finally slipping over the previous month. Our 20% year-over-year price increase also slipped to a 17% increase. To get the latest figures, I ran an analysis of home figures from the MLS for the central San Diego region. This includes communities such as Mission Valley, Serra Mesa, University Heights, Normal Heights, Hillcrest, Mission Hills,  Bay Park, and Clairemont. The numbers include both condo/townhomes as well as single-family homes.

 

Housing Figures-Central San Diego

Date Number of Sales Ave Sale Price Ave Price/Square Ft. Ave Days on Market
July 2013  239 $447K $353 29
June 2013 247 $505K $366 29
July 2012 231 $371 $290 69

san diego housing market updatePrices continued to rise in San Diego (now 17% year-over-year), while inventory seems to finally be catching up with demand. With nearly 6000 active properties for sale in San Diego County, we were close to 4000 earlier this year. Properties newly for sale also continued to sell very rapidly, with only 29 days on market.

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