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4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]

4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available!
  • Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market.
  • Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping | Simplifying The Market

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in 2008.

As it becomes easier for buyers to obtain mortgages, many are suggesting that this is definite proof that banks are repeating the same mistakes they made a decade ago. Today, we want to assure everyone that we are not heading to another housing “bubble & bust.”

Each month, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA) releases a measurement which indicates the availability of mortgage credit known as the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI). According to the MBA:

“The MCAI provides the only standardized quantitative index that is solely focused on mortgage credit. The MCAI is calculated using several factors related to borrower eligibility (credit score, loan type, loan-to-value ratio, etc.).” *

The higher the measurement, the easier it is to get a mortgage. During the buildup to the last housing bubble, the measurement sat at around 400. In 2005 and 2006, the measurement more than doubled to over 800 and was still at almost 600 in 2007. When the market crashed in 2008, the index fell to just over 100.

Over the last decade, as credit began to ease, the index increased to where it is today at 186.7 – still less than half of what it was prior to the buildup of last decade and less than one-quarter of where it was during the bubble.

Here is a graph depicting this information (remember, the higher the index, the easier it was to get a mortgage):

No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Though mortgage standards have loosened somewhat during the last few years, we are nowhere near the standards that helped create the housing crisis ten years ago.

*For more information on the MCAI, including methodology, FAQs, and other helpful resources, please click here.

Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019

Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone!

According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan on buying in the next 5 years, with 38% planning to buy in the next 2 years!

When those same renters were asked why they disliked renting, 52% said that rising rental costs were their top reason, and 42% of renters believe that their rent will rise every year. The full results of the survey can be seen below:

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 | Simplifying The Market

It’s no wonder that rising rental costs came in as the top answer! The median asking rent price has risen steadily over the last 30 years, as you can see below!

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 | Simplifying The Market

There is a long-standing rule that a household should not spend more than 28% of its income on housing expenses. With nearly half of renters (48%) surveyed already spending more than that, and with their rents likely to rise again… why are they renting?

When asked why they haven’t purchased a home yet, not having enough saved for a down payment (44%) came in as the top response. The report went on to reveal that nearly half of all respondents believe that “a 20% down payment is required to buy a home.”

If the majority of those who believe they haven’t saved a large enough down payment believe that they need 20% down to buy, that means a large number of renters may be able to buy now!

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many renters who is fed up with rising rents but may be confused about what is required to buy in today’s market, let’s get together to help you on your path to homeownership.

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Tammy Eden
Signature Real Estate Group
9525 Hillwood Dr., Suite 180
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Phone: 702-513-1300
Email: eden_str@yahoo.com

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Local knowledge:5 Stars Process expertise:5 Stars Responsiveness:5 Stars Negotiation skills:5 Stars I have given Tammy Eden Five Stars in each of the categories of Local Knowledge, Process Expertise, Responsiveness, and Negotiation Skills. Tammy consistently demonstrated these qualities and provided me with the highest quality of service throughout the duration of my association with her. Tammy listed and managed the sale of my home of over twenty years and worked tirelessly to help me find and purchase my new home. In addition to being genuinely expert in her profession, Tammy is thoroughly caring and committed to client satisfaction. I recommend her without any reservations to anybody buying or selling property in Las Vegas Doug S.
Local knowledge:5 STARS Process expertise:5 STARS Responsiveness:5 STARS Negotiation skills:5 STARS I truly believe I only became the owner of my house because Tammy was my agent. The market in my area currently has a shortage of houses in my price range, creating a bidding war. Tammy understands the ins-n-outs of this difficult market and knows how to close the deal. From bid to closing was 3 weeks. Wow Danielle P
Highly likely to recommend 02/08/2018 - chakki10 Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Desert Shores, Las Vegas, NV. Local knowledge:5 STARS Process expertise:5 STARS Responsiveness:5 STARS Negotiation skills:5 STARS We sold our house with Tammy and got 25,000 above appraisal wow!!!!! Also got the new one with her as well. She was very patient and professional during the whole process and always kept the best of our interest in mind. It’s been a pleasure to work with her and I highly recommend her services to anybody Chakki10
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