Jusr read Bill's answer about buying your new home. Some where along the way people got hung up about this idea of your home being an "INVESTMENT". Well, to some extent, this is true. Over the years, real estate has been a hedge.
Recently, real estate was the latest quick runup-similiar to the "dot.com"in late 1990's & the subsequent bust of 2000. Part of the reason for the mess that we are in, is that people have taken the equity out of their homes already by refinancing them or encumbering them through home equity loans and /or lines of credit.
First & foremost, your home is the refuge for you & your family to have a safe, secure & comfortable place to find your hang your hat.
From what you have stated, you have simply outrgrown the home that you are in now. It sounds like its time to get it up & sold so that you & your growing family can find that new home that you need. That is where you need to put your emphasis. Can you be checking out other house to get a better idea of what you like & don't like, what you can afford & whaich areas are the most attractive to you? ABSOLUTELY!! Do all of the looking around, If you are not in a position to be facing 2 mortgage--DON"T BUY THE NEXT HOME UNTIL YOU HAVE A DEAL LINED UP ON YOUR HOUSE.
A competent Realtor can often times co-ordinate the closing dates of properties to make things work for both parties to benefit. Sometimes, its not easy!
Again, I suggest that you a reasonable idea of what you house will sell at in todays's market & what you could expect to put in your pocket when all is said & done.
Please give me a call at 440-487-2193 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The present market conditions are a great assist to STEP-UP buyers like you.
It sounds like you have realized that your home may not yield as musc on the market today as it may have 12 months ago. That is unfortunate. But, you can make this market WORK FOR YOU!
The nice part is that the home you may be buying has most likely also lost value over 12 months ago. Often, the more expensive that home is means that it has lost more dollars than a less expensive home.
You may find that you can now buy a home that 12 or 18 months ago was out of your price range.
I have lived in the Lake & Geauga markets for the past 30 years. I grew up in Wickliffe. So, I am familiar with the area.
If you would like, please call me at 440-487-2193 or e-mail me at email@example.com. I would be happy to give you a FREE market analysis of what homes similiar to yours are selling for, (not what theya re listed at) and an estimate of your net proceeds.
I also have a "Round trip Loyalty Bonus" for people who list a home with me & then buy their next one using me as their Realtor.
Look forard to hearing from you.
Why is a great time to buy?
The interest rates have fallen 0.5% and that gives you more buying power.
According to Key Bankâ€™s latest mortgage rate information, the 30-year fixed conventional home loan is up for grabs at a rate of 4.460% and the corresponding APR stands at 4.533%. The shorter-term, 15-year version of this fixed home purchase loan is listed at 3.625% and an APR variable of 3.747% as of Thursday.
What does this mean for you?
If you make $75,000
With interest rates at 5% you can afford a $ 322,000 Mortgage at $2000 a month.
With interest rates at 4.5% you can afford a $ 338,000 Mortgage at $2000 a month.
MORE BUYING POWER=The Home you Want!
Lower Interest Rates=More Buying Power For YOU!
If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home,
Contact Me so I can show you how easy it can be.
Thank you for allowing me to be, Your Family Realtor,
Contact me@ firstname.lastname@example.org
I think I still have my info on the CMA in your neighborhood from when we got together back in 2008.
You have a nice house that shows the care and pride that you & your wife have had in improving it the way that you have.
Please give me a call at 440-487-2193 or shoot me an email at John@CallRealtorJohn.com.
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I'm a Realtor right here in Mentor and would be able to run comparables for you. We can look at trends that are currently happening in todays market right down to the street you live on. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (440) 339-9461. I have a lot of information I can share with you.
So first, letâ€™s look at this philosophically. What do they say in the securities business â€” â€œbuy low, sell highâ€. You would accept that. We all can. Making that happen is the trick. Generally speaking, we are in a miserable market â€” if you are a seller. If you are a buyer, we are in a great market. Or, to say it another way, it is a â€œbuyerâ€™s marketâ€. That is an economic FACT, not the opinion of a group of individuals with a vested interest.
Second, letâ€™s look at this logically. If you sell, you will probably get less for your home then in a sellerâ€™s market. Not much to argue with there. And if you can buy a home for much less than what it might sell for in a sellerâ€™s market, you are ahead of the game. Maybe way ahead. But, YOU have to do both â€” sell and buy. Nuts. Guess we would have to measure TIMING as a DUD or VIRTUE by the net result of the sale and purchase.
Ah, but there are other factors which â€œjust looking Billâ€ has failed to consider. Interest rates are going UP because of inflation. So, if you waited to sell for a BETTER market (as you and the newspaper industry might term it), and the net result of your delayed â€œsell-buy decisionâ€ proved to be better, the ODDS are you will have to pay more interest on your loan. Maybe a half point or even more. Google â€œMortgage loan interest rate projectionsâ€. Then, how would that decision (HOLD them) look if you could not pay cash for the home today. Now, the Akron home buyerâ€™s comments are certainly worth looking at closely. The length of time to sell a home (dependent upon the area) has doubled and tripled. Now it takes 120 days on average in our area (it is a price sensitive market) compared to 30 or 60 days in 2005 and 2006. Frankly, it is easier to buy a home then it is to sell.
So, put your home on the market and look for homes at the same time. If you chose to make an offer before your home sells, make your offer CONTINGENT upon the sale of your property. Hedge your bet. Sellers are taking contingent offers right and left today.
To conclude, I spent 34 years in the corporate world â€” only 9 in real estate. â€œBuy low, sell highâ€ is not a saying that is unique to real estate. Do your agree? I am providing you with 2 links to the MEDIAN PRICE of homes (sales and appreciation) from 1968 forward (national statistics â€” real numbers). If you think that BILL has a valid point, try justifying in your own mind how 39 years of US home sales data could support his position (â€œâ€¦..whatever home you buy now, will be worth less in 5 yearsâ€). Bill needs to do his homework.
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Take this for what it is worth. Like you, we decided it was time to upgrade. We found a new home we really liked at a very good price and bought. Now we are trying to sell our "former" (I say former with tongue in check) home. We are now paying two mortgages. Fortunately, we can aford this for a period of time.
If I was to do it over, I would sell my "former" home before even looking for a new home. as this is a buyers market and there are plenty of homes out there. I'm sure we could have found another "dream home" (probaly at even a better price) and we wouldn't be paying two mortgages and worrying about when we will sell the "former" house.