Archive for October, 2019

Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

Posted on: October 31st, 2019 by , No Comments

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll need a down payment (the average down payment on all loans last year was 5%, with many buyers putting down

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How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a Home

Posted on: October 30th, 2019 by , No Comments

The gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an affordability crisis in housing today. It is true that home prices and wages are two key elements in any affordability equation. There is, however, an extremely important third component to that equation: mortgage interest rates. Mortgage interest rates have fallen by more than a full percentage

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.

Posted on: October 29th, 2019 by , No Comments

Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be applied to individuals considering selling their homes today. Traditional thinking would suggest it may be best to wait until the spring to sell when there is a flood of buyers in the market, but right now may in fact be an even better time to list

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

Posted on: October 28th, 2019 by , No Comments

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year. The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years.

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Don’t Get Spooked by the Real Estate Market!

Posted on: October 26th, 2019 by , No Comments

Having an agent to help guide you is key in today’s complex housing market. Let’s connect so you don’t get spooked by the buying or selling process! Contact us:PHP Houses142 W Lakeview AveUnit 1030Lake Mary, FL 32746Ph: (407) 519-0719Fax: (407) 205-1951email: Let’s Connect:FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagram

Buying a home can be SCARY…Until you know the FACTS

Posted on: October 25th, 2019 by , No Comments

Some Highlights: Many potential homebuyers believe they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home. This stops many people from even trying to jump into homeownership! Here are some facts to help take the fear out of the process: 71% of buyers who purchased homes have put down less than 20%. 78.1% of loan applications were approved last month. In September, the

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Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.

Posted on: October 24th, 2019 by , No Comments

Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little light on this subject. In the most recent Apartment Rent Report, RentCafe explains how rents have continued to increase over the last twelve months because of a large demand and a limited supply.  “Continued

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5 Reasons to Consider Living in a Multigenerational Home

Posted on: October 23rd, 2019 by , No Comments

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multigenerational household? According to Generations United, the number of multigenerational households rose from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors shows that 12% of all buyers have a multigenerational household. Why Are Many Americans Choosing to Live in a Multigenerational Household? The benefits to multigenerational living are significant.

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Depending on the Price, You’re Going to Need Advice

Posted on: October 22nd, 2019 by , No Comments

To understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you may think. In real estate today, there are essentially three different price points in the market: the starter-home market, the middle-home market, and the premium or luxury market. Each one is unique, and depending on the city, the price point in these categories will vary.

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5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

Posted on: October 21st, 2019 by , No Comments

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.” 1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search One way to show you’re serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage.

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