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One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home

September 19, 2019 • Walter

One of the benefits of homeownership is that it is a “forced savings plan.” Here’s how it works: You make a mortgage payment each month. Part of that payment is applied to the principal balance of your mortgage. Each month you owe less on the home. The difference between the value of the home and what you owe is called equity.

If your home has appreciated since the time you purchased it, that increase in value also raises your equity. Over time, the equity in your home could be substantial. Recently, CoreLogic revealed that the average homeowner gained more than $65,000 in equity over the last 5 years.

Unlike last decade, homeowners are no longer foolishly tapping into that equity. In 2006-2008, many owners used their homes like an ATM by pulling equity out to purchase new cars, jet skis, or lavish vacations. They were pulling out cash (equity) from an appreciating asset, and then spending it on rapidly depreciating items. That is not happening anymore.

Over 50% of Homes Have at Least 50% Equity

The number of homeowners that currently have at least 50% equity in their home is astonishing. According to the Urban Institute, 37.1% of all homes in the country are mortgage-free. In a home equity studyATTOM Data Solutions revealed that of the 62.9% of homes with a mortgage, 25.6% have at least 50% equity. That number has been increasing over the last five years.

By doing a little math, we can see that 53.2% of all homes in this country have at least 50% equity right now. Of all homes, 37.1% are mortgage-free and an additional 16.1% with a mortgage have at least 50% equity.

Bottom Line

Homeownership is different than renting. When you own, your housing expense (the mortgage payment) comes back to you in the form of equity in your home. That doesn’t happen with your rent payment. Your rent helps build your landlord’s equity instead.

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What Buyers Need to Know About HOAs

September 19, 2019 • Walter

When searching for a home, you may end up selecting a property in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA). Before you buy, it’s important to know how an HOA works and what they mean for you.

According to a recent article on realtor.com,

“In a nutshell, an HOA helps ensure that your community looks its best and functions smoothly…The number of Americans living in homes with HOAs is on the rise, growing from a mere 1% in 1970 to 25% today, according to the Foundation for Community Association Research.”

An HOA is governed by a board nominated by those living in the neighborhood. It is designed to make sure the residents have a support structure to maintain the value of the community while abiding by a set of guidelines called Common Restrictive Covenants (CC&R),

“Simply put, CC&Rs are just the rules you’ll have to follow if you live in that community. Unlike zoning regulations, which are government-imposed requirements on how land can be used, restrictive covenants are established by HOAs to maintain the attractiveness and value of the property.”

It’s important for homeowners to understand that each HOA is a little different, and they usually have monthly or quarterly fees required for homeowners. These fees can vary based on property size, number of residents, amenities, and more. There may be additional fees charged to homeowners if the reserve fund for the HOA cannot cover a major or unexpected cost, like severe storm damage.

The fees, however, also help maintain common areas such as swimming pools, tennis courts, elevators (for high-rise buildings), and regular wear and tear. Although they are an added cost to the homeowner, an HOA can be a major benefit when it comes to maintaining the value of your neighborhood and your property.

The same article continues to say,

“After your offer to buy a home is accepted, you are legally entitled to receive and review the community’s CC&Rs over a certain number of days (typically between three and 10)…If you spot anything in the restrictive covenants you absolutely can’t live with, you can bring it up with the HOA board or just back out of your contract completely (and keep your deposit).”

Most lenders will factor your HOA fees into your loan package, ensuring the amount of the loan is appropriate for what you can truly afford.

There are some great benefits to having an HOA oversee your neighborhood, and it’s important to understand what fees, structures, and regulations will come into play if there is an HOA where you’d like to live.

Bottom Line

When you’re looking at a potential property to buy, let’s get together so you have a professional who can help you understand the neighborhood’s HOA structure and fees. This way, you’ll feel confident and fully informed when buying a home.

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Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

September 17, 2019 • Walter

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You’re undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer – someone who will be able to tell you how your decisions will impact your home loan.

Below is a list of Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage. Some may seem obvious, but some may not.

1. Don’t Change Jobs or the Way You Are Paid at Your Job. Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.

2. Don’t Deposit Cash into Your Bank Accounts. Lenders need to source your money, and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.

3. Don’t Make Any Large Purchases Like a New Car or Furniture for Your New Home. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios…higher ratios make for riskier loans…and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.

4. Don’t Co-Sign Other Loans for Anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payments against you.

5. Don’t Change Bank Accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer any money, talk to your loan officer.

6. Don’t Apply for New Credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO® score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

7. Don’t Close Any Credit Accounts. Many clients erroneously believe that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both of those determinants in your score.

Bottom Line

Any blip in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process.

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Home Sales Expected to Continue Increasing In 2020

September 9, 2019 • Walter

Freddie MacFannie Maeand theMortgage Bankers Association are all projecting home sales will increase nicely in 2020.

Below is a chart depicting the projections of each entity for 2019, as well as for 2020.

As we can see, Freddie MacFannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association all believe homes sales will increase steadily over the next year. If you’re a homeowner who has considered selling your house recently, now may be the best time to put it on the market.

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Why All the Chicken Littles Should Calm Down

September 6, 2019 • Walter

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in homeownership.

The national homeownership rate (Americans who owned vs. rented their primary residence) increased significantly during the housing boom, reaching its peak of 69.2% in 2004. The Census Bureau reported that the second quarter of 2019 ended with a homeownership rate of 64.1%, which is down from the 64.8% rate for the fourth quarter of 2018. Based on this news, some started to question the consumer’s belief in the idea of homeownership as a major part of the American Dream.

Everyone Calm Down…

It is true the homeownership rate did fall. However, if you look at the national rate over the last 35 years (1984-2019), you can see that the current homeownership rate has returned to historical norms. The 64.1% rate is equivalent to the rates in 1984 and 1994.

What Will the Future Bring?

Part of the reason the homeownership rate slipped is a lack of inventory available for purchase for first-time home buyers. The demand is there, but currently, the supply is not. It seems, however, that is about to change.

In a recent report, Ivy Zelman explained that builders have finally started to increase the number of homes they’re constructing at the lower-end price points:

“Robust growth in the entry-level price point of late should translate to a reacceleration in homeownership rates moving forward.”

Bottom Line

Today, the homeownership rate sits at historic norms. In all probability, it will increase as more inventory becomes available. There is no reason for concern.

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Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase

August 20, 2019 • Walter

Many buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the supply available for purchase isn’t keeping up.

The number of new housing permits issued prior to the great recession increased for 15 years until 2005 (from 1.12 million in 1990 to a pre-recession peak of 2.16 million in 2005). According to Apartment List,

From 1990 to 2005, the number of single-family permits issued more than doubled, while the number of multi-family permits grew by 49 percent.

When the housing market crashed, the number of new homes permitted decreased to its lowest level in 2009 (see below):

Since then, supply and demand have been out of balance when it comes to new construction. According to the same report,

Construction of single-family homes has recovered much more slowly — the number of single-family housing units permitted in 2018 was barely half the number permitted in 2005.”

Why is new construction so important?

As the U.S. population increases, there is also an increase in the need for new homes. Today, new construction is not keeping up with the increase in the nation’s population. The report continues:

“The total number of residential housing units permitted in 2018 was roughly the same as the number permitted in 1994, when the country’s population was 20 percent less than it is today.”

Essentially, the dip in home building coupled with the steadily increasing U.S. population means there is now a selling opportunity for homeowners willing to list their current houses.

Bottom Line

If you’re considering selling your home to move up, now is a great time to get a positive return on your investment in a market with high demand. Let’s get together to determine the specific options available for you and your family.

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PHP Houses is Buying Houses Directly from Sellers in Central Florida

July 29, 2019 • Walter

Homeowners constantly battle obstacles to sell their homes in Central Florida. Local cash home buyer now makes it easy, fast and stress free to sell a home.

SANFORD, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 28, 2019 — Property owners have to deal with countless obstacles while attempting to offer their properties for sale. Discovering a reliable real estate broker can certainly be a challenge for most people. Local multiple listing services (MLS) do not regularly generate the traffic or offers one expects when they list their home for sale. Prospective home buyers possess their own distinguishable requirements. The property inspection and appraisal might not proceed as smoothly as expected for the property owner Certainly there can be unpleasant surprises from financial institutions of the purchasers and other various bad developments. The real estate marketplace in Northwest Indiana is positioned for modest growth but that is normally for new property developments. Selling a new house is less troublesome than making an effort to encourage purchasers with an existing or aged home.

“Our clients’ interests always come before ours. We tell you all of your options based on your situation even if it means we don’t buy your house.” Walter DiLoreto

A large number of aged properties are continuing being listed and unsold in the market for three to four months. Several homes are generating no attraction at all and they are most likely to go unsold even after several months. Within such an unsteady marketplace, homeowners become forced to slash listed sales prices so they can at least sell their homes instead of dealing with their equity help up or even lost. A home’s equity can be accessed only when the property gets sold and closes. PHP Houses is seeking to buy homes exclusively from property owners or sellers in Central Florida. The We Buy Houses company is offering premium cash offers without the requirement of property owners having to utilize the services of a real estate broker. Homeowners do not have to list their residential properties online either. Walter DiLoreto, the founder of the real estate investment company, says that property owners need to directly contact his office which will allow his team the ability to provide the fastest sale possible for property owners in Central Florida.

PHP Houses is an all cash home buying real estate investor. It is not dependent on any mortgage funding or any type of loans from credit unions and other financial establishments. It is a self-sufficient property investor that makes cash offers for homes in Central Florida. House owners can accept or turn down the offer. There is never any obligation. DiLoreto and his team have developed a reputation for making fair cash offers. The company is fair with the property inspection and subsequential pricing evaluation. They do not play games with homeowners money, their first offer is always their best offer. Not only does the company put forth an upfront offer for an outright sale, but it also does so within twenty-four hours of the inspection and can complete the deal, consisting of the financial transaction, in 7 business days.

Property owners who are about to list their houses for sale and those individuals who have been unable to get offers should contact PHP Houses. They need not shell out any money on marketing and advertising. The company does not expect homes to be staged for them to be interested in. Maintenance and repairs, renovations and of property improvements are also not called for. DiLoreto and his team are looking at houses just about anywhere in Central Florida. They are also contemplating properties in any condition. Every single home is evaluated on the basis of its qualities. The weak spots are likewise factored in but they do not typically emerge as a deal-breaker. Average prospective buyers are not interested in homes that repairs and maintenance. They wish to have the most ideal home possible that meets all of their requirements. PHP Houses does not have this type of steep criteria. More of PHP Houses services can be discovered here.

PHP Houses is a family-owned and locally-operated house buying company based out of Sanford, FL. They buy and sell houses throughout Central Florida specifically they buy houses in Sanford, Lake Mary, Orlando, Deltona, Kissimmee, Oviedo, Winter Garden and other areas in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake and Osceola counties. Contact Walter DiLoreto for further information via email at info@phphouses.com or call to speak directly with Walter at 407-519-0719. You can also visit their location at: 

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Signs that It’s Time to Consider Selling Your House

July 27, 2019 • Walter
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Are you thinking about selling your home?

Roughly 5.34 million existing homes were sold in 2018 in the United States. And, in addition to those existing homes, 667 thousand newly constructed homes were also sold that year.

While selling your home may prove to be stressful, there are certain indicators that it may be a good idea to sell and move on. If you’re considering the idea of selling your home but aren’t sure if it’s the right time, you’ve come to the right place.

Read on to discover 5 sure signs that it’s time to sell your home.

1. Your family is growing

Before, when you purchased the property, you only considered yourself. You didn’t realize that you were going to marry someone soon and start a new life. Now, you have kids, and it’s not convenient for you to stay in the same house. Therefore, you need to consider selling it so that you can live in a more comfortable place. When your kids are growing, they need their own rooms and won’t be happy sharing rooms anymore.

2. The Neighborhood No Longer Suits Your Needs

If you no longer find the neighborhood in which you live desirable, then it may be time to transition to a new neighborhood.

Let’s take the example of a young couple living in the downcore core but with the desire to raise a family. Perhaps it might be worth it to move outside of the core and relocate to a more residential neighborhood with more variable school options and green spaces.

The sounds of late-night partying might be exactly what you need to think ” It’s time to sell my house“!

3. Low interest rates

When banks offer their loans at a low interest rate, it means that there are several potential buyers out there. Make the most of this opportunity by selling your house. Not only will you sell the place at a reasonable price, but you can also sell it fast. These buyers understand that the rates will not last long, and they need to act quickly.

4. It Makes Sense Financially

Did you get a big break at work? Or, on the other hand, are you living in a home that you feel you can no longer afford?

One of the realities of home ownership is the potential to become house poor. This involves living in a home that requires the bulk of your finances and leaves your wallet with very little after the mortgage payments.

Speak with your financial advisor or mortgage lender to see what you can best afford.

5. It’s a Seller’s Market

A seller’s market involves a real estate market in which home inventory and quality is scare and sellers are able to witness much profit in their sales.

Be sure to listen to the ups and downs of the current market. If the market is beneficial to sellers, it may be worth listing your home for sale to see what sort of prices buyers are willing to pay for your home.

Is It Finally Time to Sell?

If you find yourself relating to the above signs, it might be time to sell your home.

In one’s lifetime, a person in the United States is estimated to relocate approximately 12 times from beginning to end. Whether your family is expanding and you’re searching for something larger, or your needs have changed and you need a home that reflects these changes, people move for a variety of reasons.

If you’re ready to sell your house call the experts in Central Florida PHP Houses to get a Free Evaluation and Estimate of your property.

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Why Real Estate Is Still One Of The Best Ways To Make Money

July 25, 2019 • Walter
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Want to add more money to your income streams but not looking to play the stock market? Then it might be time to consider real estate.  Real estate is the perfect opportunity to accumulate wealth. In fact, real estate is possibly the best way to make money in your local market.

Here’s how and why.

Real Estate means options for income and profit

One of the first things to decide is whether you want an income stream or a profit. Each will put more money in your pocket, but through different means and with different levels of commitment.

  • Rental Income – Rental income can come from both short or long-term strategies. Investors often find properties that are ideally suited for long-term rentals, while many homeowners are exploring short-term rental possibilities such as VRBO. Either way, you will spend money upfront but the cash returns over time make it well worth the initial investment. Not only will you produce an income stream, but you can also enjoy appreciation, equity pay-down and tax benefits as a landlord.
  • Cell tower leases – Another, lesson-known revenue revenue stream possibility is cell tower leasing. As more and more people carry cell phones, more cell towers are needed. Cell tower companies are increasingly turning to property owners to discuss installing and maintaining these towers, sometimes small enough to fit on a rooftop undetected. One word of caution: property owners are not likely to understand the full value of their property and will be sold on the fact that they should use market-standard lease rates. Your land may be worth far more than you think to a tower company. Consult an expert before signing a contract.
  • Fix and flip – There’s a reason HGTV is flooded with shows about flipping houses. Flipping homes ideal for people who are patient enough to seek good deals on homes for sale and can manage contractors.  There are a few companies that buy houses for cash in Central Florida and PHP Houses is the best option if you’re in Central Florida for the purpose of selling them to house flippers.  Taking an existing piece of property and increasing its value, through repairs and staging can mean selling at above market value.  Money is needed initially to get started with this plan but rather than a cash stream over time, you can earn a sizable lump sum that can be used to repeat the same process again.  Just be sure you take the time to read house flipping tips and advice to avoid the most common mistakes first time flippers tend to make.
  • REITs – Technically Real Estate Investment Trusts are playing the stock market. However, they have lower volatility than stocks. REITs can only invest in real estate to produce income and they must distribute at least 90% of income back to shareholders in the form of dividends. In addition to rich dividends, REITs offer diverse exposure to real estate assets and inherent tax advantages.  As with flipping, it’s important to take the time to investigate before jumping but here are 3 available REIT options currently recommended.

The best part about building wealth with real estate is that virtually anyone can do it. Depending on the amount of time and initial investment you wish to spend, the possibilities are endless and the profits sizable.  With proper research and education, real estate can truly be one of the best ways to make money.

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