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Homes Sales Up in Almost Every Price Range

June 15, 2015

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The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Existing Home Sales Report revealed that home sales were up rather dramatically over last year in five of the six price ranges they measure. Only those homes priced under $100,000 showed a decline (-10.1%). The decline in this price range points to the lower inventory of distressed properties available for sale and speaks to the strength of the market. Every other category showed a minimum increase of at least 9%, with sales in the $250,000- $500,000 range up 21.2%!
Here is the breakdown:

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Houses are definitely selling. If your house has been on the market for any length of time and has not yet sold, perhaps it is time to sit with your agent and see if it is priced appropriately to compete in today’s market.

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STOP massive sale of foreclosed homes.

December 16, 2011

There is a simple way to address our current housing crisis – the sale of distressed properties could be easily slowed or stopped with ONE SIMPLE STEP. Banks need to write down the loans on homes that are underwater and allow good borrowers to refinance at today’s lower interest rates.

The most distressing things for most homeowners is that their homes are so UNDERVALUED that they will NEVER see a time when their home will be worth what they owe on it. It’s a reality and it is discouraging. Banks can start to turn the economy and housing around by going to people who are not in distress and beginning the process of re-evaluating value and re-negotiating outstanding balances to make home ownership attractive. To ignore this is fact is going to result in increased defaults and more short sales and foreclosures. It’s going to happen!

Recently, Moody’s released the following statement on the sale of foreclosed homes: They found that on average, a foreclosed property will be valued about 18 percent lower than average home prices, and will be subject to an additional sales discount of about 15 percent.

The banking industry is creating the depreciation of home values when they are personally responsible for the sale of homes at 30% less than fair market rate resulting in the downturn in value on surrounding homes. Banks are making a bad situation worse. I am shocked that no one seems to address this issue in the media or in Congress.

Who wins? Investors. Who loses? Everyone else – especially the American public.

If this fact is true then why not reduce the principal balance on underwater loans by 30% thereby rewarding homeowners who choose to stay in their homes and pay their mortgages. Does anyone really think that people are going to pay their loans out of a sense of obligation and responsibility? Seriously? I predict a mass exodus as people figure out that they are better off renting and getting out from a debt they can never actually pay off and for which their home will never be worth.

Let’s get serious about solutions to real estate and the housing crisis. Do I think this is going to happen? Hell, no. We have a government that is ineffective and impotent and a banking industry getting rich on investments. The American public continues to struggle with no one reaching out a helping hand. Is there anyone out there who can make a stand for the people?

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Dear Mr. Future President…

August 31, 2008

Dear Mr. Future President:

As the housing industry goes…so goes the economy. This is important to remember.

More than half of all Americans think that with the election of a new President we will see an improvement in the housing industry. I tend to agree. Why? Because it can’t get any worse and no one, at this stage of the election process, seems to be willing to take a stand on housing and the economy. So yes…with a new President should come SOME relief from our housing crisis. But how will he do it?

Most Americans still believe in the dream of home ownership. Most, however, feel that they are going to be shut out of the market due to either their inability to get a loan, lack of down payment, or unrealistic housing prices. Mr. Future President, you have a problem.

For too long we have ignored what some refer to as our housing tsunami which has created a serious economic crisis for America. Interestingly, it’s going to start to have a ripple effect throughout the world soon. Someone, specifically our new President and our elected representatives have to start thinking of smart options to fix our housing crisis.

We have willing buyers and willing sellers but LENDERS are withdrawing in record numbers. Appraisers are afraid to assign any value to properties and the economy starts to tank. The federal government must step up and work with lenders to guarantee the loan process. For those who think the taxpayers should not “bail out” the housing market…think again. Without a housing rebound you may see the beginnings of a recession turn into something far worse.

Central Florida is starting to turn around. But it could just as easily slide back if we don’t find lenders willing to loan mortgage money to qualified buyers. Mr. Future President, think long and hard about today’s housing crisis. I think the future of our country and most certainly the success of your tenure will depend upon it.

God Bless America!

 

 

 

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Show Me The Money…

June 5, 2008

Show Me The Money”

 

 

In today’s real estate world…financing is critical. It is often the difference between deal or no deal. So, how do you make it work? There are a number of factors to consider:

 

Is the buyer’s lender local and reputable?

Has the buyer been pre-APPROVED?

Is there a significant down payment?

Will the house appraise?

 

Without a yes answer to the above questions, your contract could be in jeopardy. It is always important to work with a lender who properly qualifies prospects, No ambiguous language allowed on that pre-approval letter (look for the “out” clauses”)! Make sure you actually talk to the lender and find out the specifics on the borrower. Is the buyer putting down some funds…money talks in this market and deals are done when the buyer has contributed to the bottom line. Finally, is the home priced right? In today’s market…we don’t want to be a part of the problem.

We have to be problem solvers!