An Ideal Time to Sell Your Home Might Be Now

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If you are a home owner who contemplated selling your home, but were apprehensive, unsure or even tentative because market conditions were still not reflective of the promising signs you had expected; then now may be the time for you to take another, closer look at the real estate market.

First you will notice that the Conventional 30-Year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) at the time of this writing is 4.09% (FHA: 3.75%) which is closer to the 52-week low of 3.94% (FHA: 3.50%) than the 52-week high 4.85% (FHA: 4.60%) and therefore is more favorable for attracting more buyers.

You will be pleased to learn also that home prices – according to leading analysts – rose higher in February and March of this year, but more importantly, property values “…rose 13.1 percent compared to February 2013…” and were “…up 12.9 percent on an annual basis….” according to a Mortgage News Daily article titled, ‘Price Increases Slow in Latest Case Shiller Report,’ in which the home pricing index reports were relied upon.

And this from an article published to CNBC’s website: “Year over year, the index jumped 12.4 percent, S&P/Case-Shiller said, a slightly slower rate than February’s 12.9 percent surge but well above Wall Street’s estimates.”

What this means is the rise in property values even exceeded what the Wall street experts had predicted, and when the market out-performs analysts and experts, it might be time to approach the matter of selling in a more serious way.

However, this is not to suggest that you rely solely on what is being said here, as it is always important to do your own research and market watch in a more consistent and diligent manner using the above data as more of a starting point than a marketing plan. Another factor which must be taken into consideration is what can only be thought of as “pent-up” demand of your buying market after such a long cold winter.

Pent-up demand is a term often used by real estate professionals to describe a condition that exists in the marketplace.

It is a condition which can be described as previously restrained home buyers now eager, and maybe overly anxious, to buy a home thereby satisfying a previously overwhelming desire to acquire the home they have long coveted but were unable to, because of an existing condition that prevented them; albeit a condition they had no control to stop or to change, such a phenomenon which in this case was the weather.

The long, cold winter to which I refer is known as the polar vortex which crippled a large swath of the country, with the northeast having been hit hardest, thereby rendering any home buying activity almost non-existent.

Other factors that strengthen this current demand is the consistently low interest rates already mentioned, the sustained appreciation in property values evidenced by market data and analysis and “double-digit price increases” seen in many of the country’s metro areas over the past year supported by “home price index reports” mentioned above, as well as the ever decreasing supply of available homes for sale.

This decreasing supply of homes can be attributed to a phenomenon that has its origins in a statement made by the highly regarded and respected investor, Warren Buffett, who holds the multiple positions of chairman, president, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a company he started some fifty years ago.

Candace Taylor, in her article ‘Hedge funds try to turn a profit, one home at a time’ quoted Mr. Buffett as saying that he would ‘buy up “a couple hundred thousand” single family homes if it were practical.’

Based on Mr. Buffett’s immense influence in the investment community, this statement – as with most other statements he makes – has had a tremendous influence on other investors, and was enough to create a single family home buying frenzy “so intense that distressed homes in [a number of] areas have grown scarce, driving up prices and forcing investors to expand into other markets.” Types of investors participating, and the markets in which they were first active as described by Ms. Taylor are captured in the following passage from that article:

REITs, hedge funds and private equity players have competed to buy thousands of foreclosed houses in states like California, Nevada and Arizona — where the downturn left thousands of homes available for pennies on the dollar — renting them out to yield handsome returns.

So yes, now might be as good a time as any – since the pre-recession days of last decade – to sell your home; and this time of the year when the weather is increasingly more pleasant, and potential home buyers who were almost to the point of hibernation in their places of residence due to the harsh winter weather, are more actively looking to buy that home they have wanted for such a long time, is ideal for putting your house on the market.

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About Short Sale Coding and the Correction

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Among the most important requirements a prospective home buyer has to meet in order to qualify for a mortgage loan is a satisfactory credit profile; and when a credit report reveals a less than satisfactory profile, it usually means that the prospective home buyer must take steps to find out why. The latest guest post, brought to you by our friends at North Shore advisory, discusses one aspect of how an individual’s credit can be affected negatively and the proposed solution to correct it.


For some time now, many short sellers were treated the same as homeowners that foreclosed when applying for a mortgage. Due to a credit coding issue that lumped short sellers into the same category as a foreclosure, the waiting period for loan approval was extended substantially. This forced millions to put their dream of participating in homeownership again off to the distant future. With interest rates climbing, and the real estate market improving, the increased future cost for purchasing would seem more of an obstacle down the road.


But new policy changes could bring more options starting in November. After Sen. Bill Nelson focused on bringing this coding error to the FTC and the Consumer Financial Protection Board, things started to change.

This is the nature of the evolution of this business, says Fannie Mae spokeswoman Keosha Burns. The agency will input the new software into its computer system on Nov. 16. After that, if a short sale is marked as a foreclosure, the new code will allow the loan servicers to bypass it, correct it and move forward with the loan. Short sellers should speak with their bankers about the new options for homeownership, what the qualifications will be, and whether the state of their credit needs improvement.

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HUD/FHA Refunds Info

You know, not everyone knows this, but if you owned a home and had a FHA mortgage, you might be entitled to money back from the government paid directly to you. It’s not free money (we both know that is a rarity), despite all the claims made by others that you can get free money from the government. No, this is money you would have paid into the FHA mortgage insurance fund via your MIP (Mortgage Insurance Premium) payments if your home was financed with a FHA mortgage.

There is no charge imposed by us for this service, and HUD/FHA certainly does not charge a fee for sending you your own money. We provide the service as an added benefit for your visit to this website, and of course we hope you come back often; but more importantly, we hope your name pops up on the HUD/FHA list of folks who are eligible for a refund. So Click here to check! …Good Luck!

Real Estate Purchases and Credit Scores

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Among the most important requirements a prospective home buyer has to meet in order to qualify for a mortgage loan is a satisfactory credit profile; and when a credit report reveals a less than satisfactory profile, it usually means that the prospective home buyer must take steps to find out why. It is at this time that the credit specialists at North Shore advisory should be consulted.

Here is another informative and insightful guest post from our friends at North Shore demonstrating their depth of knowledge in the field of credit reporting. Enjoy!

Real Estate Purchases & Credit Scores: What Should Bankers, CPA’s, Realtors, and Attorneys Know?

Now that the real estate market is on the rise and interest rates are moving upward it is time to focus on buyers in regards to credit and scores. Although borrowing money has become more costly rates are still very low historically. As the economy crashed high Fico scores (above a 740) became crucial in a purchasers ability to get loan approval or the lowest rates available.

This means buyers with high scores may be able to qualify for a larger mortgage which could equal a better school district, a bigger home, or less cost for the same loan creating more savings. All of this leads to a better quality of life for the buyer.

Here is an example:

Having a 740 plus credit score when purchasing a $960,000 property with 20% down may cost the buyer $4113 a month in mortgage payment. The total price of the loan over 30 years equals $1,480,730.00. Having a score a bit lower than 740 for the same $960,000 property with the same down payment could cost the buyer $4356 a month which may seem like a small difference. Over the life of the loan the full cost is $1,568,117.00 which equals almost $90,000 more.

So what can bankers, realtors, financial planners, CPA’s and attorneys do to help clients prepare for what could be the largest investment of their lifetime?

First asking the right questions and having the right team of experts available to assess the situation is crucial. Here are some of these questions:

  1. When will you be purchasing a property?
  2. Do you know what your credit scores are?
  3. Have you spoken to a mortgage professional or realtor to find out what is needed for preparation on this purchase?
  4. Have you figured out how much of a mortgage you can afford?
  5. Do you know what the taxes are in the location you are looking to buy in?
  6. When the divorce is final will you be purchasing a property?
  7. Maybe I can help you by having you speak to some professionals that I work with who can give you guidance and insight?

This is the age of information and we cannot all be experts in every area but we can have a team available to help us provide what is best for our clients instead of sending them off into the vast wilderness of misinformation and “so called” experts.

These are professionals to be considered as a support team for any CPA, financial planner, realtor, mortgage banker, or attorney:

Mortgage professional-

If you are not a mortgage professional find one with great knowledge and experience that you are very comfortable with. This professional should be available to you and your client offering feedback when purchasing is just a thought. They can help with the preparation and education allowing the buyer to make decisions that can lead to a more graceful and less expensive purchase moving forward.

Getting approval for a loan is more complicated these days although banks want to lend money they also are very careful to price loans right based on the potential risk (credit, income, and value of property). They will request a lot of information to make sure they have the proper documentation on all the requirements for underwriting the loan. A mortgage professional will guide your client and explain what is needed early on making the end result attainable and expectations clear.

Credit Expert-

Having the right credit expert assess what needs to be done to get the buyer into the best credit position for purchasing the property. With the right credit score buyers can save hundreds and thousands of dollars over the life of the loan or make loan approval a possibility. Credit takes time to fix and time to manage properly for the best improvement to scores.

If a buyer cannot be approved for a mortgage due to poor scores it is a waste of time to even begin searching for a property. Credit and the scoring systems are very confusing which could mean what one might think is a minor misstep can turn into a major cost for the buyer or a rejection for a loan.

Real Estate professional-

Having the right real estate professional who can help the buyer define the area, price point, type of property, time involved in finding it, and provide expert negotiation skills plays a huge part in the success of the transaction.

Here is an example of how this can work.

John and Linda are in the midst of a divorce. Larry is John’s divorce attorney. John is giving the house to Linda and at the moment he is renting. Once the divorce is final he will be looking to purchase an apartment in NYC. Larry knows John will have credit issues since some of the bills were not paid on time due to the divorce process.

He also knows that John has been so absorbed emotionally by the divorce that he has done little homework on what is needed for loan approval. As the divorce is winding down to its end Larry starts asking John some questions. He puts John in touch with a mortgage banker, realtor, and us for credit repair.

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The banker finds that John not only needs to get approval for a purchase but he also needs to be taken off the existing mortgage that his ex-wife is responsible for once the divorce is finalized. The banker gets involved right away to help the refinance along since John will not be approved for the size loan he wants if he is still on the mortgage associated with his ex wife’s property.

Since credit is a big factor in the loan approval and cost of financing, we get started right away in working on the credit scores. In John’s case we will need 30-60 days to improve his credit. Now that John knows what he needs to do he also contacts the realtor and discusses what type of property will work for him and when he should start looking based on the timing of the refinance of his existing mortgage and the credit restoration process.

John is grateful to his attorney for guiding him at a time that he could not guide himself and leading him to other professionals that can help him realistically reach his goals.

Reaching out and learning about other professionals’ that play a large part in your clients financial life will lead to great support, knowledge , and value for your customer base. Being proactive in helping is what separates an average professional from a great one! Of course giving more will ultimately lead to happier clients, more referrals, and a more successful business!

Call us with any questions or feedback on credit challenged clients or credit in general!

Making sure credit is analyzed with future financial goals in mind is a MUST before taking an action that can foil those plans and limit a consumers options for a better quality financial life.

Great credit brings great opportunity!!” Copyright 2013 •

North Shore Advisory, Inc. offers credit repair, restoration, monitoring, and education services. We’ve been providing credit education and credit improvement for almost 25 years. For bankers and realtors we can review your clients credit reports and scores to see if we can improve them.

We can help you with your business credit needs as well as any personal credit scores.
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