Appraisal Woes in 2016?

“The fourth quarter RESI found that title agents continue to believe that property valuation issues will be the most likely cause of title order cancellation over the coming year.”

So far this year I have already had to deal with a low appraisal and I have had other agents comment on the same issue, especially when the appraiser has been out of area appraiser. This caught both myself and the listing agent off guard as we both had supporting comps that supported both the listing price and the offer price.

“This shouldn’t come as a surprise. In a housing market where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values increase rapidly. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. If prices are jumping, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that closed recently) to defend the price when performing the appraisal for the bank.”

WORD FOR THE WISE

If you are listing your home and expect offers above listing price, be prepared for the conversation that the appraiser may not show the same value as the offer presented.  Make sure there is a significant down payment and that you have a plan in place for negotiation in this situation.

If you are a buyer and you not putting a significant down payment down on a home, your agent had better be sure that the offer is supported by comparable comps and as recent as possible. Another buyer beware opportunity for the buyer to avoid the pit falls of not getting the home you love because of the appraisal.

Bottom Line

“Every house on the market has to be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then to the bank (through the bank’s appraisal). With escalating prices, the second sale might be even more difficult than the first. ” According to an article by Keeping Current Matters.

Let’s get together and discuss how this may impact the sale of your home.

Posted on March 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm
Bradley Mulliner | Category: Buying/Selling Tips, clients, Helpful Articles, new home owners, Uncategorized

“Harvard: Why Owning A Home Makes Sense Financially”

Harvard: Why Owning A Home Makes Sense Financially | Keeping Current Matters

Eric Belsky, the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University expanded on the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership in his paper –The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America.

Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study: 

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You're paying for housing whether you own or rent.

“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.” 

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.

“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.

“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income…On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.

“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

Bottom Line

We realize that homeownership makes sense for many Americans for an assortment of social and family reasons. It also makes sense financially. If you are considering a purchase this year, contact a local professional who can help evaluate your ability to do so.

 

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 10:14 pm
Bradley Mulliner | Category: Buying/Selling Tips, clients, Helpful Articles, new home, new home owners, Real Estate Activity

Portland homes selling in less than a month in Q3.

Portland homes selling in less than a month in Q3.

Still not sure whether or not it a good time to sell your home?  Homes are definitely selling quickly as long as they are price right. Yes this is still a sellers market in most areas around the Portland market and with the lack of inventory it appears that it is going to remain this way for a while.

SEATTLENov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Matthew GardnerWindermere Real Estate Chief Economist, found Portland homes were on the market an average for just 27 days in the third quarter of 2015. This represents a drop in 10 days from the second quarter. Multnomah and Washington Counties also saw homes sell in less than a month.

“The average time it took to sell a home in the region was 92 days, with thePortland market in particular dropping from 37 to 27 days. This shows that the hot Portland economy is causing the demand to keep supply flying off the shelves,” said Gardner. He added one caveat, “There was a decline in state employment in September and the unemployment rate did rise, but I do not see this as a trend so much as a temporary blip.”

Looking at how the situation compares to the same time last year, the supply shortage drove home prices 6.1 percent higher year-over-year to $309,565. “What’s more impressive, sales activity rose by 21.6 percent when compared to the third quarter of 2014, exceeding the 20.9 percent year-over-year growth rate that we saw in the second quarter,” said Gardner.

As a result, Gardner believes that the housing market has tipped even further in favor of sellers. For Portland area buyers, this means it’s more important than ever to do the prep work to be able to move fast when buyers find a home they wish to buy:

  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage in advance (unless making an all-cash offer), and be ready to document the funds to be used for a down payment.
  • Retain an experienced buyer’s agent, who knows the local area and whom you trust. Go with them to see properties within 24-48 hours of listing.
  • Have advance discussions on what to write into offers: escalation clauses, quickness of home inspection, and even offering to rent the home back to the seller after the sale to give them more time to move. If the buyers and their agent have already confirmed those decisions, they can move faster in writing up the offer when the time comes.

Matthew Gardner joined Windermere Real Estate in July 2015 as its national Chief Economist with over 25 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.  Gardner has watched the Oregon economy and housing market for his entire career, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics.

To read more from the third quarter Gardner Report and about Matthew Gardner, visit http://www.windermere.com/blogs/.

About Windermere Real Estate

Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoHawaiiIdaho,MontanaNevadaOregonUtahWashington, and Mexico. Last year, Windermere closed over 77,000 sides for more than $27 billion in dollar volume. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation, which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than 30 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visithttp://www.windermere.com.

If you are a looking at buying a home, in this article there are some great tips that you should do the make the process go smoother, or you can visit http://bradmulliner.com/buying-and-selling-tips/ for more information.

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Posted on November 13, 2015 at 7:27 pm
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Posted on October 23, 2015 at 5:11 pm
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Getting the keys to your new home.

This is always an exciting time for a new home owner. One thing that I always enjoy watching is the excitement on the faces of a new home owner.  I always let the client open the door and walk through first.  Their eyes light up as if they are seeing their home for the  for the first time all over again.  I love to here the remarks about the changes that they are going to make, watching them open every cupboard, going through every room, turning on every light in the house even in the middle of the afternoon.  I was able to experience again yesterday with my newest home owners, what an enjoyable experience.

Posted on September 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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