The Fall Market is Heating up, Don't get Left Behind!
Thinking of buying? Buyers are lining up right now with super low interest rates! Thinking of buying? With the low interest rates you have more buying power than ever before, this is your chance! But none of this is possible unless you take action RIGHT NOW!
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How to Buy Home and When is the Best Time? The time is NOW!
The Summer slowdown is now upon us! Every year buyers tend to cool off during the Summer months and the market slows a bit. Homes are for sale longer and buyers tend to have a little bit more of the upper hand. Don’t get me wrong, homes are selling but the crazy bidding wars from the Spring market have calmed down. With a decrease in buyer activity you have less competition, now really is the perfect time to buy!
Historically September (after Labor Day) until the first part of November tends to be one of the busiest buying seasons. Prices spike, bidding wars come back, and good luck negotiating any sort of deal or concession. Now is the time to buy if you are able!
But what is interesting about this time of year is watching the spikes in website and social traffic on our listings. It’s almost like people are on vacation checking out homes poolside and researching for their next move. If this is you and you are waiting until after the Summer to “get serious” about buying your first home, selling and upsizing to a new home, or maybe downsizing to a smaller home, please remember that the Summer slowdown is an opportunity to get into something before the Fall frenzy!
I know Summer is a busy time, especially if you have kids, but if you are serious about saving some money and having a less stressful experience, you should really consider moving up your buying timeline. Our expert buyer’s agents are ready to help you navigate the process and help you get started. The first step is a casual conversation about your goals and where to begin.
Learn more about Colleen, Melissa, and Karen, the dedicated team of buyer’s agents on the Rosie Rourke Team here: www.rosierourke.com/buying
Out growing your current home? This blog is for you!
is busting at the seams, the kids have their stuff everywhere, and all your energy
is just surviving day to day, right? WE FEEL YOU! We’ve all been there, trust
us! And remember when you bought your first house, it seemed HUGE! Now you
would do anything to get into a home that fits you and the kids, but the thought
of having to purge and keep the house clean with kids is daunting. And you need
the equity in your current home to buy your next home too… what if you end up being
displaced for a few months or worse… in your in-laws’ basement?
Sounds like a lot of doom and gloom, doesn’t it? Let us be your hero and your advocate during the process… we have real world solutions! We work with the top lenders in the industry, there are ways to structure you home loan so you don’t have to sell and buy at the same time. We also have access to a pool of qualified buyers actively looking, so there is an opportunity to sell your home before it lists to the public. And so on and so on! We guarantee that the process can be fun, liberating, and the best decision you will make for you and your family!
Let our team leader Rosie Rourke buy you a Starbucks (our treat) and let’s talk about your solution! She has been where you are and wants to help you change your life!
Finally… home inventory is up! I just read a report that more homes went for sale in September then they did last year at this time. In fact, this is the most home inventory for sale during the Fall in 3 years! This is GREAT news for buyers… so where are they?
I think the crazy market during the beginning of 2018 has scared a lot of them away. Their loss is YOUR GAIN! Homes are not selling as fast and there is room for negotiation now. And my preferred lenders have told me that there is a possible mortgage rate increase looming in 2019. If rates go up 1 point that could mean 10-15% less in buying power for you! You can’t afford to wait, check out my quick video about today’s buyers market, 3 reasons why you NEED to by now, and check out my team of expert buyers agents who are eager to help you buy a home before the holidays…. CLICK HERE!
Fall is a great time for buyers and sellers… are you ready to get in the game? Don’t fall behind and miss your window of opportunity before the holidays! Here is a quick video explaining the Summer slow down and the how that affects home sales in the Fall!
Welcome to another edition of Rosie’s Real Estate Reveal! These are blogs where Rosie Rourke helps you understand real estate terms and what they mean to you, the buyer or seller! Today’s reveal is all about contingent offers! Believe it or not, a lot of newer agents don’t even understand what a contingent offer is. Honestly it’s been a while since listing agents have been accepting them. But now with the market slow down, massive amounts of homes for sale, and buyers that have cooled off, agents are entertaining the contingent offers again.
What is a contingent offer?
It simple terms, it’s when a home buyer makes an offer on a new home before selling their current home. The sale of the new home is contingent or dependent on the sale of the current home. The “official” definition is as such: It means an offer on a home has been made and the seller has accepted it, but the finalized sale is contingent upon certain criteria that have to be met. Usually the successful sale of the buyer’s current home.
What does this mean for you?
When a home is “Contingent” it doesn’t mean the house has SOLD and is off the market! Did you know that you can still tour and MAKE AN OFFER on a contingent home? Not a backup offer, but you can BUMP the contingent offer and the home is YOURS!
So if you are in the market, see a home you love, and the status says Contingent… you still have a chance! I actually have 2 homes listed right now that are contingent, both of these sellers are looking for new buyers to BUMP the current contingent offers!
I am always researching and educating myself and my team about current real estate trends, it’s been my life’s passion for over 20 years! I recently came across a great article in the Seattle Times, it’s a great read and it’s why my clients have chosen a local broker like me to represent them during one of the largest financial transactions of their life! I pulled out the part of the article that is really important for you, but you can read the full article here is you want to: https://projects.seattletimes.com/2018/how-to-buy-a-home/
You can find 500 Yelp reviews about your $4 cup of coffee, but there’s surprisingly little information on how to find someone who will help you with your biggest purchase and earn a commission that averages about $25,000 in Seattle and is paid by the seller. A lot of buyers use referrals. Others simply click on buttons from Redfin and Zillow that appear next to home listings — but beware, those are generally just advertisements from realtors. Just like you would visit several houses to find the best fit, do the same with realtors: Interview at least a few to see how you’ll get along and test out how well they know the market.
You can also test out realtors in the real world by going to open houses. Tobias Nitzsche and his wife were looking to buy a house here last year but found out they didn’t really like the first realtor they picked. Then they ran into Stephanie Spiro at an open house for a home she was listing, and found her to be so helpful and friendly that they hired her for their own home hunt.
Realtors are an extension of the “location, location, location” mantra in real estate: Most realtors have one neighborhood they know really well but things can get dicey if they start venturing into new territory. Look for people who have already done lots of deals in the neighborhood you want. Seattle-based Redfin, in particular, is a source of fascination for buyers because it generally offers lower commissions — as low as 1 to 1.5 percent of
the purchase price, compared to traditional brokerages that usually charge 2.5 to 3 percent.
But traditional brokerages derisively refer to Redfin as a “discount brokerage.” Fichthorn said they first tried touring homes with Redfin, using a feature on the company’s website where you can click a button to “schedule a tour” even if it’s not a Redfin-listed house. The Redfin employee would quickly respond and unlock the home for a tour but had no clue about the house’s details and couldn’t analyze whether the price was fair — she was just there in hopes of signing the buyers up to be assigned to one of their agents. They wound up going with a realtor from a traditional brokerage — though they found him through a similar tool on Zillow, which lets brokers pay to put their face next to listings they’re not associated with.