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Ken Tribble
April 2020
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Don’t Try to Outsmart the Markets
Getting ready to refinance your mortgage but waiting for rates to fall just one more time? Is that extra 1/8th percent ready to drop? Some consumers begin to follow economic news and perform no shortage of due diligence trying to pick the perfect time to lock in an interest rate. Loan officers are asked on a daily basis, “What are rates going to do?” The fact is nobody knows and for those who say they know, well, they don’t. Even the most learned of financial analysts get it wrong. There are just too many ingredients that affect mortgage rates, some expected but many unexpected, for any solid projection to come to fruition. Yes, there are certainly general trends that can be pointed to but trying to outsmart
Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of April 2020:


30 yr. fixed: 3.5%
15 yr. fixed: 2.92%
5/1 yr. adj: 3.34%






interest rate markets can go wrong rather quickly.
      Conventional mortgages, both fixed and adjustable, are tied to specific indices. A traditional 30 year
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New York Might Pass an Anti-Flipping Bill. Are Other States Far Behind?
     That dream of buying a house in a state of disrepair and fixing it up to sell for a big profit is one many of us share. And the people you see on TV aren’t the only ones who are doing more than dreaming. According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ most recent stats, more than 200,000 U.S. homes were bought and resold within a 12-month period in the year 2017. 
      “That’s just under 6% of all the single-family homes and condominiums sold that year,” said Investopedia.
      But, if the state of New York has its way, it might soon be harder to pocket that cash. There are actually two bills making their way through the system: Assembly Bill A5375A and Senate Bill S3060E. Each of them “Imposes a tax on the



What Is a Home Renovation Loan and Should You Think About One?
     For many homebuyers, a picture-perfect, move-in ready home is the dream. For others, a project house they can get for a discount and then put their personal stamp on is too good to pass up. The problem with many of these “project houses,” though: coming up with the money to complete the projects. 
      Once you’ve depleted your savings to gather the funds for your down payment and closing costs, there may not be much left over to knock down that wall between the kitchen and living room, redo the counters and cabinets, and put in new hardwood flooring. Add in the costs of new furniture and hiring movers, and it could be years before you’re finally ready to make those improvements. 
      This is where a home renovation loan can help. 
      What is a home renovation loan?
      Although they are growing in popularity, home renovation loans are

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Southwest Florida Market Update

Florida Home Sales Are Up By 8 Percent , Prices Up By 4 Percent This Year Over 2018

Housing sales in the third quarter of 2019 were up by 8.1% and median home-sale values increased nearly 4% over 2018's third quarter.  Pending inventory is up too. Pendings represent the number of listed properties under contract at any point in time. With pending inventory rising Sellers should see an even better 4th quarter.  The number of single family homes for sale was at a 3.6 month supply and at a 5.3 month supply for condos.  Anything less than a 6 months supply generally indicates a sellers market.

Interest rates continue to improve.  Rates for a fixed rate, 30 year mortgage averaged 3.67% in the third quarter of 2019, far lower than the 4.57% average during the same period in 2018.  

It is expected that Florida will continue as a top destination for a growing migration of young families, retirees and wealthy tax refugees and businesses alike.  In short it is a great time to be a seller!  



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Ken Tribble GRI CPA
E-mail: kat@swflgulfcoast.com
Website: SWFLGulfCoast.com
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