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Kevin Kleifges
July 2020
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Thinking of Investing in Rentals With Others?
Investing in rental property is a way for many to take advantage of monthly cash flow while seeing the asset increase in value over time. There really isn’t any type of investment that provides both benefits as rental property can. That’s why many diversify their portfolios to include real estate. However, sometimes it can be a bit expensive to come up with the necessary down payment and closing costs as well as identify a property that will cash flow each month. With rates still flirting with record lows, now might be as good a time as ever to make the leap and purchase your very first property. Some real estate investors like to partner with others to spread the risk around a bit while at the same time being able
Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of July 2020:


30 yr. fixed: 3.13%
15 yr. fixed: 2.59%
5/1 yr. adj: 3.08%






able to afford a property that might just be out of reach. Think of a fourplex or an apartment building. If you’re thinking of investing in real estate with others, there are some things you
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Home Equity Lines Of Credit On The Rise…But Can You Qualify?
     The Coronavirus quarantine has you thinking about making upgrades to your home, and that has you thinking about tapping your equity to take out as a home equity loan (HELOC), right? If so, you’re part of a real estate trend that’s sweeping the nation right now.
      A new report from LendingTree found that, “While the total number of home equity loan applications has fallen since January…those who do apply for a home equity loan are more likely to use it to pay for home improvements than they might’ve been at the start of the year.”
      Across the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, “An average of 45.9% of home equity loans are being used to make home improvements,” they said. That’s up from 37.3% in



What Will Homes Look Like In A Post-pandemic World?
     Better family gathering space. More comfortable bedroom space. Peaceful and private outdoor space. If those items tick your preferred “quarantine home” boxes, we get it. 
      The truth is that being stuck at home—in a home you don’t necessarily love—stinks. So, we don’t blame you if, while you’ve been sheltering, you’ve been dreaming of what you would change and where you would move given the choice. 
      The good news is that this pandemic is already having an impact on how builders operate, and the very things that are frustrating you about your existing home will likely drive changes to design and architecture in the future.
      “While the coronavirus still rages on, it’s hard to predict what post-pandemic abodes might look like,” said Barrons. “Yet, developers around the U.S. are already rethinking projects, anticipating residents’ needs and

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started to reappear over the last several weeks. In the latest report, they revealed:

“The March ShowingTime Showing Index® recorded the first nationwide drop in showing traffic in eight months as communities responded to COVID-19. Early April data show signs of an upswing, however.”

Why would people be setting appointments to look at prospective homes when the process of purchasing a home has become more difficult with shelter-in-place orders throughout the country?

Here are three reasons for this uptick in activity:

1. Some people need to move. Whether because of a death in the family, a new birth, divorce, financial hardship, or a job transfer, some families need to make a move as quickly as possible.

2. Real estate agents across the country have become very innovative, utilizing technology that allows purchasers to virtually:

  • View homes
  • Meet with mortgage professionals
  • Consult with their agent throughout the process

All of this can happen within the required safety protocols, so real estate professionals are continuing to help families make important moves.

3. Buyers understand that mortgage rates are a key component when determining their monthly mortgage payments.

Mortgage interest rates are very close to all-time lows and afford today’s purchaser the opportunity to save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan.

Looking closely at the third reason, we can see that there’s a big difference between purchasing a house last year and purchasing one now   

Rates today on average are 3.33% versus 3.94% one year ago.  On a 200K loan, you will save $25,000 over the life of the loan! 50K on a 400K loan not to mention the lower monthly payments!

Bottom Line

Many families have decided not to postpone their plans to purchase a home, even in these difficult times.

If you need to make a move, reach out to me today at 703-346-3783. I am a trusted and experienced real estate advisor that will safely and professionally guide you through the process

 



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Kevin Kleifges, REALTOR
E-mail: kkleifges@gmail.com
Website: http://www.KevinsProperties.com
703-346-3783
Coldwell Banker
703-346-3783
1900 Baton Drive
Vienna VA 22182


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