Prices keep rising because this spring’s inventory is lower than usual. The sliver of good news for buyers is that mortgage rates have declined slightly The median U.S. home-sale price hit a record $387,600 during the four weeks ending May 19, up 4% from a year earlier. That’s according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Weekly average mortgage rates dipped to 7.02% from a five-month high of 7.22% at the start of the month, bringing the median monthly housing payment to $2,854, roughly $20 shy of April’s all-time high. High housing costs pushed pending home sales down 4.2% year over year, the biggest decline in three months (except the prior 4-week period, when sales declined 4.4%). Prices keep rising despite declining sales because there aren’t enough homes on the market: New listings are up about 8% year over year, but inventory remains lower than…
Posted On Saturday, 25 May 2024 06:48 Written by
During a very painful time in my life, I was in a very bad place. A close friend of mine convinced me to go to a convention in San Fransico. I really didn’t want to go. I struggled with everything that was going on, but I made the trip. I firmly believe that that trip may have saved my life. At the very least, it changed it forever. One of the speakers there was a man named Les Brown. I knew of Les but had never heard him speak in person. Believe me, being in the right place at the right time, listening to the right person deliver the right message, well, it can be transformative. I waited until after his talk was done. I gathered up the books he had for sale and waited until the very last person was gone when I asked him to sign the books…
Posted On Monday, 27 May 2024 00:00 Written by
Another 27% of mortgages went to buyers aged 35-44. Young people take out the majority of mortgages because they’re of prime homebuying age, gaining financial stability and growing families. Plus, they’re less likely than older people to pay cash. Two in five (39.7%) new mortgages issued in 2023 went to homebuyers under 35, and 26.5% went to buyers aged 35-44. Next came 45-54 year olds, who took out 16.1% of new mortgages, 55-64 year olds (10.8%), and 65-74 year olds (5.4%). That’s according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. This is according to Redfin’s analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data covering purchases of primary homes. It does not cover purchases of investment properties or second homes. The breakdown of homebuyers by age has remained stable over the last five years, with younger Americans as the most common mortgage borrowers. The likelihood of…
Posted On Friday, 24 May 2024 07:02 Written by
Pushing a car and driving new business have some interesting parallels. Effort, strategy and momentum are all required. Here are some interesting analogies to consider in real estate sales: Initial effort: Pushing a car: The hardest part is getting the car to start moving from a standstill. This requires a ton of effort and perseverance. Sales and business: The initial stages of building a real estate or any other business requires a ton of effort. Building momentum: Pushing a car: Once the car starts moving, it becomes easier to push. Less effort is needed once the momentum is built. Sales and business: Once you start building up clients and closing deals, the effort needed to sustain growth typically decreases. Word-of-mouth, repeat clients and a strong reputation all stem from momentum in real estate. Overcoming obstacles: Pushing a car: Encountering obstacles like a hill, requires extra effort. Sales and business: Challenges…
Posted On Thursday, 23 May 2024 00:00 Written by
Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.94 percent. “Spring homebuyers received an unexpected windfall this week, as mortgage rates fell below the seven percent threshold for the first time in over a month,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Although this week’s data on previously owned home sales showed a decline, total inventory of both new and existing homes is up. Greater supply coupled with the recent downward trend in rates is an encouraging sign for the housing market.” News Facts The 30-year FRM averaged 6.94 percent as of May 23, 2024, down from last week when it averaged 7.02 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.57 percent. The 15-year FRM averaged 6.24 percent, down from last week when it averaged 6.28 percent. A year ago at this…
Posted On Thursday, 23 May 2024 09:21 Written by
Existing-home sales receded in April, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major U.S. regions posted month-over-month declines. Year-over-year, sales decreased in the Northeast, Midwest and South but increased in the West. Total existing-home sales[i] – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – slid 1.9% from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.14 million in April. Year-over-year, sales fell 1.9% (down from 4.22 million in April 2023). “Home sales changed little overall, but the upper-end market is experiencing a sizable gain due to more supply coming onto the market,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. Total housing inventory[ii] registered at the end of April was 1.21 million units, up 9% from March and 16.3% from one year ago (1.04 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 3.5-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 3.2 months in March and 3.0 months in…
Posted On Wednesday, 22 May 2024 07:21 Written by
Awareness about emotional and mental health challenges is crucial for reducing the stigma involved. Many professionals, including realtors, secretly struggle with depression, anxiety and a host of other issues. The stress and pressure in the real estate industry can amplify these problems. Fluctuations in market conditions, for instance, can contribute to the stress realtors face. Overdoing it in sales or even not having the proper focus to drive sales can result in burnout. Deals that fail or clients who are unsatisfied can impact realtors’ sense of self. Self esteem and resilience are needed in the field to succeed. Setbacks are a big part of real estate. Overcoming them is expected and almost necessary to excel.  Furthermore, real estate agents often work independently, which can lead to feelings of isolation. Loneliness is a real thing. It can negatively impact day-to-day job demands. To make matters worse, dealing with unhappy or insatiable…
Posted On Tuesday, 21 May 2024 06:13 Written by
For a limited time only, Chase is increasing their Closing Guarantee program from $5K to $20K. Chase promises their clients that they’ll close the loan on or before the contract closing date or pay the buyer $20,000.  The grant can be used to discount underwriting fees paid at mortgage closing or pay down interest rate and down payment. This special time offer is available until July 27, 2024.  Chase wanted to honor spring homebuying season in an extra special way this year, knowing how challenging the housing market has been. They also have a whole en-suite of offerings and tools to help prospective homeowners.  The housing affordability crisis—with high interest rates, high homes prices, and low supply—has been widely reported. To help homebuyers address these challenges, Chase Home Lending is focused on providing financial resources and homebuyer education, including increasing its Closing Guarantee from $5,000 to $20,000.   “Current market…
Posted On Sunday, 19 May 2024 04:25 Written by
--  Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 7.02 percent. “Mortgage rates decreased for the second consecutive week,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Given the news that inflation eased slightly, the 10-year Treasury yield dipped, leading to lower mortgage rates. The decrease in rates, albeit small, may provide a bit more wiggle room in the budgets of prospective homebuyers.” News Facts The 30-year FRM averaged 7.02 percent as of May 16, 2024, down from last week when it averaged 7.09 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.39 percent. The 15-year FRM averaged 6.28 percent, down from last week when it averaged 6.38 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.75 percent. The PMMS® is focused on conventional, conforming, fully amortizing home purchase loans for…
Posted On Friday, 17 May 2024 06:49 Written by
I am a big believer in business planning and success scheduling. My entire coaching philosophy is rooted in these two prime building blocks. While your annual business plan can create a structure and vision for the entire year, I like to work in three mini-90-day plans that help allow for local market trends and aspects of business that is also based on seasonal awareness. The first 90-day plan runs from about the third week of January through the April 15th tax filing deadline. The second 90-day plan runs from your local calendar from about two weeks before the schools let out for the year in your area, until about three weeks after they return back to school. This really depends on your local area because these times really deviate significantly around the country. Some kids get out in May and return early August; while others get out in late June and…
Posted On Monday, 20 May 2024 00:00 Written by
Pending home sales are down and new listings are flat during a time of year when they typically rise. But this week’s softer-than-expected inflation report sent mortgage rates down, which could bring back some homebuyers and sellers. rates down, which could bring back some homebuyers and sellers. SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- (NASDAQ: RDFN) —Pending home sales fell 4.3% from a year earlier during the four weeks ending May 12, the biggest decline in roughly three months. That’s according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Pending home sales also posted a week-over-week decline, unusual for early May. Inventory is losing momentum, too, as would-be sellers stay put to hang onto their low mortgage rate. New listings rose 10% year over year, but they were essentially flat from a week earlier, which is significant because listings typically increase this time of year. The housing market slumped because of…
Posted On Thursday, 16 May 2024 05:41 Written by
Despite low buyer demand, home prices remain steep throughout the U.S. Owing to this, many homeowners have seen the amount of equity they’ve built into their houses increase. When a homeowner utilizes the LendingTree marketplace to shop around for a home equity loan lender, they select one of five reasons for why they’re seeking the money. By analyzing borrowers’ home equity loan requests in the first quarter of 2024, we determined why homeowners across the 50 states are thinking about tapping into their home equity. Here's what we found. Across the 50 states, 40.58% of those seeking a home equity loan cited paying for home improvements as their primary reason. 33.78% of homeowners considered tapping their home’s equity to help consolidate debt. This was the second most commonly cited reason among LendingTree users. However, in some states like Wyoming, Idaho and South Dakota, it was the most commonly cited.  Using a…
Posted On Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:01 Written by
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