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Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream.

Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, that does not mean that they do not still aspire to achieve those things.

History shows that people tend to buy their first home around age 30. Nearly 5 million millennials will turn 30 in the next two years. This will continue to fuel demand for housing.

This is also one of the many reasons why the millennial homeownership rate has continued to grow over the past few years. 48.4% of Americans between the ages of 30-34 now own a home.

There are over 46 million millennials (33% of the generation) who are considered “Mortgage Ready”,meaning they meet the qualifications to be approved for a mortgage today!

 

  • a FICO Score ≥ 620
  • a Back-End Debt to Income Ratio ≤ 25%
  • no Foreclosures or Bankruptcies in the last 7 years
  • no severe delinquencies in 1 year

 

Rob Chrane, CEO of Down Payment Resource, commented on the findings of the report,

 

“We now know there are millions of buyers with the income & credit necessary to qualify to buy a home. The biggest question is:

Do they know it? …Unfortunately, many renters don’t investigate homeownership simply because they don’t believe it’s an option.”

The good news is that more and more millennials are realizing that they can afford a home now. Even so, more can be done to increase awareness of low down payment programs to attract even more of this generation.

New data from realtor.com shows that in December, millennials accounted for 42% of all new home loans originated in the month. This is more than any other generation.


Bottom Line 

If you are one of the many millennials who may be “Mortgage Ready” but are unsure what your next steps should be, contact a local real estate professional who can help guide you on your path to homeownership.

 

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com


What Are The Benefits Of Becoming A Homeowner?

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time!

Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just a roof over your head! It represents shelter, stability, wealth, and pride! For decades, homeownership has been an important part of the American Dream!

However, many question if the next generations see the same benefits of homeownership as their predecessors.

In case we have forgotten, some of those benefits are:

Non-Financial Benefits

  1. Educational Achievement: Homeownership has a positive impact on academic achievement, including reading and math performance in children 3-12 years old.
  2. Civic Participation: “Owning a home means owning a part of the neighborhood.” Homeowners have a stronger connection to their neighborhood and are more committed to volunteer.
  3. Health Benefits: Adjusting for a range of demographic, socioeconomic and housing-related characteristics, homeowners have a substantial health advantage over renters.
  4. Public Assistance: The report shows 47% of homeowners use their home equity credit lines to help pay other debts, diminishing their need for public assistance.
  5. Property Maintenance and Improvement: A well-maintained home not only generates benefits through consumption and safety, but a high-quality structure also raises mental health.
  6. Pride of Ownership: This place is uniquely “yours.” You can customize it according to your likes and personality.

In addition to financial benefits, homeownership also brings significant social benefits. These not only pertain to the family, but extend to the communities, the state, and the country!

Financial Benefits

Buying a home is an investment in your future!

  1. Appreciation: On average, home prices are appreciating annually at a rate of 3.6%. This helps to create a safety net.
  2. Forced Savings: Your mortgage is like a forced savings plan! With each payment, you are reducing the principal of your loan.
  3. Home Equity: Homeownership builds equity every single month. You can later use that equity to start a business, send your children to college, etc.
  4. Net Worth: A homeowners’ net worth is 44x greater than renters! This gives you the financial freedom to invest.
  5. Stability: Rent prices increase 4% annually! A fixed mortgage payment allows you to save for future projects and guard against inflation.
  6. Tax Benefits: The government has created tax benefits to encourage customers to purchase. (Talk to your CPA to see which benefits apply to you).

Bottom Line

Homeownership is and will always be part of the American Dream! There are many financial and non-financial benefits to take advantage of when owning a home. If owning a home is part of your dream, contact a local real estate professional to help you with the process!

 

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

 

Self-made millionaire: Not buying a home is the single biggest millennial mistake

by Elite Asset Management Team

The Difference Having A Professional On Your Side Makes

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion.

Shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and the dozens more on HGTV have given many a false sense of what it’s like to buy and sell a home.

Now more than ever, you need an expert on your side who is going to guide you toward your dreams and not let anything get in the way of achieving them. Buying and/or selling a home is definitely not something you want to DIY (Do It Yourself)!

Here are just some of the reasons you need a real estate professional in your corner:

There’s more to real estate than finding a house you like online!

There are over 111 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to ensure you achieve your dream?

 You Need a Skilled Negotiator

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

What is the home you’re buying or selling worth in today’s market?

There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

 

Bottom Line

Today’s real estate market is highly competitive. Having an experienced, top performing professional who’s been there before to guide you through the process is a simple step that will give you a huge advantage. Make this a easy and simple process by reaching out to one of the Top Agents and Certified Residential Specialist Pete Veres at 505-362-2005.

Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages.

How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because of an improving economy, wages are finally beginning to increase – and that dramatically affects home affordability.

According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) September 2018 Housing Affordability Index, wages have increased in every region of the country:


After applying current salaries, home prices, and mortgage rates to their Home Affordability Index equation, the index, though still lower than this time last year (160.1 to 146.7), increased over the last month (141.2 to 146.7). For the complete methodology used by NAR, click here.

The percentage of income needed to own a home has also decreased each of the last three months. It currently sits at 17% which is substantially lower than historic numbers.

 

 

Bottom Line

If you are a first-time buyer or a move-up buyer who believes that purchasing a home is not within your budget, check with a local real estate professional to find out if that is still true.

 

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

 

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com
Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.
You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.
 
He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

 

 

 

Buying A Home? Do You Know the Lingo? 
To start you on your path with confidence, we have 
compiled a list of some of the most common terms 
used when buying a home. 
Appraisal - A professional analysis used to estimate the value 
of the home. A necessary step in validating the home's worth to 
you & your lender to secure financing. 
Closing Costs - The cost to complete the real estate 
transaction. Paid at closing, they include: points, taxes, title 
insurance, financing costs, items that must be prepaid or 
escrowed. Ask your lender for a complete list of closing cost items. 
Credit Score - A number ranging from 300-850, that is based 
on an analysis of your credit history. Helps lenders determine the 
likelihood that you'll repay future debts. 
Down Payment - Down payments are typically 3-20% of the 
purchase price of the home. 0% down programs also exist, ask 
your lender for more information. 
Mortgage Rate - The interest rate you pay to borrow money to 
buy your house. The lower the rate, the better. 
Pre-Approval Letter - A letter from a lender indicating that 
you qualify for a mortgage of a specific amount. 
Real Estate Professional - An individual who provides services 
in buying & selling homes. Real estate professionals are there to 
help you through the confusing paperwork, find your dream home, 
negotiate any of the details that come up, and to help you know 
exactly what's going on in the housing market. 
The best way to ensure that your home-buying process is 
a confident one is to find a real estate pro who will guide 
you through every aspect of the transaction with 
'the heart of a teacher', putting your family's needs first. 

 

To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used when buying a home. 

Appraisal - A professional analysis used to estimate the value of the home. A necessary step in validating the home's worth to you & your lender to secure financing. 

Closing Costs - The cost to complete the real estate transaction. Paid at closing, they include: points, taxes, title insurance, financing costs, items that must be prepaid or escrowed. Ask your lender for a complete list of closing cost items. 

Credit Score - A number ranging from 300-850, that is based on an analysis of your credit history. Helps lenders determine the likelihood that you'll repay future debts. 

Down Payment - Down payments are typically 3-20% of the purchase price of the home. 0% down programs also exist, ask your lender for more information. 

Mortgage Rate - The interest rate you pay to borrow money to buy your house. The lower the rate, the better. Pre-Approval Letter - A letter from a lender indicating that you qualify for a mortgage of a specific amount. 

Real Estate Professional - An individual who provides services in buying & selling homes. Real estate professionals are there to help you through the confusing paperwork, find your dream home, negotiate any of the details that come up, and to help you know exactly what's going on in the housing market. 

The best way to ensure that your home-buying process is a confident one is to find a real estate pro who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with 'the heart of a teacher', putting your family's needs first. 

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

 

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

Are We About to Enter a Buyers' Market?

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

Home sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for the past several years. Is this really happening?

The market has definitely softened. However, according to two chief economists in the industry, we are a long way from a market that totally favors the purchaser:

Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow Chief Economist:

“These seller challenges don’t indicate we’re suddenly in a buyers’ market – we don’t expect market conditions to shift decidedly in favor of buyers until 2020 or later. But buyers certainly are starting to balk at the rapid rise in prices and home values are starting to grow at a less frenetic pace.”

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist of realtor.com:

“The signs are pointing to a market that’s shifting toward buyers. But, in most places, we’re still a long way from a full reversal.”

In addition, Pulsenomics Inc. recently surveyed over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists and asked this question:

“When do you expect U.S. housing market conditions to shift decidedly in favor of homebuyers?”

Only 5% said the market has already shifted. Here are the rest of the survey results:

 

Bottom Line

The market is beginning to normalize but that doesn’t mean we will quickly shift to a market favoring the buyer. We believe Ivy Zelman, author of the well-respected ‘Z’ Report,best explained the current confusion:

“With the rate of home price appreciation starting to decelerate alongside the uptick in inventory…we expect significant debate about whether this is a bullish or bearish sign.

In our view, the short-term narrative will probably be confusing, but more sustainable growth and affordability will likely be the end result.”


 

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers and Seller Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. He can provide you with a Free Market analysis when you are ready. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

Here are also some Free Sellers resources. VIP-Seller-Resources

 

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers and Seller Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. He can provide you with a Free Market analysis when you are ready. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.


You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.


He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com


Here are also some Free Sellers resources. VIP-Seller-Resources

Home Sales Low This Summer

by Elite Asset Management Team

 

 

 

Sales in June down 2.2% from last year, according to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Existing Home Sales Report.

Home inventory still below 6-month supply needed for a normal market despite the 0.5% improvement from last year.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say: “There continues to be a mismatch since the spring between the growing level of homebuyer demand in most of the country in relation to the actual pace of home sales, which are declining. The root cause is without a doubt the severe housing shortage that is not releasing its grip on the nation’s housing market.”

 

In our local Albuquerque Market the median sales price is $208,000, up +4.1% from last year this time and months supply is 2.5, down -37% from last year

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers and Seller Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. He can provide you with a Free Market analysis when you are ready. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

Here are also some Free Sellers resources. VIP-Seller-Resources

Home Prices Are Increasing, But Why?

by Elite Asset Management Team

Home prices have been increasing and there are many unsubstantiated theories why it has been happening. Some say that lending standards are again becoming too lenient, while some are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance”. Both these theories are both untrue since data shows that lending standards are not being too lenient and prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation.

The real reason prices are increasing is because of supply and demand. Whenever there is a limited supply of an item that is in high demand, prices increase.

In real estate, it takes a six-month supply of existing salable inventory to maintain pricing stability. In most housing markets, anything less than six months will cause home values to appreciate and anything more than seven months will cause prices to depreciate.

According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the monthly inventory of homes for sale has been below six months for the last five years.

As long as there more home buyers than home sellers, prices will continue to rise. Nothing out of the ordinary is happening. It’s just simple supply and demand.

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record. He can also help you to get a  loan pre-approval at no cost.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

 

 

Interest Rates of Mortgage Steady

by Elite Asset Management Team

One of the most important things to understand when buying a home is the mortgage rates.

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, in 2018, the difference in mortgage rates from January to April is .45%. January’s mortgage rates was at 3.95% and increase gradually through the first week of April to 4.40%.

This increase looks alarming, but if you look at the graph you’ll see that it has stayed steady for the past few months and has returned to the mortgage interest rates back in February.

 

If you’re looking to buy a home this spring, now is the best time to buy. With rates keeping steady, it is wise to get that rate locked in before prices go up even higher as predicted.

Every month, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors release their projections for where they believe mortgage rates will be in the coming months. If we take the average of what each of the four organizations is predicting for the second quarter, rates are expected to rise to about 4.48% by June.

That average climbs to 4.73% by the end of this year.

Don’t wait till the end of the year to buy. Rates are projected to increase and it will cost you more on your monthly payment. For every $250,000 you need to borrow to purchase your dream home, you will spend $49.21 more per month, $590.52 per year, and over $17,700 by the end of your 30-year mortgage.

And that’s just the impact of your interest rate going up!

Meet with a realtor like Pete Veres, CRS – Certified Residential Specialist & ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative who can help you navigate thru the process and get the job done for you. Pete Veres has had over 25 years of Sales & Marketing experience, excellent negotiating skills and a superb track record.

You can contact him by calling or texting him at 505-362-2005 or by emailing him at Pete@nmelite.com.

He has a great website full of the latest information at www.NMElite.com

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