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Mortgage Rates Up A Bit But Remain Below 4%

by Elite Asset Management Team

Mortgage Rates Up A Bit But Remain Below 4%

We have seen about  four weeks of decreases in mortgage rates and now the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage moved up a bit this week but stayed near yearly lows under  4 percent as per Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage market survey.

Freddie Mac reported the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Dec. 11:

    30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.93 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.89 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.42 percent.

    15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.20 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.10 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.43 percent.

    5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 2.98 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 2.94 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.94 percent.

    1-year ARMs averaged 2.40 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping slightly from last week’s 2.41 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.51 percent.

Harvard’s 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home

by Eric Belsky

Harvard’s 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. Last year, he released a paper on homeownership - The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. In his paper, Belsky reveals five financial reasons people should consider buying a home.

Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study:

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You're paying for housing whether you own or rent.

“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.”

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.

“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.

“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income...On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.

“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

Bottom Line

We realize that homeownership makes sense for many Americans for an assortment of social and family reasons. It also makes sense financially.

6 Pricing Mistakes Every Seller Can Avoid

by Elite Asset Management Team
6 Pricing Mistakes Every Seller Can Avoid

Tue, November 4, 2014

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you want to get the most money for your investment, right? One of the key factors that will sell your home is price, and having a sound pricing strategy is a must if you want to find the right buyer.

Here are six common pricing mistakes all sellers should avoid.

1. Overpricing from the start – You might think your home is the best on the block and should command a price relative to the value you see. Wrong. You have to appeal to the value homebuyers see. Overpricing your home at the onset could leave out strong potential buyers, especially if recent sales and other factors in your neighborhood don’t justify your listing price. You also run the risk of needing multiple price reductions, which keep your home on the market that much longer.

2. Leaving out potential buyers in online searches – Entering a price range is the first search parameter most homebuyers use to narrow down their options. If a buyer’s price range is, say, $250,000 to $300,000, they won’t see your home if it’s listed at $305,000. It might make sense to list it right at $300,000 so that you capture potential buyers in the ranges above and below. Ultimately, this is up to you and your agent, but the range your home's price falls into is certainly worth thinking about – especially if you're teetering between price ranges anyway.

3. Not considering recently sold properties – To arrive at a listing price that will generate buyer interest, you can’t base your price solely on the prices of other homes in your area that are listed for sale. You also need to consider recent sales in your neighborhood and the final sale prices. An experienced agent can provide you with information on recent sales to help you see the bigger picture.

4. Getting too creative with your asking price – Make it easy for buyers and pick round numbers. Listing a home for $512,477, for example, will give potential buyers pause about your intentions and divert attention from your property to you, as the seller. Maybe it's best to save the creative juices for the property description.

5. Not being open to negotiation – The quickest way to kill a sale is to dig in your heels on asking price before the for-sale sign even goes in the yard. Negotiation is a two-way street, and if you refuse to budge on pricing or other conditions, you might be in for very bumpy (and long) ride. Ask yourself: Is it more important to get full asking price, or can you make a few concessions to find common ground that will ensure a closed sale?

6. Ignoring your agent’s insights – The best route to the right price starts with picking a great agent and then listening to his or her advice. Your agent will look at your situation from all angles – your home's features, the local market, recent sales and more – to help you make an informed decision about pricing. 

Sellers with Vacant Homes Please read this!

by Elite Asset Management Team

Albuquerque and Rio Rancho are seeing a disturbing trend at vacant properties for sale.  Instead of attracting buyers, the empty homes are attracting vandals.  

One of the most recent reports of a vacant home vandalism stated that an individual poured paint on the floors and countertops of the home, as well as destroyed the appliances.  

Vacant properties are very susceptible to property damange and criminal activity.  That's why it's important to not only understand these dangers but to take immediate steps to prevent them.

To help prevent vandalism of your seller's vacant property, encourage your seller to keep in mind the 5 tips below.

  1. Hire a caretaker for the property until it sells.
  2. Ask a trusted neighbor to park his/her car in the driveway.
  3. Install motion-sensor lights and set the interior lights to variable timers.
  4. Ask relatives, friends, or neighbors to look after the property while it's vacant.  This includes collecting mail and regularly inspecting the home for damage.
  5. Ensure the property has the proper insurance coverage.  Insurance coverage can lapse if the home is vacant for more than 30 days.

In the event that your seller's vacant property is vandalized, please follow the steps below.

  • Change the locks on the property immediately.
  • File a police report with the Albuquerque or RR Police Department.

10 Reasons That You Maybe Ready to Invest in Real Estate

by Elite Asset Management Team


 
Investment When it comes to property investment, timing is everything. Ultimately, choosing the right time to enter the market will have a significant impact on the long-term success of your investment.

But how can you as an investor know whether the timing is right? Global property portal Lamudi has compiled a list of 10 tell-tale signs that now is the time to start building your investment portfolio.

1. You are financially ready. You have saved enough for the down payment and you have also established your emergency fund. You have taken into account home maintenance expenses. Your credit history is good and you are able to meet all the financial obligations.

2. You have set your long-term goals. You have a clear picture in your mind of the purpose of your investment and you are flexible enough to adjust to changing circumstances. You are not hesitant and when the timing is right, you are able to adapt to the market needs and the development of technologies.

3. You have done your research. You know the neighborhood of your future property well enough to foresee the coming trends and the possible changes in the community. You have researched all the schools in the area as well as the best commuting means and you are able to predict the next homebuyer's needs.

4. You have chosen a stable economy. The area is financially stable, economic trends are promising and equities are surging. No demographic fluctuation or no irregular variation of population have been recorded in the area.

5. You understand the country’s policies regarding real estate. The policies of the region promote and encourage a positive, innovative environment as well as drive further economic growth. The tax policy in the country is positive for homeowners. Global innovation index is rising in the area.

6. Infrastructure projects are underway and likely to lead to an increase in property values. The infrastructure of the area is being developed with a focus on: transport, energy, solid waste and water management developments.

7. The region is moving toward sustainable development. The region’s awareness of global and local environmental issues is increasing, the demand for eco-friendly homes as well as for sustainable rural and urban development is rising. As more and more people head toward sustainable living, investing in sustainable property will increase its value in the future.

8. The location draws a lot of interest. Whether it is the best travel destination or the hot jobs spot, the location is always on the top of the search engine. It has become a successful startup hub already or is planning to do so in the coming years, driving a lot of job seekers into the area. The number of enrolled students is increasing every year and the area draws interest of international students.

9. You have found a reliable real estate agent. If you are an overseas buyer, it is particularly crucial to make sure you have a good representative on the ground. Your real estate agent is trustworthy and knows the local market well enough to be able to help you make the choice.

10. You have researched local differences in the property market. Whether you plan to invest in a residential property and turn it into a rental or an office space, you are fully aware of all cultural differences that might occur when you deal with a property seller.

September Real Estate Video Market Update

by Elite Asset Management Team
 
 

Albuquerque Real Estate Video Market Update

 
 
 
 

It's Still a Great Time To Buy!

Looks like we are in a strong buyer’s market and the right homes priced well are moving! Here is your market video with the most recent activity for Albuquerque Real Estate Video Market Update! Please click the link above to view and contact me if you have any questions regarding your next real estate transaction I'd love to assist you with your real estate needs.
 
 
 
 
 

Real Estate Video Tips

 
 

Why RENT when you can BUY?

by Elite Asset Management Team

Most poeople who rent think they can't afford to buy a home. THINK AGAIN! We just closed a client who was rents and they ened up saving $200.00 a month on their rent and the bonus is they Own a Home!

July Video Market Update

by Elite Asset Management Team

Pete Veres wants to share a quick 60 minute video market update. If you would like a complete Real Estate Market Report please contact me either by email: Pete@nmelite.com or phone: 505-362-2005.

View Pete Veres's Market Videos

June Video Market Update - Albuquerque

by Elite Asset Management Team

Pete Veres wants to share a quick Video Market Update for June.

 
 

Featured Video for Albuquerque Real Estate Video Market Update

 
 
 
 

It's Great Time To Buy!

Here is your market video with the most recent activity for Albuquerque Real Estate Video Market Update! Please click the link above to view and contact me if you have any questions regarding your next real estate transaction I'd love to assist you with your real estate needs.
 
 
 
 
 

Real Estate Video Tips

 
 

Five Advantages to Owning a Home

by Elite Asset Management Team

Five Advantages to Owning a Home

 Your home is your castle, but there are also many financial advantages of owning a home. Here are five ways that owning can be better than renting.

1. As a Hedge Against Inflation
Your rent will go up on a regular basis, while your payment on a 30-year fixed mortgage will always remain the same.

Let’s say your monthly rent is $1,800. Assuming inflation (your rent increase) is 3 percent, in five years your monthly rent will be $2,026. By then, you will have paid about $115,000 of your landlord’s mortgage.

2. To Build Your Personal Wealth
Stop paying your landlord’s mortgage. When you own your home, your mortgage amount is going down and your property value is going up.

No other investment, asset or debt is as misunderstood as a home. A home can be a wonderful and lucrative investment, but like any investment, it needs to be regularly reviewed, maintained and, when appropriate, sold. Even if your home is paid off, you still pay costs for repairs and upkeep, taxes and insurance. But like any investment, if you own it long term, take care of it and sell when the market is right, you stand to make a great gain.

3. Tax Savings (Federal and State)
Under Section 163 of the IRS code, interest on loans used to acquire, construct or improve real estate is deductible on up to a $1,000,000 mortgage.

Interest on loans tied to real estate for any reason is deductible on up to a $100,000 mortgage. For example, interest on the first $100,000 of a home equity line of credit (HELOC) is tax deductible.

Let’s say you make $100,000 per year and rent a home for $1,800 per month. You would have to pay taxes on your entire income of $100,000 when you are renting that home. If you purchase a home with a monthly payment of $1,800, you only have to pay taxes on $78,400 of your annual income because the interest you paid on your mortgage can be used as a tax deduction.

4. Asset Diversification
Unlike with a 401(k) or IRA, when you invest in a home you can live in it while the investment grows.

Owning a home over an extended period of time is usually more lucrative than renting. With good planning and execution, you can learn to minimize the cost of homeownership and maximize the ability to create real wealth. Many small business owners have a home office and can use the home office as a tax deduction while they are earning income. Other homeowners will rent out a bedroom and use the rent to pay down their mortgage and gain equity faster.

5. Forced Savings
Monthly mortgage payments lower your mortgage, essentially creating a forced savings account.

In five years with a $1,800 monthly mortgage payment, you will have paid $29,331 of the principal on your mortgage. That would be money in your pocket if you choose to sell. For this example we use a $345,000 mortgage loan amount at a 4.75 percent interest rate, 4.881 percent APR and use a standard amortization table to come up with the principal pay down.

Guest post by Carl Spiteri, Benchmark Mortgage, News Genius

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