Wednesday, June 4, 2014 / by Nicole Solari
I talk to people everyday who have lost the equity on their home. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about short sales that make people choose to continue to struggle instead of opting for a chance to rebuild their dream.
1. Myth: The loss in equity in my current home is only on paper.
Fact: Negative equity is a real thing! You are weighed down by a debt that can take 15 - 20 years to recoup. Your mortgage payments may be double that of your neighbor for 30 more years.
2. Myth: I have a moral obligation to repay my entire loan.
Fact: You entered into a business arrangement with your lender. You have already lost 100% of your investment - your down payment. A lender charges interest because they know their investment is at a risk. You have paid that interest. A short sale is there to protect you and allow you to get a fresh ...
Friday, May 30, 2014 / by Nicole Solari
We have often suggested that potential home buyers consider rising interest rates when thinking about the true cost of a home. Remember, cost is not determined by price alone but by price and mortgage rate. The longer a buyer waits, the higher the mortgage payment will be if rates continue to increase (as is projected by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the National Association of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association).
Money Magazine, in its latest issue, agreed with our analysis as they also warned their readership of the same ramification if they waited to buy a home.
Here is what they said:
“BE MINDFUL OF RATES. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed loan is predicted to climb from the current 4.4% to 5.3% by the 2015 spring buying season, according to Freddie Mac. For a $250,000 loan, that means that a borrower who waits would pay $136 more per month and an additional $49,090 in interest o ...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 / by Nicole Solari
So... the 1980's called and they really want their wall paper back. Don't get me wrong - there's some good things that came out of the 80's (i.e. Pac Man, Lisa Frank, New Kids on the Block, MJ...) but that dated wallpaper MUST GO. You go right ahead and get offended and a little angry with me but if you want to sell your home and get the most money from it invest in some wallpaper remover.
Oh... and if you have the matching curtains to go with the wallpaper kudos to you for being so 1982 trendy but let's get rid of those too. It really does not cost that much to do a little painting and have the paper removed and you will be so glad you took the time to do it when you list your home!
Friday, May 16, 2014 / by Nicole Solari
Why is it that some homes sit on the market for a year while others sell like hot cakes? Frustrated sellers will blame a bad market, while a good real estate professional will tell you that many times, a slow sale is often attributed to the listing price. If a home is overpriced, buyers will stay away. But, if the price is competitive with similar homes in the area and “shows” better than the competition, it will have a better chance of being sold quickly.
The secret is perfecting a technique that’s as American as apple pie: comparative shopping.
Although comparing houses with different styles, square-footages and locations can be challenging, real estate professionals still feel it’s one of the best methods to use when determining a home’s market value.
A good real estate agent will effectively evaluate a home’s worth through a process known as Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). Taking a look at assets ...
Saturday, May 10, 2014 / by Nicole Solari
Today you can't do anything without big brother following you. Your cell phone has GPS, your computer is tracked by an IP address... hell, BMW even transmits my GPS signal to my husband if I ever get abducted. The term "Privacy" has changed so much in the past decade. In what I generalize as the "Pre-Facebook" era you could go online shopping without being inundated with ads (how exactly did Google know I was shopping for a pair of lime green Nike running shoes with a hot pink swoosh?!?). Unfortunately if you're plugged in, so to speak, your giving up a little piece of your privacy but when you're selling your home you don't need to be expected to give that up!
There are little things that you can do to help protect yourself from nosey buyers but you can't sell your home without photographs. On the other hand, do you want every peeking Tom, Dick and Harry peering into your living room window? Isn’t it creepy to ...