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Friday, October 25, 2019   /   by Angel Murillo

Buying a Home Can Be SCARY, Until You Know the FACTS! (Infographic)

Some Highlights:
Many potential homebuyers believe they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home. This stops many people from even trying to jump into homeownership! Here are some facts to help take the fear out of the process:

71% of buyers who purchased homes have put down less than 20%.
78.1% of loan applications were approved last month.
In September, the average credit score for approved loans was 737.



 Cheers,
 The Hebert McMahon Realty Group

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  house hunting, first time home buyer, real estate, new home

Friday, October 25, 2019   /   by Angel Murillo

Homes Are Selling Quickly (INFOGRAPHIC)

Some Highlights:

The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for the release of their Confidence Index.
The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices, and market conditions.
Homes across the country are selling quickly, in an average of just 31 days.
49% of homes sold in less than a month.

Cheers,
The Hebert McMahon Realty Group

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  first time home buyer, real estate, new home

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   /   by Angel Murillo

5 Reasons to Consider Living in a Multi generational Home

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multigenerational household?
According to Generations United, the number of multigenerational households rose from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors shows that 12% of all buyers have a multigenerational household.
Why Are Many Americans Choosing to Live in a Multigenerational Household?
The benefits to multigenerational living are significant. According to Toll Brothers,

“In recent years, there’s been a steady rise in the number of multigenerational homes in America. Homeowners and their families are discovering new ways to get the most out of home with choices that fit the many facets of their lives.”

The piece continues to explain the top 5 benefits of multigenerational living. Here is the list, and a small excerpt from their article:
1. Shared Expenses

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  house hunting, real estate, first time home buyer

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   /   by Angel Murillo

Depending on the Price, You're Going to Need Advice

To understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you may think.
In real estate today, there are essentially three different price points in the market: the starter-home market, the middle-home market, and the premium or luxury market. Each one is unique, and depending on the city, the price point in these categories will vary. For example, a starter or lower-end home in San Francisco, California is much more expensive than almost any other part of the country. Let’s explore what you need to know about each of these tiers.
Starter-Home Market: This market varies by price, and these homes are typically purchased by first-time home buyers or investors looking to flip them for a profit. Across the country, homes in this space currently have less than 6 months of inventory for sale. That means there aren’t enough homes on the ...

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  house hunting, new home, investing

Tuesday, October 22, 2019   /   by Angel Murillo

3 Reasons This is NOT the 2008 Real Estate Market

Today’s real estate market is nothing like the 2008 market. When an economic slowdown happens, it won’t resemble the last one.

No one knows for sure when the next recession will occur. What is known, however, is that the upcoming economic slowdown will not be caused by a housing market crash, as was the case in 2008. There are those who disagree and are comparing today’s real estate market to the market in 2005-2006, which preceded the crash. In many ways, however, the market is very different now. Here are three suppositions being put forward by some, and why they don’t hold up.
SUPPOSITION #1
A critical warning sign last time was the surging gap between the growth in home prices and household income. Today, home values have also outpaced wage gains. As in 2006, a lack of affordability will kill the market.
Counterpoint
The “gap” between wages and home price growth has existed since 2012. If that is a sign of a recession, why didn’t we ...

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  real estate, first time home buyer, new home