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Homeowners: Do You Know Your Home’s Value?

Social Media is full of links asking you to click for your home’s value but that isn’t the best way to approach this important information. The latest edition of CoreLogic’s Home Price Index shows that nationally, home prices have appreciated 6.7% over the last year and 0.9% month-over-month. The release of the report included this headline, “National Home Prices Now 50% Above March 2011 Bottom” 

The real estate market has come a long way since 2011, which is great news for homeowners! Nearly 79% of homeowners with a mortgage in the US now have significant equity in their homes (defined as over 20%), according to the latest Equity Report. The challenge is that not every homeowner knows how much their home’s value has appreciated. Homeowners in Denver, CO lead the way with 8.7% appreciation over the last year, while owners in Washington and Utah have experienced a 3% increase in values since the start of this year!   Nationally, CoreLogic forecasts that home values will increase another 5.0% by this time next year.  Bill Banfield, VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans, recently explained the importance of knowing the conditions in your area,

“With home values constantly changing, and the rates of change varying across the country, this is one more way to show how important it is for homeowners to stay aware of their local housing market.”

Bottom Line

Do you know what your house is worth? Have you stayed put because you are nervous you won’t have enough equity to buy your dream home? Meet with the Stovall Team and we will perform an equity analysis and give you the freedom to achieve your dreams.

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Homeowner’s Net Worth > Renter’s Net Worth

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of  Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest  survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).  The latest survey data,  covering 2014-2016 will be released later this year. In the meantime, Lawrence Yun, the National Association of        Realtors’ Chief Economist estimates that the gap has widened even further, to 45 times greater ($225,000 vs. $5,000)!

As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth. Every time you pay your rent, you are contributing to your landlord’s net worth. The latest National Housing Pulse  Survey from NAR reveals that 84% of consumers believe that   purchasing a home is a good financial decision. William E. Brown comments: “Despite the growing concern over  affordable housing, this survey makes it clear that a strong majority still believe in homeownership and aspire to own a home of their own. Building  equity, wanting a stable and safe environment, and having the freedom to choose their  neighborhood remain the top reasons to own a home.”

If you are interested in finding out if you could put your  housing cost to work for you by purchasing a home, call the Stovall Team today and we can guide you through the  process. At the Stovall Team we believe every family should feel confident when buying & selling a home.  We place a  premium on  customer service drawing on more than 60 years of combined   experience and out-of-the box thinking to  ensure that their Team provides the best.

Sources: Federal Reserve, National Association of Realtors, Stovall Team

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Sellers’ Market Challenges

Chances are you have noticed For Sale signs popping up all over town. The real estate market is currently experiencing a classic seller’s market, meaning there is more demand than inventory. According to Trendgraphix, there is only 1.8 months of inventory across Southern California (LA, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties). With little inventory and mortgage rates at historic lows, sellers are sitting pretty, right? Well that’s half of the story. Inventory is a major factor in creating hot markets: Where there are fewer homes on the market, the demand rises, and homes typically stay on the market for a shorter amount of time. Yes, it’s great to own a home in a seller’s market, but don’t jump for joy just yet. There are also some potential downsides you’ll need to consider before listing your home for sale. Here are five scenarios in which a seller’s market can actually be problematic for sellers: Heed the following tips to help ease the burden.

1. From “For Sale” to “Sold” In a hot market, it’s possible for your house to sell super fast — even while you’re still hunting for your new house. Unless you plan to become an RV enthusiast and roam the country, you’ll probably need to buy another house. It will be smart to put contingencies in place for your protection. The Stovall Team can help leverage your opportunities and navigate buying in a seller’s market.

2. The appraisal falls short Your hot market is so blazing hot that people are offering more than asking price. Low appraisals happen more often than you might think, especially in rising markets. Sometimes there are insufficient comparable sales applicable to the home you want, or maybe distressed sales in the area have skewed the appraisal. We have seen appraisals come in below the agreed upon price and can cost you thousands. How you negotiate the offers you receive is more important than ever. We have helped many of our Sellers sell their homes for well over the appraised value. Let us help
you maximize your equity, we have the know how and expertise.

3. Bad offers all around During a buying frenzy, some buyers make promises they can’t keep. The Stovall Team works hard to vet offers. We won’t let you accept an offer that never had a chance in the first place. Let our business discernment work for you.

4. Trying to beat the 1031 clock, For our Investment Clients Section 1031 of the U.S. tax code lets you sell one investment property and buy another investment property without paying tax on the sale. The catch? The clock is ticking. You need to identify a property to buy within 45 days. In a seller’s market, “Sellers can find themselves in tough competition to buy a replacement property in the time needed to qualify the exchange to defer taxes,” says Crystal Stranger, author of The Small Business Tax Guide. But you can relax a little — you just have to identify the property in 45 days; you have 180 days to close.

5. Setting Your Expectations Too High Selling your home in a competitive market doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get offers for more than your asking price. When a reasonable offer from a strong buyer comes in, some sellers who expect extravagant offers often turn it down. What happens then? The property remains on the market, becomes stale, and may ultimately sell for less than the first strong offer. Whether or not you’re selling your home in a hot real estate market, it’s important to recall the basic tips of selling — and not get carried away with how many buyers should be interested in your home.

The Stovall Team places a premium on customer service, drawing on more than 60 years of combined experience and out-of-the box thinking to ensure that their Team provides the best customer experience in the business. CALL US TODAY 714.343.9294 OR 714.393.5377 VISIT StovallTeam.com!! Here are a few very simple, quick, ways to make sure you get the most for your home when you decide to sell.

Sources: Micah Stovall, Steve Stovall, Forbes, Realty Times

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Read & Ride FREE at OC Fair

OC Fair

Barns full of animals? Check! Zany and delish food? Check! Concerts under the stars? Check! Midway games and rides? Check! Blue ribbon winners? Check! Acres of shopping? Check! Something called Brew Hee Haw? Check! Check! Check!

Come on out and watch your mama pet a llama, soar up high on La Grande Wheel and dare your friends to try the newest bacon-wrapped, deep-fried, sugar-coated concoction. Don’t forget to check out the best in visual art, woodworking, jam-making and more. It’s all here at your OC Fair!

 

2017 OC Fair media information

Read & Ride

Bookworms ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides.  Click here to download the book report form. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 14-August 13, 2017 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program.

 

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Renters That CAN Buy

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