Deep Cleaning Checklist For Your NEW Home!

Good morning Sunshine!

We are so sorry we’ve been a bit absent lately, as we’ve been so thrilled to share the news that I (Ashley) am pregnant! Woo- getting through that first tri was rough! BUT now that I am in the second trimester, it’s time to catch up and keep you up to date on all things new home & real estate market! To start off your holiday weekend, we decided to post something for all of our buyers! Here is a great checklist on how to deep clean your new home before settling in and moving everything right where you want it. Although it is expected for seller to do a thorough cleaning of the home before they move, you want to make sure you do your own cleaning as well to get it just how you like it :). We hope everyone had an AMAZING 4th of July and continue to have a fun filled weekend!

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Have a Sunshine Day 🙂

-The Sunshine Team (Ashley, Evelyn & Dana)

 

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Fees You May NOT Have Prepared For…

Happy February Sunshine!

Today, and lately actually, we have been working with a lot of sellers and buyers that don’t know about certain fees/costs that are involved in the home buying process. Particularly, closing fees, title fees, inspections both government and home, etc. We found a FANTASTIC article written by houselogic.com discussing a lot of these “unknowns” that many people, especially first time home buyers, may not know about.

Check it out here: Unknown fees for a Buyer

To recap a lot of it here, a buyer has many fees when it comes to buying a home ON TOP of the actual purchase price. These costs can include an appraisal ordered by the lender, lender fees, title company and search fees that help provide clear title, possible survey fee if you want to know where your property ends and begins, home inspection fees including radon, sewer, pest & overall home, etc. ALL THINGS TO THINK ABOUT before you take the plunge into the home buying process :). We hope this helps brighten your day just a bit and gives you just a little more insight into the home purchase process and what to plan ahead for!

Have a Sunshine Day everyone! And remember, if you need help in selling, buying or both, we are here for you! Give us a call today at 636-336-1330 and ask for Ashley to get your simplified process started :). Everyone needs a little help every once in a while 😉

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

Is the Economy a positive factor in YOUR buying decision currently?

Apparently, according to Fannie Mae, the economy is a positive uptick in American’s decision to purchase a home currently. How do you feel about the economy and home sales right now? Give us a call today to see how we can help you save EVEN more with all star and recognized service!

“WASHINGTON, DC – The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) decreased slightly in September, falling 0.3 points to 87.7, reversing August’s increase. The dip can be attributed to decreases in three of the six components, including the mortgage rate and household income components. The net share of Americans who said it is a good time to buy a home rose by 5 percentage points, while the net share who said it is a good time to sell a home remained unchanged. However, the net share who expect mortgage rates to go down over the next 12 months fell 4 percentage points, and the net share of survey respondents who said their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago decreased 3 percentage points. Respondents also expressed a slightly more pessimistic view on job security, with the net share confident about not losing their job falling by 1 percentage point. Finally, the net share of respondents who said that home prices will go up in the next 12 months increased 1 percentage point.”

read more of this article about the economy, rates and homebuyers thoughts here:

http://fanniemae.com/portal/media/corporate-news/2018/september-home-purchase-sentiment-index-6772.html?utm_source=AKZO+Media+Subscribers&utm_campaign=b806c45fd5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_09_09_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_134f701abc-b806c45fd5-276542805

Have a Sunshine Friday everyone!

Posted by Ashley Murphy McLaren with Sunshine Realty. Reach out to Ashley!

636-336-1330 ask for Ashley Or ashley@sunshinrealtystl.com

FYI…Rates ARE still and WILL PROBABLY still increase.

Hello Sunshine!

Here are the recent rates for all loans, etc. We’d like to share that though rates were at about 3.5% a little more than a year+ ago, they will KEEP increasing! We have had several buyers lately that are scared of this rate (and that was at 4.875%). Our best intel is that though recent buyers are use to 3-4% interest rates, 5 years ago 8% was normal. Our best advise, 5% is the best you’re going to get in the nearest future. The interest rate was at 3-3.5% for so long that the rate is bound to rise and keep going. Take it while you can! Here are the current rates!

 

Conventional 30 year fixed                            4.999%           0 pts

Conventional 30 year fixed 3% Down           4.875%           0 pts

Conventional 20 year fixed                            4.750%           0 pts

Conventional 15 year fixed                            4.500%           0 pts

Conventional 5 year ARM                            4.625%           0 pts

FHA/USDA/VA 30 year fixed                      4.999%           0 pts

Home Sales Decrease as Interest Rate Increases

Heads up! Great article on the declining home sales due to the inevitable increase in interest rates. Read up!

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“Existing home sales fell 3.4% in September causing home sales to tumble more than 4% from a year ago this time, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Sales are now clocking in at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.1 million, down from 5.37 million in September of 2017.

“This is the lowest existing home sales level since November 2015,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR. “A decade’s high mortgage rates are preventing consumers from making quick decisions on home purchases. All the while, affordable home listings remain low, continuing to spur under-performing sales activity across the country.”

Interest rates are on the rise. Mortgage interest rates averaged 4.85% on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for the week ending October 18, according to Freddie Mac. The 15-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 4.26% while the 5-year ARM averaged 4.1%. Last year, this time, mortgage rates were under 4%.”

Read more here : https://gateless.com/articles/close-buyers/existing-home-sales-down-as-interest-rates-rise?CampaignId=492

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Have a Sunshine Day!

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

Inspections=Negotiation Process #2!

Good morning Sunshine and Happy Monday!

It’s a Friday for us, so we just wanted to wrap up something we’ve come across lately with our sellers/buyers. INSPECTIONS! Anytime I put a buyer under contract on their new dream home, I always, ALWAYS warn them not to get TOO excited until inspection is performed and the inspection notice is signed, sealed & delivered!

So many people don’t understand how crucial the inspection process is. Luckily, one of our favorite inspectors, Zac Lavoi (owner of Greystone Inspection Services), is phenomenal at performing the process & drafting a comprehensible report easy for buyers and sellers to read! Many things can fall apart at inspections that can kill a deal. For example, hidden moisture in walls, foundation issues, roof issues where insurance was claimed but the roof was never replaced, AND SO MUCH MORE!

We recommend doing your research on any inspection company before you hire them. They will be the people that help find ANY and ALL issues with the home you are about to move into. Lord knows you don’t want any surprises AFTER the fact! So this fun meme is for that time Realtors have waiting for that report to come in! LOL! Have a Sunshine week everyone! We hope this helps make it a little brighter!

The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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June Infographic

Here are the top trends in St. Louis real estate for June 2018. Thanks St. Louis Realtors Association for always helping keep our buyers and sellers knowlegable in the current home trends! Have a good night everyone!

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