Housing Market has PICKED UP!

Confidence in housing is at a new peak, with enthusiasm among sellers soaring, according to the April Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). At 91.7, the Index plowed through its previous record, climbing 3.4 percentage points month-over-month and five points year-over-year.

“The latest HPSI reading edged up to a new survey high, showing that consumer attitudes remain resilient going into the spring/summer home-buying season,” says Doug Duncan, chief economist and senior vice president at Fannie Mae.

What is driving the lift? Americans are optimistic about their prospects for selling, with 45 percent believing now is ideal to list—a high point since the start of the survey. By the same token, almost half (49 percent) of Americans believe home prices will rise—conditions that, for sellers, translate to an upper hand.”

Thanks to RISMedia for a great article to share! For the full article, follow this link:

https://rismedia.com/2018/05/08/confidence-housing-new-peak/

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What to Expect…From a Home Inspection

Good morning everyone!

Today, I thought we’d discuss home inspections. First, because the New York Times just wrote a pretty awesome article that I wanted to share with all of you. Second, because I have a buyer’s inspection today in the beautiful Lake Saint Louis, MO and am hoping for stellar results! Before I share this link with you, I wanted to point out something that I read in it. I saw that the article says that most first time home buyers don’t know that they are responsible for the home inspection and to make sure to make it contingent upon these inspections. While this is TRUE, the standard contract DOES include an inspection contingency. Also, it is the responsibility of your agent to let you know all of these things that you are responsible. Another point I wanted to make is that there are two types of inspections in Missouri that most people are responsible for. The home inspection which is 95% of the time taken care of by the buyer and then the city/occupancy inspection which is taken care of by the seller to make sure everything is up to code and not dangerous! Most of St. Charles County does not require a city inspection (aside from LSL) but most of St. Louis County DOES! Hope this helps you get by a little easier during your home buying process. And remember, Sunshine Realty is ALWAYS here to assist if you need an agent!

Here is the NY Times link that shows you just what to expect during most inspections:

Rates are Bumping UP!

Good afternoon Sunshiners!

Here’s a look at the bump in rates since the beginning of the year. Thanks to our friend, Rick Whisman, for the rates and continuous follow up! Rates are slowly rising, give us a call TODAY to see how we can help you. Don’t forget to mention you heard about us on the blog or Facebook and ask for Ashley :). Have a Sunshine day!

THIS WEEK:

Conventional 30 year fixed                            4.250%           0 pts

Conventional 30 year fixed 3% Down           4.375%           0 pts

Conventional 20 year fixed                            4.125%           0 pts

Conventional 15 year fixed                            3.750%           0 pts

Conventional 7 year ARM                            3.875%           0 pts

FHA/USDA/VA 30 year fixed                      4.375%           0 pts

LAST WEEK:

Conventional 30 year fixed                            4.125%           0 pts

Conventional 30 year fixed 3% Down           4.250%           0 pts

Conventional 20 year fixed                            4.000%           0 pts

Conventional 15 year fixed                            3.750%           0 pts

Conventional 7 year ARM                            3.875%           0 pts

FHA/USDA/VA 30 year fixed                      4.250%           0 pts

 WEEK OF 1/9/18:

Conventional 30 year fixed                            3.875%           0 pts

Conventional 30 year fixed 3% Down           4.000%           0 pts

Conventional 20 year fixed                            3.625%           0 pts

Conventional 15 year fixed                            3.375%           0 pts

Conventional 5 year ARM                            3.375%           0 pts

Conventional 10 Year Arm                           3.625%           0 pts

FHA/USDA/VA 30 year fixed                      3.875%           0 pts

 

Real Estate & Law

Good morning and Happy Monday!

We are HUGE morning people, so we are ready to roll with the posts! We hope you are too ;). As some of you may know, real estate requires a LOT of law and legal jargon that us salespeople and brokers SHOULD be aware of! Trust me, after just passing the brokers courses and finals myself, there’s some stuff in there that I’m sure most people not in our field are unaware of. So to help everyone out a bit, I found this awesome informative Pinterest post on what sellers should consider legal wise. Hope this helps brighten your day and expand your knowledge in the wonderful world of real estate!

Have a Sunshine Day everyone!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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STL lands on national list for highest real estate returns!

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 7, 2017 (STLRealEstate.News) HomeUnion, an online real estate investment management firm, released a report this week for usatoday.com in which they ranked the top 20 zip codes in the United States with the biggest return on real estate at this time.  Naturally, St. Louis found its way onto the list, which was configured by identifying zip codes that maximize real estate returns while minimizing risk over a five-year horizon.  The firm went onto examine school quality and neighborhood attractiveness for single-family rentals over the five-year period.

“HomeUnion Research Services looked at more than a dozen attributes that characterize a neighborhood including crime, schools, white-collar jobs, unemployment, home-ownership, permitting activity, and more,” said Steve Hovland, director of Research for HomeUnion.  “Based on those attributes, we forecast appreciation, vacancy, and rent changes over the next five-years.”

The study also calculated Annualized Total Return, which includes HomeUnion’s projections for how much the value of single-family rentals will appreciate and how much cash flow they’re expected to generate in the future.  HomeUnion’s model, according to Hovland, can determine the price and rent for every single-family home within a specific zip code while enabling them to predict the price and rent in five-years.

Americans are known for investing in real estate for flipping a profit over a certain time period.  Therefore, knowing a zip code and its predicted appreciation rate is a critical tool for those looking to invest in 2017 and 2018.  To mitigate the risks, investors should focus assets that can maintain value even during downturns.

Number 20 on the list kicks off with North Indianapolis, Indianapolis with annualized total returns at 5.4%.  Next comes North Hollywood, California with a 5.4% annualized return as well.  Jumping up to number 17, Maryland Heights, St. Louis clinches the spot with 5.5% returns.  Number one is Hamptons at Boca Raton, Florida.”

Thanks to stlrealestate.news for the information!

We LOVE checklists…

Here is a helpful checklist for all you buyers who found the perfect house in a very heavy market thanks to Old Republic Title and Pinterest! Hope it helps! Have a Sunshine day!!

-The Sunshine Team

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