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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Photos: Lesson of the Week

Today we are going to have a quick talk about photos :). Too often lately have we seen photos taken by “realtors” WITH THEIR CELL PHONES in the picture. Here is the problem with that:

A. Any reputable Realtor will either have a professional camera and know how to work it.

B. A reputable Realtor will hire a professional photographer if they do not have a professional camera.

C. NO ONE should ever have to put up with a Realtor that they pay to be taking pictures with their cell phone!!!!

Here are a few more things that SHOULD NEVER happen in your home photos:

D. Toilet seat should be down for all photos.

E. Realtor and anyone else should NOT be in the photo. A photographer/Realtor should know how to shoot a room without finding themselves in the mirror of the photo.

F. There should NOT be a photo of just the floors or just a door. I’ve skipped out on seeing a home before because I couldn’t see the whole room or get a feel for the whole layout.

There are many more things that should be avoided when taking photos that we may help touch base on later. However, if you have any questions until then or would like us to show you what a difference professional photos can make, give us a call today!

Have a Sunshine Day!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn and Dana

FHA Lowers MIP!!

Good Evening Sunshine 🙂
We can’t wait to share this news. Just…WOW! Another step to help home buyers accomplish the purchase of their dream home! Thank you to National Association of Realtors for sharing this exciting news!
“FHA TAKES STEPS TO HELP HOME BUYERS
In a move applauded by housing experts, the federal Housing Administration (FHA) took an important step to help low and moderate-income buyers get into a home.  For the first time in two years, FHA has cut their annual mortgage insurance premium.  The premium has been cut from .85 to .60 percent.” (Reference: Nat’l Association of Realtors)
See the full article here: http://narnewsline.blogs.realtor.org/2017/01/09/fha-cuts-mortgage-insurance-premium-for-first-time-since-january-2015/#sf50032163

Another Record Year!

Good evening Sunshine 🙂
2016 was another new record year for Sunshine Realty! We continue to see tremendous growth. We have YOU to thank for it for your past, present and FUTURE business! Thanks for the love everyone :). Have a Sunshine year!! Happy 2017 and cheers to continued growth and opportunity!
Total sold: $47,314,874
Total units sold: 203
Listings: 206 Total
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
-The Sunshine Team

We CAN show you ANY home!!

Good Morning Sunshine!

We hope you had a fantastic and wonderful Christmas/holiday time! We wanted to post this fun meme to help get our point across this morning :). We have come across a ton of acquaintances, friends, even family that did not know that an agent can show you any home listed. EVEN for sale by owner. We do not have to have the home listed in order to show you a home. We can show you homes listed by any company and/or individual. If you are thinking about starting the new year fulfilling your search for your dream home, we’re here to help!

Have an amazing day! Until next time ;)!

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