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How to Prevent Becoming an Overwhelmed Home Shopper

May 2, 2014

Searching for a new home, while exciting as it can be, often can be a very emotionally exhaustive exercise for a Buyer.   How does a Real Estate Agent help a buyer with ‘Home Shopping Fatigue’?

Don’t know if you have ever had a chance to dine at the Cheesecake Factory.  Wow what a menu!  Choices upon choices and more choices; in fact about 50 pages of them.   As intoxicating as that may sound, you can spend a half hour just trying to decide what to order.  My waiter comes back after about five minutes and says ‘Are you ready to order yet’?  and I have to tell him “I’m only on page five of ten of the appetizer section of the menu sorry”.

Where an agent brings value to his client is by quickly learning and understanding the needs and wants of a buyer, which can often be two separate things.

The problem lies here: ‘What a Buyer doesn’t know, he doesn’t know’. An experienced agent realizes that a buyer often starts with an idea or picture in his head, but after viewing actual properties their ideas, needs and wants will tend to evolve.  It is important to listen and ask thought provoking questions which will require the Buyer to honestly evaluate and discern where they can be flexible and where they cannot.  No home will ever give you 100%, even if you build it from scratch, after you were done there would be things you wished you did different. Try this with each property:

  • A good technique is to give each home a nick name.  That will help you better recall them, because after viewing a number of homes they can blur.
  • Rate each home 1 to 5 stars and half stars count, even quarter stars if need be.  This will assist in the process of elimination as you rehash the homes you visited.  It will also help clearly define which things on the list are more important.

Once you have a clear picture of their needs, wants and desires, you as an agent can assist them by narrowing the search criteria to homes that will conform more closely to the items they cannot compromise on. Remember that your client is not just buying a house, their buying a home.  Happy House Hunting!

Closing a Real Estate Transaction – What to Expect

July 31, 2013

When you are purchasing a home, the closing is the last piece of the puzzle before you receive your keys to move into your new home. Your closing day may seem to move like a whirlwind, as there are many steps in the process that make sure everything is done professionally and accurately. What can you expect at closing? There are many things you need to know but here are a few of the basics.

First; the closing will generally be held at a Title Company, at an agreed location. However, depending on the circumstances, situation, and/or state you live in, it may also be conducted at your lender’s office, a real estate attorney’s office, or anywhere else that is legal and has been agreed upon.

There could be a number of different people who will attend the closing, such as your attorney, the seller and their attorney, both real estate professionals, your lender, the builder’s representative, the title company, a notary public and a closing escrow agent. It all depends on many different factors, such as; if it is a new construction home or existing, if there are attorneys involved, and the type of property that is being purchased. In many places the seller and buyer may sign at separate times. In some areas it may be customary for everyone to be at the same table at the same time.

Once the day and time has been scheduled for everyone at the agreed location, the closing process begins. Your closing escrow agent will review a settlement statement with you also known as the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) form, summarizing all the charges, credits and misc expenses that pertain to your particular purchase such as; title fees, loan fees, and other associated charges and credits that may apply based on the contracted details of your purchase.

When everything has been explained thoroughly and clearly so that everyone understands and is in agreement, then signing commences. The items you will have to sign may vary depending on the type of transaction. As an example; a cash deal will require a lot less forms to complete versus a standard ‘Conventional’ loan, but an ‘FHA’ (Federal Housing Authority) or ‘VA’ (Veterans Administration) loan will require a great deal more paperwork to review. Other documents you will also need to sign are the ‘Deed of Trust’ or mortgage, the promissory note, and the Clarity Commitment document. There might be other items to sign depending on your own specific situation and location.

Generally if you are financing your home then you will probably be required to provide evidence of homeowners insurance known as a ‘Binder; and in some cases the inspections that were performed on the home. Most all lenders require the buyer to have a homeowners insurance policy in place before they can sign over the home. This ensures that the lenders interests in the home are protected in case of a catastrophic event such as fire, water damage, etc.. This may also vary depending on your States requirements.

You will provide your down payment, closing costs, prepaid interest, taxes and insurance by using a certified or cashier’s check in most cases. Ask your closing agent what is the best form of payment that is acceptable. After all the parties involved have completed and signed all documents pertaining to the transaction, the lender (if applicable) will be notified to release funds to the closing escrow officer who will then distribute said monies as instructed by the agreement to the appropriate parties. The final step: Your new transaction will be recorded with the state, designating you as the rightful owner of your new home. In some states full funding may occur at the closing table, other states only after recording. Check with your agent for what is typical to expect in your State or area.

In order to cover everything, sign and delegate funds, the closing procedure may seem like a lengthy process. But once everything completed and all payments are distributed, the closing will be complete and you get the keys to move in to your new home.

About the Guest Author
Winter Park Colorado Real Estate Company, Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties is pleased to bring you this article on what to expect during a closing. Coldwell Mountain deals with Grand County Real Estate in Colorado. If you are interested in seeing their listings, check out their website today.

2012 Wilderness Ranch Idaho Annual Real Estate Sales Report

February 4, 2013

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Our Annual Review of Real Estate sales in Wilderness Ranch for 2012 and your 2013 forecast.

By: Paul Heim & The New View Team

Wow what a year!  While I had forecasted in last year’s report that we had passed the bell curve and would see an increase in market values for 2012, the market surpassed what anyone had expected or predicted.  We saw an unprecedented turn around in the Treasure Valley real estate market.  Overall values increased anywhere from 10% to 15%. These gains were primarily in homes under $350,000 but higher priced homes benefited also.

What were the causes and effects?  What we witnessed was a market correction.  It showed that homes had become undervalued.  I like to use the Circuit City analogy.  ‘Best Buy won the war’, … however I would bet Circuit City had way more customers the last four months they were open during  their  ‘Going Out of Business Sale’.  Best Buy had no way to compete with their prices those last months, but after their biggest competitor was finally gone, they knew they would see a spike in their growth and profit.

Likewise, as the banks ‘Going Out of Business Sales’ (foreclosed homes) were nearing a completion, the average seller was not able to compete with these prices.  We then entered a period of contraction.  This simply means we had more buyers than available listed properties.  Supply and demand rules ensued.

With the low inventory of listings on the market, we often dealt with multiple bids in the Valley when homes were priced competitively.  But how did Boise County and Wilderness Ranch fair in comparison? 

In 2012 East Boise County finally crossed an important barrier.  For 18 months we had no sales over $230,000 and that was causing difficulty in appraisals.  Not that the value wasn’t there in higher priced homes, just that appraisers couldn’t validate them for the lenders and the lenders need the appraisals to issue the loans.   The New View Team was able to complete two high-end sales (Boise County, but not in WR) very early spring, (cash deals) that helped remove that barrier and set precedence for every other sale and refinance that occurred moving forward in 2012.

Boise County tends to lag behind the Boise Valley (Ada County) by six to twelve months typically.   The Boise Valley saw a noticeable turn in the market starting the fourth quarter of 2011 so we anticipated it to carry over to Boise County by spring, but as summer set in it happened better than anyone had expected.  No complaints here!

Here are some graphs to illustrate key trends in the Boise Valley and East Boise County Real Estate Markets

Idaho Mountain Real Estate Stats

Homes in Idaho

How home sales compared in Boise County Idaho and Wilderness Ranch 2003 through 2012

2013 Forecast:

Boise is still seeing a contraction as developers try to re-group and get approval on new parcels through the hoops of planning and zoning for building.

I expect to see more homeowners (who were previously tight on the current value vs. what they owe) attempt to list in 2013, now that values have increased.  Nationally, home prices are predicted to increase 1% to 3%, but I predict Treasure Valley real estate increases to be somewhere between 3% to 5% conservatively.

In part, this projected increase will be due to a rebound in land values, which affects ‘over all’ home values.

Boise County, I believe, will see the START of a land recovery in Spring of 2013.  Whether it will do as good as housing did in 2012 is yet to be seen.  If you are looking to invest, then NOW may be a good opportunity to consider land, prior to a potential rebound.

I would suspect we will see more building and new construction homes taking place in Boise County in 2013.

There are some other exciting things happening in Boise County potentially for 2013 and we will keep you updated with them as the year progresses.  Some highlights are:

–          The opening of the Hot Springs in Idaho City which will help this end of the county economically.

–          Dr Matt Nelson’s new Family Practice office, which will be located directly across from the old Rock’s Lodge.

If you have any real estate related questions, please feel free to call or email us anytime, or visit our website!  We would love to hear from you.

Paul Heim & the New View Team

(208) 344-5700 – office

(208) 794-8175 – Paul Mobile

http://www.NewViewRE.com

Where Is Your Real Estate Mind Set?

June 15, 2012

I recommend anyone looking to buy a home in the near future to read this article “Mistakes homebuyers make as seller’s market looms”  as it touches on many vital points to consider.  Buying today has changed and those who are slow to change their mindset may find themselves frustrated and discouraged.    Currently the market has made a fundamental shift but it is easy to stay caught in an old mindset.  The ‘Buyers’ market in many areas has all but diminished for now.  Where the future goes time will tell.

A couple of my favorite highlights in the article are;

  • Some buyers don’t realize or can’t accept that the market has changed, real estate agents and analysts say.
  • “Right off the bat, buyers say, ‘I want a steal,’ and I tell them they have to wipe that word out of their vocabulary,”
  • WAITING TO GET PREAPPROVED FOR A MORTGAGE BEFORE STARTING THE SEARCH: During the boom years, buyers didn’t worry about arranging their financing up front because mortgages were easy to get. Not so anymore.

Is the Real Estate Market Shaping Up? Read the Realtors® Confidence Index Report and Market Outlook

May 25, 2012

Where is the housing market now and where will it go?  Read the comprehensive market forecast report by the Realtors® Association for the remaining 2012 and upcoming 2013 year.  It covers home sales, increases and decreases, distressed property reporting and buyer and seller confidence rankings.  Then it considers the current issues at hand.  

National Real Estate trends that may be indicators of things coming.

May 24, 2012

It’s always interesting to watch regional trends as they can be indications of what will happen here in Idaho.  A colleague of mine in South Florida, Jeff Lichtenstein reports good news from the sunshine state.  Florida was the epicenter of speculation.  There still is a 3 year backlog of foreclosures and plenty of short sells still to go but the worst is past.  Jeff also can tell you a lot of the red tape of short sales since he experiences them first hand in Florida. Check out his blog to read all about it!

To learn more about what the area Jeff covers has to offer in amenities check out the Palm Beach Post

Jeff  specializes in luxury real estate in Abacoa  and  Jupiter real estate in South Florida.  His website is at www.JeffRealty.com

Real Estate Rental Investments Boise Area

May 15, 2012

If you invest in rental properties than now is actually a very good time to buy additional units. With so many people who suffered the loss of their homes in the down turn, they are predicting a shortage of availability in rental units and for rents to increase in conjunction.  The expectation is for a strong rental market for the next five years.

I have seen many multi unit, bank owned properties at great rates. You can investigate the Boise Idaho area and search the Boise Idaho Area MLS to find options that may work for your investment interests.

Latest Housing trends for Real Estate in Idaho

March 17, 2011

Rents in the Treasure Valley area are steadily increasing upwards this year and are predicted to continue their climb as the shortage of available units becomes apparent.   What does that mean for you?  Now is a great time to buy.

Interest rates are still low and there are a lot of Boise area homes available to choose from in varied price ranges. Read the latest real estate news trends and forecasts for the Boise Idaho area and national news.   As always, please call or write if you have any questions.

Good News for Idaho home buyers- Rules for FHA Lending have loosened.

February 13, 2011

Wanted to share an important article about FHA lending.  Many first time home buyers in the Boise Idaho area have had some difficulties acquiring mortgage loans as FICOs and FHA requirements were not compatable.  Previously credit scores were needing to be 620 or higher.  Seems some rules have changed without much fanfare or notice to the general public.

The article : FICOs and FHA: 2 big lenders loosen up explains how the new changes will affect you if you are a home buyer in Idaho needing and FHA loan and/or if you previously could not qualify you may want to check with your lender to see if your situation now qualifies you to purchase a home.

Call or write if you ever have questions about real estate in the Boise Idaho Treasure Valley area.

Idaho Real Estate Housing Trends

December 16, 2010


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