Remember those road trips where you unfolded and refolded paper maps to find your way? Now you’ve got Google Maps, GPS, and that that voice on your phone or car saying “turn right in 500 feet.” All designed to get you where we want to go, on time and to keep you from getting lost.
One could get lost in today’s Permian Basin housing market. The market is adjusting to new demands, prices, and days on market are ever changing. New subdivision developments are affecting existing homes sales. Well intentioned friends may be offering you all kinds of conflicting advice. It could be easy to get lost and mistakes could cost you financially or from achieving your ultimate purpose when buying or selling a home.
That’s why so many people turn to The Sales Team Realtors for professional advice and friendly service. If you’re selling your home, your Sales Team Realtor® will consult with you with advice on pricing and terms.
Your Sales Team Realtor will evaluate the market, checking prices for recently sold homes that are similar to yours in size, amenities, and neighborhood—and give you advice on how to appeal to the kind of buyers you’re looking for—directing you down the road to getting the right price, terms, and closing date to achieve your goals.
Getting your home sold also involves you. Your Realtor will walk through your home with an eye open for things that can give your home its best appearance.
Many blemishes you may have gotten used to—drippy faucets, a cracked switchplate; missing and mismatched lightbulbs; or some leaves and weeds in the flowerbed. You’ll be surprised at how much you can improve your home’s looks with just a few actions.
If larger repairs or remodeling are needed or warranted, the Sales Team Realtors have relationships with dozens of contractors, tradesmen and service people to refer to you.
When ready, they will market your home using all of the latest technologies to attract the widest audience possible. When your home presents well, is aggressively marketed, and strategically priced, offers will flow in. Your Sales Team Realtor will assist you in negotiating the right price and terms, then manage the transaction all the way to closing and on to your next home.
If you’re buying, your Sales Team Realtor will help you define your wants and needs in a home and help you find prospective homes that fit your list. They will connect you with great local lenders to get your financing in place, then visit prospective homes with you. Whether new construction, existing homes or for sale by owner properties, they will help you find the perfect one.
Your Realtor will counsel you in making the offer and negotiating a great deal with the seller.
Earnest money, option fees, inspections, survey, insurance quotes, appraisal, disclosures and other things can be overwhelming. They are there to guide you through the transaction.
In this busy market, getting everything done by the various deadlines is vital. Your Sales Team Realtor can give you a list of service providers and coordinate schedules.
Whether buying or selling, don’t navigate this housing market without the best professionals and tools. Let the Sales Team Realtors help you find your way.
If you are looking to buy a home in this busy market, you may have noticed a few things. One, the selection is limited and a home may sell to someone else while you’re thinking about whether it’s right for you. Also, the price of an existing home is high enough that you’d expect something new for that price.
In fact, buying a new home is a great idea.
Here are six reasons to do just that.
Number one, the new home is built to your specifications. Not only can you customize the paint color and flooring, you may also be able to work with the builder to choose a home layout that will fit it exactly to your needs.
Second, you can decorate the home to your style from the start. Instead of spending days or weeks repainting, updating appliances or having a wall moved, you can move right in to a new home.
The third benefit of a new home is a warranty. Most homebuilders warrant their workmanship for the at least the first year, structure even longer and mechanical systems carry manufacturers warranties.
Fourth, new homes include the latest smart features. Hard-wired smoke detectors, accommodations for structured wiring, security systems, electronics and other smart features.
Number five, today’s building codes require increased energy efficiency. There is no wondering if the home has insulation in the walls or ceiling—new homes must include those features, along with insulated windows and other cost-saving ideas. New technologies have created more efficient heating and cooling systems. You’ll save money while staying comfortable all year long.
Advantage six is that you’re often part of a new, growing community. Many subdivisions offer amenities such as community rooms, swimming pools and other ways to connect with neighbors.
Lots and lots of new homes are being built all over town, giving buyers a variety of options. The Sales Team works with many builders in town so they can help you sort through those decisions.
It is important to have a Realtor represent you in any home purchase, including a new one from a builder. They can not only help you get the best price, but they can negotiate in your favor for who pays specific transaction costs, they can arrange for surveys, inspections, document preparation, start and completion dates for building, and other details. “In most cases,” Brian says, “the Realtor fees are paid by the builder.”
And if you are selling your current home because it is too small (or the kids have graduated and it’s too big) or for whatever reason, they can get your existing home sold for a good price and do their best to coordinate closings.
Call the Sales Team today!
So, what does it take to get approved for a loan to buy a house this summer, whether you’re a first-timer or planning to move up or downsize? Maybe not all that you think. For most people, the key requirement is that you’ve got the right package of stuff — credit score, down payment, financial reserves, debt-to-income ratio — to get an acceptable grade from the automated underwriting systems, or “black boxes,” installed at the dominant investors in the market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Debt-to-income (DTI) ratios are a major factor hard-wired into the black boxes that refer to the ratio between your monthly credit-related expenses — including housing payments, credit cards, student loans and the like — and your monthly gross income. In an important policy change taking effect this summer, Fannie eased its reserve and down payment requirements for DTI’s in excess of 45 percent up to a maximum of 50 percent. Note that FHA uses its own proprietary underwriting system, which often yields more-generous decisions on approvals than Fannie’s or Freddie’s. Regarding credit, in June of this year the average FICO score for home-purchase loans at Fannie and Freddie was 754. That’s a big reach for millions of would-be buyers. But that’s not the whole picture. According to data compiled by Ellie Mae, a software and analytics firm that tracks loan characteristics, substantial percentages of applications are receiving approvals from Fannie and Freddie with lower FICO scores than you might imagine. Nearly 13 percent of their approved loans in June had scores between 650 and 699. FHA’s average score for home-purchase loans was 683, but many were much lower than this average. Down-payment requirements also are super-low at the moment. Fannie and Freddie both have programs that permit just 3 percent down with many state and local housing agencies providing grants and/or loans designed to ease the cash required even more. The bottom line? Get rid of preconceived notions you may have about how tough it is to get approved. Standards are more flexible and not as tough as you probably thought. Sources: Ken Harney, The Nation’s Housing, Fannie Mae and additional industry publications
At the Sales Team Realtors, they understand that buying or selling a home is always about something bigger going on in life. Marriage, Babies, Graduation, Remarriage/Blended families, Retirement, Divorce, Job changes, Caring for aging parents, Illness or disability, Promotion, Death in the family are all examples of major life events that commonly motivate a real estate purchase or sale.
Regardless of economic swings or the price of oil, life goes on. The Sales Team Realtors understand that. While these kinds of life events are common to everyone, no two families are exactly the same. Whether you’re buying or selling—or both, as in upsizing or downsizing across town—your agent will take the time to listen to your needs and make a plan that will help you get there as smoothly as possible.
If you’re selling, yes there are buyers! Your Sales Team Realtor will collect recent sales and listing information to help you determine a strategic asking price, plan an effective marketing strategy and will give you great recommendation on how to best display your home. Often that can be something as simple as repairing a few “wear and tear” items, some new paint in a living area or updating a light fixture in the dining area.
If you’re buying, this is a great time for that! There’s more selection than Midland has had in several years, so you can relax and take the time you need to find the perfect home. It’s a great idea to make a list of your most important needs, whether it’s a nearby school, bedroom count, kitchen size, proximity to work and, of course, your price range.
Your list should include how you’ll use your home: Entertaining, home office, family time or others.
Want to preview some listings first? No problem! Go to www.salesteamrealtors.com and click on the Property Search tab, then follow the directions there to get some great ideas to jump start your search.
Once all the decisions are made and the day of the transaction approaches, your Sales Team Realtor will help you navigate any needed inspections, surveys and fine print, so you can move with confidence toward you goal of getting your family into the right home.
At The Sales Team Realtors, they understand that they’re in business to serve you through your major life events. Whether you’re buying or selling, your ultimate goal is to provide a warm, safe, affordable home for yourself and, if applicable, your family. Your Sales Team Realtor will do everything possible to make that happen smoothly.
Call The Sales Team Realtors today to set a time to discuss your real estate needs and rest assured you’ve made the right choice for your family.