How I Can Help You Sell a Home
Helping find a buyer for your home is only one facet of a real estate professional’s job. There are many more aspects including explaining the basic real estate practices and principles and all the related paperwork, Performing a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to help determine your home’s value, helping to prepare your home for sale, listing your home, marketing your home, keeping you informed throughout the process. When the sale begins, it’s important to work with someone who will assist you with the paperwork, negotiate on your behalf, make sure deadlines are met, and work with the escrow company.
By working with me, you will:
- Be more likely to realize the highest return on the sale of your home
- Reduce the number of days your home is on the market
- Become familiar with all the terms, processes and paperwork involved in selling your home
- Have confidence that your home will enjoy exposure to more buyers and agents with qualified buyers
- Receive regularly updated market information that will enable you to make informed decisions
- Have a skilled negotiator working on your behalf
- Have peace of mind knowing that all the details of your sale are being handled properly by a licensed and trained professional
How I Can Help You Buy a Home
Whether it’s your first home or if you’re an experienced buyer, purchasing a home is a complex process. By working with me, you’ll find a home in the neighborhood where you want to live, one that fits your budget and meets your goals for features, quality and value. Once you’ve found the home that’s right for you, I will guide you through the process of making an offer; negotiating the terms of the sale; getting your potential purchase inspected, repaired and appraised; and closing the sale.
When you work with me, you will:
- Be more likely to find the home that meets all your criteria
- Lessen the amount of time it will take to find your home
- Understand all the terms, processes and documents used when buying your home
- Have up-to-date market information that will allow you to make informed decisions
- Have a skilled negotiator working on your behalf, one who is committed to looking after your best interests
- Enjoy peace of mind, knowing that all the details of your purchase are being taken care of by an experienced and knowledgeable professional
Brief Drop in Mortgage Rates Sparks Mini Refinance Boom
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After rising steadily for months, mortgage rates made a U-turn last week, and borrowers jumped to take advantage. The crisis in Ukraine rattled financial markets and caused a run on the relatively safer bond market. Yields fell and mortgage rates followed.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($647,200 or less) decreased to 4.09% from 4.15%, with points remaining unchanged at 0.44 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20% down payment, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate was 83 basis points lower one year ago
As a result, demand for refinances jumped 9% last week compared with the previous week, but application volume was still half of what it was the same week one year ago, when rates were lower.
“Mortgage rates dropped for the first time in 12 weeks, as the war in Ukraine spurred an investor flight to quality, which pushed U.S. Treasury yields lower,” said Joel Kan, an MBA economist. “Looking ahead, the potential for higher inflation amidst disruptions in oil and other commodity flows will likely lead to a period of volatility in rates as these effects work against each other.”
Applications for a mortgage to purchase a home increased 9% from the previous week but were 7% lower than the same week one year ago. Homebuyers are less sensitive to weekly rate moves, and the jump in demand was likely due more to increased supply hitting the market for the spring season. Slightly lower mortgage rates didn’t hurt of course, especially given how high home prices are now.
“The average loan size remained close to record highs, with higher-balance loan applications continuing to dominate growth,” added Kan.
Mortgage rates surged back sharply to start this week, jumping more than 25 basis points in just two days, according to Mortgage News Daily. Investors are moving away from bonds, causing yields to rise, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which caused rates to drop at the outset.
“While the Ukraine situation does indeed drive demand for bonds, the associated inflation implications are simultaneously pushing demand away,” wrote Matthew Graham, chief operating officer at Mortgage News Daily. “The net effect was a move back up to the highest mortgage rates since early 2019."