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10 Hardcore Staging Tactics

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Staging Tips for Sellers

Looking to get your Home ready to sell?  Check out these Tips for preparing your home including 10 Hardcore Staging Tactics used by professionals.  

Call us with any questions or to provide you with a FREE full service market report including comparable pricing for similar recently sold properties.  You can get started by clicking here after reviewing the link below.  

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Fall Market Update

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

The best way to describe the current market seems to be "just enough". Both the economy and market values are rising "just enough" to bring "just enough" sellers into the market to satisfy "just enough" of the buyer demand to keep the market moving and prices rising.

There is a significant shortage of available homes for sale. We are at a low point for listing inventories as we come off a high point for sales, creating a depleted inventory going into the fall and winter. This is good news for Sellers with upward pricing pressure through the winter months (which is a rarity). For many Sellers, the spread between what is owed and current values is still wider than they would like. This means there is a chance the sales rate could slow through the winter simply because there are not enough homes to sell. We could see a strange phenomenon of the sales rate falling (compared to last winter, but still a good pace) while prices rise.

As the market recovers, it is interesting to note that most of the issues holding back a real explosion in real estate have been artificially created, as are many of the key factors fueling the recovery. 

On the stimulus side:

  • The Federal Reserve Buying Bonds (quantitative easing) helps keep mortgage rates at record lows
  • Government entities, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae (FHA) are the funding source for nearly 90% of all mortgages
  • Government refinance and short sale programs are helping reduce the foreclosure overhang

On the holding-back-demand side:

  • The concern over the potential lender restrictions under the Dodd-Frank act has banks holding back on lending
  • Government law suits against banks to buy back old loans have caused many to stop mortgage lending all together, restricting available credit
  • Uncertainty about what will be the underwriting standards imposed on lenders going forward causes lenders to be more cautious
  • Congressional inaction on extending the Rural Lending programs have reduced access to credit for many rural markets 

Combined, they seem to cancel each other out, allowing for a steady real estate recovery. Both Presidential candidates are unclear as to how they will address any of these artificial issues, so we will have to wait until next year to get a clear direction. In the mean time, Buyers keep pushing to buy and Sellers are gaining more confidence, regardless of which way the political winds blow. 

If you'd like more information on the market, like to list your property, or want information on any property with any broker, you may call or email at anytime.  Please review the resources and Links available on this website and we appreciate your consideration and comments.

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Fannie Mae Expands Investor Financing Options

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Great Option for Investors

Fannie Mae recently announced an expansion of it's Homepath Mortgage product that provides Home buyers and investors financing for the purchase of any Fannie Mae-owned property.

The new product will soon allow eligible individual and LLC borrowers the option to finance up to 20 properties using the Homepath Mortgage. Our Realtor association, NAR has long called for the expansion of financing opportunities for investors as a way to increase the absorption of REO properties. 

Fannie Mae will offer flexible lending terms and will not require appraisals of the properties.   Contact us today for assistance in the acquisition of Residential or Commercial Income properties.  I have field work sheets to help you determine the bottom line returns.  (NOI or Net Operating Income) and 35 years of experience in the income property business. 

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