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Inventory Drop Fuel Sales Slowdown [INFOGRAPHIC]

Drop in Inventory Fuels Sales Slowdown [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Drop in Inventory Fuels Sales Slowdown [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Existing Home Sales are now at an annual pace of 5.46 million.
  • Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 4-month supply marking the 35th month of declines.
  • The median price of homes sold in April was $257,900. This is the 74th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains.

If you are in the real estate market to buy real estate or sell real estate,  contact Steven Batista, today!

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Selling Your Home On Your Own Could Cost You

Selling Your Home On Your Own Could Cost You!

Selling Your Home On Your Own Could Cost You.  In this extremely hot real estate market, some homeowners might consider selling house by owner. This is known as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). 

FSBO's rationalize that they don’t need a real estate agent and believe that they can save the commission for the services a real estate agent offers

Selling a house in Bergen County NJ is a full time job which requires a full time Realtor.  When a home owner assumes the position of a Realtor when selling home by owner is asking for trouble. 

As your Bergen County Real Estate Expert, I offer free comparative market analysis.  Home owners don't have access to this critical information when selling home by owner.  The goal is to protect your equity. 

There are several tasks a home owner has to undertake when selling home by owner. Having a real estate education, finding a homebuyer who's pre approved for mortgage is a small part of the process.  Scheduling showings when you sell your own home and opening your doors to homebuyers can potentially lead to theft. 

Please review the article entitled, "How To Protect Your Home When Showing It To Potential Buyers," by Lee Nelson.  

Once a buyer is willing, ready and able to purchase a home from a FSBO, a contract must be executed.  The contract Realtors use is The Statewide New Jersey Realtors Standard Form Of Real Estate Sales Contract. 

Collecting the earnest money deposit and placing it in the sellers attorney's escrow account is next. 

We move on to attorney review which can extend itself well beyond the three day attorney review period.  A buyer can back out at anytime during the attorney review period and the home inspection clause. 

If the home buyer can't secure a mortgage loan the deal will fall apart.  Let's say the home buyer obtains a mortgage commitment the next process is to confirm they secured home insurance. 

Hiring a title insurance company to clear title, getting the Certificate of Occupancy and collecting deposits will lead to closing.

A for sale by owner will go through great lengths to save on the real estate commission.  Some home sellers wonder how they can list house on MLS (Multiple Listing Service).  Listing with MLS has to be done with a licensed Realtor. 

After some research online they encounter Realtors who offer a MLS flat fee listing  to advertise their home.  Some Realtors will charge a for sale by owner as little as $99.00.  Imagine the diluted service a for sale by owner will receive when they subscribe to that.  I recall the old adage, "you get what you pay for."  A flat fee MLS listing may cost the for sale by owner thousands of dollars. 

Contracting a Bergen County Real Estate Expert like myself, gives a FSBO a chance to actually sell their home.

A study by Collateral Analytics reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything. In some cases they may be costing themselves more by not listing with an agent.

In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets. The data showed that:

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” (emphasis added)

Selling Your Home On Your Own Could Cost You

Why would FSBOs net less money than if they had used an agent?

The study makes several suggestions:

  • “There could be systematic bias on the buyer side as well. FSBO sales might attract more strategic buyers than MLS sales, particularly buyers who rationalize lower-priced bids with the logic that the seller is “saving” a traditional commission. Such buyers might specifically search for and target sellers who are not getting representational assistance from agents.” In other words, ‘bargain lookers’ might shop FSBOs more often.
  • “Experienced agents are experts at ‘staging’ homes for sale” which could bring more money for the home.
  • “Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.” If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property.

Conclusions from the study:

  1. FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by Realtors using the MLS.
  2. The data suggests the average price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties.

Bottom Line

As Dave Ramsey, America’s trusted voice on money, explains:

“Research has shown that, between mistakes, lack of negotiating skills, pricing errors and general exposure on the market, you’ll cost yourself more than the real estate commission…You’ll come out slightly better and with a lot less hassle if you use a top-shelf agent.”

Looking for a Teaneck real estate agent, contact Steven Batista at 201-207-5217.  Start the home selling process Today.

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Don’t Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now

.Don’t Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now | Simplifying The Market

Sell your house.  Don’t wait!  Recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) suggests that a now is a great time to sell your home. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item is realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high.

Let’s see how this applies to the current residential real estate market.

SUPPLY

Supply of homes for sale has been far below the number needed to sustain a normal market for over a year. A normal market requires six months of housing inventory to meet the demand. The latest report from NAR revealed that there is currently only a 3.6-month supply of houses on the market.

Supply is currently very low!

DEMAND

A report that was just released tells us that demand is very strong. The most recent Foot Traffic Report (which sheds light on the number of buyers who are actually out looking at homes) disclosed that “foot traffic grew 10.5 points to 52.4 in March as the new season approaches.”

Demand is currently very high!

Bottom Line

Waiting to sell will only increase the competition between you and all of the other sellers putting their houses on the market later this summer. If you are debating whether or not to list your home, are a distressed home owner looking options, want to know what your home is worth or want to contact Steven Batista, with Century 21 Allstars 100 Real Estate, today! I can offer selling tips, provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and more!

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Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now? [INFOGRAPHIC]

For the longest time, many experts doubted whether Millenials (age 18-36) valued homeownership as part of the American Dream. Looking at the latest statistics from the National Association of Realtors we can see that 'Old Millenials' (ages 25-36) are dominating the first-time homebuyer category.
Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now? For the longest time, many experts doubted whether Millenials (age 18-36) valued homeownership as part of the American Dream. Looking at the latest statistics from the National Association of Realtors we can see that ‘Old Millenials’ (ages 25-36) are dominating the first-time homebuyer category.

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying the Market

Some Highlights:

If you are in the real estate market to buy a home, are a distressed home owner looking options, want to know what your home is worth or want to sell real estate,  contact your Century 21 Allstars 100 Real Estate Agent, Steven Batista, in Teaneck NJ today! I can offer selling tips, provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and more!

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Moving Up to Your Dream Home? Don’t Wait!

Moving Up to Your Dream Home? Don’t Wait! | Simplifying The Market

Mortgage interest rates have risen by more than half of a point since the beginning of the year, and many assume that if mortgage rates rise, home values will fall. History, however, has shown this not to be true.

Where are home values today compared to the beginning of the year?

While rates have been rising, so have home values. Here are the most recent monthly price increases reported in the Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic:

  • January: Prices were up 0.5% over the month before.
  • February: Prices were up 1% over the month before.
  • March: Prices were up 1.4% over the month before.

Not only did prices continue to appreciate, the level of appreciation accelerated over the first quarter. CoreLogic believes that home prices will increase by 5.2% over the next twelve months.

How can prices rise while mortgage rates increase?

Freddie Mac explained in a recent Insight Report:

“In the current housing market, the driving force behind the increase in prices is a low supply of both new and existing homes combined with historically low rates. As mortgage rates increase, the demand for home purchases will likely remain strong relative to the constrained supply and continue to put upward pressure on home prices.”

Bottom Line

If you are thinking about moving up to your dream home, waiting until later this year and hoping for prices to fall may not be a good strategy.

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Access: An Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD!

Access: An Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD! | Simplifying The Market

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

With May proving to be the best month to sell your home, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.

If you are in the real estate market to buy a home, are a distressed home owner looking options, want to know what your home is worth or want to sell real estate,  contact your Century 21 Allstars 100 Real Estate Agent, Steven Batista, today! I can offer selling tips, provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and more!

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Home Inspection: What to Expect

Buyer Tips

Home Inspections: What to Expect | Simplifying The Market

So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Oftentimes, agents make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.

This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

How to Choose an Inspector

Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you. HGTV recommends that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:

  1. Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
  2. Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
  3. References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to ask about their experiences.
  4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations often means that continued training and education are provided.
  5. Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.

Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, that way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.

Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace and chimney, the foundation, and so much more!

Bottom Line

They say ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. Work with a professional who you can trust to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.

You can check out home inspectors I recommend in my partners page. If you are in the real estate market to buy a home, are a distressed home owner looking options, want to know what your home is worth or want to sell real estate,  contact your Century 21 Allstars 100 Real Estate Agent, Steven Batista, today! I can offer selling tips, provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and more!

Source: Keeping Matters Current

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Why Home Prices Are Increasing

Why Home Prices Are Increasing | Simplifying The Market

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are increasing. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation), there seems to be no shortage of opinion.

However, the increase in prices is easily explained by the theory of supply & demand. Whenever there is a limited supply of an item that is in high demand, prices increase.

It is that simple. In real estate, it takes a six-month supply of existing salable inventory to maintain pricing stability. In most housing markets, anything less than six months will cause home values to appreciate and anything more than seven months will cause prices to depreciate (see chart below).

Why Home Prices Are Increasing | Simplifying The Market

According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the monthly inventory of homes for sale has been below six months for the last five years (see chart below).

Why Home Prices Are Increasing | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

If buyer demand continues to outpace the current supply of existing homes for sale, prices will continue to appreciate. Nothing nefarious is taking place. It is simply the theory of supply & demand working as it should.

Source: Keeping Matters Current

If you are in the real estate market to buy a home, are a distressed home owner looking options, want to know what your home is worth or want to sell real estate,  contact your Century 21 Allstars 100 Real Estate Agent, Steven Batista, today! I can offer selling tips, provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and more!

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Salesperson of the Month

 

Steven Batista is Salesperson of the month of February 2018
Steven Batista is Salesperson of the month of February 2018

Steven Batista of Century 21 Allstars 100 in Teaneck, NJ was awarded Salesperson of the Month in February 2018.If you are in the real estate market to buy a home, are a distressed home owner looking options, want to know what your home is worth or want to sell real estate,  contact your Century 21 Allstars 100 Real Estate Agent, Steven Batista, today! I can offer selling tips, provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and more!

 

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner | Simplifying The Market

Selling a home without a realtor to guide you can rob you of your precious equity.  Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves.  With home prices on the rise and buyer demand strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.

Industry insiders claim that F.S.B.O. failure rates range from 75% to 95%.

According to  some of the top reasons why for sale by owner homes can cause major headaches:

1. Marketing your home online isn’t as easy as you think

2. Homes for sale by owner could be priced wrong

3. You could underestimate (or overestimate) how much money to spend on curb appeal

4. Showings are a drag

5. Preparing your own paperwork can be trick

The following are people with whom sellers must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The termite company if there are challenges
  • The buyer’s lender if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • The title company if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
  • The town or municipality if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above
  • The buyer’s buyer in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

Bottom Line

The percentage of sellers who’ve hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased over the last 20 years. Let’s get together and discuss all we can do to make the process easier for you.

If you are in the real estate market to buy a home, are a distressed home owner looking options, want to know what your home is worth or want to sell real estate,  contact your Century 21 Allstars 100 Real Estate Agent, Steven Batista, today! I can offer selling tips, provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and more!

Source: Keeping Matters Current