Why move-up buyers should sell NOW

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Do you store your cereal in the oven? Are you having difficulty shoving ONE MORE THING under the bed? Do you live out of your hamper because there’s no place to put away the clean clothes? If the police were called to your home, would they think it had been ransacked because your stuff is all over?

If you answered “Yes, good heavens YES!” to any of the above, I bet you’ve been thinking about moving. And if you’ve been on the fence about it, here’s what waiting could cost you.

Those in the know are predicting home prices will rise about 4% nationally and rates could increase another full point in the next year. If you’re selling your $300,000 home and moving up to a $400,000 home, here’s how it shakes out.

If you wait, your current home’s value would increase to $312,000. But now you’d need to pay $416,000 for your new home – a net increase of $4000 if we keep the numbers simple. Not horrible, right?

Here’s the kicker…if rates increase from 4.5% on the $400,000 sale (which is where they’re currently hovering), to 5.5% on the $416,000 sale, look what happens. Assuming a 20% down payment, your monthly payment for principal and interest increases from $1622 to $1957 – a whopping $335. Not chump change by any measure!

To put it another way – if you wanted to keep your payment at $1622, you could only afford a house for $344,000 at a 5.5% interest rate. Talk about an impact on buying power.

There’s no two ways about it – now is the time to sell, and move up, down or to Tahiti. So throw out, pack up and clean up, then get your home on the market. If it’s in good condition and priced correctly, it will sell and sell quickly.

Isn’t it about time you took your life off hold and moved forward?

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Why move-up buyers should sell NOW

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Do you store your cereal in the oven? Are you having difficulty shoving ONE MORE THING under the bed? Do you live out of your hamper because there’s no place to put away the clean clothes? If the police were called to your home, would they think it had been ransacked because your stuff is all over?

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Real estate market bounces back

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors – Newtown Office

Well…It’s official. The real estate market is finally back. Not to pre-crash levels of course, but firmly on solid ground and gaining.

After nearly a decade of despair reminiscent of the Great Depression, 2013 has seen real estate change from being a ball and chain around the neck of millions of Americans to an asset that has been one of the few bright lights helping to move this stubbornly sluggish economy forward.

While the housing market is still somewhat volatile, the “experts” are calling for increases in 2014 ranging from 5% over 2013 levels to 10-15% higher. In Bucks County, the number of units sold increased 20% over 2012 totals.

Nationally, home prices continue to rise faster than they have since the housing boom. The average sale price in Bucks County of $322,592 was up 2.3% and it took an average of 77 days for a house to sell, down 19% over the previous year.

Another key factor on the rise is mortgage interest rates, which have come up almost a point in 2013 and are now hovering around 4.5%. Expect them to rise even higher in 2014, possibly close to the 6% mark by the end of the year. Also expect to be put through the wringer if you’re applying for a mortgage this year. Lenders and underwriters are still re-living the horrors of the mortgage debacle and even immensely qualified buyers are paying the price through excessive documentation, explanation and all around hoop jumping.

We’ve returned to a “normal” real estate market, where neither party should consider themselves in the driver’s seat.

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Real estate market bounces back

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors – Newtown Office

Well…It’s official. The real estate market is finally back. Not to pre-crash levels of course, but firmly on solid ground and gaining. After nearly a decade of despair reminiscent of the Great Depression, 2013 has seen real estate change from being a ball and chain around the neck of millions of Americans to an asset that has been one of the few bright lights helping to move this stubbornly sluggish economy forward.

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