Next week is July 4th - our nation's birthday! Many of us celebrate cookout's, friends, family and baseball games - and of course fireworks! We wanted to share some fun facts and local events. However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a safe and relaxing holiday!
The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 2, 1776; the date of celebration was later revised when the final version was adopted 2 days later, July 4, 1776. However most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men representing the 13 colonies.
Three U.S. Presidents actually died on July 4th. John Adams & Thomas Jefferson actually died within hours of each in 1826. James Monroe died in 1831. Adams & Jefferson were the only signers of the Declaration who went on to be President.
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President was born on July 4, 1831
31 places have “liberty” in their name; 4 of them are in Iowa.
11 places have “independence” in their name.
5 places have “freedom” in their name.
5 places are called “America”.
1 place has “patriot” in its name.
AREA FIREWORK SHOWS
Kaboom Town! Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Addison Circle Park
Spirit of Coppell Patriotic Parade Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9 a.m.
The parade kicks off at the corner of Samuel Blvd. and Parkway Blvd., where it will proceed on Parkway Blvd. to the Town Center Plaza.
We all know the media is full of opinions about investing in real estate - is this the time to buy? We beleive the answer is YES! Now is the time to buy a home, become a home owner! It is a great time and being a homeowner is one of life's joys and a wonderful accomplishment!
Here are reasons you want to be a homeowner NOW:
1. Equity. When you pay rent, you never see that money again. It is lining the landlord's pocket. Yes, buying a home may come with some hefty initial costs (downpayment, closing costs, inspections), but you will make that money back over time, in the equity your home will build over time. Historically, homes appreciate by about 4 to 6 percent a year. Some areas of the country (some right here in our Texas real estate market) are still experiencing normal appreciation rates. Homeownership is about building long-term wealth.
2. Relationships: Renters tend to see their neighbors come and go quickly. Homeowners, however, have yards, walking trails, or community pools and clubhouses where they can get to know each other. And neighborhood schools and activities that bring people together to help build relationships. Neighbors stay put much longer (at least three to five years if they hope to recoup their closing costs). This means more time to develop relationships. Research has shown that people with healthy relationships have more happiness and less stress.
3. Predictability: Well, as long as you have a fixed-rate term on your mortgage it's predictable. Most people buying homes today know that a fixed-rate is the way to go. This means your payment amount is fixed for the life of the term. If your mortgage payment is $500 today, then it will still be $500 a month in 10 years. This allows for people to budget and make solid financial plans.
4. Ownership: Okay, this is a given. Homeownership means you "own" your home. Ownership has some great perks - you can renovate, update, paint, and decorate to your heart's desire. You can plant trees, install a pool, expand the patio, or do holiday decorating that would rival the Kranks. The bottom line is this is your home and you can personalize it to your taste. Most renters are stuck with the same beige walls and beige carpet that has been standard apartment decor for 20 years. Now is your chance to let your home speak!
5. Great Deals: It's a great time to buy. Interest rates are at historic lows. This means big savings for today's buyers. Home prices have also taken a dip since the recession, which means homes are more affordable than ever. Also, the supply of homes for sale is strong. If you have steady income and cash for a downpayment, contact us and let's talk about what homes in our area can be a fit for you and your family!
Homeownership can be a real joy. The time is right for you to become a homeowner!
In our last article we discussed how soon it will be too late to use the $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers. Today we want to review things that may cause a delay in closing and being qualified for the credit.
Buying a home is a complicated process, and it is not unusual for purchases involving first-time buyers to take slightly longer than those involving experienced buyers. Some of the delays that first-time buyers may face over the coming months:
Competition with Other Buyers
While home may be selling at a lower rate than in years past, in many areas changes in inventory have created extremely competitive buying environments. Foreclosures or other homes with greatly lowered asking prices are particularly sought after, and in many cases investors are very active in the marketplace.
Disclosures & Contingencies
The seller is obligated to disclose any material facts about the property, including any property defects or any lawsuits regarding claim to ownership on the property. Disclosures can stall negotiations and delay the contract signing depending on their nature and severity. Contingencies (written clauses in the sales contract that give protection to both the buyer and the seller of a home) can also result in some delay in negotiation, particularly if the contingency requires the seller to make specific repairs.
The lender will arrange for appraisal of the property, which will include a thorough inspection of the home's interior and exterior. The appraiser's report will describe the physical characteristics of the property and comparable property values will be used to determine the value of the property. If the appraisal of the home's value is lower than the agreed upon sales price, the buyer's chance of loan approval can be in jeopardy. In addition, recently added rules for appraisers have been causing some delays based upon anecdotal evidence.
While interest rates remain advantageous for buyers, lenders are being much more fastidious during the approval process. Obtaining pre-approval can help prevent many delays.
The Holiday Season
Buyers who submit an offer in mid-fall may likely run into another roadblock to a pre-December 1st closing date: the approaching holiday season. Closing a real estate sale requires the work and attention of a number of professionals; from real estate agents to attorneys to bankers. Like many Americans, it is not uncommon for individuals in these fields to use up vacation time in the last few weeks of November. Securing a closing date during Thanksgiving week may be something approaching miraculous.
Additional Delays for Short Sales and Foreclosures
Buyers who make an offer on a short sale property or bank-owned foreclosure may find that it takes a significantly longer time to receive a reply than expected. Overall, buying these types of properties is a longer process than buying homes listed on the market by individual owners.
Let’s get started today, call us and let us help you through the home buying process!
You often here the saying, “what’s old will be new again” – and that is true in today’s real estate market. Yes there has been a shake up and things have changed but there are still buyers and sellers and people living in the homes of their dreams. And as is true most often when things are “shook up” or changing, that going back to fundamentals is the best track back to “normal”
Below are time-honored home buying essentials that apply now more than ever:
Save Up to Pay Down
The tradition of the down-payment is almost as old as real-estate itself, yet home loans with no money or very little money down became increasingly popular during the start of the decade. Changes in the credit market have made such arrangements all but nonexistent today, and in many cases buyers won't be considered for a loan without at least a 10% down payment waiting in the wings.
In reality, buyers who invest at least a 15% to 20% down payment will be rewarded as markets re-stabilize. A larger down payment provides the buyer with a lower interest rate, lower payments, higher equity and a stronger negotiating position when it comes to refinancing.
Lenders will employ a variety of different metrics to determine how large of a loan and monthly payment you qualify for, but ultimately you must determine a realistic monthly budget. Qualifying for a home doesn't necessarily mean that you can truly afford the payments in the real world. Start the home buying process off right by determining exactly what kind of mortgage payment you can afford, leaving yourself enough buffer to deal with life's little surprises.
Focus on Your Market
It's easy to be distracted by national housing headlines, but real estate has always been centered on very specific local market conditions. What is true in one area is not the case in another, sometimes down to the street level. Rather than paying too much attention to trends in distant cities and markets, keep your eyes squarely on the dynamics close to home, and work with your local real estate expert.
Call me and let’s talk about these fundamentals and how my experience and knowledge can help you!