DIY Home Decor For Spring

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There’s no better time than now to revamp your home. Instead of shopping for new pieces, enhance your decor with these easy DIYs.

Source: DIY Home Decor For Spring

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During this challenging time that we all face, Bruce and I are still working hard for you.  Ebby Halliday Realtors has primarily been a virtual company as well as having offices all over Texas.  We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs – anywhere in East Texas as well as the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. We specialize in waterfront lake properties and rural areas.  If you are looking for more space for you and your family let’s talk.  Our website (Click here to view) has alot of information about our big state of Texas and all the possibilities available to settle down in.| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com 469.249.2034 |

Rates are GREAT!!!

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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.73%, unchanged from a week ago, Freddie Mac reports.

“The economy continued to pick up momentum with a solid increase in residential construction, improvement in industrial output in our nation’s factories and a rise in job openings,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “While the economy is in a sweet spot, improvements in housing market sales volumes will be modest heading into next year simply due to the lack of available inventory.”

Indeed, the National Association of REALTORS®’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said home sales could be “choppy when inventory levels are low,” but he noted that the economy is otherwise performing very well and buyer demand remains high. NAR released its existing-home sales report on Thursday, which showed sales slipped by 1.7% month over month in November. Read more: November Sales Slip Not Indicative of Larger Trend

Freddie Mac reported the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Dec. 19:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.73%, with an average 0.7 point, unchanged from last week. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.62%.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.19%, with an average 0.7 point, unchanged from last week. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 4.07%.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.37%, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 3.36% average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.98%.

Source:  Realtor.com 

 

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What’s the Point of Mortgage Points?

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Buyers – Home Prices are going to keep Rising

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Home sales reached their highest pace in a decade in the first quarter of 2017 as property prices continue to escalate, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest quarterly report.

The median price of an existing single-family home nationally was $232,100 in the first quarter, up 6.9 percent from the same time period a year ago. Home prices rose year over year in 85 percent of the 178 metro areas analyzed.

The continued inventory shortages prompted home-price appreciation to quicken its pace in the first quarter, says NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.

“Prospective buyers poured into the market to start the year, and while the increased presence led to a boost in sales, new listings failed to keep up and hovered around record lows all quarter,” Yun says. “Those able to successfully buy most likely had to outbid others—especially for those in the starter-home market—which in turn quickened price growth to the fastest quarterly pace in almost two years.”

Thirty metros saw double-digit price increases in the first quarter, NAR’s report shows. “Several metro areas with the healthiest job gains in recent years continue to see a large upswing in buyer demand but lack the commensurate ramp in new-home construction,” Yun says. “This is why many of these areas—in particular several parts of the South and West—are seeing unhealthy price appreciation that far exceeds incomes.”

The Commerce Department also reported Tuesday that overall home construction fell from March to April, with housing starts declining 2.6 percent month-over-month. This could have a broader impact on the economy, Yun adds. “With housing starts declining in April, inventory shortages will continue for a longer period of time. The intensifying housing shortage will push up home prices and rents, and easily above wage growth and the broad consumer price inflation. This continued, slow pace of construction of new homes is a major bottleneck to a faster economic and housing recovery.”

Affordability weakened slightly nationwide in the first quarter, despite a rise in the national family median income to $71,201. Higher mortgage rates and home prices softened affordability compared to a year ago, NAR reports. To buy at the national median price, a buyer making a 5 percent down payment would need an income of $52,251; a buyer with a 10 percent down payment would need to earn $49,501; and a buyer with a 20 percent down payment would need to earn $44,001, according to NAR.

Total existing-home sales in the first quarter, including single-family homes and condos, rose 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.62 million. That is the highest since the first quarter of 2007, when it stood at 5.66 million sales.

“Last quarter’s robust pace of sales was especially impressive considering the affordability sting buyers experienced from higher prices and mortgage rates,” Yun says. “High demand is poised to continue heading into the summer as long as job gains continue. However, many metro areas need to see a significant rise in new and existing inventory to meet this demand and cool down price growth.”

At the end of the first quarter, 1.83 million existing homes were available for sale—6.6 percent below inventory levels of a year ago. The average supply during the first quarter was 3.7 months, NAR reports.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

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What’s happening in Real Estate in 2017

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What’s happening in real estate so far in 2017?  The Texas Association of REALTORS® released the Texas Quarterly Housing Report for the first quarter of 2017. Highlights include:

68,420 Texas homes were sold in Q1-2017, a 4.6% increase from 2016-Q1.

Median sales price for Texas homes was $213,325, a 9.4% increase from 2016-Q1.

Monthly housing inventory in Texas was 3.6 months in 2017-Q1 compared to 3.5 months in the same quarter last year.

Active listings rose 6 percent year-over-year to 98,399 listings in 2017-Q1.

Texas homes spent an average of 64 days on the market in 2017-Q1, unchanged from 2016-Q1.

“On the heels of a second consecutive record year for Texas home sales, the positive momentum experienced in the Texas housing market during the last quarter of 2016 has continued in 2017,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. “Annual gains in both sales and listing activity in the first quarter indicate that a strong summer selling season could be ahead.”

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Buyer’s Tips

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house-countdown-628x354Be qualified – Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

Act quickly – In today’s hot market, acting slowly or “sleeping on it” may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer – other buyers will likely be doing the same.

Offer a compelling price – Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or past appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

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100% Financing for VA Loans

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Interest Rates are DROPPING!

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My friends, The Lending Partners just let me know that over the past week and a half we have continued to see interest rates fall to 2017 lows. Rates are mainly benefiting from geopolitical uncertainty and a cooling-off of investor optimism over the Trump administration’s fiscal policy path. The rates today on a 30 YR FIXED, 15 YR FIXED, and 5/1 ARM are below:

30 YR FIXED- 4%

15 YR FIXED- 3.25%

 5/1 ARM- 3.375%

 This is GREAT news heading into the busy months and summer! It will be interesting to see how rates hold up throughout the summer! You can read more about this recent drop in rates below.

http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/consumer_rates/730347.aspx

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Essential Facts That First-Time Buyers Don’t Know About Mortgages | realtor.com®

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When it comes to what might be the biggest purchase of your life, it’s nice to know real facts. A lot of mortgage “facts” are not what people think.

Source: Essential Facts That First-Time Buyers Don’t Know About Mortgages | realtor.com®

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How a Bridge Loan Works

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Mortgage BridgeLoanHas this happened to you?  You have your home for sale.  You are looking for a new home and find it but your primary home hasn’t closed yet.  You might want to consider a Bridge Loan.  Above is a timeline of a transaction from our Friends at The Lending Partners on a transaction that he completed this month.  The buyer utilized the bridge loan offered by TLP to leverage the equity in his current home to purchase his new home with NO CONTIGENCY! We had a clear-to-close 6 days prior to the closing date and docs issued to title company 2 days prior. The bottom line is the bridge loan is a great option for clients to explore if they have a contingent offer AND we can process and close the bridge loans VERY quickly and smoothly…under 30 days!  If you are interested in this program,  click here to go to The Lending Partners Website.

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