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Ashcroft Park Greensboro North Carolina | House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels

7/13/2018

Ashcroft Park Greensboro North Carolina | House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels

 

At a local level in Greensboro North Carolina, buyer confidence remains strong with some changes that varies on the price level and whit type of houses they are looking for.     

Particularly in and around Ashcroft Park 27455 zip code. The addition of new store and business entities in the area makes Milestone one of the most busiest areas in Greensboro NC.      

As you are aware, for most families, choosing a new home is the biggest financial decision they will ever make and for that reason, there are many complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home. 

Today, I would like to talk about House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels

 

We keep hearing that home affordability is approaching crisis levels. While this may be true in a few metros across the country, housing affordability is not a challenge in the clear majority of the country. In their most recent Real House Price Index, First American reported that consumer “house-buying power” is at “near-historic levels.”

Their index is based on three components:

 1. Median Household Income

 2. Mortgage Interest Rates

 3. Home Prices

The report explains:

“Changing incomes and interest rates either increase or decrease consumer house-buying power or affordability. When incomes rise and/or mortgage rates fall, consumer house-buying power increases.”

Combining these three crucial pieces of the home purchasing process, First American created an index delineating the actual home-buying power that consumers have had dating back to 1991.

Here is a graph comparing First American’s consumer house-buying power (blue area) to the actual median home price that year from the National Association of Realtors (yellow line).

Consumer house-buyer power has been greater than the actual price of a home since 1991. And, the spread is larger over the last decade.

 

Bottom Line

Even though home prices are increasing rapidly and are now close to the values last seen a decade ago, the actual affordability of a home is much better now. As Chief Economist Mark Fleming explains in the report:

“Though unadjusted house prices have risen to record highs, consumer house-buying power stands at near-historic levels, as well, signaling that real house prices are not even close to their historical peak.”

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

If you want to find the best house for the money in Ashcroft Park in Greensboro North Carolina….

This is what we can do for you, 

We will prepare you a list of houses that fit your criteria and take the time to show all these houses to you, with no pressure and no hassle.

So please let us know when you are ready to get started

If you want to get started now, 

Please call us at 800-950-6453

Or text to: 336-750-6453

Email: mike@forsalegreensboro.com 

Thinking of selling your home?

Let Michael Jones take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system

- Call or text 336-750-6453 for more information.

 

Summerfield North Carolina | Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand

7/13/2018

Summerfield North Carolina | Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand

 

If you are looking to buy a home in Summerfield North Carolina. As a real estate agent, I want to be prepared to ensure that you are given the best buying experience with knowledge and expertise to guide you along the way. One of the methods I use is to research the current inventory almost on a daily basis, I want to know where are the best deals for my clients when it comes to purchasing a brand new home in the Summerfield area.       

Today I would like to talk to you about Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand

 

Since the beginning of the year, mortgage interest rates have risen over a half of a percentage point (from 3.95% to 4.52%), according to Freddie Mac. Even a small rise in interest rates can greatly impact a buyer’s monthly mortgage payment.

First American recently released the results of their quarterly Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), in which they surveyed title and real estate agents across the country about the impact of rising rates on first-time homebuyers.

Real estate professionals around the country have not noticed a slowdown in demand for housing among young buyers; nearly 93% of all first-time homebuyers last quarter were between the ages of 21-35, with the largest share of buyers (51%) coming from those ages 26-30.

First American’s Chief Economist Mark Fleming had this to say,

“On a national level, mortgage rates would need to hit 5.6%, 1 percentage point above the current rate, before first-time homebuyers withdraw from the market.”

 

So, what is slowing down sales?

According to the last Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, sales are now down 3.0% year-over-year and have fallen for the last three months. If rising interest rates aren’t to blame, then what is?

Fleming addressed the cause, saying that:

“The housing market is facing its greatest supply shortage in 60 years of record keeping, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The ongoing housing supply shortage will make it difficult for first-time buyers to find a home to buy, even when they are financially ready.”

 

Bottom Line

First-time homebuyers know the importance of owning their own homes and a spike in interest rates is not going to keep them from buying this year! Their biggest challenge is finding a home to buy!

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

If you have any questions about Summerfield NC, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 336-750-6453 We will be happy to help you. We specialize in Summerfield and our agents also live here.

To reach us, please call 336-750-6453

Or send us an email to: mike@forsalegreensboro.com

Thinking of selling your home? Let Mike take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system 

 

Greensboro North Carolina Homes For Sale | How Long Do Most Families Live in a House?

7/13/2018

Greensboro North Carolina Homes For Sale | How Long Do Most Families Live in a House?

 

At a local level in Greensboro North Carolina, buyer confidence remains strong with some changes that varies on the price level and what type of houses they are looking for.     

Particularly in and around Greensboro 27455 zip code. The addition of new store and business entities in the area makes Elm St one of the most busiest areas in Greensboro NC.      

As you are aware, for most families, choosing a new home is the biggest financial decision they will ever make and for that reason, there are many complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home.   

Today, I would like to talk to you about How Long Do Most Families Live in a House?

 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of their data points, which has changed dramatically, is the median tenure of a family in a home, meaning how long a family stays in a home prior to moving.

As the graph below shows, over the last twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure averaged exactly six years. However, since 2014, that average is almost ten years – an increase of almost 50%.

Why the dramatic increase?

 

The reasons for this change are plentiful!

The fall in home prices during the housing crisis left many homeowners in a negative equity situation (where their home was worth less than the mortgage on the property). Also, the uncertainty of the economy made some homeowners much more fiscally conservative about making a move.

With home prices rising dramatically over the last several years, 95.3% of homes with a mortgage are now in a positive equity situation, according to CoreLogic.

With the economy coming back and wages starting to increase, many homeowners are in a much better financial situation than they were just a few short years ago.

One other reason for the increase was brought to light by NAR in their 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report. According to the report,

“Sellers 37 years and younger stayed in their home for six years…”

These homeowners, who are either looking for more space to accommodate their growing families or for better school districts to do the same, are likely to move more often (compared to typical sellers who stayed in their homes for 10 years). The homeownership rate among young families, however, has still not caught up to previous generations, resulting in the jump we have seen in median tenure!

What does this mean for housing?

Many believe that a large portion of homeowners are not in a house that is best for their current family circumstance; they could be baby boomers living in an empty, four-bedroom colonial, or a millennial couple living in a one-bedroom condo planning to start a family.

These homeowners are ready to make a move, and since a lack of housing inventory is still a major challenge in the current housing market, this could be great news.

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

To protect your interests and assure that you make the best possible decisions,  

it's important that you have a knowledgeable agent on your side who is an expert in the local real estate market.  

We are dedicated to keeping you on top of our local market. Rest assured that we will provide you with a well-informed,  

and the most updated strategic view for your home purchase in Greensboro North Carolina  

To reach us, please call 336-750-6453

or send us an email  mike@forsalegreensboro.com

 

Sell My House in North Carolina | The #1 Reason to List Your House for Sale NOW!

7/9/2018

Sell My House in North Carolina | The #1 Reason to List Your House for Sale NOW!

 

Most real estate brokers and agents don't really have all the tools needed to provide 100% selling services to sellers that need to sell their houses  quick, for cash and at a fair price.   

This is why we have integrated fully with all the data on the MLS and became a real estate source to thousands of investors in the Piedmont Triad North Carolina region.   

In order for most consumers to take advantage of the competition between these investors, we've created the perfect system. If you are in the market to sell you home and you are in need for a fair offer  right away... you've come to the right place.   

We can provide customized innovation towards all  your real estate needs if you are a home seller. 

  

Today, I would like to talk to you about  The #1 Reason to List Your House for Sale NOW!

 

If you are debating whether or not to list your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!

 

Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale

 

The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently commented on the current lack of inventory:

“Inventory coming onto the market during this year’s spring buying season – as evidenced again by last month’s weak reading – was not even close to being enough to satisfy demand. 

That is why home prices keep outpacing incomes and listings are going under contract in less than a month – and much faster – in many parts of the country.”

The latest Existing Home Sales Report shows that there is currently a 4.1-month supply of homes for sale. This remains lower than the 6-month supply necessary for a normal market, and 6.1% lower than last year’s inventory level.

The chart below details the year-over-year inventory shortages experienced over the last 12 months:

Anything less than a six-month supply is considered a “seller’s market.

 

Bottom Line

Let’s get together to discuss the supply conditions in our neighborhood so that I can assist you in gaining access to the buyers who are ready, willing, and able to buy right now!

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

To protect your interests and assure that you make the best possible decisions,  

it's important that you have a knowledgeable agent on your side who is an expert in the local real estate market.  

We are dedicated to keeping you on top of our local market. Rest assured that we will provide you with a well-informed,  

and the most updated strategic view for your home purchase in Greensboro North Carolina  

To reach us, please call 336-750-6453

or send us an email  mike@forsalegreensboro.com

 

Greensboro North Carolina Ashcroft Park | Cost Across Time

7/9/2018

Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Greensboro North Carolina Ashcroft Park | Cost Across Time

 

As Greensboro has developed over the years, many neighborhoods are now blended with one and another without any distinction or personalities. 

Not in Ashcroft Park, the newest and most vibrant community in Greensboro North Carolina   

Located north on Church Street, this new and unique neighborhood is built by DR Horton 

If you are looking for city-living style with a flair of urban village, The Ashcroft Park community has everything to offer and more.  

  

Today, I would like to talk about  Next Recession in 2020? What Will Be the Impact?

 

Some Highlights:

 * With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years.

 * Rates are projected to climb to 5.1% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac.

 * The impact your interest rate makes on your monthly mortgage cost is significant!

 * Lock in a low rate now while you can!

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

If you want to find the best house for the money in Ashcroft Park in Greensboro North Carolina….

This is what we can do for you, 

We will prepare you a list of houses that fit your criteria and take the time to show all these houses to you, with no pressure and no hassle.

So please let us know when you are ready to get started

If you want to get started now, 

Please call us at 800-950-6453

Or text to: 336-750-6453

Email: mike@forsalegreensboro.com 

Thinking of selling your home?

Let Michael Jones take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system

- Call or text 336-750-6453 for more information.

 

Summerfield North Carolina | Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000

7/9/2018

Summerfield North Carolina | Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000

 

If you are looking for a home in the Summerfield North Carolina. Let us share a secret with you. When someone becomes a professional real estate agent, they make a commitment to their clients from the moment they first connect, whether it is, first-time homebuyer's, who are very excited to purchase their very own home.... or seasoned Investors who are trying to build equity with key purchases and increase their portfolios. What is important for you to know is that your main purpose is to find the right real estate professional that will dedicate time and energy to bring exactly what you are looking for. Take your time and pick the one that has that commitment deep in their hearts.

To show this commitment to my clients, We bring the latest technology, know-how and information allowing me to bring the best possible outcome on every real estate transaction we perform.

Today, I would like to talk to you about  Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000

 

Rising home prices have many concerned that the average family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream – their own home.

However, it is not just the price of a home that determines its affordability. The monthly cost of a home is determined by the price and the interest rate on the mortgage used to purchase it.

Today, mortgage interest rates stand at about 4.5%. The average annual mortgage interest rate from 1985 to 2000 was almost double that number, at 8.92%. When comparing affordability of homeownership over the decades, we must also realize that incomes have increased.

This is why most indexes use the percentage of median income required to make monthly mortgage payments on a typical home as the point of comparison.

Zillow recently released a report comparing home affordability over the decades using this formula. The report revealed that, though homes are less affordable this year than last year, they are more affordable today (17.1%) than they were between 1985-2000 (21%). Additionally, homes are more affordable now than at the peak of the housing bubble in 2006 (25.4%). Here is a chart of these findings:

What will happen when mortgage interest rates rise?

Most experts think that the mortgage interest rate will increase to about 5% by year’s end. How will that impact affordability? Zillow also covered this in their report:

Rates would need to approach 6% before homes became less affordable than they had been historically.

 

Bottom Line

Though homes are less affordable today than they were last year, they are still a great purchase while interest rates are below the 6% mark.

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

If you have any questions about Summerfield North Carolina, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don't hesitate to call on us at 800-950-6453 We will be happy to help you. We specialize in Summerfield and our agents also live here.

Please call us at 800-950-6453

Or text to: 336-750-6453

Email: mike@forsalegreensboro.com 

Thinking of selling your home?

Let Michael Jones take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system

- Call or text 336-750-6453 for more information.

 

Summerfield North Carolina | Why Should You Use A Professional to Sell Your Home?

7/4/2018

Summerfield North Carolina | Why Should You Use A Professional to Sell Your Home?

 

If you are looking to buy a home in Summerfield North Carolina. As a real estate agent, I want to be prepared to ensure that you are given the best buying experience with knowledge and expertise to guide you along the way. One of the methods I use is to research the current inventory almost on a daily basis, I want to know where are the best deals for my clients when it comes to purchasing a brand new home in the Summerfield area.      

Today I would like to talk to you about Why Should You Use A Professional to Sell Your Home?

 

When homeowners decide to sell their houses, they obviously want to get the best possible price for their home with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold.

In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed a buyer’s behavior during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2018 Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends Report, the first step that “42% of recent buyers took in the home buying process was to look online at properties for sale.”

However, the report also revealed that 94% of buyers who used the internet when searching for homes ultimately purchased their homes through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% of buyers purchased their homes directly from a seller whom they didn’t know.

Buyers search for a home online but then depend on an agent to find the home they will buy (52%), to negotiate the terms of the sale (47%) & price (38%), or to help understand the process (60%).

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers who reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots.” This is obvious, as the percentage of overall buyers who have used agents to buy their homes has steadily increased from 69% in 2001.

 

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling your home, don't underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process.

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

If you have any questions about Summerfield NC, the schools, the amenities or the surrounding community, don’t hesitate to call on us at 336-750-6453 We will be happy to help you. We specialize in Summerfield and our agents also live here.

To reach us, please call 336-750-6453

Or send us an email to: mike@forsalegreensboro.com

Thinking of selling your home? Let Mike take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system 

 

Sell My House in North Carolina | Buying This Summer? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

7/4/2018

Sell My House in North Carolina | Buying This Summer? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

 

Most real estate brokers and agents don't really have all the tools needed to provide 100% selling services to sellers that need to sell their houses  quick, for cash and at a fair price.   

This is why we have integrated fully with all the data on the MLS and became a real estate source to thousands of investors in the Piedmont Triad North Carolina region.   

In order for most consumers to take advantage of the competition between these investors, we've created the perfect system. If you are in the market to sell you home and you are in need for a fair offer  right away... you've come to the right place.   

We can provide customized innovation towards all  your real estate needs if you are a home seller.  

Today, I would like to talk to you about  Buying This Summer? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

 

Summer is traditionally a busy season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on those buyers who are looking to purchase before the new school year. This year will be no different!

Buyers have already been out in force looking for their dream homes and more are on their way. The challenge is that the inventory of homes for sale has not kept up with demand, which has led to A LOT of competition for the homes that are available.

A recent article by the National Association of Realtors touched on the current market conditions:

“Realtors® in areas with strong job markets report that consumer frustration is rising. Home shoppers are increasingly struggling to find an affordable property to buy, and the prevalence of multiple bids is pushing prices further out of reach.”

Realtor.com went on to explain why buyers are flocking to the market in such big numbers:

“A booming economy and stable employment in most parts of the country have created a new generation of eager home buyers – and led to fevered price battles spilling over into some unexpected, smaller markets.”

Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research for Realtor.com had this to say about competition:

“Multiple-offer scenarios are no longer reserved to the usual big, fast-moving markets…demand for homes has spilled outward into secondary, smaller markets, and more buyers are gearing up to face fierce competition in more places around the country.”

Realtor.com looked at the number of homes that were selling above asking price to determine which markets were heating up. Below are the Top 10:

 

 * Akron, OH

 * Worcester, MA

 * Lexington, KY

 * Irvine, CA

 * Greensboro, NC

 * Sioux Falls, SD

 * Madison, WI

 * Louisville, KY

 * Tacoma, WA

 * Little Rock, AR

 

Bottom Line

Let's get together to discuss our exact market conditions so that we can help you create a strategy to secure your new home in this competitive atmosphere!

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

To protect your interests and assure that you make the best possible decisions,  

it's important that you have a knowledgeable agent on your side who is an expert in the local real estate market.  

We are dedicated to keeping you on top of our local market. Rest assured that we will provide you with a well-informed,  

and the most updated strategic view for your home purchase in Greensboro North Carolina  

To reach us, please call 336-750-6453

or send us an email  mike@forsalegreensboro.com

 

Greensboro North Carolina Homes For Sale | 5 Reasons Millennials Choose to Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

7/4/2018

Greensboro North Carolina Homes For Sale | 5 Reasons Millennials Choose to Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

At a local level in Greensboro North Carolina, buyer confidence remains strong with some changes that varies on the price level and what type of houses they are looking for.     

Particularly in and around Greensboro 27455 zip code. The addition of new store and business entities in the area makes Elm St one of the most busiest areas in Greensboro NC.      

As you are aware, for most families, choosing a new home is the biggest financial decision they will ever make and for that reason, there are many complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home.   

Today, I would like to talk to you about   5 Reasons Millennials Choose to Buy a Home

 

Some Highlights:

*“The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and            lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a          nice home.”

* The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space, at 93%.

* Many millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day when they will be   able to paint the walls whatever color they’d like or renovate an outdated part of their living space.

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

To protect your interests and assure that you make the best possible decisions,  

it's important that you have a knowledgeable agent on your side who is an expert in the local real estate market.  

We are dedicated to keeping you on top of our local market. Rest assured that we will provide you with a well-informed,  

and the most updated strategic view for your home purchase in Greensboro North Carolina  

To reach us, please call 336-750-6453

or send us an email  mike@forsalegreensboro.com

 

Summerfield North Carolina| Next Recession in 2020? What Will Be the Impact?

7/3/2018

Summerfield North Carolina | Next Recession in 2020? What Will Be the Impact?

 

At a local level in Summerfield North Carolina, buyer confidence remains strong with some changes that varies on the price level and what type of houses they are looking for.     

Particularly in and around Summerfield 27358 zip code. The addition of new store and business entities in the area makes Summerfield one of the most busiest areas in Greensboro NC.      

As you are aware, for most families, choosing a new home is the biggest financial decision they will ever make and for that reason, there are many complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home.   

Today, I would like to talk about  Next Recession in 2020? What Will Be the Impact?

 

Economists and analysts know that the country has experienced economic growth for almost a decade. They also know that a recession can’t be too far off. A recent report by Zillow Research shed light on a survey conducted by Pulsenomics in which they asked economists, investment strategists and market analysts how they felt about the current housing market. That report revealed the possible timing of the next recession:

“Experts largely expect the next recession to begin in 2020.”

That timing concurs with a recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal:

“The economic expansion that began in mid-2009 and already ranks as the second-longest in American history most likely will end in 2020 as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to cool off an overheating economy, according to forecasters surveyed.”

Here is a graph comparing the opinions of those surveyed by both the Wall Street Journal and Pulsenomics:

Recession DOES NOT Equal Housing Crisis

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a recession is defined as follows:

“A period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.”

A recession means the economy has slowed down markedly. It does not mean we are experiencing another housing crisis. Obviously, the housing crash of 2008 caused the last recession. However, during the previous five recessions home values appreciated.

According to the experts surveyed by Pulsenomics, the top three probable triggers for the next recession are:

 * Monetary policy

 * Trade policy

 * A stock market correction

A housing market correction was ranked ninth in probability. Those same experts also projected that home values would continue to appreciate in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.  

Others agree that housing will not be impacted like it was a decade ago.

Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist, explained:

“If a recession is to occur, it is unlikely to be caused by housing-related activity, and therefore the housing sector should be one of the leading sources to come out of the recession.”

And U.S. News and World Report agreed:

“Fortunately – and hopefully – the history of recessions and current issues that could harm the economy don’t lead many to believe the housing market crash will repeat itself in an upcoming decline.”

 

Bottom Line

A recession is probably less than two years away. A housing crisis is not.

 

Source.. forsalegreensboro.com

 

To show my commitment to my clients, I will utilize the latest technology, know-how and information allowing me to bring you the best and highest offer for your house. 

To connect with me directly, 

Please call Mike Jones at 336-750-6453

Or via email:  mike@forsalegreensboro.com 

If you are thinking of selling your home in a more traditional way... Let Mike take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system 

 - Call or text 336-750-6453 for more information.

 

 

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