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Appraisals: Why You Must Now Sell Your Parkland House Twice

parkland-florida-appraisalDue to the large inventory of bank foreclosures and short sales currently on the market, banks and lending institutions are becoming even more stringent when qualifying potential real estate buyers for mortgages.  As a result, banks want to make sure that buyers have the ability to pay back money owed on the loans.

Banks also protect their mortgage investments by making sure that the mortgage’s collateral backing is secure.  The appraisal is now more important than ever, as banks want to make sure that if the borrower fails to make their payments on the loan, then the bank will be able to sell the home for at least the amount equal to the mortgage balance.  As a result, you cannot just find able and willing buyers to purchase properties at agreed upon sales prices.  Now, you have to take the extra step and sell these sales prices to appraisers.

Last week, the National Association of Realtors’ Existing Home Sales Report showed how appraisals are negatively impacting residential real estate transactions in the United States.  In fact, 14% of all transactions in April were either cancelled or renegotiated to a lower sales price, because of low appraisals!

Bottom Line:
When considering listing your home on the market, please work with a Realtor that can answer all of your questions and concerns regarding appraisals.  Remember, you will have to sell your home twice: first to the buyer and then the appraiser.  Do not get all excited when you agree on terms with a potential buyer, as that is only half the battle.  The second half is having the home appraised.  The Parkland Parrot Real Estate Team emphasizes to each of our sellers that the appraisal is probably the most important aspect of the real estate transaction.  As a result, your Realtor should meet the appraiser and present him/her with the the following items:

  1. Upgrades & features of the home
  2. Floor plan
  3. Survey
  4. Clean copy of the purchase agreement
  5. Comparable closed sales in the past 6 months

Remember, banks cannot have direct contact with appraisers.  So, the only individual that communicates with the appraiser is the listing agent in order to allow the appraiser access to the property.  Make sure your Realtor does their homework and meets with the appraiser at your home.  Appraisers come from all over South Florida and might not be affluent with your particular community.  As a result, make sure that you and your Realtor put together a plan for both the buyer and appraiser.  If you are thinking about selling your home and would like us to explain the home selling process as it relates to appraisals, please give us a call at: 954-609-0591.

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Should Homebuyer Tax Credit Be Extended Yet Again?

Word on the streets is that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is again lobbying lawmakers to extend the $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit until the end of 2010.

But, Senator Johnny Isakson, former real estate agent and last year’s advocate for the 2nd extension, is not on board.  Last November, Linda Goold, NAR’s director of tax policy practically told the public and Realtors that the second tax credit extension would be the last one.

Can the government afford to extend the tax credit for a third term?  Where are we getting all of this money since are deficit is at a record high level?

If the government extends the tax credit for a third time, it will help the real estate market.  But, when the credit was extended in November, many buyers went “back on the fence” knowing that they had more time to purchase and still receive the $8,000 tax credit.  Sales in November to February have been slow as buyers have more time to wait.

If the government announces that there will be no further extension, then there will be a strong urgency for potential buyers to purchase properties by the March 31st deadline!  Please read my article on the tax credit guidelines by clicking:  FHA Mortgage Guidelines Will Tighten In The Spring

As FHA mortgage guidelines tighten in the Spring and Summer of 2010, the tax credit extension could certainly help the market for the long run!  We here at the Parkland Parrot will keep you posted as soon as new information is supplied to the real estate community.

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Buyer Demand For Renovation Financing?

I was reading Brian Brady’s blog Mortgage Rate Report, and he was discussing the new demand for renovation financing for buyers. Brady discussed the need for creative renovation financing, as mortgage rates will rise in the coming months.  As many distressed properties are on the market and coming on the market, perspective buyers are looking for ways to purchase these distressed properties at significantly discounted prices and finance the improvements needed in their loans.

Also, going green is also become extremely popular for homeowners.  Potential home buyers are looking for tax credits and special financing in order to make their homes more energy efficient.  The IRS is currently offering a partial tax credit for energy efficiency improvements.  Brady goes on to describe the 5 loan programs where buyers are financing over the purchase price for energy efficiency and other home improvements:

  • VA Energy Efficient Mortgage permits the financing of energy efficiency improvements up to $6,000.
  • FHA 203-K Renovation Mortgage allows the financing of larger renovation projects.
  • FHA Streamline-K Home Improvement Loan allows homebuyers to finance their renovation project up to $35,000 over the purchase price.
  • Fannie Mae Energy Efficient Mortgage permits the allowance of up to 115% of the purchase price of a resale property to be financed for energy efficiency. Newly built homes are permitted up to 105% of the purchase price for energy efficiency updates. 
  • FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage, similar to Fannie Mae’s program, allows home buyers to finance up to 105% of the purchase price for energy efficiency improvements.

These loans will become even more popular as potential buyers continue to purchase bank foreclosures and short sales.  Many times, these distressed sales need many structural and cosmetic updating along with energy efficiency upgrades.  Remember, that financing over the purchase price means that the property must appraise for that price.  It is essential to work with a mortgage broker and Realtor that specialize in the above financing.  These are not the easiest loans to put together, so do your homework and work with true experts.

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Buyers That Are Prequalified or Preapproved?

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Should A Buyer Be Prequalified or Preapproved?

With banks becoming even tighter on their financing criteria, many Parkland sellers and their real estate agents MUST make sure that buyers are truly qualified to purchase a home before entering into a purchase agreement.

Prequalification is the process where a lender or mortgage broker pulls credit and looks at the complete credit report of the borrower, as well as the  buyer’s income and debts.  As a result, a lender will be able to use this pertinent information to determine how much mortgage the potential purchaser can really afford. But, there is no bank accounts or employment verified during the prequalification process.

Preapproval occurs when ALL employment and credit is verified and approved by the lender or mortgage broker.  During the preapproval process, the potential buyer provides more detailed information in order to verify their statements.  After this information is verified, then the mortgage is approved, subject to a home appraisal.  The final loan is approved after the property appraises, and the bank receives all documentation and satisifes the contingencies and conditions of the loan before closing.

It is important for all sellers and Realtors to understand that a prequalification letter does not mean that a buyer is 100% able to purchase the said property.  When receiving offers on our Parkland property listings, we ask that ALL buyers are preapproved for a loan.  I really do not understand why a buyer would not make sure that they are truly approved to purchase a property in a particular price range and understand their exact terms and conditions of the loan.  As a result, the “prequalification letter” is just a piece of paper.  I want the preapproval letter and still have questions from the buyer’s mortgage lender before I even present the offer to my sellers!

The moral of the story is that with the lending institutions tightening their financing criterias, it is essential that all buyers get preapproved before looking at properties or at least before submitting a formal offer!

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5 Reasons To Buy A Home During The Holidays

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Tis The Season To Buy A New Home! As the holiday season approach, many potential buyers should have a new home on Santa’s wish list.  We all are looking for great holiday deals.  Well … Here are:

5 Reasons To Buy A Home During The Holiday Season

1. LOW Interest Rates: Interest rates and prices are at all-time record lows.  Historically, interest rates are usually at their lowest during November through January due to the slowdown in the market.

2.  Motivated Sellers: Many sellers are motivated to sell their homes before the end of the year for tax purposes.  As a buyer, you will have even more negotiating power to get a great deal!

3. Slower Market: With the buzz of the holiday, many people are traveling and busy gift shopping.  Typically, November and December are the slowest real estate months.  Savvy buyers will have less competition and be able to scoop up a great bargain from motivated sellers.

4.  Faster Closings: During this slow holiday period for real estate, lenders are NOT inundated with many deals to close.  As a result, your mortgage will receive more attention and be able to get done faster.  This will lead to less headaches and receiving the keys to your dream home more quickly!  Bank foreclosures are also easier to purchase during the holidays as there are less competing buyers.

5.  Tax Deductions: Many closing costs and taxes are tax deductible during the year that you close on your home.  Speak with your accountant.  You may be able to deduct the interest on your first mortgage payment from your taxable income.  Also, you may be able to deduct the points paid on buying down your mortgage rate.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to go out and buy a home!  If you are serious about buying a property in the near future, NOW may be the best time to get the ultimate holiday deal.  I promise that you won’t have to sleep overnight for Real Estate Black Friday!

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