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7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season

by Christie Cannon

7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season

7 Reasons to List Your House for Sale This Holiday Season | MyKCM

Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays.

Here are seven great reasons not to wait:

  1. Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their new employees in their new positions as soon as possible.
  2. Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.
  3. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.
  4. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.
  5. There is minimal competition for you as a seller right now. Inventory of homes for sale traditionally slows in the late fall, early winter. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:

7 Reasons to List Your House for Sale This Holiday Season | MyKCM

  1. The desire to own a home doesn’t stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream homes during the busy spring and summer months are still searching!
  2. The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge and reach new heights which will lessen the demand for your house in 2019.

Bottom Line 

Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense.

 

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale

by Christie Cannon

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale | MyKCM

According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232.

This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the original purchase prices.

After the Great Recession, many homeowners were left in negative equity situations but home price appreciation in the recovery period since then has given homeowners something to smile about.

The results from ATTOM fall right in line with data from the latest edition of the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Below is a chart that was created using NAR’s data to show the percentage of equity that homeowners earned at the time of sale based on when they purchased their homes.

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale | MyKCM

Even though those who purchased at the peak of the market netted less than those who bought before and after the peak, the good news is that there was a double-digit profit to be had! Many homeowners believe that they are still underwater which has led many of them to not even consider selling their houses.

Bottom Line

If you are curious about how much equity you’d earn if you sold your home, let’s get together to perform an equity review and determine the demand for your home in today’s market!

 

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

by Christie Cannon

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed | MyKCM

Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream – owning a home.

In 2008, the housing market crashed and home values fell by as much as 60% in certain markets. This was the major trigger to the Great Recession we experienced from 2008 to 2010. To come back from that recession, mortgage interest rates were pushed down to levels that were never seen before.

For the last ten years, you could purchase a home at a dramatically discounted price and attain a mortgage at a historically low mortgage rate.

Affordability skyrocketed.

Now that home values have returned to where they should be, and mortgage rates are beginning to increase, it is less affordable to own a home than it was over the last ten years.

However, what is not being reported is that it is MORE AFFORDABLE to own a home today than at any other time since 1985 (when data was first collected on this point).

If you take out the years after the crash, affordability today is greater than it has been at almost any time in American history.

This has not been adequately reported which has led to many Americans believing that they cannot currently afford a home.

As an example, the latest edition of Freddie Mac’s Research: Profile of Today’s Renter reveals that 75% of renters now believe it is more affordable to rent than to own their own homes. This percentage is the highest ever recorded. The challenge is that this belief is incorrect. Study after study has proven that in today’s market, it is less expensive to own a home than it is to rent a home in the United States.

Thankfully, some are starting to see this situation and accurately report on it. The National Association of Realtors, in their 2019 Housing Forecast, mentions this concern:

“While the U.S. is experiencing historically normal levels of affordability, potential buyers may be staying out of the market because of perceived problems with affordability.”

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many renters who would like to own their own homes, let’s get together to find out if homeownership is affordable for you right now.

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR 
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts

by Christie Cannon

Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts 

Buying a Home Can Be Scary... Until You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts:

  • 72% of buyers who purchased homes this year have put down less than 20%.
  • 76.4% of loan applications were approved last month.
  • The average credit score of approved loans was 727 in September.

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

The District Concert Series - 3 Day Event

by Christie Cannon

The District Concert Series - 3 Day Event

This is the final weekend of the District Concert Series and we are going out with a bang! Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend come out and enjoy the food, music & fun! The concerts take place at the all new Restaurant District at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, TX.

 

Friday, October 26th: Desparado, An Eagles Tribute Band from 7:00-9:00pm - Texas’ best Eagles tribute band based in Dallas, Texas, performing high-profile shows in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The five members are dedicated to reproducing the Eagles experience, with attention to every sound, every solo, and most especially the incredible harmonized vocals that make the Eagles one of America's greatest bands of all time.

 

Saturday, October 27th: Texas Flood, A Premier Blues Band from 7:00-9:00pm - Texas Flood has become one of the premier blues bands in all of North Texas. Evolving from the original tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood pays tribute to the legends as well as the future of the blues through their own music and style. With an in-your-face show and raw high energy playing Tommy Katona takes the listener on a journey through the blues.

 

Sunday, October 28th: Two great shows are lined up for Sunday! Due to the inclement weather that cancelled shows on October 12th, we have a fun filled day lined up with back to back shows.
   2:00-4:00pm - Texas Bluesmen: Blues Brothers Tribute Band
   5:00-7:00pm - Swan Song: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
*A Chicago Police Car and the Bluesmobile will be on site for fun photo ops!

 

 

Admission is free and food, beer & wine are available for purchase. The weather is supposed to be beautiful so come on out and enjoy this great event! We will have some fun giveaways and will be available to answer any questions you may have, so come say hello! We can't wait to see you there!

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR 
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

Don't Miss It! The District Concert Series This Weekend

by Christie Cannon

Don't Miss It! The District Concert Series This Weekend

Rain or Shine The District Concert Series is taking place this weekend! Come on out and enjoy the fun-filled FREE event taking place from 7:00-9:00pm at The Shops at Willow Bend. This weekend promises to be a blast with the sounds of Journey & Fleetwood Mac gracing the stage.

 

Friday, October 19th: Escape: A Journey Tribute Band that consists of veteran musicians who bring a dynamic, high-energy presentation to every show. Their goal is to get people off their chairs to sing along and dance to the music. Journey's music is very much a positive message and their show is all about having a fun time for everyone attending! Food trucks on site will be Jenny Lynn's BBQ & Kona Ice. DUE TO WEATHER THIS NIGHT WILL BE HELD INSIDE GRAND COURT ON THE LOWER LEVEL AND FOOD TRUCKS WILL BE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE FOOD COURT ENTRANCE

 

Saturday, October 20th: Forever Mac: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band brings a never ending variety of song arrangements, spanning more than four decades of tours and performances complete with beautiful harmonies and signature instrumental tones. Food trucks on site will be The Dock & Kona Ice.

 

Admission is free and food, beer & wine are available for purchase. Check out the The Shops at Willow Bend website for updates on cancellations due to inclement weather. We will have some fun giveaways and will be available to answer any questions you may have, so come say hello! We can't wait to see you there!

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

 

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

by Christie Cannon

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search | MyKCM

In today’s real estate market, with low inventory dominating the conversation in many areas of the country, it can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

In a recent realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgagebefore starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!

2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’, ‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.

3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood You Want to Live In

Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, the article suggests test-driving the area. Make sure that the area meets your needs for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.”

4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code.

An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”

5. Document Your Home Visits

Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy and documenting what you love and don’t love about each property you visit. They even go as far as to suggest snapping a photo of the ‘for sale’ sign on the way into the property to help keep the listings divided in your photo gallery.

Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.

Bottom Line

In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home.

 

 

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

Friday & Saturday - The District Concert Series

by Christie Cannon

Friday & Saturday - The District Concert Series 

Come on out tonight & tomorrow and take in the sights & sounds at the all new District at The Shops at Willow Bend!  The fun-filled FREE concert series will take place from 7:00-9:00pm on the main stage at the all new restaurant District, a destination dining area at the The Shops at Willow Bend with up to seven chef driven restaurants. This weekend you can rock out to to the tunes of Led Zeppelin & P!NK!

 

Friday, October 12: Swan Song, the Premier Led Zeppelin Tribute band of Texas. Swan Song is the longest-running Led Zeppelin tribute band in the southern United States. Established in 1999, the Dallas-Fort Worth based project brings back all of Led Zeppelin's majesty and magic with amazing accuracy.

 

Saturday, October 13: Just Like P!NK: The Ultimate P!NK Experience, will put on an amazing show. Their motivation stems from an honest admiration, dedication and emotional attachment to P!NK and her music. They strive to exquisitely capture and embody the true essence of P!NK's spirit through live performance, as only true fans could.

 

Pick up delicious takeout and picnic on the patio or take in the festivities from the new restaurants' outdoor dining tables.  Get a roll-up picnic blanket with takeout from one of the new restaurants in The District - KnifeMexican Bar CompanyTerra MediterraneanWhistle Britches or Ascension, while supplies last!

 

Come pop by our tent, say hello & grab some free giveaways. We are also available to answer any questions you may have! We can't wait to see you there!

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

 

Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes from Shipping Containers in McKinney

by Christie Cannon

Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes from Shipping Containers in McKinney

A new development in McKinney is coming and it has a whole new look! North Collin County Habitat for Humanity is building a new community, called Cotton Groves, offering affordable housing in the northern suburb of Dallas. 

The steel shipping containers have quickly become a trendy design, offering sleek & simple lines. Habitat will bolt several boxes together & on top of each other to create the three-, four- & five-bedroom homes. The homes will be finished out like standard Habitat homes and will feature solar panels, carports & balconies. 

Demand has been high for the new neighborhood with lots of people watching to see how it turns out. Read the full article about the new community!

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

 

What’s Going On With Home Prices?

by Christie Cannon

What’s Going On With Home Prices?

What’s Going On With Home Prices? | MyKCM

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year.

CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft gave some insight into this change,

“The rise in mortgage rates this summer to their highest level in seven years has made it more difficult for potential buyers to afford a home. The slackening in demand is reflected in the slowing of national appreciation, as illustrated in the CoreLogic Home Price Index.  

National appreciation in August was the slowest in nearly two years, and we expect appreciation to slow further in the coming year.”

One of the major factors that has driven prices to accelerate at a pace of between 6-7% over the past two years was the lack of inventory available for sale in many areas of the country. This made houses a prized commodity which forced many buyers into bidding wars and drove prices even higher.

According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report, we are starting to see more inventory come to market over the last few months. This, paired with patient buyers who are willing to wait to find the right homes, is creating a natural environment for price growth to slow.

Historically, prices appreciated at a rate of 3.7% (from 1987-1999). CoreLogic predicts that prices will continue to rise over the next year at a rate of 4.7%.

Bottom Line

As the housing market moves closer to a ‘normal market’ with more inventory for buyers to choose from, home prices will start to appreciate at a more ‘normal’ level, and that’s ok! If you are curious about home prices in your area, let’s get together to chat about what’s going on!

 

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747
www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

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