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Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!

by Christie Cannon

Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year.

The other listings that come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market during this season in comparison to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed the months during which most people listed their homes for sale in 2018. This graphic shows the results:

Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time! | MyKCM

The three months in the second quarter of the year (represented in red) are consistently the most popular months for sellers to list their homes on the market. Last year, the number of homes available for sale in January was 1,520,000.

That number spiked to 1,870,000 by May!

What does this mean to you?

With the national job situation improving and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, buyers are not waiting until the spring; they are out looking for homes right now.

Bottom Line

If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition amongst buyers. Beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market and list your home today!

 

 

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

The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

by Christie Cannon

The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream | MyKCM

For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask if people in America still feel the same way about owning a home. The answer was made abundantly clear in two separate reports released earlier this month.

In their market trends report, As Housing Trends Shift, So Does Renter, Buyer and Seller SentimentTrulia revealed that:

“After two years of no change, the share of Americans who say that homeownership is part of their personal “American Dream” ticked up from 72 percent to 73 percent of Americans.”

At the same time, the National Association of Realtors released their Aspiring Home Buyers Profile. As the report explained:

“For both homeowners and non-homeowners alike, homeownership is strongly considered a part of the American Dream. For non-owners, roughly 75 percent reported that homeownership is part of their American Dream. For owners, nine in 10 believe it is part of their American Dream.”

Bottom Line

The belief among the vast majority of Americans, whether they rent or own, is that purchasing a home still remains a major step toward accomplishing the American Dream.

 

 

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

JPMorgan Chase Plans to Expand Its Huge Legacy West Campus

by Christie Cannon

JPMorgan Chase Plans to Expand Its Huge Legacy West Campus

 

Almost one year ago, financial giant JPMorgan Chase opened its 1-million square foot regional campus at Legacy West in Plano. The 49-acre development is home to thousands of JPMorgan Chase employees.

Chase is now requesting approval to expand the second phase of its $300 million project. The campus currently is home to three large buildings and two parking garages. The initial site plan details an additional 7-story building and 1.900 additional parking spaces in a new parking garage to be built on the south-side of Highway 121.

The Chase office is one of the biggest components of the Legacy West development, which is also home to office for Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Boeing & FedEx Office. Read about all the details here.

 

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

Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream

by Christie Cannon

Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream

Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream | MyKCM

As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which has been the force behind increasing home prices.

This has been great news for sellers as many of them have been able to capitalize on the demand in the market and sell their homes quickly and at a great profit.

One of the big reasons why inventory has remained so low for so long is that an entire generation of home buyers is finally buying! The millennial generation (ages 19-35) has been the driving force behind bidding wars in many areas of the country as they ditch their renter lifestyles and put down roots in new communities.

First American recently released a study entitled “How ‘Renter’ Millennials Will Transform the Housing Market.” In their study, they explained that:

“…As more millennials age into their early-to-mid thirties, and begin to get married, have children and form households, they will continue to be the primary drivers of homeownership demand.”

Because of this, it is safe to say that one aspect of 2019’s housing market that WILL NOT slow down is the demand for housing from young renters who are no longer satisfied living in someone else’s homes.

According to the latest Housing Vacancies and Homeownership Report from the Census Bureau, home buyers under 35 are already out-buying older Americans. The chart below shows the year-over-year change in homeownership rate by those under and over the age of 35.

Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream | MyKCM

The national homeownership rate spiked to its highest level in 2004 and then steadily declined until the second quarter of 2016 when it reversed course. Homebuyers under the age of 35 are the reason for that shift.

More than half of the purchase mortgages originated by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2018 were to first-time homebuyers. In fact,

“according to Census Bureau and First American calculations, over the next 10 years, aging millennials are expected to purchase at least 10 million new homes. By 2060, it is estimated millennials will have produced more than 20 million first-time home buyers.”

Bottom Line

If you are a homeowner who is nervous that the demand for your home will slow, don’t worry! If your home is priced competitively, there will be demand for years to come as this generation of renters is finally able to buy!

 

 

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Realty Frisco
972-215-7747

www.ChristieCannon.com
www.CannonTeamHomes.com

Low Inventory Continues to Drive Real Estate Prices

by Christie Cannon

Inadequate Inventory Driving Prices Up


The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed a direct correlation between a lack of inventory and rising prices. We are all familiar with the concept of supply and demand. As the demand for an item increases the supply of that same item goes down, driving prices up. Year-over-year inventory levels have dropped each of the last 18 months, as inventory now stands at a 4.0-month supply, well below the 6.0-month supply needed for a ‘normal’ market. The median price of homes sold in November (the latest data available) was $234,900, up 6.8% from last year and marking the 57 consecutive month with year-over-year gains.


NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun had this to say:


"Existing housing supply at the beginning of the year was inadequate and is now even worse heading into 2017. Rental units are also seeing this shortage. As a result, both home prices and rents continue to far outstrip incomes in much of the country."


But there is good news about rising prices. More and more homeowners are recovering from a negative equity situation and learning that they are able to sell their homes and either move up to their dream home or downsize to a property that will better suit their needs. Look for these homes to come to market soon.


Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. Listing your home in the winter attracts serious buyers who are looking to close the transaction quickly.



Preliminary Tax Values have Arrived - "Let's Get Ready to Rumble!"

by Christie Cannon

Well the dreaded letter arrived; the good news, the market is up; the bad news, your county appraiser knows it...

So what comes next?

  1. Key things to keep in mind
    1. There are generally no costs in contesting your tax value (if you do so on your own), 
    2. There is no separate penalty for protesting your taxes but not succeeding,
    3. Some counties allow for an "informal review" & even encourage such a review prior to an ARB (Appraisal Review Board) hearing,
    4. County procedures differ for the request of a review or protest (some allow mail or electronic methods, others require a scheduled appointment conducted in person),
    5. Like most "government" services, there is a processes that appears much more complex than it actually is,
    6. Your fellow citizens & residents serve as part of the final Appraisal Review Board,
    7. You have a right to review the information that the appraisal office used in determining your value.
  2. Thoroughly review your Notice of Appraised Value
    1. Have you taken full advantage of tax exceptions for which you qualify (Homestead if owned before Jan 1st, Over 65, etc),
    2. Is the information on your appraisal about your home correct?,
    3. Is the information on the CAD's (Central Appraisal District) website correct (bedrooms, SqFt, etc)
    4. Did your appraised value increase greater than 10%, if you have a homestead exemption & no new improvements.
  3. Understand what you can protest
    1. Proposed value,
    2. Denied exemptions for which you believe you qualify,
    3. Incorrect information regarding the scope or use of your property,
    4. Incorrect owner,
    5. Incorrect taxing units (authorities),
    6. Defects of the home or property that would otherwise affect the value.
  4. Understand how value is derived in Texas for the property tax assessed value
    1. Appraisers look for homes that sold closest to Jan 1st in the tax year assessed
    2. Homes that are closest in size, year built, location, age, & construction style are given the greatest weight.
  5. Be Prepared - Bring organized data whether you are meeting "informally" with an appraiser or for an ARB hearing
    1. If you purchased or refinanced your home recently (especially close to Jan 1st) and your tax assessed value exceeds your sales price, bring your signed HUD-1 (Closing Disclosure) &/or a copy of the appraisal conducted for your mortgage
    2. Bring Sales Comps for comparable properties (see 4.2) & include: address, sale date, sale price, supporting docs, names of owners, MLS information, etc.
    3. Proof of defects of your home, functional or economic obsolescence
  6. Know your Dates, Deadlines, & Procedures
    1. File on-time or you may miss your chance
    2. In most cases your protest must be filed by May 31st (*BE SURE TO CHECK with your CAD!)
  7. READ YOUR COUNTY's PROTEST INFORMATION CAREFULLY - if you don't understand something, give them a call!
    1. Denton CAD (click for info)
    2. Dallas CAD (click for info)
    3. Collin CAD (click for info)
    4. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (click for info)

 - Good Luck & please let me know if you have any questions - Christie Cannon

Storm & High Winds Take Down Frisco TX Silo!

by Christie Cannon

I have talked about the Frisco TX;s unique silos previously.  Unfortunately, in a storm today, one silo fell to the wind!  It appears that high winds took the silo off its foundation! 
Here is to hoping that Frisco is able to move forward on a project with the existing space that will continue to bring value to our great city!
Best of luck & prayers to any one affected by the storm. 

- Christie Cannon, Keller Williams Frisco TX

Home Sales Bounce Back Despite Low Inventory

by Christie Cannon
  • December saw the highest month-over-month increase with existing Home Sales up alomost 15% over November.
  • The National Pre-existing Home Inventory remains below the historic norm with only a 4-months supply.
  • Year-over-year price gains continue with a 7.6% increase.

National Association of REALTORs December Existing Home Sales Report

by Christie Cannon

Real Estate News: November Home Sale Drops

by Christie Cannon

The National Association of REALTOR has recently published their latest report on existing homes sales for November (likewise, they revised their October numbers).  The most recent report Existing Home Sales offers that preowned home sales:

“…fell 10.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million in November (lowest since April 2014 at 4.75 million)…”   The report reflects that November was the slowest in 19th months for existing home sales.  This was displayed in a 10.5% decrease in month-over-month sales. 


While there are still many hypotheses for the reasons of the drop, many industry insiders are placing a large portion of the blame on real estate’s adjustment to the latest changes in mortgage lending laws.   With these adjustments, the industry has seen an overall increase in the amount of time it takes to close a traditional loan.

The numbers may seem miniscule on paper, the three day average increase reflects a whopping 15.7% of available banking days in November.  Traditionally, most homes close in the last 3-days of the month, as such even a 2-3 day average increase “pushes” closings into the following month. 

When we compare both written contract volume & anecdotal experience from the industry, most indications are that the sales are not lost.  December reporting will be critical to see if the decrease was simply due to delay, or if November's numbers are a foreshadowing of a deeper market shift.

Christie Cannon - Keller Williams Frisco TX

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