Interest Rate Increases Leaves Worried Homeowners

Interest Rate Increases Leaves Worried Homeowners

With today’s rising interest rates speculated to go higher this year, a big change from the past few years, many homeowners are increasingly nervous  about what the interest rate increases will mean to their property values. The interest rate increases is projected to an entire percentage point later this year of 2018 according to a recent report by Freddie Mac. The interest rate increases is slated to go from end of 2017’s 3.9% to 4.9% by Q4 2018. Also according to another recent article by Freddie Mac, there is nothing for current homeowners to worry about.

Interest Rate Increases VS Home Prices

Another recent article which describes the relationship between the interest rate increases and home values, the article assures readers that home prices have no relationship to interest rate increases.  Most home owners will wonder how that could be. According to Freddie Mac home prices are driven by supply and demand and not interest rate increases. If the demand slips for housing due to interest rate increases the supply will also drop of existing  homes as many homeowners will choose to stay in their homes and at the same time keeping their current interest rate unchanged.

The Take Away

The bottom line is, if you haven’t already refinanced at the lower interest rates or have been approved for a new mortgage for a new home, the time is now. The perfect home and a great all time low interest rate is waiting for you to purchase and If you’re a homeowner and have been concerned about the forthcoming rate increases and how it will affect your home value in the future, take a deep sigh of relief-you have nothing to worry about its all about supply and demand.

I’m here for all of your real estate needs, questions, concerns and guidance, so please feel free to call me anytime. Tom Gilliam-248-790-5594

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Bother Us Agents Please-Three Good Reasons Why

Bother Us Agents Please-Three Good Reasons Why

Real estate agents hear this all the time…“I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…”…after it is too late.bother your agent

There are times when you might feel like you shouldn’t “bother” the real estate agent you know. (Could be your friend, a neighbor, your brother-in-law, cousin, your sister…)

Maybe you’re truly trying to be considerate.

But, maybe it’s because you’re not even aware that you should.

Or, you just don’t want to feel obligated or pushed into doing something. (Despite what many people think, most agents are not pushy. Most are the exact opposite.)

So, let’s go over a few times that you should “bother” your real estate agent. Because it really isn’t a bother.

In fact, we’ll get into why it will bother them if you don’t reach out to them for any of these things.

1. No Bother if You just want to check out a house.

You see a house online. Or a For Sale sign. Maybe even just stumble across and open house.

You’re not all that serious about buying a house. Maybe you’re only just starting to think about it. Or, maybe you have no desire at all to move, and you’re just curious and want to take a peek.

So, you don’t want to “bother” the agent you know to show you the house.

Instead, you call the listing agent. Or some random agent you don’t even know. Or just walk right into the open house.

Next thing you know, you love the house. You’re making an offer. The offer is accepted. And then you regret it. Or problems come up. Or the process is miserable. Or you don’t feel like the agent you’re dealing with is giving you the best advice.

And that’s when you call the agent you know.

Too late. At that point, the agent you know can’t help. (Or at least shouldn’t…) Because now you are represented by another agent. The agent you know can get in a lot of trouble for even giving you friendly advice.

As innocent as it seems, when you just want to go see a house… you are inadvertently making a bigger decision than you think — you are deciding who will represent your interests, advise you, and help you through the process.

Even if you just go see a house with another agent, and before you even make an offer you decide to have the agent you know write up the offer and represent you… the agent who simply showed you the house could claim you as their client. It’s called “procuring cause”. I won’t get into the details here, but it can become messy.

You’re better off calling the agent you know to show you the house in the first place. You won’t be considered a bother.

What will bother him is to have to bite his tongue and not give you the help you want further into the process.

2. Not a Bother if You want to know how much your home is worth.

Maybe you’re just curious about how much your home is worth. Or, maybe you’re actually thinking of selling. It might be because you want to get a feel for your net worth.

Nowadays, you can hop online and check out any number of sites that will give you the value of your home.

So, why “bother” the agent you know about this?

Because most of what you will find online is highly inaccurate to begin with. They are “automated” valuations. They are based upon data and algorithms. They have never even seen the inside of your home. They do not take into account your local market conditions.

And if you base your hopes, dreams, and decisions off of an inaccurate value, that can hurt you quite a bit.

Again, asking the agent you know to do an analysis and give you a true market value… not a bother.

But, it would be bothersome to hear that you’ve based important life decisions off of an inaccurate value once it’s too late.

3. You are considering a home improvement project Not a bother.

The real estate agent you know probably isn’t an architect. Or a builder, a plumber, an electrician, a painter, etc. So, they probably can’t advise you about the ins and outs of a specific project or costs.

But once you have a sense of the proposed cost of a project, before you just pull the trigger and move forward, you really should “bother” your agent for their input.

Putting on an addition? That will surely increase the value.

A kitchen or bathroom remodel? Yep, your house will be worth more.

But will the value increase more than the amount you spent? Will that matter in your situation? Will the choices you make in decor, layout, or fixtures appeal to a buyer down the road? Does that even matter, given your future plans?

All questions and thoughts your agent can get into with you. Before you spend the money and go through the headaches of a huge project.

On the other hand, if you go forward with a home improvement project and spend, let’s say $60,000, and then call your agent…

You could seriously regret how much you spent, or even doing the project at all.

Your agent doesn’t want to break the news to you that your home is only worth $38,000 more after you spent $60,000. There is no joy in that. There is nothing that can be done at that point.

That’s just three examples. There are certainly more. But you get the point…

So, reach out to me before you do anything real estate related… and just trust that it isn’t a “bother”.

Home Values-Owners Gain In Market-Realtor Tom Gilliam

Home Values-Owners Gain In Market-Realtor Tom Gilliam

Poll Finds Surge in U.S. Home Values Optimism

More than half of U.S. homeowners expect their home values to rise in the coming year. For Farmington Hills real estate watchers who track public sentiment as a market indicator, the news comes as a home values farmington hillswelcome addition to other reports of rising consumer optimism regarding the economy as a whole.

The finding comes from a national telephone and online survey conducted earlier this month by the Rasmussen Reports organization. It signals an acceleration in a year-long trend of rising expectations among U.S. homeowners. A year earlier, fewer than 40% had predicted that their own home values would rise in the coming year. In this latest report, that number has increased to 53%—a leap of 12% over the March finding. According to Rasmussen summary, this amounts to “a record high” in optimism about future home values.

Most Homeowners Now Predict Gains in Home Values

Farmington Hills homeowners who plan to list their own properties in the immediate future have reason to welcome measures of positive expectations. When most people expect Farmington Hills home values to rise, buyers are apt to view current market prices in terms of their investment potential. This can prove to be important—especially when values have been on the rise for a while.

This latest Rasmussen finding was all the more impressive in that it marked the first time in eight years that a majority of those sampled expressed optimism about future home values. It is in sync with a heavy majority of industry prognosticators who predict home value increases in the coming year.

It’s always good news when there is general agreement that Farmington Hills home values are expected to continue to rise. If your own future includes the possibility of buying or selling in the coming year, I’d like to help—call me anytime!

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