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You want to know what your home is worth but you are not ready to sell. You may be considering whether to upgrade your kitchen or move. You may be completing a financial statement for the bank. Or, you may just be curious. But, you do not know a Realtor and do not want to go to a lot of trouble. Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) produce answers which may be useful to you. AVMs use tax records w...
Read Post [Posted on 02/23/2015 By James Brodnax]
A Colorado State University (CSU) study looked into home prices in conservation developments, where residential real estate is limited and usually 50 percent to 70 percent of the land is set aside as open space. The research shows that home buyers are willing to pay a premium to live near such open, undeveloped tracts. Sarah Reed, co-author of the study, and her colleagues compared 2,222 home s...
Read Post [Posted on 02/10/2015 By John Askins]
One big misunderstanding between real estate agents and appraisers centers on how, when, and what they can communicate about the valuation process. While federal laws dictate those communications, appraisers and agents don’t have to be estranged during a transaction. “There’s a window of opportunity when agents and appraisers can talk, but once the appraisal has been develo...
Read Post [Posted on 02/04/2015 By John Askins]
Would you like to know the current value of the most expensive asset you own—your home? With a click of your mouse you can find out how much money you have in the bank or the current value of your investments to the penny. You can look up the value of your car in the Blue Book and surf EBay to see what antiques and prized art pieces similar to yours are selling for. Unfortunately, ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/16/2015 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Low appraisals have been blamed for continuing to hamper the real estate market. So Kirchmeyer & Associates has begun an appraisal warranty insurance program to its appraisal management services to protect lenders and investors against faulty appraisals. The insurance protects lenders and investors against default losses, including repurchase expenses, as well as “provides assura...
Read Post [Posted on 01/16/2015 By John Askins]
Sometimes when everything goes right we have trouble accepting that fact. Perhaps nowhere is this phenomenon more clearly illustrated than in the case where a seller receives a good offer right away.  The annals of real estate are well stocked with stories of sellers who refused to take a good, but not perfect, first offer, and who then waited a long, long time before finally accepting...
Read Post [Posted on 01/08/2015 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Now is time for filing your homestead exemption in the country where the property is located. Here’s how it works: The taxing authorities (school district and county) allow you to remove part of the taxable value of your home for tax purposes since you are using the property as your residence. Copy of drivers license showing the address of the property and Copy of car registration wit...
Read Post [Posted on 01/08/2015 By Anja Drewes]
The discrepancy between appraisers' and home owners' opinions of home values is narrowing. In November, appraisers valued homes 1.56 percent higher than home owners, according to Quicken Loans' Home Price Perception Index. "Mortgage financing often hinges on whether the appraised value coincides with the home values agreed upon by the home buyer and seller in the case of a home purchase,...
Read Post [Posted on 12/17/2014 By John Askins]
According to the latest J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Primary Mortgage Origination Satisfaction Study, first-time homebuyers report challenges with understanding the mortgage process and the options that are available to them. It also suggests that lenders may be doing a poor job of educating and helping borrowers navigate the loan process.Among survey respondents purchasing a home, 58 percent were fi...
Read Post [Posted on 12/11/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Many real estate professionals have blamed low appraisals for derailing transactions over the last few years. But as home prices heated up across the country, are appraisals still coming in lower than the agreed-upon sales price?  Even with prices rising and the number of foreclosures falling, some appraisers say assigning a value to a property isn’t getting any easier. One of the big reason...
Read Post [Posted on 12/11/2014 By John Askins]
In this week’s top housing news: a rebound in sales at home improvement stores may bode well for the housing market; home owners get a second chance to refinance with HARP 2.0; and a federal official pushes a new tax credit for veterans.After a week of football, scrambling for deals at the mall, and finishing up Thanksgiving leftovers, you might have missed the stories impacting home owners. Stron...
Read Post [Posted on 12/05/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
As part of the homebuying process, your real estate agent may create a comprehensive market analysis or CMA. Later, when you apply for a mortgage, a bank appraisal is conducted by a licensed appraiser. Are CMAs and appraisals the same thing? While both CMAs and appraisals  help determine  a home's market  value, their purposes are not the  same. The CMA is a sales tool to ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/03/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
One might easily assume that paying for a home in cash may be optimal but it's not always so clear. Let's take a look at the main advantages of paying for a home in cash versus obtaining a home loan. One of the main benefits of an upfront payment is that you won't need to pay interest or escrow costs. Paying in cash will also make your offer appear more attractive to the seller if they are re...
Read Post [Posted on 11/13/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
The housing market sets a solid pace, though challenges nip at its heels.Has the housing market finally bottomed out? Signs are promising, though tentative. Mortgage rates remain low — in fact, they might go lower; pending-home sales are up from last year; and new housing stock demand is at a two-year high. But foreclosure filings are up in major cities and existing-home sales decreased in June.Se...
Read Post [Posted on 11/12/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
You’ve invested time and effort in your search for a new home. You’ve researched neighborhoods, and you’ve thought about the features in a house that are important to you.Finally, you’ve found the perfect home. You’ve even negotiated a purchase price with the seller.You’re waiting for your mortgage approval to conclude the sale. To your chagrin, the appraisal undervalues your prospe...
Read Post [Posted on 10/31/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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