Buying, Selling, or Refinancing? Check The Rates Here!

If you are buying, selling, or refinancing, the current mortgage rates are very important. You can see below what the current rates are as of Thursday, October 12th.

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Thank you Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Home Loan Center for the rates. If you have mortgage questions you can reach her at 360-650-5365!

The latest in Home Loan and Mortgage Rates!

Have you been staying up to speed on the latest in home loan and mortgage rates? Johnson Team Real Estate can help you out. If you are in the market for a home loan below are the mortgage rates as of today October 5th, courtesy of Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank.

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For more details, or a custom home loan quote, contact Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank at 360-676-4597.

How Many Homes Have Offers?

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The number of real estate signs you see in yards can be deceiving as to the number of homes actually for sale WITHOUT offers on them. If you are seeing new signs around your neighborhood and curious if any of those homes already have offers on them, we have your answers!

Every week we keep track of how many homes are for sale around Bellingham and Whatcom County and how many of those homes have pending offers on them. Pending is the time frame between when an offer has been mutual accepted between the buyer’s and the seller’s of the home and when the title actually transfers hands. This give the buyer’s time to get the financing, do inspection, review the title reports and more.

As of Saturday, April 29th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 37%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area and price range and how many of them are pending showing just how active certain sectors of the market are.

The Birch Bay Pending ratio was 39%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 34%

The Lynden pending ratio was 25%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 30%

If you are thinking of selling your home or property, Johnson Team Real Estate would love to help! We are here to help you will all your real estate needs! You can reach us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Purchase Rates as of 8/24

Courtesy of People’s Bank Home Loan Center, we have the current mortgage rates to pass along to you! Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or refinance, here are the current market rates. These are as of August 24th, 2017.

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Thank you Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Home Loan Center for the rates. If you have mortgage questions you can reach her at 360-650-5365!

 

Bellingham Real Estate Market Report

Market Snap Shot

Brokers & owners of some larger Seattle brokerages are using the terms “Typical Summer Slowdown”, “Some Cooling Off in the Luxury Market”, “Prices may be Plateauing”, “Pace of Sales is Slowing & the number of multiple offers is moderating”.

Now it’s true that what happens in Seattle usually filters down to us in Whatcom County, but what I am seeing & hearing on the ground here in Bellingham is that our market is still on steroids.  The reason for that is pretty clear. If you look at the chart above, you’ll see a picture of historically low inventory.  Added to this, are

  • Low interest rates (as of 7.7.2017, Peoples Bank is quoting a 5% down 30 year fixed rate at 3.875%)
  • While there clearly is Buyer fatigue (buyers who have written multi offers only to be beaten out by another stronger offer & are getting worn out & discouraged), there is still strong demand on the buying side. In looking at pending Bellingham residential sales today, there are a total of 147 homes that are pending.  Of these pending sales, 68 pended within the 1st 7 days of the listing.
  • The more telling thing that the above figures do not show is Buyer intensity. As of today’s date (7.28.2017) if you dig a bit deeper into the “Sold Market”, you see that in Bellingham residential sales there were 115 homes that sold in the past 30 days. Of these sales, 65 of the 115 pended in the 1st 7 days (56%).  Of the 115 that closed, 59 homes sold in excess of the list price.

So what will it take to change this dynamic?

  • A significant uptick in interest rates would certainly slow thing down.
  • A significant increase in inventory would lead to more supply / choices. As I mentioned in our last newsletter, the availability of buildable land in Bellingham is extremely limited.  With a few exceptions, most new homes are being built north of town in the Cordata area.  This certainly is not enough to have a major impact on the overall market.
  • New inventory could be made available by current sellers either scaling up or scaling down – the problem is, of course, where do they move.

So if you are a buyer, I would strongly recommend that you have your financing locked in.  Pre approval no longer passes muster.  You need to approach a seller with a pre underwritten loan & even then you may be up against a competitor who has cash & does not need a loan.  Most importantly, a buyer needs to act DECISIVELY, must keep POSITIVE in a difficult environment & not lose sight of their GOAL.

If you are a seller, you need to realize that even in this market, there are homes that do not sell.  A home needs to be properly priced, well presented to the market & in condition which is acceptable to the market.

If you have questions or if your friends & family have questions about the market in general or about their home or needs specifically, we would be happy to meet with you.  Collectively, we (The Johnson Team) has in excess of 100 years of real estate experience in Bellingham & Whatcom County.  While we certainly don’t claim to know it all, we do claim to care enough about you & your friends & family to give you the best advice possible to enable you to make the best decisions possible.

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Don’t currently live on Lake Whatcom, but curious about learning more about the area?

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Lake Whatcom is a true Bellingham gem! Real Estate here is highly desired for the area’s natural beauty and freshwater recreational delights.

Lake Whatcom runs from the eastern edge of Bellingham in the Silver Beach Neighborhood on through Geneva, Sudden Valley, South Bay and into the foothills. Many lake front communities are located along the lake, including Delesta Park, Strawberry Point and Agate Bay. Each of these desirable neighborhoods offer housing options that appeal to a variety of budgets and real estate needs.

Lake Whatcom also serves as Bellingham’s water reservoir and is protected through watershed limitations and restrictions. Despite stringent protections, motorized watersports such as boating and jet skiing are allowed. The lake is also a great place for canoeing, kayaking, and sailing.

To learn more about Bellingham’s beautiful Lake Whatcom call us today at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com, we are here to help!

 

Buying, Selling, Or Refinancing?

Have you seen the current market rates? They are an important part of deciding if it’s the right time to buy, sell, or refinance. These are the rates as of Thursday, June 8th.

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Thank you Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Home Loan Center for the rates. If you have mortgage questions you can reach her at 360-650-5365!

Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today

Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today | MyKCM

 

Homeownership will always be a part of the American Dream. There are advantages to owning your own home (educational, health, social) that far transcend any economic impact. However, we want to look at several of the financial advantages of homeownership in today’s post.

1. Buying is Cheaper Than Renting

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The report reveals that:

“Interest rates have remained low, and even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation…Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1% for renting to be cheaper than buying. Rates haven’t been that high since January of 1995, according to Freddie Mac.”

2. Homeownership “Forces” You to Save

According to SavingAdvice.com, homeownership is a great way to save. Their advice is quite simple:

“Homeownership is a “forced” savings account because you own the home, you have no choice – that monthly housing cost has got to be paid no matter what…Homeownership can be an outstanding way to force yourself to be more frugal in the rest of your spending so that you can save and build equity in your home.”

3. Homeownership Offers Several Tax Deductions

According to the Tax Policy Center’s Briefing Book -“A citizen’s guide to the fascinating (though often complex) elements of the federal Tax System” – there are several tax advantages to homeownership. Here are three:

  1. Homeowners who itemize deductions may reduce their taxable income by deducting any interest paid on a home mortgage.
  2. Homeowners who itemize deductions may also reduce their taxable income by deducting property taxes they pay on their homes.
  3. Taxpayers who sell assets must generally pay capital gains tax on any profits made on the sale.

4. Experts Expect Home Price Appreciation to Continue

Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.22% per year on average and to grow by 17.3% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey.

Bottom Line

Some are afraid that home values may have already peaked. However, we believe that purchasing a home now will prove to be a sound financial decision for years to come. As Warren Buffet said, “When others are greedy, be fearful. When others are fearful, be greedy.” If you have any questions about the market or buying or selling a home, please contact us at (360) 303-2734 or email us at info@johnsonteamrealestate.com.

15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?

15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours? | MyKCM

There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold yet, maybe it’s not priced properly.

After all, 15,014 houses sold yesterday, 15,014 will sell today and 15,014 will sell tomorrow.

15,014!

That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country, according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR)  latest Existing Home Sales Report. NAR reported that sales are at an annual rate of 5.48 million. Divide that number by 365 (days in a year) and we can see that, on average, over 15,014 homes sell every day.

The report from NAR also revealed that there is currently only a 3.8-month supply of inventory available for sale, (6-months inventory is considered ‘historically normal’).

This means that there are not enough homes available for sale to satisfy the buyers who are out in the market now in record numbers.

Bottom Line

We realize that you want to get the fair market value for your home. However, if it hasn’t sold in today’s active real estate market, perhaps you should reconsider your current asking price. Call Johnson Team Real Estate today at (360) 303-2734 or email us at info@johnsonteamrealestate.com.

What’s Happening in the Bellingham Real Estate Market?

We are constantly amazed at the intensity of the current market.  Home owners are often selling their homes in a matter of hours, with multiple offers and at prices in excess of the list price.  The flip side is Buyers who have made numerous offers, but always seem to fall a little bit short and are feeling, “What in the heck do I have to do to buy a house?”

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It’s clear in looking at the chart, that the disconnect is a shortage of homes relative to the number of active buyers.  You’ll see that in Bellingham in 2017 (as of last week) there are 95 homes available to purchase & 119 pending.  Compare this to the years 2010 to 2016.  During this period, there were plenty of homes (choices) & not that many buyers competing against each other.

So the question for Buyers & Sellers becomes, as we move into Spring & Summer, will more inventory become available as it historically has or will it remain a tight market?

Our Crystal Ball tells us that while there will be more inventory, the inventory will be snapped up quickly by Buyers who are hungry to buy at current prices & interest rates.  The shortage of inventory is compounded in Bellingham, at least, by the unavailability of building lots, by sellers who are unwilling to put their homes on the market without knowing where they are going to move to or by Sellers who are unwilling to give up their current mortgage of 3.35% for a new 30 year fixed @ 4.25%.  If rates continue to increase, the inventory valve will tighten even more.

I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but the net result is inventory grid lock.

If you or your friends have questions about how to successfully navigate through this maze, give us a call. We’d be happy to share our thoughts & expertise with you. Call Johnson Team Real Estate today at (360) 303-2734 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com today!