Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Preparing Your House For Sale Could Add 10% to Selling Price

Small things you change about your house can make a big difference in selling price

There are many myths about house preparation prior to sale. Major overhauls of your kitchen or bathroom will not likely generate enough additional dollars in the sale to pay for the renovations. On the other hand, small fixes like painting shabby cupboards could make a difference. 

Real estate legend Barbara Corcoran walks us through the do's and don'ts of preparing your home for sale. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Drop to 18 Month Lows

Is this the last chance to get in on these historic low mortgage interest rates?

Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage falls to 3.89%, lowest since May 2013 - Los Angeles Times

MortgagesFreddie MacFannie Mae
Freddie Mac's latest report shows 30-year mortgage rate at lowest point since May 2013
Mortgage bankers made less profit per loan in third quarter; 30-year rate falls to lowest point in 18 months
Home-loan rates fall across the board; Freddie Mac pegs average for 30-year at 3.89%, an 18-month low
The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell this week to 3.89%, an 18-month low, from 3.97% last week, according to Freddie Mac's survey of lenders.
 What does this mean for you? The last time rates dipped below 4%, they dropped to a low of 3.35 for a month or so, but were generally around 3.5 - 3.7 for a 18 months.  The current dip into this rarefied air seems to be driven by the slowdown in economies around the world and the likelihood that these nations will be attempting to prop up their economies. 

Will we get another 18 months for under 4% rates? Will we ever get down to 3.5% again? Our own Fed is expected to raise interest rates in the Spring. Will their effort actually result in increases in the marketplace or will international problems keep rates low? Stay tuned for answers to those questions.

However, if you are thinking that you would ever like to buy or own, this is probably an outstanding time. You are seeing interest rates at less than 500 basis points from all time lows. You are seeing home prices slightly lower than the tops of last March. Home prices could continue to fall. Interest rates could continue to drop. But both seem naturally to be headed higher.

If you would like to find out how much home you can afford right now, or have us find out if we can get you prequalified, call for a no cost - no obligation evaluation. Bill Rayman is a mortgage counselor. He is going to advise you on the smartest way to work towards achieving the goals you have for your property purchase or refinance.  Call now at 424-354-5325

Bill Rayman Home Mortgage

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LA CA 90025