Category Archives: Home Buying

Will 2014’s New Mortgage Rules Affect You?

Profile PicKeller Williams’ Claudio & Robyn Petasne Emphasize The Importance
of Finding the Right Real Estate Partners.

Changes to the home loan industry seem to be more the exception than the rule. But 2014’s new changes taking effect on January 10 are intended to protect the buyers, according to South Florida realtors Claudio and Robyn Petasne.

“The first major change is related to what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calls ‘qualified mortgages,’” Robyn says. “Qualified mortgages are intended to protect the buyer because they are ones the buyer can afford to repay.”

In 2014, qualified mortgages mean lender cannot take fees higher than 3 percent. Lenders also cannot grant loans that would exceed your debt-to-income ratio by 43 percent.

These new laws may protect homebuyers, but Claudio points out that he also views his and Robyn’s job as having a similar pathway.

“We want our buyers to be in their dream homes, but we also want to them to be in dream homes that means they don’t have to limit their lifestyle due to their mortgage payment,” Claudio says. “Our experience in South Florida real estate and our close partnerships with lenders means we can work with buyers to get the right house at the right price.”

One such partnership is with Priority Lending, where Dan Longman, President and CRMS, works with the Petasne’s buyers to obtain affordable mortgages.

“Our fees never exceeded this 3 percent mark and are typically around the 2.5 percent range,” Longman says. “However, as wholesale lenders, we are really able to offer a greater variety of loans in the first place. Even with these differences and changes in 2013, we’ve been able to navigate these waters with realtors like Claudio and Robyn and help their homebuyers move into homes.”

Buyers’ Outlook for 2014
As for the buyers’ outlook in South Florida for 2014, both the Petasnes and Longman are seeing more and more buyers qualify for loans in a timely fashion.

“One of the biggest challenges in 2013 is that the market seemed to be flooded at times with investors that were snapping up homes,” Longman says. “This meant well-qualified buyers were losing out to investors coming in and paying cash. But investment companies are backing off, which leaves more room for buyers.”

Having realtors that know the market well and always seem to know where the next best property for a homebuyer is can equal greater success, Robyn says.

“Our goals for 2014 are to help more buyers than ever to realize their dream of home ownership or to move into a home that’s a better fit for their needs,” she says. “We are prepared to help them navigate any changes to mortgage requirements and are proud to work with the right partners to help them get there.”

To find out more about how Robyn and Claudio can help you find or sell a home, call their office at (954) 770-6850 or by cell phone at (954) 260-5570.

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Buying Homes for Cash

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When we talk to our customers and are preparing them to buy in todays market, we always try to explain that there is an unofficial hierarchy in purchase offers based on how they are paying for the property. Using the analogy of the childs’ game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” I offer “Cash, Conventional, FHA”. Home buyers who require financing for their home purchase can struggle to compete against buyers who have offers of all-cash. I go on to explain that in all price brackets South Florida Buyers are offering cash creating a highly competitive, multi bid situation where prices are bid higher then asking sometimes, even among cash buyers vying for the same property.
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Here in town over half the sales are cash! In the last 90 days in Coral Springs,FL 13 homes closed that sold with with VA loans, 50 sold with FHA loans, 64 sold with Conventional loans, and 99 sold for CASH.Having realtors who can creatively write your contract making your offer as strong as possible is a great boost to the buying power of customers using financing. Call Claudio and Robyn Petasne at 954-260-5570, Realtors experienced in buying homes for their clients. Making the most of your assets is both a science and an art that changes with the fluctuating South Florida Real Estate Market. !
Where are all-cash deals are the most prevalent? Cash deals represented 80 percent of home sales in June in Vermont; 58 percent in Nevada; 57 percent in Florida, and 51 percent in New York, according to RealtyTrac. Cash deals represent a very small percentage in Texas, Utah, and New Mexico.

The markets with the most all-cash transactions tend to have a high number of foreclosures and depressed home prices, which attracts investors and private equity firms, according to RealtyTrac. Here in Coral Springs and the surrounding area, 60% of the homes are distressed properties, combination of short sales and foreclosures.

The following 10 metros had 40 percent or more all-cash deals out of the total home sales in June, according to RealtyTrac:
1. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale: 64%
2. Las Vegas: 62%
3. Tampa, Fla.: 58%
4. Detroit: 56%
5. Orlando: 53%
6. New York: 49%
7. New Orleans: 43%
8. Memphis: 43%
9. Jacksonville, Fla.: 42%
10. Atlanta: 42%

So in review, when competing in the market to buy a home, you need realtors that know how to write a great offer, making the most of your financial assets. Claudio and Robyn Petasne are such realtors. Experienced and dedicated to helping you buy a home you will love and an investment that will prosper! If you have a suitcase of cash, that can always help too! Give us a call and see how we can help you. 954-770-6850
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Source: “Housing markets where cash is king,” CNNMoney (July 25, 2013)

More Renters Buying Homes in Coral Springs

Stat Report July 2013

 

When asked about their highest priority for their future, the majority of renters say home ownership is top.  In a survey from the 2013 National Housing Pulse from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) more renters say they want to buy soon. 51% of renters reported wanting to eventually own their own home. The last survey taken in 2011 was 42%

“Home ownership matters to Americans who consistently realize the many benefits it provides to communities, families, and the nation’s economy,” says NAR President Gary Thomas. “Due to high housing affordability and today’s interest rates it makes sense for people to consider home ownership over renting. In fact, in many parts of the country it’s cheaper to own a home than to rent one. Therefore, it’s no surprise that renters recognize that owning a home offers tremendous long-term benefits and is an investment in their future.”

The survey of 2,000 Americans  found that 80 percent say they believe buying a home is a good financial decision. Sixty-eight percent said now is a good time to buy a home, too. Their main motivations to home ownership: Building equity, wanting a stable and safe environment, and the freedom to choose where to live, the survey found.

Coral Springs is a great example of how more homes are selling, Year to date 606 single family homes have closed in Coral Springs, with another 396 pending.

Meanwhile, the main obstacles to home ownership have remained the same over the years: saving for the down payment, closing costs, low wages, and student loan debt.

Working with a great team of Realtors such as The PetasneReal Estate Team  and using the many great lenders they recommend will help many buyers obtain the home loans they need to purchase their real estate investment.

 

Source: National Association of REALTORS(R)