Welcome Home – the importance of an appealing front door

Welcome Home – the importance of an appealing front door

You see it several times a day as you come and go from your daily routine – it’s your front door – but do you really see it? How does it look? Your curb appeal includes the front door and maintaining the inviting appearance says more than you may imagine.

DoorWood Bargers1001Your real estate professional visits hundreds of homes a year and can immediately determine the strength or challenge of each aspect of the property. It’s a quirky habit but a REALTOR® automatically goes into punch-list-mode as soon as entering the neighborhood. The general evaluation begins by the surroundings, gradually narrowing the focus as they approach the property – the visual curb appeal and then walking to the front door. Is the front door an indication of the owner’s proper maintenance of the home? More than DoorFiberSteel Bargers1002an inviting entry is the condition of the door – the homeowner must be aware of the condition of the door-sill, threshold, door hardware, paint or stain, door-jamb and kick-plate. Will the front door do justice to the beautiful interior and pictures seen online?

Whether you are in the market of buying or selling your home take the time this month to step back and truly look at your front door. A DIY weekend either staining your wood door or painting your fiberglass/steel (difference between fiberglass and steel door) door will not only give you added pride in your home’s appearance but can add marketing value to the home.

It’s the little things!!!  All the best – Kenneth Bargers

Greater Nashville Housing Market Remains Strong; Market Strength Brings Challenges

Greater Nashville Housing Market Remains Strong
Market Strength Brings Challenges
by Kenneth Bargers, REALTOR® | January 27, 2018

Photo by Hatcher & FellThe Greater Nashville area continues to be one of the hottest real estate markets in the United States. A continued strong economy pushed momentum in 2016, the values and home sales continued to increase throughout 2017 and ended the second half of 2017 as a consistent monthly housing market in the nation. Several industry and data tracking entities named Nashville among their Top 20 housing markets for 2017.

Due to the reputation of the “It City”, relocation is heavy to Middle Tennessee and with this popularity comes shortages in housing inventory. Existing-home and new construction inventory struggle to keep pace with the number of buyers. Housing inventory remained a concern throughout 2017 and forecasted to be a challenge for 2018. Corporate and company expansion of new facilities are in place for 2018 bringing employment additions to Middle Tennessee – adding additional pressure for housing availability to the already strong Greater Nashville destination. Addressing the housing inventory will be one of 2018’s priorities with the current popularity of Greater Nashville and Partnership 2020’s continued aggressive pursuit of future business placements and attractions.

Demand for housing also adds as an influence factor on the value of home prices. Increased home values in 2017 will continue in 2018 per current indicators. With increased home values also comes the challenge of home ownership affordability within segments of our population. Of course, the success of national economic guidelines and policies will contribute as a factor in the local up or downturn of our housing market.

Overall, a strong economy, attractive mortgage rates, appeal of Middle Tennessee, along with the desire of home ownership as part of the American Dream should bring another impressive year of housing market production.

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Mortgage Rates Up Slightly This Week

Mortgage Rates Up Slightly This Week
Freddie Mac   article by Daily Real Estate News | December 22, 2017

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Average mortgage rates inched up, but the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remains below 4 percent and continues to offer home buyers and refinancers historically low rates.

“Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates have been bouncing around in a narrow 10 basis points range since October,” says Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The U.S. average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased 1 basis point to 3.94 percent in this week’s survey. The majority of our survey was completed prior to the surge in long-term interest rates that followed the passage of the tax bill. If those rate increases stick, we’ll likely see higher mortgage rates in next week’s survey. But even with yesterday’s increase, the 10-year Treasury yield is down from a year ago, and 30-year fixed mortgage rates are 36 basis points below the level we saw in our survey last year at this time. Mortgage rates are low.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages for the week ending Dec. 21:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.94 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.93 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year-rates averaged 4.30 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.38 percent, with an average 0.5 point, increasing from last week’s 3.36 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.52 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.39 percent, with an average 0.3 point, increasing from last week’s 3.36 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.32 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 122217

NAR: Homes Selling Faster Than Ever

NAR: Homes Selling Faster Than Ever
National Association of REALTORS®   article by Daily Real Estate News | December 22, 2017

The time homes spent on the market hit an all-time low in 2017 at just three weeks, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. A low inventory of homes for sale mixed with strong buyer demand has helped to keep market times low from 2014 to 2017.

During the height of the housing boom from 2001 to 2005, homes sold within a month of being listed. But as the housing market began to slow in 2006, the median time jumped to six weeks, and then to 10 weeks by 2009.

Tight inventories and a lack of construction of homes has helped to keep homes selling faster in recent years, NAR notes.

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Source: “Drop in Time on Market to Sell a Home,” National Association of REALTORS® Economists’ Outlook blog (Dec. 21, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 122217

Happy Holidays from 207 Thoma Lane

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10 Cities That Have Changed the Most

10 Cities That Have Changed the Most
Article by Daily Real Estate News | October 23, 2017

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The city of Austin, Texas, has been named the “most changed” in the country over the last decade, with the most dynamic transformations to its housing market, incomes, crime rates, and economy compared to any other large U.S. metro, according to a new analysis by MagnifyMoney, a subsidiary of LendingTree. In fact, several Texas cities topped the list of most evolved economies and housing markets in the last 10 years.

MagnifyMoney analyzed data from 2006 to 2016 for the 50 largest cities, factoring in commute times, incomes, housing prices, crime rates, and building permits, among other items. “Change isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing,” MagnifyMoney notes in a report on its findings. “Big growth in commute times and rents can be negative, but they can also be a function of positive developments like job and income growth. Similarly, places without as much change could be more attractive to people working their way up the salary ladder or those who are retired and living on fixed incomes, offering more affordable housing and less congestion.”

The following cities topped MagnifyMoney’s list as seeing the most dramatic change over the past 10 years:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  3. Houston, Texas
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Raleigh, North Carolina
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. San Jose, California

Other cities have stayed virtually the same over the past decade, with Birmingham, Ala., being the least changed—falling on the bottom of MagnifyMoney’s list of 50 most changed cities. These metros rounded out the bottom five: Milwaukee (number 49), New Orleans (number 48), Buffalo, N.Y. (number 47), and Indianapolis (number 46).

See if your city ranked at the top or bottom of the “most changed” in the nation.

Source: “This Place Sure Has Changed: Which Cities Have Changed the Most?” MagnifyMoney.com (Oct. 19, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 102317


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Nationally: Meager Sales Rebound Underscores Tough Market

Nationally: Meager Sales Rebound Underscores Tough Market
National Association of REALTORS® article by Daily Real Estate News | October 20, 2017

House 1028Following three consecutive months of declines, existing-home sales ticked up in September from the previous month—but ongoing inventory shortages, coupled with recent hurricanes, muted any annual gains, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Friday.

Total existing-home sales, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops, increased 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in September, 1.5 percent below a year ago. September also marks the second slowest month for sales in more than a year, behind August, NAR notes.

September EHS Infographic #1“Home sales in recent months remain at their lowest level of the year and are unable to break through, despite considerable buyer interest in most parts of the country,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “REALTORS® this fall continue to say the primary impediments stifling sales growth are the same as they have been all year: not enough listings—especially at the lower end of the market—and fast-rising prices that are straining budgets of prospective buyers.”

Sales activity likely would have been stronger if not for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which struck Texas and South Florida in late August and early September, Yun says, adding that both areas saw “temporary but notable declines.”

5 Stats to Gauge the Market
Key indicators from NAR’s September existing-home sales report:

Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $245,100, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. “A continuation of last month’s alleviating price growth, which was the slowest since last December, would improve affordability conditions and be good news for the would-be buyers who have been held back by higher prices this year,” Yun says.

Days on the market: Forty-eight percent of homes sold were on the market for less than a month. Properties typically stayed on the market for 34 days, down from 39 days a year ago.

All-cash sales: These transactions comprised 20 percent of sales, down from 21 percent a year ago. Individual investors accounted for the biggest bulk of cash sales; they purchased 15 percent of homes, which was the same level as a year ago.

Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 4 percent of sales, unchanged from a year ago. Broken out, 3 percent of sales were foreclosures, and 1 percent were short sales.

Inventory: Housing inventory at the end of the month increased 1.6 percent to 1.9 million existing homes available for sale, but it still remains 6.4 percent lower than a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.2-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 4.5 months a year ago.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 102017


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