Mortgage rates have been increasing lately. It can be very frustrating as a prospective home buyer, but there is good reason for it. This blog post explains why interest rates are increasing, who is responsible for causing these rates to increase and why it isn't the worst thing ever (albeit frustrating). While rates were bumped a couple of times at the end of 2016, we're expecting them to be raised more than once in 2017. If you're worried that these rising interest rates are going to keep you from buying, don't fret- the increase is pretty nominal on an average house, but I would certainly recommend talking to mortgage lender about your borrower power before you file your taxes next month. A good lender can suggest some things that can have a big affect on your borrowing power later down the line. As always, remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, investment or commercial real estate in Charleston!
It's no secret that we're experiencing a seller's market. Sellers have much more leverage than buyers do in our current real estate market. Realtor Magazine recently published a very insightful article including data provided by Redfin.com that was gathered by surveying sellers. This post discusses some of the interests and concerns that those ready to sell their homes are facing and to what percentage they would agree. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in the Charleston, SC area!
The Charleston are's population has been burgeoning. Everyone knows it. It's partly due to the fact that our little city is so livable, but it is also due to the heavy influx of industry that we're currently seeing. I think new industry should be welcomed with open arms to strengthen our local communities. However, when you experience an influx of new residents, you will certainly see an affordable housing shortage. That has been the case here in Charleston recently. Unfortunately, house prices have skyrocketed and that has made many millennials unable to buy. They have to resort to renting and the rental rates in the area have been increasing just as aggressively as home prices. Today's post is about why it is impractical to continue renting in today's market. I know it isn't easy to buy a home, so we will follow the previous statements up with some information on how you CAN buy a home more easily than you think you can.
The real estate industry changes constantly. While things like rates and loan products seem to evolve constantly, every few years something major will change that has a major effect on the industry. Every now and then, there will be perhaps a new version of the state contract or a new addendum that pops up. Things like this are perfectly fine as they are improved or developed to better serve our clients and they take very little time to acclimate to. However, some times there are major changes that can stunt the whole industry for a short period of time. Recently, it was revealed that we will be using an entirely new closing procedure when buying or selling a home. This was also designed to protect both buyers and sellers after many were unaware of their predatory loans in the mid-2000's. Rather than using the HUD-1 as the closing document that were all so used to, we will not be shifting to a new document and disclosures process. This process will take a little bit longer to get through than the old HUD-1, but it gives buyers much more transparency when it comes to their loan product. This blog post is all about the new RESPA-TILA activity and the new closing processes that have sprung from it. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in Charleston, SC.