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What’s Up With Housing?

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According to Freddie Mac’s Outlook for Sept., new homes will be a primary driver of sales and slightly higher mortgage rates will dampen price increases. But “the economic environment remains favorable for housing,” says chief economist.
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While far from new, eco-friendly and affordable, shipping containers are gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional houses.
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Finding out that you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to.
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As Congress and the Trump Administration release plans for tax reform, NAR says it will fight to make sure any new tax plan doesn’t discourage homeownership.
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Both on 4th Ave N, The Bezu, is a 24-unit tower close to Beach Drive, and 747 North, an 18-unit project several blocks to the west.
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More Than Half Of All Buyers Are Surprised By Closing Costs

Closing Costs

According to a survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage.

After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how much higher the fees were than expected.

“Homebuyers reported being most surprised by mortgage insurance, followed by bank fees and points, taxes, title insurance and appraisal fees.”

Bankrate.com gathered closing cost data from lenders in every state and Washington, D.C. in order to share the average costs in each state. The map below was created using the closing costs on a $200,000 mortgage with a 20% down payment.

More Than Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs | Keeping Current Matters

Keep in mind that if you are in the market for a home above this price range, your costs could be significantly greater. According to Freddie Mac,

“Closing costs are typically between 2 and 5% of your purchase price.”

Bottom Line

Speak with your lender and agent early and often to determine how much you’ll be responsible for at closing. Finding out that you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to.

via Keeping Current Matters


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Introducing TitleCapture… Your New “Go To” App.

TitleCapture AppWe are excited to introduce our TitleCapture App which should soon become one of your favorite and most trusted resources… making your job easier and more productive when assisting your clients.

This one-stop app will provide all the tools you need to give immediate quotes, seller net sheets, and buyer estimates. All of which are TRID compliant, per CFPB’s requirements.

TitleCapture works on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Here’s how to get started. Simply click this link and you’re on your way. Follow the directions and you will have access in seconds. You can even customize your app for emailing purposes.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Title Security is here to help you in any way we can.

Enjoy!
Katie


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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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How to Read and Understand a Title Commitment.
Please join Title Security at 9:30am, April 25, 2017 at our Coffee Corner… Discover how the title commitment relates to the closing and the contract. You’ll walk away understanding how to read all components of a commitment, as well as how to deal with title defects and other requirements that need to be cleared before closing.

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Millennial HomebuyersWhy Rising Interest Rates Won’t Slow Housing Demand.
Title agents answering First American’s real estate sentiment index survey say an increasing desire for homeownership by Millennials and continued affordability will sustain demand.
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Commercial ConstructionFlorida commercial real estate development is booming.
Florida is among the top states in the nation for commercial real estate industry spending impact and the number of jobs the industry sustains.
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Tampa Bay home values rise at second-highest rate among country’s top 35 metro areas.
Bay area home values jumped 11.4 percent from March last year to $183,300.

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PRO LogoMarch 2017 Pinellas County Real Estate Stats Report
Stand Out Stat: Median Sale Price for Single Family was up year-over-year… $230,000 in March 2017 vs. $200,000 in March 2016.

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What’s Up With Housing This Week?

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Please Save This Date:  April 25th, 9:30am Coffee Corner — How to Read and Understand a Title Commitment

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ALTATitle companies want federal help to fight wire fraud.
The title association says it has warned buyers about scammers who steal closing money – but it’s not enough. It’s asking the U.S. consumer bureau to help.

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Vacation HomesVacation Home Sales Take a Dive
Higher prices, lower inventory drive market down sharply.  “With fewer bargain-priced properties to choose from and a growing number of traditional buyers, finding a home for vacation purposes became more difficult and less affordable last year.”
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Can Waiting to Save for a 20% Down Payment Cost Homebuyers Money?
2 out of 5 potential buyers think they need a 20% downpayment. They don’t. But what’s a good savings goal? A new calculator helps show potential buyers it’s not out of reach.

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Mortgage lenders are optimistic about 2017.
Survey: Independent lenders believe Gen X and millennials offer growth opportunities. They expect more jumbo loans and buyers who plan to make rental money.

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Large HomesAre Large Homes Damaging the Character of St Petersburg Neighborhoods?
St. Pete staffers are considering major changes to its zoning rules to protect its bungalow-style neighborhood from being crowded out by larger homes.
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What’s Up With Housing This Week

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Pinellas Realtor OrganizationPinellas County Closed Sales for Single Family & Townhome/Condo Combined were up year-over-year:
There were 1,543 closings in January 2017 vs. 1,314 in January 2016… UP 17.4%

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Jim CramerHousing Industry Sees a ‘Cumulative Wealth Effect’.
Jim Cramer says the best investment may be close to home. The increased home equity isn’t being spent on a new car or a new iPhone, it’s going into the home.  i.e. Home Depot
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Closing CostsOver Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs.
Speak with your lender and agent early and often to determine how much you’ll be responsible for at closing. Finding out that you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to.

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Florida Association of RealtorsDon’t Do These 4 Risky Mortgage Moves.
Buyers excited about purchasing a new home sometimes sabotage their final loan approval by changing jobs, applying for credit or moving money around.

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Ben Carson HUDBen Carson confirmed as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary.
The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm Carson Thursday morning.

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Mortgage RatesMortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values.
Most experts believe that rates would need to hit 5% or above to have an impact on home prices.
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Closing In On Your Closing? Here Are 6 Steps Every Homebuyer Should Expect

Closing On Your Home

ALTA:  Your long home-buying journey is almost over. You found the home you love, the seller agreed to your offer and now it’s time for closing. Of course, there’s a lot to think about right now, and the last thing you want is something­ to go wrong. So make sure you work with an experienced closing agent to help ensure the details come together and everything runs smoothly.

As soon as the seller accepts your offer, the behind-the-scenes work begins. You can expect closing to happen within 30 to 90 days.

1. Select a Closing Agent

If you are working with a real estate agent, with your permission, he or she may place an order with a closing agent as soon as your sales contract is accepted. The closing agent can be a title company, an escrow company or a settlement company.

Most homebuyers rely on their real estate agent to select a closing agent—someone they work with regularly and know to be professional, reliable and efficient. However, you can choose your own closing agent if you wish. The closing agent will oversee the closing process and make sure everything happens in the right order and on time, without unnecessary delays or glitches.

2. Draw up an Escrow Agreement

First, a contract or escrow agreement is drafted, which the closing agent reviews for completeness and accuracy. The agent will also put your deposit into an escrow account, where the funds will remain until closing.

3. Title Search is Conducted

Once the title order is placed, the title company conducts a search of the public records. This should identify any issues with the title such as liens against the property, utility easements, and so on. If a problem is discovered, most often the title professional will take care of it without you even knowing about it. After the title search is complete, the title company can provide a title insurance policy.

4. Shop for Title Insurance

There are two kinds of title insurance coverage: a Lender’s policy, which covers the lender for the amount of the mortgage loan; and an Owner’s policy, which covers the homebuyer for the amount of the purchase price. If you are obtaining a loan, the bank or lender will typically require that you purchase a Lender’s policy. However, it only protects the lender.

It is always recommended that you obtain an Owner’s policy to protect your investment. The party that pays for the Owner’s policy varies from state to state, so ask your settlement agent for guidance before closing.

5. Obtain a Closing Disclosure

Your lender must provide a Closing Disclosure to you at least three days prior to closing. Your lender may also have a closing agent provide the Closing Disclosure to you three days before you close your transaction.

If you or your lender makes certain significant changes between the time the Closing Disclosure form is given to you and the closing, you must be provided a new form and an additional three-business-day waiting period after receipt of the new form. This applies if the creditor:

  • Makes changes to the APR above ⅛ of a percent for most loans (and ¼ of a percent for loans with irregular payments or periods)
  • Changes the loan product
  • Adds a prepayment penalty to the loan

If the changes are less significant, they can be disclosed on a revised Closing Disclosure form provided to you at or before closing, without delaying the closing.

6. The Finish Line: Prepare for Closing

As closing day approaches, the closing agent orders any updated information that may be required. Once the closing agent confirms with the lender and the seller, he or she will set a final date, time and location of the closing.

On closing day, all of the behind-the-scenes work is complete. While you’ve been busy packing, ordering utilities and coordinating the movers, your closing agent has been managing the closing process so that you can rest assured, knowing all the paperwork is in order.

via ALTA