MULTIGENERATIONAL HOMES ARE ON THE RISE

Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise | MyKCM

As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those questions now more than ever, as the average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78 years old! As a result, 41% of Americans in the market are searching for a home that can accommodate a multigenerational family.

The graph below shows the number of people by generation that purchased a multigenerational home because they will either be taking care of an aging parent or they just want to spend time together.Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise | MyKCMOf those buyers, 26% indicated they will be taking care of an aging parent, and 14% said they want to spend time with an aging parent. These numbers do not come as a surprise. According to Pew Research Center, 64 million Americans (20% of the population) lived in a multigenerational household in 2016 (Last numbers available).Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise | MyKCMAn increasing number of studies affirm the benefits of being part of a multigenerational household. These benefits aren’t just for the grandchildren, but for the grandparents as well. According to these two resources:

The University of Oxford

“Children who are close to their grandparents have fewer emotional and behavioral problems and are better able to cope with traumatic life events, like a divorce or bullying at school”.

Boston College

“Researchers found that emotionally close ties between grandparents and adult grandchildren reduced depressive symptoms in both groups”.

This research gives helpful insight into why 41% of Americans are in the market to buy a multigenerational home.

Bottom Line

If you have a home that could accommodate a multigenerational family and are thinking about selling, now is the perfect time to put it on the market! The number of buyers looking for this type of home will only continue to increase.

4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!

Below are 4 steps provided by Freddie Mac to help buyers make offers, along with some additional information for your consideration:

1. Determine Your Price
“You’ve found the perfect home and you’re ready to buy. Now what? Your real estate agent will be by your side, helping you determine an offer price that is fair.”

Based on your agent’s experience and key considerations (like similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood or the condition of the house and what you can afford), your agent will help you to determine the offer that you are going to present.

Getting pre-approved will not only show home-sellers that you are serious about buying, but it will also allow you to make your offer with confidence because you’ll know that you have already been approved for a mortgage in that amount.

2. Submit an Offer
“Once you’ve determined your price, your agent will draw up an offer, or purchase agreement, to submit to the seller’s real estate agent. This offer will include the purchase price and terms and conditions of the purchase.”

Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways in which you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market! A licensed real estate agent who is active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer.

3. Negotiate the Offer
“Oftentimes, the seller will counter the offer, typically asking for a higher purchase price or to adjust the closing date. In these cases, the seller’s agent will submit a counteroffer to your agent, detailing their desired changes, at this time, you can either accept the offer or decide if you want to counter.

Each time changes are made through a counteroffer, you or the seller have the option to accept, reject or counter it again. The contract is considered final when both parties sign the written offer.”

If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to “always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home.” If the inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller or even cancel the contract altogether.

4. Act Fast
The inventory of homes listed for sale has remained well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream homes.

Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as quickly as possible.

Bottom Line
Whether buying your first home or your fifth, having a local real estate professional who is an expert in his or her market on your side is your best bet in making sure the process goes smoothly. Let’s talk about how we can make your dream of homeownership a reality!

New Feature on ArmstrongField.com

While browsing through the homes for sale listings on ArmstrongField.com one of our knowledgeable REALTORS is only a click away!

Ask a Realtor a question about a home

Just put your name and phone number in the form that pops up and a REALTOR will connect with you via phone call within 1 minute! if you aren’t ready to talk with someone right away then just close the form with the “X” and continue to enjoy our website. When you have a question and are ready to talk, click on the “cn” logo (it stands for Connect Now) at the lower right-hand corner of your screen. You may receive a text message back if all agents are busy, but be assured that someone will get back to you shortly. We hate waiting as much as you do!

It’s Cold Outside! Want a Home with a Fireplace?

It’s friggin cold outside! Fireplaces can not only warm your body, but also warm your soul. Watching a fireplace can lower your blood pressure and relieve the day to day stresses of life. Now you can build or install a fireplace, but that can be costly and take time, so why not just buy a home with a fireplace already in it? It’s costly and takes time, you say? OK, you may be right. But if you are already in the market for a home, why not consider these properties that already have a fireplace as part of the amenities.
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Estimated Values of Homes

armstrongfield.com provides an estimated value on all MLS listings.

If you have ever search one of the many national real estate websites you probably noticed that many times the property has not only the list price, but also an estimated value. The Zestimate provided by Zillow is probably the most well-known one. But how accurate are these “estimators”, or Automated Valuation Models (AVM as they are know in the industry)?

Let’s look at how they arrive at the values they place on homes. All AVM’s pull information from public records such as assessor’s records, which in itself, is not known for its accuracy. Some of the better ones (like the one REALTORS use call RPR) also pull data from MLS, registry of deeds and other sources. This information gets put through a proprietary algorithm that sorts and calculates the property’s value, weighing some factors more than others. These algorithms are tightly held equations that vary from each other depending on the company, and are constantly being tweaked to hopefully increase the accuracy.

How accurate are AVM’s? Zillow posted on their website that their Zestimates for the Boston area are off 5% or more of the sale price 47% of the time. They are off by more than 20% of the sale price about 10% of the time. It’s scary to think that people who are selling (or thinking about selling) their home base their asking or list price on these.

So what good are AVM’s if they are so inaccurate. Well, they offer a good starting place for someone who is performing a market valuation. REALTORS create what is called a Comparable Market Analysis (or CMA). They find similar properties that have sold and compare the subject property to them. It starts off similar to the Automated Valuation Model except they handpick the comparable properties. Next, they make adjustments for the square footage, # of baths/bedrooms, whether or not it has a pool, garage, central AC and other amenities, and the condition of the property. There are many other factors that go into the CMA – upgrades, exact location, etc. The AVM’s can’t come close to the valuation accuracy that a REALTOR can provide because the software has not seen the inside of the house, doesn’t know the condition or any number of other factors that influence market value.

So enjoy AVM’s or “Estimated Values” but don’t take them too seriously. They are a good way to watch trends in home values over the long term.

Questions? Comments?

Jim Armstrong

If you would like an accurate valuation of your home, go to:
https://www.armstrongfield.com/app/instantevaluation/template/armstrong/

Where are home prices heading?

Where are home prices heading?

Market prices for homes are controlled by several factors:

  • The supply of homes listed for sale (on the market)
  • The number of home buyers looking for homes
  • The mortgage interest rate
  • The general economy
  • Buyer & Seller attitudes

Where are home prices heading

Let’s look at each of these factors.

Supply of homes for sale (or inventory, as we in the business call it).

A “normal” or neutral real estate market has 5-6 months worth of inventory. That is, it would take that period of time to sell all the homes on the market if no other homes were listed during that same time frame. Under 5 months of inventory and it’s considered a buyer’s market, and over 6 months of inventory and it’s a seller’s market. Currently, we have less than 2 months worth of inventory

Number of buyers looking for homes

As the number of people looking for homes increases, the demand goes up. If you combine a large number of buyers with a low inventory, the demand is very high. When this happens sellers start receiving multiple offers on their properties and buyers start going over asking price in order to beat out their competition. This drives up sale prices and in turn, new home sellers start to list their properties higher.

You take the inventory of homes for sale and combine it with the number of people who want to buy a home, and you have the basic Supply & Demand law of economics.

But there are other factors that can influence the real estate market.

The record low mortgage interest rates we have seen during the last couple of years made owning a home affordable for many more people than in the past. Now that interest rates are climbing, the payments on a home go up. That makes a home less affordable and thus drives down the price.

The general economy affects home prices because if a potential buyer doesn’t feel confident about taking on a $1,500+ per month 30-year mortgage, (s)he is probably going to hold off until the comfort level returns. In a down economy, people are worried about losing their jobs, and they don’t want to add to their debt load.

All of these factors can affect one region of the country but not another because of local economic factors.

Renting Takes More of Your Income Than Owning

  • Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
  • Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious.
  • Every market is different, and that includes the North Shore of Massachusetts. Before you renew your lease again, contact an Armstrong Field REALTOR to talk about your options!

 

Winter is Coming! Here is how you can stay warm in your Northshore home.

Winter is coming! One of the best ways to take the chill off in Massachusetts is to have a home with a fireplace. It can be woodburning, gas, a pellet stove or even electric, as long as it produces heat. You can see all the homes for sale on the North Shore that feature fireplaces to keep you warm.
Go to: Homes for sale on the North Shore that have fireplaces.

Hiring an Agent to Sell Your House May Cost You NOTHING!

There is no doubt that it is easier to sell your house when using the services of a local real estate professional. The agent will provide:

– Greater exposure to more buyer
– The skills of a professional negotiator
– A layer of protection from possible legal liabilities
– Professional guidance in navigating any pitfalls that may arise
– A level of safety while showing the home

There is no doubt that these services are valuable to any family that decides to sell. The only question is – how valuable?

Read the complete article at: http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2017/10/19/hiring-an-agent-to-sell-your-house-may-cost-you-nothing/?a=40880-a4030ecc48da1008339ebad0efc105f2