24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home In Citrus County

24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home | MyKCM

In real estate, the spring is often seen as the ideal time to buy or sell a house. The term “Spring Buyer’s Season” exists for a reason, as renters and those looking to move on from their current home thaw out from the winter and hit the market ready to buy.

According to Bank of America’s annual Home Buyer Insights Report, 41% of renters surveyed agree that spring is the best time to buy a home. The surprising result, however, is that when ranking the seasons, winter comes in second at 24%.

24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home | MyKCM

In many areas of the country, the spring and summer are the most competitive seasons for buyers. Families with children often want to move over the summer to make sure that their kids are ready for school in the fall. This often leads those families who haven’t found homes to buy to push pause on their search in the fall and winter months.

This creates a great environment for buyers to find a home with less competition. According to moving.com, scheduling a move during the winter months also comes with the best price.

If you define ‘best’ by cost then, generally speaking, you are more likely to save on a move during the late September to April window. Demand for movers usually slows down during this time frame and rates are low.

There are also many benefits to listing your house for sale during the winter months as well!

As we recently mentioned, buyers who are out in the winter are serious about wanting to find a home, and there is traditionally less competition on the market which gives you greater exposure to those buyers.

Bottom Line

As always, the best time to buy or move all depends on each individual buyer or seller’s goals and needs. If you are one of the many who would like to make a move this winter, let’s get together to create a plan to make it happen!

YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Welcome to your resource for real estate in Citrus County Florida. The associates of RE/MAX Realty One invite you to explore this site for real estate listings and local information. For over 25 years our company has assisted thousands of customers like you in locating their perfect home, land or investment property. We are the premier local company offering you experience, knowledge and dependability.  If you’re considering a move to the CITRUS COUNTY including Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon, you’ve come to the right place. We hope that you enjoy your visit exploring everything our website has to offer and will contact us if you have any questions. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can learn more about RE/MAX Realty One here.  We’re your real estate professionals on Florida’s Nature Coast.

Buying or Selling, contact us for service that exceeds your expectations!

The Associates of RE/MAX Realty Oneremax

The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House In Citrus County

The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House | MyKCM

Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year in Citrus County, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that is when they will have the most competition!

The #1 Reason to List Your Home in the Winter Months is Less Competition!

Housing supply traditionally shrinks at this time of year, so the choices buyers have will be limited. The chart below was created using the months’ supply of listings from the National Association of Realtors.

The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House | MyKCM

 

As you can see, the ‘sweet spot’ to list your home for the most exposure naturally occurs in the late fall and winter months (November – February). 

Temperatures aren’t the only thing that heats up in the spring – so do listings!

The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House | MyKCM

In 2017, listings increased by nearly half a million houses from December to June. Don’t wait for these listings to come to market before you decide to list your house.

Added Bonus: Only Serious Buyers Are Out in the Winter

At this time of year, only those purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace. You and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere ‘lookers.’ The lookers are at the mall or online doing their holiday shopping.

Bottom Line

If you have been debating whether or not to sell your home and are curious about market conditions in your area, let’s get together to help you decide the best time to list your house for sale.

YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Welcome to your resource for real estate in Citrus County Florida. The associates of RE/MAX Realty One invite you to explore this site for real estate listings and local information. For over 25 years our company has assisted thousands of customers like you in locating their perfect home, land or investment property. We are the premier local company offering you experience, knowledge and dependability.  If you’re considering a move to the CITRUS COUNTY including Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon, you’ve come to the right place. We hope that you enjoy your visit exploring everything our website has to offer and will contact us if you have any questions. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can learn more about RE/MAX Realty One here.  We’re your real estate professionals on Florida’s Nature Coast.

Buying or Selling, contact us for service that exceeds your expectations!

The Associates of RE/MAX Realty Oneremax

Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs In Citrus County!

Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs! | MyKCM

Many home buyers in Citrus County think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage?

By law, a home buyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days after submitting their loan application and they should receive a closing disclosure 3 days before the scheduled closing on their home. The closing disclosure includes final details about the loan and the closing costs.

But what are closing costs anyway?

According to Trulia:

Closing costs are lender and third-party fees paid at the closing of a real estate transaction, and they can be financed as part of the deal or be paid upfront. They range from 2% to 5% of the purchase price of a home. (For those who buy a $150,000 home, for example, that would amount to between $3,000 and $7,500 in closing fees.)”

Keep in mind that if you are in the market for a home above this price range, your costs could be significantly greater. As mentioned before,

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

Trulia continues to give great advice, saying that:

“…understanding and educating yourself about these costs before settlement day arrives might help you avoid any headaches at the end of the deal.”

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.

YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Welcome to your resource for real estate in Citrus County Florida. The associates of RE/MAX Realty One invite you to explore this site for real estate listings and local information. For over 25 years our company has assisted thousands of customers like you in locating their perfect home, land or investment property. We are the premier local company offering you experience, knowledge and dependability.  If you’re considering a move to the CITRUS COUNTY including Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon, you’ve come to the right place. We hope that you enjoy your visit exploring everything our website has to offer and will contact us if you have any questions. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can learn more about RE/MAX Realty One here.  We’re your real estate professionals on Florida’s Nature Coast.

Buying or Selling, contact us for service that exceeds your expectations!

The Associates of RE/MAX Realty Oneremax

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year in Citrus County?

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year? | MyKCM

There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year in Citrus County. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources:

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to successfully deliver fair, sustainable, and responsible real estate financing within ever-changing business environments.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) – The largest association of real estate professionals in the world.

Freddie Mac – An organization which provides liquidity, stability, and affordability to the U.S. housing market in all economic conditions extending to all communities from coast to coast.

Fannie Mae – A leading source of financing for mortgage lenders, providing access to affordable mortgage financing in all markets.

Here are their projections:

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year? | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Every source sees home sales growing next year. Let’s get together to chat about what’s going on in our neighborhood.

YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Welcome to your resource for real estate in Citrus County Florida. The associates of RE/MAX Realty One invite you to explore this site for real estate listings and local information. For over 25 years our company has assisted thousands of customers like you in locating their perfect home, land or investment property. We are the premier local company offering you experience, knowledge and dependability.  If you’re considering a move to the CITRUS COUNTY including Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon, you’ve come to the right place. We hope that you enjoy your visit exploring everything our website has to offer and will contact us if you have any questions. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can learn more about RE/MAX Realty One here.  We’re your real estate professionals on Florida’s Nature Coast.

Buying or Selling, contact us for service that exceeds your expectations!

The Associates of RE/MAX Realty Oneremax

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value Over the Last Year?

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value Over the Last Year? | MyKCM

Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months in Citrus County. In CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, they revealed that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year.

CoreLogic broke down appreciation even further into four price ranges, giving us a more detailed view than if we had simply looked at the year-over-year increases in national median home price.

The chart below shows the four price ranges from the report, as well as each one’s year-over-year growth from February 2017 to February 2018 (the latest data available).

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value Over the Last Year? | MyKCM

It is important to pay attention to how prices are changing in your local market. Prices differ in different towns ie Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon. The location of your home is not the only factor that determines how much your home has appreciated over the course of the last year.

Lower-priced homes have appreciated at greater rates than homes at the upper ends of the spectrum due to demand from first-time home buyers and baby boomers looking to downsize.

Bottom Line

If you are planning to list your home for sale in today’s market, let’s get together to go over exactly what’s going on in your area and your price range.

YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Welcome to your resource for real estate in Citrus County Florida. The associates of RE/MAX Realty One invite you to explore this site for real estate listings and local information. For over 25 years our company has assisted thousands of customers like you in locating their perfect home, land or investment property. We are the premier local company offering you experience, knowledge and dependability.  If you’re considering a move to the CITRUS COUNTY including Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon, you’ve come to the right place. We hope that you enjoy your visit exploring everything our website has to offer and will contact us if you have any questions. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can learn more about RE/MAX Realty One here.  We’re your real estate professionals on Florida’s Nature Coast.

Buying or Selling, contact us for service that exceeds your expectations!

The Associates of RE/MAX Realty Oneremax

How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Citrus County?

How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State? | MyKCM

It’s no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in each of the 50 states, and Washington, D.C.

States in the Midwest came out on top as most affordable, requiring the smallest salaries in order to buy a median-priced home. States with large metropolitan areas saw a bump in the average salary needed to buy with California, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii edging out all others with the highest salaries required.

Below is a map with the full results of the study:

How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State? | MyKCM

GoBankingRates gave this advice to anyone considering a home purchase,

“Before you buy a home, it’s important to find out if you can afford the monthly mortgage payment. To do this, some financial experts recommend your housing costs — primarily your mortgage payments — shouldn’t consume more than 30 percent of your monthly income.”

As we recently reported, research from Zillow shows that historically, Americans had spent 21% of their income on owning a median-priced home. The latest data from the fourth quarter of 2017 shows that the percentage of income needed today is only 15.7%!

Bottom Line

If you are considering buying a home, whether it’s your first time or your fifth time, let’s get together to evaluate your ability to do so in today’s market!

YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Welcome to your resource for real estate in Citrus County Florida. The associates of RE/MAX Realty One invite you to explore this site for real estate listings and local information. For over 25 years our company has assisted thousands of customers like you in locating their perfect home, land or investment property. We are the premier local company offering you experience, knowledge and dependability.  If you’re considering a move to the CITRUS COUNTY including Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon, you’ve come to the right place. We hope that you enjoy your visit exploring everything our website has to offer and will contact us if you have any questions. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can learn more about RE/MAX Realty One here.  We’re your real estate professionals on Florida’s Nature Coast.

Buying or Selling, contact us for service that exceeds your expectations!

The Associates of RE/MAX Realty Oneremax

Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step

Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step | MyKCM

In many markets across the country including Citrus County, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so.

YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Welcome to your resource for real estate in Citrus County Florida. The associates of RE/MAX Realty One invite you to explore this site for real estate listings and local information. For over 25 years our company has assisted thousands of customers like you in locating their perfect home, land or investment property. We are the premier local company offering you experience, knowledge and dependability.  If you’re considering a move to the CITRUS COUNTY including Crystal River, Inverness, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Inglis, Hernando, Lecanto, Citrus Springs or Dunnellon, you’ve come to the right place. We hope that you enjoy your visit exploring everything our website has to offer and will contact us if you have any questions. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can learn more about RE/MAX Realty One here.  We’re your real estate professionals on Florida’s Nature Coast.

Buying or Selling, contact us for service that exceeds your expectations!

The Associates of RE/MAX Realty Oneremax