Citrus County Inventory Crunch Continues… List Your House Today!

U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch Continues… List Your House Today! | MyKCM

Every winter, families across the country decide if this will be the year that they sell their current houses and move into their dream homes.

Mortgage rates hovered around 4% for all of 2017 which forced many buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW!

At the same time, however, inventory levels of homes for sale have dropped dramatically as compared to this time last year.

Trulia reported that “in Q4 2017, U.S. home inventory decreased by 10.5%. That is the biggest drop we’ve seen since Q2 2013.”

Here is a chart showing the decrease in inventory levels by category:

U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch Continues… List Your House Today! | MyKCM

The largest drop in inventory was in the starter home category which saw a 19% dip in listings.

Bottom Line

Demand for your homes in Citrus County is very strong right now while your competition (other homes for sale) is at a historically low level. If you are thinking of selling in 2018, now may be the perfect time.

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 Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market

The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market | MyKCM

The housing crisis is finally in the rearview mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. It seems that the market will continue to strengthen in 2018.

However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory. While buyer demand looks like it will remain strong throughout the winter, supply is not keeping up.

Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject:

 

National Association of Realtors

“Total housing inventory at the end of November dropped 7.2 percent to 1.67 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 9.7 percent lower than a year ago (1.85 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 30 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace, which is down from 4.0 months a year ago.”

Joseph Kirchner, Senior Economist for Realtor.com

“The increases in single-family permits and starts show that builders are planning and starting new construction projects, that’s a good thing because it will help to relieve the shortage of homes on the market.”

Sam Khater, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic

Inventory is tighter than it appears. It’s much lower for entry-level buyers.”

Bottom Line 

If you are thinking of selling, now may be the time. Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price.

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

Thinking of Selling your Home in Citrus County? Now is the Perfect Time

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season in Citrus County. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year.

The other listings that do come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market in the spring as compared to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed the months in which most people listed their homes for sale in 2017. Here is a graphic showing the results:

Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time | MyKCM

The three months in the second quarter of the year (represented in red) are consistently the most popular months for sellers to list their homes on the market. Last year, the number of homes available for sale in January was 1,680,000.

That number spiked to 1,970,000 by May!

What does this mean to you?

With the national job situation improving, and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, buyers are not waiting until the spring; they are out looking for homes right now. If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition amongst buyers.

Bottom Line

It may make sense to beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market in the spring and list your home today.

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

Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home In Citrus County?

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current income would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage.

We want to share what the typical first-time homebuyer actually looks like based on the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. Here are some interesting revelations on the first-time buyer:

Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home? | MyKCM

Bottom Line

You may not be much different than many people who have already purchased their first homes. Let’s meet to determine if your dream home is within your grasp.

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

Why Sell Now Instead of Later? The Buyers are Out Now

Why Sell Now instead of Later? The Buyers are Out Now | MyKCM

Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently released data suggests that a seller’s best deal may be available right now. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item will be realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high. Let’s see how this applies to the current residential real estate market.

SUPPLY

It is no secret that the supply of homes for sale has been far below the number needed for over a year. A normal market requires six months of housing inventory to meet the demand. The latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that there is currently only a 4.2-month supply.

Supply is currently very low!!

DEMAND

A report that was just released tells us that demand is very strong. The most recent Foot Traffic Report (which sheds light on the number of buyers out looking at homes) disclosed that there are more buyers right now than at any other time in the last twelve months. This includes more buyers looking at homes right now than at any time during last year’s spring market.

Demand is currently very high!! 

Bottom Line

Waiting until the spring to list your house for sale made sense in the past. This year is different. The best deal is probably available right now.

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

Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score

Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score | MyKCM

Knowing your credit score or getting a recent copy of your credit report is one of the first steps that you can take toward knowing how ready you are to start the home buying process.

Make sure all the information listed on your report is accurate and work to correct any mistakes. The higher your credit score, the more likely you will be to receive a better interest rate for your mortgage, which will translate into more ‘home for your money.’

Many potential buyers believe that they need a 750 FICO® Score or higher to be able to purchase a home. The truth is that according to Ellie Mae’s Origination Report, over 53% of loans were approved with a FICO® score under 750 last month!

Here are some tips for improving your credit score:

  • Make payments, including rent, credit cards, and car loans, on time.
  • Keep your spending to no more than 30% of your limit on credit cards.
  • Pay down high-balance credit cards to lower balances, and consider balance transfers to free up credit.
  • Check for errors on your credit report and work toward fixing them.
  • Shop for mortgage rates within a 30-day period — too many spread-out inquiries can lower your score.
  • Work with a credit counselor or a lender to improve your score.

Once you know your score, your next step will be finding a lender and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Doing this will ensure that you know your budget before you start looking for your dream home

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

Don’t Let Fear Stop You from Applying for a Mortgage

Don't Let Fear Stop You from Applying for a Mortgage | MyKCM

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainty about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage qualification.

For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be!

In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll need to have saved for a down payment (73% of all buyers made a down payment of less than 20%, with many buyers putting down 3% or less), a stable income and good credit history.

Throughout the entire home buying process, you will interact with many different professionals, all of whom perform necessary roles. These professionals are also valuable resources for you.

Once you’re ready to apply, here are 5 easy steps that Freddie Mac suggests you follow:

  1. Find out your current credit history & score – even if you don’t have perfect credit, you may already qualify for a loan. The average FICO® Score of all closed loans in September was 724, according to Ellie Mae.
  2. Start gathering all your documentation – income verification (such as W-2 forms or tax returns), credit history, and assets (such as bank statements to verify your savings).
  3. Contact a professional – your real estate agent will be able to recommend a loan officer that can help you develop a spending plan, as well as determine how much home you can afford.
  4. Consult with your lender – he or she will review your income, expenses, and financial goals to determine the type and amount of mortgage you qualify for.
  5. Talk to your lender about pre-approval – a pre-approval letter provides an estimate of what you might be able to borrow (provided your financial status doesn’t change), and demonstrates to home sellers that you are serious about buying!

Bottom Line

Do your research, reach out to professionals, stick to your budget, and be sure that you are ready to take on the financial responsibilities of becoming a homeowner.

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