Tag: Waterfront Homes For Sale

NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money in Citrus County!

NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money! | MyKCM

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.

Realtor.com recently reported that:

Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the American dream, and it’s true in many markets where renting has become really the shortsighted option… as people get more savings in their pockets, buying becomes the better option.”

What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting?

1. In a previous blog we highlighted the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership:

  • Homeownership is a form of forced savings.
  • Homeownership provides tax savings.
  • Homeownership allows you to lock in your monthly housing cost.
  • Buying a home is cheaper than renting.
  • No other investment lets you live inside of it.

2. Studies have shown that a homeowner’s net worth is 44x greater than that of a renter.

3. Just a few months ago, we explained that a family that purchased an average-priced home at the beginning of 2018 could build more than $44,000 in family wealth over the next five years.

4. Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of taxes and home repairs, but every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs are already baked into the rent payment– along with a profit margin!!

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying Today [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting.

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

It’s Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings!

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings! | MyKCM

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,840 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $2,895, last year.

Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals; for anyone looking to buy a home in 2018, this can be a great jump start toward a down payment!

The map below shows the average tax refund Americans received last year by state. (The refunds received for the 2017 tax year should continue to reflect these numbers as the new tax code will go into effect for 2018 tax filings.)

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings! | MyKCM

Many first-time buyers believe that a 20% down payment is required to qualify for a mortgage. Programs from the Federal Housing Authority, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Maeall allow for down payments as low as 3%, with Veterans Affairs Loans allowing many veterans to purchase a home with 0% down.

If you started your down payment savings with your tax refund check this year, how close would you be to a 3% down payment?

The map below shows what percentage of a 3% down payment is covered by the average tax refund by taking into account the median price of homes sold by state.

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings! | MyKCM

 

The darker the blue, the closer your tax refund gets you to homeownership!For those in Alabama looking to purchase their first homes, their tax refund could potentially get them 69% closer to that dream!

Bottom Line

Saving for a down payment can seem like a daunting task. But the more you know about what’s required, the more prepared you can be to make the best decision for you and your family! This tax season, your refund could be your key to homeownership!

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 You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a Home in Citrus County

Why You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a Home | MyKCM

Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream homes or if they should first try to go through the buying process on their own. In today’s market: you need an experienced professional!

You Need an Expert Guide If You Are Traveling a Dangerous Path

The field of real estate is loaded with landmines; you need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a home that is priced appropriately and is ready for you to move into can be tricky. An agent listens to your wants and needs, and can sift through the homes that do not fit within the parameters of your “dream home.”

A great agent will also have relationships with mortgage professionals and other experts that you will need in order to secure your dream home. 

You Need a Skilled Negotiator

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

Realize that when an agent is negotiating his or her commission with you, they are negotiating their own salary; the salary that keeps a roof over their family’s head; the salary that puts food on their family’s table. If they are quick to take less when negotiating for themselves and their families, what makes you think they will not act the same way when negotiating for you and your family?

If they were Clark Kent when negotiating with you, they will not turn into Superman when negotiating with the buyer or seller in your deal. 

Bottom Line

Famous sayings become famous because they are true. You get what you pay for. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money…not cost you money.

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

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers In Citrus County

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | MyKCM

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.”

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the same report:

Consumers are often unaware of the option to take out low-down-payment mortgages. Only 19% of consumers believe lenders would make loans with a down payment of 5% or less… While 15% believe lenders require a 20% down payment, and 30% believe lenders expect a 20% down payment.”

These numbers do not differ much between non-owners and homeowners; 39% of non-owners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment and 30% of homeowners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment.

While many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home, they do not realize that programs are available that allow them to put down as little as 3%. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

Myth #2: “I Need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy”

Similar to the down payment, many either don’t know or are misinformed about what FICO® score is necessary to qualify.

Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.

To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans.

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | MyKCM

As you can see in the chart above, 53.5% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home In Citrus County, knowing your options will make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach.

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

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