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Housing Market Expected to “Spring Forward”

Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market.Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right.Buyer demand has seasonality to...

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Thinking of Selling? Do it TODAY!!

That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!The February numbers are not in yet, but the January numbers were sensational. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:“Much of the country saw robust sales activity...

Before You Pay Cash for a Home

The National Association of REALTORS® reports in its 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers that 12% of all buyers paid cash for their home. Before paying cash for a home, a buyer should decide if they might put a loan on the home in the near future.  It may affect the ability to deduct the interest on a mortgage placed on the home at a later date. Homeowners can currently deduct the interest on up to...

Not all advertised rates are available for everyone

Lenders regularly publish mortgage rates but they may not be available for everyone. Imagine that the mortgage payment based on an advertised rate influenced a buyer to make an offer on a home. After negotiating a binding contract, this buyer makes a loan application and finds out that for any number of possible reasons, that rate isn’t available. Even if the person does financially qualify for a loan...

Six Reasons to Consider Rental Homes

Single-family homes offer an investor the ability to borrow large loan-to-value amounts at fixed interest rates for long terms on appreciating assets, tax advantages and reasonable control. Some of these characteristics are not available through other investments. 75-80% loan-to-value mortgages are available on most residential properties up to four units. Comparatively, the stock market allows you to...

Would You Give your right arm?

Yogi Berra said he’d give his right arm to be ambidextrous. While most first-time home buyers are not going to that extreme, here are actual sacrifices people are making according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. 43% - cut spending on luxury or non-essential items 34% - cut spending on entertainment 27% - cut spending on clothes 14% - canceled...

Mortgage Loans from Relatives

Occasionally, when dealing with close relatives who might also become heirs, signing a note and handling the paperwork properly may seem like a needless effort but it could mean the difference in being able to take a legitimate interest deduction. Home mortgage interest is deductible only if the loan is a secured debt which involves the buyer signing an instrument like a mortgage or deed of trust that...

Save your Proof of Purchase!

People who experience a property loss are usually asked by their insurance company for proof of purchase which can come in the form of a receipt or current inventory of their personal belongings. Even the most organized people might find it challenging to find receipts for all the valuables in their home. If the inventory isn’t up-to-date, a homeowner might forget to add some items to the claim and may...

Boomers Are Staying In Place

There seems to have been an accepted progression for homeowners going from starter home, to gradually moving into one’s dream home, then, downsizing after becoming an empty nester and finally, into a retirement home. However, Marianne Cusato’s 2016 Aging-in-Place Report indicates that many older Americans don’t plan on following that pattern.  61% of homeowners above the age of 55 intend on staying...

Attracting Buyers

There is a common body of knowledge among real estate professionals that indicates that the longer a home is on the market, the lower the price will be. Many sellers discount this belief in the beginning because they feel confident their home will sell quickly. Lowering the price is the most obvious thing that can be done to encourage buyers but it might be good to look at what builders do. Builders...

Rent or Buy – The cost of paying for a Home

Orlando property manager Devinee Overton-Morgan with Morgan Property Solutions discusses owing a home versus renting. No matter if you rent or purchase a home, you end up end up paying towards the cost of the home. Depending on your situation there may be advantages for one option over the other. Mortgages are usually amortized so that each payment reduces the principal amount owed, so that the loan...

Facts or Myths

“It’s impossible to get low down payment loans.” – FACT! FHA down payments are 3.5% and VA is 0%. In some areas, there may be some 0% down payment USDA loans available. FNMA and Freddie Mac have 3% down payment programs. “It takes perfect credit to get a loan.” - FACT! There is a relationship of better rates to better credit but many issues on a credit report can be explained or...

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An Agent Who Will Put You First is Key to Success

As a REALTOR and property manager in Orlando, Devinee Overton-Morgan has dealt with many types of clients from the first time homebuyer to the savvy real estate investor. The key to helping people, she says, is finding out their why and then guiding them along the right path. During all this, putting the client first is vital. When it comes to buying a home, whether you are a rookie homebuyer or...

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Homeowner Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than A Renter

Wouldn't you like to grow your wealth in a relatively easy and passive way? Orlando property management company Morgan Property Solutions recommends purchasing real estate in central Florida.   The Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances every three years in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013,...

"This is going to be the year"

Every year, it seems like the same things are on the list but this could be the year you really do invest in a rental home. Rents are climbing, values are solid and mortgage rates are still low for non-owner occupied properties. A $150,000 home with 20% down payments can easily have a $300 to $500 monthly cash flow after paying all of the expenses. There are lots of strategies that can be successful but a...

What a Difference 50 years Makes!

In 1966, a gallon of gas was $0.32 and today, it is $2.49. A dozen eggs were $0.60 but they’ve only doubled to $1.33. A gallon of milk was $0.99 and today, it costs $3.98. You could send a letter for five cents and now, it costs forty-seven cents. The average cost of a new car in 1966 was $3,500 and today, it will cost $33,560. New cars have more features than the earlier models but they’re still...

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Building Your Family’s Wealth And Plan the Next 5 Years

How does your nest egg look right now? Perhaps it is it non-existent or looking empty... well don't worry because you can do something about that by making it a priority in your life to start investing. Morgan Property Solutions, orlando property manager believes the next 5 years is vital to your success and investing in property will give you a huge leap forward.   Over the next five years,...

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Home Prices: Where Will They Be in 5 Years?

Looking into your financial future does not have to be burdensome, says Orlando property manager and REALTOR Devinee Overton-Morgan. The current trend on real estate shows prices continuing to increase and building American family's wealth. Today, real estate conversations tend to focus on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every...

Can 0.5% Really Equal 5%?

Since the election, rates have started going up and it will have a direct effect on the cost of housing. There is a rule of thumb that a ½% change in interest is approximately equal to 5% change in price. As the interest rates go up it will cost you more to live in the very same home; or to keep the payment the same you’ll have to buy a lower priced home. Before rates rise too much, now may be the...

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When Is a Good Time to Rent? Surely Not Now!

It might seem ludicrous for an Orlando property manager to tell people n not to rent! But many people cannot buy and considering how strong the rental market is, we are certainly not worried about a sudden decrease in rental prospects. So, if you are looking to move, why not consider the option of buying a home and investing in your future instead of your landlords'?   People often ask if...

Minimizing or eliminating capital gains taxes

During the recession, some homeowners elected to rent their home rather than sell it for less than it was worth. Many of these people have used our Orlando property management services. Now that the market is improving, the IRS allows for a temporary rental of a principal residence without losing your capital gains tax benefits. To qualify, during the five year period ending on the date of the sale, the...

It Isn't Final Until It's Funded

Mortgage approval isn’t final until the loan is actually funded at closing.  Many things can change prior to the loan being closed that can affect a pre-approval such as changes in the borrowers’ financial situation or possibly, factors beyond their control like interest rate changes. Good advice to buyers is to do nothing that can affect your credit report until the loan closes. Opening new credit...

Gift or Inheritance – Does It Matter?

A person called into a radio talk program with a situation that was troubling based on the potential tax liability that may have been avoided. The caller’s elderly father had deeded his home to his daughter a few years earlier, because in his mind, his daughter was going to get the home eventually and this would be one less thing to be taken care of after his death. The daughter didn’t really care...

It's the Principal of the Thing

Most people think they’ll have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives, but it doesn’t have to be that way with a plan and a little discipline. If you make additional principal contributions to a fixed rate mortgage this can shorten the term and save tens of thousands in interest.  If a person were to make an additional $100 payment each month applied to principal on a $175,000...

A Cost to Consider

Homeownership, part of the American Dream: a home of your own where you can feel safe, raise your family, share with your friends and enjoy life. The benefits are easily recognizable but maintenance is just as real and should be considered. Property taxes and insurance are two of the largest expenses homeowners have aside from their mortgage interest. But, as any homeowner knows, there will be occasional...

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