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5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying & Selling!

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Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO.

The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but rather have been strengthened, due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to pick up steam. 

1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Real Estate Professional is an expert in their market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to make sure that you acquire your dream? 

3. Are you a good negotiator?

So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. However, after looking at the list of parties that you need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll realize the value in selecting a Real Estate Professional. From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible), to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to, during the process. 

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS, “the typical FSBO home sold for $185,000 compared to $245,000 among agent-assisted home sales.”

Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line

You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

Blog Post via KCM Blog

MRED Chicagoland Report for October, 2017

As we enter the final quarter of 2016, not much has changed since the year began. Market predictions have been, in a word, predictable. A relatively comfortable pace of activity has been maintained thanks to continuing low unemployment and mortgage rates. The one basic drag on market acceleration has been inventory decline. There is little to indicate that the low inventory situation will resolve anytime soon.

New Listings in Chicagoland were down 9.6 percent for detached homes and 4.9 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 10.0 percent for detached homes and 6.3 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 9.2 percent to $220,000 for detached homes and 7.8 percent to $179,950 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 20.5 percent for detached units and 22.7 percent for attached units.

Builder confidence is as high as it has been in more than a decade, yet the pace of economic growth has been slow enough to cause pause. A low number of first-time buyer purchases and a looming demographic shift also seem to be curbing the desire to start new single-family construction projects. As older Americans retire and downsize, single-family listings are expected to rise. The waiting is the hardest part.

MRED real estate professionals can log into MREDLLC.com and click on the Statistics tab to get the latest Lender Mediated and Monthly Market Indicators Reports.  You can also click on the Local Market Updates choice under the Statistics tab and use our Interactive Market Analytics map for the latest local market metrics.

Any questions?  Please contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com.

Buying is Now 37.7% Cheaper Than Renting in the US

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The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 17.4% less expensive in Honolulu (HI), all the way up to 53.2% less expensive in Miami & West Palm Beach (FL), and 37.7% nationwide!

Other interesting findings in the report include:

  • Interest rates have remained low, and even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation.
  • Home prices would have to appreciate by a range of over 23% in Honolulu (HI), up to over 45% in Ventura County (CA), to reach the tipping point of renting being less expensive than buying.
  • Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1%, a 145% increase over today’s average of 3.7%, for renting to be cheaper than buying. Rates haven’t been that high since January of 1995, according to Freddie Mac.

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, meet with a local real estate professional who can help you find your dream home.

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MRED Chicagoland Report for September, 2016

As anticipated at the outset of the year, demand has remained high through the first three quarters of 2016, propping up sales and prices despite heavy reductions in inventory and months of supply across the country. With rental prices and employment opportunities in a consistent climb, year-over-year increases in home buying are probable for the rest of the year but not guaranteed.

New Listings in Chicagoland were down 0.2 percent for detached homes but increased 4.1 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 8.3 percent for detached homes and 11.9 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 6.2 percent to $223,000 for detached homes and 5.4 percent to $184,500 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 19.2 percent for detached units and 22.1 percent for attached units.

In general, today’s demand is driven by three factors: Millennials are reaching prime home-buying age, growing families are looking for larger homes and empty nesters are downsizing. However, intriguingly low interest rates often prompt refinancing instead of listing, contributing to lower inventory. Recent studies have also shown that short-term rentals are keeping a collection of homes off the market.

MRED real estate professionals can log into MREDLLC.com and click on the Statistics tab to get the latest Lender Mediated and Monthly Market Indicators Reports.  You can also click on the Local Market Updates choice under the Statistics tab and use our Interactive Market Analytics map for the latest local market metrics.

Any questions?  Please contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com.

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Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) Has Champaign Taste

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Chicagoland MLS Giant Welcomes Champaign County
as its Newest Association Partner

LISLE, ILLINOIS (October 4, 2016) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), announced that the Champaign County Association of Realtors® (CCAR) has become the thirteenth Realtor® association to contract for MLS services from MRED.

CCAR is the “Voice for Real Estate” in the Champaign County area of Illinois.  Over 400 CCAR members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. Chartered in 1917, CCAR is the leading resource for Realtor® members and an advocate for homeownership and private property rights. CCAR strives to be recognized as a community and education focused resource comprised of ethical real estate professionals.

“I am thrilled that all of the discussions and negotiations have resulted in the partnership of these two great organizations,” said Stefanie Pratt, Immediate Past President of CCAR.  “It is gratifying when hard work results in something so positive for our members.”

“CCAR staff is already working hard at the difficult job of transitioning to a new MLS system,” said Linda Green, CCAR Association Executive.  “We look forward to all of the new functionality and opportunities that are coming to our members when we go live with MRED early in 2017.”

“We are very excited to welcome CCAR as our newest Association partner,” said MRED President and Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen.  “Our staff and leadership look forward to working closely with the CCAR Board and staff to have a smooth transition for CCAR’s members to our MLS system.  I personally want to thank CCAR’s Immediate Past President Stefanie Pratt, Association Executive Linda Green and their Board of Directors, for their forward-thinking vision and leadership.  I appreciate and understand that change is difficult and not always the easiest road taken.  I’m confident that this will prove to be a great decision for all involved.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to more than 40,000 brokers and appraisers and nearly 8,000 offices.  MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.  MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for three years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey.  MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for five consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal.  For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.