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Miami Home Sales are off the charts, too!  Are you still on the fence about buying that next Miami property?  What are you waiting for?  Miami home sales continue to outperform the rest of the country.

Pending home sales hit second highest point in decade in the USA!   Pending home sales increased in July led by high gains in the West, which hit its highest month in more than three years. There is, however, still room for more growth. There’s little doubt there’d be more sales activity right now if there were more affordable listings on the market.

Pending home sales increased in July up to the highest reading in over a decade, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors.  And Miami home sales, though not leading the pack this month, have certainly continued to outperform the national average.

While the West led the way with its increase in pending home sales, the Midwest was the only area to see a decrease in contract activity, according to the report. “The index in the West last month was the highest in over three years largely because of stronger labor market conditions,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said.

“If homebuilding increases in the region to tame price growth and alleviate the ongoing affordability concerns, the healthy rate of job gains should support more sales,” Yun said.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 1.3% to 111.3 in July, representing the second highest point this year. It is up from a downwardly revised 109.9 in June, and up 1.4% from last year’s 109.8.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, the first year to be analyzed. Coincidentally, 2001 was the first of four consecutive record years for existing-home sales.

“Amidst tight inventory conditions that have lingered the entire summer, contract activity last month was able to pick up at least modestly in a majority of areas,” Yun said. “More home shoppers having success is good news for the housing market heading into the fall, but buyers still have few choices and little time before deciding to make an offer on a home available for sale.”

“There’s little doubt there’d be more sales activity right now if there were more affordable listings on the market,” he said.

Residential construction data shows that the size and costs of new homes moved downward over the past year, the report said. This is an early indication that homebuilders are beginning to shift away from building larger, more expensive homes in order to focus on properties in the middle and lower price ranges.

“Realtors in several high-cost areas have been saying for quite a while that there is robust demand for single-family starter homes and townhomes at an affordable price point for young buyers,” Yun said. “The homeownership rate won’t move up from its over 50-year low without a meaningful boost from first-time buyers, whose participation has yet to noticeably increase so far this year despite mortgage rates near all-time lows.”

In fact, homebuilder confidence increased in August as new construction and new home sales increase, according to the Housing Market Index by the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.

According to the latest estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home sales soared in July.

“Single-family starts are still growing at double-digit rates,” Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin said in response to the new home sales report. “Supply-constrained homebuyers should rest assured that relief is on the way.”

Are you interested in learning more about Miami home sales? I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

Reprinted from Kelsey Ramírez, Housing Wire, August 31, 2016

 

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A Great Time to Refinance…

Just yesterday the Fed announced they may very well still raise interest rates in one or both of their remaining meetings this year.

What does this tell us?   Historically, it’s the absolute best time to refinance your home.  Never in history have interest rates been this low and attractive.  Think what you can do with the money you would be saving?  At the end of the day, you could practice good ol’ American consumerism by injecting your savings back into the economy.  It’s what Americans are known to do…

At Strock and Tanner Mortgage, we specialize in all types of home loans, mortgages, refinances and reverse mortgages.   We have experience in all ends of the real estate market, from realtors, to loan officers, to in-house servicing.  We can handle all your home purchase and financing needs.

If you’re in the market to purchase a new home, refinance and existing property, obtain a reverse mortgage on the equity in your home, your seniors parents home, or a friend or family member, call us at Strock and Tanner Mortgage to help you convert your dreams into reality.

Want to see stories of satisfied clients?  Have a look at our album of successful closings here.  It’s our business to make your real estate goals into reality.  We are licensed in the entire state of Florida and can help you regardless of your location.  Join thousands of satisfied clients.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Strock and Tanner Loans specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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It’s been a month since the Brexit vote and, as we reported initially, Miami home loan interest rates have continued to decline.

Just this week we reported how we now have a new conventional home loan interest product with 1% down payment, up to $417,000 loan as long as your total debt service ratio is no more than 46% and your FICO credit score is over 700.

These numbers are unheard of post the Great Financial Recession of 2009. If you have not yet acted, NOW is the time to purchase or refinance your home in order to lock-in these low rates before they increase.

As you very well, the Fed’s actions are unpredictable from meeting to meeting, so home interest rates could very well rise at any time without prior notice.

The Miami housing market continues to sizzle despite other major metropolitan home areas nationwide showing signs of slowing. We are not only fueled by locals interested in buying, selling and refinancing, but we have a large tourist population making Miami a second home. Our international foreign buyer base is also strong seeking a secure harbor to park their capital given uncertainty in other global markets.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.  Call me today at 305-598-1600.

 

 

 

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Foreign Buyers Continue to Flock to South Florida…

According to a recent article by Diana Olick of CNBC news, “As for U.S. destinations, five states accounted for half of foreign buyer purchases: Florida, (22 percent), California (15 percent), Texas (10 percent), Arizona and New York (each at 4 percent).”

Though real estate seems to have slowed in some markets, Florida continues to be a very popular market for both domestic and foreign buyers willing to park their money in “safer” investments. The fact remains, Florida is a “paradise” of sorts. Thousands flock here from throughout the world due to our warmer climates, proximity to amazing world-class beaches, a no-tax state, along with Miami being the long-time gateway to Latin America, soon becoming the same for Western Europe.

Florida is the place to be.

Are you a foreign buyer thinking of purchasing real estate in Florida?

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

The Fed decided to keep interest rates low this week. While the economy has improved, the two most recent job reports indicate somewhat of a stagnation in growth. So, rather than “rocking the boat”, so to speak, Fed Chief Janet Yellen, along with the other Fed governors voted to maintain rates as is.

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Clearly, this is a great move for the real estate market nationwide, but even more so here in South Florida, where “Paradise”, as many like to refer to Miami and its surrounding communities, continue to welcome tourists, visitors, businesses and new residents almost daily.

Already the hub for business activity to Latin America, Miami is poised to become the same for the European Community. Many continue to seek the strength and safety of the USA. Miami is a natural fit for so many reasons.

How about you? Are you considering making Miami your home for a new location? Are you looking for a Miami realtor who can also help you obtain financing for your home or commercial space?

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.  Call me today at 305-598-1600.

One of the key elements of my listing marketing plan is to have a full appraisal done on the property. This process gives my clients more confidence in the pricing of their home.

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In addition when we go into contract and the buyers schedule there appraisal for the loan they are securing I attend the actual appraisal that is being done. At the time of appraisal realtors are permitted
to hand the appraiser comps they feel that should be considered in the process. At this time I hand the appraiser the original appraisal that was conducted which contain the actual comps for the area. I find this practice to be very effective and the appraiser is actually getting a second professional opinion in completing the final report.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

Retirees have the opportunity to use a reverse mortgage on their home for many financial challenges facing seniors today. Many well known sites such as Money Magazine, The Huffington Post, CNBC and CNN Financial news have all tooted the many benefits reverse mortgages afford to Seniors.

Let’s discuss a couple of the more prescient ones within the next few posts.

 

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Healthcare Expenses

Say for instance there is for a lump sum to pay in anticipated or unanticipated healthcare expenses. It is well known healthcare expenses pose a challenge for many Seniors.  As a Senior, you’ve hard your entire life. Upon retirement, though many of your expenses may lower, other expenses arise, such as health care costs. Why fret or worry? Safely tap the equity in your home, which you’ve worked hard to pay all your life, so that you may have that safety net to cushion you when unexpected costs arise.

You will not have to repay the monies taken for the reverse mortgage against your home until the time of your death. You will receive a lump sum payment from the reverse mortgage financing institution and neither you nor your heirs will be required to repay these monies until the time of your death.

Is this not something to allow you to breathe a sigh of relief?

Contact Mario Quintero of Strock and Tanner Loans, your Reverse Mortgage Specialist at 305-598-1600 for additional information along with a complementary consultation. He will explain all the benefits available to you with a reverse mortgage.

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In case you’re wondering, the current economic scenario does not bode well for an increase in interest rates.

Toward the end of 2015, Federal Reserve President Janet Yellen presided over the first rate increase since the Great Recession began.  Bank stocks, along with financials in general, rallied, in hopes interest rates would finally recover, leading to an environment where rates could be increased.

Since the new year, 2016, the exact opposite has instead taken place.  Financial stocks have plummeted, now that it’s clear rates cannot continue to rise due to a jittery economic outlook.

Stay tuned. Given it’s also an election year, rates are bound to stay right here where they are.  Of course, this helps housing.

I’m Mario Quintero, your Miami residential home mortgage specialist.  I deal in all types of mortgage loans, including reverse mortgages, jumbo, conventional, FHA and foreign national.

Call me today so I may help you secure the best interest for your new purchase or refinance.