Category: Real Estate Realities Podcast

My experience financing a remodel with a HELOC or REFI

heloc or refiFirst up today will be an update on my efforts to remodel my home. My loan of choice was a HELOC – particularly since I had so many banks soliciting me via email to give me one!. However, I recently hit snag with this and today I will share that and some insights into how you can avoid the same problem and still achieve your goals. Good information to help you decide on a HELOC or REFI.

We will also discuss the recent increase in lending rates and the increase in mortgage applications.

Finally, lets talk a little about the cities where homes sold the fastest this winter.

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Which are the hottest cities for millennials

cities for millennialsThe headlines continue to sell us the idea that there is going to be a huge boom in millennial buyers in 2017. I continue to be skeptical about that. With all the tidbits we have discussed over the last few weeks, it is clear that there are lots of challenges to millennials. Today, I share a little more research I did to try and get a better handle on how many Millennials are having a tough time with debt. The results were interesting. Either way, Millennials will need a place to rent or to buy. As a real estate smarty pants – this is info you want to know! Of course, the next thing you would want to know is what are the hottest cities for millennials in 2017 – so we will cover that too!

We are also going to talk about an amazing story of a mother who built her own home – with only google and youtube to educate her on how!

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Should you list your home early in 2017?

list your homeWe are going to talk about a few things today. First, when is the right time to list your home? We will talk about how to figure that out for your specific situation, but in general, experts are saying you will get better results by listing early in 2017.

Mortgage rates have continued their 3 week dip. This is great news but we also have seen 10 year treasuries increase recently – that may spell a increase in interest rates.

Also, the headlines are telling us that housing starts are up at the end of 2016 – but is that really the good news folks seem to want to believe?

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Home improvements that give highest return on investment

home improvementToday we are going to run down the home improvements that are likely to give you the highest return on investment for 2017.

We will examine both the midrange and high end improvements. Once we have checked that out, we will take a look at the home improvements that offer the lowest return on investment. Of course, so much is going to depend on the context of your property, but this will be a great way to get calibrated to different remodeling costs.

Of course, as always, we will lay on some rebelbroker mojo to make this info more useful and consider how seriously to take these numbers and what there best use might be.

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Homebuilder Confidence, FHA Mortgage Insurance and Student Debt on todays show

homebuilder confidenceIt turns out that the department of education DRAMATICALLY under reported the number of college graduates that have defaulted on their student loans. This will potentially have a huge impact on what we can expect from these folks in terms of their decision to attempt to buy a home. Since this is data covering 7 years, this means that this is already out in the real world and if the trend continues, could hold buyers back for a very long time.

We will also talk about possible changes to the upcoming reduction in FHA mortgage insurance that we talked about on this show a while back. You can find more on this topic in last weeks show where we talked about the plan to reduce the FHA mortgage insurance.

Finally, homebuilder confidence took a bit of a dip. We will consider that and some other info that may give us a clue on what to expect in terms of new construction in 2017.

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