Lancaster, PA Real Estate News

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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The Mortgage Process: What You Need to Know Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don't have perfect credit. Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford . Your first step in the Home Buying Process is to obtain a Mortgage Pre-Approval .  Email MikePerryKW@gmail.com  to get started .  
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month Update Six months ago, I reported that the mismatch between the type of inventory of homes for sale and the demand of buyers in the US was causing the formation of two markets. In the starter and trade-up home categories, there were significantly more buyers than there were homes for sale, causing a seller’s market. In the premium, or luxury, home categories, the opposite was true as there was a surplus of these homes compared to the buyers that were out searching for their dream homes, which created a buyer’s market. According to the National Association of Realtors latest Existing Home Sales Report, the inventory of existing homes for sale in today’s market is at a 4.2-month supply. Inventory is now 6.5% lower than this time last year, marking the 27th...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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Which Lancaster Homes Increased Most in Value???  Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors puts the annual increase in the median existing-home price at 5.6%. CoreLogic, in their most recent Home Price Index Report, revealed that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. CoreLogic broke appreciation down ever further into four price ranges which gives a more detailed view than simply looking at the year-over-year increases of the national median home price. The chart below shows the four tiers and each one’s growth from July 2016 to July 2017 (the latest data available). It is important to pay attention to how prices are changing in your local market. The location of...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? Some Highlights: The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.4% by next year. CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 5.0% over the next 12 months. If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to! Buyers, your first step is obtaining Mortgage Pre-Approval ! Email  mikeperrykw@gmail.com to get started !  
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
What to Look for in Your Real Estate Advocate How do you select the members of your team who are going to help you make your dream of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you know if you’ve found the right agent or lender? The most important characteristic that you should be looking for in your agent is someone who is going to take the time to really educate you on the choices available to you and your ability to buy in today’s market. As 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.” Do your research. Ask your friends and family for recommendations of professionals whom they have used in th...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Lancaster Home Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below). Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a ...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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More Than Half of Lancaster Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs According to a survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage. After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how much higher the fees were than expected. “Homebuyers reported being most surprised by mortgage insurance, followed by bank fees and points, taxes, title insurance and appraisal fees.” Bankrate.com gathered closing cost data from lenders in every state and Washington, D.C. in order to share the average costs in each state. The map below was created using the closing costs on a $200,000 mor...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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Why Are So Few Lancaster Homes for Sale? There is no doubt that the largest challenge in today’s housing market is a lack of housing inventory for sale. This challenge has been defined as an “overwhelming lack of supply,” and even a “straight up inventory crisis.” First American just released the results of a survey which sheds light on the reasons for the current lack of supply. The survey asked title agents and real estate professionals to identify what they believe are the top reasons for this lack of inventory in their markets. Here are the results of the survey: 47% - existing homeowners are worried that they will not be able to find a home to buy 26.5% - first-time buyer demand is absorbing a large share of available homes 11.3% - existing homeowners’ mortgage rates are lower than...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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Most Lancastrians Say Now is a Good Time to Sell! Recently released data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey revealed that rising home prices were the catalyst behind an eight-point jump in the net percentage of respondents who say now is a good time to sell. The index is now 21 points higher than it was this time last year. Overall, 62% of Americans surveyed said that now is a good time to sell (up from 58%), while 26% of respondents said that now is not a good time to sell (down from 30%). The net score is the difference between the two percentages, or 36%. According to CoreLogic, home prices are now up 6.7% over last year and 78.8% of homeowners with a mortgage in the US now have significant equity (defined as 20% or more). As home prices have increased, more and more homeowner...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018 Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and The Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting that home sales will increase in 2018. Here is a chart showing what each entity is projecting in sales for the remainder of this year and the next. As we can see, each entity is projecting sizable increases in home sales next year. If you have considered selling your house recently, now may be the time to put it on the market.   Update your home's Current Market Value with a FREE national RPR Report . Email mikeperrykw@gmail.com to get started !   
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
5 Reasons to Sell This Fall Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home. Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market. 2. There Is Less Competition Now Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good ne...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Lack of Existing Home Inventory Slows Sales Heading into Fall Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report. First-time homebuyers made up 31% of all sales in August. Homes are selling quickly with 51% of homes on the market for less than a month. A limited supply continues to drive up prices for the 66th consecutive month.      Sellers , this shortage of homes is driving Price upward ! Now is the time to list your Property for Top Dollar ! Email mikeperrykw@gmail.com to update your Property's Value .  
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials Choose to Buy in Lancaster County ! Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space, at 93%. Many millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day that they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they'd like, or renovate an outdated part of their living space. Buyers , your first step is obtaining Mortgage Pre-Approval  ! Email mikeperrykw@gmail.com to get started . 
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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Report: Homeownership Is a Precondition of the American Dream Hearth just released their 2017 State of the American Dream report which showed that Americans still see homeownership as an integral piece of the American Dream. The report confirmed that “all generations–including millennials–agree homeownership is very important to achieving the American Dream.” Americans ranked “owning a home I love” higher than any other options (including “starting a family” and “finding a fulfilling career”) as an important part of the American Dream. Despite some claims that homeownership’s importance to the American Dream is in decline, the report found that the dream of homeownership remains strong. Of Americans who said they think achieving the American Dream is important, 70% think homeownership i...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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The Cost of a Wedding vs. Down Payment Married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics last year at 66% of all buyers, according to the most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable. Many couples are deciding to use what would otherwise be their wedding fund as a down payment on their first home, as unmarried couples made up 8% of all first-time buyers last year. If you’re single, don’t fret; you can still buy your dream home! Single women made up 17% of first-time buyers in 2016, while single men accounted for 7% of buyers. According to a survey by the Wedding Report, the average cost of a wedding in the United States a...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Looking for Your Dream Home? Know What You Want vs. What You Need In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses. Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-bre...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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4 Reasons to Buy in Lancaster This Fall! Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.0% over the next year. The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense. 2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have hovered around 4%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the ...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
How Supply and Demand Impacts Lancaster Home Values Some Highlights: The concept of supply & demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when the supply of that item is low & the demand for that item is high! Anything under a 6-month supply is a seller’s market! Nationally, there has not been a 6-months inventory supply since August 2012! Inventory levels differ depending on the area of the country and price range, so let’s get together to discuss the exact market conditions in our area. Sellers , update your home's Current Market Value with a FREE national RPR Report . Email mikeperrykw@gmail.com to get started !  
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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America Needs Your House !! The biggest challenge in today’s real estate market is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing shortage? Here are what four industry economists are saying on the issue (emphases added): Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist “The underlying fundamental issue is an overwhelming lack of supply… The supply of newly constructed homes is also sagging, adding to the supply challenges. Over the last eight years, housing demand has increased by 5.9 million, but the net new number of housing units has only increased by 3.5 million.” Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s Chief Economist “Everyone has been talking about tight inventory but I think we are OK calling it a straight up inventory crisis at this point. We just don’t have enough homes.” Se...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
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Do You Know Your Lancaster Home’s Value? The latest edition of CoreLogic’s Home Price Index shows that nationally, home prices have appreciated 6.7% over the last year and 0.9% month-over-month. The release of the report included this headline, “National Home Prices Now 50% Above March 2011 Bottom” The real estate market has come a long way since 2011, which is great news for homeowners! Nearly 79% of homeowners with a mortgage in the US now have significant equity in their homes (defined as over 20%), according to the latest Equity Report. The challenge is that not every homeowner knows how much their home’s value has appreciated. Homeowners in Denver, CO lead the way with 8.7% appreciation over the last year, while owners in Washington and Utah have experienced a 3% increase in values...
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