Summer is the New Spring

A lot of people here in the Pacific Northwest don’t realize that real estate didn’t stop because of the governor’s stay-home “order.” We had a hiatus for three days but real estate is an essential service. Tens of thousands of people were in the midst of buying or selling a home when the coronavirus hit. One can’t just stop that midstream. Imagine the people who already gave their landlord or job notice, already paid for moving services, got a job out of the area, etc. We actually barely slowed down. Now that businesses are opening up everywhere, we are full speed ahead again. This year started VERY strong for Pacific NW home sellers due to low inventory.

Yet, it’s been great for home buyers too because interest rates have been so historically low. 🚨 Buyers! Don’t get stuck on the sticker price of homes! Focus on the monthly MORTGAGE. On average, you are likely to stay in a home for only 10 years. Is it better to buy a home during that time at low interest rates (plus gain appreciation later) or to rent and never get that money back EVER??? 🚨

Call, text, or email to talk to me about buying or selling a home at this time. Tons of actually helpful information on my website at 👈🏻👈🏼👈🏽👈🏾👈🏿

(206) 866-8090

Not Ready to Buy a Home Now?

No worries. Start your research now. You don’t know what you don’t know. 💡

Don’t start by looking at houses or condos. Instead start by connecting with a lender. A lender will let you know what you need to do to qualify for a mortgage. It’s not necessarily that you need to make more money. Perhaps you need to eliminate some debt (not necessarily all of it either!), or improve your credit score (are your credit reports accurate?). A lender can look into that for you to give you advice that is personalized to you. There are also many first-time homebuyer programs available to assist with down payments.

I also have lots of personally written valuable information for homebuyers and home sellers on my website. My article on improving your credit score was from my personal experience. In fact, I recently went to a class on this topic from a big-name banker and I could have taught the class myself!

Contact me directly if you have any questions!

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4 Basics of House Flipping

Interested in house flipping? I get asked about that a lot. Here are the basics of what and who you’ll need:

1) Hard Money Lender. Unlike the late-night infomercials promising you riches, you will need money to acquire properties. No, not the entire amount of the list price on a property, but you’ll still need a down payment and that’s 20% for a conventional lender. Their interest rates are low, but they have more stringent requirements to qualify. Hard money lenders lend at higher rates, but they’re private individuals or a group of individuals without the governmental requirements needed to lend you money fast. They’ll lend you the money for the purchase of the property AND repairs, but you must also put some form of down payment as well, so you have “skin in the game” and they’re not left having to do the work if you skip out.

2) Construction Crew. To be a house flipper in WA state, you need a general contractor’s license if you’ll be hiring subcontractors OR hire a GC to hire subcontractors. This area of the U.S. does NOT have the great number of blue collar trades that other states do such as Southern CA or AZ. Our contractors have an abundance of work and can take their pick of jobs, so expect to pay good money for labor.

3) Wholesalers. You know those little signs you see on the side of the road, on poles, etc. that read “We buy ugly houses,” or “We buy houses, any condition”? They don’t actually buy houses. Haha! They put your house under contract then sell the contract to a house flipper. They make money and the house flipper gets a house at well below market value.  That’s how they can flip the house and make a profit – because it was done off market (that is, NOT on the MLS). And that’s also why putting your home on the open market (that is, the MLS) is the best way YOU can make the most money from selling your house. When it’s on the MLS, your property gets exposed to the greatest number of potential buyers, including investors. As supply is perpetually low in the Pacific Northwest, investors DO look on the MLS for fixers. Don’t expect to get paid the same as a house in good condition, of course, but certainly better than a wholesaler will offer you.  Back to being a house flipper. You want to know a few wholesalers who can bring you good deals to buy.

4) Join a local REIA – Real Estate Investors Association. Every major city has at least one. This is a great place to learn about real estate investing from people who are actually doing it. It’s also a great place to connect with wholesalers and hard money lenders. Contractors don’t attend much for the aforementioned reasons; they just don’t need a local REIA to get business.  

DAISY CASILLAS, 1% Real Estate Broker
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The MYTH of 20% Downpayments

Many potential home buyers give up before they’ve even gotten started because they think they don’t have enough for a down payment. Oftentimes it’s because they’ve bought into the myth that you can’t buy a home with less than a 20% down payment. Many people think you must use an FHA loan for a low down payment too. NOT true! In fact, with a conventional loan, you can go as low as 3%! That’s lower than FHA’s 3.5% minimum. Plus, VA loans and USDA loans are as low as ZERO percent! Woohoo! Check out these myth-busters in this infographic (click the link to make it larger; may need to click it twice), and CALL, EMAIL, or TEXT me about purchasing a home now.

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Two Things You Need to Know About Mortgage Interest Rates

Number 1 – There are 7 factors that determine your rate. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, your credit score, home location, home price, loan amount, down payment, rate type, and loan term and type can all affect your rate.

Number 2 – Your interest rate and annual percentage rate (APR) are different. Both are expressed as a percentage, but your interest rate is the cost you pay each year to borrow money. An APR is a broader measure that includes your interest rate, points (if applicable), and other charges you may pay to get a loan. It’s what allows you to compare one lender’s offer to another.