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  • 1. Redfin’s Home Buying Class December 5, 2012 Kennesaw, GA Presented by: Sascha Gummersbach Redfin’s Atlanta Team Follow: @RedfinAtlanta Like: http://www.facebook.com/RedfinAtlantaSlide 1 of 49
  • 2. Agenda ● To buy or not to buy ● Overview of purchase process ● Understanding the Market ● Touring ● Mortgages ● Break! ● Choosing an agent ● Redfin as a tool ● Short sales & foreclosures ● What to know about closingSlide 2 of 49
  • 3. A Little Bit About Who We Are Redfin is a real estate brokerage that has helped over 20,000 people buy or sell a home; 97% would refer us to a friend. ● Customers, not commissions ● Informed decisions ● The right home for the right price No obligation Get back a portion of our commissionSlide 3 of 49
  • 4. To Buy or Not to BuySlide 4 of 49
  • 5. Why You Should Buy a Home ● You have a family and need room to grow ● You expect to stay put for 5 or more years ● You’re handy & and ready to invest ● You’ve saved up a down paymentSlide 5 of 49
  • 6. Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Home ● You don’t have a good reason ● You can’t afford the down payment ● You can rent for much less ● You plan on moving soon ● You’re worried about job securitySlide 6 of 49
  • 7. Understanding the Buying ProcessSlide 7 of 49
  • 8. Overview of Purchase Process (more details to follow) ● Information – learn as much as possible about the market, the neighborhood, price trends ● Tour some houses to get a general idea ● Interview Lenders- get pre-approved ● Choose an Agent ● Tour more seriously and find YOUR home ● Mutual Acceptance on your offer ● Home Inspection “Contingency” ● Financing and Appraisal “Contingencies” ● ClosingSlide 8 of 49
  • 9. Understanding the MarketSlide 9 of 49
  • 10. Case-Shiller: Atlanta Area v. 20-City 250.00 20 City Composite Atlanta 200.00 150.00 100.00 50.00 0.00Slide 10 of 55
  • 11. Case-Shiller – By the Numbers Case-Shiller: Atlanta Area Down 6.1% year-over-year Peak was July 2007 Down 29.8% from peak Currently at May 1999 prices 20-City Composite Up 2.0% year-over-year Peak was July 2006 Down 29.4% from peak Currently at September 2003 pricesSlide 11 of 49
  • 12. Kennesaw October Stats for HomesSlide 12 of 49
  • 13. Kennesaw October Stats for HomesSlide 13 of 49
  • 14. National Market Trends ● Multiple Offers ► 74% of offers in OC faced competition in March, 51% in DC ► Offers increased 50% nationwide but closings only increased by 17% ► Competition is up for getting offers accepted ● Tale of 2 markets ► Prices are mostly soft for condos and townhomes ► Entry level and mid range houses are selling like hotcakes ● Nationally, prices are down 3.8% ● Number of homes for sale is down 27% from March last yearSlide 14 of 49
  • 15. Where is the Local Market Headed? ● Supply of homes is at a five-year low and won’t increase the rest of the year ● Rents have been rising, making buying more attractive) ● Market stabilizing, though likely 2-3 years before significant appreciation ● Rate increases - biggest issue for buyersSlide 15 of 49
  • 16. Short Sales and Bank OwnedSlide 16 of 49
  • 17. What is a Short Sale? The owner owes more on the mortgage than the home is worth ● Usually pre-foreclosure, but not always ● Listed for less than what’s owed to the bank ● Requires 1 - 2 banks’ approval (usually 2) ● May have other liens (taxes, utilities, HOA) How are short sales different? ● Flexible closing date ● Contract Price has to be approved by the seller’s lender(s) ● Property is sold “as-is” ● Get a 15% commission refundSlide 17 of 49
  • 18. What is a Bank-Owned Property? ● A foreclosed home owned by a bank or lender ● Standard sale but: ► Verbal negotiations ► Long response times ► Repairs unlikely ► Legal addenda may require an attorney ► Limited or no disclosures ► Banks demand use of their own contracts ► Bank can back out any time until they’ve signed ► Contract often requires early release of earnest moneySlide 18 of 49
  • 19. MortgagesSlide 19 of 49
  • 20. Review Your Financial Situation To Buy or Not to Buy ● Pull credit report, look for errors ● Establish comfort level for monthly payment ● Figure out how much monthly income goes towards debt: 28 – 33% healthy ● Pay down credit balances to 1/3rd ● Don’t open any new lines of credit ● Don’t buy any big ticket items ● Source of money ● Current employment statusSlide 20 of 49
  • 21. Start Shopping for Lenders Compile a list of 2-3 lenders & brokers Good sources include: ● Redfins partner lenders ● Referrals from friends, family & co-workers ● Online review sites, such as Yelp ● Local chains and offices *Know your lenderSlide 21 of 49
  • 22. Getting Pre-Approved A pre-approval letter is a letter from a bank or a lender estimating how much theyll lend you ● Establishes what you can afford & makes offer process go faster ● What’s the difference between Pre-Approval and Pre-Qualification ● Good for 90 days, depending on lender ● Ask for a few different amounts ● Similar, yet different from pre-qualification ● Redfin asks that you get pre-approved before your third tour ● Are gift funds involved? ● How much do you have for a down payment? Information needed: ● W-2, two pay-stubs, tax returns, bank statementsSlide 22 of 49
  • 23. Comparing Loan Estimates ● Gather loan estimates ► A minimum of three, more is better ► These aren’t final numbers, but within a few thousand dollars ► Compare similar loans Program (FHA, conventional) Timeframe (same day) ● Compare costs side-by-side ► Discount & origination points ► Interest rates ► Insurance premiums (FHA, PMI) ► APR (interest rates + fees + points + PMI)Slide 23 of 49
  • 24. Types of Loans ● Conventional: ► As low as 5% down ► Fixed or adjustable rates, conforming or non-conforming ● Federal Housing Administration Loan (FHA): ► Always have mortgage insurance ► Buyers need only a 3.5% down payment ● VA Guaranteed Loan: ► Veterans, active duty personnel, reservists/national guard, surviving spouses ► No down payment ● Ask your lender if they have special loan programs ► Example: BB&T Chips ProgramSlide 24 of 49
  • 25. Where Are Rates Headed? Type of Loan November 21, 2012 November 29, 2012 30-Year Fixed 3.31% 3.32% 15-Year Fixed 2.63% 2.64% 5/1 ARM 2.74% 2.72% 1-Year ARM 2.56% 2.56%Slide 25 of 49
  • 26. Make Your Decision ● When possible, get a loan commitment ● Make alternative funds liquid (401k, stock) Good news! Loan payments are made in arrears, so your first loan payment won’t be for two months.Slide 26 of 49
  • 27. Putting it all together to findYOUR homeSlide 27 of 49
  • 28. Redfin.com-Benefits of a MLS Powered Site ● All the homes for sale: 30% more listings ● You see what the agent sees: 4x the data ● Real-time market data: photos, details of just-sold homesSlide 28 of 49
  • 29. Highlights of Redfin’s Site ● Search by zip code or neighborhood ● Saved searches/instant alerts ● Agent notes ● Download results ● Price your home ● Forums ● Home buying guide ● Home inspection guide ● Any questions about the site?Slide 29 of 49
  • 30. Open Book ● Redfin Certified Providers ● Every professional is reviewed and all reviews are shown ● Search for local: ► Inspectors ► Lenders ► Title CompaniesSlide 30 of 49
  • 31. Choosing the Right AgentSlide 31 of 49
  • 32. Traditional vs. RedfinSlide 32 of 49
  • 33. What to Ask Any Agent ● Is this your full-time job? ● Familiar with foreclosures or short-sales? ● Where were your last five deals? ● Who else will be working with me? ● Will you show me all properties for sale? ● When am I committed to working with you? ● Has a client ever filed a complaint? ● How are you paid? ● Can I see some reviews of your work?Slide 33 of 49
  • 34. Experience With Multiple Offers This occurs when inventory is down and buyer interest is up 5 Tips for Winning in a Bidding War 1. Make the competition eat your dust 2. Get pre-approved with a local lender & get underwriter approval 3. Start the conversation early 4. Write a letter & appeal to the seller 5. Know your limitsSlide 34 of 49
  • 35. Redfin’s Partner Program Partner agents are employed by other brokerages, but have teamed up with us to provide Redfin-Certified service to a wider range of customers. We’ll refer you to a partner agent when: ► A home is outside of our direct service area ► A home is below our price minimum ► We’re experiencing an unusually high customer demand We survey all partner agent clients ► All surveys are published on their Redfin page ► 97% of customers would recommend Redfin partnersSlide 35 of 49
  • 36. TouringSlide 36 of 49
  • 37. Making the Most of Your Tour 1. Bring a camera, notebook & tape measure 9. Peek into the attic 2. See how much sunlight the place gets 10. Bring a marble or two 3. Check the bathrooms for rot & mold 11. When sharing a wall, make sure it’s thick 4. Look for wavy or discolored wood siding 12. Ignore the appliances and carpets 5. Make sure water spouts drain away from 13. Check the closets house 14. Get the disclosure packet 6. Take stock of storage space 15. Compare the property’s tax records to the 7. Turn off any music playing in house listing details 8. Check for hardwood floorsSlide 37 of 49
  • 38. How Touring with Redfin Works ● Up to six homes per tour in two hour blocks ● Go on as many tours as you need ● Led by agent or field agent ● Need to be verified ● No obligationSlide 38 of 55
  • 39. Home Inspection and Other ContingenciesSlide 39 of 49
  • 40. Home Inspection ● We recommend that you have a home inspection ● Cost runs $350 to $1200 depending upon the size of the house ● Your agent will accompany you ● Your time to evaluate the property ● What an inspection contingency covers and doesn’t cover ● Types of inspectionsSlide 40 of 49
  • 41. Other Contingencies ● Appraisal – Performed in conjunction with financing ● Financing ● Title ● OtherSlide 41 of 49
  • 42. Closing – what you need to knowSlide 42 of 49
  • 43. Closing: HUD–1 Settlement HUD-1 Settlement Statement – Lists all fees/charges/credits By law, the final costs listed on your HUD-1 must be within 10% of the estimates provided on your Good Faith Estimate (GFE). ● Lender charges ► Includes origination fee, appraisal fee, credit report, insurance and tax escrows ● Title charges ► Includes settlement fee, and owner’s and lender’s title insurance ● Government charges ► Includes recording fees, recordation taxes and property taxesSlide 43 of 49
  • 44. Attorney Closings ● What does the Attorney do? ► Prepares the final documents, including the HUD-1 ► Represent the buyer’s lender ► Conducts the closing ► Examines and clears the title to the property ► Records the deed, mortgage and any other recordable instruments ► Issues title insurance to the lender and the buyerSlide 44 of 49
  • 45. Closing: Title Insurance ● Title insurance guarantees that the property is clear and marketable ● 2 types of title insurance policies ► Limited (Standard) Protection against pre-closing defects in title ► Enhanced (Eagle) Costs 20% more than Standard policy Covers post closing fraud, forgery, identity theft Increases with value of the property up to 150% of original price Includes coverage for: mechanic’s liens, invalid permits, forced removal of structure, unrecorded easements, unrecorded leases,Slide 45 of 49
  • 46. Closing Day ● You’ll have a final walk-through on closing ● Closing typically takes 1 hour day or just before ● Get keys and take possession! ● What to bring: ► Government issued photo ID ► Certified checkSlide 46 of 49
  • 47. So What Now? ● Make sure it’s the right time for you ● Start browsing online ● Check out our Home Buying Guide and Events page ● Find the right agent ● Look for a lender and get pre-approved ● Start seeing homes ● Make an offer & close the dealSlide 47 of 49
  • 48. Thanks for Coming! Please fill out the survey that was handed out at the beginning of class. We appreciate the feedback! Check out our upcoming classes and events at http://www.redfin.com/buy-a-home/classes-and-eventsSlide 48 of 49
  • 49. Our next class! Mortgage Class December 12, 2012 6:30pm – 8:00pm La Madeleine 1165 Perimeter Center West Atlanta, GA 30346 http://www.redfin.com/buy-a-home/classes-and-eventsSlide 49 of 49
  • 50. AppendixSlide 50 of 49
  • 51. Appendix ● Important forms/contracts ● Favorite Real Estate ResourcesSlide 51 of 49
  • 52. Some Of Our Favorite Sites ● Seattle Bubble: market analysis ● Curbed Seattle: cool houses ● Urbnlivn: for condo shoppers ● WalkScore: see what’s nearbySlide 52 of 49
  • 53. HUD Settlement Statement
  • 54. Favorite Real Estate Links● Property information ► PropertyShark: Zoning data, title history, permits, neighborhood data; navigation is clunky● Neighborhood information ► WalkScore: Proximity to points of interest ► Trulia Heat Maps: Median prices across a county
  • 55. Favorite Homes For Sale Links ● Redfin: MLS + FSBO + REO, updated every 15 minutes, with DOM, price history, Zestimate ● craigslist: Major FSBO source that Redfin doesn’t have ● HotPads: Foreclosure heat maps ● RealtyTrac: Foreclosure market detail, subscription required for full reports ● Brokerage site of listing agents: more photos of the listing
  • 56. Favorite Data Links ● Case-Schiller Indices: Pricing trends by metropolitan area ● Altos Research: Median price trends and days on market by city, but some complain data is unreliable ● MSN Home Affordability Calculator: Based on your income & credit score ● SmartMoneys Home Buying Worksheet: Similar to the MSN calculator, but requires more info
  • 57. Favorite Mortgage Links ● Bankrate: Many ads, but is great for comparing local lenders ● Zillows Mortgage Marketplace Help Center: Articles mortgage rates, types of mortgages, credit reports, and a series of mortgage calculators ● The Mortgage Professor: Bare bones information on mortgages, definitions of common terms, myriad of mortgage calculators ● HUD FHA page: Most reliable explanation of FHA loans, good site for first-time buyers
  • 58. Favorite Links● Loans for first-time home buyers ► Federal Housing Administration (FHA) ► Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac● Government sites ► Federal Trade Commission: Articles & alerts for home- buyers. ► Dept. of Justice: Role of competition in real estate
  • 59. Favorite Links Cont.● Remodeling & renovations ► DoItYourself.com: A few ads, but a useful clearinghouse of information on remodeling ► National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): Articles on remodeling your home, most are good