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Redfin's Free Home Buying Class - Charlotte


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    • 1. Slide 1 of 54Redfin’s Home Buying ClassJune 20, 2013 Charlotte, NCPresented by: Julie McGee SharpeRedfin’s Charlotte TeamFollow: @RedfinCharlotteLike:
    • 2. Slide 2 of 54Agenda● To buy or not to buy● Overview of purchase process● Understanding the Market● Condos/Townhomes● Touring● Mortgages● Choosing an agent● Redfin as a tool● Short sales & foreclosures● What to know about closing
    • 3. Slide 3 of 54A Little Bit About Who We AreRedfin is a real estate brokerage that has helped over 20,000people 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 commission
    • 4. Slide 4 of 54To Buy or Not to Buy
    • 5. Slide 5 of 54Why 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 payment
    • 6. Slide 6 of 54Why 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 security
    • 7. Slide 7 of 54Understanding the BuyingProcess
    • 8. Slide 8 of 54Overview of Purchase Process (more details tofollow)● 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 “Due Diligence Period”● Financing and Appraisal “Due Diligence Period”● Closing
    • 9. Slide 9 of 54Understanding theMarket
    • 10. Slide 10 of 55Case-Shiller: Atlanta Area v. 20-City0.0050.00100.00150.00200.00250.0020 City CompositeAtlantaSan Francisco
    • 11. Slide 11 of 54National Market TrendsThe key metrics across Redfin’s markets:● Home sales rose 25% from February, but were barely up from2012, rising just 0.9% year-over-year, the smallest gain in 14months.● The number of homes for sale declined 31% from March 2012to March 2013 (a slight improvement over the 32% drop inFebruary), and were flat month over month.● Home prices in March increased 15% year over year, androse 6% just since February.● The percentage of listings that were under contract within 14days of their debut inched up yet again from 33.2% inFebruary to 34.8% in March, the highest point on record.
    • 12. Slide 12 of 54National Market Trends
    • 13. Slide 13 of 54Where is the Local Market Headed?● Supply of homes is at a five-year low and won’t increase therest of the year● Rents have been rising, making buying more attractive● Market stabilizing, though likely 2-3 years before significantappreciation● Rate increases - biggest issue for buyers● Rise in New Construction activity
    • 14. Slide 14 of 54Charlotte June Home Prices
    • 15. Slide 15 of 54Charlotte June Home Inventory
    • 16. Slide 16 of 54Absorption RateNumber of Active listings or comps ina specific marketNumber of homes that sold in that last12 months“The rate at which available homes are sold in a specificreal estate market during a given time period”
    • 17. Slide 17 of 54Short Sales and Bank Owned
    • 18. Slide 18 of 54What is a Short Sale?The owner owes more on the mortgage than the home isworth● 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 refund
    • 19. Slide 19 of 54What is a Foreclosure?● 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► Potential for multiple offers► Bank can back out any time until they’ve signed► Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – First Look Period► HUD Homes also have a First Look Period
    • 20. Slide 20 of 54Condominiums and Townhomes
    • 21. Slide 21 of 54Condos● HOA► Monthly Fees Ext Building Maintenance Ext Liability Insurance Ext lighting, security Landscaping Pest Control Water Utilities Cable, Internet
    • 22. Slide 22 of 54Condominiums● HOA► Meeting Minutes► Special Assessments► Rental Cap (10-25%)► Wait list for Rentals► Litigations?► Typically, the older the building, the higher the HOA fee
    • 23. Slide 23 of 54Condominiums● Financing► Conventional► FHA► FNMA► Factor in HOA fee for approval amount
    • 24. Slide 24 of 54Condominium● What to look for….► Noise levels► Staff friendly and helpful► Pet friendly► Pet restrictions► Common Area cleanliness, maintenance► Parking, location and number of spaces, visitor► Storage► Security, Concierge 24/7?► Amenities, pool, fitness, tennis, clubhouse, etc
    • 25. Slide 25 of 54Townhomes● Fee Simple► Lower HOA fees than condos► Owner responsible for interior and exterior of building► Maintain full home insurance► If problem occurs, then work with insurance vs HOA
    • 26. Slide 26 of 54Mortgages
    • 27. Slide 27 of 54Review Your Financial SituationTo 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 status
    • 28. Slide 28 of 54Start Shopping for LendersCompile a list of 2-3 lenders & brokersGood sources include:● Redfins partner lenders● Referrals from friends, family & co-workers● Online review sites, such as Yelp● Local chains and offices*Know your lender
    • 29. Slide 29 of 54Getting Pre-ApprovedA pre-approval letter is a letter from a bank or a lender estimatinghow 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 statements
    • 30. Slide 30 of 54Comparing Loan Estimates● Gather loan estimates► A minimum of three, more is better► These aren’t final numbers, but within a few thousanddollars► 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)
    • 31. Slide 31 of 54Types 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, survivingspouses► No down payment● Ask your lender if they have special loan programs
    • 32. Slide 32 of 54Where Are Rates Headed?Type of Loan June 13, 2013 June 6, 201330-Year Fixed 3.98% 3.91%15-Year Fixed 3.10% 3.03 %5/1 ARM 2.79% 2.74%1-Year ARM 2.58% 2.58%
    • 33. Slide 33 of 54Make Your Decision● When possible, get a loan commitment● Make alternative funds liquid (401k, stock)● Lock your rate once you have a contract on a property anda set closing dateGood news! Loan payments are made in arrears, so your firstloan payment won’t be for two months.
    • 34. Slide 34 of 54Putting it all together to findYOUR home
    • 35. Slide 35 of of a MLS PoweredSite● 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 homes
    • 36. Slide 36 of 54Highlights of Redfin’s Site● Search by zip codeor neighborhood● Saved searches/instant alerts● Agent notes● Download results● Price your home● Forums● Home buying guide● Home inspection guide● Any questions about the site?
    • 37. Slide 37 of 54Open Book● Redfin Certified Providers● Every professional is reviewed and all reviews are shown● Search for local:► Inspectors► Lenders► Attorneys
    • 38. Slide 38 of 54Choosing the Right Agent
    • 39. Slide 39 of 54What 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?
    • 40. Slide 40 of 54This occurs when inventory is down and buyer interest is up5 Tips for Winning in a Bidding War1. Make the competition eat your dust2. Get pre-approved with a local lender & get underwriterapproval3. Start the conversation early4. Write a letter & appeal to the seller5. Know your limitsExperience With Multiple Offers
    • 41. Slide 41 of 54Redfin’s Partner ProgramPartner 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 demandWe survey all partner agent clients► All surveys are published on their Redfin page► 97% of customers would recommend Redfin partners
    • 42. Slide 42 of 54Traditional vs. Redfin
    • 43. Slide 43 of 54Touring
    • 44. Slide 44 of 54Making the Most of Your Tour1. Bring a camera, notebook & tape measure2. See how much sunlight the place gets3. Check the bathrooms for rot & mold4. Look for wavy or discolored wood siding5. Make sure water spouts drain away fromhouse6. Take stock of storage space7. Turn off any music playing in house8. Check for hardwood floors9. Peek into the attic10. Bring a marble or two11. When sharing a wall, make sure it’s thick12. Ignore the appliances and carpets13. Check the closets14. Get the disclosure packet15. Compare the property’s tax records to thelisting details
    • 45. Slide 45 of 55How Touring with Redfin Works● Up to six homes per tour intwo hour blocks● Go on as many toursas you need● Led by agent or field agent● Need to be verified● No obligation
    • 46. Slide 46 of 54Home Inspection andOther Contingencies
    • 47. Slide 47 of 54Home Inspection● We recommend that you have a home inspection● Home Inspections are performed early in the due diligenceperiod● $350 to $800+ depending upon the size of the house● Your agent will accompany you● Your time to evaluate the property● Types of Due Diligence► Specialized Inspections –Structural, Stucco, Septic, SewerScopes, Well, Specialized Roof, Tree, Pool, RadonTest, Air Quality/Mold Test, Termite & Pest► Survey► Other – Schools, Crime, Traffic, Sex Offender, etc.
    • 48. Slide 48 of 54Other Due Diligence● Appraisal► Performed in conjunction with financing► Appraisal report must be completed prior to theexpiration of the Appraisal Contingency Period● Financing► Buyer must make full application for the mortgage withtheir selected lender within 3 days of binding agreement► Lender must provide a loan commitment letter or denialletter prior to the expiration of the Financing ContingencyPeriod● Title – Owner must provide clear title to the property● Other – Contingencies on sale or lease of otherproperty, etc.
    • 49. Slide 49 of 54Closing – what you needto know
    • 50. Slide 50 of 54Closing: HUD–1 SettlementHUD-1 Settlement Statement – Lists all fees/charges/creditsBy law, the final costs listed on your HUD-1 must be within10% of the estimates provided on your Good Faith Estimate(GFE).● Lender charges► Includes origination fee, appraisal fee, creditreport, insurance and tax escrows● Title charges► Includes settlement fee, and owner’s and lender’s titleinsurance● Government charges► Includes recording fees, recordation taxes and propertytaxes
    • 51. Slide 51 of 54Attorney 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 recordableinstruments► Issues title insurance to the lender and the buyer
    • 52. Slide 52 of 54Closing Day● You’ll have a final walk-through on closingday or just before● What to bring:► Government issued photo ID► Certified check or wired funds● Closing typically takes 1 hour● Get keys and take possession!
    • 53. Slide 53 of 54So 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 deal
    • 54. Slide 54 of 54Thanks for Coming!Please fill out the survey that was handed out at the beginningofclass. We appreciate the feedback!Check out our upcoming classes and events at
    • 55. Slide 55 of 54Appendix
    • 56. HUD Settlement Statement
    • 57. Favorite Real Estate Links● Property information► PropertyShark: Zoning data, titlehistory, permits, neighborhood data; navigation is clunky● Neighborhood information► WalkScore: Proximity to points of interest► Trulia Heat Maps: Median prices across a county
    • 58. Favorite Homes For Sale Links● Redfin: MLS + FSBO + REO, updated every 15minutes, with DOM, price history, Zestimate● craigslist: Major FSBO source that Redfin doesn’t have● HotPads: Foreclosure heat maps● RealtyTrac: Foreclosure market detail, subscriptionrequired for full reports● Brokerage site of listing agents: more photos of thelisting
    • 59. Favorite Data Links● Case-Schiller Indices: Pricing trends by metropolitanarea● Altos Research: Median price trends and days on marketby city, but some complain data is unreliable● MSN Home Affordability Calculator: Based on yourincome & credit score● SmartMoneys Home Buying Worksheet: Similar to theMSN calculator, but requires more info
    • 60. Favorite Mortgage Links● Bankrate: Many ads, but is great for comparing locallenders● Zillows Mortgage Marketplace Help Center: Articlesmortgage rates, types of mortgages, credit reports, and aseries of mortgage calculators● The Mortgage Professor: Bare bones information onmortgages, definitions of common terms, myriad ofmortgage calculators● HUD FHA page: Most reliable explanation of FHAloans, good site for first-time buyers
    • 61. 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
    • 62. Favorite Links Cont.● Remodeling & renovations► A few ads, but a useful clearinghouseof information on remodeling► National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): Articleson remodeling your home, most are good