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  • Redfin’s Home Buying Class Tara Waggoner Redfin’s Houston Team September 26, Houston, TX @Redfin facebook.com/Redfin
  • Tara Waggoner – Houston ● Agent for 16 years ● Closed 170+ homes ● Specialize in: First Time Home Buyers, Condos, town houses, Single Family, Multi-Family (up to 4 units) ● Services: greater Houston area  Enough about me! Meet my team…
  • Agenda ● Overview of the process ● Are you ready to buy? ● Understanding the market ● Never miss a home ● Choosing an agent ● Touring ● Mortgages ● Break! ● Short sales & foreclosures ● Making an offer ● Acceptance to closing
  • A Little Bit About Redfin Redfin is a real estate brokerage on a mission to make buying and selling a home better for you. ● Accountability: we’re on your side, giving you honest advice ● Technology: sellers get more traffic; buyers tour homes first ● Value: a full-service brokerage that saves you thousands  No obligation
  • Save $4,000 on Average
  • Understanding the Buying Process
  • Overview of a Buying a Home Research Your needs The market Neighborhoods Agents Mortgages Preapproval Search Define Preferences Instant Alerts Open houses Home tours Offer Comparables Draft offer Negotiate Mutual acceptance Closing Earnest money Inspection Loan application Title review Appraisal Financing approval Closing
  • Are You Ready to Buy?
  • Are You Ready to Buy? ● Do you have a family and need room to grow? ● Do you expect to stay put for 5 or more years? ● Have you saved up for a down payment? 3.5% to 20+% ● Have you saved up for closing costs? Typically 0-2% ● Can you rent for less?
  • Understanding the Market
  • Story of 2013: Low Inventory
  • Story of 2013: Rising Prices
  • Houston Area Overview
  • Where Are Rates Headed? Type of Loan September 19, 2013 September 12, 2013 30-Year Fixed 4.50% 4.57% 15-Year Fixed 3.54% 3.59% 5/1 ARM 3.11% 3.28% 1-Year ARM 2.65% 2.67%
  • Where Is the Market Headed? ● Supply of homes is at a five-year low and won’t increase much more this year ● Foreclosures have been driving price declines, and years of inventory remain. Investment groups might have impact ● Rents have been rising, making buying more attractive ● Market stabilized – price increases in many areas ● Rate increases - biggest potential issue for buyers
  • Never Miss A Home
  • Real Estate Sites: What to Look For ● Has all the homes for sale ● Updated every 15 minutes ● Real-time sales data ● Insights from agents ● Lots of data ● Mobile apps
  • Never Miss a Home
  • Choosing the Right Agent
  • What to Ask Any Agent ● Is this your full-time job? ● Where were your last five deals? ● Who else will be working with me? ● When am I committed to working with you? ● Has a client ever filed a compliant? ● How are you paid? ● Can I see some reviews of your work?
  • Redfin Agent Reviews
  • Redfin’s Partner Program Partner agents are employed by other brokerages, and have teamed up with us to provide Redfin-certified service We’ll refer you to a Partner Agent when: ► A home is below Redfin’s minimum price ► A home is outside of our service area ► If it’s in your financial advantage to work with a partner ► We’re experiencing unusually high customer demand We survey all partner agent clients ► All surveys are published on their Redfin page ► 97% of customers would recommend Redfin Partners
  • Seeing Homes in Person
  • Making the Most of Your Tour 1. Bring a camera, notebook & tape measure 2. See how much sunlight the place gets 3. Check the bathrooms for rot & mold 4. Look for wavy or discolored wood siding 5. Make sure water spouts drain away from house 6. Take stock of storage space 7. Turn off any music playing in house 8. Check for hardwood floors 9. Peek into the attic 10. Bring a marble or two 11. When sharing a wall, make sure it’s thick 12. Ignore the appliances and carpets 13. Check the closets 14. Get the disclosure packet 15. Compare the property’s tax records to the listing details
  • Slide 25 of 55 How Touring with Redfin Works ● Led by agent or associate agent ● Up to six homes per tour in two hour blocks ● Go on as many tours as you need ● No obligation, no pressure
  • Mortgages
  • Review Your Financial Situation ● 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
  • Get Pre-Approved Early A pre-approval letter is a letter from a bank or a lender estimating how much they'll lend you ● Establishes what you can afford & makes offer process go faster ● Redfin asks that you get pre-approved before your third tour ● Good for 90 days, depending on lender Info needed: ● W-2, two pay-stubs, tax returns, bank statements
  • Pulling Credit: Is It Harmful? ● Your credit report must be reviewed by a lender before you can obtain a pre-approval ● If you know your score, a lender should be able to give you ballpark pricing for their loan products ● Better to know sooner rather than later about credit problems ● Maintaining a pre-approval has a negligible impact on your credit score
  • Start Shopping for Lenders Compile a list of 3-4 local lenders Good sources include: ● Redfin's partner lenders ● Referrals from friends, family & co-workers ● Online review sites, such as Yelp ● Local chains and offices *Know your lender Guest Speaker and Redfin Partner Lender Steven McGilbray Vice President of Mortgage Lending Steven.McGilbray@guaranteedrate.com www.guaranteedrate.com/StevenMcGilbray o: 214.845.4151 / m: 832.334.8131 / f: 773.328.1946 13111 Westheimer Rd Suite 303, Houston, TX 77077 NMLS ID: 231830
  • Break! Tara Waggoner Houston
  • Short Sales and Bank Owned
  • 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) We Can Help With a Short Sale! ● See short sales with a Redfin Agent ● If you want to buy, work with a Redfin Agent or a short sale partner agent ● Redfin partner agents work for other brokerages but share Redfin’s commitment to customer service ● Get a 15% commission refund
  • 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 ► Earnest money deposit usually held by listing agent
  • Making an Offer
  • Crafting Your Offer ● Evaluate – your agent will provide you with information about market conditions and recent sales in the area ● Consider the situation – the seller’s preferences, days on the market, and other interest will influence the process. ● Decide on price & strategy with your agent ● Common contingencies & terms: ► Earnest Money ► Inspection ► Financing ► Appraisal ► Title Review
  • Tips for Winning a Bidding War 1. Just win, baby! Simply have the best offer. ► Cash is King ► Escalate your price? ► Tighten your timelines ► Remove some contingencies? 2. Get pre-approved with a local lender 3. What’s important to the seller? 4. Write a letter & appeal to the seller
  • Acceptance to Closing
  • Steps After Mutual Acceptance ● Earnest money deposit – usually 1-3%+ ● Inspection – approximately $500 ● Other inspections – sewer scope, septic, etc. ● Loan application – 5 days or less ● Title review ● Appraisal ● Loan approval ● Document signing ● Walk through ● Closing ● Receive your keys!
  • Home Inspection We recommend that you have a home inspection ● Cost runs $350 to $1200 depending upon the home’s size ● Your agent will accompany you ● Your time to evaluate the property Let’s talk about: ● What an inspection contingency covers and doesn’t cover ● Types of inspections
  • What are Contingencies? This means the seller has accepted an offer on the property, but success may still depend on passing a home inspection or getting financing. Other types: ● Appraisal – Performed in conjunction with financing ● Financing ● Termite ● Other
  • What is the role of a title company? Title companies are neutral to the transaction and do not represent neither the buyer nor the seller. What do they do? • Hold the earnest money • Request the payoff of any liens (seller’s mortgage, HOA, etc.) • Coordinate the signing appointments for all parties • Receive and disburse funds for closing • Record the conveyance and mortgage document within the real property records
  • Closing: HUD–1 Settlement
  • Signing and Closing On the day of close you will have already completed your walk thru, then you will sign your closing documents at the title company and probably get your keys at about 5pm from your agent.
  • Selling Your Home with Redfin
  • ● We’re on your side ► Agents paid on your satisfaction ● Double your exposure ► Premium placement on Redfin ► Zillow, Trulia, Craigslist and Realtor ● 1.5% listing fee ► Professional photos ► Beautiful flyers We’ve helped over 50 people sell their homes in the last six months. Better Service, Lower Fees
  • All Done!
  • So What Now? ● Make sure it’s the right time for you ● Start browsing online ● Check out our Home Buying Guide ● Find the right agent ● Look for a local lender and get pre-approved ● Start seeing homes in person ● Make an offer and close the deal
  • Thanks for Coming! Questions? Get in touch: Tara Waggoner tara.waggoner@redfin.com Check out our upcoming classes: http://www.redfin.com/events