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  • 1. Redfin’s Home Buying Class Redfin South West Boston February 19, 2014 Natick, MA Hosts: Dennis McClosky @Redfin facebook.com/Redfin
  • 2. Dennis McClosky, Redfin Agent ● Live in the Metro-West area ● Service all towns on the Massachusetts Pike/Route 495 Belt ● Been an agent for 4 years ● Specialize in buy side transactions  Meet my team! Dan Sharry Jeremy Krause Michael Stein
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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 ● Right home for the right price  No obligation  Commission credit
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Save $4,000 on Average
  • 7. Understanding the Buying Process
  • 8. Are You Ready to Buy? ● ● ● ● Do you have a family and need room to grow? Do you expect to own the home for 5 or more years? Have you saved up a down payment? Can you rent for less?
  • 9. Overview of a Purchase Research Search Offer Closing Neighborhoods Define Preferences Comparables Earnest Money Real Estate Agents Saved Search Draft Offer Docs Inspection Mortgage Options Home Tours Negotiate Loan application Preapproval Open Houses Mutual Acceptance Title Review Consider your needs Appraisal Financing Approval Closing
  • 10. Understanding the Market
  • 11. Where Is the Market Headed? ● ● ● ● ● Supply of homes is at a five-year low Rents have been rising, making buying more attractive Market stabilized – price increases in many areas Rate increases - biggest potential issue for buyers Labor Day Increase – As soon as the summer ends the listings start coming but still not enough ● New Construction is back and booming again but still not enough for most areas ● Excess buyers are creating increased competition but there are still many good homes to buy
  • 12. Natick - Statistics for Houses
  • 13. Natick Inventory
  • 14. City Overview
  • 15. Never Miss A Home
  • 16. 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
  • 17. Never Miss a Home
  • 18. Choosing the Right Agent
  • 19. 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?
  • 20. Redfin Agent Reviews
  • 21. 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
  • 22. Seeing Homes in Person
  • 23. 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 Slide 23 of 55
  • 24. Making the Most of Your Tour 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Bring a camera, notebook & tape measure See how much sunlight the place gets Check the bathrooms for rot & mold Look for wavy or discolored wood siding Make sure water spouts drain away from house Take stock of storage space Turn off any music playing in house Check for hardwood floors 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Peek into the attic Bring a marble or two When sharing a wall, make sure it’s thick Ignore the appliances and carpets Check the closets Get the disclosure packet Compare the property’s tax records to the listing details
  • 25. Mortgages
  • 26. 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
  • 27. 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
  • 28. 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
  • 29. 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
  • 30. Local Recommended Lenders In no way does Redfin benefit financially from recommending lenders – we just think they’re great lenders!
  • 31. Break! Dennis McClosky
  • 32. Choose an Attorney
  • 33. How to find an Attorney ● Get an Attorney – They’ll have one so you should too! ● Are they a Real Estate attorney? ► What % of work is real estate? ► Who in the office will you be working with? ► What level of availability, accessibility, responsiveness provided? ► How long have they been doing this? ● Ask about pricing up front – flat fee vs. hourly
  • 34. Attorney’s responsibilities ● Buyer services provided ► Purchase and Sales review ► Buyer Addendum ► Condominium Document review ● Lender services provided ► Dual representation ► Title Search, Plot Plan, Lien Certificate ► Role at Closing ● Important protections ► Title insurance ► Homestead
  • 35. Local Recommended Attorneys In no way does Redfin benefit financially from recommending attorneys– we just think they’re great!
  • 36. Making an Offer
  • 37. 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
  • 38. 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
  • 39. Ratification to Closing
  • 40. Steps After Contract Ratification ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Earnest money deposit – usually 1-3%+ Inspection – approximately $500 Other inspections – radon, lead etc. Loan application – 7days or less Title review Appraisal Loan approval Document signing Walk through Closing Receive your keys!
  • 41. 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
  • 42. 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
  • 43. Title Companies ● ● ● ● ● Holds the earnest money deposit Prepares the final documents, including the HUD-1 Conducts the closing Receive and disburse funds for closing Arrange for pay off of any liens (sellers’ mortgage, taxes, etc) ● 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 buyer
  • 44. Closing: HUD–1 Settlement
  • 45. Walkthrough & Closing A day or two prior to closing you will do a walkthrough to make sure the property is in the agreed upon condition At closing you will sign all necessary mortgage and closing documents and get your keys!
  • 46. Tour homes Find dream home Consult with agent, write offer Submit offer to listing agent Negotiations Success! Mutual Acceptance Overview of a Purchase Earnest money [$1000] Success! Mutual Acceptance Inspection contingency [5-10 days] P&S Review [10-14 days] 5% of Purchase Price Financing contingency [20-25] Final walk thru - details Closing! Get keys and take possession! Receive Redfin refund Complete Redfin survey
  • 47. Selling Your Home with Redfin
  • 48. Better Service, Lower Fees ● 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.
  • 49. Short Sales and Bank Owned
  • 50. 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
  • 51. 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
  • 52. All Done!
  • 53. 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 & close the deal
  • 54. Future Events!
  • 55. Thanks for Coming! Questions? Get in touch: Dennis McClosky dennis.mclosky@redfin.com Check out our upcoming classes: http://www.redfin.com/buy-a-home/classes-and-events