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Redfin’s Home Buying Class
Redfin’s North Shore Team
July 23, 2013 Skokie
Follow: @RedfinChicago
Like: http://www.facebook...
Agenda
● Overview of the process
● Are you ready to buy?
● Understanding the market
● Never miss a home
● Choosing an agen...
A Little Bit About Redfin
Redfin is a real estate brokerage on a mission to make buying
and selling a home better for you....
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 Prefer...
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?
● Hav...
Understanding the
Market
Case-Shiller: Chicago Area v. 20-City
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50.00
100.00
150.00
200.00
250.00
Chicago Area
20-City Composite
Case-Shiller – By the Numbers
Chicago Area
Up 9.3% year-over-year
Peak was September 2006
Down 32.6% from peak
As of April...
Story of 2013: Low Inventory
Story of 2013: Rising Prices
Skokie Area Overview
Current Average Rates
Type of Loan July 11, 2013 July 18, 2013
30-Year Fixed 4.51% 4.37%
15-Year Fixed 3.53% 3.41%
5/1 ARM...
Where Is the Market Headed?
● Supply of homes is at a five-year low and won’t increase
much more this year
● Foreclosures ...
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
● Insig...
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?...
Redfin Agent Reviews
Redfin’s Partner Program
Partner agents are employed by other brokerages, and have
teamed up with us to provide Redfin-cer...
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 t...
Slide 26 of 55
How Touring with Redfin Works
● Led by agent or associate
agent
● Up to six homes per tour in
two hour bloc...
Mortgages
Review Your Financial Situation
● Pull credit report, look for errors
● Establish comfort level for monthly payment
● Figu...
Get Pre-Approved Early
A pre-approval letter is a letter from a bank or a lender estimating
how much they'll lend you
● Es...
Pulling Credit: Is It Harmful?
● Your credit report must be reviewed by a lender before you
can obtain a pre-approval
● If...
Start Shopping for Lenders
Compile a list of 3-4 local lenders
Good sources include:
● Redfin's partner lenders
● Referral...
Local Recommended Lenders
In no way does
Redfin benefit
financially from
recommending
lenders – we just
think they’re grea...
Break!
Ken Snedegar
Glenn Rickel
Nathan Freeborn
10-Minute Break
10 mins 5 mins End
Let’s Get Started!
15-Minute Break
15 mins 7.5 mins End
Let’s Get Started!
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...
What is a Bank-Owned Property?
● A foreclosed home owned by a bank or lender
● Standard sale but:
► Verbal negotiations
► ...
Making an Offer
Crafting Your Offer
● Evaluate – your agent will provide you with information
about market conditions and recent sales in ...
Tips for Winning a Bidding War
1. Just win, baby! Simply have the best offer.
► Cash is King
► Escalate your price?
► Tigh...
Acceptance to Closing
Steps After Mutual Acceptance
● Earnest money deposit – usually 1-3%+
● Inspection – approximately $500
● Other inspection...
Home Inspection
We recommend that you have a home inspection
● Cost runs $350 to $1200 depending upon the home’s size
● Yo...
What are Contingencies?
This means the seller has accepted an offer on the property,
but success may still depend on passi...
What is Escrow?
Escrow is a third party intermediary that represents neither the
buyer nor the seller.
What do they do?
• ...
Title Companies
● Prepares the final documents, including the HUD-1
● Conducts the closing
● Examines and clears the title...
Closing: HUD–1 Settlement
Signing and Closing
A few days before closing you will sign your closing documents
and have a walk through.
On closing day...
Selling Your Home
with Redfin
● We’re on your side
► Agents paid on your satisfaction
● Double your exposure
► Premium placement on Redfin
► Zillow, Tru...
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 ...
Thanks for Coming!
Questions? Get in touch:
Ken Snedegar ken.snedegar@redfin.com
Glenn Rickel glenn.rickel@redfin.com
Chec...
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    1. 1. Redfin’s Home Buying Class Redfin’s North Shore Team July 23, 2013 Skokie Follow: @RedfinChicago Like: http://www.facebook.com/RedfinChicago
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. Save $4,000 on Average
    5. 5. Understanding the Buying Process
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Are You Ready to Buy?
    8. 8. 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?
    9. 9. Understanding the Market
    10. 10. Case-Shiller: Chicago Area v. 20-City 0.00 50.00 100.00 150.00 200.00 250.00 Chicago Area 20-City Composite
    11. 11. Case-Shiller – By the Numbers Chicago Area Up 9.3% year-over-year Peak was September 2006 Down 32.6% from peak As of April 2013, selling at June 2001 prices Case-Shiller: 20-City Composite Up 12.1% year-over-year Peak was July 2006 Down 26.2% from peak As of April, 2013, at January 2004 prices
    12. 12. Story of 2013: Low Inventory
    13. 13. Story of 2013: Rising Prices
    14. 14. Skokie Area Overview
    15. 15. Current Average Rates Type of Loan July 11, 2013 July 18, 2013 30-Year Fixed 4.51% 4.37% 15-Year Fixed 3.53% 3.41% 5/1 ARM 3.26% 3.17% 1-Year ARM 2.66% 2.66%
    16. 16. 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
    17. 17. Never Miss A Home
    18. 18. 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
    19. 19. Never Miss a Home
    20. 20. Choosing the Right Agent
    21. 21. 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?
    22. 22. Redfin Agent Reviews
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. Seeing Homes in Person
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. Slide 26 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
    27. 27. Mortgages
    28. 28. 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
    29. 29. 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
    30. 30. 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
    31. 31. 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
    32. 32. Local Recommended Lenders In no way does Redfin benefit financially from recommending lenders – we just think they’re great lenders!
    33. 33. Break! Ken Snedegar Glenn Rickel Nathan Freeborn
    34. 34. 10-Minute Break 10 mins 5 mins End Let’s Get Started!
    35. 35. 15-Minute Break 15 mins 7.5 mins End Let’s Get Started!
    36. 36. Short Sales and Bank Owned
    37. 37. 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
    38. 38. 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
    39. 39. Making an Offer
    40. 40. 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
    41. 41. 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
    42. 42. Acceptance to Closing
    43. 43. 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!
    44. 44. 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
    45. 45. 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
    46. 46. What is Escrow? Escrow is a third party intermediary that represents neither the buyer nor the seller. What do they do? • Hold the earnest money • Arrange for payoff of any liens (seller’s mortgage, utilities, etc.) • Coordinate the signing appointments for all parties • Receive and disburse funds for closing • Arrange to notify county offices to change ownership
    47. 47. Title Companies ● Prepares the final documents, including the HUD-1 ● 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 buyer
    48. 48. Closing: HUD–1 Settlement
    49. 49. Signing and Closing A few days before closing you will sign your closing documents and have a walk through. On closing day, you’ll probably get your keys at about 5pm.
    50. 50. Selling Your Home with Redfin
    51. 51. ● 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
    52. 52. All Done!
    53. 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. 54. Thanks for Coming! Questions? Get in touch: Ken Snedegar ken.snedegar@redfin.com Glenn Rickel glenn.rickel@redfin.com Check out our upcoming classes: http://www.redfin.com/buy-a-home/classes-and-events
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