Redfin's Free Home Buying Class - Vancouver, WA

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  • Redfin's Free Home Buying Class - Vancouver, WA

    1. 1. Redfin Home Buying Class Presented by: Brigitte Jones Redfin PDX-East Team November 14, Vancouver, WA @Redfin facebook.com/Redfin
    2. 2. Brigitte Jones – NE/SE Portland & Vancouver ● Agent for 10 years ● Closed 300+ homes ● Specialize in: First Time Home Buyers, Single Family, Homes, Foreclosures, Short Sales. ● Live in Washougal WA on 5 acres with my 3 cool horses, one awesome son and 2 dogs
    3. 3. Agenda ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Overview of the process Understanding the market Never miss a home Touring Mortgages Short sales & foreclosures Making an offer Acceptance to closing
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. Understanding the Buying Process
    6. 6. Overview of a Buying a Home Research Search Offer Closing Your needs Define Preferences Comparables Earnest money The market Instant Alerts Draft offer Inspection Neighborhoods Open houses Negotiate Loan application Agents Home tours Mutual acceptance Title review Mortgages Appraisal Preapproval Financing approval Closing
    7. 7. Understanding the Market
    8. 8. Story of 2013: Low Inventory
    9. 9. Story of 2013: Rising Prices
    10. 10. Vancouver Area Overview
    11. 11. Portland Market Trends - September ● Prices up 17.3% YoY, down .2% MoM ● # homes sold down 1.7% YoY and 11.1% MoM ● # homes for sale down 20.6% YoY and 7.8% MoM ● 28.6% of homes went pending in 2 weeks
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. Where Are Rates Headed? Type of Loan October 31, 2013 October 24, 2013 30-Year Fixed 4.5% 4.13% 15-Year Fixed 3.20% 3.24% 5/1 ARM 2.96% 3.00% 1-Year ARM 2.64% 2.60%
    14. 14. Never Miss A Home
    15. 15. 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
    16. 16. Never Miss a Home
    17. 17. Choosing the Right Agent
    18. 18. 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?
    19. 19. Redfin Agent Reviews
    20. 20. Redfin 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
    21. 21. Seeing Homes in Person
    22. 22. 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 22 of 55
    23. 23. Mortgages
    24. 24. 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
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. 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
    27. 27. 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
    28. 28. Local Recommended Lenders In no way does Redfin benefit financially from recommending lenders – we just think they’re great lenders!
    29. 29. Short Sales and Bank-Owned
    30. 30. 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
    31. 31. 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
    32. 32. Making an Offer
    33. 33. 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
    34. 34. 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
    35. 35. Acceptance to Closing
    36. 36. 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!
    37. 37. 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
    38. 38. 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
    39. 39. 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
    40. 40. 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

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