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Southern east bay hbc 1.23.13

  1. 1. Redfin’s Home Buying Class January 23, 2013 Fremont, CA Presented By: Jennifer Cheung & Paul Lee Redfin’s Southern East Bay TeamSlide 1 of 48
  2. 2. Agenda ● To buy or not to buy ● Overview of purchase process ● Understanding the Market ● Touring ● Mortgages ● Break! ● Choosing an agent ● Redfin as a tool ● Short sales & foreclosures ● What to know about closingSlide 2 of 48
  3. 3. 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 ● The right home for the right price No obligation Get back a portion of our commissionSlide 3 of 48
  4. 4. To Buy or Not to BuySlide 4 of 48
  5. 5. Why 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 paymentSlide 5 of 48
  6. 6. Why 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 securitySlide 6 of 48
  7. 7. Understanding the Buying ProcessSlide 7 of 48
  8. 8. Overview of Purchase Process (more details to follow) ● 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 “Contingency” ● Financing and Appraisal “Contingencies” ● ClosingSlide 8 of 48
  9. 9. Understanding the MarketSlide 9 of 48
  10. 10. Fremont December Stats for HomesSlide 10 of 48
  11. 11. Fremont December Stats for HomesSlide 11 of 48
  12. 12. National Market Trends Multiple Offers - More than a Quarter of Listings Still Selling Fast ● In Dec. 27.5% of new listings were under contract in two weeks or less. ● This measure of how competitive the market is for buyers has been holding steady for the last seven months. ● Multiple offers are not only against 3 or 5 buyers, but more like 10, 20 and sometimes even 30 or moreSlide 12 of 48
  13. 13. National Market Trends ● The key metrics across 19 major metropolitan markets are: ► Prices 11.3% higher YoY (9th month in a row with increasing prices YoY) ► Inventory falls 33% YoY ► At the close of 2012 there were < 160,000 listings nationally ► Inventory been dropping YoY for 22 months in a rowSlide 13 of 48
  14. 14. Where is the Local Market Headed? ● Supply of homes is at a five-year low and won’t increase the rest of the year ● Rents have been rising, making buying more attractive) ● Market stabilizing, though likely 2-3 years before significant appreciation ● Rate increases - biggest issue for buyersSlide 14 of 48
  15. 15. Short Sales and Bank OwnedSlide 15 of 48
  16. 16. 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 refundSlide 16 of 48
  17. 17. 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 ► Contract often requires early release of earnest moneySlide 17 of 48
  18. 18. MortgagesSlide 18 of 48
  19. 19. Getting Pre-Approved Income oSalary—Past 30 days oHourly—Consistency and history oSelf-employed—Two year average Credit Assets o 660 for FHA o Down Payment o 680 for Conventional o Closing Costs o 720 for Rate Improvement o Cash ReservesSlide 19 of 48
  20. 20. Show Stable EmploymentSalaried Employee o W2’s are historic o Most recent paystubs o Salaryincreases count immediatelySelf-Employed o Two Year History (Tax Years) o Same line of work (strategic)Hourly Wage Earner o Consistent hours over 1-2 year periodSlide 20 of 48
  21. 21. Organize Your Assets Lenders Will Require 2 Months of Statements ●Liquid ► Do not move money around—hard to paper trail ●Retirement Accounts ► Consider a 401k Loan ●Gift Funds ► Family members onlySlide 21 of 48
  22. 22. Review Your Debt | Credit HistoryKnow Current Credit Score Know Your Debt Tolerance●Mycreditreport.com: pay to get ●Cost of rentingyour score; no affect on scores ●Tax benefits of home ownership●Use your mortgage lender’s report;limit multiple checks ●Budget considerationsFix Errors Lender Tolerance May Be●Remove duplicates Different●Resolve disputes ●45% DTI, Fannie Mae●Reduce credit card debt (33%) ●43% DTI, Jumbo●Do not open, close, or change ●50% DTI, FHAcredit lines●Do not make large purchasesSlide 22 of 48
  23. 23. Pre-approval ScenariooEarns $6,500/month $400,000 LoanoHas car payment $300 o30/Yr Fixed, 3.75%oWants to buy a home for = $1,852$500,000 oProperty TaxesoHas 20% down payment o1.41% on purchase price o $6,500 x 45% = $2,925 = $588 ($7,050/yr) o $2,925 – 300 (other oHomeowners Insurance debt) = $100 ($1,200/yr) oTotal: $1852+588+100= Allowed $2,625/Month! = Qualified $2,540/Month!Slide 23 of 48
  24. 24. Choose a Lender Pre-Approval Letter is Critical ●Part of the offer ●Sellers want accountability, Local lenders preferred Using Referrals to find your lender ●From Redfin’s partner lenders ●From friends who recently financed a home ●From Realtor Research Your Lender ●Check Yelp, Berkeley Parents Network, Google ●Schedule a meeting by phone or in personSlide 24 of 48
  25. 25. Understand Your CostsGet a Good Faith Estimate o Itemized List of Fees: o Lender: Appraisal, Credit, Processing, Underwriting, Points o Escrow: Title Insurance, Documents, Notary Public o Government: Recording fee, Transfer Tax o Prepaid Items: Mortgage Interest, Homeowner’s insurance, impounds Good news! Loan payments are made in arrears, so your first loan payment will not be for almost two months!Slide 25 of 48
  26. 26. Break!Slide 26 of 48
  27. 27. Putting it all together to findYOUR homeSlide 27 of 48
  28. 28. Redfin.com-Benefits of a MLS Powered Site ● 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 homesSlide 28 of 48
  29. 29. Highlights of Redfin’s Site ● Search by zip code or neighborhood ● Saved searches/instant alerts ● Agent notes ● Download results ● Price your home ● Forums ● Home buying guide ● Home inspection guide ● Any questions about the site?Slide 29 of 48
  30. 30. Open Book ● Redfin Certified Providers ● Every professional is reviewed and all reviews are shown ● Search for local: ► Inspectors ► Lenders ► Title CompaniesSlide 30 of 48
  31. 31. Choosing the Right AgentSlide 31 of 48
  32. 32. Traditional vs. RedfinSlide 32 of 48
  33. 33. What 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?Slide 33 of 48
  34. 34. Experience With Multiple Offers This occurs when inventory is down and buyer interest is up 5 Tips for Winning in a Bidding War 1. Make the competition eat your dust 2. Get pre-approved with a local lender & get underwriter approval 3. Start the conversation early 4. Write a letter & appeal to the seller 5. Know your limitsSlide 34 of 48
  35. 35. Redfin’s Partner Program Partner 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 demand We survey all partner agent clients ► All surveys are published on their Redfin page ► 97% of customers would recommend Redfin partnersSlide 35 of 48
  36. 36. TouringSlide 36 of 48
  37. 37. Making the Most of Your Tour 1. Bring a camera, notebook & tape measure 9. Peek into the attic 2. See how much sunlight the place gets 10. Bring a marble or two 3. Check the bathrooms for rot & mold 11. When sharing a wall, make sure it’s thick 4. Look for wavy or discolored wood siding 12. Ignore the appliances and carpets 5. Make sure water spouts drain away from 13. Check the closets house 14. Get the disclosure packet 6. Take stock of storage space 15. Compare the property’s tax records to the 7. Turn off any music playing in house listing details 8. Check for hardwood floorsSlide 37 of 48
  38. 38. How Touring with Redfin Works ● Up to six homes per tour in two hour blocks ● Go on as many tours as you need ● Led by agent or field agent ● Need to be verified ● No obligationSlide 38 of 48
  39. 39. Home Inspection and Other ContingenciesSlide 39 of 48
  40. 40. Home Inspection ● We recommend that you have a home inspection ● Cost runs $350 to $1200 depending upon the size of the house ● Your agent will accompany you ● Your time to evaluate the property ● What an inspection contingency covers and doesn’t cover ● Types of inspectionsSlide 40 of 48
  41. 41. Other Contingencies ● Appraisal – Performed in conjunction with financing ● Financing ● Termite ● OtherSlide 41 of 48
  42. 42. Closing – what you need to knowSlide 42 of 48
  43. 43. Closing: HUD–1 Settlement HUD-1 Settlement Statement – Lists all fees/charges/credits By law, the final costs listed on your HUD-1 must be within 10% of the estimates provided on your Good Faith Estimate (GFE). ● Lender charges ► Includes origination fee, appraisal fee, credit report, insurance and tax escrows ● Title charges ► Includes settlement fee, and owner’s and lender’s title insurance ● Government charges ► Includes recording fees, recordation taxes and property taxesSlide 43 of 48
  44. 44. Title Companies ● What does the title company do? ► 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 buyerSlide 44 of 48
  45. 45. Closing: Title Insurance ● Title insurance guarantees that the property is clear and marketable ● 2 types of title insurance policies ► Limited (Standard) Protection against pre-closing defects in title ► Enhanced (Eagle) Costs 20% more than Standard policy Covers post closing fraud, forgery, identity theft Increases with value of the property up to 150% of original price Includes coverage for: mechanic’s liens, invalid permits, forced removal of structure, unrecorded easements, unrecorded leases,Slide 45 of 48
  46. 46. Closing Day ● You’ll have a final walk-through on closing ● Closing typically takes 1 hour day or just before ● Get keys and take possession! ● What to bring: ► Government issued photo ID ► Certified checkSlide 46 of 48
  47. 47. So 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 dealSlide 47 of 48
  48. 48. Thanks for Coming! Please fill out the survey that was handed out at the beginning of class. We appreciate the feedback! Check out our upcoming classes and events at http://www.redfin.com/buy-a-home/classes-and-eventsSlide 48 of 48
  49. 49. 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
  50. 50. Favorite Links Cont.● Remodeling & renovations ► DoItYourself.com: A few ads, but a useful clearinghouse of information on remodeling ► National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): Articles on remodeling your home, most are good

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