Redfin Oakley Home Buying Class

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Redfin Oakley Home Buying Class

  1. 1. Redfin’s Market Trends Class Redfin’s Contra Costa Team August 19th– Oakley, CA Host: Cathy Gamblin & Sherie Corsello @Redfin http://www.facebook.com/Redfin
  2. 2. Meet Your Hosts!
  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 ● Right home for the right price  No obligation  Commission credit
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Redfin Agent Reviews
  6. 6. Are You Ready to Buy?
  7. 7. 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?
  8. 8. Understanding the Market
  9. 9. Oakley Overview
  10. 10. Contra Costa Overview
  11. 11. Current Market: Low Inventory
  12. 12. Current Market: Rising Prices
  13. 13. What Other Trends are We Noticing? ● Homes are being listed at strategically low prices ►So properties are selling above list price ►Base your offer price on comps & trends – NOT on list price ● Deadlines are being set to accept & review offers ►Sellers usually review offers after about 7-14 days on market ►To give property exposure and create buzz amongst buyers ● Some buyers are waiving their contingencies in order to make their offers more attractive to the seller
  14. 14. What to do? ● Go see the home as soon as you can! ►First couple days on market ● Homes that are priced well, and move-in ready, may sell in days. ● Expect to be up against multiple offers (5-10+), some cash offers ● Get pre approval early on
  15. 15. Mortgages
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 5 Tips for Winning a Bidding War 1. Make the competition eat your dust – sign up a Redfin listing alert! 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 limits
  20. 20. Never Miss A Home
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Never Miss a Home
  23. 23. Seeing Homes in Person
  24. 24. 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 24 of 55
  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. Selling Your Home with Redfin
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. All Done!
  29. 29. Thanks for Coming! Questions? Get in touch: Sherie Coresello sherie.corsello@redfin.com Cathy Gamblin cathy.gamblin@redfin.com Check out our upcoming classes: http://www.redfin.com/events

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