VIEW POST ON MILLENNIAL POPULATION (generation x)

Jun 29, 2015

The millennial population (Generation Y) may not be buying houses just yet, but according to a recent survey by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), around 70 percent plan to own a home by 2020.

ULI defined millennials as individuals ranging in age from 20 to 37 years old, consisting of 78.6 million members.

Currently, of those surveyed, 50 percent are renters, and of those 50 percent, 60 percent rent apartments or townhouse-style units, while 40 percent rent single-family units or mobile homes. Of the renters, two-thirds say they are either satisfied or very satisfied with renting.

With median rent coming in at $925 a month, most cannot afford more luxurious places. Of those surveyed, 27 percent of renters have an unrelated roommate.

Surprisingly, only 13 percent of Gen Yers live in or near downtowns, with 35 percent residing in “other city neighborhoods.”

Additionally, 69 percent said they paid for their living expenses with no help from their family.

There are still 16.5 million members, or 21 percent, who still live at home with their family, and 14 percent of those live in a home with three generations of family members. Ninety percent expect to match or exceed their parents’ economic circumstances.

While more than two-thirds of this generation expect own a home by 2020, 45 percent say they aren’t convinced housing is a good investment. However, of those surveyed, 26 percent already own a home.

“Generation Y represents the largest source of new demand for rental housing and first-time home purchases,” the survey concluded.

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Pending Sales At Their Highest!!!!!!!

NOWnew pic at their highest level in over nine years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Gains in the Northeast and West were offset by small decreases in the Midwest and South.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 0.9 percent to 112.6 in May from a slight downward revision of 111.6 in April and is now 10.4 percent above May 2014 (101.9). The index has now increased year-over-year for nine consecutive months and is at its highest level since April 2006 (113.7).

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says contract activity rose again in May for the fifth straight month, increasing the likelihood that home sales are off to their best year since the downturn. “The steady pace of solid job creation seen now for over a year has given the housing market a boost this spring,” said Yun. “It’s very encouraging to now see a broad based recovery with all four major regions showing solid gains from a year ago and new home sales also coming alive.”

Yun does warn that this year’s stronger sales amidst similar housing supply levels from a year ago have caused home prices to rise to an unhealthy and unsustainable pace.

“Housing affordability remains a pressing issue with home-price growth increasing around four times the pace of wages,” adds Yun. “Without meaningful gains in new and existing supply, there’s no question the goalpost will move further away for many renters wanting to become homeowners.”

The PHSI in the Northeast increased 6.3 percent to 93.9 in May, and is now 10.6 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest the index declined 0.6 percent to 111.4 in May, but is still 7.8 percent above May 2014.

Pending home sales in the South decreased 0.8 percent to an index of 127.8 in May but are still 10.6 percent above last May. The index in the West rose 2.2 percent in May to 104.5, and is 13.0 percent above a year ago.

On Wednesday, July 1, Yun will be sharing his mid-year analysis on the housing market and what to expect for the rest of 2015 in a write-up on NAR Research’s Economists’ Outlook blog.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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* The Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

The index is based on a large national sample, typically representing about 20 percent of transactions for existing-home sales. In developing the model for the index, it was demonstrated that the level of monthly sales-contract activity parallels the level of closed existing-home sales in the following two months.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, which was the first year to be examined. By coincidence, the volume of existing-home sales in 2001 fell within the range of 5.0 to 5.5 million, which is considered normal for the current U.S. population.

NOTE: Existing-home Sales for June will be reported July 22, and the next Pending Home Sales Index will be July 29; release times are 10:00 a.m. EDT.

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THE HOUSING MARKET OF TODAY!!!!

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Home Sales Reach Highest Mark In 9 Years! | Simplifying The Market

Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Mark In 9 Years! June 30, 2015For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Up!

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their Pending Home Sales Index Report and revealed that it is at its highest level since April 2006.

The Pending Home Sales Index is “a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings”. The higher the Pending Home Sales Index number, the more contracts have been signed by buyers that will soon translate to sales.

Every region of the country has experienced year-over-year gains in pending sales as seen below:Pending Home Sales by Region | Simplifying The Market

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun cites job creation as a major reason that the housing market has boomed this spring, going on to say,

“It’s very encouraging to now see a broad based recovery with all four major regions showing solid gains from a year ago and new home sales also coming alive.”

Yun went on to caution that,

“Housing affordability remains a pressing issue with home-price growth increasing around four times the pace of wages. Without meaningful gains in new and existing supply, there’s no question the goalpost will move further away for many renters wanting to become homeowners.”

So What Does This Mean To Buyers?

There is a lot of competition out there right now for your dream home. Prices are going to continue to climb, act now before you are priced out of your future home.

What Does This Mean to Sellers?

If you are on the fence about listing your home for sale right now and debating whether now is the time to move on with your plans of relocating… now is the time!

There are more buyers that are ready, willing and able to buy their first, second, third, vacation, or investment property now than there has been in years! The supply of homes for sale is not keeping up with the demand of these buyers.

Listing your home for sale now will give you the most exposure to buyers and the best sales price.

Bottom Line

Whether you are planning on buying or selling a house this year, waiting to act no longer makes sense.

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First-Time Homebuyers Lead the Way in May

First-Time Homebuyers Lead the Way in May

First-Time Homebuyers Lead the Way in May | Keeping Current Matters The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report revealed that first time homebuyers made up 32% of all sales in the month of May; marking the highest share since September 2012 and up from 27% the same time last year. NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, cited “strong job gains among young adults, less expensive mortgage insurance and lenders offering low down payment programs,” as contributing factors to the increase in first-time buyers. Existing-home sales rose 5.1% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.35 million. Total housing inventory for sale remains under the 6.0 months needed for a historically normal market at a 5.1 month supply. Homes sold quickly in May, as 45% of homes sold in less than a month. May also marked the 39th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains as the median existing home price rose 7.9% above May 2014 to $228,700. Below is a chart showing the breakdown of price increases by region: Existing Home Prices by Region | Keeping Current Matters Yun went on to say,
“Solid sales gains were seen throughout the country in May as more homeowners listed their home for sale and therefore provided greater choices for buyers.” “However, overall supply still remains tight, homes are selling fast and price growth in many markets continues to teeter at or near double-digit appreciation. Without solid gains in new home construction, prices will likely stay elevated — even with higher mortgage rates above 4 percent.”
Bottom Line
“More first-time buyers are expected to enter the market in coming months, but the overall share climbing higher will depend on how fast rates and prices rise.” If you are a homeowner considering a move this year, meet with a local real estate agent who can show you the opportunities available right now! Don’t miss out on the influx of new buyers entering the market every day.
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MULTIGENERATIONAL “BUYERS”

There is all sorts of advice on marketing homes to baby boomers, millenials, and so on. But what about when you are working with multigenerational buyers a household of more than two generations.

TIPS on pleasing everyone in the family when house shopping.

1.Make sure everyone is on the same page. When working with a multigenerational buyer, you will likely be lugging mom, dad, grandma and grandpa (and maybe a second cousin or four) around to showings. Before you begin your property search, request that everyone is on the same page with needs and wants. That way, if a home with a separate “in-law” suite is a must-have, you will know before you head out, saving time and energy. As an agent, don’t shy away from involving the entire household in the discussion before a search has begun. You never know who has the final say.

2.Consider space and accessibility. Accessibility is crucial with multigen buyers. A home with an abundance of stairs—or even five stairs up to the front door—may be too much for grandpa’s knees, and this is important to consider from the get-go. Open floor plans and wide doorways are common multigen must-haves, as they make moving around a breeze for everyone under the roof. In-law suites with their own private entrance can also help bolster the older generation’s independence and accessibility.

3.Seek versatility and privacy. When three or more generations are sharing a space, that space needs to be versatile, as it will likely shift over the next few years as family members age and needs evolve. A home meant to meet the needs of a six-year-old child and a 65-year-old grandparent will likely be outdated when the child is 16 and the grandparent is 75. So, seek homes with spaces that can rotate; perhaps grandma will need to move into that first-floor bedroom, and little Timmy—who is not so little anymore—will really enjoy that finished basement as a private hangout for him, his friends and their gosh-darn rap music.

4.Find adequate storage. An extra generation means an extra lifetime of stuff. A home with above average storage space will be necessary. Look for an abundance of closets, a spacious attic or a garage with space for shelving.

Just like any other buyer, multigenerational shoppers will have specific needs in mind. Below are a handful of typical multigenerational requests:

•Main floor bedroom, living area. For those who may have trouble tackling stairs, easy-to-access bedroom, kitchen and living area may be on the want list.

•Finished basement or playroom. Space is key when the house is full, so a finished basement or playroom may be key for keeping the kids—and parents—happy.

•Nearby public transportation. Is there a bus stop nearby so seniors who are unable to drive can savor their independence by catching a ride somewhere?

•Top tech. These days, many homes have automated technology built-in. Auto locking doors or appliances that shut themselves off may be key for living with forgetful kids and Seniors.

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“THE REASON TO BUY NOW IS THE “MONEY”

PEOPLE often ask whether they should buy a home now or wait. Recently released data suggests that waiting may not make sense as prices seem to again be on the rise. Let’s take a look at some of the data and commentary on the subject:

Ed Stansfield, chief property economist at Capital Economics:

“The current tightness of supply conditions would normally be consistent with much faster price growth. The continued steady growth in home sales that we expect this year will only add to this upward pressure on prices.”

Case Shiller Home Price Index

“The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 4.1% annual gain in March 2015 … with a 0.8% increase for the month.”

Anand Nallathambi, CEO of CoreLogic

“All signs are pointing toward continued price appreciation throughout 2015… Tight inventories, job growth and the impact of demographics and household formation are pushing price levels in many states toward record levels.”

Danielle Hale, Director of Housing Statistics at NAR

“Even without further acceleration, the pace of price growth remains too high. Strong buyer demand and low inventories coupled with relatively low new construction are helping to push prices up, keeping the housing market tipped in favor of sellers.”

FHFA Principal Economist Andrew Leventis

“The first quarter saw strong and widespread home price growth throughout most of the country. Home prices are now, on average, roughly 20 percent above where they were three years ago. This run-up has been historically exceptional and is particularly notable in light of the limited household income growth and modest rate of overall inflation observed during that same time period.”

Bottom Line

If you are planning on buying a home in the near future, waiting probably doesn’t make sense from a purely pricing standpoint.

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Upscale, secluded and absolutely stunning, the Carriage Homes at Thorndale are gorgeous new homes in Lansdale, Pa. The community features 126 spacious Carriage homes designed to the highest architectural standards. Each features superb amenities and flowing interior spaces that are as gorgeous as the surrounding environment. When it comes to Montgomery County homes, nothing compares to Thorndale.

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Thorndale is nestled on 44-acres in Montgomery County’s Towamencin Township. These gorgeous Lansdale new homes are part of a community that is wonderfully convenient to recreation, shopping, transportation and services. Thorndale offers a genuine sense of community, a vibrant lifestyle and the most beautiful Montgomery

new picThe Carriage Homes at Thorndale are perfectly located near the quaint town of Lansdale in Montgomery County PA.
These gorgeous Montgomery County new homes are the centerpiece of a walkable community that offers a lifestyle and home designs for all ages from first time buyers to 55+ active adults.
Stylish Montgomery County New Homes

The beautiful design of these Lansdale new homes and the incredible atmosphere of the Thorndale community is obvious from the moment you arrive. From the grand entrance to the traditional Old World architecture and luxurious amenities, every detail is meticulously designed to create a lifestyle that is exceptional in every way. You won’t find a more exciting community of Montgomery County homes.

Upscale, secluded and absolutely stunning, the Carriage Homes at Thorndale are gorgeous new homes in Lansdale, Pa. The community features 126 spacious Carriage homes designed to the highest architectural standards. Each features superb amenities and flowing interior spaces that are as gorgeous as the surrounding environment. When it comes to Montgomery County homes, nothing compares to Thorndale.

THINGS YOU SHOULD DO WHEN MOVING INTO YOUR NEW HOME!

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Change the locks when you move into a new house — that way, you control who has access to your home.

When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in.

I recruited family and friends to help me move (in exchange for a beer-and-pizza picnic on the floor) and, as a bonus, I got to pick their brains about what first-time homeowners should know.

Their help was one of the best housewarming presents I could have gotten. And thanks to their expertise and a little Googling, here’s what I learned about what to do before moving in.

1. Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith — if you supply the new locks, they typically charge about $20-$30 per lock for labor.

2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. I didn’t have any leaks to fix, but when checking my kitchen sink, I did discover the sink sprayer was broken. I replaced it for under $20.

Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your water heater for signs of a leak.

Here’s a neat trick: Check your water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour window in which no water is being used in your house. If the reading is different, you have a leak.

3. Steam clean carpets. Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start. You can pay a professional carpet cleaning service — you’ll pay about $50 per room; most services require a minimum of about $100 before they’ll come out — or you can rent a steam cleaner for about $30 per day and do the work yourself. I was able to save some money by borrowing a steam cleaner from a friend.

4. Wipe out your cabinets. Another no-brainer before you move in your dishes and bathroom supplies. Make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace contact paper if necessary.

When I cleaned my kitchen cabinets, I found an unpleasant surprise: Mouse poop. Which leads me to my next tip …

5. Give critters the heave-ho. That includes mice, rats, bats, termites, roaches, and any other uninvited guests. There are any number of DIY ways to get rid of pests, but if you need to bring out the big guns, an initial visit from a pest removal service will run you $100-$300, followed by monthly or quarterly visits at about $50 each time.

For my mousy enemies, I strategically placed poison packets around the kitchen, and I haven’t found any carcasses or any more poop, so the droppings I found must have been old. I might owe a debt of gratitude to the snake that lives under my back deck, but I prefer not to think about him.

6. Introduce yourself to your circuit breaker box and main water valve. My first experience with electrical wiring was replacing a broken light fixture in a bathroom. After locating the breaker box, which is in my garage, I turned off the power to that bathroom so I wouldn’t electrocute myself.

It’s a good idea to figure out which fuses control what parts of your house and label them accordingly. This will take two people: One to stand in the room where the power is supposed to go off, the other to trip the fuses and yell, “Did that work? How about now?”

You’ll want to know how to turn off your main water valve if you have a plumbing emergency, if a hurricane or tornado is headed your way, or if you’re going out of town. Just locate the valve — it could be inside or outside your house — and turn the knob until it’s off. Test it by turning on any faucet in the house; no water should come out.

What were the first maintenance projects you did when you moved into your first home?

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“HOMEBUYERS “GENERATION X” DON’T FORGET THEM!

new pic“WITH all the talk about millennials, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of another crucial category of homebuyers — Generation X.”

Although millennials comprise most of the homebuying population, research shows that Gen X comes in at a close second. Generation X consists of those born between 1965 and 1980.

There are a few important features to note about this group. They are buying homes earlier and starting families later. They are at the peak of their earning and spending years and, in turn, spend the most on homes.

Along with the millennials, this group is also very tech-savvy but has a better appreciation for the Internet because they can remember not having it.

This group is typically financially stable, with a budgetary plan instead of the huge line of credit that many millennials need. They are independent and want detailed information on their choices. They are interested in things including school ratings and the nearest grocery store.

They are good at creating a work/life balance, which puts them more in control of where they will be in 10 years — about how long they will stay in the home for which they search. Their kids are in school, but it won’t be long until they are moving into dorm rooms, and mom and dad can put a nice down payment on a smaller place.

There are several marketing cues that we can take from the characteristics of Gen X. First and foremost, greater than 90 percent of homebuyers, including Generation X, begin their home search online. Everyone is in a hurry these days, so if your site doesn’t show up until the second page of Google, then you probably aren’t getting too many conversions.

What does this tell me?

If you aren’t using search engine marketing and pay-per-click, then you should. Consumers have a short attention span, and there are only so many spots for advertising. With companies such as Zillow and realtor.com dominating the search results, it can be a bit crowded. Your campaign must be unique and aggressive if you want to stand out in that crowd.

Because Gen X members are at this particular stage of their lives, this isn’t their first rodeo. They are in the search for a home but typically also have a house to sell. If you can cater to both of these needs, double points for you.

Keep in mind that this group wins for having high expectations of sold data and off-market statuses because most of them will be selling their current home. If you can’t give them this information, they’ll just use a search engine to find it elsewhere, which won’t be on your site.

Remember, they’ve done all this before. Gen X knows the drill and won’t have quite as many questions or need as much help with the process and steps, which makes them a more low-maintenance client when it comes to the details of the transaction.

Likewise, expect to go straight to voice mail if you give them a call because, like millennials, they are a generation that seldom uses their smartphone to actually talk. Try sending a text or reaching out through social media. Not only does Gen X approve of this, but they expect it.

Make certain your platform notifies you the instant that your prospect is online and looking at a property because chances are, if you wait until tomorrow, their head will be elsewhere. Finally and most importantly, be available — even when you’re eating dinner.

In the technology age and the instant gratification that it supplies, expected customer service from an agent has gone from a 9-to-5 to an around-the-clock job.

MARY ANN GRABOYES
“AWARD WINNING REALTOR”