Home Buying Tips In a (Crazy) Hot Market – EP 219

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Housing market is crazy hot right now as sales have continued to soar this 2022. 

More than 93 percent of homes purchased by corporations as of May 2021 were bought for under $300,000. Many of them were in predominantly Black neighborhoods. (Charlotte, NC)

Tagged along with high demand is having fast-paced decision-making. In this episode, we run through some home buying tips to help you decide quickly yet efficiently in acquiring your dream house.

It is worth taking your time even in a market this crazy… It is worth it to make this decision right.


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12 Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Real Estate Market

Whether you’re searching for your first home, upgrading from a starter house, or downsizing for retirement, you’re preparing to jump into the real estate market. In this article, Medi-Share listed down 12 tips for buying a home in a hot real estate market.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jill discusses the importance of clarifying needs vs wants. Jen also agrees that credit scores matter. 3.5% (you need extra in case of appraisal gap), consider local but compare national, get preapproved at several lenders, and add 30% to monthly mortgage payment to predict total payment.

Telling everyone also helps. Getting an off market deal through word of mouth can save you a lot. Additionally, we were seeing $60k to $70k over asking, no inspection, cash offers. In some states, like Florida, about half of the homes sold were paid for in cash, according to the National Association of Realtors, elsewhere we see 25%. Companies like Ribbon, Orchard in Texas, and Homelight will charge you 1% to 1.5% to make a cash offer on your behalf. No contingencies and no demands of sellers.

To add, be prepared to put in an offer every week and do this for at least a few months until you win one. Lastly, offer, lose, cry, drink wine, and start again.

Housing Market Predictions 2022 to 2025: Crash or Boom?

What are the housing market predictions for 2022, 2023, 2024, or 2025? This appears to be a question that is asked quite regularly these days. Norada Real Estate tries to answer the question in this article.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

According to the article, “prices are rising due to a mismatch between supply and demand, but this is not a housing bubble. Many experts predicted that the pandemic would cause a housing crash on par with the Great Depression. That, however, is not going to happen. The market is in far better shape today than it was a decade ago. The housing industry has had a boom last year, with the largest annual gain in single-family house values and rentals, historically low foreclosure rates, and the highest number of home sales in 15 years.”

Jen and Jill further discusses the housing market predictions from 2022 to 2025.

One tip about the home buying process nobody told you that you wish you’d known

Jill says everything is negotiable (except for the stamps) and you need so much more cash than you think. For Jen, it’s the realtor!

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Thanks so Much for Listening!

Thanks so much for listening! Many of you know we have a private community where we do monthly money challenges and offer accountability groups. We want to congratulate one of our members for a big win:

I’ve been making around 200-300$ per week with Cornershop and I’ve been funding my future trip to Niagra with it.
My best friend is in the midst of a separation so I wanted to make sure everything was covered ahead of time (even restaurants). I knew she wouldn’t accept me paying for everything but I told her “Look, take 5 years paying me back if you’d like… but know that it’s all taken care of already so we can enjoy our trip and not worry about the money.” So I’m glad I could do that for her and it’s making it less stressful for me as well.

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