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The Reality Of Real Estate And What You Need To Know

The Real Estate Price Will Not Rise Indefinitely.

The theory goes something like this. More land cannot be built, but the population will steadily rise. As the demand for land, thus homes, increase, and the supply shortens, the prices of real estate will keep growing. This cycle will go one indefinitely. This writeup aims to give you a more realistic picture of the real estate.

When you go down history, it is apparent that till 2004 the price of homes kept on soaring. After that year, the market flattened. It was in 2007 that the prices started declining and by the time 2010 came around the market has crashed enough to reach the same prices as in the year 2004.

Presently, the value of homes in most parts of the country is rising again because of increasing demand and low supply. But the same does not apply to all regions.

The Two Real Factors That Effect House Prices

When we see trends in real estate, we see them at a national level. This is a gross error. A potential homebuyer should consider the market of their city. Just because Orlando is booming with houses doesn’t mean that San Francisco will too. Prices of homes differ from city to city and state to state. Sometimes, even two neighbourhoods in the same town can have vastly different price points.

The second factor that makes an impact on house prices is the mortgage rate. When the economy is healthy, mortgage rates increase. A high mortgage means more interest which in turn reduces the allure of homes. On the other hand, when rates are low, i.e., the chances of people buying homes rises because the credit taken will be less. Mortgages have an auxiliary influence on home prices, but they do have one.

To Buy A Home Or Not To Buy One

With the reality of real estate more complex than what theory says the question of buying a home or not becomes complicated. If you have an exit strategy in hand, then buying makes good sense. Without a doubt, the value of a property does increase over time. So, selling your home 10 or 20 years down the line will be profitable. But if you plan to live in the abode for all of your life, you will not gain any profit from it.

Ways to Invest in Real Estate without Buying Property

Are you in the plans of investing time and money in the real estate? Well, it is a good idea. But there are also other ways to invest in housing that takes no pains in the dealings of landlord works or tenants.

Invest in Real Estate ETFs

ETF also known as Exchange Traded Fund is a single fund collection of bonds or stocks. They are very much similar to mutual funds and index funds for they have all the same low costs and broad diversification overall. So, if you are thinking to invest in real estate, but also want to try your luck in ETF, it sure is a smart and great move.

Invest in Real Estate Mutual Funds

When you can invest in ETF, you can also try your hands in the mutual funds. The reasons are many like the low costs and also the track records give one person enough confidence about the stable future.

Invest in REITs

The reasons to invest in REIT is the same as to invest in mutual funds and ETF. The investment can be made without actually holding the property physically. And REIT does exactly the same job as diversifying the holdings.

Invest in Real Estate Focused Company
There are multiple companies that manage and own the real estate without the REIT being operational. To know the difference, one will have to search deep for they pay dividend lower than the REIT. The focused real estate companies include the resort operations, hotels, real estate commercial developers and timeshare companies. Make sure to research thoroughly before you start investing in any of these companies. Also it is a smart move if you know the companies background, history, and other related details.

Invest in Home Construction
The housing inventory has seen rapid growth in the past few years and it is a great investment to construct a new home that would be beneficial in the coming years. By looking at this point of view, it is a smart investment to invest in the home construction industry.

Hire a Property Manager
There is no need to have physical property in the real estate business, but there is one strategy that would be very helpful to you. There are many investors who buy the rentals and starts with the plan, but then they take the help of property manager for all the heavy lifting jobs. This way the investor and the manager are benefitted in the real estate business.

A Guide to the Foreign Buyers

How to buy a home in the United States?

When the talk is about Real Estate, the words cannot be more described and illustrated than the Global Marketplace. If you stand a place among the Canadian snowbird, international investor or the immigrant of the first generation, who has made a living in the United States, it would be a hard experience to get inside the unfamiliar market. So the following guide will help you in purchasing a home in the U.S.

Things to consider before property purchase

Before you get into the property search, one must think about the importance of the place as how will it be used and helpful. One must take into considerations the following

  • Will this serve as a home for vacations?
  • A place to reside in the U.S. when doing business
  • A place for your children when they are doing their graduations
  • Investment?
  • A long term residence.

How the real estate market work in the United States?

A foreign investor does not get any privileges or rights regarding legal status or stay by just investing or buying in the United States. If you got plans to stay longer than the standardized Visa, then make sure to contact with an immigration lawyer.

By clearly determining the property usage to your real estate agent, they will help you in sale and search. So make sure to clearly state the reasons and your plans to stay for how long.

The real estate in the United States works a lot differently than in your home place. The States in the U.S. have their own rules and regulations when it comes to the real estate purchase, which includes the purchase contract, the sale closing method and also the titles and duties of the individuals those who are involved in the process.

The listing of real estate information is shared only by the agents with the help of many listing services. The information’s can be accessed by the consumers by going through the real estate site like the Zillow. In other parts of the world, the agents will have to knock the doors of many property holders to buy or sell a property. Also, the buyer’s must pay a sum of a fee to the agents whereas, in the case of United States, only the seller will pay from the sales commission.

The United States follows strict rules and regulations in the real estate business and demands licenses from the agents. The foreign buyers must look into things like the transfer of international wire, exchange rates of currency, banking systems, accounting issues and many more.

The Process of Property Purchase

Is it difficult to buy property in the United States?

Being an NRA – Non-Resident Aliens, one has to face few minor restrictions in the real estate market of America. But they play the role of trivial in investment purposes. When it comes to federal level, there are only few restrictions for the NRAs investing or owning in the real property. These restrictions are mostly considered unimportant whereas in the state of Oklahoma, the foreigners are restricted in buying land, but they are allowed to buy condominiums.

Procedure followed in New York city for property purchase

There are many procedures that are followed in a different state and vary from different countries as well. Let’s take a look at the procedure that is observed in the City of New York.

An offer must be made to your agent orally, who will pass on to the seller or to the seller’s agent. The seller may offer you, starting from the process of negotiation and will lead to an agreement on terms, price and the date of closing.

The attorney of the seller will start with the beginning of contract preparation of sale. The document will be then obtained and reviewed the survey, deed, promissory notes, policy of title insurance, the mortgaged property, tax bills, occupancy certificates, utility and fuel bills, elevator permits, leases, pools and many more.

The condominium’s financial condition will be examined by the buyer’s attorney.

He will then negotiate and review the deed of contract, the policy of title insurance, and also the documents that are referred in the policy title such as occupancy certificate, survey, tax bill of real; property, cooling, heating, and bills of electricity.

Once the condominium’s financial status, the building by-laws and the sale contract is satisfactory, the buyer’s attorney will give you permission to sign the contract. 10% of the price purchased must be deposited and it will precede to the seller for his/her signature. The money deposited will be handled by the escrow of the seller’s attorney until the closing period.

The application materials and the board requirements will be received from the agent of real estate. If you are not purchasing from the developer directly, then you will have to follow the rules of Board of Managers. You must completely cooperate the requests from the condominium’s board and must provide documentation if required.

The revival of application will be done and if all the materials required are included and is in the right order, then the approval will be granted.

The Real Estate Market Condition In Top-Growing Cities Of The US

Orlando And Austin Lead The Way

Orlando has set a record by becoming the top tourist destination in the country for a few years which has led to massive job creation. The increase in demand in the hospitality and leisure industry required an influx of workforce. This workforce, in turn, boosted the home sales and rental needs making the city a leader in real estate.

The capital of Texas is not far behind. Austin is, without a doubt, the fastest rising metro in the nation thanks to its many tech firms. These companies are luring in young workers who require homes. Add to it the housing demand generated by the students of the University of Texas, and real estate is rising fast here. One of the biggest factors in the housing market is Apple’s campus that employs a considerable number of millennials.

The Two States Of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina, the Duke University and the North Carolina State University as Raleigh are one reason the real estate market has shown a constant incline. The presence of the Research Triangle, home to over two hundred businesses that employ sixty thousand workers, adds to the housing demand.

Charlotte is the second NC metro that ranks high in the real-estate market growth. Most of the demand is due to the robust job market in the city. In the past few years, big names like Corvid Technologies and EY have staked their presence in Charlotte. They created hundreds of jobs and the need for homes.

Salt Lake City And Houston Are Not Far Behind

The one city that has the most promising future in concern with employment is Salt Lake City. The Amazon fulfillment center, the SLC Port Logistics centre and the International airport combined will generate a boom in jobs. This sharp rise in career prospects will lead to a corresponding surge of real estate market.

The year over year, growth in jobs in Houston increased by 2.7%. The employment picture in the city is soaring due to higher energy prices. Corporates are either relocating to the city or expanding to it. Together, the Texas city is on the brink of a good housing market situation.

These six cities make for the highest-growth real estate market in the nation currently based on employment.

Trends In Real Estate: Region Wise Exploration

The Current State Of Housing In The US

A continually rising interest rates on mortgages and a steadily following availability of existing houses combined to form a unique situation in the US. The prices on homes surged to such an extent that they made monthly payments for majority home buyers entirely out of reach. This has been apparent through the country.

But as like with every sector, the real change from region to region of the USA varied. In this article, we take a peek at the decline or rise of existing housing prices across the country.

Housing In The West And The Northeast Part Of The US

From March of 2018 till December of 2018, the west of the USA has a steep decline in sales of existing homes. The drop-in valuation was about 20%. From November of 2018 till February of 2019, the same sector experienced a recovery of about 5%. The improvement is primarily due to:

  • A rapid lowering of mortgage rates in recent months.
  • Stagnation in the prices of house sales.

In the northwest regions of the United States of America, a similar story is apparent. The total worth of home sales has declined by 1.4% (overall) since last year. The rebound the regions have seen starting from September of 2018 is around 9%.

The Existing Housing Market In The Midwest And South Of The USA

Both the Midwest and the South tell a very different tale, with the latter more concerning When compared to the west and northeast, the worth of house sales in the Midwest hasn’t had the same precipitous decline. States like Illinois, Dakotas, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Kansas bore a 2% lowering in the home market. There has been no rebound experienced in this part of the country.

It is the south that includes Oklahoma, Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, and Virginia, among which is most worrying. The home market here peaked in June 2018. Since then, it has been steadily declining. By February 2019 the fall was by 3.4% with no hopes of a rebound.

When the entire US existing home sales are considered, the picture is far from rosy. There are myriads of reasons for it with the foremost being the unsteady and lowering economy. Here’s hoping that the South and Midwest will buck up in the coming months.

Housing Slowdown In US: An Early Indicator Of Economic Cooling

The US Housing Market Continues To Soften As Demand Falls

For the past half-decade, the prices of homes in the US have been gradually increasing. Recently, the market showed a cooling with real estate prices decreasing. The reason for it is the slow-down in demand and the subsequent lessening of construction. Moreover, the interest rates on a home are increasing. Altogether, homebuilders have seen the lowest point in the past three years!

The national home price index by S&P showed a 5.16% rise. This is a sharp deceleration from the 6.09% growth the industry saw previously. Rather, it is the slowest pace visible in a year or two. The seasonally-adjusted house price index (purchase only) by the Federal Housing Finance Agency supports the statistics. The y-o-y rise in 2016 was 6.37%, while in 2017 it was 6.27%. Last year, the number was a mere 5.76%.

A House Price Rise In Major US Cities

S&P numbers show that despite the slow-down, the home prices have risen across twenty main cities of the USA. They are given below in descending order:

  • The maximum increase was in Las Vegas at 12.07%
  • Phoenix at 8.1%
  • Seattle at 6.33%
  • Denver at 6.22%
  • Atlanta at 6.2%
  • Minneapolis at 5.77%
  • Detroit at 5.75%
  • Tampa at 5.68%
  • San Francisco at 5.6%
  • Boston at 5.59%
  • Charlotte at 5.45%
  • Miami at 4.96%
  • Cleveland at 4.63%
  • Los Angeles at 4.44%
  • Portland at 4.38%
  • Dallas at 3.96%
  • New York at 3.5%
  • San Diego at 3.35%
  • Chicago at 3.11%
  • Washington at 2.72%

The most significant hike was visible in the Mountain region of the country with a y-o-y of 7.44%, says FHFA. The region-specific change in other areas was:

  • East South Central at 7.32%
  • South Atlantic at 6.68%
  • East North Central at 5.73%
  • West North Central at 5.59%
  • New England at 5.29%

The Impact On Sales Price Of Homes

While the average sales price of homes increased to US$362,400 (a 1.8% y-o-y), the median sales price reduced to US$302,400 (an 11.9% drop). The US Census Bureau provided these numbers for the sale of new homes in the same period. A corresponding increase in the median sales price for existing homes was also noticed. The price is at US$253,600 (a 2.9% hike) from last year. 

The forecast for home sales is not too bright, which portends a significant slow-down in the economy of the nation.

EMT International

emtEMT International offers the necessary assistance for the definition of the purchase negotiations of properties in the US, with an emphasis on markets in New York, Miami and Los Angeles now more than ever attractive to investors as a result of the favorable exchange rate Euro / US Dollar.

Through our headquarters in New York and our employees in Miami and Los Angeles, we are able to offer a structure that corresponds exactly to your needs. Contrary to other companies that carry out their main activity in Italy and rely on American intermediaries, we are directly present in the US market and in touch with the owner of the property or the construction company. We have access to all properties for sale in the United States and in a very short time we can make the best offer on the market.

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