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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When I sell my home, what will my net proceeds be?

When you buy your home it seems that everything can go your way.  You ask for a lower sales price, it usually happens and you get it or at least you meet somewhere between the "asking price" and what you would dream of getting the home for (the "bargain price").  

By accepting the discounted price, is that all the seller is having to pay to market and close on the sale of their home?  Of course not and agreeing on the price is only the first step.  From the meeting of the minds on sales price, the seller needs to figure in additional costs associated with marketing and selling (and closing) their home.  

In general, a seller will be looking at between 4% and 7% of the sales price in selling costs, and this doesn't take into consideration helping the buyer with their closing costs and prepaid expenses, if the buyer asks for this help and is obtaining mortgage financing to fund their purchase.  

A Realtor helping a seller market and sell their home will itemize expenses to be paid at closing and will provide a "seller net sheet" to help see what net profit the seller will be receiving from the sale of their home. 

As the seller, included in the net sheet expenses are the following (some or all may apply):

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hurry, inflation will usher in higher mortgage rates!

Economic data ramps up this week and ends with the "Big Enchilada" on Friday, August 1st, with the July Jobs Report.
In the first half of this year, there has been an average of 230,000 new jobs created per month, above the 203,000 recorded per month in the first half of 2013.

Can these numbers be sustained and perhaps even move higher in the second half of the year?
If the numbers remain constant or increase, we could see inflationary worries, the arch enemy of bond prices.  As bond prices suffer (go down) because of inflation, or inflationary worries, rates will go in the opposite direction (go up).  
Today's additional headline was, "Worker's raises are back in vogue", raises additional worries that products will cost more at the wholesale level.  The monthly wholesale inflation report can be a market mover, but so far has been tamed by the unsettled world military climate overseas.  
As the summer draws to a close, it may be the perfect time to consider purchasing a first home, selling and upgrading or downsizing or looking at the 2nd home or investment home market.