Buying a foreclosed home can seem like a dream. Deals sound like they’re too good to be true. But there are some hidden dangers in buying foreclosed properties that could be disheartening and disappointing if you’re not aware of them.
Check out the interesting article at BankRate.com that describes how Floridians are paying the 9th highest closing costs in the nation.
Besides lender fees and title charges, don’t forget about your pre-paid taxes and your insurance premiums when you’re calculating how much to save for your down-payment.
Here in South Florida, your insurance premiums are going to be a LOT more than the standard 1% that your lender is going to estimate for insurance on your Good Faith Estimate. Single family homes that don’t have hurricane windows and other storm protection can have insurance premiums as high as $5,000 a year.
Nearly forever in the realm of Real Estate has the Red Accent Wall been the darling of would-be decorators and home owners that desire a little extra spice in their interiors.
Your Guide is officially declaring the era of the Red Dining Room and/or Red Powder Room over. At least when it comes time to sell.
Though the pop of color could be interpreted to “add some character” all too often it’s the wrong kind. Red isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And it is VERY hard to cover up – or at least buyers perceive it as a challenge to cover up.
Invariably, these red rooms get passed on from homeowner to homeowner because no one has the courage or tenacity to apply layer upon layer of KILZ primer to undo the dastardly deed.
In the photo below, the third set of home owners is currently enjoying the sizzling red dining room (VHT did seem to go overboard with the color correction, nonetheless it is RED.)
Let’s all agree: Henceforth for a pop of color, we will add it with throw pillows, an accent blanket and a vase of roses!
Even though asking home prices rose 7.0% in the last year, outpacing rent increases of 3.2%, the gap between buying and renting has narrowed only slightly. One year ago, buying was 46% cheaper than renting. Today’s it’s 44% cheaper to buy versus rent. In fact, homeownership is cheaper than renting in all of America’s 100 largest metros.
Check out the interactive map over at http://trends.truliablog.com/vis/rentvsbuy-winter-2013
It’s a common question during the first interview with buyers who may be seeking a condominium here in South Florida:
It seems to be lost on home sellers during the current frenzy of activity that is fueled by investors and foreign buyers that are flush with cash these days, but the predominant purchasers of condominiums used to be first-time homebuyers that may not have saved up enough cash to put down $30,000, $50,000 or even $100,000 on a new condominium home.
However, buyers who use FHA financing, however can purchase homes with as little as 3.5% down-payment.
There’s a hitch, though! You have to find a building that is already FHA, VA or Fannie Mae approved, and here in Fort Lauderdale, there are only a handful!
It’s a great question, and one we wish more Home Owners Associations would ask about.
It’s not that hard, but does have some cost. The fees typically run around $2,000 plus the cost of a consultant if you decide to use someone who is versed in the process to guide you through it.
Typically it’s the HOA and the management company that make the decision to get the condominium FHA approved.
FHA will look at a number of factors, and three are of critical importance:
Considering that first time buyers make up the majority of potential condominium purchasers, it makes sense to your association to undertake this effort.
Low down-payment financing is not just for low income resident – in fact it’s far from the reality of what can happen if your property is only attractive to investors! Investors are typically the kinds of buyer that are looking for the best deal available, and a preponderance of investors buying in your HOA can serve to hold values stagnant or even drive values down!
I’m hoping we all see your condo or HOA on the FHA Approved List one day soon!