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Whether you are selling or buying a home my goal is to help you achieve your Real Estate goals.
TOP FIVE REASONS TO BUY A HOME NOW...
1. Interest Rates Are Still Low
Mortgage interest rates are still low—for now.
A 30-year-fixed-rate loan now averages 4.16%, according to Freddie Mac, but many economists believe we will see 5% rates next year. As interest rates increase, so do your monthly payments.
A $300,000 house at 4.16% with 20% down would have a monthly payment of $1,168. With a 5% interest rate, that payment increases to $1,288.
2. There’s More Inventory
As more houses enter the for sale market, prices stabilize. “Inventories are at their highest level in over a year, and price gains have slowed to much more welcoming levels,” said Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of REALTORS®.The upside is consumers now have more choices, if they are looking at existing homes.New homes are another story: Yun says new construction needs to double its current production to meet market demand.
3. Home Prices Are Going Up
Home prices are rising.The median price of an existing home was $223,300 in June, or 4.3% higher than June 2013. That’s the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains, and economists expect that trend to continue. However, we are still at least 20% off the peak prices of 2006.
“Attempting to buy a home when the market is at its lowest point—or to sell at the peak—is tricky,” said Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for realtor.com®.
He compares it to trying to time the stock market.
“You might get lucky one or two times, but overall, timing the market does not work,” Smoke added. “It all points to purchasing power, and that’s a reflection of price and interest rates, which will both be higher in the future.”
4. Rents Are Sky-High
If you live in a big city, then you know rent is astronomical. In San Francisco, many people are spending 42% of their monthly income to pay the rent. Nationwide, rents are rising at a 4% annual clip.It’s not unusual to see adults rooming together in expensive cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago, but everyone needs his or her own space at some point.
Buying a home would lock in your monthly payment and stabilize your finances with a fixed-rate mortgage. This is, of course, assuming you don’t live the San Francisco area, where the average price of a home is $1 million.
(If you’re renting and never thought you could afford to buy a house, try our Rent vs. Buy calculator to see what’s possible.)
5. Employment on the Rise
Perhaps nothing is as important to the financial stability you need to buy a home as steady employment. The U.S. economy is finally adding jobs—about 200,000 new jobs per month.
The next generation of home buyers—the Millennials—has been particularly affected by the nation’s job slump. Saddled with student loans and tight lending restrictions, many in this generation have been living with their parents to save money until the economy picks up.If your employment prospects look good these days and the other four factors check out, then it may indeed be the right time for you to buy a home of your own.
Why You Should Use a REALTOR to Buy or Sell...
Fiduciary responsibility. When you work with a Realtor®, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who’s contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you. That’s big — the value of that commitment cannot be overstated. “For more than 100 years, Realtors® have subscribed to the NAR’s strict Code of Ethics as a condition of membership,” says National Association of Realtors® President Gary Thomas.
Complex, ever-changing real estate regulations. Buying or selling a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary from state to state. Generally speaking, people purchase a new home every 7-10 years, and a lot can — and usually does — change between transactions. Realtors® are immersed in real estate, and they must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices. O
Help finding the right home, beyond square footage and baths. Browsing online is a terrific way to start a home search — in fact, almost 90 percent of people start their home search online.1 But when it’s time to buy, knowing all the pros and cons of a property can help you make the right decision. Realtors® live and breathe real estate, and they can share information about a home that you wouldn’t otherwise know.Your Realtor® can go beyond the aesthetics and tell you important details about homes you’re considering.
Pricing and selling a home. There are lots of sites where you can view price estimates for your home before you list it for sale, but you take a risk using them. In some markets, online estimates can be off by as much as 35 percent, and they often rely on tax records and data that can be as old as 6-12 months. Realtors® know the local market, have access to the freshest sale data, and can price your house in line with the market to maximize your earnings. In 2012, sellers using an agent got $40,100 more: The median sale price for the 88 percent of sellers who worked with an agent was $215,000, versus a median sale price of $174,900 for the 9 percent of sellers who didn’t use an agent.1
Contracts and negotiations. Finding the right home is the fun part. Then the real work begins.: Today’s contracts can be 50 pages long — not counting addendums and riders. Realtors® can help you navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you. Plus, when it comes to negotiation, your Realtor® is your advocate and can bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation.
Following a code of ethics. When you work with a Realtor®, you’re partnering with a professional who operates according to a strict code of ethics. In place for over 100 years, the Realtor® Code of Ethics ensures that consumers who work with a Realtor® are treated professionally and ethically in all transaction-related matters.
1National Association of REALTORS® 2012 Survey of Home Buyers and Sellers.
Licenses and Memberships:
Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson Licensee
National Association of Realtors
Wisconsin Realtor Association
Realtor Association of South Central Wisconsin
South Central Wisconsin Multiple Listing Services
My main interests include raising two great kids, and spending time with my wife.
When I'm not working with clients, or investing in real estate I enjoy the outdoors. I actually co-host a televised fishing show called "Fishing Wisconsin TV" Fishing Wisconsin airs on Saturday afternoons at 5:30 central time on My TV 14, or analog channel 15-2. Check it out!
I am an avid hunter as well. I've been to far off places like Canada, Alaska and Montana chasing after Elk, Caribou and moose.
I enjoy classic muscle cars as well. I'm the proud owner of a 1969 Dodge Charger and a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner/GTX.
Lake Wisconsin homes and real esate in the surrounding areas.
Where there's a Will, there's a way!
Thanks for checking out my web site. I specialize in water front homes primarily on Lake Wisconsin and the surrounding area. I have been a Real Estate investor long before I was a licensed agent. I have decided to put my skills to work for other real estate buyers and sellers in the area.
Honesty, integrity and hard work are the three elements that drive my business.
I grew up outside of DeForest Wisconsin. I come from a long line of dairy farmers in the area, so I'm no stranger to hard work. I graduated from DeForest High School in 1995, and continued my education that fall at MATC. I graduated with an associates degree in 1998 with honors.
After graduation from college, I realized my true passion was in real estate. My first career was in law enforcement, I quickly learned that my heart was in the real estate business. I was spending my "off duty" time working on real estate investments. It wasn't long and I had converted to a full time real estate investor, shortly there after.....I became a full time Realtor for Century 21.