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Surging Military Communities Present a Unique Opportunity for RE Industry

If there’s a base, that’s the place.

Not the catchiest slogan ever created, but the sentiment is something for real estate and mortgage industry stakeholders to embrace. Military communities are driving growth and income expansion across the country, according to a recent study by USA Today.

Sixteen of the 20 fastest-growing metropolitan areas (based on per-capita income since 2000) either have a military base within their borders or are near a military installation. There’s no sign of slowdown in most of these communities. And that means the need for housing solutions is only going to increase.

Scores of service members will return from  Iraq and Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months. Most will qualify for the home-buying tax credits that recently expired for civilian buyers — service members who meet the criteria have until the end of April to purchase and until June 30, 2011, to close.

At the same time, the military continues to meet and even exceed recruitment goals, bringing new faces to these metro areas every month. Sustained growth coupled with the purchasing power and demand for homeownership among military members makes for a dynamic opportunity for RE folks moving forward.

On the whole, American service members are big-time homeowners, with ownership levels that outpace all other consumer groups. Military members are also in increasingly better shape financially to secure financing — the average compensation for military members in 2009 was about $120,000, including pay and benefits.

Agents who can tap into this wellspring have a lot to gain. Getting a solid grip on the scope and inner workings of the VA loan program is often a key step. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Chris Birk on October 14th, 2010 under Buying or Selling a Home, Guest Bloggers

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Analysis of Lead Conversion Administrators

Several months ago I wrote a follow up blog post on our LCA program and I’m glad to say it has worked out great. Our sales are 20% of last year with the same amount of leads generated. In a market where we are still hurting, especially since the tax credit stopped, we are continuing to sell above the rest of the competition. It’s tough to quantify our numbers at this point and most likely will have difficulty until the end of the year.

With that said, we have learned some great lessons in numbers from our LCA program.

Here they are:

  • We know that 10% of our calls turn into scheduled appointments
  • We know that 50% of our scheduled appointments cancel for some reason or another
  • We know that 33% of our appointments that show up ultimately purchase a home

So because of that we know that if we want to sell 48 homes in a year per Agent, each Agent needs to call 240 people per month to schedule 24 appointments to show 12 different customers to receive 4 sales.

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Posted by: Mitch Ribak on September 6th, 2010 under Guest Bloggers

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If I Didn’t Know … Would I Know?

If I wasn’t constantly being told be the TV, radio, newspaper, and magazines that we are in a financial downturn, would I know that from my every day life experiences over the last year?

My answer is no.reporters-news-propoganda

My life has gone on pretty much unchanged from what it was prior to this “down turn.”  No, that’s not right.  Truthfully, it is much better. My business has remained very good. As a matter of fact, the last couple of years were the best in my career.  There have been a lot of eager buyers — eager to buy a home, and eager to take advantage of the $8000 tax credit.

In some ways, business is much easier now.

Sellers are much more willing to deal and try harder to put a sale together and keep it together.  Also, builders are paying nice bonuses for selling their homes — homes that I probably would have sold anyways to the buyers that I have.  Everyone seems much more appreciative of my efforts — co-op agents, builders, mortgage lenders, title companies, etc.

As far as listings go, sellers have been less likely to try to cut commissions. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Barry Karch on January 29th, 2010 under Market Trends

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HomeGain Advisors’ January 2010 Insight

HomeGain Advisors Group – January 2010 Conference Call

The HomeGain Advisors met for their quarterly meeting last week on Thursday, January 21st. The Advisors represent top real estate agents across the country who provide insight into HomeGain products and services, market trends and Realtor behavior.hg_adv_grp2010

We had several interesting discussions with our Advisors board last week that are worth sharing with our Blog readers — about home buyer tax credit, appraisals, forced registrations.

Home Buyer Tax Credit

Firstly, HomeGain Advisors in all regions of the country expressed hesitation in terms of how effective the first time buyer tax incentive is currently. In previous calls, many mentioned that most of their business was coming from buyers who mentioned that their motivation to purchase was based on the tax incentive.

In a call prior to the positive comments, they had expressed doubt about how effective the tax incentive was going to be. Clearly, there has been some change. They are attributing the current lack of impetus to the fact that many consumers are still not aware of the incentives and they were doubtful that the April 30 deadline would be extended.

Appraisals

A couple of Advisors spoke about the difficulties they had closing deals due to problems with appraisals. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Peter McCullough on January 25th, 2010 under HomeGain Market Data

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Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended and Expanded

Last Friday (November 6), President Obama signed legislation into law that both extended the existing $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit and added a new tax credit for some existing home buyers.

extension-ladder-home-tax-creditHere is a summary of the extended and expanded tax credits:

First time buyer tax credit:

This was extended to May 1, 2010:  A tax credit of 10% of the purchase price of a home, up to $8,000, may be claimed by first-time buyers for the purchase of a primary residence. As long as you are under a binding purchase contract by April 30, 2010 – and close on the transaction before July 1, you can probably claim the credit.

A first-time buyer is defined as someone who has not owned a home in the past three years.

Income limits were increased to $125,000 for singles, $225,000 for married couples filing jointly.

The purchase price of the home can not exceed $800,000.

Existing home owner credit:

If you have lived in your home for five consecutive years out of the last eight years and are buying another primary residence, you may qualify for a tax credit of 10% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of $6,500.

The May 1 / July first time limits apply to the existing buyer credit as well.

The $125,000 / $225,000 income limits and $800,000 max purchase price limits also apply.

The existing home owner credit became effective “on the date of enactment” – November 6.

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Posted by: Jay Thompson on November 10th, 2009 under Buying or Selling a Home, Financing, Mortgage and Home Loans

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Congress Extends & Expands the Home Buyer Tax Credit

After seeing a Senate vote of 98-0, the House approved the extension & expansion of the home buyer tax credit by a vote of 403 to 12.  The overwhelming bipartisan support was applauded by the NAHB and the National money-pocket-home-buyer-tax-creditAssociation of Realtors® (NAR).

The new bill extends the expiration of the current $8000 tax credit to first time home buyers purchasing a principle residence.  The bill further expands the credit to include existing purchasers who have owned and occupied a primary residence for the past five of eight years.  Existing purchasers will receive a credit of $6500.

The income restrictions on qualifying buyers have also been increased.  Single filers earning up to $125k/year are eligible for the full credit, and those earning up to $145k/year are eligible for a partial credit.  Joint filers are eligible for the full amount with a combined income of up to $225k, and eligible for a partial if earning up to $245k.

The new law has seen wide support, especially from the real estate blogging community. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Eric Bramlett on November 9th, 2009 under Buying or Selling a Home, Financing, Mortgage and Home Loans

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