4 Ways Coronavirus Could Impact Housing Long-Term

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4 Ways Coronavirus Could Impact Housing Long-Term

The COVID-19 outbreak will undoubtedly have a long-lasting influence on Americans and the housing market moving forward. Housing analysts are already weighing in on what those changes could be.

In a new report, Apartment List highlights a few of the long-term changes they foresee coming from the COVID-19 pandemic:

Mobility will initially be low before spiking.

“Geographic mobility generally declines during downturns, when a lack of job opportunities catalyze fewer long-distance moves across market or housing upgrades,” the report notes. Evictions and foreclosure moratoriums will also help slow mobility. But housing analysts are predicting a spike in moves once the COVID-19 outbreak eases. “Many upgrade and downgrade moves will be postponed rather than canceled, creating a reshuffling of households throughout the recovery,” researchers note. The future wave will include those relocating for jobs, moves to be closer to family, and young adults forming their own households. Also, those who still hurt financially even after the pandemic lessens likely will need to move too.

Affordable housing is likely to become even more difficult to find.

Affordable rentals and homes for sale were already in short supply prior to the pandemic. “Fewer people moving means fewer homes available,” the report notes. “With both pandemic and policy keeping people in place, affordable units will become even more rare through the 2020 peak season.” Luxury apartment inventory, on the other hand, may be abundant.

Housing inequality could increase.

Higher earners will likely take advantage of low borrowing costs for refinancing to lower their payments as well as have more choices with the growing luxury rental inventory. On the other hand, lower-income households will likely struggle due to a sluggish economy and face increased competition for limited affordable housing. “As shelter-in-place orders cover a growing share of the nation, those who are able to work remotely are at a distinct economic advantage,” the report notes. “Unfortunately, a correlation between income and the ability to work from home reveals that the lowest earners will be hit hardest by these measures. Fifty-two percent of full-time workers who earn more than $100,000 annually say they can work from home. But only 15% of workers who earn less than $25,000 are able to work from home.”

Sight-unseen housing is likely to accelerate.

Some households may need to make a move sight unseen into their new home or apartment. “Many apartment communities are already enabling virtual tours in response to the pandemic, and many renters and owners alike may soon be evaluating their next home through a tablet screen,” the report notes. “Mainstream adoption of sight-unseen moves will bring both opportunities and challenges for the housing market.” In the rental market, sight-unseen transactions may prompt elevated levels of rental fraud, Apartment List notes.

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How Record Unemployment Claims Will Affect the Housing Market

As businesses across the United States have been mandated to close their doors in a desperate effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, people have been losing their jobs left and right. Now, we’re seeing the first unemployment report since the first “shelter in place” orders, and it’s far more grim than anyone had expected.

A record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment support in the week ending March 21—the most claims ever filed in a single week.

“Normally, when an economy goes into a recession it develops slowly over time,” says realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “That’s not happening this time around. … It’s pretty clear that the economy is grinding to a halt pretty suddenly.”

It will also be a tough blow to the already wobbly housing market, since those who lost their jobs are not likely to be buying a home anytime soon. Even the millions of Americans who haven’t been laid off or lost work yet are likely to hold off on a major purchase, fearing for the stability of their employment. And while ultrawealthy buyers may be insulated from the downturn, they may still balk at plunking down millions of dollars on a property they can’t even walk through. In response to this lack of demand, many sellers will likely pull their properties off the market until the crisis passes.

However, folks shouldn’t expect home prices to plunge by the double digits as they did during and after the Great Recession. In the last downturn, there were many more properties for sale, due to an overabundance of construction and mass foreclosures, than there were qualified buyers.

This time around, there is a severe shortage of housing for sale. Builders haven’t been putting up enough homes to meet demand for years. And there isn’t likely to be a huge wave of foreclosures because borrowers are in better financial shape. Plus, the federal and many state governments, along with some banks, are rolling out forbearance and other programs to help Americans who’ve lost their jobs stay in their homes. This is all likely to stabilize prices.

“Price growth will slow, and it’s possible that prices could decline” in certain markets, says Hale. “Folks expecting price declines to happen like they did during the last recession are going to be disappointed.”

The hardest-hit areas will likely be those with the highest percentage of jobs in tourism, leisure, and hospitality, the industries most affected by the novel coronavirus. But even in these areas, Hale doesn’t expect prices to go down more than 5%.

However, sales will slow down as there are simply fewer buyers and sellers in the market. Plus, it’s harder to transact remotely.

“We will see a shocking drop-off in home sales in a very short period of time,” says Hale.

They’re likely to rebound when the virus is under control, but there will almost definitely be fewer sales this year than anticipated before the pandemic.

“We don’t know when things will get back to normal,” she continues. “But when they do … we might also see a really strong bounce back.”

But Americans should expect things to get worse before they get better. Jobless claims will likely remain high until the crisis abates—and that timeline is still unclear. But the federal stimulus package expected to pass, which includes $1,200 checks to most Americans, could help to steady the markets.

“All the incoming data will also be off the chart for a few months,” Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, said in a statement. “The key is whether the stimulus package can reverse all these damages by the second half of the year.”

By Clare Trapasso | Mar 26, 2020

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Mortgage Applications Drop as Coronavirus Infects the Housing Market

Mortgage Applications Drop as Coronavirus Infects the Housing Market

My 2 cents – these Bear Markets can be frightening.  But I’m not scared.  Real Estate is one of the most crucial investments of your life and time and time again Real Estate recovers and maintains its vaule.  Will it dip?  Of course it will.  The Real Estate Market like the Stock Market is a direct reflection of the people’s collective reaction.  So this slow down is not a surprise, people are sheltering in place and scared to act. 

Let me leave you with this, Uncle Warren Buffett who owns BHHS – he always buys in a Bear Market.  So don’t be scared.  If buying a home was your goal this year, if you still have your downpayment safe in your saving account – interest rates are low, if you’re still employed you’ll get a loan! If you want to buy, go for it.  We Realtors can make things happen virtually and online while maintaining safety and obeying the shelter in place. 

Even if you already own your home, values doesn’t matter if they go up and down until you actually sell.  So stay in place, maybe even work on the house and hang tight. 

Now for the article…

The U.S. housing market is showing signs of being infected by the coronavirus. With more Americans testing positive for COVID-19, the economy crashing, and increasing numbers of shuttered businesses and layoffs, fewer folks are seeking mortgages to purchase homes during this crisis.

The number of home buyers seeking mortgages dropped significantly in the week ending March 20, according to a weekly survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Weekly purchase applications fell 14.2% compared with the previous week—and was down 11.2% from the prior year, according to the nonseasonally adjusted numbers.

The survey spans more than 75% of U.S. residential mortgage applications.

This was the first year-over-year decline in home purchase applications in more than three months. The average loan size for home purchases was $336,000.

“Home purchase applications were notably impacted by rising rates and the widespread economic disruption and uncertainty over household employment and incomes,” Joel Kan, associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting for the association, said in a statement.

The number of buyers seeking mortgages plummeted the most in the states hardest-hit by COVID-19. In New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., purchase applications fell 35% in the seven days ending March 20 compared with the prior week. And they were down 24% in the week ending March 13 from the previous week.

Weekly purchase applications fell 23% in California and 17% in Washington state in the week ending March 20 compared with the prior seven days.

“Potential home buyers might continue to hold off on buying until there is a slowdown in the spread of the coronavirus and more clarity on the economic outlook,” Kan said.

Overall, the number of mortgage applications fell 29% compared with the prior week. Weekly refinance applications were down 33.8% but were still up 195% from the same week a year earlier.

Refinances spiked at the beginning of the month, when mortgage interest rates fell to historic lows, reaching a low of 3.13% on March 2 for 30-year fixed-rate loans, according to Mortgage News Daily. Homeowners rushed in to refinance their existing home loans in an effort to pare down their mortgage payments by as much as a few hundred dollars a month and tens of thousands of dollars over the life of their loan. The exact amount varied considerably depending on the rate they received and size of their loans.

Mortgage rates have since fluctuated wildly, reaching 4.15% on March 19 before going back down to 3.5% as of Tuesday, according to Mortgage News Daily. And that’s led to a drop in refinance applications as refinancing isn’t as profitable as it was for homeowners when rates reached new lows.

Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor at St. John’s University. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication, the New York Daily News, and the Associated Press. She is also a licensed real estate agent with R New York. Contact her at clare.trapasso@realtor.com.

By Clare Trapasso | Mar 25, 2020

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Recession Alert: What Home Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Housing Market

Recession Alert: What Home Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Housing Market

Last year, there were fears that a trade war with China or the fallout from Brexit could torpedo the strong U.S. economy. Instead, it was the unforeseen force of COVID-19, caused by a new strain of coronavirus, that has led the president of the United States to declare a national emergency and made a global recession seem all too possible.

As flights are canceled, school suspended, and professional sports put on ice around the world amid the deadly pandemic, an economic slowdown appears inevitable. That’s terrifying to those whose memories of the Great Recession are still fresh, but many housing and financial experts believe this looming downturn—which may not even devolve into a full-blown recession—may not be as painful as the last.

“I don’t expect the slowdown to be like the last recession where prices fell,” says realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “There are more than enough buyers out there to keep home sales from slowing in any major way.”

While it doesn’t look like it will be business as usual anytime soon, home prices aren’t expected to fall off a cliff and low mortgage rates may help buoy home sales. At least that’s what experts are saying this week. But this is a fast-moving, unprecedented crisis, and no one knows yet how it will all play out.

“The next eight weeks are critical. We will learn, and we will turn a corner on this virus,” President Donald Trump said in a press conference on March 13, as he announced the national emergency. During his appearance, the stock market went up more than 9%. “We will get through this altogether.”

While there will likely be layoffs, many economists don’t expect them to be widespread, but rather concentrated in industries such as tourism and hospitality. If employment stays high, most folks will be able to make their monthly mortgage payments and hold on to their homes. Subprime loans, which helped to tank the economy in the past decade, have largely ceased to exist today, as credit requirements for loans got much stricter after the housing bust. Plus, home prices have risen so much in the past few years that most owners have substantial equity in their properties. So they’re much less likely to find themselves underwater on their mortgages.

“It will be different than the Great Recession. Things unraveled pretty quickly, and then the recovery was pretty slow,” says Hale. “I would expect this to be milder. There’s no dysfunction in the banking system, we don’t have [many] households who are overleveraged [with their mortgage payments] and are potentially in trouble.”

Will home sales and prices go down?

If folks are worried about their jobs, and being able to pay their bills, they’re less likely to want to buy a home. Ditto if they’re nearing retirement and the stock market volatility wiped out a big chunk of their 401(k) accounts.

But that caution is likely to be at least partly offset by some of the lowest mortgage interest rates in nearly 50 years. They were just 3.36% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage as of Thursday, according to Freddie Mac.

“I don’t know which force will be greater: the negative impact of job cuts, if that was to occur, or the positive influence of low mortgage rates,” says National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Most housing economists don’t expect housing prices to fall, since we’re still seeing a housing shortage. There aren’t enough existing homes or new construction to satisfy the high demand from buyers, many of whom have been looking for a home for a while and perhaps have lost bidding wars. After all, the life changes that lead people to buy a home are still ongoing: expanding a family or having kids leave the nest, or relocating for a new job.

Also, sellers will likely be reluctant to accept less than they would have just a few weeks or months ago. Those not in a hurry to sell may simply pull their abodes off the market and wait for prices to rebound.

As for current homeowners who might find themselves in financial straits if they lose their job, lenders may offer forbearance and payment deferral programs to help them stave off a short sale or foreclosure, says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

“They’ll be very understanding,” Zandi says of lenders, particularly of government-sponsored loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and Federal Housing Administration loans. “Especially in an election year, I don’t think there’s [much of a] chance they’ll take a hard line.”

What real estate markets could be hurt the most by a downturn?

The markets that are most likely to be affected by a downturn, at least initially, are those that rely heavily on travel, tourism, and hospitality. Manufacturing sectors that rely on a global supply chain that’s been disrupted by the virus could also take a hit.

With conferences and conventions being canceled at a rapid clip, places such as Las Vegas could feel the economic toll. Similarly, tourist hot spots like Orlando, FL, home to Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld theme parks, which have all announced closures, could also feel the pain.

Their saving grace could be the retirees moving in to those communities, says NAR’s Yun. That demand could keep prices stable—and therefore sellers happy.

“Those [type of] markets are worth watching,” says Yun.

Booming markets that grew very quickly with big price gains could also experience a bit of a slowdown. Metro areas like Denver, Salt Lake City, and Boise, ID, could potentially be affected, says Moody’s Zandi. These markets, which have growing tech scenes, have become popular with retirees and priced-out folks from California in recent years.

“You might see some price declines in the Western markets that got very juiced up, very speculative,” he says.

Zandi thinks those real estate markets could rebound fast—maybe within a quarter or two, or as soon as the economy improves.

The luxury market could have a harder time. A multimillion-dollar home isn’t exactly a necessity, and they typically take longer to sell in normal times. And those who have enough money to buy high-end real estate often have quite a bit of money in the stock market, which has been on a wild ride lately, making them less likely to want to commit to another pricey property. Even luxury rentals, which is where builders have been focusing in recent years, may end up sitting empty.

“Prices are going to come down,” says Zandi. “In a recession, people will look for the best bargain. They’re not going to look for the luxury, high-end home. … They’re going to look for the ‘give me what I need at a good price.’”

By Clare Trapasso | Mar 13, 2020

Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor at St. John’s University. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication, the New York Daily News, and the Associated Press. She is also a licensed real estate agent with R New York. Contact her at clare.trapasso@realtor.com

I read this article HERE.

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

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Is Now the Right Time To Buy an Investment Property? How Low Rates Can Help Investors Increase Their Buying Power

Is Now the Right Time To Buy an Investment Property? How Low Rates Can Help Investors Increase Their Buying Power

With all the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, now might not seem like the best time to buy any type of real estate, much less an investment property or second home. But don’t rule out the idea completely.

“With historic low rates, it is a good time to consider investing in real estate,” says Victoria Shtainer, a real estate agent and expert at Compass in New York. “Low rates give you more buying power, and we have been negotiating amazing deals for our buyers.”

Mortgage rates are expected to drop again after the Federal Reserve’s recent rate slash, which was intended to protect against the economic impact of the pandemic. That means that it may be time for buyers to consider an investment property. Here are some reasons to go for it.

Why people are considering buying

The lowest interest rates in nearly 50 years, and the potential for a recession, which could lower home prices, have attracted the attention of buyers.

“Given the current volatility in the stock market, investors are reassessing asset allocations in their portfolio, and considering how real estate may fit into this from an asset allocation standpoint,” says Shtainer.

She says the current environment, with low rates and a good selection of inventory, has given investors the upper hand in negotiations.

“More people are looking to real estate as their next investment, because of the potential for both appreciation and cash flow,” says Jennifer Anderson, of Anderson Coastal Group in San Diego. “It’s also a real, tangible item that can provide more control than other forms of investment.”

Benefits of buying an investment property

An investment property can be a valuable asset and a good way to generate passive income, and it might also provide tax write-offs and incentives that you wouldn’t get on other instruments, experts say.

“We always recommend speaking to your qualified tax adviser on your particular situation,” says Shtainer. “However, generally speaking, there can be tax benefits to owning an investment property. This can be via the tax benefits that mortgages provide, as well as the IRS’ treatment of your investment/vacation home, depending on how you rent it out.”

Anderson says that holding a property with the potential for appreciation and cash flow is a huge advantage of buying an investment property. It also diversifies your investment portfolio and protects your net worth while the market goes up and down.

Precautions to take before buying

Buyers should prepare, however, for the possibility of a prolonged economic shutdown. If you’re buying a property that doesn’t currently have tenants, it might be a while before you can find any.

That’s why the most important thing to have on hand before you buy an investment property is cash, says Nick Clements, general manager of Mortgages at LendingTree.

He says that because investment property owners will be responsible for repairs and maintenance, for tenants not paying rent on time, or for the time that might elapse between tenants, they need cash to cushion any bumps in the road.

He also advises buyers to research the appropriate legal vehicle, typically an LLC, with sufficient insurance in place.

“I strongly encourage an umbrella insurance policy. If a tenant gets hurt in your property and decides to sue, you will want to ensure you have the right structure and insurance in place,” says Clements.

To get a better sense of how much rent you might be able to collect, Anderson recommends reaching out to commercial real estate brokerages in the area and asking for historical rental rates for the last 10 years.

“That can give you a good snapshot on how market recessions or booms could impact your earnings or property value,” she says.

How to determine affordability

You don’t have to be a millionaire to invest in property or a second home. To determine whether you are ready to buy, Clements recommends asking yourself two questions.

“Are you cash-flow positive, and could you handle six months without receiving rent? If you can’t answer yes to both of those questions, now is probably not the right time to buy an investment property,” he says.

Shtainer says that buyers should be prudent, just as they would be with their primary residence. She advises that if you’re not buying the property in cash and will need financing, you should make sure you get pre-approved.

Pre-approval will tell you how much the lender is willing to give you for the purchase of your second home.

“Understanding your budget and sticking to it is very important, especially when making an investment,” says Shtainer.

She says that buyers should do their due diligence to ascertain what they can afford, and she suggests they partner with a broker in their market to make sure they are purchasing a property at a favorable market value.

By Ana Durrani | Mar 19, 2020

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

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Market Update 3.30.2020

Hello Caton Team Friends!

I do hope you are well, safe and healthy.  Some good news – the Government has approved a $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act – click to read more.

Also – Realtors have been deemed an essential service!  However due to the Shelter in Place, there will be no open houses or tours till May 1.  All showings are to be done virtually. If absolutely necessary, all precautions must be met, gloves, masks and booties at minimum. 

The good news is – Realtors are prepared for such events, we can show homes virtually, we can draft and sign contracts on line, we can negotiate offers over the phone and email.  We can do this because we have been doing things this way for a while. 

Without a doubt the coronavirus has slowed down real estate sales with buyers and sellers hunkering down at home. So here’s some good news…

For our selling clients, homes are selling – last week one house received 20 offers!  When they closed escrow, they signed outside with gloves, masks and booties at a long table.  If you need to sell, The Caton Team is ready to list your home, get fantastic photos and virtual tours, prepare online disclosures the good news – inspectors and escrow officers are working too!  So we can take care of your Real Estate needs with the comfort of knowing we are, and will aways be, a call or click away. 

For our buying clients  – now is your time to shine!  You can apply for loans online, you can follow up with your current loan online, we can take care of the rest – online.  With demand slowed down, you may have less competition.  Buyers do need to be aware of lending restrictions and to double check how the down payments are doing if invested.  Financing is still available but things are taking a bit longer, jumbo loans are a bit tougher within reason. We are seeing contingencies, inspections and appraisals happening.  Close of escrows are about 45 days out and provisions to protect all parties have been drafted by the California Association of Realtors.

This year we have had (for a while now) more demand than supply and that has not changed. There are still many people who want to own a home in the Bay Area and seeing this as an opportunity.  Warren Buffet always buys in a Bear Market!

As we find our new normal – now – more than ever – home is so important.  The Caton Team is here to help you with your Real Estate needs and goals – every step of the way.  Together – we’ll get through this.

Stay Safe – Stay Home – Stay Sane

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Sabrina & Susan

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home Values – Great Share

I know my jaw dropped when the stock market crashed – because here on the SF Peninsula so much down payment fodder sits in the stocks.  So I thought I would share this article from Keeping Current Matters.

With the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the stock market is a sign that home values are also about to tumble. What’s taking place today, however, is nothing like what happened the last time. The S&P 500 did fall by over fifty percent from October 2007 to March 2009, and home values did depreciate in 2007, 2008, and 2009 – but that was because that economic slowdown was mainly caused by a collapsing real estate market and a meltdown in the mortgage market.

This time, the stock market correction is being caused by an outside event (the coronavirus) with no connection to the housing industry. Many experts are saying the current situation is much more reminiscent of the challenges we had when the dot.com crash was immediately followed by 9/11. As an example, David Rosenberg, Chief Economist with Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., recently explained:

“What 9/11 has in common with what is happening today is that this shock has also generated fear, angst and anxiety among the general public. People avoided crowds then as they believed another terrorist attack was coming and are acting the same today to avoid getting sick. The same parts of the economy are under pressure ─ airlines, leisure, hospitality, restaurants, entertainment ─ consumer discretionary services in general.”

Since the current situation resembles the stock market correction in the early 2000s, let’s review what happened to home values during that time.Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home Values | Keeping Current MattersThe S&P dropped 45% between September 2000 and October 2002. Home prices, on the other hand, appreciated nicely at the same time. That stock market correction proved not to have any negative impact on home values.

Bottom Line

If the current situation is more like the markets in the early 2000s versus the markets during the Great Recession, home values should be minimally affected, if at all.

 

HANG IN THERE – WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

 

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We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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First-Time Home Buyer Workshop – Get to know the HEART – 5% Down Payment Loan Program for San Mateo County

* If you cannot attend the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact The Caton Team. We’d be more than happy to help you.*

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Are you a First-Time Home Buyer?  

Does saving 20% for the down-payment seem daunting?  

Does paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) frost your cookies?  

Then you need to learn about the HEART LOAN of San Mateo County and this workshop is a must!

Get to know the HEART San Mateo County Loan Program – on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the San Carlos library. 

If you’re buying your first home in this market, you know how painfully hard it is to save for the 20% down-payment.  Must banks require 20% and anything less requires expensive and pointless Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).  Well the HEART loan – Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo is here to help.  They are offering 5% down with NO PMI.  You carry a 30 year, 80% 1st mortgage and a 15 year ,15% 2nd mortgage.  This loan covers single family homes, condos and townhomes anywhere in San Mateo County for a vaule up to $908,156.

The Caton Team has helped several families get into their first home with the HEART program through Meriwest. 

For more information – HEART and Meriwest are hosting a FREE loan workshop at the San Carlos library at 6pm on Wednesday October 30th.  Register Here

Buying and Selling Real Estate doesn’t have to be scary – contact The Caton Team at any time for more information.  We love what we do and would love to help you!

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For more information or to Register – click here. 

 

 

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
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Historically Low Interest Rates

I feel like I’ve said this a few times — but history is always in the making.  Right now I’m seeing historically low interest rates!  As low as 3% — 4% — that is some affordable money!

What does this mean?  If interest rates are low — the cost of borrowing money is low — meaning you can borrow more money – IE a larger loan — for the same monthly rate that you did before with a higher rate and a smaller loan.  So your purchase power goes UP because the cost of borrowing went down.  But don’t wait too long.  Interest rates adjust daily and until you’re in contract and have locked your rate — they might as well be birds on a wire.

The market cools each Fall and if the Feds maintain this low interest rate — we’re looking at some great buying opportunities.  Right now the San Francisco Peninsula has excess inventory, homes that didn’t sell in the first two weeks are getting lost in the shuffle and as a result — dropping their price to get new eyes in the door.

Don’t wait for a price reduction to get the home you want — just contact The Caton Team and let us work our magic. 

Oh – and if you already own a home — it’s time to take a look at your loan and see how much you can save with a refi.

If you need a great lender to chat with — contact The Caton Team and we’ll put you in touch with our amazing team of lenders! 

 

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
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What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

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Where is this Real Estate Market Headed?

Where is this Real Estate Market Headed?  That is the hottest topic in Real Estate today!  

I just found a great article keepingcurrentmatters.com – that took several surveys to give us something to chew on.  The below image takes those surveys and shows us some different values. 

It is interesting to see the forecast for each model.  Just know Real Estate goes up and down, we’ve reached our 10 years mark since the crash – we’ve seen massive market healing but now – are we at the top?

Real Estate has and always will be a long term investment.  It goes up and down over the years.  Yes, in hot markets it feels like you can buy and flip in two weeks but that market is in the past now.  For most of 2019 and staring in Fall of 2018 – The Caton Team saw a change in the market.  Here on the San Francisco Peninsula – we are in a Buyers Market!  Now – let’s be real – well priced homes, in good areas are going to warranty more actively.  I hosted a well priced duplex this weekend and they have an offer date set after four days on the market.  It’s the first offer date I’ve seen in a while.  But that price and location – makes it a hot market.

However, as hot as new listings are – don’t forget to look at older inventory.  If a home is on the market over the Fall and Holidays it is because it has to sell – giving buyers a great opportunity. 

So where is the market going?  How about we ask you a different question? Where are you going?  Do you want to make Silicon Valley your home?  Do you work here, love what you do and want to earn some equity instead of wasting money on rent?  Do you think prices are so high – you can’t buy – have you considered house hacks or co-investing.  If you see the vaule if Real Estate no matter where we are in the Real Estate High Low cycle – then you know – now is a great time to buy.

With so much conflicting information out there, making the right decision can be daunting.  If you have some questions or just want to bounce around idea – give The Caton Team a call.  We’re not here to sell you a house – but we are here to help you invest in your future. 

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I read this article at: keepingcurrentmatters.com

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.