65% of Buyers Would Make Offer Within 3 Days

Home buyers realize they need to be quick with their offers in today’s competitive housing market, a new report says. Sixty-five percent of buyers recently surveyed said they’d make an offer within three days of viewing it if they’re interested. Twenty percent say they’d make an offer immediately, according to Bank of America’s new 2022 Homebuyer Insights Report, based on about 2,000 responses.

Homes spent an average of 17 days on the market in March. Eighty-seven percent of homes sold in March were on the market for less than a month, according to National Association of REALTORS® data.

Higher home prices and mortgage rates are straining buyers’ budgets. A home is often the most expensive purchase people make in their lifetime. Buyers are finding they have to budget wisely or increase the amount of money they can devote toward homeownership.

Some buyers say they’ve had to moonlight or take on freelance work to try to earn more money. Fifty-six percent of home buyers surveyed said they are willing to consider a second job to earn supplemental income for a home purchase, according to the Bank of America survey. One-third of prospective buyers said they’d consider starting an online store to sell handcrafted pieces or selling some of their belongings to increase the amount of money they have to purchase a home.

Home buyers also are showing some willingness to compromise to move toward homeownership, including by:

· Moving to an up-and-coming neighborhood (82%)

· Buying a home further from entertainment, restaurants, and shopping (79%)

· Buying a smaller home (71%)

· Forgoing outdoor space (70%)

Source: 

“2022 Homebuyer Insights Report,” Bank of America

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19 Household Items You Should Have Tossed Long Ago – Sharing a great article

Thought I’d share this great article about what to toss and when – great time to get your home ready for the soon-to-be-here holidays.

Cleaning supplies under a sink
PHOTO: WERNER STRAUBE

By Jessica Bennett | Source

Not everything is meant to last forever, and throwing away or recycling past-their-prime items will help declutter your home. Free up storage space for the things you actually use by checking the expiration date on these household objects and ditching as needed. We’ll walk you through exactly when and how you should get rid of each item.

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Dish Sponges

kitchen sink filling with soap water with color striped bowls
MARTY BALDWIN

When to toss: After one month

Why toss it: Between washing dishes, scrubbing sinks, and wiping down countertops, sponges can come in contact with a lot of bacteria. To avoid spreading germs around your kitchen, it’s important to replace your sponge about once a month. In between changes, be sure to clean your kitchen sponges regularly using a bacteria-eliminating method, such as vinegar, bleach, or high heat. If your sponge starts to look dirty or smell bad even after it’s been disinfected, you should swap it for a new one immediately.

How to toss it: Traditional kitchen sponges, which are often made of plastic, should typically go in the trash, as they can’t easily be recycled. Sponges made from cellulose and other plant-based materials, however, are often biodegradable, so they can go in your recycling or compost bin when you’re done with them.

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Expired Food

placing orange in organized fridge
PETER ARDITO

When to toss: On or near the expiration date

Why toss it: Expired foods can lurk at the back of your refrigerator and take up precious space needed for food you actually want to eat. To better organize your fridge, start with one shelf or area, remove all the items, and check the expiration date on each one. Throw it away immediately (or toss it in the compost bin!) if the date has passed or if you notice mold or an unpleasant smell. For prepared foods or leftovers, be sure to mark the date on the container when you first put it in the fridge so you know how long it’s been there.

How to toss it: Depending on the type of food, you should either pour the contents into the trash can, garbage disposal, or compost bin, then clean and recycle the container if possible.

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Plastic Containers

cupboard of food storage containers organized in plastic bins
JAY WILDE

When to toss: Every few years for storage containers, immediately for disposable packaging

Why toss it: Plastic containers, especially those that are meant to be disposable, were not meant to be used forever. Plastic breaks down over time, which can cause chemicals to leach into your food. Check for signs of wear after each use, and toss any containers that appear discolored, warped, or cracked. You should also get rid of any containers that are missing a lid or have an unusual smell. Always dispose of single-use food packaging, such as yogurt containers or margarine tubs, immediately after you’re finished with the product.

How to toss it: Before you toss plastic containers in the garbage, check to see if it’s recyclable by looking for the stamped number inside the triangular recycling logo, usually found on the bottom of containers and bottles. Most recycling centers take plastic Nos. 1 and 2—which include many beverage bottles, milk jugs, peanut butter jars, and other containers—but it’s best to check with your community’s program to verify which types of plastic they can accept.

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Pillows

Bedroom with paisley bedspread and star light
THE WILDE PROJECT

When to toss: Every few years

Why toss it: The material inside pillows breaks down with daily use, and all the dust, oil, and debris from your face can transfer to the pillow’s surface and interior space. Dust mites also accumulate, which can be troublesome to people suffering from asthma or allergies.

How to toss it: To get rid of your old pillows, consider donating them (after a good washing) to a local homeless shelter or animal shelter to be repurposed as bedding. However, because not all shelters will accept used pillows, it’s best to call ahead before bringing in your donation.

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Household Cleaners

Cleaning supplies under a sink
WERNER STRAUBE

When to toss: After two years

Why toss it: Many of the ingredients that make cleaners and disinfectants effective will break down after time, reducing their effectiveness. You should dispose of cleaning products after a few years and replace them with fresh bottles. Consider labeling the new cleaning products with the date you purchased them so you can easily tell how long you’ve had them.

How to toss it: To properly dispose of household cleaners, check the manufacturer instructions on the label first. Water-soluble cleaning products, such as all-purpose cleaners, detergents, and stain removers, in liquid or powder form can usually be poured down the drain with running water. Once the containers are empty, you can typically recycle them in your curbside bin. For hazardous chemicals like oven cleaners, contact your local waste disposal center to find the best way to dispose of them.

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Cooking Oils, Herbs, and Spices

Cupboard filled with spices and oils
EDWARD GOHLICH

When to toss: Two years for olive oil, one year for herbs and spices

Why toss: Light and heat will break down oils and spices over time and make them less flavorful. To extend their shelf life, store these items in a cool, dry spot. Oils will smell rancid when they’re no longer good, and spices will lose their distinctive aromas (pinch some between two fingers to test).

How to toss it: Pour expired oils into a sealable, non-breakable container, then put it in the trash and recycle the original bottle. Dump old herbs and spices into your compost bin or trash can before recycling the container.

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Toothbrushes

toothbrush holder
ADAM ALBRIGHT

When to toss: After three months

Why toss it: Twice-a-day brushings wear down toothbrush bristles and reduce their effectiveness. Plus, stray bacteria or food debris may lodge in toothbrushes. Throw them away after a few months, especially if you’ve been ill. If you have an electric toothbrush, replace the removable head every three months or sooner if the bristles show wear.

How to toss it: Although you can’t typically toss toothbrushes in the regular recycling bin, some special recycling programs allow you to mail in your used toothbrushes for free.

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Photo Negatives

Binder of photo negatives
GREG SCHEIDEMANN

When to toss: Now

Why toss it: Photo negatives degrade over time and are cumbersome to store. To preserve your photos, use a service, such as scandigital.com, that will scan original images and send you digital copies. You can also buy a slide and negative scanner ($99, Walmart) and electronically store them yourself.

How to toss it: Old photographs and negatives should generally go in garbage, since the materials can’t easily be recycled. Alternatively, look into companies like GreenDisk that can accept film and negatives for recycling.

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Eye Makeup

Makeup bag in cupboard
CAMERON SADEGHPOUR

When to toss: After 6 months

Why toss it: Most eye makeup has some basic preservatives to keep it fresh, but those wear down or can be overcome by bacteria after a few months. Bacteria from the environment or your face can transfer to the brushes and then the makeup itself, which can cause irritation or even infection. Refresh mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and other eye makeup products after about half a year.

How to toss it: Instead of tossing old products in the trash, consider donating your mascara wands to a program like Wands for Wildlife, which uses them to help tiny animals at wildlife refuges.

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Business Cards

Card files with colored pencils
ADAM ALBRIGHT

When to toss: Now

Why toss it: Stacks of business cards can quickly pile up and clutter your desk space. Instead of storing individual cards, add the information to your phone’s contact list. To make this process easier, use an app, such as ABBYY Business Card Reader, that scans the card and instantly adds the information to your contacts, allowing you to edit as needed.

How to toss it: Recycle paper business cards when finished.

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Vitamins

Cupboard with medicines and vitamins
JAY WILDE

When to toss: After two years, or the expiration date

Why toss it: Like most food items, vitamins degrade in quality over time. Check the packaging for an expiration date. If the vitamins are unused by then (or you can’t find a date), replace them with new ones.

How to toss it: To safely dispose of old vitamins and other medications, the FDA recommends dropping them off at a drug take-back location near you.

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Sunscreen

Different kinds of sunscreen on beach towel
PETER ARDITO

When to toss: After every summer, or with the expiration date

Why toss it: The protective chemicals in sunscreen break down over time, reducing the ability of the product to block out damaging rays from the sun. If you can’t find an expiration date on your bottles, dispose of them after pool season has ended.

How to toss it: Call your local waste management office to determine the proper way to dispose of sunscreen in your area. In some cases, it’s best to toss the entire sunscreen container into the trash, which helps prevent harmful chemicals from entering the water supply.

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Opened Nail Polish

spa party hands painting fingernails red polish
REBEKAH MOLLOY

When to toss: After a year

Why toss it: Once they’ve been used, nail polish ingredients can evaporate or separate, causing inconsistent color and application. To prolong its shelf life, store your nail polish in a cool, dark place. If the polish becomes discolored or especially thick, it’s time to dispose of the bottle.

How to toss it: Nail polish often contains hazardous ingredients that require special care for disposal. Your best bet is usually to contact your local hazardous waste facility about drop-off, or let the polish dry out before throwing it away. Pour leftover nail polish onto newspaper, let dry completely, then throw all components into the trash.

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Gift Cards

Bag filled with gift cards
MARTY BALDWIN

When to toss: Now

Why toss it: Gift cards can easily get lost or forgotten about inside your wallet. Instead, use a mobile wallet app, such as Gyft, to digitize the gift card information and store it on your phone. You can track the balance and redeem the card in-store with just a few taps on your phone.

How to toss it: Although they shouldn’t go in your bin at home, you can often recycle gift cards at the store they were purchased from. Contact the retailer to see if they’ll accept your used card for recycling.

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Opened Wine

Pouring red wine into a wine glass
ERICA MICHELSEN ALLEN

When to toss: After one to two days

Why toss it: Exposure to oxygen, heat, and daylight will cause wine’s aromas and flavors to fade. To keep an opened bottle of wine fresh and drinkable, recork it or seal it with a wine stopper as soon as possible. Stash the unfinished bottle in the fridge (this includes red wines) and plan to enjoy it within the next two days.

How to toss it: If you still have some leftover after a few days, pour the remains down the drain and recycle the glass bottle.

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Opened Paint

Different cans of paint
KIM CORNELISON

When to toss: After two to five years

Why toss it: Once the can is opened, the components in paint start to separate and break down. After a few years, this can make the paint difficult to mix, even with the most vigorous stirring. To repaint a room, take the color formula specifications to your local paint, hardware, or big box store and have them mix up a new can of paint to match.

How to toss it: When disposing of old paint, be sure to note the type of paint before deciding what to do with it. Oil- and alkyd-base paints are considered hazardous waste and typically need to be taken to a local hazardous waste drop-off site. You can dispose of old latex paint by throwing it in the trash, but you’ll need to dry it out completely first by using a paint hardener, cat litter, or shredded newspaper.

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CDs

Stacks of DVDs and CDs
LAURA MOSS

When to toss: Now

Why toss it: Plastic cases and CDs take up lots of shelf space, and they’re difficult to sort through and keep organized. To save your favorite songs before ditching the discs, pop them into a computer and import the tunes into your digital music library. If you can’t bear to part with your CD collection, take the discs out of the plastic cases and stash them in archival boxes.

How to toss it: Although most are made of plastic, CDs and their cases shouldn’t go in your recycling bin. Instead of trashing them, consider donating your old CDs to a local thrift store, or send them in to an organization like GreenDisk.

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Appliance Manuals

Binder filled with appliance manuals
MARTY BALDWIN

When to toss: Now

Why toss it: Most major appliance and equipment manufacturers have made it simple for you to get rid of your how-to manuals: They’re available online as PDFs, free of charge. And if they’re not, online Q&A forums and company contact options make getting answers easier, too. If you’re worried about getting rid of very specialized instruction manuals, put them in a binder or file folder for more efficient storage.

How to toss it: Recycle paper manuals in your household bin.

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Bleach

Bleach next to blue fabric and spray bottle
STEVEN MCDONALD

When to toss: After three to five months

Why toss it: The chlorine in bleach dissipates over time, causing the cleaner to lose its effectiveness. Keep your bleach in good shape by storing it in a cool, dry place. The chemical should be replaced if the bottle is over a year old or you don’t notice a bleach smell as soon as you pour it from the container.

How to toss it: You can dispose of bleach down the drain as long as you dilute it with plenty of running water as you pour.

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Water Conservation Tips from Caccia Plumbing

As a native Californian – droughts are part of our daily lives. I thought I’d share this great article from Caccia Plumbing.

Water plays a role in sustaining life on this planet. Not only does it provide life with a source of sustenance, but it also provides a means for its persistence: without water, as we know, we would cease to exist. With this being said, water is an important element for the preservation of life. At one point or another everyone needs plenty of water to survive — whether it be for drinking, washing clothes, or bathing. Fortunately, there are ways you can help conserve your water supply which can go a long way toward helping alleviate these impending shortages.

The first step in water conservation is to know your water usage patterns and how much water you’re using each day. You should also be able to identify where your water goes once it leaves your home or business. Next, you should start monitoring your bills and comparing them against other homes in your area so that you can make sure that you aren’t paying too much for water usage and that there are no leaky pipes or other issues concerning your water supply.

Finally, identify ways to reduce your water use through conservation methods like installing low-flow shower heads and faucets, and replacing old appliances with more efficient models.

To further understand how to conserve your water, continue reading this article up to the end.

How to Conserve Water at Home?

The easiest way to conserve water is to change to more efficient fixtures. However, there are more techniques for lowering your household’s water use.

In the Toilet…

The toilet is not a place for throwing out trash.

To save water, don’t flush cigarette butts, facial tissue, or anything else in the toilet. Put it in the garbage can or one of the many recycling bins around town.

Put a float booster or plastic bottles in your toilet tank.

To reduce water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside every two plastic bottles. Fill the bottles with water, screw on their lids, and put them in your toilet tank. Or, if you want to spend less money than buying a tank bank, buy a float booster instead.

This can save up to 10 gallons of water per day.  To ensure a good flush, make sure there are still at least three gallons of water in the tank. Users may keep the flush lever down for an excessive amount of time or do numerous flushes if there is insufficient water to achieve a proper flush. A two-flushed toilet at 1.4 gallons is worse than a single 2-gallon flush.

Get an Adjustable Toilet Flapper

The installation of an adjustable toilet flapper will enable the user to control the flush rate to the lowest setting possible per flush, resulting in a single excellent flush each time.

Install dual-flush or low-flush models.

The maximum flush volume for new toilets is 1.6 gallons, according to federal regulations. A toilet that uses 1.6 gallons of water every flush and is an ultra-low volume (ULV) would save 70% more water than a standard toilet, which will reduce indoor water usage by 30%. Conversely, think about investing in a dual flush toilet or installing a dual flush converter, which converts a conventional toilet into a dual flush toilet and helps the typical household save 15,000 gallons of water annually. When necessary, more water can be utilized, but for the majority of flushes, you’ll use 70% less water, which adds up to sizable water savings.

In the Laundry…

Use the clothes washer just for full loads.

Avoid the permanent press cycle on your washing machine since it requires an additional 5 gallons (20 liters) of water for the extra rinse. The water level should be changed for partial loads to correspond with the load’s size.

Consider using a high-efficiency washer

When compared to a conventional washer’s staggering 54 gallons each load, the most efficient washing machines consume as little as seven. In terms of water and energy savings throughout its lifespan, a high efficiency (HE) washer ought to easily pay for itself. New Energy Star-rated washers consume 35 to 50% less water and 50% less energy each load. Read our post about water-saving frontload washers if you’re in the market for a new clothes washer.

In the Shower…

Consider installing low-flow faucet aerators, water-saving showerheads, and shower timers.

Low-cost shower heads or restrictors that save water are simple for homeowners to install. Long showers can use five to ten gallons per minute that are not required. Low-flow refers to a use rate of under 2.5 gallons per minute. A Shower timer, which automatically ceases a running shower once it gets heated, is simple to install.

Shorten your showers

Turning off the shower after washing up and then turning it back on to rinse is one approach to using less water in the shower. 20 to 40 gallons of water are used in a four-minute shower. Turning off the shower after washing up and turning it back on to rinse is one approach to reducing water use. Between 20 and 40 liters of water are used during a four-minute shower. Another option is to install a basic shower timer, which you can get at your neighborhood hardware shop or water utility.

In the Faucets and Sinks…

Faucets Aerators

The least expensive solution for conserving water at home is this! Saving water in the bathroom is easy with a low-flow aerator.

Once you’ve wet your toothbrush, turn off the water.

You don’t have to keep the water flowing while you wash your teeth. Just moisten your brush and fill a glass with water to rinse your mouth.

Clean your Razor in the Sink

If you’re looking to save water, try filling a sink with a few inches of warm water. It uses far less water than running water and will rinse your razor just as well.

Reduce the use of garbage disposals

In-sink “garburators” add significantly to the volume of sediments in a septic tank while also using a lot of water, which might cause maintenance issues. As an alternative to throwing food waste in the trash, start a compost pile.

Use the dishwasher instead of hand washing the dishes

Contrary to popular belief, hand washing dishes really uses a lot more water than running the dishwasher, even if you have a water-saving model. According to the EPA, an effective dishwasher consumes half as much water, saving close to 5,000 gallons annually.

Avoid leaving the water running when hand-washing dishes.

If your sink has two basins, use one basin for washing dishes and the other for rinsing. Dishes should be gathered in a dish rack and rinsed with a sprayer or a pan of hot water if you have a single-basin sink. To make this simpler, dual-swivel aerators are available. Usually, pre-rinsing the dishes is not necessary while using a dishwasher.

Avoid leaving the water running when cleaning vegetables.

Simply wash them in a sink with a stopper or a basin of clean water.

Check for Leaks…

Check for Faucets and Pipes Leaks

20 liters of water might be lost per day by a little drop from a faucet washer that has worn out. Hundreds of liters might be lost by bigger leaks. While some faucet leaks are noticeable right away, some require a bit more work to find. Dry the tubs and sinks completely and let them sit for an hour. You’ll discover a leak if you find any moisture. Dry the area around the faucet handles before running the water to check for leaks. If there is a leak, you will see water gathering near them.

Check for Toilets Leaks

Fill your toilet tank with a little food coloring. If, after 30 minutes without flushing, color develops in the bowl, you may have a leak. Most replacement components are affordable and easy to install.

Check for Hidden Water Leaks Using Your Water Meter

Before and after a two-hour period during which no water is utilized, read your household water meter. There is a leak if the meter doesn’t read precisely the same every time.

In your yard and garden…

Avoid running the hose when washing your car

Use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car. Use the hose solely to rinse; this easy tip can help you save up to 100 gallons of water while washing a car. To make better use of the water for rinsing, use a spray nozzle. You can also use a waterless car washing system instead; there are a number of manufacturers that are now available.

Clean Driveways and Sidewalks with a Broom instead of a Hose

One method to clean leaves or stains from your sidewalks is to use water to blast them off, but using a broom to first loosen the dirt and grime will use less water and take less time overall.

Cover Your Swimming Pool to Reduce Evaporation

Evaporation causes swimming pools to lose an inch or more of water per week. The speed at which water evaporates might vary depending on the temperature, humidity, wind, and location of the pool. Get a pool cover to prevent wasting hundreds of gallons of pool water per season.

How Easy Can You Save Water?

Aside from installing a water meter, what else can we do to save water at home?

The first step toward achieving a water-efficient home is changing our mindsets. We must realize that we don’t need to shower for half an hour or have the tap running while we brush our teeth, and once we do this, everything will come into perspective.

The first step in becoming more water-efficient is changing our habits. We have to adopt a mindset that focuses on the things we can control—not on what we can’t. We must realize that we don’t need to shower for half an hour or have the tap running while we brush our teeth. Once we realize that there are ways to reduce our water usage significantly while still enjoying the same level of comfort, we’ll be able to see what’s possible.

For those who enjoy delving deeply into water conservation, there is also a little game. We could try to calculate the amount of household water consumption per day.

Our water footprint is the resulting number. Each product we use requires an amount of water, but we are not able to calculate the exact amount of water that goes into making each product. This number is startling in and of itself, but figuring out how much water we are literally pouring down the drain will be enough for now.

Final Thoughts!

Water conservation is a topic that we can all get behind. It’s not just about saving money, it’s about protecting our planet as well. If we use this precious resource wisely, we can help keep the climate of our planet stable and healthy for future generations to come.

What does this mean for you? It means you should use your water wisely—and make sure everyone else in your family or household knows how to do the same. We know this is not always easy—but if it saves even just one drop per day that would otherwise be wasted into the environment, then it will be worth it!

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Yun: Slowing Inflation Suggests Mortgage Rates Have Topped Out – From Realtor.com

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NAR’s chief economist shares what now needs to happen to bring down borrowing costs and increase affordability for home buyers.

August 11, 2022

Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Inflation eased slightly in July, which could bode well for the housing market in the months ahead, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. Overall, inflation slowed from 9.1% in June to 8.5% in July, but prices for food and rent continued to climb, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index showed Wednesday.

Still, the slight deceleration suggests that consumer price inflation may have peaked, which suggests that mortgage rates also may have peaked, Yun says. The level of inflation “is still high and uncomfortable but may indicate the start of a steady retreat,” Yun adds.

Gasoline prices posted a 7% monthly decline, a significant contributor to the recent moderation in inflation. However, prices remain 44% higher than a year ago and 104% higher than two years ago. Also, the CPI showed that the rising costs of food, up 10.9% in July, continue to hit many Americans’ pocketbooks. That’s the highest increase in food prices since May 1979. Household energy costs were up 20.5%, and furniture costs were up 14.8%.

Rents continued to rise in July, up 6.3% compared to a year prior, the CPI showed. “That is a testament to the ongoing housing shortage,” Yun says.

But could the worst of sky-high inflation be behind Americans? Yun thinks so. “If there is a sustained decline in gasoline prices and more production of apartments and single-family homes, consumer prices will pull back, encouraging the Federal Reserve policy to be less aggressive,” Yun says. “Mortgage rates will fall.”

On Wednesday morning, the 10-year Treasury yield stood at 2.7%. “That should translate into 30-year mortgage rates pulling back to under 5%,” Yun says. “Some recent potential home buyers who were pushed out of the market may now be able to get back in and qualify for a mortgage.”

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10 Markets Where Cash Sales Are Rising the Most

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More buyers are bringing just cash to closing. All-cash purchases in the first quarter comprised 34% of all single-family sales—the highest level since the first quarter of 2015, according to a new report from ATTOM Data Solutions, a housing research firm.

As home buyers race to compete in a fierce housing market marked by bidding wars, more buyers are bringing cash to try to triumph over the competition. The tactic has been shown to work for those who can afford to do so. Read more: All-Cash Buyers More Likely to Win Bidding Wars

Cash sales represented the largest share of all transactions in the first quarter in Flint, Mich.—comprising 61.8% of all home sales, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ findings. Detroit, Mich., had the next highest at 61.5% of sales, followed by Utica, N.Y. (54.8%); Naples, Fla. (54.4%); and Ann Arbor, Mich. (53%).

Several housing markets are seeing a rapid increase in the number of cash sales in their markets. The following chart shows the housing leaders with the largest upticks.

A bar chart showing the increase in cash sales in 10 U.S. metros.

On the other hand, the markets where cash sales comprised the smallest share of transactions in the first quarter were: Kennewick, Wash. (17.2%); Augusta, Ga. (17.9%); Lincoln, Neb. (18.1%); Washington, D.C. (19.4%); and San Jose, Calif. (19.4%).

Source: 

“Top 10 U.S. Metros Where Cash Home Sales Are on the Rise,” ATTOM Data Solutions (April 29, 2022)

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Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home

Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home

With a limited number of homes for sale today and so many buyers looking to make a purchase before mortgage rates rise further, bidding wars are common. According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), nationwide, homes are getting an average of 4.8 offers per sale. Here’s a look at how that breaks down state-by-state (see map below):

Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home | Keeping Current Matters

The same report from NAR shows the average buyer made two offers before getting their third offer accepted. In this type of competitive housing market, it’s important to know what levers you can pull to help you beat the competition. While a real estate professional is your ultimate guide to presenting a strong offer, here are a few things you could consider.

Offering over Asking Price

When you think of sweetening the deal for sellers, the first thought you likely have is around the price of the home. In today’s housing market, it’s true more homes are selling for over asking price because there are more buyers than there are homes for sale. You just want to make sure your offer is still within your budget and realistic for the market value in your area – that’s where a local real estate professional can help you through the process. Bankrate says:

“Simply put, being willing to pay more money than other buyers is one of the best ways to get your offer accepted. You may not have to increase it by a lot — it’ll depend on the area and other factors — so look to your real estate agent for guidance.”

Putting Down a Bigger Earnest Money Deposit

You could also consider putting down a larger deposit up front. An earnest money deposit is a check you write to go along with your offer. If your offer is accepted, this deposit is credited toward your home purchase. NerdWallet explains how it works:

“A typical earnest money deposit is 1% to 2% of the home’s purchase price, but the amount varies by location. A higher earnest money deposit may catch a seller’s attention in a hot housing market.”

That’s because it shows the seller you’re seriously interested in their house and have already set aside money that you’re ready to put toward the purchase. Talk to a professional to see if this is something you can do in your area. 

Making a Higher Down Payment 

Another option is increasing how much of a down payment you’re going to make. The benefit of a higher down payment is you won’t have to finance as much. This helps the seller feel like there’s less risk of the deal or the financing falling through. And if other buyers put less down, it could be what helps your offer stand out from the crowd.

Non-Financial Options To Make a Strong Offer

Realtor.com points out that while increasing these financial portions of the deal can help, they’re not your only options:

“. . . Price is not the only factor sellers weigh when they look at offers. The buyer’s terms and contingencies are also taken into account, as well as pre-approval letters, appraisal requirements, and the closing time the buyer is asking for.”

When it’s time to make an offer, partner with a trusted professional. They have insight into what sellers are looking for in your local market and can give you expert advice on what levers you may or may not want to pull when it’s time to write an offer.

From a non-financial perspective, this can include things like flexible move-in dates or minimal contingencies (conditions you set that the seller must meet for the purchase to be finalized). For example, you could make an offer that’s not contingent on the sale of your current home. Just remember, there are certain contingencies you don’t want to forego, like your home inspection. Ultimately, the options you have can vary state-to-state, so it’s best to lean on an expert real estate professional for guidance.

Bottom Line

In today’s hot housing market, you need a partner who can serve as your guide, especially when it’s time to write an offer. A real estate professional is your best resource and coach for making the strongest offer possible for your specific situation.

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