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How To Buy A House In 2019 – 5 Tips

If you want to buy a home this year, here are five tips on how to buy a house in 2019. At Benchmark, we make the effort to make it easy to claim your piece of the American Dream. Watch this video, then read last week’s article linked below. This New Year, Reach Your Dream …

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This New Year, Reach Your Dream of Homeownership

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash Every year begins with renewed hopes and bright aspirations embodied by the shared cultural vow we all seem to take: the New Year’s Resolution. If your Resolution involves any aspect of ‘home’ or financial strategies, purchasing your first home and homeownership may be on your mind. You Are Not Alone Among renters …

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Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

 

Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips! | Bridge Builders

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?

Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW 

This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips! | Bridge Builders

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house.

HGTV gives this advice:

First impressions are everything when selling your home. Studies have shown that the first two weeks on the market are the most crucial to your success. During these initial days, your home will be exposed to all active buyers.

If your price is perceived as too high, you will quickly lose this initial audience and find yourself relying only on the trickle of new buyers entering the market each day. Markets are dynamic, and your price has an expiration date. You have one chance to grab attention. Make sure your pricing helps you stand out on the shelf — in a positive way.”

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This, too, may seem counterintuitive. The seller may believe that he or she will make more money without having to pay a real estate commission, but studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

Research by the National Association of Realtors in their 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed that,

“the median selling price for all FSBO homes was $200,000 last year. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $264,900 – nearly $65,000 more for the typical home sale.”

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. This will guarantee that you maximize the money you get for your house.

 

FHFA Announces Conforming Loan Limit Increase In 2019

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages has increased. In most of the country, the confirming loan limits will increase nearly 6.5%, from $453,100 to $484,350 for 2019. For most high-cost areas, where 115% of the local median home value exceeds the loan limit, the loan limit …

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Nervous About Buying? Here’s A Dose of Confidence

If you are interested in buying a house, but do not know what you might need, or whether you can qualify, you’re not alone. Many would-be buyers are intimidated by the thought of what it takes to buy a home. Some wonder whether they can afford to buy, if they have enough saved for a …

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Can I Still Get A VA Loan With Bad Credit?

Unfortunately, it depends on the situation and reasons, so there is no simple answer for bad credit. A few potential reasons could be that you have experienced a divorce which led to a bankruptcy, mismanaged your finances, experienced job loss, or any other financial hazards. Your credit is calculated from many moving parts. The good …

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Patriot Tour has kicked off!

The Patriot Tour has kicked off! If you have not had the chance to hear the stories of these amazing patriots, listen to Chad Fleming share his greatest Never Quit story – getting ambushed, losing his leg, and fighting back from trauma to redeploy five times to continue serving our country.
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Benchmark is honored to team up with Chad to help veterans and first responders achieve the American dream of homeownership. #BenchmarkNeverQuits