5 Tips to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer | MyKCM

Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer. Here are five keys to success for this important stage in the homebuying process.

1. Listen to Your Real Estate Agent

A recent article from Freddie Mac offers guidance on making an offer on a home in today’s market. Right off the bat, it points out how emotional this can be for buyers and why trusted professionals can help you stay focused on the most important things:

“Remember to let your homebuying team guide you on your journey, not your emotions. Their support and expertise will keep you from compromising on your must-haves and future financial stability.”

Your real estate professional should be your primary source for answers to the questions you have when you’re ready to make an offer.

2. Understand Your Finances

Having a complete understanding of your budget and how much house you can afford is essential. The best way to know this is to reach out to your lender to get pre-approved for a loan early in the homebuying process. Only 44% of today’s prospective homebuyers are planning to apply for pre-approval, so be sure to take this step so you stand out from the crowd. It shows sellers you’re a serious, qualified buyer and can give you a competitive edge if you enter a bidding war.

3. Be Ready to Move Quickly

According to the Realtors Confidence Index, published monthly by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average property being sold today is receiving more than three offers and is only on the market for a few weeks. These are both results of today’s competitive market, showing how important it is to stay agile and vigilant in your search. As soon as you find the right home for your needs, be prepared to work with your agent to submit an offer as quickly as possible.

4. Make a Fair Offer

It’s only natural to want the best deal you can get on a home. However, Freddie Mac also warns that submitting an offer that’s too low can lead sellers to doubt how serious you are as a buyer. Don’t submit an offer that will be tossed out as soon as it’s received. The expertise your agent brings to this part of the process will help you stay competitive:

“Your agent will work with you to make an informed offer based on the market value of the home, the condition of the home and recent home sale prices in the area.”

5. Be a Flexible Negotiator

After submitting an offer, the seller may accept it, reject it, or counter it with their own changes. In a competitive market, it’s important to stay nimble throughout the negotiation process. Your position can be strengthened with an offer that includes flexible move-in dates, a higher price, or minimal contingencies (conditions you set that the seller must meet for the purchase to be finalized). There are, however, certain contingencies you don’t want to forego. Freddie Mac explains:

Resist the temptation to waive the inspection contingency, especially in a hot market or if the home is being sold ‘as-is’, which means the seller won’t pay for repairs. Without an inspection contingency, you could be stuck with a contract on a house you can’t afford to fix.”

Bottom Line

Today’s competitive market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home, and I’d love to work with you on making sure your offers rise to the top along the way.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.Shortcode

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New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
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Homes are More Affordable Right Now than they have been in Years.

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now
Than They Have Been in Years

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years | MyKCM

Today, home prices are appreciating. When we hear prices are going up, it’s normal to think a home will cost more as the trend continues. The way the housing market is positioned today, however, low mortgage rates are actually making homes more affordable, even as prices rise. Here’s why.

According to the Mortgage Monitor Report from Black Knight:

“While home prices have risen for 97 consecutive months, July’s record-low mortgage rates have made purchasing the average-priced home the most affordable it’s been since 2016.

How is that possible?

Black Knight continues to explain:

“As of mid-July, it required 19.8% of the median monthly income to make the mortgage payment on the average-priced home purchase, assuming a 20% down payment and a 30-year mortgage. That was more than 5% below the average of 25% from 1995-2003.

This means it currently requires a $1,071 monthly payment to purchase the average-priced home, which is down 6% from the same time last year, despite the average home increasing in value by more than $12,000 during that same time period.

In fact, buying power is now up 10% year-over-year, meaning the average home buyer can afford nearly $32,000 more home than they could at the same time last year, while keeping their monthly payment the same.”

This is great news for the many buyers who were unable to purchase last year, or earlier in the spring due to the slowdown from the pandemic. By waiting a little longer, they can now afford 10% more home than they could have a year ago while keeping their monthly mortgage payment unchanged.

With mortgage rates hitting all-time lows eight times this year, it’s now less expensive to borrow money, making homes significantly more affordable over the lifetime of your loan. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, shares what low mortgage rates mean for affordability:

“In July, house-buying power got a big boost as the 30-year, fixed mortgage rate made history by moving below three percent. That drop in the mortgage rate from 3.23 percent in May to 2.98 percent in July increased house-buying power by nearly $15,000.”

The map below shows the last time homes were this affordable by state:Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years | MyKCMIn six states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia – homes have not been this affordable in more than 25 years.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of making a move, now is a great time to take advantage of the affordability that comes with such low mortgage rates. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing your first home or moving into a new one and securing a significantly lower mortgage rate than you may have on your current house, let’s connect today to determine your next steps in the process.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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Like New and Ready for You!

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1284 County Street, Unit 26
Attleboro, MA
Mill Stream Village

Offered at $359,900

DSC_0678Have you been searching for a newer, move-in condition, quality built Townhouse in an established Attleboro community with easy access to Rt 95 and two MBTA train stations?

Are you looking for a home that is tucked away in a prime Mill Stream Village location with private outdoor space, and an affordable condo fee?

Then look what just hit the market… 1284 County Street, Unit 16 in Attleboro offers all of that and more!

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath beautiful Townhome was built in 2009 by WB Construction, Attleboro’s premier builder, and 10 years later still shows like new!  Local homeowners and real estate agents all know WB Construction is a name you can trust when it comes to quality high-end new construction and Mill Stream Village is no exception.

You don’t want to miss out on this turn-key Townhouse with garage & full basement! The eat-in kitchen features stainless appliances and granite island with tons of storage. The spacious living room boasts hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and awesome light from the picture window overlooking the patio & green space. Upstairs the master suite features a spacious walk-in closet and private bath plus you’ll love the laundry, extra storage, two additional great sized bedrooms and main bath.

The next lucky homeowner will enjoy a prime private location tucked away in the back of sought after Mill Stream Village and easy access to both Attleboro commuter rail stations, Rt 95, the New England Sports Village, Capron Park Zoo, Stone E Lea Golf Course, restaurants, shopping, and more!

Energy efficient gas heat, CAir, city water/sewer, beautiful landscaping, carefree condo living, and interest rates at all time lows – can it get any better?

Listed at $359,900, this unit won’t last long in today’s market!  Give a call 508-930-5259 with questions about this home or any of your real estate needs!!

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

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New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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Bidding Wars – Buyers be Ready!

Are you ready to enter on this real estate market?

I have been on the listing side and the buyers’ side of multiple offer situations countless times and believe me, neither are fun.   My recent listing at 53 Turnstone Dr in Attleboro had 40 showing requests in less than 24 hours of being on the market.  One day of showings produced 15 offers from ready and willing buyers by 11:00am the next morning.

It took hours to go through each offer individually as we evaluated the:

  • offer price
  • dates 
  • deposits
  • contingencies
  • personal letters to the seller
  • escalation clauses
  • and mortgage pre-approval and pre-qualification letters.

When sellers review offers, know that the highest offer price does not always “win”.   All of the terms of the offer and buyers’ qualifications must be considered both when writing up a contract as a buyer and when reviewing an offer contract as a seller.

Want to know the three best ways to position yourself as a strong, sought after buyer amidst a sea of buyers and very few listings?

 1. Work with a full-time, experienced, and respected agent who will have the knowledge and reputation to present an offer and “you” in a way that the sellers and sellers’ agent will take seriously.  You want the sellers’ side to feel confident that you are the right buyer.

Buyers need to be prepared

2.  Get pre-approved now!  Do not wait until you find a home to contact a mortgage officer.  Experienced listing agents know the difference between a pre-approval that has been vetted with buyer documentation and a pre-qualification letter that is just based on a phone conversation with a lender.  Good listing agents will always call mortgage officers to make sure the buyers are solid.  It is always in your best interest to use a full time, experienced, and respected mortgage officer and company as well.  Let me know if I can send you some names!!

3.  If you own a home and your home purchase is going to be contingent upon it selling, you need to list your home NOW.  In almost all cases, sellers will move your offer to the bottom of the pile as soon as they see a “contingent upon the sale of buyer’s house”.  Some will consider you if you have a signed P&S on your home, but some will still see that as a risk since they have to worry about you as a buyer and your buyer.  As a back up plan, it may be worth checking with your mortgage officer to see if could purchase your next home without selling your current one first.  If a down-payment is tied up in the equity of your current home, a cash-out refinance may be an option for you.  (FYI – a refinance must be completed before listing your current home or moving forward on a loan application for a new home.)  Best plan… contact your mortgage officer and a contact qualified experienced real estate agent. 

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor
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Mortgage Interest Rates at Five Decade Low!

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.      –Ralph Marston

With mortgage interest rates hovering at near historic lows, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been to truly appreciate where rates are now.

Mortgage rates are now averaging around 3.5%  – they are hovering near a five decade low.  That is right – a five decade low.   And buyers are ready to take advantage of that with mortgage applications up 15% over a year ago.   This is shaping up to be an early and strong spring real estate market in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with mild weather continuing and eager buyers ready to find their next home sooner than later. Interest rates over time

Give a call 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com  if you’d like to discuss how now might be the time for you to start your home search.  My team is ready to support and guide you every step of the way from getting pre-approved for your mortgage, finding a home, negotiating an offer, securing a qualified home inspector, and hiring an attorney to review your contracts and coordinate your closings.

Without a doubt, capitalizing on current mortgage interest rates to purchase a home today will absolutely pay off for you as a homeowner tomorrow.  The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment can be significant.  Let’s see how we can make current real estate and mortgage market conditions work for you!

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Stunning New Construction Home – just waiting on You!

Have you been thinking about buying a new house?

Is this the year to finally upgrade and purchase your dream home?

Mortgage interest rates are back at all time lows – yes, rates are now in the 3’s again!

If you have a house to sell, the spring market is definitely off to an early start with high demand, low inventory, and prices on the rise.

AND, if you have always wanted to purchase high-end custom new construction in a sought after subdivision, you are in luck!  We have a gorgeous 2700 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial at 106 Ingall Lane in Attleboro that is ready for you to tour, fall in love, and write up an offer!

Set in Attleboro’s most desirable subdivision, Brigham Hill Estates, this stunning
WB Construction home offers it all!

Enjoy a gourmet kitchen loaded with cabinets, under cabinet lighting, oversized island that seats at least 6, butler’s pantry with glass front cabinets, walk-in pantry, chef’s grade appliances, and style through and through.Oversized island that seats 6

The kitchen then opens to the dining area and family room with gas fireplace. Hardwood floors gleam throughout the entire space. And as a bonus, this home features a screened in porch off of the dining area complete with ceiling fan, electrical, cable, and access to composite deck for continued outdoor entertaining space. An absolute “Wow”!

106 Ingall Lane screened porch

Upstairs the beautiful master suite boasts an oversized walk-in closet and spa-like bath with dual vanities and exquisite walk-in tile & glass shower. Three additional good sized bedrooms,a full bath with double sink vanity, a dedicated laundry room, and tons of extra storage round out the second floor.

Think you need more space? The full basement offers great light through full-sized windows and has been set up to be easily finished.

106 Ingall Lane is currently being offered for sale at $667,000. Now is the time act before more buyers hit the Spring Real Estate Market with checkbooks in hand ready to buy.

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If you are interested in building a house, we do still have Phase III lots available.  I’d love to take you through 106 Ingall Lane to show you why WB Construction really is the premier builder in the Attleboro, North Attleboro, and Rehoboth areas. You can bring a plan you have found, revise a plan we have already built, or just bring some ideas and we’ll create a custom house plan just for you. Custom building is what we are known for and what we do best!

Brigham Hill Estates truly is the sought after subdivision in Attleboro. All of WB Construction’s homes are custom and designed with our clients and for our clients. No two homes are ever the same. Our subdivision at Brigham Hill Estates also boasts all underground utilities so there is nothing to get in the way of the curb appeal of this community. In fact, Brigham Hill Estates is one of Attleboro’s favorite walking spots with sidewalks throughout, amazing home architecture to look at, and wonderful grounds to enjoy. Our homes are also all energy efficient with natural gas for heating, cooking, and even hook-ups can be installed for nice weather grilling.  Come see how you really can live the good life!

I’d love to assist with your home search. Whether you decide on new construction at Brigham Hill, we locate another subdivision for you to build, or we find you an amazing existing resale home, I know there is a great property out there waiting for you.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Rethinking the Economic Slowdown Forecast

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited | MyKCM

Recently, KCM (Keeping Current Matters) reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also agree that a recession will occur this year or next.

However, the U.S. economy has performed well in the first quarter of 2019 and that has caused some experts to change their thinking on an impending economic slowdown.

Here are a few notable examples:

Anthony Chan, Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase

“I feel really comfortable that the economy is slowing down this year, but not going into a recession… It doesn’t look, to me, like the odds of a recession in 2020 are there.”

Dean Baker, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic & Policy Research

 “To sum up the general picture, the U.S. economy is definitely weakening… However, with wages growing at a respectable pace, and job growth remaining healthy, we should see enough consumption demand to keep the economy moving forward. That means slower growth, but no recession.”

Lisa Shalett, Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley

“I’m not convinced a recession is coming soon… I see an improving housing market (low rates help), a rebound in bank lending, a tight labor market, higher oil prices and well-behaved credit markets. All these point to a stable U.S. economic outlook.”

Bottom Line

We are seeing a stronger economy than many had predicted. That has caused some experts to push off the possibility of a recession further into the horizon.

I’d love to talk with about your housing needs and finding you in a place where you’ll feel financially secure and comfortable being Home!

 

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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You can own a home!!

Are you wondering if buying a home is a possibility for you?

Do you dream of personalizing a home to your own tastes and lifestyle?

Are you tired of paying your landlord’s mortgage and being limited their rules?

Being a first time home buyer is very exciting – and a little bit scary for some :), but I have an awesome team of experienced professionals who can help get you ready and guide you through the entire process.   I am just a call, an e-mail, or a click away to start your home search so let’s find time to chat about your needs, your wants, and your budget.  In the meantime, here are 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Homeownership come true…Making Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality

First Time Home Buyers are one of my specialties and I have many satisfied “first timers” who made it through the process.  Happy to make a connection if you’d like to talk with someone who has recently been through a complete transaction from searching on-line to getting their keys at the closing table.  And as they will all attest to, I have lots of stories to share from my vast experience in real estate over the past 20+ years 🙂  Every deal seems to have its own nuances these days, but be assured, I have a solid reputation in the real estate industry, I always have an eye on the big picture while working through the little details, and I am committed to the goals of my buyers and sellers.

 Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Why own a home?

Are you thinking it is time to make the move into to homeownership?
Helping buyers purchase the right home is what I do.
Put my extensive experience as a real estate professional in local residential home sales to work for you!  Just give a call 508-930-5259 or an e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com.
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Not sure where to start?  First Time Home Buyers are one of my specialties.  I have the patience, knowledge, and the right team of professionals to guide you through the entire process.  I surround myself with professionals who understand that as a First Time Home Buyer you are going to have questions, you are going to be getting advice (good and bad) from family and friends,  and that you aren’t even going to know enough about some parts of the transaction to know you should be asking questions.  That is when we make the biggest difference for you.  We aren’t just about numbers and deals… we are about working with people to assist them in making the best decisions they can when it comes to their upcoming homeownership move.

When you make the choice to work with me, you will also have the opportunity to work with some of the best mortgage officers, home inspectors, attorneys, and contractors around.  We have a track record of respect in the industry and success in reaching our clients’ home ownership goals.  The best part … we are ready now to work hard for you!

Always a pleasure to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Assocate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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Looking for a first home to make your own?

Are you looking for an affordable home that you can make your own while mortgage rates remain low?  Love the idea of being just blocks from the train station for easy commutes to Boston or Providence?  How about being just a short stroll from amazing restaurants and pubs like Canova’s and Morin’s?  Or close to the YCMA for your daily workouts,  a relaxing swim, fun classes for kids, or getting together with other community members? Or do you enjoy hanging out at the library curled up with a good  book?

IMG_0999Well, if you make 128 Union Street in Attleboro your next home, you can have all of that to enjoy!


Very accommodating sellers … Easy to show by appointment as well!

128 Union Street, Attleboro
NOW $214,900

IMG_1004Tucked away off of Union Street down a shared driveway you’ll find a solid 3 bedroom Colonial full of charm and potential AND a HUGE private backyard.  This truly is a little gem of a property!    Located just blocks from Attleboro’s vibrant downtown,  you will enjoy a newer roof, windows, driveway, and shed.  Great space includes an eat-in kitchen, good sized family room, a living room, and spacious full bath on the main level and three bedrooms on the second level.   Hardwood floors throughout almost the whole home except for tiled kitchen and carpeted living room.  The fenced backyard is perfect for outdoor gatherings with friends and family with plenty of space for relaxing, entertaining, and playing.

Stop by the Open House on Saturday or let’s schedule a private showing.  Sellers are great to work with and usually just need a little notice.  Please feel free to contact me by phone 508-930-5259, text , e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com, or simply fill out the form below.

And if I can ever be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home, please be in touch.  I love to work hard for my clients and their referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Assocate
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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