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When your family is searching for a home, it’s an exciting time for the adults, but if there are children involved, it can be a difficult task. Children don’t have to be left in the dark during a home search. Children of all ages can be involved in the process of finding a home. Read on for tips on how to make your kids feel a part of the home search process.
Preschool-aged children might seem not to be aware of the fact that your family is searching for a home, but they can still very much be a part of the process. One thing to remember about young children is that you shouldn’t give them too many options. Once you have narrowed down the homes to a few and the time to buy a home is close, it’s a good time to tell your toddler about the fact that you’re moving. While you probably don’t want to take your kids along with you on all of your home viewings, you can bring the children with you. Even the opinions of the tiniest among us can help contribute to a final decision.
Older children may be more challenging to deal with during a move. These kids are more aware of the changes to come and maybe more reluctant of the entire process. It’s best to include children this age (around 6-9 years old) in conversions about your plans. Where do you hope to move? What neighborhood will the home be? Show them pictures of potential new homes. Allowing kids this age to share their thoughts on location and the types of houses you’re looking at can help to ease fears and anxieties. Remind your kids that the final choice is up to the adults but that you appreciate and welcome their input.
Older Children And Teenagers
Pre-teens and teenagers can play a part in the house search. Make sure that they understand that there’s no pressure on them to pick a house but their input is essential to you. Teens are tweens should be encouraged to come along on house tours to help give an opinion on the properties in person.
The older the kids that are involved, the more you should value and welcome your input. Make sure that you reassure your teens, letting them know that they can continue their favorite activities. Do a little research on the new community first, or allow your kids to do a bit of research themselves.
When you put your home up for sale, it can be an emotional time. You need to say goodbye to a place where you have lived for at least a small portion of your life. You created memories in that home, and now, it’s the job of a new family to make new memories.
Once the home is well on its way to being sold, there will be an appraisal of the property. It’s scary as a seller to think that the appraisal has the ability to actually halt the entire sale of the home. It can be a confusing process, to say the least, to have your home appraised. You have determined your listing price and received an offer on the home already. It seems like backtracking to value the home after this part of the sale process is complete.
The Appraisal Removes The Tension
The appraisal is one of the factors that bridges the worlds of the buyer and the seller. As a seller, the things that you think add value to your home may not be all you have hoped them to be. As a buyer, you want to be sure that you’re paying a fair price for the home. Below, you’ll find some common myths about home appraisals and the truth about them.
The Appraisal Is Not The Same As An Inspection
The home inspection is used as a tool to protect the buyer. Although the appraisal is used as a protection for the buyer, the two are separate entities. The inspector looks at everything in the home that can be a problem including leaks, cracks, and faulty electrical systems. The home appraiser is simply meant to find the objective market and the estimated value of the home in that market.
The Appraisal Isn’t How Much The Buyer Will Pay
While the appraisal gives a good estimate of the value of a home, it doesn’t take every single factor into account. It’s one version of how much the home should be priced at. What the appraisal does affect is the contract on the home.
If the appraisal doesn’t match the contract price, let’s say that the home is appraised lower than what you’re paying for it, the lender will not make up the difference. It can become a discussion between the buyer and the seller to see who will pay for the additional uncovered cost of the home. The buyer can pay the difference themselves. The seller may decide to cover the difference themselves. Either way, this is where the home buying process can get kind of messy.
Bigger Homes Don’t Necessarily Appraise For More Money
Just because a home is bigger, doesn’t mean that it’s worth more than the smaller home next door. A larger home could have issues with age such as an older roof, or less complex fixtures. If a smaller home is more updated, it very well could appraise for more. Don’t count on the square footage to dictate the appraisal price of a home.
Prices Continue to Rise for Residential Properties
MIAMI — Miami luxury single-family home sales posted double-digit gains as median prices for all properties continued rising in March, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
Miami-Dade County luxury single-family home sales ($1 million and above) increased 10.3 percent year-over-year in March 2018, rising from 68 to 75. Miami single-family luxury sales have risen in five out of the last six months (Feb. 2018, Jan. 2018, Dec. 2017 and Oct. 2017). Median prices for existing single-family homes and condominiums increased 8.1 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.
“Miami is a top-10 market in the world for luxury real estate,” said George Jalil, a Miami broker and the 2018 MIAMI chairman of the board. “Miami is a seeing robust demand for luxury single-family homes. Sellers are becoming more realistic with their prices and $1 million and up home sales have posted strong selling months.”
Federal tax reform, which was signed into law Dec. 22, sets a deductions cap for income, sales and property taxes at $10,000. The new cap is leading more residents of states with high property values and state income tax to purchase properties in states such as Florida, which has no state income tax and a pro-business tax structure.
Total Home Sales Decrease in March
Total Miami home sales declined 17.5 percent year-over-year in March, from 2,603 to 2,147. Single-family home sales decreased 13.5 percent, from 1,276 to 1,104. Existing condo sales decreased 21.4 percent, from 1,327 to 1,043.
The declines come on the heels of several strong months of sales. Miami existing condo sales had risen for three consecutive months (December 2017 through February 2018). Single-family home sales increased in January 2018.
Total sales volume for all properties accounted for $1.02 billion last month, down 12.8 percent from a year ago. Sales don’t include Miami’s multi-billion dollar new construction condo market.
Lack of access to mortgage loans continues to inhibit further growth of the existing condominium market. Of the 9,307 condominium buildings in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, only 12 are approved for Federal Housing Administration loans, down from 29 last year, according to Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and FHA.
More than Six Consecutive Years of Price Appreciation in Miami
Miami-Dade County single-family home prices increased 8.1 percent in March 2018, increasing from $322,000 to $348,000. Miami single-family home prices have risen for 76 consecutive months, a streak spanning more than six years. Existing condo prices rose 2.2 percent, from $225,000 to $230,000 in March. Condo prices have increased in 79 of the last 82 months.
According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage increased for the sixth straight month to 4.44 percent in March (highest since 4.46 percent in December 2013) from 4.33 percent in February. The average commitment rate for all of 2017 was 3.99 percent.
Miami Distressed Sales Continue to Drop, Reflecting Healthy Market
Only 6.4 percent of all closed residential sales in Miami were distressed last month, including REO (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 11.2 percent in March 2018. In 2009, distressed sales comprised 70 percent of Miami sales.
Total Miami distressed sales declined 52.6 percent year-over-year, from 291 to 138 last month.
Short sales and REOs accounted for 1.3 and 5.1 percent, respectively, of total Miami sales in March 2018. Short sale transactions dropped 58.8 percent year-over-year while REOs fell 50.7 percent.
Nationally, distressed sales accounted for 4 percent of sales, down from 6 percent a year ago.
Miami Real Estate Selling Close to List Price
The median number of days between listing and contract dates for Miami single-family home sales was 49 days, a 3.9 percent decrease from 51 days last year. The median number of days between the listing date and closing date for single-family properties was 95 days, a 9.5 percent decrease from 105 days.
The median time to contract for condos was 76 days, an 8.4 percent decrease from 83 days last year. The median number of days between listing date and closing date decreased 7.3 percent to 115 days.
The median percent of original list price received for single-family homes was 95.4 percent. The median percent of original list price received for existing condominiums was 94.0 percent.
National and State Statistics
Nationally, total existing-home sales rose 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.60 million in March from 5.54 million in February. Despite last month's increase, sales are still 1.2 percent below a year ago.
Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 25,020 last month, down 3.5 percent compared to March 2017, according to Florida Realtors. Statewide closed condo sales totaled 10,997 last month, down 1.8 percent compared to a year ago.
The national median existing-home price for all housing types in March was $250,400, up 5.8 percent from March 2017 ($236,600). March's price increase marks the 73rd straight month of year-over-year gains.
The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $250,800, up 8.2 percent from the previous year, according to Florida Realtors. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in March was $183,000, up 7 percent over the year-ago figure.
Miami’s Cash Buyers Represent almost Double the National Figure
Miami cash transactions comprised 37.9 percent of March 2018 total closed sales, compared to 43.8 percent last year. Miami cash transactions are almost double the national figure (20 percent).
Miami’s high percentage of cash sales reflects South Florida’s ability to attract a diverse number of international home buyers, who tend to purchase properties in all cash. Miami has a higher percent of cash sales for condos due to lack of financing approvals for buildings.
Condominiums comprise a large portion of Miami’s cash purchases as 54.3 percent of condo closings were made in cash in March compared to 22.5 percent of single-family home sales.
Balanced Market for Single-Family Homes, Buyer’s Market for Condos
Inventory of single-family homes increased 2.5 percent in March from 6,355 active listings last year to 6,517 last month. Condominium inventory increased 4.1 percent to 16,043 from 15,416 listings during the same period in 2017.
The increase in inventory is for properties above $400,000. The market had a 17.6 percent jump in properties listed for $400,000 to $599,999, 3.3 percent for $600,000 to $999,999, and 1.1 percent for $1 million and above.
Miami saw a drop in inventory for properties below $400,000.
Monthly supply of inventory for single-family homes increased 6.9 percent to 6.2 months, which indicates a balanced market. Existing condominiums have a 14.9-month supply, which indicates a buyer’s market. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months supply of inventory.
Total active listings at the end of February increased 3.6 percent year-over-year, from 21,771 to 22,560. Active listings remain about 60 percent below 2008 levels when sales bottomed.
New listings of Miami single-family homes decreased 3.6 percent to 1,865 from 1,934. New listings of condominiums decreased 13.3 percent, from 2,752 to 2,385.
Nationally, total housing inventory at the end of March climbed 5.7 percent to 1.67 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 7.2 percent lower than a year ago (1.80 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 34 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.6-month supply at the current sales pace (3.8 months a year ago).
To access March 2018 Miami-Dade Statistical Reports, visit http://www.SFMarketIntel.com
Note: Statistics in this news release may vary depending on reporting dates. MIAMI reports exact statistics directly from its MLS system.
About the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 98 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward Council, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS-MIAMI) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents more than 47,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with 174 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is www.MiamiRealtors.com