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8823 Weller Road SW – Lake Steilacoom Area

This is a truly gorgeous rambler in a nice community with access to Lk. Steilacoom.  You will love the fantastic kitchen and the amazing master suite with see through fireplace tucked in with the soaking tub. The closet is ample as well. If you're looking for bedrooms AND an office look no further, this home has it. The 3 car garage is wonderful for keeping the cars and toys clean, yet still has plenty of storage. Also has a nice sized yard for pets or play, yet not too much care needed.
 

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Posted on March 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

Study Again Finds Homeownership to be a Better Way of Producing Wealth

Study Again Finds Homeownership to be a Better Way of Producing Wealth | Keeping Current Matters

 

According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Indexhomeownership is a better way to produce greater wealth, on average, than renting. The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to answer the question: 

Is it better to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market?

The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major markets for comparison. The researchers use a “'horse race' comparison between an individual that is buying a home and an individual that rents a similar quality home and reinvests all monies otherwise invested in homeownership.” Ken Johnson Ph.D., Real Estate Economist & Professor at Florida Atlantic University, and one of the index’s authors states:

“The nation as a whole is in buy territory. Continued near record low mortgage rates, unsteady stock market performance, and rents (on average) now out pacing the cost of ownership (maintenance, taxes, insurance, etc.) all combine to favor owning and building wealth through home equity over renting and reinvesting in a portfolio of stocks and bonds.”

Dallas, Denver and Houston currently remain deep in rent territory but, “there is some degree of good news from these markets for homeowners as the cost of renting is now increasing at a faster rate than the cost of homeownership — reducing the advantage of renting over buying.” 

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. Rents are predicted to increase substantially in the next year, so lock in your housing cost with a mortgage payment now. To Find Out More About the Study: The BH&J Index and other FAU real estate activities are sponsored by Investments Limited of Boca Raton. The BH&J Index is published quarterly and is available online at http://business.fau.edu/buyvsrent

 

 


Posted on March 9, 2016 at 11:03 am
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

Mortgage Rates Again at Historic Lows

 

Just two weeks ago, we posted an article discussing where mortgage interest rates may be heading over the next twelve months. We quoted projections from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association and the National Association of Realtors. Each predicted that rates would begin to rise slowly and steadily throughout 2016.

However, shaky economic news and a volatile stock market have actually caused rates to drop six out of the last seven weeks, and have remained at 3.65% for the past two weeks.

KCM-ENG

Rates have again fallen to historic lows yet many experts still expect them to increase in 2016. The only thing we know for sure is that, according to Freddie Mac, current rates are the best they have been since last April.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of buying your first home or moving up to your ultimate dream home, now is a great time to get a sensational rate on your mortgage.

 

 

 


Posted on February 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

Harvard Study: Why Owning a Home Makes Sense Financially

 

We have reported many times that the American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. The personal reasons to own differ for each buyer, with many basic similarities. Eric Belsky, the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University expanded on the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership in his paper –The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study: 

 

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You're paying for housing whether you own or rent.

“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.” 

 

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.

“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

 

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.

“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income…On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.

“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

 

Bottom Line
We realize that homeownership makes sense for many Americans for an assortment of social and family reasons. It also makes sense financially. If you are considering a purchase this year, contact a local professional who can help evaluate your ability to do so.

 


Posted on February 1, 2016 at 2:08 pm
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

Where Are Interest Rates Headed This Year?

 

With interest rates still below 4%, many buyers may be on the fence as to whether to act now and purchase a new home, or wait until next year. If you look at what the four major reporting agencies are predicting for 2016, it may make the decision for you. The chart below averages the predictions by quarter. With the exception of Fannie Mae, the experts agree that interest rates will increase by three-quarters of a percentage point, costing you more to pay back your loan.

January2016-23-KCM Small

 

The Bottom Line: Even a small increase in interest rates can put a dent in your family's wealth. 

 


Posted on January 26, 2016 at 12:57 pm
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

6205 75th Ave Ct West, University Place, WA 98467

 

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Posted on January 4, 2016 at 7:35 pm
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

Don’t Let Rising Rents Trap You!

Don't Let Rising Rents Trap You! | Keeping Current Matters

There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top ones is being able to protect yourself from rising rents and lock in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.

Don’t Become Trapped

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com recently reported on what he calls a “Rental Affordability Crisis”. He warns that,

“Low rental vacancies and a lack of new rental construction are pushing up rents, and we expect that they’ll outpace home price appreciation in the year ahead.”

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University recently released their 2015 Report on Rental Housing, in which they reported that 49% of rental households are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. These households struggle to save for a rainy day and pay other bills, such as food and healthcare.

It’s Cheaper to Buy Than Rent

In Smoke’s article, he went on to say,

“Housing is central to the health and well-being of our country and our local communities. In addition, this (rental affordability) crisis threatens the future value of owned housing, as the burdensome level of rents will trap more aspiring owners into a vicious financial cycle in which they cannot save and build a solid credit record to eventually buy a home.”  “While more than 85% of markets have burdensome rents today, it’s perplexing that in more than 75% of the counties across the country, it is actually cheaper to buy than rent a home. So why aren’t those unhappy renters choosing to buy?”

Know Your Options

Perhaps, you have already saved enough to buy your first home. HousingWire reported that analysts at Nomura believe:

“It’s not that Millennials and other potential homebuyers aren’t qualified in terms of their credit scores or in how much they have saved for their down payment. It’s that they think they’re not qualified or they think that they don’t have a big enough down payment.” (emphasis added)

Many first-time homebuyers who believe that they need a large down payment may be holding themselves back from their dream home. As we reported last week, in many areas of the country, a first-time home buyer can save for a 3% down payment in less than two years. You may have already saved enough!

Bottom Line

Don’t get caught in the trap so many renters are currently in. If you are ready and willing to buy a home, find out if you are able. Have a professional help you determine if you are eligible to get a mortgage.


Posted on December 28, 2015 at 11:21 am
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

1621 198th Street Court E, Spanaway, WA 98387

Check out this winner with a view of the mountain! Brand new carpet and vinyl in a rare, legit, 5 bedroom. Really nice neighborhood too, 3 minutes from the Spanaway Walmart Supercenter and 10 minutes from 3 different golf courses. This home features a wonderful floor plan with gas heat, oversized garage and even has a nice, fenced backyard. The master bath is a full 5 piece with separate tub and shower. The walk-in closet has plenty of space too. 

5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

2,213 Square Feet

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Posted on December 7, 2015 at 11:11 am
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

7710 91st Avenue SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

Wonderful Oakbrook Area Rambler!

 

Wonderful Oakbrook rambler with mature, manicured landscaping. Fantastic patio for entertaining w/ automatic awning as well. Central gas heat AND air conditioning make this a wonderful, comfortable home all 4 seasons. The large, 2 car garage has room for projects during the winter months.

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Posted on November 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |

Where Will Home Prices Be Next Year?

Where Will Home Prices Be Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some interesting facts:

25 states are forecasted to achieve higher levels of appreciation in the next 12 months than already achieved in the last year.

25 states and the District of Columbia are forecasted to experience a slow in appreciation.

All 50 states & D.C. are forecasted to achieve some level of positive price appreciation.

Even though each state is appreciating at different levels, you need to know the Cost of Waiting until next year to buy your dream home!

 


Posted on October 27, 2015 at 10:40 am
Greg Pubols | Posted in Uncategorized |