We Can Help You Move Anywhere in the World

We can help you move whether it’s down the street, ‘down under,’ or Downing Street in London. 

Around this time of year, many people begin contemplating their real estate goals, and that often involves moving somewhere else. Understandably, people usually only see us as Tampa Bay real estate agents, but the fact is, we can actually help you buy anywhere in the world.

We have an extensive real estate network thanks to years of partnerships. We’re not just talking about being well-connected with only RE/MAX agents, either—we’ve worked with all sorts of top producers who invest in extensive advertising campaigns, have great training programs, and phenomenal reviews.

This applies if you live here in Tampa and are thinking about buying a home in New York… or Ohio… or even Japan! RE/MAX has a presence in most of the industrialized nations of the world, and we actually have strong relationships in those countries.

The more detail you can give us regarding your real estate goal, the better we’ll be at helping you find that perfect agent.

Here’s what that means for you: We do the vetting and the scrubbing to find the agent best equipped to service your particular real estate needs. Using our databases, we can look at their career statistics and pour over their reviews to gauge what kind of relationship they maintain with clients.

You’re able to lean on our expert opinion to select the right fit, no matter where your next home purchase will be. For example, if you look up an agent in Pleasanton, California, you’ll see some reviews and get a little bit of information. We, on the other hand, are in the real estate trenches day in and day out, so we have access to more information and can ask those critical questions that may not be obvious to the average person.

It’s no different than any other profession; if you’re a doctor, you’d know a lot more about how to find the right doctor for a family or friend than someone who’s far removed from the profession. Keep in mind, there’s no additional cost for reaching out to us for this purpose. 

If you’re thinking about buying or selling anywhere in the world, simply reply to this message or give us a call. In some instances, depending on the area, we’ll even be able to provide you with several high-caliber agents to choose between.

The more detail you can give us regarding your real estate goals, the better we’ll be at helping you find that perfect agent. There are many different facets to this industry, and some agents may excel in one area and lag in another. Price point and type of real estate (e.g., single-family, residential, or commercial) affect this process greatly.

As always, reach out if you have questions about this or any other real estate-related topic. We’d love to hear from you.

Tricks to Be Aware of When Looking at iBuyer Programs

Here is our professional advice on how to sort out the hustlers from the real deals when it comes to instant cash offers for your home.

There are two different kinds of sellers: the kind that values their net profits and the kind that values their time. Many of our sellers are looking to sell quickly with as little hassle as possible, and they understand that they might not get as much money if they sell through one of these iBuyer programs, but the convenience is worth it to them.

However, a lot of recognizable iBuyer companies aren’t very forthright about all the options you have available to you.  Due to that, many investors are trying to capitalize on the trend by paying homeowners less than market value for their house without the homeowners understanding the difference.

Here are a few tips to help you determine whether the iBuyer who submits an offer to you is really interested in buying it or if they simply want to take the contract they wrote for you and give it to someone else to get paid by that person and move on:

To separate the real buyers from the fake buyers, do your due diligence to find out more about them.

First, look up the agent or company’s tax roll to see if they own property in that entity. If they don’t, that’s a red flag for you. This may be easier for certain national companies, but for others, you can always look on the county’s website. If they don’t own property in that entity, that’s a sign that they’re looking to take your property and sell it to someone else for a higher price. This is called an assignable contract—it lets an agent collect their fee from you and give the contract to someone else to close on.

To prevent yourself from giving away a portion of your equity to someone else, check the contract’s assignability clause for wording that would allow the agent to assign the contract to someone else.

Another step to take is to ask for legitimate proof of funds. That information will be available for a lot of bigger companies, but if the buyer is an individual who doesn’t have a big reputation or a lot of reviews, you’ll want to make sure they really have the funds available to purchase a property. Ask for the number of their bank and an account statement just to be sure.

Finally, pay attention to the closing date. The longer it takes for the buyer to close, the less likely they are to be legitimate. No investor wants a 90-day closing period.

To separate the real buyers from the fake ones, do your due diligence to find out more about them. Are there any complaints about them? Are they a legitimate company with proof of funds? Do they have many good reviews?

If we make an offer on your house, we intend to close on it. We don’t flip paper and we don’t assign contracts. If you’re interested in selling your home quickly without the hassle of the market or you’d like us to look over an offer from an iBuyer to see if it’s valid, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help you.

Our 2020 Housing Market Predictions

We’re sharing our predictions for where our real estate market is heading in 2020.

You'll likely see a lot of national media talking about forecasts for the nationwide real estate market in the near future, but today we’re going to focus on the Tampa Bay market, specifically.

First, we expect to see home prices and appreciation continue to increase, though maybe not as drastically as it has been. Inventory has decreased, but appreciation will increase. Interest rates will continue to remain at record lows, helping to control affordability. The Fed recently chose not to raise or lower interest rates again. As prices have risen, interest rates stayed low or even decreased further. 

Another wonderful thing about our Tampa Bay real estate market is that we expect it to outperform most other markets due to our increase in population. We foresee our population continuing to rise this year. We have many excellent businesses moving here and a lot of development proceeding, including some new condo towers being built and sold. New construction builders currently have record-high confidence in our market. Our market continues to thrive.

We expect to see home prices and appreciation continue to increase.

One thing that isn’t spoken about often is the condo market improving as mortgage lenders raise their limits and loosen requirements. In our market alone, condo sales have never recovered from the last dip the way they have in other markets, so this year we’re expecting to see them improve. Millennials specifically have had a difficult time getting financing for condos, which they’re interested in, so we should see that shift for the better. We predict a great 2020 housing market for Tampa Bay.

Our 2020 market will have many similarities to 2019, but with a few great exceptions. If you’re reading this from up north, Tampa Bay’s climate makes it an appealing place to move to—it’s 80 degrees today! Some other markets in Florida are expecting a slowdown, but we aren’t because we’re more affordable than similar options such as Miami.

For more real estate information, videos, and market happenings, follow us on social media. If you have any further questions about our market or real estate in general, please feel free to reach out to us by phone or email. We would love to help you.

New Year, New Home

We’re sharing four tips on how to make a new home in 2020 a reality for you. 

Buying a new home is a very common New Year’s Resolution, especially among prospective first-time buyers. There are a lot of things you can do right now at the start of the new year to prepare yourself for this life-changing purchase.

One of the things we always tell people is to make sure you don’t overspend during or right after the holidays; the more debt you bring with you into the home buying process, the harder it will be for you to qualify for a loan.

If you bought a lot of holiday gifts out there, hopefully you didn’t throw them all onto credit cards. All the “no interest financing” rhetoric from furniture and car salespeople around the holidays is great, but those big purchases will still count against your debt-to-income ratio. 

Start looking at what the market has to offer now instead of waiting until later. 

If buying a home this year is truly a priority for you, avoid other big-ticket items like cars and expensive furniture sets until after you buy a home. Even if you don’t have payments on those items for six months, they’ll still be factored against you by mortgage lenders.

Here’s another tip: Get your financials and taxes in order so you can take advantage of deductibles and ensure you’ll still qualify for loans.

Start talking to a real estate agent now; they’ll be able to help you find a great home in a location you like—all in a timely manner. If you and an agent create a plan early, you’ll be able to jump on the new inventory that’s coming in spring.

To all those who are already qualified for a home loan: Start looking at what the market has to offer now instead of waiting until later. Don’t wait just for waiting’s sake; maybe you’ll find something great and get that resolution taken care of early in 2020.

 If you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home soon, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.